The Elephant in the Room

Most of parenting it teaching – training your children to do the right thing in the right way. However, there are times in every child’s life where a little punishment is in order. Today we talk about what your goals should be when you are figuring out how to most effectively punish your child when wrong behavior demands it. That’s right – there are goals associated with this topic.

Easter 2009Paul was feeling under the weather, so Sandy is joined by a special guest. Listen to meet our third child, Sam, and get his views on the podcast.

Follow this link: The Elephant in the Room

To listen to the other podcasts referred to in the program, follow this link to Catch Up.

The Simple Intentional Parenting podcast is a published at the beginning of the week and is focused on helping you develop a strong parenting mindset.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com.

 

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Nose on the Road

When you are out and about, a wall is not often an available – or practical – tool for your parenting. Today we are Locked in the Bathroom to learn how to take the nose on the road.

Listen to today’s podcast: Nose on the Road

Locked in the Bathroom is a weekly short podcast from Simple Intentional Parenting. We’re Locked in the Bathroom to learn quick parenting tips for everyday parents.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com

To hear past shows, scroll through the blog or click to this post  It is a round up of all the podcasts we have done since December 18.

Working on This Together

Are you starting to feel like the Sneaky 6 are everywhere and you must be doing it all wrong? That is a normal feeling for most parents. You are doing a good thing being intentional with your parenting. Keep at it. We are all in this together.

On today’s Simple Intentional Parenting podcast, Sandy and Paul encourage listeners to stay the course.

To listen, follow this link: Working on This Together

To listen to the other podcasts referred to in the program, follow this link to Catch Up.

The Simple Intentional Parenting podcast is a published at the beginning of the week and is focused on helping you develop a strong parenting mindset.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com.

Douse the Arguing Spark

Arguments are like little fires in your home – burning up energy and kindling negative emotions. Today we are Locked in the Bathroom to throw cold water on arguments at the first spark.

Follow this link to listen: Firefighter Mom

Locked in the Bathroom is a weekly short podcast from Simple Intentional Parenting. We’re Locked in the Bathroom to learn quick parenting tips for everyday parents.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com

To hear past shows, scroll through the blog or click to this post  It is a round up of all the podcasts we have done since December 18.

Listener Questions January 2018

What do you do when instead of coming to you, your child runs the other way? That is one listener question prompted by our podcasts. We answer this and more questions in today’s Simple Intentional Parenting.

To listen to the podcast, click here: Listener Questions January 2018

To listen to the other podcasts referred to in the program, follow this link to Catch Up.

The Simple Intentional Parenting podcast is a published at the beginning of the week and is focused on helping you develop a strong parenting mindset.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com.

Mom Interrupted

Being a Mom means being interrupted. Your sleep is interrupted. Your eating is interrupted. Your plans are interrupted. You even get interrupted when you pee. Unlike the rest of the Sneaky 6, you can actually be polite when you interrupt. Today we are Locked in the Bathroom to make a plan for polite interruption.

Listen to today’s podcast: Mom Interrupted

Locked in the Bathroom is a weekly short podcast from Simple Intentional Parenting. We’re Locked in the Bathroom to learn quick parenting tips for everyday parents.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com

To hear past shows, scroll through the blog or click to this post  It is a round up of all the podcasts we have done since December 18.

Is That Poop on My Picture Frame?

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Last week I saw a friend wearing a shirt that said “Mombie” and I thought, “Wow! Why hasn’t someone coined that phrase before now?” Then I looked online and realized that hundreds of Pinners have been that witty for quite a while.

The first thing I thought of when I read my friend’s shirt was the day I found poop on my picture frame. I remember my first response was to laugh and kiss my baby. Then I probably sat down to nurse her, changed her diaper, snuggled for a bit, put her down for a nap. Then if I was still conscious, that’s when I cleaned the poop off the picture frame. The only lasting reaction to that day is that we started changing Abigail’s diapers faster.

Those first days as a new parent get pretty foggy but I clearly remember the day I had been standing at the changing table cleaning our little dolly’s bottom when she suddenly shot a stream of poop across the room, hitting the wall and the picture hanging on it as well as the futon and probably some carpet. I am pretty sure I just stood there with her feet in my hand staring at the results of her cute little bum. We were living in a one-bedroom rental at the time and her changing table/dresser was in the living room. The picture she hit was the only professionally framed art we owned.

All new moms know the shocking amount of poop, pee, milk and puke that seems to follow you everywhere and show up in unexpected places, just becoming part of your landscape for a short and blissful time. I’ve seen lots of “Mombie” definitions out there. I would like to add one. Mombie: A woman so wrapped up in her baby that she doesn’t realize her inside-out shirt has puke down the back.

New mombie-hood a very special time. We want to help be a guiding voice in the fog so you can navigate through the first few months with your baby. On our last Simple Intentional Parenting podcast, Paul and I talked about how we got on our intentional parenting path very early and it led to a lot of success for us.

We are planning a new series for Locked in the Bathroom especially geared towards new moms. We are also planning to create a program to help new moms gently guide their babies into a routine that will lead to healthy, predictable sleeping and eating patterns. We are looking for moms who are willing to help us as we develop this program.

If you or someone you know is a mom of a newborn up to 2 months old and would like some coaching getting them to sleep and eat well, please contact us. I (Sandy) will work with the moms to help their babies get on a routine, and those conversations will help me develop our first new-moms program.

Email us at SimpleIntentionalParenting@gmail.com and put New-Mom Program in the subject line.

Blessings on your week!

Our Parenting Path and Early Success

New babies don’t come with an instruction manual, but there are some great guides out there to help ease your transition to intentional parenting.

On today’s Simple Intentional Parenting podcast, we discuss how we landed on the parent-directed parenting path and how making that choice early set us up for success.

We will talk about the resource we used to help our babies sleep well, grow well and be a blessing to others even as infants. We will also discuss plans for a new Simple Intentional Parenting series and resource for new moms and dads.

To listen, follow this link: Our Parenting Path and Early Success

The Simple Intentional Parenting podcast is a published at the beginning of the week and is focused on helping you develop a strong parenting mindset.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com.

Plug the Begging Drain

Begging is like a bathtub drain. You don’t really notice it until the end when it gets really fast and everything gets sucked into it. Today we are locked in the bathroom to learn how to plug the drain before you get sucked down.

Follow this link to listen: Plug the Begging Drain

Locked in the Bathroom is a weekly short podcast from Simple Intentional Parenting. We’re Locked in the Bathroom to learn quick parenting tips for everyday parents.

We want to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook. Email us at simpleintentionalparenting@gmail.com

To hear past shows, scroll through the blog or click to this post  It is a round up of all the podcasts we have done since December 18.

It’s a Good Day to Be a Parent

2014_pic with nathanIt is a good day. I got to babysit!

Today I got to sit on the couch with a little toothless creature sucking on my hands, dribbling down my shirt and spitting up on my couch. It was great! I know for so many of you, this is a daily occurrence and the thrill has gone out of the slime that goes along with babyhood, but this slimy fun has been out of our house for a little while, so I enjoyed it all.

The thrill that never stops is the baby smiles and baby naps.  This little fellow was dribbling because he was laughing and smiling so much he forgot to swallow. When it was time for his nap, I decided there is nothing so cozy as a baby sleeping on my chest, so I snuggled in to enjoy it. As he drifted off and his little warm cheek started to stick to my neck, I thought about how so much of this parenting stuff is fun and snuggles.

Watching your toddler empty the dryer. Finding your baby sitting on the floor surrounded by the entire bottom drawer of towels and dishrags. The tissue box game. (If your kids don’t know it yet, that’s when you empty a whole box of tissues and throw them all around the room.) The wrestling. The silly songs. The sticky kisses. The obsession with shoes that are too big. The stools in every bathroom so they can reach the sink. The first step. The first word. The first “I love you, mom”.

It is a good day for fun. It is a good day for snuggles. It is a good day to love being a parent. Have a good, good day!

Blessings,

Sandy