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Saturday Links – Let Crying Babies Cry and Parenting Theory Shortform

Theory Links

7 Reasons to Calm Down About Babies Crying – I like the intro to this article best of all!  Most of the stereotypes of uncaring, strict parents don’t really exist in the real world.  Most of us are on the other end of responding too much.  Great reminders to let babies struggle.

Parenting Theory Shortform – Scroll down past the lovely Pinterest lists, and you’ll get to some great short versions of the current classics of parenting.  I’ve read both Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Free-Range Kids (and loved them–which is ironic, since they don’t work well together at first glance), and I’ve heard about the other two (Nuture-Shock and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids) and am intrigued.  If you are busy with toddlers and don’t have time to actually read, the interviews she links to are a great place to start thinking about your concept of parenting.

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Filed under Free-Range Kids, Infant (0 - 9 mos), Parenting Theories, Saturday Five, Tiger Mother

Mormon Parenting Hacks: The Cry Class

If you’re a follower of the Church-Hacker on By Common Consent, you may have seen this idea already.  But in case you don’t want to read through all the comments on that post, here’s my experience with the idea of implementing a “cry class,” as we called it in my ward.

When we took our first newborn baby to church, we wondered what all the other parents were complaining about.  Taking a kid to church is easy!  They just sleep right through the whole thing.  Then around six months (for us anyway), Monkey started becoming too aware to sleep in the unusual atmosphere of church.  The battle to keep him controlled and quiet during meetings was only amplified when he learned how to crawl, and then walk (right into the corner of the Gospel Doctrine teacher’s table).  We (or more accurately, my wonderful husband) then spent the next few months tiredly roaming the halls during the last two hours of church, chasing a grouchy or bored toddler, praying that Heavenly Father might hasten the time when he could finally enter nursery at 18 months old and provide some sanity to our Sabbath.  (Or at least allow us to nap during Sunday School without interruption.)

This is where the cry class comes in.  Continue reading

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Filed under Baby (9 - 18 mos), Mormon Parenting Hacks