Welcome to a very special edition of Carnival of Family Life!
It’s a special time here under the Big Top. Naturally the holidays are a big part of all that but also this week we are celebrating a milestone. Twenty-one years ago today I was 41 weeks pregnant, 100% effaced and dilated 4 centimeters but not contracting at all. Needless to say I was wondering why the heck this crazy kid wouldn’t come out. Even back then, Miss Holly Austa had a mind of her own and it certainly didn’t agree with my plans. Miss Holly Austa decided to make her grand entrance two days later after a little bit of encouragement from my obstetrician. I was fortunate enough to have a very easy labor and delivery of a baby who took to breastfeeding without a hitch and who pretty much followed the What To Expect series on baby care chapter and verse. Because of that, I actually thought I knew what I was doing. Man, I had this mommy thing dow-ownnn! Who needed the advice of those who have come before me.
And then I brought my darling daughter home from the hospital and had to feed her, bathe her, rock her to sleep, play with her, feed her, discipline her, potty train her. It got even harder as she learned to walk and talk. Two decades later, I find myself still trying to figure this mommy thing out. I sometimes poke fun at the parenting wisdom my future grandchild’s mama offers but only because I remember how much I thought I knew when I first brought her home from the hospital. If I had only listened to some of the advice offered to me way back then.
In honor of Holly’s twenty-first birthday and her impending motherhood, I offer this Carnival chock full of great parenting advice, encouragement and admonitions for now and for later from the very best of mommy and daddy bloggers.
Nina Smith presents Stepping Off Infertility Treadmill: Lesbians Consider Adoption where we learn that the decision to become a parent isn’t always so easy. Sometimes we experience disappointment, frustration and pain.
Jennifer offeres insights and advice on teaching our children about money in What Will We Teach Your Child About Money? This a big challenge especially in the day where so many of our children’s peers (and our children as well) are so good at spending money…their parents money, that is.
Suzanne offers up some advice for dealing with Seborrheic Dermatitis aka Cradle Cap. My own advice to Holly would be please check with your pediatrician before using any of these preparations on your newborn’s scalp.
While it is Holly’s job right now to grow out of her cute, little size 1 skinny jeans, I imagine she will be anxious to get back to her pre-pregancy size soon after the baby is born…I know that I was/am! So with that in mind, Sagar presents Negative Calories: 15 Foods That Actually Burn More Calories Than They Contain.
Rose advises, “We have to make sure we are not substituting medication for interaction with our children.” in How to Properly Drug Your Preschooler…What Will They Think of Next?
Because sleep deprivation is often the reality for most parents, Tupelo Kenyon offers Consciously Programming Your Subconscious Mind Before Sleep to help us all.
Jenny asks Do You Remember Barbies and shares her wishes of sharing them with her baby someday. Alas, Holly did not hang on to any of her Barbies should she wish to share with her own baby, be it a girl or a boy.
The best way to learn how to talk to your kids is probably to start at the very beginning. Warren Wong offers his own advice in Conversation Skills/Tips: How to Have a Good Conversation.
Head lice! Ugh! They haven’t showed up here under the Big Top…yet! But if they did Aparna offers home remedies for dealing with those little buggers in Beauty and Personal Grooming: Get Rid of Head Lice With These Home Remedies.
A child’s first teacher is his or her parent. Abel Cheng offers some advice for young parents in Toddler Games and Activities to Teach Your Child Science and Nature.
Carol Holder steps up on her parenting soap box and makes what might seem to some to be an unpopular choice for her daughter in Is Makeup Harmless? But she is the mom, so she gets to decide what is best for her young daughter, even if it might seem hardcore to some. It would seem that she made the right choice.
Louise Manning offers up a list of Famous and Infamous RedHeads that I read with great interest as a redhead myself. I don’t see my name on that list but, perhaps, someday my grandchild might be on that list. I’m just saying it could happen.
While experts (and this 1962-born child) might disagree on the actual time frame of the Baby Boomer Generation it is true that this generation is the true Transition Generation. Cathy presents The Transition Generation 1946-1964. Perhaps I might have something in common with Boomers once this grandbaby arrives.
As parents we sometimes get hung up on what we got done today rather than the work we do everyday caring for and bringing up our children. Thankfully, SingForHim reminds us of all that we do everyday in What Did You Get Done Today.
Just when one comes to the conclusion that there is no Christmas Spirit out in the world, Kyle James finds it in Walmart in Christmas Brings Out the Best in People, Even at Walmart.
Anmol Mehta reminds us all that our own good nutrition is the very best way to make a baby in How To Make a Baby the Right Way- Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition.
Years ago, we discovered that our daughter, Zoë, had significant hearing loss. It proved to be temporary and treatable. Still it was a big shock to us especially when we realized her behavior and reaction to some things was because she could not hear low tones. Eric Ellen offers some great advice that all young parents should consider in How to Check Your Child’s Hearing in Two Easy Steps. I can’t stress enough how important early detection and intervention is to your child’s growth and development.
Dana is sharing a little bit of Toilet Talk and I have to say that I am just a little bit jealous while I am still trying to convince my Little Man that he can poop in the potty and live to tell the tale.
Meanwhile, this Dana, is sharing her view in Home Affects School. While some of her insight might give my daughter, a single mom (not by choice) pause, I want to assure her again that she and her baby will always be surrounded by a large family circus that will continue to nurture, love and support them both.
The Frugal Duchess shares the frugal creativity of her daughter in Looking for Sea Cows: My Daughter’s Frugal Play Date.
At last, but certainly not least, Awesome Mom shares the joys of enjoying the fruits of nature with her family in Preserving and Persevering.
This concludes this edition and my maiden hosting of the Carnival of Family Life. Thank you everyone for sharing so much family-minded wisdom, advice and encourgement with us all. Next week’s host will be JHS, the carnival’s awesome moderator, at Colloquium.