Some days, I feel like there is nothing new under the sun! Do you ever feel that way?
In my 35+ years of practice as a maternal child nurse and reading as much as I do about parenting, this saying keeps resonating in my head…. “what is old is new again”.
We have made so many medical advances and now know how the brain lights up, as seen in a PET scan during moments of happiness, anger, and anxiety. The mind-body-spirit connection has finally been validated.
How does this and how should this affect the parenting of our children, beginning when they are in utero? The soothing of a fetus and newborn is of particular interest to me.
Just when I was convinced that I was in love with Dr. Harvey Karp‘s books “The Happiest Baby on the Block” and “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” and his way of calming a crying newborn during the “fourth trimester”, a critical piece appeared on my Facebook page.
I started to question my love of the Dr. Karp’s 5s’s. My feelings are an echo of what many new moms are feeling…who should moms believe? What philosophy of parenting works?
The “CALMS WAY” is just one of those soothing methods that jumped out of my computer a couple of weeks ago when I was reading a critical review of Dr. Karp’s 5s’s. I am still partial to Dr. Karp but I would try adding “self understanding and self calming to the 5s’s .
Parenting with Love is online magazine which supports the CALMS WAY…it is yet another site that can support new moms or add to their dilemma as to what to choose as their “Dr. Spock” or “Dr. T. Berry Brazelton” of 2012.
Moms, what do you think about the information age and all the parenting advice that is available?
How do you choose what to read and what methods to try?
How do you or how did you soothe your infant in the 4th trimester?
Are you overwhelmed with parenting philosophies?
- Soothing Your Baby the Calms Way | Parenting With Love.
- “CALMS, a Guide to Soothing your Baby”, by Carrie Contey and Debbie Takikawa, (Hanna Peace Works USA, 2007)