New Mommy Media and Parent Connection presents a list of Google Hangouts

Flying without a Helicopter

Preparing Kids for Work and Life

Joanie B. Connell, Ph.D.

We know hovering over our kids constantly may not be the best way to help them become the successful, independent adults we picture in our minds. So, what should we be doing as parents to help prepare our kids for work and life? What life skills are kids lacking? What are the most common challenges managers have with their younger employees? How can parents love and encourage their kids throughout life without becoming too involved?

For a list of Parent Connection hangouts, click here.

How to Calm A Crying Baby

By Jenny Ilfeld Davis, MD; Scripps Clinic, Rancho Bernardo
You’ve fed, changed and played with your baby, but the crying hasn’t stopped. Time to take a deep breath and try these tips to help calm your little one.
  • Swaddling - Recreate the feeling for your baby of being safe and secure in utero by swaddling. Swaddling — wrapping baby up in a soft blanket — is a time-tested way to recreate that cozy feeling. Swaddle your baby snugly enough so that the arms stay down and won’t flail out, but make sure there is enough room for little legs to move.
  • Pacifiers - Many babies are happiest when sucking on something, whether that is a pacifier or your (clean) finger in a pinch. Babies have a natural sucking reflex, and sucking can steady your baby’s heart rate and calm thrashing arms and legs.
  • White noise - It may seem counter-intuitive, but newborns are often soothed by the steady roar of white noise that blocks out other sounds. While developing in the womb, babies are used to the noise of mom’s bodily sounds, such as a beating heart and flowing flowing, so they feel right at home amid noise machines, vacuum cleaners and fans.
  • Fresh air - Getting outside can also help soothe your baby, even it is just stepping out onto the porch or patio, or walking into the backyard. A breath of fresh air and a glimpse of blue sky can also calm your frazzled nerves.
  • Motion - Movement, especially a swinging motion, can activate a calming reflex. Try wearing your baby and walking around so that your little one can enjoy the feeling of closeness and the rhythm of your walk. For the first three months, make sure your baby is facing your body in a front-pack carrier or sling for extra head support. Rocking your baby in a rocking chair or glider, or using a motorized baby swing, vibrating bouncy seat or an automatic cradle are other time-honored ways to help the cries stop.
  • Your Voice - Singing a song or nursery rhyme will let your baby know that you are there with her. It doesn’t matter if you sing off-key or if you sing a rock tune or croon a lullaby.
  • Diet - If you are breastfeeding, consider what you are eating that might cause your newborn to have gas or stomach pain. Babies’ digestive systems are still developing, so they may have difficulty processing some of the food you are eating. Check with your doctor about changes that might help.
Jenny Ilfeld Davis, MD,is a board-certified pediatrician at Scripps Clinic, Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Ilfeld believes children are a privilege and joy to take care of and watch grow. She has special interests in nutrition, allergies and asthma, and injury prevention for athletes. When not with her patients, she enjoys cooking, traveling, dancing and spending time with her family.
To find a Scripps pediatrician near you call 1-800-SCRIPPS (1-800-727-4777).


Family Swap Meet

Sunday, June 26
8:00 - Noon
Canyon Crest Academy
5951 Village Center Loop Road 
San Diego 92130
Admission:  $2/person 12 and under free
Early admission for Parent Connection members at 7:30 a.m.

How To Get My Kids To Listen

Ways to Reduce Power Struggles

Handling power struggles can be one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. Our speaker will discuss how to effectively handle power struggles and what to do to lessen them in the future by recognizing them and disengaging. You and your child will feel better and the entire family will be happier for it.  This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.

Wills, Trusts and Financial Planning for College

Parent's Guide to Wills, Trusts & Saving for College
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hera Hub, Sorrento Valley
What would happen to your child(ren) if something happened to you?  Achieve peace of mind by ensuring that your child(ren) would  be raised by the person you choose and that your child(ren) would not inherit everything at age 18, but at the ages and stages you want them to inherit.  Stacy DenHerder from DenHerder & Associates, an Estate Planning Attorney and Evan Cantalupo from Financial Services will discuss how to avoid probate, how to be prepared to cover the issues of incapacity, and how to secure your financial future as well as your child's college education.  You'll have the opportunity to learn about 529 plans, education and Roth IRAs, UTMA accounts and alternative investments.  This event is free for Parent Connection and Hera Hub members, $10 for nonmembers.

Register for the classes here.


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