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Posted on : April 16, 2007
Four Tips to Survive Market Day With Kids
Grocery shopping with kids can be a challenge. Face them head on with these survival tips that can help make grocery time a little more bearable and maybe even fun for both you and the little ones. ...»

3 Easy Ways to Inculcate Good Dining Etiquette in Children
The importance of good dining etiquette is inevitable in social and professional gatherings where you wish to portray yourself as a respectful and refined member of the society. Bad table manners can make the others sitting at the table cringe and even hinder your chances at being invited again by the same people; regardless of how nice you may be. Parents should start cultivating good table manners in children right from when they are toddlers. ...»

Young Parents - Pros & Cons
Marriage well in itself is a heavy word and we will get to see that in today's article. This is a divine relationship is of two souls who have vowed to be with each other throughout the ups and downs of life. This bond should ideally last until your last breath but in today's time the definition of marriage has completely changed specifically due to higher qualifications, higher expectations and also because of excessive self love and a selfish attitude. ...»

Letting Go Of Your Baby (of All Ages)
Our kids grow up and move through various stages of life. We may not like it when things change and we have to share them, but we have to learn to accept it and to make the best of each stage of their life (and ours). ...»

Kids, Like Our Seasons, Change Too Fast
Seasons change regularly and we sometimes try to rush it. As parents, we sometimes try to rush through childhood stages as we look forward to the next one. Each one holds its own value and should be enjoyed as it happens. You will never get those moments back, so try to enjoy each one for what it is. ...»

How to Sterilize and Clean Baby Bottles - What You Need to Know
It is not difficult to understand why newborns are more vulnerable to diseases than we adults. And thus, we, as parents, need to be extra careful to protect them from illness. Sterilizing and cleaning your baby's feeding bottles are one of the most important things you need to do in order to save your baby from potential health risks. Not just bottles, but all feeding equipment like rings, discs and even nipples should be cleaned with soap and lukewarm water. Germs can contaminate the milk in the bottle and cause health issues to your babies such as stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cleaning and sterilizing your infant's bottles and other feeding equipment until they are 12 months old will help you keep your newborn healthy. ...»

Hiring Caregivers
Undoubtedly, you've heard stories about nannies who abuse the children in their care. Since people are not always what they appear to be, it's a good idea to check thoroughly the background of anyone you hire to watch over your son or daughter. Here is an overview of what the process involves. ...»

10 Safety Tips for Hiring a Teen Babysitter
There was a time when finding a babysitter meant simply asking a teenager along the street to come over at a certain time. But times have changed, and parents are more vigilant than ever when it comes to the supervision of their children. As well as performing the necessary background checks, parents now have to ensure that every imaginable scenario is planned for when they leave their kids in the care of a teenager. If you are looking for a new babysitter, there are some very important tips you should follow before leaving your children in the care of a teenager. ...»

8 Ways to Have a Great Relationship With Your Nanny
In approximately 60 percent of American families, both parents work outside the home, while the parent in single-parent families also usually works, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that in families with young children, there is an increasing need for childcare. One option is to hire a nanny. It's important that you, as a parent, have a good rapport with your nanny; after all, she will be the one to make sure that your wishes for your children are honored while you're away at work. Here are eight ways to have a great relationship with your nanny. ...»

A Father's Lesson - Teaching a Son About Honesty
A story about a father teaching his son an important lesson about stealing while not breaking the spirit of his son. It's a touching and inspirational story about what real fathering is like. ...»

Teen Driver Safety: 5 Tips That Could Save Lives
Thousands of teenage drivers die in car crashes every year in the United States. Teen driver safety is a pressing concern. Read about some obvious and some not so obvious tips that can help keep your teenager safe behind the wheel. ...»

Useful Ways for Fidgety Kids to Release Energy
Many kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) think and learn better when they are humming, tapping, or moving. But, there are plenty of ingenious ways to get the kids to use excess energy without distracting those around them. ...»

How To Build A Good Relationship With Your Child
Parenting is something that you learn throughout your whole life as a parent. You can read all sorts of books about it, but developing good relationships with your child comes from experience. There are methods that you can try to give your relationship with your child the best chance to flourish. Some of these methods are actually very easy. Read this article to find out what they are. ...»

Surrogacy: A Demon Arising
Surrogacy surely makes a perfect demon to swallow up the happiness of another child probably orphan. Read on to find out why. ...»

Loss of Appetite in Children and When Should You Worry
Before coming to the conclusion that your child has loss of appetite, it is very important to understand what the term means and what is the time when you should worry and take action. Read more to learn everything on this topic. ...»

6 Tips To Parenting With Reduced Stress
Parenting is truly hard work and there is no instruction manual for your kids when they're born. There is quite a bit of stress involved in raising kids. This makes it imperative that you get a handle on your job as a parent by reading as much advice as you possibly can. This article will give you six great tips that can reduce the stress that comes with parenting. ...»

What To Do When Your Child Feels Lonely
Loneliness can have an adverse effect on anyone. Children are certainly no exception. In fact, loneliness is a common issue among kids. It is typically brought on by a number of factors. ...»

5 Surprises That Come With New Parenthood
The journey towards parenthood is one of the most memorable and cherished part of our lives. For new moms and dads, the experience of welcoming their newborn baby will be full of surprises and the parents will go through several life changing experiences. These experiences may be educative for the new parents and they should try to enjoy their complete transition process. ...»

My Experience in the World of Parenting
The life of parents is all about their children. Children becomes their priorities in every phase of life. on the other hand parents also expect all the pure love & care from their children when they become old. ...»

How Can I Keep My Kids Safe While Swimming This Summer?
Many families will not have to leave their own neighborhoods, or even their own backyards, to enjoy some time by the water. This is because they will be able to take a dip in a neighbor's swimming pool or their own. While having a pool can be a wonderful convenience, it also poses a drowning risk, especially for small children. ...»

Is My Child Ready for a Smartphone?
Your kids probably want one, and you probably want to get them one, but are your kids really ready for the responsibility of a smartphone? Have you really thought it all the way through? ...»

Catering Equipment to Blend Food for Babies
Mothers of young babies have only one main concern and that is the health of their babies. Healthy babies are strong and happy babies. When a baby reaches the stage where they are able to start eating solid foods, mothers look to provide their young ones with the best vitamin rich foods. Generally vegetables and fruits are the first types of solid foods that a baby will eat due to its high nutritional content. In order for a baby to ingest vegetables and fruits, you will need to blend or puree it so that it can be fresh, chewable and digestible. ...»

Can Kids Share a Room Without A War?
If you have children that share a bedroom - you will be able to relate to frustration of the nonsense arguments about whose side is whose; what belongs to who and who made the mess. Kids are territorial and need to have their own 'spaces' to be themselves - without having to share their belongings with their siblings. Here are a few points of advice on how to keep the peace between siblings who share a bedroom. ...»

The Need of the Hour Is to Think Rationally
The kind of parenting happening in our home is very much related to the status of human rights at large in our society. This article specifically focuses on 'how women rights are adversely affected due to patriarchal institutionalization of ideas by parents into their children'. The need of the hour is to revisit those ideas, think rationally to unlearn propaganda of systematic suppression of womanhood and take a stand for equality. ...»

Parenting Made Easy
Over the last twenty-one, nineteen, and thirteen years ago respectively, I have been privileged to watch my children grow and still growing to be very respectful, great listeners and academically successful. Friends, family and sometimes strangers wonder what has been the secret. And it always boils down to the fact that as a single mother I first surrendered the responsibility to God Almighty by asking Him to give me the wisdom I needed to help them grow and become successful in life. Living an open minded life before them has also helped them to stay open, real and has made parenting easy for me. ...»

Great Expectations - Parenthood
This article focuses on the expectations we have as a new parent. Dealing with the profound changes that a new baby brings doesn't always go as planned! ...»

Kids and Teens - Learning to Cook
Cooking is an important life-long skill children need to learn. Involving kids in food preparation activities provides them with many learning experiences. ...»

How to Help Kids Get the Sugar Habit Under Control
Frustrated parents want help in freeing their children from the sugar habit. Here are suggestions on positive ways parents can help their children gain control over their relationship with sweets. ...»

The Dream of Becoming an Empty Nester
Have you ever sat down and wondered, if you are handicapping your children? Do you think you are giving them too much? Are they working or striving to pull themselves up by the bootstraps without the assistance of us as parents? I have asked myself these questions time and time again. Some people have told me I was too harsh with my boys, who are now young men. I didn't think I was; I wanted them to surpass my goals. I'm not talking about giving them things that I did not have as a child. That was the furthest from my mind. My objective was to set the bar very high for them, and I did. It is time out for jobs once you are in your mid-twenties. You should be career seeking by then. Set your sights on careers. Jobs are the beginning, and only if you can't do any better. A career is what you need to manage and maintain a good life, thus keeping your hands out of mom and dad's pockets. Parents, do you agree? ...»

Making Homework More Fun
'Homework' and 'fun' are rarely seen in the same sentence. But while homework helps children progress academically, we all know that it can get boring sometimes. Here are some handy tips to stop the tears and complaints, and make study time stress-free: ...»

Your Complete Diaper Bag Checklist Is Here
If you are a parent of a newborn, you have to be prepared all the time. Every time you plan to go out, you need to pack all essential things that will help you meet your baby's needs when outside. Invest in a good baby diaper bag as it is going to be of great use to you for next three to four years with the baby. Next important thing is how to pack your diaper bag smartly. You don't need to carry half of your house. Or else you wouldn't find the needed item at the right time while digging around in the diaper bag. We have made things easier for you. Now every time you step out with your newborn, use the following checklist that has all the must-haves for your baby diaper bag and ensure you are fully stocked for your outing with baby. You may print this list and keep it handy always. ...»

You Don't Know Until You Have Them
It's okay to not want kids. Lots of people don't, but they're forever being told that it's different when they're your own and that it's selfish to not want kids. This article looks at some of the reasons that it's okay to not want to reproduce. ...»

5 Ways to Help Your Frustrated Child Manage Their Situation
EVERYONE in this world gets frustrated at one time or another. Typically, for adults, frustrations come up when expectations aren't met. ...»

How Stronger Muscles Can Positively Impact Memory Power In Kids
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children," said Nelson Mandela. This means every one has the responsibility of ensuring that their kids are healthy. If children have to be mentally and physically healthy, we should not only provide them with nutritious foods but see that they do their exercises regularly as well. In fact, exercises can make children physically and mentally healthy. Let us have a look. ...»

Parenting: Not for the Weak
Parenting is not for the weak. Every day and every age of your offspring comes with some sort of challenge. Buckle up and get ready 'cause you're in for a ride for life! ...»

Do We Actually Need to Learn Parenting From Others?
Parenting is never taught by anyone. It's a natural phenomenon that comes unsurprisingly when we become parents. From bearing a child till the birth of the baby, we think innumerable times about our ability to raise a child, but God has given the power of raising a child to every parent. So, follow your own psyche and give a good upbringing to your child. ...»

How To Motivate Younger Children To Behave During Family Movie Outings
Family movies can be a nice change of pace for the moviegoer who's interested in watching a movie that has a little more heart, has great jokes for viewers of all ages, and is generally just fun. More importantly, the idea of a family movie is that it's trying to appeal to a family who wants to step out together and share a fun experience at the movie theater. There's just one problem --- can you be sure that your kids will behave? ...»

Am I A Bad Parent?
The parenting world has shifted drastically. Most parents today can no longer simply carry on doing what their parents did. In a changing world, with changing social norms, this often leaves us confused. ...»

8 Essential Life Skills to Teach Your Kids
Have you thought about what life skills you'd like your kids to have when they leave home? We impart wisdom to our kids every day, but sometimes it's good to take a longer look at which competencies are most important to us in order to set them up for success later in life. ...»

How to Teach Your Kids What Life Really Costs
If you want your children to be better prepared for life, start financial literacy early by showing them how to save, budget and give money. Helping kids to understand money management and the value of a dollar will better prepare them for their first real-world experiences without Mom and Dad. ...»

Parenting Tips - How to Be a "Good" Parent To a Teenager
When it comes to raising a kid every parent wants to be the best parent.There aren't any specific rules or guidelines for parenting. Parenting is, in fact, the interpersonal relationship between parents and children. This Relationship is very personal and what works between few parents and children may not be the same for certain parents and children. ...»

The Search for Biracial Dolls
Biracial dolls are becoming a demand and among the most sought after dolls today. Families who parent biracial children expect to find toy dolls that have some similarity to their offspring in the retail stores among other consumer items. It is inevitable that these concerns will remain for the parents alone, they will become those of communities countries and nationalities. ...»

Are You Fit To Be A Parent?
Our childhood wounds will affect how we parent. The same way your parents were affected. If you want to start a family, start it off right. Clear up your past wounds so you can raise health, well-adjusted children from the start. They do not deserve our second best. ...»

The Best Way to Help Children and Raise Them to Be Better Citizens
People are considering more and more the option of not having children. Although respectable, it's a decision that sometimes comes out of fear and uncertainty. This article gives parents-to-be or people who haven't decided on whether to become parents or not, a very good tip to raise children despite the society and fears that may arise due to situations individuals can not control. ...»

Africa: Link Between Child-Raising and Economic Problems
Child-raising, The African Model There's a correlation between how we raise kids in Africa and economic growth: We put limitations on children in Africa and raise them in an environment of fear and blind obedience. Most children are forced to pursue the passions of their parents and not theirs resulting in wasted talents (since everyone wants to be a doctor or lawyer). They are forced to embrace the ideologies of their parent rather than develop theirs; questioning issues objectively is regarded as either disobedience or disrespectful to elders. ...»

Why Marriage Is Not From God
Humans are the only people who engage in marriage and it is only practised by those reared in religious societies. The idea that it comes from God and that it is commanded in the bible is false and one has only to observe the animal kingdom to discover that it's lie. After my reincarnation and led by the Spirit of the Universe to find answers and rip down the wall of deceit it is the Internet that is doing most of the work. ...»

Social Toxicity, Adolescence and Social Media
As a middle school teacher, I am thrown into the front lines of the social media war between the students and the real world. I realize that the term war, when referring to kids and social media is very strong, but we are literally in a fight to save the minds of our adolescent youth. I was in college when Facebook and MySpace were newly released to the world, so I have had a steady picture on how things have progressed through time. ...»

Motivate Your Child By Making These Small Changes At Home
Some children grow up to be fulfilled and successful adults. Some children although intelligent are not motivated to do well. Bringing small changes at home can improve child's motivation. ...»

Different Activities Known To Boost Your Baby's Brain Development
There are several activities you can do with your child to help promote his brain development. These activities are likewise fun and enjoyable. ...»

Teaching Our Kids To Be Responsible
Parents often confuse obedience with responsibility. Over time, most parents want children to accept ownership for a task or chore - the children do it because it needs to be done and accept that it is their obligation to do it. Over time, they may even initiate doing a task "because it needs to be done" - not because they are being told to do it. This attitude would be called responsibility. ...»

Importance of Obedience Among Our Children
Disobedience can have a variety of causes. At times, it is due to unreasonable parental expectations.The defiance and laziness of unbelieving parents I can understand. I have biblical categories of the behavior of the spiritually blind. But the neglect of Christian parents perplexes me. What is behind the failure to require and receive obedience? I'm not sure. ...»

How to Become an Ideal Parent
Parenting is difficult. But the most ideal people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths because these persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. ...»

40 Good Reasons To Practice Mindful Parenting
Mindfulness and meditation have proven beneficial for both parents and children. More and more studies are uncovering the short- and long-term benefits of incorporating mindful parenting practices into families' lives" Discover the positive impact of mindfulness on both parents and children. ...»

Lifting the Screen: Take Charge of Your Kids' Media Environment
There is much debate whether screens are good or not for our children. We have over 30 years of research on TV and 10 years of research on screens telling us that screens need to be sparingly and intelligently or they will negatively impact our children's mental and physical health. Parents need to take charge of their children's media use and not the other way around. Learn why in this article. ...»

Reporting Bullying to Your Child's Educational Institute
It can be devastating for parents to find out that their child is being bullied by their peers. If your child is being bullied at school, it is time to report the incident to the school principal. Find out what you need to know and how to inform the authorities. ...»

How To Help Our Children Discover Who They Are - The Secret to a Happy, Peaceful, and Awakened Life
It's not easy to be a parent these days. The real job of a parent will always be to raise happy, peaceful and awakened children. And it's some of the most important work we can do on the planet. ...»

How to Use Cloth Diaper While Traveling
Should you cloth while on a vacation or choose disposables? Well, there is no right and wrong answer. It all depends on where you're headed, your laundering options and most importantly, your own convenience. ...»

Gems of Wisdom From a Sidewalk Vendor
Senior years can be a mixture of feelings and experiences. While we consider it the time of taking life easier, of relaxation and enjoyment, it also comes with things that can stress us out, i.e., failing health, separation or death of a spouse, money problems, loneliness, living alone, etc. ...»

5 Ways to Light Green Parenting for Autumn: Get Ready for Preschooler Fun and New Self-Confidence
5 Awesome ways that parents can enjoy the freedom of Autumn with their preschoolers. The article shares ways that you can enjoy the outside, the inside and everywhere with an emphasis on physical fun. At the same time you continue to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. Great ideas from fun in the leafs to brain teasing, dance and drama. ...»

Home Security Tips You Must Teach Your Kids
When it comes to kids', parents are always proactive about their protection, especially when leaving them alone at home. But, the question is what all should they do to ensure their child's safety when they are not around? While there are lots of things that they can do, however, the most important one is to teach them some significant security tips. ...»

Why Your Children Should Be Wearing High Viz Clothing
Hi viz clothing for children is a must have for the concerned parent. These nifty garments can prevent many accidents and harm from happening to your children, especially if they are in school or in situations where they won't always be under constant supervision. ...»

Time to Put Away Childish Things
The number of autistic adults is growing at an alarming rate. Yet, we hear very little about the challenges confronting these adults in the media. Early intervention for children is essential and resources towards those efforts must continue in order to maximize positive outcomes. However, the reality is life does not end at age 22 or upon completion of high school for those diagnosed with autism. The time is now to identify and implement programs designed for autistic adults, including appropriating resources for training development. We have failed miserably in providing employment training programs, social skills and relationship counseling, and money management skills. Our autistic brothers and sisters deserve better and more importantly, we are capable of delivering more to the autism community. ...»

Getting the Most From Your Family Photoshoot
A family photoshoot can be a daunting prospect, learn to expect the unexpected! A professional photographer will know how to work with any circumstance and help you to get the best out of your session. Follow these tips for a stress free photography experience. ...»

Is Parenting in the Digital Age Harder Than Ever?
Mobile phones, tabs, PSPs and laptops - the average toddler has most likely logged in hundreds of hours on digital technologies before they are even admitted into playschools. The presence of these accessible digital technologies in turn has transformed traditional parenting methodologies. ...»

A Simple Way to Understanding Schemas in Autism and Reducing Anxiety
Did you know that the psychological elements that stand in the way of us achieving what we want in life can be easily changed? Even in a few minutes? I am going to share with you today a simple explanation for the possible social barriers in Autism. Schemas. Understanding these will magnify our ability to achieve our dreams, and who wouldn't want to do that? Schemas are the files of information your brain stores for just about every single event in our lives, from brushing our teeth to making a cup of tea. I am going to help you to see that understanding them allows us not only to shift our direction to more desirable destinations, but ensure we treat disorders like Autism more effectively and with empowering results. ...»

5 Of the Best Tips for Kids Modeling
Here are some tips about kids modeling that one should strongly adhere to. It is a necessary for parents to protect their kids at all engagements. ...»

The Gift of Parenting
Doctor Joyce Brothers came from a family in which dinner time conversation involved preparing she and her siblings for the realities of everyday life. Her father used to play a game called "what if." What if a classmate cheated on a test? Would you tell the teacher? What if your friend gets involved with drugs? Would you tell her parents? What if you are approached for drugs? How would you handle this? How would you use the gift of parenting success? Which questions can you pose to your children that will be life changing and life forming for them? ...»

My Daughter's Fanny
The female body and how it is looked upon. Why does my daughter get negative marketing in our mailbox? ...»

Child Abuse: Do Some Parents Try To Live Their Lives Through Their Children?
Although there are certain things that children need in order to develop into well-functioning adults, it doesn't mean that they will always receive these things. Now, it could be said that it is not always going to be possible for a child to get their needs met. ...»

Things Parents Don't Tell Their Children
Just some passing thoughts on some things most parents do not get to freely tell their children about, except when pressured. Could it be they don't consider them necessary, or are trying to protect something? ...»

Living With A Creative Child
Examining way a creatively driven child can challenge a parent and may also exhibit traits relating to ADHD or Aspergers; exploring the challenges and the joys and ideas to indulge the creativity in young people. This offers advice on things you can do to support your child's creative spirit and to facilitate what is happening developmentally as they create a world for themselves. ...»

Treasure the Early Years! Don't Rush Into Education
Children don't need fancy schools with professors at the head of the room. They just need their parents, plenty of hugs, kisses, attention and guidance to get a head start on life. Nothing more, nothing less. ...»

Things Don't Always Go As Planned, But When Looking Back They Always Seem to Turn Out for the Best
Seven years ago I wanted to teach my kids about money. This is a story about my financial journey with my kids and the unexpected lesson they instead taught me. ...»

How to Survive Christmas With Autism
Flashing lights, noise, crowds, Christmas can be an Autistic child's worst nightmare, but have no fear. Here is my very special survival plan to ensure that even in the worst cases, your child and the household will have a peaceful and somewhat happy Christmas. ...»

Letter To My Little Girl
Sky, Right now you may be afraid, lost, angry and confused but don't lose hope. Life is a long road. ...»

Keeping the Romance Alive After the Baby Arrives
The first few months of parenthood, especially for first time parents is a learning experience. Sharing a home, their room with their baby is a process that new parents slowly have to adapt to. Additionally, normal workload like doing laundry, reading books, doctor visits also multiplies. Your baby in the midst of this lifestyle transformation also seeks constant attention. Night-times are occupied with multiple feedings and mornings start very early indeed. ...»

Teach Children God's Attitude of the Heart
It is so important for parents to display and teach the right attitude of the heart to their children. If children are raised with the right attitude then they will have that righteousness in them all their lives. ...»

How to Take Care Of A Kid
Child care is an art where in you see your kid grow from being a toddler to a confident child. Parenting is a totally different kind of happiness and fun, which is the most important thing that is going to shape the child into whom he or she is going to be in the future. Kids aging between 5 and 6 are the ones who are stepping into their primary school. ...»

7 Habits for Happier Parents
How do all those cheerful parents we envy keep the joy and love flowing? Tap into your inner self and practice these 7 habits for happier parents - you just may end up wishing summer vacation lasts an extra month! ...»

How to Take Care of Kids
Here we are just a month away from the 17th year of the 21st century where the most popular of all things is Speed. While we struggle and keep our pace with the emerging trends, the technology and the awareness, a lot remains unaddressed, the ones who are supposed to take it to the next level the most. With time, a lot has changed, the dynamics of parenting too. ...»

Returning To Work After Divorce
Perhaps the greatest challenge is for a party who has left the workforce to care for the couple's children. Any absence from the workplace can be a deficit and a significant absence presents an even greater challenge. This situation has historically affected woman but an increasing number of men are facing obtaining employment after an absence. ...»

Passing On Stories Creates Family Memories
In centuries past stories were passed on by travelers who went from town to town hunting or selling items and were often the only "outsiders" a secluded community ever saw. Passing on history orally was the primary way that an account of events was saved. ...»

Single Working Moms: 5 Basic Tips on Staying Happy When Your Children Drive You Crazy
1. Put yourself in timeout. You can physically tell your children that you are in timeout. ...»

Dad Diary: Completing Our First Trimester
Hormones! Not a pregnant woman's best friend I'd say. I hear it often from my family, friends, and colleagues. This is a 'known' occurrence but even knowing that did not prepare me for the real thing. Most of the literature that I've read through usually has a section on the various changes that a pregnant woman is going through, both physically and hormonally. Hence, I thought I'd support my wife through this happy but trying time. Some extra love and care usually does the trick. ` ...»

Things We Teach Our Daughters
We raise our daughters to wear dresses but force them to sit down as soon as they learn how to walk. We point at the crevasse between their legs and say, "You need to be careful so you don't cause any embarrassment." We force them to pick their dresses carefully so they don't reveal too much, attract any attention or offend anyone. ...»

The Do's and Don'ts of Eating for Two
Being pregnant for the first time can be a challenge when you have tons of questions to which you do not always have answers. A very common area of confusion for pregnant women is food. You probably think that expecting a baby means "eating for two". The phrase is very misleading as health professionals these days are not recommending such a diet at all. ...»

Allowing Our Children to Apply To Us, The Rules We Gave Them
Recently there was a situation where I became frustrated in the presence of my wife and son - not at them, but with them around. I didn't hear it at first, but I heard my son about the third time saying calmly, "Take one step back." Sensing my reason returning, and probably somewhat because of his intervention, I quickly recognised he was implementing his own emotional regulating system (that his mother has taught him, and we both reinforce); this time with me. And I had the poise to do as he said. I stepped back. Then he said, in his calmest supportive voice, "Now have a think about it." ...»

What Do I Know About Raising Children?
One parent's perspective on raising her children in today's ever changing society. Stripping it all back, and focusing on the life qualities that are important for growth today. ...»

What a Child's Not Allowed To Teach, A Parent Can't Learn
It had been a busy day for all of us in our separate endeavours when anger struck. Not a parent, but a child. Time was slipping away and there was cleaning up to do and a bath to be had, and all this before pre-bedtime reading. Dad was a bit stressed, trying to give Mum some relief after her exhausting day. A Dad picked this moment to stand firm on his ground! The result? The child goes ballistic. ...»

Three Secrets to Increasing Resiliency in You and Your Child
Resiliency is the ability to bounce back when it seems like life strikes out at you - to take whatever comes your way, handle it, learn from it and continue on. Resiliency comes into play when really difficult situations arise, such as, relationship break up, death of a loved one, loss of career - in fact any big financial challenge - helping someone you love (including yourself) with addiction and so on. ...»

Three New Parenthood Things No One Ever Tells You
Learning to hold the baby in one hand and using the other to try and nurse her or burp her is a balancing act in itself. The phone rings at that opportune moment and you have no hands left to receive the call. With experience you will learn the juggling act to perfection. ...»

12 Hour Work Days - Helicopter Parents
With change in time, almost everything the world used to be is no more. Change was once an advantage, but when much of it contributes in more negative ways than good, then perhaps it is okay to say the good old ways had their own merits. Many things have changed, and marriage is not to leave to chance. Family is no longer what it used to be - united, established. Today, we live in a society where what your right hand does must remain hidden from your left hand. Married men and women don't have a shared responsibility/interest anymore. The man usually has his own agenda, as the woman tries hard to keep the family together; and my trajectory here is not to suggest all men are bad, because some care deeply about the well-being of their wives and children. Yet still, the vast majority of women and children are more vulnerable to unpleasant situations than men are. In the past times, women were treated much like house maids, but men of a long time ago did fit the criteria that of the head of a household brand... ...»

5 Weird (But Totally Normal) Things About Your Newborn
By now you must have thoroughly geared up for these key things - labour and delivery, sleepless nights and on-demand feeds. But have you been prepped for your baby's explosive poop or weird groaning noises? Thinking of calling your paediatrician? Don't. Because these weird baby things are totally normal. ...»

Breastfeeding Diet Tips For New Mums
For new mums, it is really a satisfying feeling to be able to provide the best for their baby. And this is especially true when it comes to breastfeeding. As you know, when you are breastfeeding your baby, the quality of milk that comes out depends largely on the types of food that you eat. ...»

How Your Childhood Will Affect You As An Adoptive Parent
Being a good parent means we first have to remove the obstacles from our past. We must be honest with ourselves and acknowledge we are suffering from unmet needs and unhealed wounds from childhood and stop pretending that because we are in a grown body they aren't there anymore. They are there and they will be passed down to your children just like they were passed down to you, if you first, don't clear them up. Your kids are worth it, and so are you! ...»

10 Awesome Organization Hacks for Busy Families
These 10 awesome organization hacks for busy families will help you get your home in order fast. They are creative and inexpensive, and some DIY ideas are totally free! ...»

5 Things Grateful Families Do
This fall, make Thanksgiving last a little longer by finding ways for you and your family to feel grateful all year long. We often say we are grateful for what we have, but how regularly do we really show our gratitude? Grateful families practice gratitude daily. ...»

Helicopter Parent? 10 Ways to Tell
Google "helicopter parent". This is what you'll get: a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children. "some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by helicopter parents and lacking in resilience" Yeah. ...»

Is Your Child Considering a Gap Year? Ask These Questions First
A growing number of U.S. students are taking time after high school to expand their horizons before pursuing further studies. Most students who take a year off, also known as a "gap year," use the time to gain real-world work experience, become more involved in volunteer work or learn more about other cultures through traveling. While a gap year can be rewarding, the prospect of taking a year off from academics may create some anxiety for you or your child. ...»

Fire Safety in the Home
Fires unfortunately occur in homes all the time. It's important that we know what to do if a fire breaks out in our home, but it's also essential to know how to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. ...»