Hard Wired for Success. How a Mother’s Brain Changes

Hard Wired for Success. How a Mother’s Brain Changes

Of all the changes we feel during pregnancy and as new mothers, it is helpful to realize our brains (the control centre of our nervous systems) change. Big Time. Why? We need to learn a lot of new behaviors in order to ensure the survival of our child(ren). While some of these new behaviours are learned, many we become hard wired for. Literally. How? There are various studies that attempt to look at how this occurs and research is currently underway to continue to find more answers. Here is a summary of some research to date.   Pregnancy leads to

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Is the Hot Potatoe ruining your Relationship?

Is the Hot Potatoe ruining your Relationship?

Relationships can be complicated at the best of times. Add in exhaustion, heightened emotions and adjusting to a new baby in the house and your primary relationship is going to face challenges. Who wakes up at night with the baby? Who makes dinner, does laundry, feeds the baby? How do you each still have time for personal interests and self care? There is a lot to negotiate and less time available. One thing to ask yourself is if there is a hot potatoe. A what? Remember the children’s game of passing an object quickly, pretending it was hot and not

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To Those Who Had Kids Before Me…

To Those Who Had Kids Before Me…

I had NO Idea! I had no idea the extent of how much your life changed. When our friends showed up with a case of beer after your newborn arrived you had every right to ask us to leave. But you didn’t. We expected everything to be the same. Sure there was a baby in the mix but we could carry on in our early 20’s way of care-free partying with your undivided attention, right? Wrong. It wasn’t until friends came over right after my own newborn arrived that I started noticing the difference between those who had kids (and

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What You Want is What you Get

What You Want is What you Get

One of the most helpful questions we can ask ourselves is: How do I want to feel in my life? Day to day, moment to moment, what are the dominant feelings you want to experience most? We often seek new contents (such as clothing, a house or a vehicle) or experiences (such as a new haircut or a trip around the world) to feel differently. We are sometimes mislead in thinking, once I have that new (fill in the blank) item I will feel ‘better.’ So often we are disappointed because our state of being barely changes or the feeling

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Respectful Parenting

Respectful Parenting

Janet Lansbury is my go to these days for most things parenting. Her belief that infants are born whole as unique people, deeply occupied with their own thoughts who deserve to be treated as we would expect to be treated really resonates with me.  She explains that as babies, we have a powerful instinctive need to understand and be understood, and we trust our parents to show us the way. Since 1994 she has taught respectful parenting classes and written two books, both of which I highly recommend. When you hear ‘Respectful Parenting‘ how does that sit with you? What

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