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8 Simple Hacks for Stress-Free Mornings

Mornings are usually a point of contention for many families. We wake up late, we scramble to get things ready, we remember last minute tasks we need to do, we are all rushing to get out the door, multiple mini-fights are arguments arise… and we all leave the house feeling exhausted, stressed and disconnected. Does ...

Child Sleep and Daylight Savings (Spring Forward)

3 Ways To Help Your Child Adjust to The New Time By Diana Blanco. Founder, Smooth Parenting. The beginning of daylight savings is getting closer and many parents are wondering what to do to maintain their baby or toddler’s sleep habits, despite the time change. We ‘spring forward’ to Daylight Savings Time (DST) on Sunday, ...

Is your bedtime too late?

One of the most common (and easy to solve) mistakes regarding baby sleep is having a bedtime that is too late for our baby. Here are some tips on how to know whether your bedtime is too late: The 4-5pm test. Look at how your baby is around 4-5pm. If he/she is cranky, sand, whinny… ...

Bedtime Routines #2: Sleep Patterns and Children’s Health

Following up on Friday’s post, I would like reinforce the message of how important bedtime routines are for our children. A child’s bedtime routine could affect his or her sleep pattern throughout a lifetime. Setting bedtime routines and bedtime can improve sleep quality and quantity for infants and toddlers. Not getting enough sleep affects children’s behavior, memory, ...

Bedtime Routines #1

As promised, I will share some tips about how to set up a good bedtime routine that fosters connection, good sleep habits and peace. Our bedtime routines should be calm, relaxing, loving and smooth. A large part of creating positive sleep associations is crafting sleep time routines that will reinforce good sleep habits.  Developing a soothing ...

March Parenting Resolution: Routines

Let’s take the time to review our family routines and improve them whenever possible to make sure our days run more smoothly. Routines give our children a sense of security, predictability and independence. Routines help everybody in the family what needs to be done, who should do what, when things need to be done, in what order ...

Best Parenting Style

“The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.” – Benjamin Spock, MD Before we become parents, we see ourselves avoiding the mistakes we identified in other ...

5 Steps to Help Get Rid of Mommy-Guilt

Mommy guilt is a massive phenomenon these days. Moms (and some dads) always find a way to feel guilty about something, and most of the time it is a never-ending cycle. For example, if I spend all morning working on my business, I feel guilty because I haven’t taken care of the house and the ...

Isn’t peaceful parenting the same as permissive parenting?

The short answer is ‘no.’ Peaceful parenting isn’t the same as permissive parenting. I know first hand that sometimes, as peaceful parents, we feel powerless and clueless as to what to do. We know we don’t want to hit our kids, we know we don’t want to yell, we know we don’t want to threaten ...

How to talk to our children after a mass school shooting

I can’t believe we are talking about this again. Another mass school shooting, this time taking the lives of 17 people in a Florida high school. When are school shootings going to stop? My heart breaks for all those affected by these senseless acts. Enough is enough. After these horrific shootings, as parents we are left ...