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About Mary Kay Keller PhD
Mary Kay Keller is a Certified Family Life Educator and Coach with 30 years of experience in providing Individuals and Families with a practical application of Family Science. Check out her engaging services and Testimonials at www.marykaykeller.com
Dr. Keller presented at TEDxTallahassee on the results of her Doctoral Research on First Time Fathers. You can find her TED talk on her home page, Just click on the TED talk icon.
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Why Journal? We have to learn to be compassionate to ourselves before we can show true compassion to others. I developed this simple annual (12 month) journal for myself to write my way back home, to my heart. Taking out my emotional trash each day, letting go of my anger, resentment and fear, keeps me present and in the moment. Being present allows me to be my best for myself and for the people I love! Especially when parenting. We need not dump our emotional trash on our children and the next generation. They deserve our very best!
Join me in this grand adventure of life and learn to live, one day at a time!
Or because the parents you know expecting or adopting a baby will adore you when you buy my book and combine it with an Infant Massage class and give it to them for their baby shower!
In this book I present a three step process that will set you up for a quiet night with any child. These three chapters explain how a child responds emotionally and physically to their environment and most importantly to you. The simple solutions presented in this three step process support you and your child in setting you both up for a long and quiet sleep. I also include a Bedtime Routine Journal in which you record your new routine activities for the first six weeks. In the journal there are questions for you to answer to provide introspection on how you are doing and how your child is responding. This gives you more control over making these changes. Any change brings on resistance. What has been working for your baby/child and hasn't been working for you and now that you are determined to make the changes necessary to bring on a good nights sleep, you need reinforcement. The change in routine may make things worse for a few weeks. However, as you record and get through the resistance, you will discover that when it seems to hit the worst peak that the resistant behavior suddenly disappears and the routine has been established. Children crave consistency even when they don't know what it is or how to get there. We change when we are in enough pain to make us reach for a new behavior, this is the change!
As a bonus there are three appendices that provide additional supports for overall hassle free parenting. These suggestions support and enhance the two way communication between the parent or caregiver and the child. We have often heard it said that, "Children do not come with instructions!" This is not true. Children come with built in instructions. What is missing is our belief that children are not born communicating with us, simply because they do not meet our communication needs for verbal expression. Because they don't use our words we mistakenly believe they are not born communicating. Raising children does not have to be frustrating or emotionally overwhelming when we know how to hear them and how to support them as they communicate life is easier and happier for the whole family!