· Monday: Maureen Monfore, Childwise Chat
· Tuesday: Valerie Plowman, Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
· Wednesday: Bethany Lynch, The Graceful Mom
· Thursday: Rachel Norman, A Mother Far From Home
· Friday: Emily Parker, Journey of Parenthood
Sorry! Apologies for not getting this up sooner. We were traveling back from my grandparents beautiful and scenic farm in Pennsylvania. I could check my email but that was about it…which was nice!
Speaking of family, Emily closed out this week with a great post on what to do when family is not as supportive of Babywise as you and your spouse. We have been blessed with absolutely amazing grandparents and aunts/uncles, but there have been quite a few family functions when we definitely stuck out by sticking to our schedule. We rarely if ever even regretted it, and I could write a whole post on the beauty of babywise after taking two preschoolers on a 13+ hr road trip without my husband to help. When my kiddos were younger I almost positive we heard these phrases verbatim from Emily’s article:
It can be hard when going to family functions and having to arrive late or leave early due to baby’s schedule. It can be annoying to hear the complaints. “Why can’t they just stay up late?” “I never get to hold my grandbaby” “It’s only ONE nap?” Etc etc.
Now that my kids are older our family is used to our routine and my kids are more flexible. However, they took naps this past week when they were the only ones napping and there was a good bit of unusual noise/sleep routine. This was largely in part to not being as flexible when they were younger. Like Emily, we almost always stuck to their schedule. We made few exceptions and the hard work has really paid off. This isn’t to say you should not ever make exceptions, but if you need some encouragement on standing firm, Emily has some really great tips on how to make it easier and how to include family…and how to say no. Check out her post in its entirety at Journey of Parenthood.