Parenting Mindset

Losing it in Parenting: How Off-Track Behavior Can Point You In The Right Direction.

Mother overwhelmed by off-track behavior.
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I'm an IBCLC, Pediatric Sleep Coach & Postpartum Doula helping families navigate the wild ride of the early parenting years.

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I’m thinking of you after a tough night of behavior in my household. If you have a child under two, these phases might be called leaps, developmental milestones, or wonder weeks. If your child is 2 or older, these phases might be called tantrums, back-talk, or off-track behavior. And if you are an adult, these phases might be called uncomfortable, irritated, or over it. 

The main themes of my work are feeding, sleep, development, behavior, and mindset. Though I focus on these for the earliest of humans, these themes are with us for all of life. A developmental milestone, off-track behavior, and being over it are all the same thing: discomfort with being pushed to our edge and needing more support. 

In my experience, adult off-track behavior including anger, frustration and irritation are pink flags (not red) showing parents that they are ready for something different. This could mean needing more support because they are not resourced to deal with things how they are, changing something small because they have reached a saturation point for how things are or completely stopping something because they have simply outgrown it. All of these reasons are ok and normal and expected. 

If you find that you are in a phase of off-track behavior, recognize that it may be time to make a change. Sometimes a simple shift is enough to reset your bandwidth.

If you need support figuring out what that may be for YOU, you can book a lactation or sleep consultation, sign up for Middle Road Musings to get a monthly dose of TLC in your inbox or follow me on Instagram.

Until Next Time,



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Hi, I'm Jen.
Evidence-Based Practitioner & Heart Centered Human.

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I'm an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Pediatric Sleep Coach & Postpartum Doula helping families navigate early parenting through exploring the MIDDLE ROAD-that place that lies somewhere between LOSING YOUR MIND and the greatest experience of your life!