For many parents, the argument for whether or not to let their new baby suck his or her thumb after birth is a big one. I'll discuss the pros and cons, as well as tips to stop thumb sucking.
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.
Parents do themselves and their children a great disservice when their expectations are way out of whack. When they don't understand the stages of child development, they create a lot of unnecessary stress in their families. We need to let kids be kids and stop pushing them to grow up too fast.
Divorce creates a lot of stress for your kids, especially when they are forced to adjust to living at two homes with different sets of expectations.
Engaging children is easy when you know how. It can be difficult at first (believe me I know!) but follow the tips below and you will soon find that engaging with children and keeping their attention has become second nature. If you don't have a...
It's temping to tell the kids to never mention their mother, especially if she is a high conflict ex-wife. There is a better way.
Happiness studies show over and over that parents are more miserable than their past childless selves. Does this mean having children is a big mistake? Depends on how you define happiness.
A baby bike trailer offers kids a thrill that never seems to fade. If you want to buy online or you are looking for reviews...
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).
It's important for parents to understand SIDS to better protect their babies and their families from something like this ever happening to them. This article is full of great information and facts about SIDS and tip for protecting your children, and even dealing with the after effects.
Here are some helpful tips for how to bottle feed a baby, as well as information about choosing the best baby bottles for your newborn. Included is a review of the Phillips Avent baby bottles.
I grew up feeling lonely and unloved. As a teen and adult, I battled obesity, low self-esteem, and depression. As a middle-aged woman, I discovered my problems were caused largely by having an emotionally absent mother. This realization helped me put my past in perspective, find peace, and heal.
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
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.
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 in their own terms.
Here are 10 fun outdoor activities for grandparents to do with their grandchildren. Take kids out into the fresh air and sunshine, enjoy nature and have fun!
Tips and suggestions for making playing with toy cars fun for your kids as well as helping their development.
Being a parent to a newborn is hard enough. See how this solution helped me regain my sanity and helped my little one and me get a break from the sleepless nights.
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.
You spend hours each week planning menus, shopping for food, and preparing home cooked meals for your family, only to have your child look at it and say "Gross!" Let's end that habit for good!
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.
In today's society, there is a ongoing debate on the pros and cons of either being a mom who works or a mom who stays home with her children. Here are my thoughts on this debate: Who Cares?!?!
Do you think your child has a broken nose? Learn what signs to look for, when to go to the doc and what you can do at home.
Moms are busy, but taking time for yourself is important. These seven ideas are simple, easy, and fun!
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.
The mom of a child with autism recalls the insenstive comments that magnified her grief. While most people were well-intentioned, anti-vaxxers felt the need to lecture her about vaccinations and everyone seem compelled to tell her about their cousin, aunt, friend, or neighbor who also had autism.
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.
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...
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.
This article provide tips and ideas for getting your kids to eat more vegetables while avoiding mealtime power struggles.
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
A summary of rides at Disneyland California Adventures theme park that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.
Whether you're stuck at home with toddlers because the weather is bad or you're just too tired to take the kids out, here are some creative ideas for keeping your toddlers busy without leaving the house.
This is the story of how I was affected by my controlling mother, and how I overcame the psychological consequences of overbearing parents.
The lessons we learn in life become the tools we carry with us everywhere. Here are 6 life lessons I've learned being a stepmom...
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
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.
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.
Learning how to discipline is one of the most important parts of raising your child. Many default to spanking, but there are many other ways to discipline that does not involve physical force.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Should children have the right to participate in decisions or should they be protected from decision making? This hub discusses the options and pros and cons of each.
Many of these quirky, old-fashioned girl names are moving up quickly on the trend list: Trudy, Celia, Etta, and Lillian, among others. These timeless "old-lady" names are gaining modern appeal.
Why not make the conversation around the dinner table a little more animated by playing a clean game of family "Never Have I Ever"!
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?
Parenting a child takes commitment and backbone. A parent must give guidelines and discipline, with a lot of love to make a difference in a child's life. Find out the foundations of good parenting.
If your child is beginning to read chapter books and likes funny books, here is a list of kids' all-time favorites.
Many children have sensory processing problems that influence behavior. Children may not like being touched, may have unusual preferences in clothing, or may have limited food choices. Understanding these issues may make it easier for parents and teachers to deal with children’s problem behaviors.
What you should know if CPS becomes involved in your family, based on my years of experience as a CPS worker.
A mother and teacher explains five of the biggest and most common mistakes parents make with their kids. If you're not putting your marriage first, becoming too emotionally enmeshed with your child, or not letting your kids fail, you're going down the wrong path. But it's not too late to change!
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.
Having a black-sounding name can subject a person to prejudice and employment discrimination. Parents should be aware of this when naming their children.
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.
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.
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.
Many women in today's society suffer from Superwoman Syndrome. These women feel the pressure that they have to do it all and do it all well. Some even turn to pill-popping to help keep them going.
Date night tips for parents: Learn how to plan your date and prepare your kids before you leave with this date night guide for parents.
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.
Deciding when to start a family 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.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country and, as a former fat kid, my heart goes out to all those who suffer from it. While concerned parents want to help, they often make the problem worse. By not looking at the bigger picture but only focusing on the weight, moms and dads miss the mark.
Looking for a fun way to teach kids or teens about the concept of investment risk? This game teaches the correlation of risk to return using candies such as Skittles in an easy-to-learn dice game.
Here are the top ten tips for young mothers and first-time parents for creating a healthy and happy relationship with your newborn baby.
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.
Self-absorption, bitching and moaning, extreme negativity, an inability to plan ahead...these are characteristics of teens that drive us parents nutty. But, if we appreciate that their brains are still developing and their behavior is normal, we can relax, stop worrying, and enjoy their teen years.
(And how to cloth diaper if you've never done it before) The essential cloth diapering guide for newbies!
This article will help you make some quick and easy homemade playdough using healthy ingredients for your kids. I don't keep processed foods in the house and wouldn't want my child eating conventional playdough, so this was our compromise. You don't have to worry about this healthy version.
Child abuse can take on many forms and can be hard to recognize at first. In this article, I discuss the signs and symptoms of various types of abuse, how to recognize these signs of abuse, and what you can do to stop it from occurring.
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!
Too tired to do anything, even be a good mom? Not true. Here's how to be a good mom even when you're super worn out and overwhelmed (Hint: You're trying too hard).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
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.
Spankings, time-outs, and digital groundings are not only ineffective forms of discipline, but they hurt the parent-child relationship and can cause long-term psychological damage. Moms and dads use them because they're quick, easy, and get immediate results but what really works in the long term?
Most people have heard of the “dive reflex,” which apparently means that babies are born able to swim. But there is more to the dive reflex than most of us assume, and some of its effects may not be what you would want for your baby. If you are thinking about teaching a young baby to swim read this article first.
Full-time stepmoms are becoming more frequent & more normalized within our parenting culture. Here's some advice on what stepmoms can expect in this phase of a step-parenting journey.
As long as parents have been naming their children, they have been drawn to names inspired by colors. Here is a list of over 100 names for girls and boys inspired by every color of the rainbow.
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
Free resources for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Free advocacy training, distance education courses, and magazines are available to families of young children diagnosed with hearing loss.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
If you're expecting your own little prince or princess, why not consider giving them a "royal" baby name?
If you are a parent travelling solo with a baby or small children, learn from my mistakes and make your trip go smoothly. I’ve run of nappies/diapers while stranded overnight so you don’t have to, I’ve left the toddler’s favourite blanket in a suitcase that went astray so you don’t have to…
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
Premature infants must fight to survive in a world that they are not yet scheduled to enter for weeks or months. Their immature central nervous system easily becomes overstimulated. The Developmental Care Model seeks to minimize environmental stress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and improve developmental outcomes.
Toddlers and children may experience a speech delay for a variety of reasons. Use these strategies at home to encourage kids to talk.
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!
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.
I've attended IEP meetings as the parent of an autistic son and as a teacher of students with special needs. Whether there as a mom or as an educator, I left feeling dissatisfied, confused, and deflated. That's why I believe parents need to get more involved, speak up, and humanize the process.
Anxiety and depression are skyrocketing among our kids. While genetics plays a major role, moms and dads can also make an impact with the three E's: experiences, environment, and parental engagement.