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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I have obviously not been around for a while. This week will prove to be another busy week for our family. We will continue to celebrate the holidays, work on our next baby’s room, and celebrate our anniversary. So I will not be around as much this week also.

I have been working on answering questions, but I am about a week and a half behind. I am getting to them, so please be patient. Luckily there were a lot fewer questions over the last week, so I should be able to catch up relatively quickly. Rest assured I am working on it and will soon get to your questions.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. J.A.W.S
    January 6, 2010 / 3:23 PM

    I have a question about separation anxiety…MINE! Our son is 12 months old. He stays at a family member's home about 6-8 hours each week while I am at work. He has also stayed with family several times when my husband and I have been out on dates. We will be attending an out of state event that will require us to be gone for three days and our son will not be able to come with us. He will be staying with my parents. I know he will be fine, but I am experiencing terrible guilt and grief about the whole situation. I don't want him to be homesick for us or be scared. I was always homesick as a child and remember what a bad feeling it was! Do you have any advice? Thanks so much!

  2. Plowmanators
    January 20, 2010 / 6:50 PM

    It sounds like you are attributing feelings to your child because you feel/felt them. This is totally a normal thing to do, but you want to try not to 🙂 You want your child to experience his own emotions, not yours.It is normal to be anxious when your child is away from you for the first (or 5000th) time. You worry. He will be with people who love him and probably spoil him. He will have a great time. Realize he has his own feelings, they are not what you had. If you display anxiety over it, you are likely to pass that on to him. So try to relax 🙂

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