The Importance of Process Praise

We all want to be better.

We want to be better parents, better kids, better spouses, better employees and better business owners. For some of us that means that we want to improve the things outside of us – we want more money, a nicer car and home, and we want to look “beautiful.” For others, it means improving the things within us – cultivating gratitude practices, learning a new skill or taking care of our bodies because of how it feels and not how it looks.

I have been focusing on being a better parent, and no offense to my parents, I want to be a better parent than my parents. Not that they were bad parents, but rather because I believe that every generation should try to be better.

I’ve wanted to be a mother for about 30 years. So I have always thought about how I would like to parent. Now that I have a daughter I need to start putting my money where my mouth is.

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Four surprising signs of teething

Four surprising signs of teething

Some of us know what to expect when kids are teething. Some of us don’t.

My daughter is my first child so everything that we go through together, we’re all doing for the first time.

Even though I got my master’s in Oriental Medicine and have worked in holistic medicine for the better part of a decade, 99% of parenting is a mystery to me.

For instance, teething. Teething is just baby teeth cutting through the gums, right? It’s painful, it’s a milestone, but that’s it. I mean, I knew that teething was determined by the strength of kidney qi because the kidneys govern both bone and development. But beyond that, I knew no other symptoms of teething besides “pain”.

Four surprising signs of teething

Shonishin: Holistic infant and pediatric care

When we picture acupuncture, most of us see comfortable warm rooms with soft lighting and relaxing needle naps. Or for those of us who are familiar with community acupuncture, we see a group setting with people kicking back and healing together. What do all of these have in common?

Almost all of us are picturing adults.

But Traditional East Asian Medicine, or TEAM, isn’t just for adults. My most rewarding internship was at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, where I treated children (and their parents) for nausea and pain related to cancer treatments, anxiety, depression and many other conditions.

TEAM is a great way to support your child’s health. It can help them sleep better at night, even out their energy, support their digestion and bolster their lifelong vitality.

Go beyond infant massage