Want to cloth diaper for the first time but have no idea where to start? Here's what I used to cloth diaper my girls from infancy through toddlerhood and what I would have added to my registry in hindsight.
Even natural toothpastes aimed at toddlers can contain ingredients that you would not want your child to swallow. This article reviews several natural toothpastes, taking a close look at ingredients as well as taste.
What is the difference between picky eating and a feeding problem? Learn the top ten signs that signal the need for medical investigation of picky eating in children.
When it comes to choosing children's dance studios, Christian parents need to look for factors that benefit their child's development and morals.
Here are the top ten tips for young mothers and first-time parents for creating a healthy and happy relationship with your newborn baby.
Recycle toilet paper rolls into binoculars, a kazoo, race tracks, marble runs, and other fun toys for toddlers. These inexpensive crafts will inspire a lot of imaginative play!
There are adaptive toys for special needs children, you just have to know where to find them. This article offers a list of resources for choosing, finding, and adapting toys.
This advice is relevant in recovering from ANY abusive relationship, not just at the hands of narcissistic parents, but also spouses/lovers, siblings, bosses, etc.
It can be hard to find books that your toddler will enjoy, but these books are proven winners. You'll be reading these books to your child over and over again.
Dealing with a serious illness with your child can be a harrowing experience. In this article, you will learn how to treat and prevent serious illnesses such as RSV, Croup, and Whooping Cough in children.
The overuse of social media, including Facebook, can have a definite impact on teenagers and parents should be aware of the potential negative effects on kids.
Toddler Behavior: Struggle with toddler nap times? Have a picky eater? Need help with toddler potty training? This article helps parents navigate through this important stage of life. Tips included!
Want to start writing about your experiences as a mom? Here are lots of ideas for topics that can inspire, encourage and entertain. We've all been there!
When my 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism, I worried about his future. Could he attend public school, go to college, and get a job? Given his limited social skills, though, the thing I worried about most was whether he'd have friends. With my help, he most definitely did!
Although a lot of media attention is given to marijuana or other illicit drug use, alcohol remains the number one drug of choice for many teens despite the long-term dangers.
Doing a treasure hunt at home is a great way for the family to spend some quality time together. In this article, I will give you some tips and tricks on making a treasure hunt at home with a completed treasure hunt as an example.
From math to science to learning to read, many animated tv shows enhance a child's learning. Here is a list of fantastic shows that will keep your child learning the entire time.
Cooking with kids is a great way to help boost their reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, environmental awareness, patience, sense of self-esteem, and willingness to try new foods!
Speech and language delays are a concern for many parents, who wonder if their child is simply a "late talker"or if there is a true language disorder present. Learn the signs of a language delay: early intervention is vital to successful treatment.
Want to buy infant formula that's hypoallergenic, dairy-free or lactose-free? They're useful when baby has dairy or soy allergy or intolerance, suffers with colic. stomach ache, gas or spit up. Maybe you're vegan or Jewish or Muslim and need a specialist formula for lifestyle reasons...
Want an alternative to the expensive lego sets out there. Here are 5 cheap but good quality construction sets you should know about.
Self-absorption, negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are characteristics of teens that can drive moms and dads nutty. When parents appreciate that their kids' brains are still developing, though, and this behavior is normal, they can relax, stop worrying, and sail through the teen years.
With the right programming, a television can provide entertainment and education for children. However, as we all know, it contains a significant amount of negative images. Learn more about its influence and how to counteract it.
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
The beauty industry is a very influential part of our young girls' lives. How does this impact their self-esteem and self-worth and how can we help?
Moms and dads nag their kids even though research shows it's highly ineffective and damages the parent-child relationship. If they take the time to figure out why they resort to badgering, they can stop this destructive habit and find better ways to motivate their youngsters.
Toddlers and children may experience a speech delay for a variety of reasons. Use these strategies at home to encourage kids to talk.
The case of abused child Mary Ellen Wilson captured the nation's attention because the President of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was instrumental in securing her rescue from the abusive home.
Fishing can teach children many valuable lessons that they will carry with them through life. Find out what fishing could be teaching your children today!
Having a black-sounding name can subject a person to prejudice and employment discrimination. Parents should be aware of this when naming their children.
Patterns are all around us and they help children to understand the natural order of every day life. Patterns build math vocabulary and concepts.
Help your baby sleep through the night as kindly and gently as possible. Use these 7 Top tips to help your baby fall into a deep and peaceful sleep...
Helping children cope with death is one of the hardest things you will encounter. But the most important thing is to let them deal with death on their terms.
Research shows that over-the-top accolades are not only meaningless to kids but can actually be detrimental to them. Instead of piling on the praise, parents should motivate their youngsters by recognizing their effort, improvement, persistence, and willingness to take on new challenges.
Whether you are planting in a windowsill, flowerpots, raised beds, or a large garden, there are infinite ways to get kids involved in planning, planting, and maintaining a garden.
The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are growing longer. It's time to get outside with the kids and do fun things that cost virtually nothing. Go on a scavenger hunt. Eat green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Make a "bug bottle," and learn how to compost!
Here are six rounds of Family Feud questions for kids. It's a great game for encouraging kids to build reasoning and recollection skills, imagine how others think, and have fun with each other.
Ankyloglossia, aka "tongue-tie", is a congenital oral anomaly that may decrease the mobility of the tongue tip. It is caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenulum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
The article discusses how young children use the internet and provides strategies for keeping children safe when they are online.
Learn how to teach and sign with your little one as well as the benefits and advantages of signing. Unveil myths and cons about teaching sign language to young children and how to overcome them.
It's important to understand the positive and negative effects of technology on kids so that you can make the best decisions possible for your children and what they are exposed to. Technology isn't all bad—it has some great positives—but you need to truly understand the scary side of it.
A parent lets go of her child during stages of child development, allowing the child to grow up and eventually become independent. This can be more difficult for the parent than it is for the child.
"I’m so bored! Why don’t we ever do ANYTHING?!” Are you sick of hearing that from your kids? Being stuck at home is hard, especially for children. Here are ten easy, cheap-to-free things to do with kids at home to keep them active and you sane.
Reasons toddlers and infants bite vary from child to child, however some of these common tips can work to prevent and eliminate biting in your child(ren).
Exploring the issue of whether children have a right to participate in decisions that shape their lives or should they be protected from decision making?
Hair tourniquets occur when a baby gets a hair or thread wrapped around their toe. This can be serious if not detected early. Find out how to remove the hair at home and when to head to the doctor.
Why growing up as a military brat is a unique experience. My childhood as a Navy Junior, daughter of a career Naval officer and Annapolis grad shaped me more than I ever knew
Looking to jazz up your youth group? Starting a new group at your church? Here are more than 50 ideas that will make your weekly youth meetings the place to be!
Learn the rules to some easy and classic card games which are good to play with children. With classics like Snap, Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights and Rummy, card games are a great way to spend some family time together.
Are kids these days being pushed too far with sports, after school activities, clubs, and all the things their parents wished they had as children? Is over scheduling crushing little spirits and minds?
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
If you're wondering how to help your child grow up soundly when one of their parents is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, here's advice from an adult-child of a bipolar father.
As adults, women who grew up with emotionally absent mothers can feel flat. Because their inner world got ignored as children, they may not know how to nurture it now. But by understanding their past they can make peace with it, embrace all their feelings, and say goodbye to the blahs.
This article will break down three different ways to get a baby that is accustomed to breastfeeding to finally take a bottle.
What you should know if CPS becomes involved in your family, based on my years of experience as a CPS worker.
I am sharing with you the things I've learned being a parent to an 11-year-old boy. Topics include independence, girls, setting rules, friends, and the importance of family time.
A summary of rides at Disneyland California Adventures theme park that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.
A natural playground contains elements from nature, such as trees, grass, rocks, sand, and water. It's a great place for both active play and creative play.
Crave advice from an experienced mom? I give the best advice I learned in parenting my five children into adulthood.
Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar year, and each year is named after an animal. This tale of the Chinese zodiac is an animal story based on the great race. Add it to your collection of short bedtime stories for kids.
This is the story of how I was affected by my controlling mother, and how I overcame the psychological consequences of overbearing parents.
If your child is beginning to read chapter books and likes funny books, here is a list of kids' all-time favorites.
Deciding when to have kids can be a complicated process, but deciding when to close the book on the baby-making chapter can be even more so. Here's my top reasons for not having any more kids.
A mother and teacher details 5 of the most common and consequential parenting mistakes that moms and dads make. If you're not putting your marriage first and not letting your kids fail, you're going down a perilous path. It's not too late, though, to alter course and save yourself a lot of grief.
Advertising is a prevalent influence in children's lives. How has it changed over the years, what effect does it have, and what can parents do to counteract its influence?
We recently ran across a picture for Matilda's Activity Tower on Pinterest. We immediately saw the usefulness and made one for ourselves. Learn why we love this tower and see a few changes we made.
Modern cell phones can be great things for kids to have but they present a number of risks as well. Find out what a parent can do to protect their kids or monitor their activity.
Why not make the conversation around the dinner table a little more animated by playing a clean game of family "Never Have I Ever"!
Car insurance for teen drivers cost more since accidents by teenage drivers are the number one cause of death among teens. Tips to help decide if your teenager is ready to drive are given.
Hearing a parent yelling at their child got me thinking about the reasons we yell at our kids—and the reasons we should replace yelling with more gentle, positive communication.
Stimulating a child's love of learning is one of the most important tasks for parents and teachers. Find out what photography can do to make it fun.
Reading the statistics on what happens as a premature baby grows up can frighten parents. But statistics only paint half the picture. Read this article to see how to look behind them.
Don't be bored this summer! Here are 101 fun hobbies for teenage girls; everything from playing on your phone to hanging out with friends! You're sure to find something fun to do!
Become and stay organized with these real life tried and tested tips. Every busy mom needs to learn these winning secrets to being an organized mom.
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
If you're expecting your own little prince or princess, why not consider giving them a "royal" baby name?
My cousins and I grew up with single mothers. These five assets helped us survive the odds predicted for fatherless children. They offer hope, not despair, to single mothers and fatherless children.
Sometimes a stroller is needed for an older, larger child. This article reviews different stroller types for big kids, and provides examples of stroller alternatives, jogging strollers, and large umbrella strollers.
Do you know the difference between punishment and discipline? The proper use of discipline is the best way to manage your child's behavior.
Today's dads are, on the whole, much more involved than fathers have been in the past. Still, all fathers need encouragement to be present to their developing children.
Teens today have it hard. Parenting teenagers is not easy, but understanding the issues they struggle with can help everyone involved. You can't help solve a problem until you know what it is. Here, I highlight the most common problems faced by teenagers today.
Children in the US are exposed to thousands of hours of television, internet content, billboards, magazines, and other forms of media. What effect does it have on young minds and what can parents do to counteract any negative influence? Find out more here.
Family game nights are always a great way to bond as a family, even more so if you switch it up and play truth or dare together! Try out this list of 100+ truths and dares for kids!
How parental neglect in childhood effected me into adulthood. This article also includes research on how this type of neglect may affect others with similar experiences.
Most of us experienced some degree of name-calling when we were kids, from siblings and classmates. But what happens to a person's psyche when those hurtful words came from their own parent? New research reveals that verbal abuse can be just as damaging as other forms of mistreatment.
All symptoms of ODD and bipolar disorder have resolved in my son since we started using non-flushing niacin (vitamin B3). He has been 95% symptom-free of his conditions for 11 months now. There is hope. Here's my story.
Not only are spankings, time-outs, and digital groundings ineffective, they hurt the parent-child relationship. Moreover, they can cause long-term psychological damage. Find out what forms of discipline really work and can actually promote a child's well-being.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the US. As a former fat kid, the author understands all too well its long-ranging negative impact. While concerned parents want to intervene, they often make matters worse. By focusing only on the weight and not the bigger picture, moms and dads can miss the mark.
How many children can one woman give birth to in a lifetime? How many children can one man father? Who is the oldest and youngest mother, father, and grand parent on record? How big was the world's heaviest infant? Perplexing questions with startling answer, all right here, along with many other reproductive records.
My family consists of video game fanatics. This can create some tension when handling four children who want to play video games nonstop for twenty-four hours a day. Each family has their own method of handling kids and their hobbies, but here I explain how my family monitors game time.
Be prepared for your newborn with this list of baby essentials. Learn what you need for the baby and how you can save money buying items for your new baby.
Tips and suggestions for making playing with toy cars fun for your kids as well as helping their development.
Every child has unique character traits that make him or her a special person. Parents and teachers can work with children to help them establish a good sense of themselves and their uniqueness.
It is important to have cell phone rules for kids. Your family cell phone policy should include limits on cell phones at night and at school, and you should monitor cell phone contacts for young kids.
Fevers are a body's natural method for fighting of viral or bacterial infections. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to lower a fever—a combination of fever-reducing medications and natural fever reducers may be used to comfort a sick child.
Avoid the mistake of overindulgent parenting that could create self-centered, narcissistic children. Set limits with love and increase your chances of raising children who become healthy adults.