Preparing Your Dog for Your Baby + Raising Friends for Life


Michael Wombacher, author of Good Dog, Happy Baby.
Topic:
Preparing your dog for the arrival of your child.
Issues: How to evaluate your dog and identify potential problems before the baby arrivers; how to resolve common behavioral problems such as barking object guarding, jumping up, overprotectiveness, and more; how to be sure your dog understands his place in the pack; teach your dog to build positive associations with the baby.


Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings.
Topic:
How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life.
Issues: The most common mistake parents make with siblings; why you shouldn’t force your kids to share; how and why to schedule meltdowns; ways to foster sibling bonding; when to intervene in a sibling fight; should you force your kids to apologize to each other after a fight?

Biting and Hitting the Hand that Feeds

biting teeth
biting teeth

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Dear Mr. Dad: Our son just turned one and, almost like flipping a switch, he went from the sweetest, happiest little guy to smacking and biting. It’s bad enough when it happens at home, but my husband and I are beyond embarrassed when he attacks friends or strangers. Is it normal for babies to turn mean like this? Normal or not, how can we get it to stop?

A: No one knows exactly why, but right around their first birthday, most babies go through a stage that involves hitting and/or biting everything and everyone in sight. So, yes, biting and hitting are normal, and it’s unlikely that he’s “turning mean.” However, as you said, whether it’s normal or not, this behavior needs to stop. Before you can do anything about the behavior, though, you need to figure out what’s behind it.

According to child development experts, there are lots of possible explanations. Your baby may be hitting or biting because: [Read more…]

Happy Father’s Day to Two Men with Over 1.5 Million Babies  

Former Viagra colleagues, ex-Team Leader, Rooney Nelson and fellow team member Dr. Sal Giorgianni did the preliminary analysis, and the findings are in. “We were thinking about how the real measurement of Viagra’s success was not really intimacy, but its ability to help couples in the creation of life,” said Nelson, also founder of the Nelson Group. “So we ran the numbers.”

The analysis was done using a linear assessment model comprised of data from the CDC, US Census, National Out-Patient and Birth Data, along with IMS Share and Market penetration data. The figures showed that Viagra was a contributingn factor in at least 6% of the approximately 3.9 million annual births in the U.S. over the last 18 years, resulting in at least 1.5 million babies to date, and counting…. in the U.S. alone.

“When you think about it, you can’t help but be humbled,” says Dr. Sal Giorgianni, who led the medical relations outreach efforts for Viagra’s launch team. “To know that the work of you and your colleagues did helped in the births of over 1.5 million babies is amazing. That’s a benchmark that may never be equaled.”

“That’s why we’ve launched the IMPACT Project,” adds Rooney Nelson. “To help others gain the tools to be successful.” The IMPACT Project is a 2-3 hour workshop where both Nelson and Giorgianni reveal the team-building strategies they used to create the successful launch and future success of Viagra. It also gives back to the community by having the participants engage in team building exercises where they work together to create care packages for at-risk children.

“No other team-building activity can match this program’s ability to inspire, motivate, and provide team members with a proven blueprint for future success,” says Nelson. “Working in any industry requires collaboration and coordination across various functions,” adds Giorgianni. “With Viagra, as with many other products today, especially in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and tech industries, there are no models to follow. This initiative is so exciting because we get to share our proven insights and intelligence with other companies and brands that are focused on making a positive difference.”

About the IMPACT Project
The IMPACT Project, presented by The Nelson Group, is available to all companies and teams that aspire to be successful. Workshops typically last two to three hours. Group range in size from 5 to over 5,000 paraticipants.

About the Nelson Group
Based in New York City, the Nelson Group was founded in 2002 by Rooney Nelson, who, before leavingn Pfizer had served in many senior management positions, including U.S. Team Leader for Viagra.  TNG has conducted more than 1,000 meetings worldwide. Clients include many of the world’s premier brands.

For more information please visit www.welcometotng or call 646.838.2230.

Healthy Eating Tips for Every Age and Stage of Development

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mrdad - good eating habits

Dads, listen up: Child obesity is out of control. Don’t let your child fall victim to this epidemic that affects nearly one in three children in America. What your children put in their bodies aids their mental and physical development. Begin feeding your kids nutritious food from day one and adjust to their needs during different life stages. Here are some healthy eating tips to implement in every stage of your child’s life.

Newborns

Breast milk is the best food for babies. It provides all the beneficial nutrients, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, which recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months and a combination of breast milk and iron-rich complementary foods thereafter.

Not only does breastfeeding promote a deeper connection with between mom and baby, breast milk aids in protection from respiratory illnesses, infections, stomach problems, skin irritations and allergies.

New fathers can build their bond with baby by feeding breast milk from a bottle after mom’s milk supply is established (at about two to four weeks). Here’s the best approach:

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Babies Can Sometimes Bring out the Worst in Us

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a new dad and I sometimes get incredibly angry when my son cries. Of course I haven’t acted on my anger, but I’m feeling really guilty that I get so mad in the first place. I’ve always been a pretty patient guy, but I don’t think I’ve ever had such intense feelings before. Am I a bad parent?

A: Babies have an amazing capacity to bring out feelings in us that are powerful, unfamiliar, and sometimes scary. On the positive side, we get to experience being on the receiving end and the giving end of unconditional love—something I don’t believe exists between adults. On the negative side, there are the feelings you described. We’d all like to believe that we’d throw ourselves in front of a moving train to save our children, but every once in a while they make us so furious that we think (very briefly) of throwing them in front of the train. I know that sounds horrible, but here’s a reality check: Everyone has feelings like that. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying to you or doesn’t have children. So, no, you’re not a bad parent at all.

That said, while there’s nothing wrong with feeling intense anger, it’s what you do with it that can be a problem. Here are some suggestions that can help you get your anger under control.

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Acing the ACT + Think Like a Baby

Elizabeth King, author of Acing the ACT.
Topic:
An elite tutor’s guide to strategies and understanding that make a big difference.
Issues: The ACT is now more popular than the SAT; difference between the two tests; advantages of the ACT; the difference between a tricky question and a trick question; strategies to ensure that you get the best possible score.

Amber Ankowski and Andy Ankowski, co-authors of Think Like a Baby.
Topic:
Learn to better understand your child’s developing mind.
Issues: Setting up simple research experiements to do with your baby; fun ways to get insight into what’s happening inside your child’s skull; the importance of talking to your baby; playing with reflexes; how music affects a child–before he or she is even born; many more experiments.