Mama Break

Mama Break

I hope you’re settling back into “life-after-holiday-weekend.” If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a little something to read whether you’re soaking in the rays or back to the daily grind. Here are a few recent ones that piqued my interest.

1 / The headline says it all on this one: When Parents have a Favorite Child, via The New York Times

2 / Been on the fence about CIO or other sleep training methods? A new study says you shouldn’t feel guilty about sleep training. via The New York Times

3 / Piggybacking on that sleep training…. New sleep guidelines for kids have been released (as parents either laugh or cry in horror and/or disbelief). Via CBS News.

4 / The Happiness Gap in the U.S. for Parents. Spoiler alert: It involves having a tight-knit village.

5 / We often say we want our kids ot be happy. But sometimes happiness springs from knowing how to rebound from tough or disappointing circumstances. How Kids Learn Resilience, via The Atlantic

6 / Struggling to understand the Terrible Twos or Threes, or Fearsome Fours? The Science Behind Kids and Tantrums, via Fatherly

7 / Not necessarily parenting related, but word nerds will enjoy this discussion of all how different cultures explain different types of “happy.” There maybe should be a word in English for that feeling you get when your baby sleeps through the night, or meets an exciting milestone. The Glossary of Happiness, via the New Yorker.


By Katie Dohman // Katie Dohman is a St. Paul-based freelance writer and Blooma mama of Ruby, 3, and Remy, 1. A former style editor, her work has appeared in Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune, Experience Life, Midwest Home, and Naturally, Danny Seo, among other publications and works. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @katiedohman