The Confidence Game

Building a block tower that won’t topple, speaking so that grown-ups understand you, navigating a forkful of food without spilling most of it. Toddlerhood is filled with struggles to master tasks both large and small. It’s no wonder that these years are also filled with toddler tantrums and frustration. Much of the behavior we label […]

The Right Time to Supplement

Q. I read your article on breastfeeding in the August issue, and as a breastfeeding counselor, I disagree with your advice to a nursing mom whose baby wasn’t gaining weight well. You recommended nursing every three hours for five to ten minutes at each breast, removing breast milk via a pump, and then supplementing the […]

Tummy Time

Q  My baby is 3 weeks old, and I recently heard two friends talking about “tummy time.” What exactly is this and how much does my baby need? A Now that babies are put to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), infants are spending less time on their […]

Finding a Balance: Ten Life Lessons for Healing Harried Lives, Part 1

by DR. MOM® The following life lessons represent Dr. Mom’s ten step prescription for leading a balanced life and finding true contentment. Getting off the fast track doesn’t mean that women need to stop making meaningful contributions, setting lofty goals, juggling competing priorities, or aspiring to be their best. It is about relinquishing the need […]

Finding a Balance: Ten Life Lessons for Healing Harried Lives, Part 2

by DR. MOM®   What specific things can I do to downscale and simplify my life? 6. Resolve to Grow Older, Not Just Get Older. Simplifying doesn’t mean we stop risking and growing; it’s about uncluttering our lives to focus more energy on our continued self-discovery and healthy risk-taking outside our comfort zone. The process of […]

Twenty Strategies for Busy Christian Women, Part 1

by Dr. Mom®   1. Identify what you value most in life, your highest ideals, and most burning desires.  (Luke 10: 27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”) Write an inspiring mission […]

Twenty Strategies for Busy Christian Women, Part 2

by Dr. Mom® 11. Tackle the thing you dread the most. Do the “worst first.” Worrying about “the dreaded task” saps your emotional energy. Stop the habit of “starting to plan to get ready to prepare to begin” and just do it. The longer you procrastinate, the better job you feel compelled to do in […]

Some of Dr. Mom’s Favorite Quotes

“The greatest gift you can give the world is a healthy you.”   Caroline Myss “Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves – the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough, that we should try again.”   Julia Cameron “Perfectionists are […]

The Perils of the Superwoman Persona

by Dr. Mom® Women today enjoy opportunities their own mothers could only dream of. Yet, instead of feeling “liberated” by the women’s movement, many are burdened with an overwhelming sense of responsibility and suffer from toxic overload. The glamour of expanded role opportunities has become a double-edged sword–effectively removing restrictive gender roles, while increasing expectations […]

When Your Child Resists Going to Church

by Dr. Mom® Christian parents are responsible for helping their children begin a lifelong faith journey and gain a saving knowledge of God through Jesus Christ. Regular church attendance helps children grasp the central concepts of Christianity, participate in familiar worship rituals, and feel part of a faith community. When children resist going to church, […]