4 Must Reads for Gentle Parenting
Whether you are a new mom, or finding your way with a rambunctious toddler, there are always new ways to incorporate gentle parenting techniques into your parenting style.
Here are my go-to resources for all things gentle parenting! From sleep training to the downright basics, you will want to bookmark this and come back to this often!
The Basics of Gentle Parenting
Let’s start with the basics! Gentle parenting focuses on five deep beliefs. It is about molding your child into a secure, confident, and self-loving human being twenty years from now. Gentle parenting doesn’t mean that you’re the perfect parent. It doesn’t mean that you won’t ‘screw’ your child up. It about being honest with yourself, your partner (if applicable), and how you show up every day as a loving, caring parent.
How I Sleep Trained My Baby
When my first son, Oliver was born, I transitioned from co-sleeping to Oliver having his own bedroom. This was a whole new world for me and I learned so much from this experience. A lot of my fellow mom friends asked me for my opinion on this, so thought I’d write a post about it!
How I Reduce My Anxiety and Stay Calm as a Parent
I have always struggled with some anxiety throughout my life, and for those who know what that is like, you know it’s really hard. Now that I’m a mom with more responsibilities, sleep deprivation and overwhelm, I can definitely admit that it’s harder to cope with anxiety more than ever.
Communicating With Our Children’s BIG Feelings
As parents, one of the hardest aspects of parenting is managing our children’s emotions and feelings, especially when they are explosive. As adults, we expect other adults to have it together… Otherwise, well, we’re quick to throw in some labels “dramatic”, “crazy”, “extra”…
For most of us, we really do our best with how we’ve been brought up, what we’ve been told about our emotions, our personality traits, our mental health and most importantly our abilities to regulate. Regulation is taught at an early age and an unregulated adult will have trouble communicating.
Many of us don’t think about how “everything started” or where it stems from. We judge adults too easily and yet, we expect children to act like one. It doesn’t make sense and that’s where our young ones are falling short at understanding themselves.
Gentle Parenting – All You Need
Remember, gentle parenting is a lifestyle. It’s not always easy. It is a parenting approach that encourages you a partnership between you and your child to make choices based on an internal willingness, instead of external pressures.
No Strict Set of Rules
All in all, gentle parenting doesn’t follow a strict set of rules. It wasn’t created by a lifestyle guru… and no, it isn’t a celebrity parenting fad. Gentle parenting requires you to become aware of the behavior you are modelling for your child, encourages compassion, welcomes emotions and accepts your child as a whole, human being.
You will be amazing! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. You can always find me on Instagram.