You Should Know
Work that core baby!
Doing sit ups with your baby is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles in her shoulders, core, arms and back. But only if she can support her head – usually starting around 6 weeks. Just pull your baby toward you gently by the forearms. Even though you’re doing the pulling, she’ll naturally flex her ab muscles and work to keep her head aligned with her body. You’ll only be able to pull her an inch or two at first, but eventually she’ll make it into a full sitting
To schedule or not to schedule, that is the question. And that will always be the question because no one, not even the experts, can agree on an answer. Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, knowing exactly when your baby should eat, play and sleep can be a challenge. But that’s okay as long as it all gets done. The thing to remember, whether you follow a parent-led schedule, a baby-led schedule or a combination of both, is that your baby’s well-being comes first. So follow your doctor’s advice and your own gut feelings to determine what your baby needs when, no matter what the schedule says.
One study found that it only takes six minutes of reading to reduce stress levels by up to 68%. Reading proved to reduce stress better than listening to music, walking or drinking tea did. It seems that when you concentrate on what you’re reading instead of your worries, you benefit both physically and mentally. Physically, reading slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles. Mentally, reading provides knowledge and inspiration, and it sparks imagination and creativity. There really is nothing better, or more relaxing, than losing yourself in a good book – even if only briefly.
NEAT is the term for all the spontaneous physical activity we do each day, like standing, walking, working, even fidgeting. And it plays a significant role in the way our bodies manage our weight. Apparently what we do when we’re not at the gym is as important as what we do when we’re there. A great workout can only do so much if we spend the rest of the day sitting still. So get up! Stand during phone calls; stretch during commercials; take the stairs; park far away; carry a basket instead of pushing a cart; vacuum with verve. In other words, be less spontaneous with your spontaneous activities.
When conversing with our kids, our spouse or our boss, we’re often so focused on what we’re going to say next that we don’t really hear what’s being said. Stop. People like to be listened to and the best way to show them you’re listening is to ask them clarifying questions. You’ll gain their respect and appreciation because not only have you proved to them you’re listening, you’ve shown them you care about what they’re saying.