The Ugly Truth

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[Image via patheos.com]
By now, you’ve most likely seen The Video.

You know the one. It features a large man brutalising a small child over a bottle of milk and it pretty much took over Facebook for two whole days.

I won’t be linking to it here (that would be rather pointless, now that the police have caught the suspects), but if — by chance — you haven’t seen it, trust me when I tell you it’s very hard to watch. Especially if you have a child of your own. Particularly if that child happens to be right around the age of the child in the video. Continue reading “The Ugly Truth”

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Clash of the Titans – what to do when parenting styles collide!

For someone who prefers quiet moments, my house can get pretty hectic. A typical Monday can see my son lounging around in the nude as his grandmother screams at him to get dressed before spirits steal his naked soul! In my opinion, my son can be naked all he wants but it’s not a battle I choose to have with the woman who brought me into the world and maybe, if pushed, can still take me out!

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image credit http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Looking back at my own childhood, my parents never really argued over how they would discipline me. My mother would loudly suggest that I eat my vegetables or whatever it was I didn’t like. I’d protest and my father would calmly say “Come on, leave the poor child alone, if she doesn’t want it, don’t force her!” And although that led to me having the weirdest diet plan ever, for the most parts, if I did anything wrong, both my parents eventually agreed on one chosen method of discipline but what if they didn’t?

Parenting is never easy and even when you raise a child with a partner you love; you can and will bump heads. Many of us tend to repeat the patterns of discipline we were taught as kids and that simply means that the way we were raised, plays a big part in how we choose to disciple our own children and when two people come together with different views on child rearing, it can be a major source of conflict.

So let’s suppose that you came from a home where spankings were allowed and your partner didn’t. Or what if you grew up in an environment where children were free to explore whilst your partner’s upbringing was more controlled. How do you, as a couple find common ground? Do you both sit calmly and discuss your options; throw your hands up in despair or does it turn into a battle zone? Don’t despair, parenting conflicts can be resolved and to help us along, I’ll share some really useful tips from the one and only. *Dr. Phil Mc Graw.- Psychologist and life strategist.

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Clash of the Titans – what to do when parenting styles collide!

Mommy-Struck

Once upon a time, my little Boss Lady was deeply enamoured of her Daddy. She cried if he left the room without her and she demanded her cuddles within seconds of his return. That made it relatively easy to get away when I needed a little break (which usually meant going on a grocery run). I knew the real separation anxiety phase was right around the corner, but I figured her dad and I would bear that burden equally.

It’s quite possible that I’ve never been more wrong in my life. Continue reading “Mommy-Struck”

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3 Ways to get Baby Sleeping through the Night without Losing your Mind!

The internet is full of cute videos, however when you find something that claims to be both cute and helpful, it becomes an instant hit! Case in point, the recent viral video that showed a dad putting his baby to sleep in less than 60 seconds, using nothing but a piece of tissue! Yes 42 seconds to be exact and with a cute baby being magically lulled to sleep with only a piece of non-chloroformed tissue, what new parent wouldn’t want to learn this trick?

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image courtesy http://findperspective.org

There is an old joke that goes “Last night I slept like a baby. I woke up three times, wet myself twice and cried myself back to sleep.” New parents know all too well the sleepless nights that a new baby can bring and although each baby is different, let’s take a look at three of the more common techniques for getting baby off to a good start.
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Of Childish Things

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Maria, AKA Sonia Manzano with Elmo. (image via avclub.com)

It’s rare that a piece of child-related news will hit folks with and without kids the exact same way, but I’m willing to bet that everyone everywhere got hit right in the feels when news broke that Sonia Manzano is retiring.

If – like me – you managed to live to a ridiculous age before learning some home truths, let me catch you up a bit: Sonia Manzano is the real name of the actress who played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years. And now she’s done. Continue reading “Of Childish Things”

Of Childish Things

Happy Father’s Day from Baby Babble Radio!

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At first glance, it might seem like Baby Babble Radio is all about mommies. After all, it is the brainchild of veteran broadcaster Samantha John. We’re also blessed to have the incredible journalist, Lenn Almadin-Thornhill on our team. Then there’s me, blogger, announcer and Work at Home Mommy extraordinaire. We even welcomed a new mommy blogger/announcer to the mix quite recently: Katyan Roach!

However, if you take a closer look, it’s easy to see how much love we have for daddies. Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day from Baby Babble Radio!”

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Living On the Back Burner

My daughter eats at least two servings of fruit per day. Her dietary staples also include brown rice, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, lentils and red beans (neither of which come from a can). I make these things in big batches throughout the week and freeze them in easy-to-serve portion sizes.

Meanwhile, I eat whatever is easiest to throw together or pick up on the go. It’s not unusual for me to put her to bed at 8pm, organize her super-healthy meals for the next day and then pop some popcorn for myself for dinner. The only real meal I eat regularly is breakfast (a scrambled egg, toast and coffee… which I can usually finish before she starts scaling the furniture) and the only fruits I eat tend to be samples of whatever I’m cutting up for tomorrow’s snacks. Continue reading “Living On the Back Burner”

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The Flip-Side

Last week, I wrote about the importance of a world that embraces motherhood to the extent that it welcomes children into environments that wouldn’t necessarily seem to be child-friendly (such as school and work) as a means of enriching the lives of mother and child. This week, I found myself cringing a bit at the following video of NBA player Stephen Curry’s latest press conference, which featured an appearance from his adorable two-year-old daughter Riley. So, I decided to add a small caveat to my original argument.

Before you brand me a hypocrite, hear me out: Continue reading “The Flip-Side”

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A+ Professor; World Needs Improvement

Look at him, teaching away, baby in hand. (image via buzzfeed.com)
Look at him, just teaching away, baby in hand. (image via buzzfeed.com)

Have you seen this pic?

If not, I’d like to introduce you to Professor Sydney Engelberg. He teaches an Organizational Behavior class at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. That baby he’s holding? Not his. Nor is he a prop illustrating Social Identity Theory (whatever that is). Rather, that baby belongs to one of Engelberg’s students. He started crying during the class (as babies do) and — as the mother was preparing to leave — the professor took the baby, calmed him down and continued teaching the class.

Let’s just pause here for a second and let that sink in. Continue reading “A+ Professor; World Needs Improvement”

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Shameless Parenting

Nothing causes internet controversy like parenting choices, especially when they don’t conform to everyone’s definition of “acceptable” parenting. Obviously, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone with every choice, but anything mildly unorthodox is bound to bring down fire and brimstone, even if, deep down inside, everyone knows they’ve been there a time or two. Continue reading “Shameless Parenting”

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For the Love of Stretch Marks

Newsflash: Women get stretch marks. All kinds of women, of every shape and size. Even if they’ve never had babies. Hell, men get them too.

I feel the need to announce this because every time a “perfect” woman reveals hers, folks are incredibly surprised. As if they’ve never met a real live woman before. Continue reading “For the Love of Stretch Marks”

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The Interview – Independent Midwife Chelone Lee Woo

© Lucidwaters | Dreamstime.com - Midwife Checks Baby Heart Beat And Movement Photo
© Lucidwaters | Dreamstime.com – Midwife Checks Baby Heart Beat And Movement Photo

Baby Babble Radio’s Samantha John sits down with Chelone Lee Woo, Independent Midwife, to chat about what it’s like to specialise in teenage pregnancy. Drawing on 20 years of experience in midwifery and the more than 1,000 births under her belt, Lee Woo talks about the importance of preparing young mothers for the journey ahead in a society that often ostracises them for their pregnancies.

Check it out and tell us what you think about the necessity for specialised care for teenaged mothers.

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A Big Dose of Perspective

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It is truly amazing how your priorities change when you become a parent. Things that used to seem so important ­- like fashion, a social life and regular showers -­ suddenly end up on the backburner, while things that had never before crossed your mind ­- like developmental milestones, age ­appropriate entertainment and poop consistency ­- become points of pride.

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The Wonders of Working From Home

At least once a week, someone tells me how lucky I am to work from home. The declaration usually comes from a mom who has to juggle everything I do (childcare, household duties, a partner and herself) plus a full-time job. In the face of such a situation, what can I do but thank them and agree that, yes, I am quite lucky? My daughter’s with me for the most part, so I don’t have to worry about what she’s up to all day at daycare (anymore) and I have a job that’s generally flexible enough for me to work it around her as much as possible. No rush-hour traffic, no crazy boss, no work clothes! Yay! On the other hand, there’s a reason I refer to my daughter as Boss Lady. Continue reading “The Wonders of Working From Home”

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The Interview – Garth Voisin, Father and Uncle

Garth VoisinOf all his titles (of which Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Coach are just a few), Father and Uncle are the ones that mean the most to Garth Voisin. Check out this interview with Baby Babble Radio’s Calisa Paulson to find out how he makes time for the seven children in his life while pursuing a variety of endeavours with the ultimate aim of securing their futures. (Protip: Princess Days are key.)

The Interview – Garth Voisin, Father and Uncle

The Interview – Homeschooling

Thema Looby with her son Taye
Thema Looby with her son Taye

If you’ve ever considered homeschooling your children, you’re going to want to hear this interview with BabyBabbleRadio.com’s Samantha John and Thema Looby, a mother of one who taught primary school in the UK for nine years before moving back to Trinidad and Tobago. Faced with her son’s unhappiness with the local school system, Looby decided to take matters into her own hands. Get some insight into how she makes it all work and the importance of “Golden Time” with this intriguing interview.

The Interview – Homeschooling

The Interview – Janelle Pascall, Internal Communications Professional

Janelle Pascall
Janelle Pascall

BabyBabbleRadio.com announcer Calisa sits down with Janelle Pascall, Internal Communications Professional and mother of an energetic toddler to discuss how she manages motherhood and her dynamic career. The burden of Mommy Guilt, the value of support and the importance of a good spreadsheet are just some of the insights on offer from a woman Calisa refers to as her Mommy Mentor.

Take a listen and tell us what you think! Are you a career mom? How do you deal with the demands of both arenas?

The Interview – Janelle Pascall, Internal Communications Professional

The Interview – Independent Midwife Anna Levisen

Anna Levisen with a client

There’s nothing like the experience of bringing your child into the world, but what’s it like to witness the birth of new life on a day-to-day basis? Anna Levisen, Independent Midwife at Mamatoto Resource and Birth Centre, sits down with Baby Babble Radio’s Samantha John to give us the inside scoop on a career that revolves around the miracle of life. Hear which part of the process that still makes her tear up after all these years.

The Interview – Independent Midwife Anna Levisen

The Day Care Challenge (Part One)

The day I left the hospital with my itty bitty brand­ new daughter strapped securely into her car seat , I marvelled at the fact that it took just two days for the doctors and nurses to determine that I ­– a person who had never been up close and personal with a newborn before –­ was qualified to take this precious (and totally defenseless) little person home. “How could they know such a thing?” I wondered, bracing myself for a lifetime of uncertainty.

One year and a few battle scars later, I faced the terrifying prospect of determining whether someone else was qualified to look after that same precious (albeit bigger) human being.

Continue reading “The Day Care Challenge (Part One)”

The Day Care Challenge (Part One)

The Interview – Jen Furer of GottaLoveMom

Jen Furer chats with Baby Babble Radio's Lenn Almadin Thornhill
Jen Furer chats with Baby Babble Radio’s Lenn Almadin Thornhill

BabyBabbleRadio.com’s Lenn Almadin-Thornhill talks with Jen Furer, blogger and mother of four, who made the switch from a full-time career to a stay-at-home mother. In a touching and emotional chat, Furer delves into the challenges of juggling full-time employment with motherhood and what it means to swap career goals for staying home with the children. She also discusses her blog, GottaLoveMom, where she reflects on life and the gift of motherhood. Check it out and tell us your thoughts! Have you made the switch? How do you juggle motherhood with your other pursuits?

The Interview – Jen Furer of GottaLoveMom

When There’s No Village

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(image via hative.com)
Motherhood can be a lonely job.

That thought has crossed my mind semi-regularly over the past 18 months. It generally hits me in the wee hours of the morning, when my (feverish/teething/lonely) daughter is crying out for me for the umpteenth time and I’m reaching for the scraps of energy that will allow me to propel myself out of my warm bed once again. It’s been ringing in my head much more frequently since I heard the story of Crystal Dennis, who gave birth to her daughter at Curepe Junction at around 4am on June 2nd. Turns out it can get much lonelier.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the geography of Trinidad, I’m just going to pause here to explain that — although (as noted by a particularly astute friend of mine) Curepe Junction now has a flawless maternity record — it may just be the worst place to give birth ever, what with the vermin, refuse and, you know, traffic.

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When There’s No Village