Marin Mommies is pleased to present another great guest article, this time by Mill Valley psychotherapist Lisa Nave, MA, MFT. Lisa specializes in working with parents, children, and families, and works from a holistic, integral psychotherapy model, which combines the best of western psychology with the best of the eastern wisdom traditions.
Today, we live in a technological society where much of our communication is virtual. Our society is more socially fragmented than it has ever been, with high divorce rates, disconnected suburban communities, and a lack of common values or even cultural rituals that keep us closely tied. In my private psychotherapy practice many of my clients have spoken of these issues over the years, and it is due to their distress that I decided to offer house calls as an optional service, if appropriate.
For issues such as parenting and child development, house calls may be the preferred method. There are several reasons for this:
OK, I know this sounds crazy, but I am still nursing my 2-year-old daughter. I’ve been trying to wean her for the last couple of months with little luck. I have been successful at cutting back, but she does seem a pretty attached to the whole thing still. I’ve tried replacements, like a pacifier or food, which in both cases haven’t worked. When looking into suggestions about weaning, I found some good info online from Dr. Sears and the La Leche Group. Both websites had similar suggestions. I have listed some of the basic ones below:
Can't make it to the Lullaby Exercises class at Lulu this Friday? We're giving away a free copy of the new Lullaby Exercises DVD, courtesy of Chicks-n-Chickens! Designed for new moms to share moments with their babies, put them to sleep, and feel good emotionally, this set includes a DVD and bonus CD with original music by singer/songwriter Lisa Phenix. It's worth $29.95, and you can win it by sending an email with "Lullaby Exercises" in the subject line to email@example.com.
Giveaway entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday, July 2. We'll pick a winner at random on Thursday, July 3.
This Friday, June 27, the Lucy store in the Corte Madera Town Center presents a special event with Darcy Novo Albrecht of Chicks-n-Chickens. Darcy, a Bay Area mom and founder of Chicks-n-Chickens, will present two Lullaby Exercises "mommy and me" dance classes and demonstrations, the first from 11:30 to noon and the second from 1:30 to 2 pm. In this new kind of workout, new moms can get in some exercise and sooth their babies at the same time. Recommended for moms with babies 8 weeks to 1 year in age.
I think many moms will agree that there’s no better Mother’s Day gift than a massage or spa package. I know that’s what I want, especially after working and chasing two small children around all week, every week. Fortunately, there are a number of places in Marin for busy moms to relax and take some time out to be pampered. Go ahead, you’re worth it…
Breastfeeding my children was one of the best choices that I made as a mother. I have been nursing my 2 children a total of 4 years. When I had my first child, I almost gave up breastfeeding after the first few weeks of his birth. My son had a hard time latching on and never got enough food. I recently came across an article in Parents Magazine called 23 Great Nursing Tips from Moms that offers some valuable you-can-do-it. I wish I had read this article when I was beginning my nursing endeavor. Some of the tips that I most identified include:
Tuesday, November 6th at Book Passage in Corte Madera
Ticket Donation: $30
Join the Storks at Book Passage for delicious wine and appetizers, followed by the fabulous Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage President and local celebrity book expert. Elaine will entertain us with a stirring book review of the best new books for moms and children of all ages. The gifting continues with fantastic raffle prizes generously donated by Marin’s local businesses. 100% of the event proceeds will go directly to benefit the MGH Lactation Center and New Infant Care. Click here to register for this darling event!