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Take Flight
Travel
NannyConnie™
September 7, 2017
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Some of the best family memories are made while traveling. Some of the biggest family headaches occur during traveling too! If you’re planning on traveling by plane be prepared to buy an extra seat. Your child needs their own space even for a 2 or 3-hour plane ride. They need to be able to stretch out and have their own contained area. The seats barely have enough comfort (I use that word lightly) space for you. Keep your peace of mind and if you can afford it buy that extra seat.

There best times to travel are around sleep schedules so early morning, nap time, or night time. No matter what time you decide to fly, if you don’t do anything else before you get on the plane make sure your child is fed, used the restroom (changed diaper), and have on comfy clothes.

Dealing with cabin pressure during takeoff or landing can be a parent’s worst nightmare. If you have an infant a pacifier, bottle, or breast feeding will help. If you have a toddler use a pacifier or sippy cup. Anything that creates that chewing, swallowing, or sucking motion.

Now wheels up and have a safe flight! Remember Chess Not Checkers! Just Be The Parent

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Baby Body Bounce Back
Fitness
NannyConnie™
August 25, 2017
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This blog requires you as a mom to read it through reality lenses. No airbrushing, no spandex, no actress with a high metabolism, no magic juices this is just REALITY! Reality is unless you have some amazing genetics your body is not going to snap back as soon as you push out that baby. Gaining baby weight can be difficult for you to deal with while you’re pregnant so expect the weight struggle to be real after you have the baby. Your body has physically changed to accommodate growing life inside you. It may be off a few centimeters, pounds or even a shoe size. These are changes that you really have no control over. Now there are exceptions to the rule. Those women who fall under the exception should be supported just like those who are bound, damned and determined to hit their pre-pregnancy body.  I tip my hat to those moms being so regimented in setting goals to slide back into those jeans. I am not saying it can’t be done but as with everything it’s a process. There are a lot of factors that play into that process such as metabolism, genetics, hormones, emotional state, age, amount of sleep just to name a few. Listen I’m still working on my baby weight and my child is over 30 years old (I am laughing at myself).

Don’t beat yourself up! You just achieved a major miracle while going through some major body trauma. I suggest that you buy a few transitional pieces that help you in this in-between phase. Consider them as no pressure clothing items. It’s not a bad idea to find a motivation partner. This could easily be someone who has had a baby around the same time as you. You should definitely find that support and motivation in your partner. Partners please, please, please, don’t drag your partner because their body is not changing in the time frame that you deem necessary. If you’re a breastfeeding mother you have to continue to eat and eat healthy! Also, you should prepare for at least 12 months before you’re able to get back where you want to be. The reality is you have to keep it in perspective 9 months to gain and at least 9 months to lose. Just Be The Parent!

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Go With The Flow
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NannyConnie™
August 20, 2017
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The terrible twos aren’t really the time you want to push, try, implement, or force potty training. This is one of those times that your child is going through a growth spurt mentally and physically, possibly welcoming a new sibling, and having playdates with other toddlers. During this time as a parent you don’t know what’s going on, and your child sure as hell doesn’t know what’s going on. Now add into the mix that you’ve decided it’s time to inform them that those diapers they’ve been wearing the past two years have to go. I mean talk about information overload. Your focus at this time should be setting some boundaries to help everyone keep their sanity.

Now do you understand why I say wait until their 2 ½ to 3 years old. At this point they start to get a rhythm and their brain starts to digest the new system you are trying to implement. At three they are more verbal and really understand what you’re saying to them. You guys are having more of an engaged conversation. For the majority of you who start before two you’ll probably have weeks of stress, a lot of accidents, mixed signals, and regression. True the peanut gallery will tell you their stories of how they potty trained before 2 at 2 or around 2 but they don’t tell you about the pull-ups in the middle of the night and the hell they went through to make it happen. Don’t get me wrong there are exceptions to the rule for knocking it out before, at or around 2 but they are just what I called them exceptions! It’s perfectly fine to engage in their early curiosity about using the bathroom through books, conversations, videos, and action. Bottom line don’t stress the wee time it will happen!

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Me Time
Relationship
NannyConnie™
August 12, 2017
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Keeping up with the maintenance on anything from your vehicle, home, or even yourself through a visit to your doctor is mandatory! A lack of maintenance will lead to a lack in performance eventually leading to malfunction. Consider me time to be parenting maintenance.

How can you give 200 percent if you’re not putting in 100 percent for yourself? You require maintenance just like your car and home. You will only get out what you put in, so don’t sell yourself short. Think of yourself as a track star, sprinters get exhausted after so many yards but cross-country runners pace themselves. Be that cross country runner because as a parent you’re in this for the long haul. Make sure you take time out for some much needed “me time”, and don’t beat yourself up about it. Think of it this way, if you’re exhausted how will you be able to give your child 200 percent if your tank is only 20 percent full? Take your time, be patient, and consistent with carving out a little me time for yourself. And remember HE even rested on the 7th day.

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