Andrea Nair: Connect-Four Parenting

Jan
29
2013

Is It Okay To Tell White Lies To Our Kids?

Study shows 84% of American parents lying to their children

This weekend my five-year-old son lost his first tooth. Continuing with the theme in our family that we do not lie, the tooth fairy did not visit our house.

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Jan
25
2013
calming down when your kids are ramping up

As promised in my last post, here is how I shift from a raging-nagging-mommy to a *mostly* responsive and rational one.

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Jan
22
2013

Being Mindful of Our Nice-to-Nag Ratio

What percentage of the time are you nice or nagging your child?

It can be very hard to be kind to a child who continually pushes our buttons. I know; I just spent the last two hours trying to calm myself when my youngest son woke me up early then proceeded to throw things, hit me, not eat the cereal we fought about making for half an hour, and disagree with everything I said.

One of the most liked comments on my facebook page was, "Wow. Three-year-olds can be crazy making."

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Jan
16
2013

Do You Have a Relationship With a "Fatherless Son?"

Crowdsourcing for my visit to Oprah's Lifeclass this Thursday

You can only imagine my excitement when I heard I would be attending Oprah's Lifeclass in Chicago!!

A few weeks earlier, I had received an email from a fellow psychotherapist named Marianne living in British Columbia. Having sent her a review copy of my novel STRIPPED DOWN RUNNING, she sent me a message with her glowing reviewing, remarking, "I'm going to Oprah in January, I hope to be able to give her this copy of your book."

I replied jokingly, "Oprah! That's awesome. I wish I could come with you."

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Jan
09
2013

We Are All In This Parenting Maze Together

Meet The newest member of the YummyMummyClub Team

I have given up trying to be a perfect mother.

When my first son was born, I stared at him in awe thinking okay maternal instincts, you can kick in now. But as months went by, I was sad with the realization I would rather be away from him more than with him. As a psychotherapist, this felt like an extra stab because I was struggling and had the training to help myself—but that didn't seem to be kicking in either.

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