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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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!

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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The Interview – Independent Midwife Chelone Lee Woo

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© 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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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