Ted Talks By Fierce Mothers

Mothers have so many roles: nurturer, provider, disciplinarian, confidant, mentor, friend, partner, protector. The following talks demonstrate all of the above.

Responsible parenting: Create memories, not expectations – Austeja Landsbergiene
We all are familiar with expectations. Expectations laid on us once to succeed in life. And without noticing we transfer all these expectations on our children. But do high expectations help our children to succeed in life?

Improving early child development with words – Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is leveraging the simple practice of talking to babies and toddlers to nourish their brains and set them up for better performance in school and life.

How to raise successful kids without over-parenting -Julie Lythcott-Haims
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping…

Why moms are miserable – Sheryl Ziegler
Sheryl Ziegler, Doctor of Psychology, shares what mothers need in their lives in order to experience happiness and help prevent loneliness and depression. The power of social connection and friendships will be explored as a key component to a mother’s well being and quality of life.

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood – Alexander Sacks
When a baby is born, so is a mother, but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression.

Happy mother’s day!
With love,
Alisson

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13 Experience Gifts To Give On Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In my opinion mother’s every day of the year. But because we live in a consumerist world, this day has been claimed to be mothers day by the commerce industry. With advertisings everywhere about mothers day, it is hard not to think of it and give nothing. If you want to make this Mother’s day a green one, try to give an experience instead of a physical thing. The research proves it, experiences makes you happier than things. I have gathered some ideas for you. Here they are:

High-tea
Invite your mom, or mom friends to spend a couple of hours with you while eating the tastiest cakes, scones, and cookies.

Brunch
If the person you are giving the gift is not a sweets lover, going for brunch is a better option than high-tea. This gift is a great option to catch up and spend time together. My favorite brunch place in the city I live in is Het Lokaal.

Museum tickets for two
Get cultural and go with your mom to a museum.

Movie tickets for two
Is there a new movie coming out? Go watch it with your mom or mom friends. At the cinemas, you can grab some candy, popcorn and invite the drinks.

Yoga/Dance/Sport passes for a month
Depending on the interests of your mama, you can give a monthly pass to their favorite activity. It can be yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, hip hop, etc.

Spa day for two
Spend the day with mom relaxing in the sauna. Or chilling in the swimming pool.

Facial
A great gift to pamper someone you love. My favorite beauty salon is Frank and Olive.

Cooking classes
Take a class with your mom and learn how to cook a different type of cuisine.

Music try-out lessons
Has your mom always mention how much she would like to learn how to play the violin? or the piano? Surprise her with a month of classes. Book the best piano teacher in Amersfoort here.

Photoshoot
Give your mom pictures she would like to hang in the living rooms. Starting at €70 you can book this talented photographer.

A food subscription box for a week
Give your mom well-deserved time off from going grocery shopping by giving her a meal box. Try for example the vegan box.

Beauty workshop
Learn with your mother how to make your own makeup. O maybe you prefer to learn to mix your own perfum? Check the difeerent DIY workshops you can go to in Amsterdam here.

Let her sleep in
This one is for the partners. Especially for those with little kids. The best mother’s day gift? SLEEP IN. Every mom it’s been desperately craving a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Grab her a lavender eye pillow to make it extra relaxing.

With Love,
Alisson

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Things You Can Do While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful but exhausting jobs as a mom. It requires physical and emotional strength. In order to be more successful at the job, the best is if you are in peace. Breastfeeding gives moms a chance to sit down and relax. The first months are very beautiful. You keep on wondering how lucky you are to be able to feed your baby by putting it on your breast. As time passes it might get a little tiring and the wondering stops been a good motivation to keep it up. In order to make the breastfeeding sessions more fun, there are some things you can do. You can bond with your baby, write down your to-do list or just have some time for yourself.

Here are some things you can do while breastfeeding:

  1. Talk or sing to your baby. You can invent a song if you don’t remember any lyrics.
  2. Listen to your favorite music and sing if you feel like it.
  3. Read a book. In silence or out loud. Remember that your baby loves to hear your voice.
  4. Listen to audiobooks.
  5. Meditate. An easy app to this is ‘Headspace’.
  6. Eat a snack. Nuts, crackers, yogurt, peanut butter, and jelly sandwiches. Grab an easy snack that you can eat with one hand. Now that you have the time :).
  7. Bond with the family. If the close family is visiting you, you can feed your baby in front of them. ( Only if you feel comfortable) That way you get to interact with them and your baby will hear and get used to their voices.
  8. Catch up with your friends and family. Send them messages to keep up the relationship.
  9. Watch your favorite series.
  10. Write down your thoughts in a diary.
  11. Write down your blessings.
  12. Rest with your baby.
Breastfeeding is beautiful
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Each month is getting easier but it never stops being challenging. How is it for you? What do you like to do while you are breastfeeding?
Let me know in the comments below.

With love,

Alisson

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The Benefits​ of Sensory Play

As soon as babies are born, their curiosity starts developing. Every little thing a baby is exposed to is an amazing thing to be explored. With their eyes, ears, mouths, noses, and fingers. There are activities that help develop the senses of a baby. Stimulating a baby is therefore very important. Early stimulation can help improve attention span, memory, curiosity, and nervous system development. The first year of a child is the time when the brain grows the fastest that it ever will.

There are a lot of games and ways you can stimulate your child. You can do it at home or you can join baby lessons where you will learn how to play with your baby. A famous class it’s called Baby Sensory. This programme was founded by UK’s leading parenting expert Dr. Lin Day. The course offers a complete approach to learning and sensory development from birth to 13 months. It is designed to stimulate and educate a child during the first year of life.

During the classes, parents are provided with ideas for creative play, massage, tummy time, and movement in simple ways that can be easily repeated at home. All of the activities are accompanied by music and sensory signing to help develop early speech and language skills. A sensory environment rich in sights, sounds, smells, and textures promote brain growth, increases the capacity for intellectual development and forms the foundation for all future learning. Every week the activities are different. There’s always something new and exciting to look forward to.

This summer I joined the Baby Sensory lessons in Amersfoort. The class is held by Linda Veldman in the south of the city. The lessons start always with a beautiful song called ‘Say hello to the sun’ and follow with different activities. Linda is very sweet and good with parents and babies. The lessons take one hour. During this time, we play, we sing and we discover new sensations. My fifteen-week baby doesn’t make it, to be awake and alert the whole class. At some point during the class, she will feed or nap. And that is ok. Every lesson she is more awake and eager to learn. These classes have helped me to learn how to play with my baby. It also helps me to feel more confident and happy as a parent.

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Father and daughter during a car washing time.

You can join Baby Sensory lessons too! Check here to see where is the closest location to you. If you live in Amersfoort, there are two locations. In de Leusderkwartier and in Vathorst. You can contact Linda for more information at amersfoort@babysensory.nl

With Love,
Alisson

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