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.
A collection of the tried and tested home remedies for diaper rash (nappy rash), proven to work quickly and safely to relieve your baby's discomfort.
Great toys for three year olds are simple and meet the developmental needs of a child moving from babyhood to childhood. Preschoolers need toys that foster language, gross motor, and social/emotional development. Don't break the bank—find out what toys matter for this age group!
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!
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.
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.
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.
This article provide tips and ideas for getting your kids to eat more vegetables while avoiding mealtime power struggles.
Every child is different. Every child–parent/caregiver relationship is unique. However, all toddlers are learning, absorbing their surroundings, and looking to you for cues as to how to behave/respond. Here are some of the things I have learned from my children, in case you should find it helpful!
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.
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?
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 only focusing on the weight and not the bigger picture, moms and dads miss the mark.
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.
This is the story of how I was affected by my controlling mother, and how I overcame the psychological consequences of overbearing parents.
A summary of rides at Disneyland California Adventures theme park that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.
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.
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.
Breastfeeding is a great bonding experience for both mother and child, but it can be hard to bond when it hurts each time your baby latches on. These tips will help heal sore or cracked nipples to make feeding your baby a comfortable experience.
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.
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.
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.
Most of us experienced some degree of name-calling when we were kids from our siblings or classmates. What happens to a person's psyche, though, when those hurtful names came from a parent?
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
Childhood memories are the ones that will remain for a lifetime. Here are ways you can create beautiful memories for your children.
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...
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!
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.
Having a black-sounding name can subject a person to prejudice and employment discrimination. Parents should be aware of this when naming their children.
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...
Be prepared with necessary supplies for your baby or young children as well in the event of an emergency or disaster. The article includes extra items to consider for your baby or young child(ren).
As a mom who has had both a vaginal delivery and a C-section, here are the things I learned that make C-section recovery easier, as well as some of the things that surprised me about how different C-section recovery was!
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.
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!
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.
A closer look at parental alienation and the negative impact it can have on children in high-conflict custody situations.
It's a common belief that bribes are a bad idea, used only by desperate parents. But used correctly in the form of positive reinforcement, this parenting strategy can help children learn what's expected of them and become compliant with parental instructions.
Nothing is worse than being around a kid that is a total brat. You have to start early so your kids are a joy to be around, rather than being a nuisance to everyone. Here are some tips that can help you train and tame your toddler.
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.
What you should know if CPS becomes involved in your family, based on my years of experience as a CPS worker.
Tips and suggestions for making playing with toy cars fun for your kids as well as helping their development.
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.
Do you know the difference between punishment and discipline? The proper use of discipline is the best way to manage your child's behavior.
Here are the top ten tips for young mothers and first-time parents for creating a healthy and happy relationship with your newborn baby.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
This article explains why it's so common for teens to lack confidence and gives suggestions to boost your self-esteem.
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 should you move your baby from a crib to a toddler bed? Do you take the sides off first? I discuss all the questions that I had to find answers for and help you find yours.
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...
With the increase in screen time at home and the decrease of play at preschool, kindergarten teachers are seeing more children with weak pincer grasps and poor fine motor skills. Parents of preschoolers, though, can do simple, fun activities with them to prevent this problem.
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.
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.
The late days of summer can stretch on forever, leaving your children bored and restless. Here are seven free activities you may not have tried yet, all enriching, educating, and sure to entertain.
Even the most seasoned stepmoms have their emotional weaknesses even after years of experience raising stepchildren. Here are 5 of the most difficult emotions stepmoms can end up struggling with the most.
What do you really need for your newborn baby? There are many products on the market, many of which you'll never use. A checklist of items you will need before you bring your baby home!
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.
One of the most important decisions you'll make in your son's life is what to name him. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for Jewish names that you'll love.
Fear of flying stops lots of families getting on a plane in the holiday period. Who is most afraid of flying? You or your children? Here's help for the kids and the adults in your family.
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.
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.
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.
If you're expecting your own little prince or princess, why not consider giving them a "royal" baby name?
So you've noticed that your child is playing with an imaginary friend. Should you worry? Should you take him to a psychiatrist? Read on to find out more about imaginary buddies.
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.
The mom of an autistic son recalls the insensitive comments that magnified her grief after her son's diagnosis. 1 child in every 40 is on the spectrum so we need to be more sensitive about what we say to parents who are hurting.
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.
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.
Patterns are all around us and they help children to understand the natural order of every day life. Patterns build math vocabulary and concepts.
Toddlers and children may experience a speech delay for a variety of reasons. Use these strategies at home to encourage kids to talk.
Though the paisley diaper bag is stocked with supplies, some fathers may feel awkward carrying it while they are on baby duty. Check out these alternatives for manly diaper bags for dads.
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!
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
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!
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.
Family dinner time is an important part of raising successful children. Here's how to make your family dinners peaceful and pleasant with good table manners.
Traditional disciplinary techniques don't always work on challenging children. Here's an alternative idea to help your kids learn skills needed to succeed in life!
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.
Why not make the conversation around the dinner table a little more animated by playing a clean game of family "Never Have I Ever"!
This article looks at the link between a multitude of developmental issues and primitive reflexes. It explains why babies have those reflexes, what can go wrong, and what to do about it.
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 of young athletes need to be aware of traumatic brain injuries; how to treat them and how to minimize the risk.
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.
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
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.
Want to throw your child an awesome party and get creative? Read more to know about some unique DIY birthday party ideas for kids.
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…
If you think it might be time to get your child a cell phone, there are a few things to consider. Here is some info to help you make your decision.
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.
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.
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.
The article discusses how young children use the internet and provides strategies for keeping children safe when they are online.
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.
If you grew up with an emotionally absent mom, it negatively impacted your life and your ability to connect with your inner world. Understanding your journey can help you celebrate your feelings, not hide from them.
Read through what I found surprising about the experience of breastfeeding as a clueless first-time mother—from possible positions to sleeping and breastfeeding to fountains of sweet milk gushing everywhere.
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?