Parenting Articles from the Web this Week

Interesting parenting articles found on the web this week, and photos from Our Muddy Boots readers. Thanks so much to all who shared their photos and favorite articles!

Knowing More to Do Better

Read:  “What’s Wrong with Kids Today” by Positive Parenting

“I believe the problem is not a lack of discipline, but a lack of connection. For decades upon decades, we have raised children with fear (Do you want a spanking?), punishment (You’re grounded for a week!), shame (You’re such a naughty little girl), and coercion (If you don’t pick up your toys, I’m throwing them in a trash bag!). We’ve become so wrapped up in “raising them right” that we’ve forgotten how to love them right.

We’ve bought into the so-called experts advice of not spoiling them with too much attention, letting them cry it out, and not sparing the rod, and we’ve pushed aside our own instincts. Thus, parents have drawn a line between themselves and their children that dare not be crossed.” Click here to read the article.

Queenstown New Zealand
Photo of Queenstown, New Zealand. Photo submitted by Our Muddy Boots reader Sacha Strawson. Thank you Sacha!

Read:  “When your Temper Scares You” by Lisa Jo Baker

A decade later and I am intimately acquainted with the wild temper that runs in these veins, inherited from generations before me and last night’s discovery that the boys had dug holes all over the new lawn.

More than the battle of sleeplessness or figuring out how to make broccoli appealing or mastering potty training for the third time, this full out war against my own angry, shouty spirit will be the biggest victory I am determined to win through motherhood. Click here to read the article.

Udine Italy
Udine, Italy. Photo submitted by Our Muddy Boots Reader, Marta Dorigo. Thank you Marta!

Read:  My Mother’s Fanatical Views Tore Us Apart by Rebecca Walker

“She’s revered as a trail-blazing feminist and author Alice Walker touched the lives of a generation of women. A champion of women’s rights, she has always argued that motherhood is a form of servitude. But one woman didn’t buy in to Alice’s beliefs – her daughter, Rebecca, 38.
Here the writer describes what it was like to grow up as the daughter of a cultural icon, and why she feels so blessed to be the sort of woman 64-year-old Alice despises – a mother.”

Click here to read the article.

Watch:  Imagine if all babies’ first bath were like this?

Consider:  Why the Newborn Bath Should Wait by Best for Babes

Yes, our little guys can make a pretty messy entrance into the world, but some gentle toweling off (ideally while on the mom’s chest) can go a long way to removing the goop. What the evidence strongly suggests, however, is that dealing with it by whisking a baby away to its first bath is dangerous in several ways. It’s clearly bad for maintaining the baby’s temperature, and – you guessed it – it’s harmful to breastfeeding, too. Click here to read the article.


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St. Louis, MO. Photo submitted by Our Muddy Boots reader Sara Busby Evans. Thank you Sarah!

OMB Posts this week:
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Read:  How to be a Good Parent

Don’t worry!  It’s not what you think.  Here are some thoughts that aren’t commonly heard (I promise!).

Read:  I DO NOT Miss the Night Feedings

Many tell us to appreciate newbornhood and toddlerhood because we will miss it when it’s gone.  It’s easy to forget how exhausting and overwhelming that time period, and I for one will not miss it.

Watch:  Vlog: Transitioning to Positive Parenting is Messy

We forget to talk about how challenging this transition is.  In my second Vlog entry, I talk about it.  Check it out!

And here is my photo of the week (that’s right, we’re living on the edge!):

Living on the Edge

Have a great weekend everyone!  See you Monday!