Wisdom comes not from one source but by a lifetime of experience and humility!

cds We all make mistakes and hopefully learn from those mistakes. In my life, I have found that if I surround myself with those people who exemplify how I want to be, my role models and mentors, I raise the quality of my own life and effectiveness. I also read books about people who have learned to conquer adversity, people who are devoted to serving others. These books give me strength, perspective and inspiration.

Most everything I have learned from the school of hard knocks and I am still learning every day from each person I come in contact with. I am not perfect and I am not an expert in every area, though I do have a unique perspective from the variety of educational and training experiences I have had, and from the multitude of homes, countries and socioeconomic situations I have been in. Each person, each family, each community and country offers its own special wisdom that becomes my own as I absorb it. I like to think that if something is working, it is worth investigating and learning from. When a culture has children who suffer from high rates of depression and another does not, I want to know why. I figure out what the key ingredients are and then bring that wisdom to the society and the people in need.

I look forward to your questions and to the challenge of learning more as I share what I know and am continuing to explore.

Granny Pants

April 8, 2011. Tags: , . Breastfeeding, Children, Diabetes, Grandparents, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, Parenting, Parenting Advice, parents, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

An Invitation to visit Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips on Facebook

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Granny Pants & Hudson (grandbaby #7)

In order to scale down my online time and to be more effective and helpful to parents on a daily basis, I have moved away from this blogsite. You are invited to preview my Facebook Page: Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips at http://GPDPT.com   

I now have parents from 9 countries following my daily tips!  Come and join our awesome group. (There is no solicitation involved, only sharing.) If you like what you see, become a follower and get Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips on your Facebook page to read and share with other parents as you see fit.

These are not trendy tips that will be here today and found out to be disastrous for our children and society tomorrow!  Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips come from a preventive philosophy developed over 35+ years of experience  teaching, raising, and caring  for children of all ages from across the globe. 

Tips are also aligned with my book, The New Physics of Childhood: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies.

Parenting does not have to be as complicated as we make it out to be sometimes. When we focus on the basics, our children won’t exhibit many of the symptoms that DO complicate family life!  

See you on Facebook!  “Celebrate Every Day!”

Granny Pants

June 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . America's+Best+Idea, Babies, Breastfeeding, Children, Cooking, Diabetes, Facebook Pages, Grandparents, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, La+Leche+League+International, nature, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, parents, Prevention, Recipes, school children. Leave a comment.

10 Ways Every Adult Can Support a Breastfeeding Mother!

In 2010, The US Surgeon General urged everyone to support breastfeeding because the people in a home, workplace and community are the prime factors in her breastfeeding success or failure!  We now know that there are even more reasons to support breastfeeding . It is up to each of us in this American Culture to support the mother who is nurturing and nourishing her child in the best way possible! In 2009, I published the list below which has been updated in 2012.

“1. WHENEVER YOU SEE A NURSING MOTHER, PRAISE HER FOR HER CHOICE TO BREASTFEED. For new mothers, the first few weeks can be a challenging adjustment, but difficulties do not mean failure. Persistence will result in success and many, many precious moments. (If a new mother has questions or doubts, encourage her to seek help from informed and knowledgeable professionals or successful, experienced nursing mothers instead of from trendy blog posts or mothers who did not have breastfeeding success. For a mother to be successful, she needs information from those who were also successful; even if it means working through challenges. (For a reputable site, go to: http://www.llli.org/ or help the new mother find a certified lactation consultant in her area).

2. BE AWARE THAT THERE CAN BE RISKS IN INTRODUCING ANYTHING OTHER THAN BREASTMILK DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS. Risks may include a higher incidence of illnesses, ear infections, all allergies, obesity, diabetes, diarrhea, malnutrition, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as well as a host of digestive disorders. (American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Breastfeeding)

3. REINFORCE MOTHER THAT SHE HAS PLENTY OF MILK FOR HER BABY. Remind her that breast milk is produced by supply and demand. Supplementing her baby with other fluids will reduce a mother’s milk supply. Plenty of healthy fluids help mother produce plenty of milk. Developing an adequate milk supply could be as simple as ensuring that baby is latched on to breast correctly to stimulate milk production. Because we as a culture in the US are not accustomed to seeing women breastfeed, many new mothers do not realize just what a good latch looks like!

4. PROVIDE NURSING MOTHERS WITH A COMFORTABLE & SUPPORTIVE PLACE TO FEED her baby without shame or self-consciousness—even in public. The more we can help mothers feel comfortable feeding their babies in public, the better fed our babies will be! You wouldn’t want to eat your lunch in a toilet stall, would you? Why should we expect a baby to do this then!

5. OFFER TO HELP MOTHERS WITH NON-FEEDING NECESSITIES like cooking, cleaning, and shopping so mothers can rest and enjoy dedicated feeding and crucial bonding moments with their babies. The best way for a mother to develop confidence in her mothering instincts and breastfeeding abilities is to practice, not to have others practice!

6. INSIST THAT ALL THOSE AROUND A MOTHER REFRAIN FROM CONVERSATIONS THAT INSTILL DOUBT IN HER MILK SUPPLY. If a mother is feeling nervous, frustrated, inadequate, or fearful that she is starving her baby, her ‘let-down reflex’ may not release her milk, due to a stress response—even when she has plenty of milk! Babies with a higher need to suck are not necessarily hungry and may benefit from more frequent feedings and/or a frontal baby carrier in-between feedings. Some babies do well just nursing on one side per feeding to satisfy their sucking needs.

7. ENCOURAGE A MOTHER TO EXTEND HER TIME AT HOME WITH HER BABY BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK. Encourage mother to continue nursing while working with a breast pump and supportive caregivers/employers. Many states have laws that protect breastfeeding/working mothers and many laws are changing today to encourage this practice.

8. PLAN AHEAD FOR TRAVEL STOPS during outings, vacations, or extended travel. Normal stops are about every two hours for feedings and diaper changes.

9. VISIT THE MOTHER AT HOME. Bring the entertainment to Mom, or make it easy for her to get out with her baby. Do not pressure a mother to leave her baby at home during feeding times.

10. ALWAYS TELL A BREASTFEEDING MOTHER THAT SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS. Maintain a socially acceptable attitude towards a mother’s body image and physiological changes during the breastfeeding period because this first year is the most important investment in a child’s health and development.

REMEMBER: PLENTY of REST, PLENTY of FLUIDS, A GOOD LATCH, FREQUENT NURSING, and ABOVE ALL a SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WILL HELP MOM & BABY THRIVE in THEIR NEW RELATIONSHIP.”

From Chapter 3

THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies

by Christina Ivazes, a.k.a. Granny Pants © 2009

Christina Ivazes is a mother of three grown daughters, a grandmother of eight, all of whom were breastfed. Christina had two homebirths and attended the births of 7 of her grandchildren. She is a former La Leche League Leader and is currently studying to become a Certified Lactation Educator while she attends graduate school at San Francisco State University in California.

Please pass this important information on to anyone you feel will benefit, while respecting copyright laws.

http://thenewphysicsofchildhood.com/

April 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Babies, Breastfeeding, Children, Diabetes, Grandparents, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, La+Leche+League+International, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, parents, Prevention, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

VISIT THESE SITES TO FIND OUT HOW:

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Http://GPDPT.com  Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips on Facebook for parenting tips that align with the best interest of your child. (Great for caregivers too!)

http://twitter.com/GrannyPants Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips and other great resources as they present themselves for a more sustainable, responsible manner of raising children today.

http://TheNewPhysicsofChildhood.com For information on the multitude of services I offer, more about me, and information on my book. Childhood challenges are escalating around the globe. The New Physics of Childhood is an effective model for raising children that considers the entire life cycle. It offers lasting, preventive solutions that are not complicated or expensive. The New Physics of Childhood refutes the current pop culture/medical model of raising children.

http://GrannyPants.wordpress.com Granny Pants speaks about the issues of the day and personal life reflections.

March 28, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

#ParentingTip 35- Set your home page on

#ParentingTip 35- Set your home page on http://GreatDay.com & read it to your kids every day at the breakfast table! http://ow.ly/17Cas

February 15, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

10 Things You Need to Know But Probably Don’t Want to Hear!

 

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Author, Christina Ivazes (aka Granny Pants) with Grandson #7 Hudson Cooper

SEE THE LATEST BLOG TO PARENTS at:  http://grannypants.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/10-things-you-need-to-know-but-probably-dont-want-to-hear/

February 11, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

#ParentingTip 30- If you haven’t already

#ParentingTip 30- If you haven’t already,raise the bar from the minimum to the Optimum regarding all of your child’s needs. http://GPDPT.com

February 10, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

#ParentingTip 29- Read classic children’

#ParentingTip 29- Read classic children’s literature to kids so they develop an appreciation for more than popular culture. http://GPDPT.com

February 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

#ParentingTip 28- Parents’ weekly date n

#ParentingTip 28- Parents’ weekly date night teaches kids that maintaining a marriage is a priority.It also reminds adults. http://GPDPT.com

February 8, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

#ParentingTip 28- Parents’ weekly date n

#ParentingTip 28- Parents’ weekly date night teaches kids that maintaining a marriage is a priority.It also reminds adults. http://GPDPT.com

February 8, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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