Much like breastfeeding, parenting is an area which requires it's own website! Therefore, SeattleBirthNet officially recommends this short list of parenting resources which tend to help with the most common early parenting questions and challenges. There are two authors high-lighted below and a few site links below the articles by Elizabeth Pantley.
In general, the sites listed here will lead parents down the road to empathy development with their babies. That means creating a relationship where you view the world through the eyes, mind, and needs of your infant. The answers these experts offer may not always give you the "easy way out" of late nights, patience beyond what you ever thought possible, or sleepless weeks; but they will help guide you towards raising psychologically healthy children, which turns right around to help the parent feel great about their abilities. Though the days seems long, and the tasks difficult-- you can do this, you can make it successfully through this time. It does take the use of your intuition and it takes developing skills which you may not have innately within you. But if you listen to your baby and your body, ask for help where you need it and stick to the methods, you are giving your baby and yourself the gift of great parenting!
The sites here also offer their own resources, which I would encourage you to look through!
Local resources can be found on the Community of Mindful Parents website. Listening Mothers is an incredible group for new mothers while Reflective Parenting offers workshops for parents of 18 month olds-5 year olds. Both are geared towards helping you tune in to the unique world of your child and are based on research in the fields of infant mental health and child development.
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Our local author Elizabeth Pantley has shared the following articles with SeattleBirthNet.com . They are reproduced here with her permission and she encourages you to print and share them as well. She is a parent educator, mother of four, and author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. Her newest arrival is the book Gentle Baby Care -- a complete A to Z guide filled with tips for raising a baby in a loving, responsive way.
The articles written by Elizabeth Pantley are: (click on the title to read the article)