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Springing Ahead

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  Ah, spring, the season of rebirth and colour, hope in buds, youth in convertibles, sunshine. For most of my adult life, spring was my favourite season. A few years ago, feeling brave and sophisticated, I switched to fall. I used to not trust read more »

Is It Just Me – Digging Deep

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I’ve never enjoyed much success with fall planting. After puzzling out which side of the bulb is up, I add the fertilizer and water. But, the following spring, the glorious waves of daffodils I envisioned are a mere ripple of one read more »

Is It Just Me? – The Middle of Me

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I have problems transitioning. The end of the school year puts me in a dark mood. As the prime caretaker in our home, I love not being required to drive my sons all over the globe, pack lunches and play slave read more »

Coping With Back-to-School Blues

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] The first week of school is usually not too bad – kids are excited about school starting and parents are renewed and ready to make sure everything goes smoothly. We often impress ourselves with a great read more »

Is It Just Me – Let There Be School

Friday, September 10th, 2010 | 2 Comments
I love my kids. I swear. As individuals, they are fascinating, unique creatures and I am a proud Dr. Frankenstein. But, together, during the couple of weeks before school started up again, we created an environment that was like read more »

Starting School for the First Time

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | 0 Comments
Around this time last year, Jennifer Kolari gave some advice to a reader whose daughter was having a difficult time with her transition to daycare. Read her advice: This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader about read more »

Mirroring Monday – I Don’t Want to Go to Camp Edition

Monday, July 19th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Start the week off right with examples of mirroring from the team at Connected Parenting and share your own favorite mirroring moment in the comments below. This week’s Mirroring Moment is from Barbara Miller. Enjoy! A boy of 10 years old was very anxious about starting a read more »

How Bereaved Children Think, Feel, and Behave – And What Adults Can Do to Help

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 | 0 Comments
By: Liana Lowenstein, MSW This article is designed to help you learn more about how children experience grief and what you can do to help children through this difficult time. Grief is the word used to describe the intense emotional distress one experiences following read more »

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Monday, May 24th, 2010 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby.] One of the hardest things to cope with as a parent is anxious separations. Seeing those big eyes begging you not to leave and trying to pull away as your child clings desperately to your leg read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Being a Single Mom with a New Baby

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader who is feeling lonely and overwhelmed as a single parent with a newborn baby. Jennifer advises networking with other single moms, visiting family, and remembering that the first read more »

Is It Just Me? – When Plants Are More Than

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 | 0 Comments
My grandmother’s “Silver Queen” houseplant was dying beside my bathtub. There were more yellow leaves than the trademark green and silver, and they drooped like lettuce leaves at the bottom of an overdressed salad. Grandma Sybil’s life ended more than fifteen years read more »

The Little Paper on Helicopter Parenting

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Vicki Bell over at the little paper wrote a fabulous piece about how she made the switch from being a “satellite of love” parent: “orbiting [her] daughters with purse and pockets full of tissues, snacks, lip balm and sippys; delivering explanations, juice, stories, read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Picky Eaters

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader whose two-year-old has a limited diet and does not like to try new foods. Jennifer explains that it’s important to stay neutral – don’t get too upset when read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Potty Training

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader whose son made the switch to big boy underwear but started to suffer setbacks after a couple of weeks when the novelty of his potty rewards wore off. read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Having a Good Relationship With Tweens and Teens

Saturday, January 9th, 2010 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a reader’s question about how to deal with a tween who is increasingly hostile. Jennifer explains that teenagers’ brains are still maturing and they may have trouble keeping perspective. She advises parents not read more »

Is It Just Me – Eye to Eye

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Charlie and I saw eye to eye for exactly six days this past September. But, instead of the seventh day being a day of rest the way it is in Genesis, for my thirteen year-old son it was a day of growth the read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Introducing Your Baby to New Foods

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader who is having trouble getting her 10-month-old child to eat meat. Jennifer advises mixing pureed meat with familiar vegetables and then staying neutral when you offer it to your baby. read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Weaning Your Child

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader who is having trouble weaning her 17-month-old son from breastfeeding. Jennifer advises gradually cutting back on daytime feedings and leaving the nighttime feeding for last. She emphasizes that it’s important read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Dealing with Loss

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader whose friend is dying. Jennifer explains how hard it is to be strong for a dying loved one while we experience our own fear and sadness at the prospect read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses the Challenges of Breastfeeding Twins

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a pregnant reader who is anxious about breastfeeding her twins. Jennifer advises nursing moms to eat well, stay hydrated, and get lots of rest. Ask for and accept help to reduce read more »

Getting Along With Your Baby's Grandparents

Monday, October 5th, 2009 | 0 Comments
[Originally posted at Just the Facts, Baby] It’s hard enough to navigate the challenges you face with your partner after a new baby, but other relationships can get shaken up as well. Suddenly, getting along with your parents or in-laws can become read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses How to Regain Intimacy After the Birth of Your Child at Kolari's Corner

Friday, October 2nd, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader about how to recapture the spark after the birth of your child. Jennifer explains that it is normal for couples to experience some physical distancing when their children are read more »

Jennifer Kolari Discusses Helping Your Little One Adjust to Daycare at Kolari's Corner

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | 0 Comments
This week at Kolari’s Corner on InfoMommy, Jennifer Kolari answers a question from a reader about how to help a child adjust to her first daycare experience. Jennifer explains that clinging and whining, or defiance and other yucky behavior, during this period of read more »

Morning Madness

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 | 0 Comments
Ahh the crazy routines of carpools, programs, homework and early morning scrambles. Living in the fast pace of trying to make everything run like clockwork, can be overwhelming. For many of us the tone of the day is set by the morning, a good read more »

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