Your brain on motherhood

Sarah Walker once said that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a new room in the house you have always lived in. This description seems precise; after all, motherhood unveils neural pathways in your brain that you haven’t yet discovered.

So, what are these brain changes and why haven’t you discovered them?

These changes mold a mom’s brain in unexpected ways, and shift the ways she thinks and her outlook on the world around her. Scientists are now pointing to changes occurring in the brain, especially in areas involved in emotional regulation, empathy, and social interaction. These are largely neurological changes that mothers experience during pregnancy and postpartum, accompanied by a flood of hormones that help strengthen the bond between a new mother and her baby, creating a powerful attraction. Overwhelming love, strong protectiveness, and constant concern all begin with biochemical reactions in the brain. Continue reading

Why is it important to set routines for my baby?

Babies thrive in a predictable world, and for good reason -every day is filled with new learning experiences and excitement. Which is why getting your baby into a routine will provide a sense of safety, comfort, and trust. Another important factor to it is that babies don’t understand the concept of time yet, so they organize their lives based on the events that happen during the day. When things happen in the same order, babies have a better understanding of their world!

When and how should I start?

You might be wondering when’s the best time to establish a routine. It could be surprising, but experts disagree on when exactly parents should begin to set a routine. Generally, when your baby reaches 2 or 4 months of age he’s more likely to stick along with routines; but you can try to start before that because routines will also help you.

One of the best ways to kick off a routine is by sorting sleep and feeding times. This is particularly helpful because newborns are just beginning to establish their circadian rhythm, which helps them distinguish between day and night. You can start a bedtime routine by doing things that relax your baby like taking a bath, reading a story, or listening to soft music. Try to keep track of your baby’s eating and sleeping times. That way you will have a better understanding of his natural times and later identify patterns that will help you implement a successful routine.

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How to: Teach good manners at home

Who doesn’t want well-mannered kids? After all, your child’s behavior reflects on you, right? As much as we would like our child to say “please” and “thank you” as soon as she starts talking, that’s probably not going to happen… but we can certainty start teaching toddlers how to be polite at a young age.

Teach your child how to be sensitive

At the root of good manners is respect for one another and it derives from our sensitivity. So teaching your child how to be sensitive will be the beginning. A sensitive kid will naturally care for others, which will lead her to become a well-mannered person. Essentially, a sensitive kid will be more prone to be more polite in a creative way and more heartfelt than anything she could have learned from a book of etiquette.

Be a good role model

Modeling behaviors is the best way to teach your child good manners. Essentiality, if you want a polite daughter you need to show her how to be polite through your own actions. Remember that your child learns through observation and imitation! So you need to be careful with your actions and words.

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