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“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”

Princess Diana

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”

Nelson Mandela

“Children are our most valuable resource.”

Herbert Hoover

Emily from UL (Underwriters Labs) sent me this and I hesitated to post it because you know I’m all about deliberate creation and encourage readers to focus on what they DO want, not what they don’t want; however I share this with a vision of happy, healthy, safe babies everywhere who can be, do, and have anything that they want. (That’s one of the things I say to my kids at bedtime, “You can be, do, and have anything that you want!”

 

“As part of Baby Safety Month, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety, is reminding parents to commit a minute to safety.  Because 2.5million children are injured in their homes every year, reducing children’s exposure to potential safety hazards is crucial.

 

UL suggests parents and caretakers review a few quick home safety guidelines to help protect their child, such as:

•               Inspect your home from baby’s point of view

Get down on your hands and knees and search each room for objects or situations that may endanger your baby.

•               Eliminate small toys & other objects

Remove all small toys and other objects within your baby’s reach. A good rule of thumb is if it fits in a toilet paper roll, it’s too small!

•               Install outlet covers

Tour your home and cover all electrical outlets with outlet covers to prevent any injury to your baby.

•               Lock toilet lids

Install lid locks on all the toilets in your home to keep your child safe should he or she take an unsupervised trip into the bathroom.

•               Shop for a safe crib & purchase a flame-retardant mattresses

When purchasing a crib, make sure there is no more than 2 3/8 inches between slats; corner posts do not extend more than 1/16 of an inch above the end panels; and headboards and footboards do not contain cutout areas. Ensure your baby’s mattress is compliant with the open flame ignition regulations”

 

And I’ll add to this great punch list to be mindful of crib bumpers.  When Phoenix was a baby we were teaching at Prana Power Yoga NYC and staying at the W next to the studio and we asked that they send a crib up to our room, like we always did.  When the crib arrived, I called down to Indiana at the front desk and said that they had forgotten the bumper!  She said they didn’t do bumpers anymore, and sure enough, there was a scary warning on the crib about bumpers.  I shuddered to think of what had happened, sent light to that child and those parents, and quickly moved my mind to what we COULD do so Phoenix’s little arms and legs wouldn’t get caught in the openings of the crib.  I googled it and got a great mesh bumper that’s safe.
Here’s to happy, healthy, safe babies everywhere who can be, do and have anything that they want!  It is law!  (The Law of Attraction).  ;)

 

 

“An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with – for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.”

Doc Childre

“A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”

“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”

“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.”

Walter Anderson

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Phyllis Diller

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.