Making Sense of Baby Sleep Problems, Victoria Prooday on Children’s Mental Health Issues and “Seven Superpowers” for Parenting Success (#10)

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The Monkey Mashup focuses on the family core and how to help others have a happy or productive family. Many of us struggle with parenting, which is why our goal is to provide overwhelmed parents with helpful and encouraging tips and advice to actually enjoy parenthood.

Here is this week’s “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends!

Article We Read

As any new parent knows, frequent feedings, diaper changes and walking the halls with a fussy baby can make sleeping soundly at night nearly impossible. The likelihood is that nobody in your home is getting much sleep, particularly in the first several months.

Here are questions from Zero to Three on how to meet the needs of your individual child and family:

  • What do you find most challenging about your child’s sleep habits?Why?
  • What do you think are the reason(s) for your child’s sleep challenge?
  • What have you tried that has worked? Not worked? What can you learn from this?

Learn more on how to make sense of your infant or toddler’s sleep problems, and find out how to appropriately address them.

(Read full article)

Post We Saved

To raise awareness about children’s mental health issues, this week we would like to share an article written by Victoria Prooday, Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist.  It has been read by over 20 million people – “The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children“.

An excerpt:
“There is a silent tragedy that is unfolding today in our homes and concerns our most precious jewels: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! In the last 15 years, researchers have given us increasingly alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in childhood mental illness that is now reaching epidemic proportions…your children need you to hear this message…”

(The Post)

What We’re Reading

Dr. Maria Gilmour has developed Seven Superpowers: How Parents Can Shift from Punishment and Control to Comfort and Success – innate strengths – that parents can use to calm a tense moment, help a child feel secure, and create the conditions for success!

She is well known for her creative approach to cross-disciplinary collaboration. She feels that a child is best served when parents and family members, educators, and therapists work together to support the specific needs of a child. So are you ready to release your parent-superpowers? Start reconnecting with your children like never before!

(Read the book)

This Week’s Article

Helper of the Week

Brandi Flores IBCLC, Pediatric Nurse, Postpartum Doula mission is simple: to provide clients the wellness education, tools, and resources that they need to identify the cause of their lactation problems, understand the processes to fix them, and put a plan together that’s personalized and effective to support you and your baby on your lactation journey.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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