Parents need a lot of help. Anyone who has had a child for at least a day knows that. This week I found a few useful resources that caught my attention.
One of my favourite parenting experts, Beverley Cathcart-Ross has published a book called Raising Great Parents: How to Become the Parent Your Child Needs You to Be. It’s full of lots of good advice, but what I like the most about it is the title. Beverley has been dishing out advice to parents for long enough to know that it’s the parents who need to learn before we teach our children anything. If you want to be a great parent you should pick up a copy.
If you’re more worried about getting the baby to sleep at this stage, you might be interested to know that smallnest, the app that tracks everything your baby does, just introduced an update called Stop Crying. Apparently you just tap the ‘Stop Crying’ button, and your iPhone will emit an inaudible sound wave pattern that clinical trials have shown calms babies enough for them to immediately stop crying.
You’ve heard of the Tiger Mom and perhaps even the Jellyfish Parent, but you might not have heard about the Dolphin Mom. A new book called The Dolphin Way by Dr. Shimi K. Kang promises to provide parents with a guide to inspire children to develop their own internal drive by drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioural research to show why pushy ‘tiger parents’ and permissive ‘jellyfish parents’ actually hinder self-motivation. Dolphin parents focus on gently yet authoritatively guiding their kids to maintain balanced lives and dolphin traits like adaptability, community mindedness, creativity and critical thinking…and maybe good swimming skills? Breathing under water for a long time?
Sometimes I yearn to be like my parents who unapologetically said no to pretty much everything (and we just obeyed and accepted it). Like when they said no to watching TV during the week—except once weekly when we were allowed to watch the squeaky clean and full-of-positive-family-messaging Little House on the Prairie. Imagine your kids only having one hour of screen time a week. If you want your kid to turn out as well as I did, the re-release of this series is now available on DVD.
For parents concerned with their child’s literacy, The Hanen Centre’s newest guidebook, I’m Ready!™How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success, teaches parents the most effective ways to nurture their child’s early literacy during everyday routines and activities. Speech-language pathologists Janice Greenberg and Elaine Weitzman have taken the most current research in emergent literacy and broken it down into fun, easy-to-use tips and strategies for promoting early literacy throughout the day. Taking a walk, reading a book, shopping for groceries…I’m Ready! transforms all of these daily routines into enjoyable opportunities for parents to prepare their child for reading success. Incidentally, we’re giving away five copies. Here’s the link to the contest.
Have a great week.
It’s been a busy week at Savvy HQ. We finally announced that we have been acquired by Ideon Media. Our brand will live on as the SavvyMom Group which incorporates SavvyMom.ca, the SavvyMom Collective of bloggers, UrbanMoms (also recently acquired by Ideon) and BabyPost.ca. We’re very excited about the move as we are now the biggest Canadian mom property. Nothing else will change for you, our loyal readers. Our team is still dedicated to delivering the very best practical solutions to your everyday dilemmas—from diapers to dinner parties and beyond. We know that your loyalty and feedback, ideas and comments are a large part of our success to date and we thank you for that.
In much more important news, I read about a survey commissioned by ParticipACTION which turned up some surprising results. Although 92 per cent of Canadian kids say they’d rather play with friends than watch TV, they watch almost eight hours of screens (computers, smart phones, video games, and TV) each day. Parents say they can’t find time to play with their kids, but when Canadian adults have free time, 43 per cent of them choose to watch television and/or go online. I agree with them that it’s time to power off and get outside. As part of its national campaign to Bring Back Play, ParticipACTION is asking Canadian families to Unplug & Play for 60 minutes a day from March 24–30. Go!
I’m not sure if playing with dolls counts, but I am pretty sure the people at ParticipACTION would be in favour of the new Barbie doll I read about on The Huffington Post last week. She’s named ‘Lammily’ and if the crowdfunding efforts are a success, these beautiful and realistic dolls will be available soon. These dolls wear sportswear instead of princess dresses. Imagine!
Speaking of fashion, we attended an event for Target last week which featured a young Canadian designer. Sarah Stevenson’s amazing designs for Target will be in stores March 23. Target is well known for their famous fashion collaborations with high-end designers (most recently Jason Wu with the Canadian launch) and Sarah’s stuff is easily on par with them. We loved the bright and springy collection. So will you!
Finally, some shameless self-promotion for an amazing contest we’re hosting in partnership with Moms to Be…and More. We’re bringing you the opportunity to win an UPPAbaby Vista Stroller (valued at $789.99) plus a $300 gift card to Moms to Be…and More. Tell all your friends!
Have a great week.