The power of self-forgiveness – and why it is important for your parenting. – Parents Article

I came across this quote recently and it really spoke to me. Of course, this isn’t only true for women, but men too. I think it’s highly applicable to parenting. Sometimes I think we’re our own worst enemies when it comes to parenting. Yes, it is wonderful when we set the bar high and aim to be the very best parent we can be, but it can also be incredibly damaging. I come across far too many parents who confess…

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Starting Childcare When Your Baby has Separation Anxiety – Parents Article

Leaving your baby or child in the care of others can be a stressful time for parents, some children take the transition in their stride, but others struggle much more with the separation. While some settings and childcare providers offer brilliant support and advice to ease the transition, others are less helpful. Much is made of attachment theory in early years settings, yet I’m not certain that some truly understand its implications. I have often seen well-meaning nursery workers peeling…

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5 Ways to Reduce Tricky Behaviour From New Big Siblings – Parents Article

The following is an excerpt from my ‘The Second Baby Book’: Ultimately, the solution to all behaviour problems that arise in the wake of the arrival of a new baby in the family is time. Until that time passes however, the following five steps can really help to reassure your child, which in turn will reduce their grief, frustration, confusion and hopefully their tricky behaviour eventually. 1. Understanding and EmpathyRemind yourself that your child is not jealous, they are grieving, and they are…

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The Two Most Important Steps to Coping with any Behaviour – and why so Many get it Wrong! – Parents Article

I often speak with parents who are struggling with a specific behaviour, such as hitting. They will say “I keep telling them to stop and explain why they shouldn’t do it – but it just keeps happening!”. The problem here is not necessarily what the parent has done, but what they *haven’t* done. Dealing with tricky behaviour is a two step process. If you skip one of these processes, it’s almost inevitable that your discipline will be ineffective. What are…

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Second Time Mother Guilt – The Emotional Toil of Welcoming a Second Baby – Parents Article

Guilt from Turning Firstborn’s World Upside DownWe’ve already spoken about feeling guilty because of the disruption another baby brings to your firstborn’s life in previous chapters, but I wanted to bring it up again. Sadly, those feelings of guilt commonly increase when the new baby arrives. For some, the new wave of guilt hits the minute you leave your firstborn to give birth to your new baby. For others, it doesn’t hit until a few weeks, or even months, down the line. I have…

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Sometimes, a Mom Needs to Be Mothered – Parents Article

“I’ve got a sinus infection,”  I texted the friend who was picking me up at an unfamiliar airport in an unfamiliar town. “Do you have any antibiotics?” “We’ve got your back,” she replied. She wasn’t kidding. When she delivered me to our destination, she and my other friends had arranged an array of medications on the bathroom counter—everything and more than I needed to beat the nasty bug that reared its ugly head on a way to the Inclusion Fusion…

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HELP! How Do I “Train Up My Child in the Way She Should Go” As a Single Mom? – Melonie By Grace – Single Mum, Parents Article

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6  Hi Mamas! It’s been on my heart to share how I teach my daughter about Christ!  This is such an important topic to me — I feel very strongly about guiding my daughter to Christ, largely because (1) I care about her eternity, and (2) I want my child to encounter Christ early in her life, to be in…

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My Engagement Story – Melonie By Grace – Single Mum, Parents Article

“…God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect…. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” 1 John 4:16-18 On December 31, 2016, my boyfriend of 15 months took me out to dinner in Atlanta– the city we met and fell in love. When we pulled up to the restaurant for our dinner, I remarked how we…

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Roadtripping as a Single Mom – Melonie By Grace – Single Mum, Parents Article

Hi Mamas! I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone say or imply that you can travel more if you don’t have kids. This implies that once you have kids, you are extremely limited or you have lost your freedom to travel. That is false. You can travel as a single mom, you just need to approach traveling with a little creativity and flexibility! Many of you may be preparing to travel for the holidays over the…

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A Call for Unity – Melonie By Grace – Single Mum, Parents Article

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you…

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