Maternity leave serves two purposes: your recovery from birth (disability) and taking care of your new baby (parenting.) Even though you might feel fine within a week or two, six weeks is usually allowed for recovery, so for the first six weeks, your leave is both disability and parental. Beyond that, leave is for the care of the baby.
Connecting through laughter and smiles is a profoundly powerful way to experience the joy of love and emotion.
A doula can be an excellent choice, to help support a mother during delivery.
Don’t be too concerned if you don’t fall in love with your baby right away. Often, it takes time. Negative feelings are normal; they don’t prevent bonding from happening.
Fathers often have mixed emotions during a pregnancy; that’s normal. At times, though, those feelings can lead to destructive acts. Communication is key.
It's normal to have mixed feelings about being pregnant, both for mothers and fathers. Having mixed feeligns doesn't mean you'll be a bad parent.
Why get help after birth? Throughout recorded history, in all cultures, new mothers have been relieved of all duties except caring for the newborn. Modern society typically doesn’t offer the help enjoyed from extended families in the past. Many new parents hire help for those first few weeks at home. Here are two popular options: [...]
As a parent, you can shape your child’s developing personality, but you don’t have anything near total control. Children need to feel accepted, and to be accepted. Only after that can they work together with their parents to handle themselves in more and more effective ways.
All parents expect to influence their children, but many are surprised to find that it's a two-way street. You may find, as many others have, that being a parent becomes the most important step in your own growth as a person.
Dear Erin, I read with great interest your article on cholesterol on the front page of today’s Chronicle, Aug 3. I am Mary Morgan, Dr. Spock’s widow. I remember 25 years ago when Dr. Spock was approached by Charles Attwood, a Pediatrician, who had checked the cholesterol levels of each of his pre-school aged patients, [...]