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Book Review: We Were Gonna Have a Baby, but We Had an Angel Instead by Pat Schwiebert

Helping Children Cope When the Family Has Infant Loss

A pregnancy loss is a primal, deep loss. And often these parents have young children who were looking forward to having a little brother or little sister. Even in their time of pain, parents need to find ways to answer their surviving children’s questions about death and help them cope with their emotions. Miscarriage is a family event. In my previous article there is some information about how to talk to children about infant death.

Children best express their emotions using right-brain activities like play, drawing and story-telling. Books are a great resource for parents to help their children sort out and express their feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

An interview with Kathy Morelli

Robin Blakely

Robin Blakely is the co-director of The Creative Center of America, where the scope of work encompasses securing and managing promotional placements at print, broadcast, and live venues that have included: ABC, NBC, CBS, HGTV, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, The Golden Door Spa, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC World News, Vanity Fair, and more.

Kathy’s interview with Robin follows.

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Line A Day – Journal and Record Memories with Convenient App!

When we hear the word “journal,” the first thing that often comes to mind is “time consuming” or “habit.”  In many cases, we associate the term “habit” with something negative, however, when it comes to journaling, it is a positive habit that we should all adopt.  Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to journaling, very few people take the time to sit down for just a few minutes every day and reflect on their day.  This is because they think it takes too much time, it is hard to get into the habit of doing so, or because they think it is hard to keep all of their memories in one place.  That is where Line A Day comes in.

Created by a University of Maryland student, Line A Day is a journal-like mobile app with group sharing and media features.  With Line A Day, you have the ability to remember anything and everything from your day in a simple and user-friendly application.  Whether it is a highlight, a memorable quote, a deep thought, a line from a story, or really anything, this unique app enables you to remember and capture that moment.  The best part is that by using the app for only a few minutes a day, your memories will last forever.  With Line A Day, there are endless possibilities.  Each day, users have the ability to capture the moment and reflect on their thoughts and feelings by adding text, pictures, voice recordings and saving a location.  Users even have the opportunity to keep their entries private to themselves, or they can choose to share them in small groups of family and friends.

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Create a fairy garden with your preschooler

Creating a fairy garden with your preschooler is a fun outdoor summer activity. The idea of fairies living among the flowers has captured children’s and gardener’s imaginations for years.

To get in the mood, pick up some books at the library. Cicely Mary Barker, a London watercolorist who lived in the early 1900’s, observed both real flowers and children to create her series of books on flower fairies. Her watercolors are both botanically accurate and capture the grace and beauty of live child models, whom she painted at local schools. Her fairies are enchanting. Her series of books are easy for small hands to hold, are richly detailed and have imaginative poetry throughout.

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5 Parenting Myths for New Moms to Totally Ignore!

Family walks!

As the mom of a 22 year old, I wanted to just say “Heeeyyy!”  to all you new moms out there and throw you some love and encouragement!

You don’t need to be perfect! You just need to be good-enough and you and your family will be ok.

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What Causes Pregnancy Loss?

Overview of Pregnancy Loss 

You have recently experienced a pregnancy loss. You have many questions along with crushing sadness. Perhaps you miscarried, or perhaps your baby was stillborn. Whichever it may be, you lost your baby prior to birth. You are wondering if there was something you could have done to prevent it. You want to know more about what causes this to happen.

It is difficult to discuss a single cause of miscarriage, pregnancy loss or stillbirth in a simple way. There are many different causes for pregnancy loss and the causes are related to the stage of pregnancy in which the loss occurs.

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Fun Summertime Activities for Kids

KidPlay6Please welcome guest blogger Holly Easterby to BirthTouch! Holly is committed to promote the welfare of children. She understands that children need proper guidance and education to be the best that they can be. Her love for children shows in her education and child-oriented websites, which discuss healthy snacks, motivation, and children’s fashion. She writes regularly for Bonza Brats and other similar blogs. In this blog, she discusses the things you should do to prepare your kids for summertime activities. She also gives several examples of outdoor activities you can do with the kids.

Kids love summer, not only because school is on break, but also because it’s time for fun under the sun. It’s fun to take advantage of the hot weather to finally find the time to move about and just be active. For kids, activities outdoors is always fun, since they get to spend time with other kids their age. You can be creative in coming up with exciting activities for kids during summer. You can choose to use your own backyard or take time to travel. Wherever you are, activities for summer will always be a fun way to bond with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Activities for Family Bonding Time

Today I have a guest post from my  friend, Shirley Parker, an experienced mom! Parenting is a developmental right of passage and requires commitment, patience and personal growth!  But it’s also alot of fun! being outdoors and exploring family fun activities is a great way to relax and bond with your children as well as offer ways to get away from all the electronic devices!  Please welcome Shirley Parker to BirthTouch!

 

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Reasons Behind Giving A Child Up For Adoption

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Photo:Royalty-free/Ivette Ferrero

Here’s a guest post from Helen Philips, who counsels birth mothers about the issues involved in giving a baby up for adoption. As she says, it;s easy to be judgmental, but we can’t know what it’s like to need to make such a profound decision, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Get your kids gardening!

This is a guest post from a friend of mine across the pond who loves to garden as much as I do!  My son, now 19, grew up gardening with me. His first experience gardening was planting foxglove and basil seeds with me in egg cartons in the living room! And together, we planted over 300 daffodil bulbs on our former residence in Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Enjoy gardening with your children where we finally get some spring here in the northeast US! Here are some tips from Karen!

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