Co-Parenting on Halloween, Why It’s Hard To Slow Down, Special Time a Parent-Child Interaction (#13)

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Blogpost We Read

Kids’ Turn, Tricks for Co-Parenting on Halloween excerpt :
“Remember that using a creative and kid-centered approach to sharing holidays can make even the most complicated situations a success.”

The holidays are filled with times of fun with family members, but for co-parents, it may seem like difficult times. Some parents manage to co-parent on Halloween by switching it off each year. Others opt to split the day up between the two parents. Managing Halloween when you’re co-parenting can be fun and memorable for your family by finding the option that’s right for you.

(Read here)

What We Listened To

If you crave a slower, intentional, minimalist lifestyle then How to Live Slow by Rachelle is the right podcast to listen to. In her episode “Why Most People Find It So Hard To Slow Down”, Rachelle and her guest Emma talks about how she does ‘slow’, her ideas for creating a slow family dynamic, and why so many of us struggle with slowing down.

The episode’s key points:

  • How to get beyond the consumer cycle of the decluttering movement
  • How to create a family dynamic around slow
  • The benefits of slow for families
  • The reason most people find it ‘too hard’ to slow down.

(Listen Here)

Advice We Heard

Research has shown that 5 to 10 minutes of Special Time a day improve child behavior. Special Time is one of the foundational components of parent-child interaction therapy, which is proven to strengthen the bond between the parent and a child, and can make your kid more likely to listen to you. Committing to just 5 to 10 minutes of Special Time with your child each day will help your child feel secure, good about themselves, and overall calmer and more cooperative.

This Week’s Article

Just like for adults, it’s normal for children to feel anxious or worried from time to time. Common childhood experiences like preparing to start a new school year, studying for a big test, and moving to a new neighborhood are all events that can trigger some level of anxiety. Read more.

Helper of the Week

Marisa Rhein, RN, IBCLC is a board-certified lactation consultant and experienced postpartum nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. She has strong healthcare services professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Nursing from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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