I consider myself to be a fairly rational and levelheaded person, but from the moment those two blue lines came into my life, I obsessed about everything from maternity wear to miscarriage, and everything in between. When I was awake at 4am fixating on whether a bag of Cheetos could cause listeria I questioned my own sanity, but I’ve since come to realise that there are a lot of things pregnant women worry about. However, while some fears may be warranted, there are definitely a few irrational ones. Here are just some of the things you’ve probably found yourself fretting over during pregnancy.
There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
For many new mums, returning to work after having a baby can be a terrifying prospect. Visions of your little one being scarred by separation anxiety or mistaking the nanny for mummy is enough to keep you awake at night. Fortunately we caught up with international parenting coach, author and founder of Munchkins, Andalene Salvesen to get her top tips on making that transition as painless as possible. Read on…
Last week I was invited to attend a Conscious Parenting seminar at JustKidding’s new branch at Salam Store, Wafi Mall. The event, which was hosted by Nicki Anderson, an occupational therapist specialising in child and family mental health, aimed to give parents a crash course on the new parenting approach, which is rooted in the work of Dr. Shefali Tsabary and her famous book The Conscious Parent.
I’m rocketing towards my due date now and I don’t mind saying, the prospect that life will never be the same again is starting to give me the heebie jeebies. In honour of all the mum-to-bes out there who are feeling apprehensive about how life will change come D Day, I’ve put together this list of fun things to do before your baby arrives.
Pregnancy is a time when you will receive well wishes and nice remarks from those around you. It’s also a time when you’ll be on the receiving end of some rather unflattering, frustrating and darn right infuriating comments. Here’s our pick of what not to say to a pregnant woman.
Like most first-time mum-to-bes, when I found out I was expecting I went through all the usual emotions of joy, fear, elation, fear, delight and well, fear again! It wasn’t that I was scared of becoming a parent, but as any first-time baby bandwagoners will understand, the idea of growing, delivering and then looking after a miniature human can seem a little daunting. As an avid bookworm my way of handling this trepidation has been to get my hands on a range of parenting books. From nitty-gritty texts about pregnancy, to birthing and breastfeeding titles, I’ve looked for the answers from an army of baby experts. Unfortunately the vast majority have either been scary, patronising or both, and none have made me feel more prepared for the arrival of my daughter in January.
So instead I decided to call on Dubai’s best-known parenting bloggers to quiz them about the baby bibles they swear by. Read on for their recommendations.