Catch your little ones being good

Bill and Imogen had three small children, ages 5, 3, and 7 months. Both Bill and Imogen worked outside the home and used a daycare to watch their two youngest while their oldest went to school. Their mornings were rushed as the couple to get everyone out the door on time and their evenings were

Practical ways to support teens who are stressed out about school

On Sunday evening June was in the kitchen preparing dinner for her family. Her 16-year-old son, Timothy, walked into the kitchen and slumped into a chair. June looked at her son and said, “Is everything alright? You look really sad.” Suddenly large tears started falling from Timothy’s eyes and he hung his head down. June

Baby supplies: What you really need and what you don’t

Jennifer and Thomas were going to have their first child. Jennifer was 7 months pregnant and actively getting ready for the birth of her son. She read baby magazines, she searched online baby sites and scrolled through Instagram to learn how to be a mom and to find out about all the hot new baby items everyone was buying. Thomas was concerned about all the supplies that Jennifer was purchasing. The extra costs were putting stress on their monthly budget. Thomas didn’t understand why a small baby would need so many things but when he tried to ask if what Jennifer wanted was really necessary, she would say, “I just know the baby needs this!” and then wait until Thomas approved the purchase. Thomas always gave in because he loved Jennifer so much and wanted her to be happy and enjoy the process of becoming a mother.

Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol

Krista was exclusively breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter, Lauren. At dinner Krista and her husband, Kent, would have a glass of wine while Lauren sat in her swing next to the table. After dinner, Kent would clear the table and clean the kitchen while Krista breastfeed the baby. One evening, Krista began to wonder if any of the wine she drank got to Lauren through her breast milk.

When to end purees and start soft table foods with your infant

Julia was delighted to begin solid foods with her 6-month-old son Brandon. Brandon was a champion eater and quickly learned to manage the iron-fortified rice cereal fed to him from a spoon. As Brandon grew, Julia began introducing pureed foods to provide a more balanced diet in addition to breast milk. By 8 months, Brandon grew impatient for his mother to spoon purees into his mouth. At 10 months, Brandon was communicating he was hungry even though he had eaten three bowls of puree an hour earlier. Julia was wondering why her son had such a veracious appetite and wasn’t content after eating.