Conscious Parenting vs Traditional Parenting

What is Conscious Parenting? According to Dr. Shefali, who I am studying with, it is about accepting the child before you as whole. There is no fixing, manipulating, and controlling behaviours. Watch below to learn more how you can guide your child to grow into the human they are meant to be.

Turning Towards Your Partner

If you could do one thing to improve your relationship, would you? Research shows that the simple act of turning towards your partner when they make a bid for attention can dramatically change the course of your partnership for the better.

Dads: All Types of Dads

Research shows that a dad has some unique talents when it comes to playing and emotionally connecting with their children. Children who have an emotionally present dad score higher on cognitive tests, are more social and have more empathy. And this boasts well for same sex partners and single parents too! If one parents can model some of “dad’s” behaviours, …

Being Heard by Your Partner

Accepting influence from your partner is the key to being heard and respected. If one person is not able to listen to their partner then how can a relationship survive?

5 Steps to Emotion Coaching

As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your child what emotions are, that it is ok to feel all emotions and what each emotion is called. They will not learn this at school or through their peers and your relationship with your partner will be integral to your children seeing how emotions are expressed and handled. Remember they …

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Doula Dialogues Interview

Every relationship changes after having a baby! Sleepless nights, hormones, cranky baby, laundry, etc. all contribute to the conflict that couples often have. But there is help! Today on the Doula Dialogues, Sylvia chats with Samantha Reynolds, a Gottman Certified Educator, from @ModernChildParenting, about how to keep your relationship strong while raising a family. Listen in for tips and tools …

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Let’s Talk About Sex…Or Not!

Did you know that only 9% of couples who talk to each other about sex are sexually satisfied in their relationship. Many couples avoid discussing the issue of sex and as a result, they worry about the quality of their relationship. Avoiding the subject often results in depression for one or both partners, escalating conflict, and a decrease in overall …

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Create a Meaningful Life by Creating Meaningful Relationships

If you ask people, what is the most significant sources of meaning in their lives, they will say the close relationships they have with friends, family, children and their partners. But, in Emily Esfahani Smith’s new book “The Power of Meaning,” she discovers that it is also the small, seemingly benign interactions with people, like a barista, a neighbour, a …

Are you bickering more after kids? Blame sleep.

Research shows that despite the joys of having children in our lives, they also demand so much of us as parents. From lack of time alone, to making demands every minute, to tantrums and picky eating to changing whims from one second to the next but the biggest culprit to those small battles you have with your partner is the …