Parenting Foundations Blog

Welcome to the Parenting Foundations Blog Page.  It is here that I, Brenda McSween, and a few guest bloggers post about tips and tricks to add to your parenting toolbox.  I am a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Parent Advisor with extensive experience working with children, youth and their families. I have a Bachelor of Child Studies Degree. Even with my experience and education there are days and times that I have to remind myself that parenting is a tough gig and I need to cut myself some slack.

The goal of this blog is for you to walk away feeling like you have a new tip to try or thing to consider as your child grows.

Have fun parenting!!

Crap Naps

One of the most common questions I get is.... (wait for it)..."how can I help my child nap longer?". Sound familiar?? Short naps are very common and seem to cause a great deal of stress for parents. The first thing I like to say as a response to this question is...

Stop, Drop and Connect

There are many times as a parent that we see our children falling apart. Tantrums are occurring left, right and center; tears for unknown reasons, and non-compliance for no known reason. Your typically calm and quite child is losing it, your usually strongly...

Time Change Coming

Yippee (sarcasm inserted here) we have a time change this weekend! We will find ourselves moving our clocks ahead an hour. So if your child usually wakes up at 7 am the clock will say 8 am!!! You will look at the clock and smile but realistically it does not mean much...

Baby Massage Benefits

  Massage can be a great addition to your baby's routine, with benefits for both you and him. Some of the many benefits of baby massage include: Can enable babies to affirm their bond with their parents, older siblings, grandparents and other primary caregivers....

Cribs, Bassinets and Bed Linen

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot or bassinet with a firm, flat mattress. For an optimal sleep environment, “same place every time” allows your baby to begin to make a connection about sleep though this really isn’t established until later. It is a...

The Colour of Noise

We often hear of the effect white noise can have on you or your child's sleep. Who knew there are other colours of noise?? Not me. My guest blog post today is from the amazing Jerylin Gan, Ph.D. about the colours of noise. Have trouble sleeping?  A toddler who...

Scary Times… Daylight Savings

When I first realized that Daylight Savings was on Halloween I was a bit freaked out! It can be hard enough to adjust to the sleep lost due to all the excitement of Halloween. Now we get to deal with turning back the clocks on the same night. Who needs a haunted house...

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