Saturday, June 4, 2011

Recommended books for the month of June!

Wow, are we really done with the 2010-2011 school year??? I don’t know about you, but now that my girls are closing in on five years old, time is flying by. Summer vacation is upon us, which means that the kids will be home more and some of us may be seeing discipline problems pop up. Whether these problems are caused by boredom, sibling rivalry, or personality traits the results are the same: stress on the family. “Enter” your free summer resource, the NWHMOM library! Below is a book one of our members suggested, along with some “reader reviews”:

The No-Cry Discipline Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley gives parents practical and specific advice for raising well-behaved children from ages 2 through 8, showing them how to deal with behaviors such as tantrums, kicking, hair pulling, whining, back-talking, and swearing. She schools the reader in gentle ways to encourage good behavior.

“Pantley is a loving realist, who has managed… to give disciplinarianism a good, warm name.” –Kirkus

“It had some great general sections about how to engage/communicate with kids as well as handle anger.” –reader

“This book really uplifts parents with positive messages. It always makes me feel like a better mom to read a few pages when I’m feeling down about my parenting.” –reader

“I think the best learning from this was the fact that the things we get stressed out about are things that really don’t matter in the long run.” –reader

Here are some other resources on the subject of discipline:

Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking – Practical solutions to the most common preschool behavior problems – by Wyckoff and Unell

Discipline Without Tears – What to do with children who misbehave – by Dreikurs and Cassel

How to Discipline Kids without Losing Their Love and Respect – An introduction to Love &Logic – by Jim Fay

Smart Love – The compassionate alternative to discipline that will make you a better parent and your child a better person – by Heineman-Pieper and Pieper

The Strong-Willed Child – Birth through adolescence – by Dr. Dobson

The NWHMOM Library Inventory can be found in the “Files” section of the NWHMOM Yahoo group. Please send me an e-mail if you would like to borrow a book or if you have any questions. We lend books month-to-month, but I’m known to grant extensions if the word “chocolate” is mentioned…

Dottie L., NWHMOM Librarian

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Buy/Sell

The Spring Buy/Sell of the Northwest Houston Moms of Multiples was held on April 2, 2011 at a new location...Kid R Kids at 10740 Barker Cypress. The owner graciously allowed us to use the parking lot to hold our Shopping Extravaganza. You might have seen some of the many signs that Cita and I placed throughout the surrounding area to promote our Sell. That was a fun with 5 toddlers in car seats cheering Mrs. Cita on every time she got back into the car after placing a sign out for all to see.

We were pleased to see lots of members and non members set up there stuff bright and early… 5:30 am to be exact. The tables and racks went up and all were ready for those early shoppers that started arriving before 7 am. Though the weather was a bit yucky in the early hours the weather quickly changed and there was plenty of sunshine. There was so much to browse through and so much to choose from. Lots of us sellers were shopping before everything was set up. I personally came home with tons of gently used toys and clothing for my Duo. It was also nice to see lots of members come out to support our sellers. It seems that this function is great for both the Buyers and the Sellers.

The Northwest Houston Moms of Multiples holds 2 buy/sells a year once in the spring usually at the end of March or beginning of April then again in the fall usually at the end of September or early October. We do charge a small fee to participate ($15 for non-members and $8 for members) and this is used for signs and anything else that we need to promote the event. If you are interested in participating or need more information contact Laura @ or Cita @


Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Recommendations from MoMs

Happy May, ladies! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that you are all getting lots of outside time with your kids before the weather shoots permanently into the ‘90’s. This month’s reading subject is getting your kids to sleep through the night! Not an easy feat for some of us, even for those parents with older children. If this is something you struggle with, check out the titles below. I’ve listed them in order of age!

The Happiest Baby on the Block (The new way to calm crying and help your newborn baby sleep longer) by Harvey Karp, M.D.

This book includes great tips on how to properly soothe and swaddle an infant, and even addresses how to re-create the womblike atmosphere your newborn baby still yearns for, outside the womb.

On Becoming Baby Wise (Giving your infant the gift of nighttime sleep) by Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D.

“Babywise is an exciting infant management plan that successfully and naturally helps infants synchronize their feeding, waketime and nighttime sleep cycles.”

The No-Cry Sleep Solution (Gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night) by Elizabeth Pantley

“Showing you how to analyze, assess, and improve your baby’s sleep patterns using sleep logs.”

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Gentle ways to stop bedtime battles and improve your child’s sleep) by Elizabeth Pantley

Covers a wide variety of topics including moving a child out of the crib and into a big bed; ending the all-night breastfeeding routine; stopping nighttime visits to your bed; handling naptime problems; and nightmares, separation anxiety, and fears.

Break the Co-Sleeping Habit (How to set bedtime boundaries- and raise a secure, happy, well-adjusted child) by Valerie Levine, Ph.D.

This book helps you deal with breaking a habit that parents don’t know how to break, even addressing pre-teens and teens and dealing with special situations such as divorce.

Dottie, NWHMOM Librarian

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Team Linus

Can you imagine waiting for over 2 years to have a child? Then finding out you are expecting is an amazing miracle! One that those that have fought fertility issues know all so well as well as same sex couples.

Linus is a beautiful almost 6 month old, 1 of a set of triplets. He was unfortunately born w/ a congenital heart defect (CHD) & has been struggling for his life, especially as of late.

MoMs bond b/c we know the trials that come along w/ having multiples & several have had to fight some type of health issue w/ one or all of their children due to prematurity, etc. For Linus, it had nothing to do w/ being a preemie. His poor heart is broken.

Now, imagine this. 2 mommies loving every minute of having 3 new sons but one is ill & has spent quite a bit of time in the hospital. These 2 ladies barely spend time together, struggling to survive the road that has been chosen for them.

If you can, please help! Team Linus is on Facebook. Read along & join in the online silent auction.

Want to know more about Linus & his brothers, go on & read all about the family at A Story of Two Moms.

Let's support another MoM in the struggle to keep their beautiful son alive!

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