All posts by smoothparenting

Help Your Baby Sleep BEFORE Sleep Training

Formal sleep training should not happen before your baby is 4 months old, in fact, the ideal time is between 4 and 6 months old. However, there are many things you can do to ease your sleep training process or to avoid it completely by developing certain routines, even before sleep training can take place, ...

Healthy Sleep Habits for Children

There are many things that we, parents, can do to help our children fall asleep easier and sooner, stay asleep and have healthy sleep habits. These are basic and simple things that will help with this: Consistent daily routine – Keep to a regular daily routine— waking time, meal times, nap times, play times, TV ...

Sleep Needs By Age

Sleep is probably the most discussed aspect of baby care. As we mentioned in a previous post, sleep is essential for babies and children’s development. The quality and quantity of a child’s sleep has a direct impact in his growth, development, awareness, happiness and overall wellbeing. Many of you have written us asking about how ...

Never Hit a Child

At Smooth Parenting, we do not approve physical punishment of children of any sort under any circumstances. No spanking, no hitting, no paddling, no shaking, no banging… No physical punishment, please! Dr. Sears’ team wrote a fantastic piece about why you shouldn’t spank your child. If you think spanking works or is granted some times, ...

Schedules and Children

“Children thrive on schedules” That’s not just a statement or our opinion, it’s a fact! Children do develop better, grow better, behave better… when they know what to expect from their days, when a routine (this doesn’t mean it has to be boring!) is in place for them to follow. Additionally, once they have a set ...

March of Dimes – Support Needed

Smooth Parenting is a proud sponsor of March of Dimes. This year, we are sponsoring a preemie, twin mom, who is one of our best coaches. Please help her reach her goal and help children get the best start in life! Any donation will make a difference in a child’s life!

Memorabilia & Keepsakes

Usually, there are basically two distinct types of parents when it comes to memorabilia and keepsakes:  the tossers and the hoarders. As it always happens with extremes, none of it is good. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to save something that might be priceless in the future, but you don’t want to dedicate hours and ...

Reflective Parenting

As we continued exploring the best parenting options, we came accross ‘Reflective Pareting’. Reflective parenting views children’s behavior as meaningful communication that helps parents better understand their children. This approach to parenting sees the ability to reflect on the meaning behind a child’s behavior as being at the heart of sensitive, reflective parenting and as ...

Supporting Preemie Babies

Smooth Parenting is a proud sponsor of March of Dimes. This year, we are sponsoring a preemie, twin mom, who is one of our best coaches. Please help her reach her goal and help children get the best start in life! Any donation will make a difference in a child’s life!

Parenting – Tough Decisions Change Lives

It was a bright and sunny day but all I saw was dark clouds as I sat inside the school psychologist’s office looking with my son’s test results. “Your son’s behavioral problems can cause him to get in serious trouble later in life if they are not dealt with now. There are jails full of ...