Parenting the Path to Least Anxiety with Lauren Archer
Lauren Archer is mama to a lovely child nicknamed Cubby, a postpartum doula and former career nanny of 17 years.
As a postpartum doula, she brings non-judgmental and unbiased support to families of all shapes and sizes.
She believes every parent deserves guidance and support throughout the often unknown waters that are “bringing home baby” and that every family deserves support and care through the magical and exciting time after baby is born.
The Unspoken Topic
- Education is empowerment. Advice, experts and parenting books are great, but your parenthood journey can only be defined by you. Taking the path to least anxiety should be the north star.
What We Cover
- How to ask for help when we need it.
- Understanding what Parenting Within The Lines means and how you can apply that to your own parenting.
- Normalizing the struggles of new parenthood.
Take a Listen >>
- If your instinct is to do something that is not in a parenting book, do it. That’s what your baby needs and that’s what you need at the moment.
- Just because you give into something, it doesn’t mean it defines your parenting.
- Take the path to least anxiety because that will make you show up as a happier parent.
- Nobody does “whole picture parenting” where they share how a situation really is. We all just share what we want but in reality, there is so much more.
- Also, nobody cares what you do as a parent. Just do what makes you happy.
- Science has debunked the Cry It Out Method because there are so many developmental changes that occur when they are young, and children really do need their parents.
- A doula is a great sounding board to help you choose to do something different.
- Never be afraid to try something different. Failure is good because you are one step closer to finding something that works.
- Sometimes parenting doesn’t come natural. Especially for first timers because you’ve never done it before. Be graceful with yourself.
- Bodywork for infants is a great resource if they are having trouble feeding or falling asleep. Infant massage, chiropractic care and physical therapy are great options.
How to Ask For Help
- If you’re struggling, hire a postpartum doula.
- They have foresight and resources that can help tremendously in the postpartum phase.
- Put the postpartum doula on your registry.
Hardest Decision To Make as a Mom
- Making hard decisions every day and accepting that every day will bring a decision that is hard to make.
A-Ha Moment About Parenting
- Realizing her son is allowed to be the boss sometimes and make decisions. Sometimes he makes great ones as he is exploring. It’s exciting to see toddler explore.
Most Excited About
- She has reached a point where she is comfortable leaving her son with other caregivers and allow him to cultivate those relationships.
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Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Writing her Instagram poetry.
- Best parenting advice ever received: It’s OK to not like your child in that moment. You are both people and are allowed to have disagreements.
- Share your favorite parenting hack: Taking old reusable breast pads and using them as facial wipes.
- Recommend one product your child cannot live without: Lovey.
- Share your favorite book and why: Anything you want to read.
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is really loving the bad days as much as you love the good days and recognizing there are beautiful moments in the storm.