Many new mothers feel pressure to be SuperWomen, handling home and work life with equal ease. Not so in China where women are encouraged to enjoy the transistion into motherhood with a month's bedrest
Getting presents is some kind of wonderful. Registering for them with full-blown baby-brain? Not so much. Read this list for an easy go-to when it comes time to add toys to your baby registry.
I've taken a look at what developmental psychologists published back in the 80s and 90s and then at how labels of parenting styles have changed in the present day. Here's what I've found...
5 efficient ways to handle toddler tantrums at home and in public and tips on preventing tantrums from happening.
Many Irish names have a wonderful, magical feel. If you are looking for a Gaelic name for a baby, why not consider a traditional Irish baby name?
This article discusses what dual rates are, how they are used, and how to program them on your Spektrum DX6i transmitter. This simple setting will make a world of difference whether you are a new pilot learning to fly a four channel plane, or an experienced pilot flying a high performance EDF model.
Is your baby rejecting the dummy? Do you really need those few extra hours of peace and quiet? Here are some tips on getting your child to take the pacifier!
Accidents happen everyday, but many of them could have been easily avoided! It's easy to over look things that you never think about as dangerous! Let's get our children outside but keep them safe!
Staying in the NICU with your premature or sick newborn baby is hard on any parent. Anxiety, loss of control and bonding difficulties with the child are common feelings. What can you do to keep your sanity in these unfamiliar surroundings? Here are a few survival tips put together by a NICU nurse.
Bible names are some of the oldest on our planet. I believe that is why a lot of people choose a name for their kids from such a book—to have a connection to something old, revered and powerful.
Introducing TV and movies to your toddlers can be a slippery slope, but sometimes real life requires time in front of the TV. There are a lot of shows created with two and three-year-olds in mind.
Make tummy time fun! Tummy time for a baby is essential for the baby's growth and development. Learn some tips and strategies to make it an enjoyable time for both baby and parents.
Are you faced with the reality of having to co-parent? Are you a divorcee or parent who wants to try to make things work for the child? Let's discuss how you can make it work.
Want to build a time machine to take you back to carefree, happy childhood days? Children grow up so fast, it can make your head spin. Learn to enjoy each and every precious day and build memories that will last a lifetime.
Everyone from busy moms to completely bewildered uncles could use some clear, right-to-the point toy shopping tips. Sometimes we just don't have time to meander around a store or go into complete zombie mode after staring at e-commerce sites for...
While the term "risky play" might sound daunting, taking a step back and biting your tongue when you want to shout "be careful!" is important for your child's gross motor development and confidence.
A mother looks back eleven years ago when her 4-year-old son received a diagnosis of autism. She shares what she learned in the hope of helping others.
Do you have your baby's hospital gown or hat packed away in the attic? Do you wish that you could have them on display? I will walk you through creating a shadow box to display these special mementos.
Are you looking for a way to break the summer boredom for your kids? Learn how to create Mom Camp, a one week craze of activities to pile on the fun and good times. Your kids will be begging for more Mom Camp!
There are many challenges to parenting a child with autism, and it all takes its toll. Here, we list some of the biggest issues faced by SEND parents today.
In the category of best books for new stepmothers, Stepmonster, by Wednesday Martin, PhD. deserves to be at the top of the list.
On November 1st, 2017, LEGO introduced the Women of NASA toy set to show LEGO fans the importance of these positive role models. These women were instrumental to the development of NASA.
Toilet training a toddler? Try the Fisher Price Cheer for Me! Potty. In my opinion, it is the best potty-training chair for toddlers. Read on to find out why.
Being an introvert comes with its own set of problems, and being and introverted mother is a whole different ball game.
I wasn't interested in reading books for pleasure until retirement in 2007. Based on my experiences, this article explains how to stimulate a greater interest in reading books for enjoyment.
Mothers used to scold us for sitting too close to the television, claiming that it would ruin our eyesight. They may be correct, but television might just have a bigger impact on children than that.
It took decades to dispel the myth of the perfect TV father; but many men would rather we return to the lie rather than address the continued shortcomings of their gender as parents.
Though every child develops at their own pace, there are some typical timeframes which are used to measure a child's development and growth.
I am a mom. And, I know what would convince me to say yes to a later bed time. So I have insider information on how to convince your parents to let you have a later bedtime.
How do you change a diaper? Should you use cloth or disposable? How much do they cost? Learn the answer to these questions and other valuable tips!
Puppets are a cherished toy that can provide many important educational benefits. Discover the value of using puppets for teaching children language skills and for supporting social/emotional development.
From Benjen to Tyrion, George R.R. Martin's popular A Song of Ice and Fire books and Game of Thrones TV show are a treasure trove of strong and unusual baby names for boys.
Parenting can be challenging when you're healthy—add a serious mental illness, and it can feel nearly impossible. It doesn't have to feel that way.
Out of baby formula? Hungry child? Use evaporated whole milk as a temporary substitute to safely feed your child and buy you a little time to get to the store.
I believe breastfeeding is the best choice. Although breastfeeding twins is a challenge, it's totally possible. Get tips and advice for successfully breastfeeding twins from a mom who's done it.
Do I really need to waste money and purchase nursing pads? Yes, your breasts will leak milk until your milk has been established and regulated.
It is no fun to be caught between work and family. The conflicts never end, and we don't know which way is up. Is it possible to resolve this issue and still be together?
A working mom on maternity leave is probably facing tougher challenges than ever before. Here are some tips for staying sane and enjoying time off with your new bundle of joy.
How do you teach a teen to learn the art of clean clothes? I have practical teaching tips to help your teen move towards independence.
One of the most completely engaging learning toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers; the Fisher Price Learning Home has delighted every child I've seen interact with it.
First of all, I hope you never, ever have to. Second of all, know that you are not alone. If my experiences -- yes, plural -- can be of any help to you, I offer them here. The reality is that with today's super strong weed (pot, marijuana),...
Bonding with your baby is a special experience for both mom or dad and baby. Learn how you can bond with your baby while bottle feeding.
Turn storytelling into meaningful learning experiences for your children. These parenting tips on reading can make it educational and fun.
Parents only get to be the primary influence in their child's life for a short period of time. Teach them some essential life skills before age 12, or it may might just be too late.
Being a stepmom can be an isolating & frustrating journey. Here, I've listed 4 effective traits that can help stepmoms navigate stepparenting in a more positive way.
When a teen girl says, “My mother is my best friend,” I cringe, knowing how unhealthy it is. According to experts in child development, kids need parents to act as authority figures, not buddies.
Great tips for getting along with teenagers: Be casual, but not too casual, get to know their music and friends, and enjoy the ride!
Emotionally disturbed gifted children are often denied adequate services. This site details why twice exceptional gifted children are not identified. It also details best-practice instruction for students who have been identified as ED.
The benefits of breastfeeding are legend, but what is breastfeeding really like? According to Chris Telden, it's not all serenity and bliss. With humor and blunt honesty, a nursing mother reveals the truth about what it feels like to breastfeed and whether she thinks it's all worth it in the end (duh, yeah?)
When a child looks at a big mess, they have a difficult time breaking it down into smaller, more achievable goals. All they see is this one, huge, insurmountable task that leaves them feeling that it's just too much. Breaking it down is a learned...
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.
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!
Anything that comes against God's original design is an identity crisis. Your young adults are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy that come in the form of criticism, doubt, depression, insecurity.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
When your child with Autism needs tonsil and adnoid surgery, here is a step-by-step guide for parents packed full of information about what to expect. From surgery to recovery, 10 things to know.
Explore just a few of the ways parents can keep track of their baby's developmental stages and milestones using baby record books, journals, video recordings, scrapbooks, and photobooks.
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...
Some parents dread, “the talk.” However, talking to your daughter about puberty can be reframed from drudgery to a rite of passage. Learn how to talk with your daughter with confidence and reverence.
As a teenager, the author gained a large amount of weight and still feels the effects from it today. Find out from her experience what parents can do to help an obese child and what may make it worse.
Julian Fellowes' beloved TV series Downton Abbey is a wonderful source for lovely, traditionally feminine girls' names. Take a look at this list of 20 beautiful Edwardian classics.
What should you do if your child starts becoming interested in alternative subcultures? Has something gone wrong? Are you a bad parent?
Everyone knows the hottest new toy of 2017 is the Fidget Spinner. And love it or hate it, you have to admit that it is one of a kind. But is it the one that kills?
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.
Bullying is an elusive problem affecting children on the spectrum more frequently than typical peers with potentially serious consequences.
The over-regulation of imaginative play is stifling an important part of childhood. Making sure your child has time and resources for games of make-believe is important.
The Theory of Mind is the ability to understand that other people's beliefs, desires and knowledge can differ from your own. Find out if your child has developed Theory of Mind yet.....
Parents are often divided on if it’s best to let their child cry it out at night. If you’re on the side of not letting your child cry, here are some alternate ideas to help get them to 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 in their own terms.
Just as a garden needs attention and care, our children need to be taught the important virtues of being a beautiful human being. Once taught, they will naturally create positive ripples in the world.
Parents expecting a baby in November can look to the month itself for plenty of inspiration. November is the birth month of many famous people and is tied to a number of beloved holidays as well.
If the mere thought of your ex fills you with resentment or anger it's likely to disadvantage your children. Here's how forgiveness helps your children, and you.
As a writer, I have a keen interest in names. And, as someone who was born with a very exotic (and very difficult for Americans to pronounce) name, I have a keen interest in seeing that children are not subjected to unnecessary ridicule over...
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.
Your baby is new to the world. She is vulnerable and sensitive to many things including certain foods. Making sure that the food we give our babies is safe, is paramount in a parent's mind.
From classic names like Charlotte, Eugene, and Georgia to trendier choices like Lincoln, Brooklyn, and Holland, geographical baby names have something to offer every parent.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
Reduce screen time and learn how to add the right amount of structure to keep your kids healthy and engaged for the best summer ever!
Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and lots of time with the kids. From making ice cream to going on nighttime nature walks, it's the season to live life to its fullest.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
Why don't some teenagers want to drive yet? How can you help your teen get their license? Do all teens today need a drivers license at all?
Fairy tales can reinforce good values in the developing child. Grimms' Fairy Tales, Cecily M. Barker, and Hans Christian Andersen are included.
A review of the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller DX. It's great for two babies, kids, or twins!
Seasoned parents love to tell new moms and dads that raising children is the toughest job they'll ever love. They couldn't be more right.
This article is for fathers who want to grow in their connections and communications with their kids. Fathering is hard. We want to build and maintain bridges with our children.
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 discusses drug abuse in teens, addiction, drug abuse statistics, rehabs, and other drug abuse facts. The information is based on research and on personal experiences and interviews with teenagers. Written by a retired high school teacher.
This article gives some tips on surviving the first week of breastfeeding from the view of a breastfeeding mother.
In this article, you will learn lots of fun and unexpected ways to use glow sticks, including games and party ideas as well as decor ideas for weddings and birthdays.
Every nursery needs a rocking chair. These gliders will make your life a lot easier when it comes to soothing your infant. I personally couldn't have survived without one.
Do you know what to do with kids or babies if you bring them to church? Here are some tips to keep your child quiet during a church service.
Parenting is challenging on a normal day, with a "normal" child (whatever that is). When your child suffers from chronic pain, those difficulties increase.
Discover fun things to do with your kids in spring that cost virtually nothing. Get outside and do a scavenger hunt. Eat green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and make a "Bug Bottle."
If you are the parent of a toddler, you are probably as frustrated and exhausted as I am. Parenting at this stage of a child's life is an overwhelming task. Here I offer my own two cents of advice.
Parents face the difficulty of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at some point during the early-toddler years. Learning to sleep alone can be introduced to your child with this fun story.
Losing a friend can be devastating for an ASD child. There may be confusion or anger and it can be difficult to move forward. Strategies that might help lead your child to building new relationships.
Motherhood doesn't come with a handbook. Fortunately, this three step guide to being a happier mom can help nudge you in the right direction.
The following list of names are what I personally wouldn't be caught dead giving my little gem in the sun, but everyone has a preference, so choose at your own risk.
Sharon Hays, who wrote the 1996 essay "The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood," described "intensive mothering" as being self-consciously committed to child rearing. It involves being dedicated to her child to the point that she takes much better care of her child than herself —children come first, period.
Looking for a Radio Controlled car? Then you are in the right place. Here you will find the best RC cars for 2017. I have tested many of them, and have put together the top 10 RC cars for 2017.
Teaching children how to compete well builds self esteem. There is a certain element of success when the competition is close and children know they've given it their best. They come away satisfied.
Parents expecting a baby in September can look to the month itself for plenty of inspiration. September is the birth month of a number of famous people and is tied to a rich mythology as well.
This article offers practical advice to parents who want to be friends with someone even when your kids don't get along with their kids.
Transitioning toddlers from one activity to the next can prove difficult. Using music is a great way to make transitions easier.
Lying children can be a difficult problem to handle. However, this article will make it much simpler for you to get rid of the behavior altogether.
Many women are pressured to breastfeed their babies up until they turn one. There are some emotional and practical benefits of breastfeeding past one year that are often overlooked.
What is it like to be a military mom? How hard is it when you have to leave your kids? How do you do it? These are some of the many questions asked of me, a military mom.
Are you pregnant but money is tight? I've done the footwork for you and listed baby items for your newborn you can live without!
The author is a teacher and mother of a son with autism. She knows through personal experience how valuable early intervention services are and urges parents to embrace them.
You might be driving yourself nuts trying to achieve the so-called work/family balance for just one fleeting moment. The mere concept of this term is damaging to working moms, SAHM moms, and even men.
This article is designed for parents who need support and guidance on how to understand their anxious child.
The practice of blessing or dedicating babies continues based on the welcome that Jesus extended to infants, and on the parents awareness that they need divine wisdom and guidance in proper parenting.
Building trust with our children is a lifelong endeavor. It helps to start from the very beginning, but it is never too late to start focusing on building a strong foundation of trust with your kids.
(And how to cloth diaper if you've never done it before) The essential cloth diapering guide for newbies!
There is no single right or wrong way to parent. Thus, there is often a fine line between careless parenting and responsible parenting. Understanding the difference can affect your child.
Everyone hates having a baby that they cannot get to stop crying no matter what they try. Here is a simple, foolproof method to sooth a fussy baby.
An article on what to do when your toddler has a meltdown after daycare. Tips and hints on how to handle a tired, stressed toddler without getting stressed yourself.
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.
We live in a world where it is common practice to refer to a Dad as a "Baby Daddy", not a Father. This has more effects on your children than you could ever know! Especially your daughter.
Emma Jenner knows how to fix our modern-day parenting crisis. The problem is that being a nanny and being a parent are two very different things.
Parenting is the most wonderful experience anyone can have. Although sometimes the first time around it can be a bit confusing, challenging. At times even frustrating. With God it can be amazing!
The mother of a child with autism cringes as she recalls the insenstive comments that magnified her grief. She shares them so people will understand how hurtful they are and stop saying them.
Vintage baby names for both girls and boys. These old fashioned names are timeless, classic, and cool.
Here’s what I learned in the process of training my son to use the potty and other potty training tips and techniques.
As a parent and teacher I have learned some valuable lessons, and one is that driving does not require a smartphone.
As Christian parents you answer to a higher authority. You are the vessel God uses to minister to your family. He is your mentor, your guide, your CEO. He will guide your footsteps.
When toddlers and elementary school children are picky about their meals, it can be very challenging. Here, I'll present some encouragement and tips for getting some nutrition into those picky eaters!
Free play is an important part of childhood. Making sure your child has opportunities for unstructured play is important for his or her development.
The main reasons for wanting to buy infant formula that's hypoallergenic, dairy-free or lactose-free are that your baby has dairy or soy allergies, you're vegan or for religious reasons...
A meltdown is not to be confused with a tantrum. This article discusses the differences between a meltdown and a tantrum. It will share tips on how to manage meltdowns of children with autism.
Swaddling can keep baby snug while sleeping and prevent them from waking themselves due to body movement. These are the swaddling products that worked best for my baby during her first three months.
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
There is no end to the potential baby names that can be found in literature. Here are over 20 unique baby names from literature and tips to help inspire you.
Looking to expand your little one's library? Here are 25 amazing kids books you're both sure to love! Perfect for ages 2 and up!
Discipline is so important for a peaceful household or classroom. By implementing a consistent system—even a very simple one like this—you can make all the difference!
Why is it that some children enjoy reading more than others? Well, here's your chance to help your child enjoy reading, but it requires your attention and immediate action.
Looking for ways to make bath time more fun? Try these homemade bath toys that your kids will love. Includes step-by-step directions with pictures to make foam letters, bath tub fishing game, animal shower caps, and a pirate ship bath toy.
It is difficult for parents to learn their child is a bully, but this does not mean there is nothing you can do to help your child. Changing bullies can change lives—his/hers and others.
No, smartphones haven’t “destroyed a generation.” But to address the negative effects of social media on adolescent development, we need to listen to and respect teenagers—not condescend to them.
A humorous look at the life of a single mom and teen. A boot camp meets wine adventure. From Driver's Ed to cute puppies and fuzzy kittens.
It's supposed to be all serene and peaceful, with happy kids, a happy partner and a fulfilled life....except when it's not quite that way. A humorous look at the dark side of being a mom.
Teach your child how to deal with anger appropriately. This is the diary of a 7 year old. Young children can express anger and channel it in a positive direction by using a diary - here's proof!
While baby names like Rainbow Aurora, Jagger Snow, and North West are original, sometimes traditional baby names are refreshing. Here are eighty choices for you to pine through.
There is a lot of debate among psychologists and child development experts about whether or not birth order has an impact on a child’s personality and behavior. In other words, there are some people who believe that whether a child is the...
Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
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.
Considerable debate surrounds whether or not parents should give kids chores. Learn how assigning chores is foundational for a strong work ethic, good character, and success!
Children's belief in mythical figures like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy make special occasions magical. But is it truly about them, or is it more about us?
Sometimes it is difficult for a child on the spectrum to understand empathy. The holiday season is the perfect time to teach them to care for others.
Support groups help women improve relationships with family & peers; decreasing stress. Studies show increased stress in new & expecting mothers can negatively impact theirs and their baby’s health.
My experiences potty training my 21-month-old toddler with the potty-training boot camp method. Eliminate Pull-Ups and diapers right away, and go right to potty training in just 3 days or less.
Considering the name Charlotte for your new baby girl? Here are the best nicknames for Charlotte. There's plenty to ponder over for your princess!
Many couples have different parenting styles. Learn the four different parenting styles and ways to get on the same page with your partner when it comes to parenting.
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.
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.
Are you looking for a way to make bath time less stressful? Here's tips how to take a bath with your baby.
Being a parent is already tough, but take away one parent, and add a full-time job, suddenly it's a different story entirely.
If you are considering moving to Hawaii with your children (or future children), I have some tips and advice on schools, safety, and cost of living
Breastfeeding can be challenging. For some, low-milk supply or assistance in inducing lactation may be needed. Thankfully, the galactagogue medications listed here can help.
A mom and preschool teacher suggests 7 toys that are fun, educational, and a good value. She advises parents to avoid the trendy and stick with what's stood the test of time.
Parents want to build a child's self-esteem but unwittingly do much to sabotage it. By validating feelings and having reasonable expectations, moms and dads can offer an environment where kids thrive.
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!
Advice and tips for parents and kids on Wicca and witchcraft, and what parents should do if their child says they want to be a witch.
The tooth fairy is a part of most childhoods, but what exactly is her history and her role other than to exchange baby teeth with monetary gifts?
Being a parent is hard work. Throw autism into the mix and it becomes exhausting. Here are a few things that parents of ASD children what the world to know.
A list of affordable but original gifts ideas for newborn babies and parents-to-be, and tips to how to give nice presents on a budget.
Five minutes into summer vacation and your kids are already whining about how bored they are! This is going to be a long summer, or maybe the best summer ever! Check out all these inexpensive ideas!
If you're struggling with persistent diaper rash, this may be the diaper rash cream for you! It is the only one that saved my newborn from her persistent diaper rash.
Still have a Boppy nursing pillow but not sure what to do with it? You could always save it for the next baby, or use it for another purpose. Reuse, recycle, right? (Video of how to use the Boppy pillow included.)
My husband and I raise our daughter in a way that is different from the way we were raised. We practice "Attachment Parenting." Enjoy the photo gallery of her early years.
Bonding with your newborn baby is not always instant. Many factors like baby blues, postpartum depression, and troubles breastfeeding hinder mother and baby bonding. A bond is created with time.
Inventive ways that scrap tires are being used to make safer playground surfaces for children to play on. Different methods with photos of recycled mulch and bark instead of traditional tanbark.