Shifting Gears: The Power of Mommy Brain

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Originally Published in The Holistic Parent Blog November 18, 2015 | by Maria Andrusiak Morland We’ve all heard the term – mommy brain. We thought we were effective adults before we had a baby and one day we wake up drool-soaked, covered in milk, wearing our pajamas for the third day in a row, and we cry over the cell phone bill because we don’t understand it. Or we call our partner to come home early because there’s no dinner, nothing is cleaned up, and we just found our breakfast in the cupboard and our clean coffee cup empty on the stove. …

Good Sleep Habit(at)s – Quieting the Critics in Favour of You

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First Published for The Holistic Parent Summer 2015 Edition Sleep. Every parent wants it. Very few of us get it. And the less we get – the more it’s all we crave. So what to do when after having a baby it’s all you think about? If you’re like most parents, myself included, you start to research, which means you google it. Usually at 1 am. “How do I get a baby to sleep?” “How long should babies sleep?” “Do babies need to self-soothe?” “Where should a baby sleep?” “Why won’t they just go to sleep!” And the internet tells …

How the Similac Mommy Wars Ad Creates the War it Pretends to End

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Today I was told that I was wrong to debate the new “feel good” Similac mommy wars ad by raising concerns over its ethics. (I am posting the donotlink version here so they don’t get yet more traffic: http://www.donotlink.com/framed?620434) But shouldn’t it be central to “feel good” advertising that it be ethical? How can we feel good if what or how a company is advertising doesn’t feel good? One definition of unethical marketing is having the outward product or message of the ad not match the underlying rhetorical and persuasive techniques, analogies and metaphors that construct the presentation choices in the …

The True Meaning of Sorry

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http://www.theholisticparent.ca/#!The-True-Meaning-of-Sorry/cah3/1 When I was pregnant and had very small babies, I thought that I never wanted to be one of those people who made their children “say sorry.” I can’t stand forcing a small child to use words they don’t understand, in a social world that simply demands things of them that don’t make sense. I wanted my children to understand sorry from the heart, not just say it. At the same time, I didn’t want to never teach my children explicitly what sorry is — a family that never says sorry, never deals with hurt, never goes back and …