Importance of nighttime parenting

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Importance of nighttime parenting

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It's important to parent your children throughout the entire day, and that includes the nighttime as well. Rather than necessarily forcing them to sleep or cry it out. When you force your baby to cry it out, you're really impacting how their brain is ultimately developing. The crying is releasing tremendous stress hormones called cortisol throughout their brain which severely impacts how their brain will ultimately develop and what they're going to be capable of as an adult. Parenting doesn't stop just because the sun went down. They still need you, just as much as they did when the sun was out. So make sure that you're there providing the same sense of security, the same understanding and the same loving treatment that you give to your child throughout the day, even through the night. They're learning their way and they need you.

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When her son was born, Aimee found herself in uncharted waters. She knew she wanted to be a different type of parent than her parents had been. After years of self-exploration, she felt she had healed a lot of her childhood emotional wounds and that she could be a good mother but she didn't really know how to parent differently. She went to Mommy and Me classes, breastfeeding groups, you name it, searching to fill a void she initially could not identify. They were all helpful but not what she felt she was longing for. She realized she was looking for a safe place to really talk about the challenges she was facing every day. Unfortunately, it seemed that none of the forums she found as a new mother were able to provide that. She vowed then to create such a place for parents, and the idea for Parenting Discovery Center was born.

Her educational background in psychology had nurtured her tremendous curiosity about the impact and importance of infant attachment. Her research in this area had equipped her with a conscious sieve to help evaluate the overwhelming amount of parenting advice available. What she found was that at a time of total vulnerability, parents are often taught parenting techniques that cause them to unwittingly undermine this important and essential bond. 

The Center provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring the emotions and challenges faced by new parents. They are also here to help peoople understand the importance of attachment and help parents build a conscious bond with their baby based upon their individual family's values and lifestyle. 

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