As though the challenges of being a new parent weren't enough, about forty percent of babies will be afflicted with a little something extra, known as colic.
Colic, as many parents are unfortunately aware, is marked by extended periods of inconsolable, hysterical crying, and although it's almost always resolved by the fourth month, any parent who has been through the experience will tell you it is a seriously rough ride.
So today I have some tips for you, not just for soothing your baby if they're dealing with colic, but for calming your nerves and riding out the storm while your baby is going through it.
Having kids is the most rewarding, inspiring, blessed experience a person can have. No question about it. They're adorable, innocent, and so full of wonder as they discover the world around them.
And it's a good thing, because if anyone without those qualities sat at my table, told me my cooking was "gross" and threw a lovingly prepared meal across the room, I can safely say that they wouldn't be invited back.
Mealtime can be a real battle with kids in the house, and it's no laughing matter when it gets to be a daily struggle. It can be exhausting trying to balance their nutrition with things they like to eat.
So today, I've got some tips for you on how to end the dinnertime disputes, bring peace back to mealtimes, and get your kids trying new foods that you can feel good about serving them.
We all get a little bored from time to time, but kids are especially susceptible to moments of tedium and dullness.
And what's worse, they really like to let us parents know when they're feeling bored.
They'll place themselves directly in front of us, lie on the floor, stare at the ceiling, and repeatedly tell us in no uncertain terms how unbelievably bored they are, which can be frustrating for parents who feel like they need to provide entertainment.
But boredom isn't necessarily a bad thing, despite what your kids would have you believe, and I'll tell you why it might even be beneficial for their development in today's episode.
I don't know if anyone can honestly claim to have never yelled at their kids before. I know I have, and I also know that I'm a better parent when I don't.
With that in mind, I have a few tips in today's show to help you maintain your composure and communicate effectively without raising your voice when your kids are pushing you to the breaking point.