Breastfeeding: Weaning an Older Child

With Hercules weaning earlier this year, I have been meaning to write about my weaning experiences with both boys for some time now. Because of the unique bond between mother and child, every weaning experience is different. Weaning Aristotle When I was breastfeeding Aristotle, I always had this idea that I would continue nursing himContinue reading “Breastfeeding: Weaning an Older Child”

Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits

This post is going to be a bit of a mishmash of ideas that are interrelated in some way. Every now and then I get these lines of thoughts that spiral out into different directions and I like to explore them. Writing helps me to do that and so here it is… A week ago,Continue reading “Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits”

Parenting: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys

I’ve always had a problem with the idea of “boys don’t cry“. There is this misconception that if we allow them to cry and express their feelings, they’ll be “sissies”. But there is a danger with this approach to handling boys. In fact, there is more and more evidence supporting the fact that rather thanContinue reading “Parenting: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys”

Social Graces: Teaching Manners and Etiquette to Kids

I never went to finishing school and I was never given formal lessons on social grace, but when I was growing up, it was impolite to call anyone before 8am in the morning and after 9pm at night unless it was an emergency. Of course back then mobile phones hadn’t been invented and a ringingContinue reading “Social Graces: Teaching Manners and Etiquette to Kids”

Parenting: Raising the Scientific Child

Do you have a child that smashes and breaks everything? Does you child do things even when you’ve warned him that it could be dangerous? Does he boldly go where others fear to tread? Are you at your wit’s end? Perhaps you’re ready to tear all your hair out in frustration – maybe you’re already baldingContinue reading “Parenting: Raising the Scientific Child”

Parenting: Light at the End of the Tunnel for Picky Eaters

To the parents of fussy eaters, I just wanted to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. When Aristotle started eating solids, we had a rough time feeding him. He didn’t like a lot of food and there was a lot of stress over his lack of enthusiasm for food. AsContinue reading “Parenting: Light at the End of the Tunnel for Picky Eaters”

Accidents, Emergencies and a Swallowed Coin

Two evenings ago, Hercules swallowed a coin. In spite of all our best intentions to make sure there are no hazards for our children around the house, the older they grow, the more resourceful they become, and the harder it is to keep the house “safe”. Of course, having a child like Hercules also increases theContinue reading “Accidents, Emergencies and a Swallowed Coin”

Finding Your Child’s Element

Ever since Aristotle was little, he has had a very good concentration span. He could sit down to an activity and stay with it for a significant amount of time. Hercules, on the other hand, looked like a child with ADD in comparison. He would bounce from activity to activity, never staying long enough toContinue reading “Finding Your Child’s Element”

Cross-cultural Parenting – Now There’s a Thought…

Those of you who read this blog know my feelings about corporal punishment. After reading enough of the evidence against it, especially its ineffectiveness, I must confess I was very surprised to read in Nurture Shock that corporal punishment was actually an effective disciplinary method among African-Americans. The reason for this was because: In theContinue reading “Cross-cultural Parenting – Now There’s a Thought…”