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Sunday
Jul162006

Monkey See Monkey Do

monkeycoveringeyes.jpg Once my toddler started saying phrases like “mommy’s boobies!” it seemed like a good time to cover up after showering. Alas, laziness and summer heat prevailed. After all, it takes all of 5 steps to get from our bathroom to bedroom. How much psychological damage could result from 5 steps? Over dinner with a mama friend last week the topic came up (her husband started covering up almost immediately after their daughter was born…) and I figured I ought to investigate. Dr. Susanne Denham, a developmental psychologist and part of the expert advice team at BabyCenter suggests that until around the 2nd birthday toddlers aren’t really aware of nudity. But shortly thereafter, the babe develops more of a sense of self that includes the existence of private parts. Signs of awareness may include resisting a diaper change in public or showing signs of embarrassment (e.g., shielding eyes, giggling) in the face of public nudity. At this point, Dr. Denham suggests it may be time to cover up. But if you feel it’s important to be able to be nude at home, Dr. Denham suggests talking to your child and explaining that nudity is natural and nothing to be ashamed of, but that it is intended for private times. Explain that the home is a private space in which it is okay to be naked if no one else is around. See Dr. Denham's original post and readers' comments.

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Sunday
Jul162006

Oh So Gentle

logo_birthinggently.jpg Soon-to-be and new mamas in need of support will be interested in checking out the services of Birthing Gently. Established in 2002, Birthing Gently is a practice specializing in high-risk deliveries; their full range of services includes: labor and postpartum doulas, midwives, childbirth education (including hypnobirth), and lactation consultants). They serve families in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Birthing Gently also has developed the “Heart to Heart” Program, an online self-matching support service/support forum for expecting and new parents of children with medical conditions. Registration is required to ensure privacy, but access to the forum is free of charge.

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Sunday
Jul162006

The Other Mother

book_confessions.jpg Mama’ing is incredibly complex. Multiply the mamas times two and a host of new logistical and emotional issues emerge. Vanessa Jones of The Boston Globe reports (May 29, 2006) on a volume that was culled and edited by Harlyn Aizley of Roslindale. This collection of 18 essays (including pieces from five Boston area mamas) is titled “Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All!” and gives voice and description to the challenges faced by nonbiological lesbian moms. “Confessions” is available on Amazon (regular retail $16, currently on sale for $11.20).

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Sunday
Jul162006

Shapes Ahoy!

B000090W83.01._AA_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg I am a huge fan of Melissa & Doug wooden toys, and was thrilled to find “My First Shapes Book." This wooden puzzle book not only has lots of great objects to help babes with their vocabulary and shape matching skills, but puzzle pieces are magnetic. We have had the book for several months and we still have all 32 pieces! I found my copy at TJMaxx, but you also can order a copy at Amazon for $14.99.

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Saturday
Jul152006

It's a Wonderful Life

logo_wonderfulcleaning.jpg An admittedly OCD Boston mama highly recommends the housecleaning services of Keity (pronounced “Katie”) Barbosa from Wonderful Cleaning. Keity and her team provide one-time or regularly scheduled visits and customize the price depending on what you want cleaned. Keity is insured and bonded, and is great with kids. Please let Keity know that Jude M. (a happy customer of 5+ years) referred you.

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