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.
A mom looks back eleven years ago when her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Dealing with feelings of anger and despair, she found relief by seeing a counselor. She urges parents to take care of themselves or they may become depressed, destroy their marriages, and neglect their other kids.
Potluck playdates are a simple way to bring families together, and they're also easy on your budget. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Learning how to role model social relationships is helpful to parents. Part of teaching them is role modeling them by Paying attention to our own behavior is important because kids are always watching. Children mimic parents, whether we realize it or not.
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.
Looking for some party game ideas for kids aged 10-14? This article takes you through many games and themes that we have used over the years. There are some great suggestions in the comments too.
Puppets are cherished toys that can provide many important educational benefits. Discover the value of using puppets for teaching children language skills and for supporting social/emotional development.
Waking up a child who isn't a "morning person" can be a battle, especially if you're crunched for time. Check out my eight tips on avoiding the morning madness and waking up to a household of peace.
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.
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
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?
How to find cheap, clearance, and used baby carriers. Find sales on Ergo Baby, Maya Wrap, Baby Bjorn, Moby, Chicco, Hot Slings, Mei Tai, Peanut Shell, Beco, K'tan, Boba, Ellaroo, woven wraps, and more
So you've brought your little bundle of joy home and it's been four weeks since you've had any sleep. Don't worry, this guide will soon get your newborn sleeping through the night.
Motherhood can be highly stressful. Finding ways to manage your stress is essential to your own health as well as your families well-being.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Winter will be here before we know it. Instead of hibernating inside and dreaming of spring, plan to get outside for some family fun this winter. Here are my top five suggestions for inexpensive family fun in the snow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recognizing an inflexible explosive child and what you can do to decrease your child’s frustration and angry outbursts
This article provide tips and ideas for getting your kids to eat more vegetables while avoiding mealtime power struggles.
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.)
Most American children are given milk at least a few times a day, but is milk a necessary component of a balanced diet for kids? Read on for both sides of the argument.
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.
Screen time is harmful to children because it hinders their healthy development in ways including movement, creativity and time sequencing. Learn about the downsides of screen time.
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.
Scottish baby names to avoid using because they aren't really Scottish, have negative or unfortunate meanings, are old men's names, don't sound nice, or are too popular.
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.
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.
Having a newborn baby can make it tough to get things done around the house or spend time with older kids. A baby carrier like the CuddleBug Baby Wrap allows you to take care of baby while hands-free.
Inadequate breastfeeding can be devastating and at times, fatal. Therefore, it is important to know the factors that contribute to successful breastfeeding and properly prepare to breastfeed.
The Me Too Movement has opened our eyes to the sexual harassment women experience on the job but have tolerated silently for so many decades. It makes us stop and realize how we rear our girls to become victims by telling them to be nice, to smile, and to go along to get along.
The New Year is a wonderful time to welcome a new baby. Be sure to give him or her a name that reflects the joy and hope the season brings.
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.
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.
Getting kids interested in science can be hard. Here are a few fun science experiments to do at home with household items that are simple enough for both kids and adults to enjoy together.
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.
Before you make a decision to foster children be sure and ask yourself some pro and con questions. Explore your family's strengths and weaknesses before becoming a foster parent.
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?
In the category of best books for new stepmothers, Stepmonster, by Wednesday Martin, PhD. deserves to be at the top of the list.
From our personal experience of living in Las Vegas for seven years, raising kids here successfully could be very tough.
When helicopter moms and dads over-parent, they make their kids feel incompetent. Their children are less likely to take risks and accept new challenges because they fear failure. Respecting our children for who they, not hovering around them, is key to preparing them for a productive adulthood.
Here are reviews of 12 winter books that would make great gifts for kids. I've also included educational tips and activity ideas for each book. Recommended by a children's librarian.
Kids are noisy! Do you have loud children that you would like to be quiet and calm down? Read this hub for suggestions to help your child be quieter and to bring some peace to your home.
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.
Learning doesn't have to be boring. By making your own playdough, kids can learn math, vocabulary, incorporate their five senses and build cooperation skills. Included are recipes and a video.
There has been no proven way to completely prevent eczema, but taking good care of your child's skin and well-being can work wonders. This article covers some ways to treat your child's eczema.
Explicit adult imagery can all too easily be viewed by children/teens. Therefore a parental “porn talk” as well as a “sex talk” is necessary to help negate its harmful effects.
Why are some newborns covered in hair? Hair on a newborn's body is called lanugo and is a normal occurrence.
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.
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
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
Bullying is an elusive problem affecting children on the spectrum more frequently than typical peers with potentially serious consequences.
Enfamil Gentlease vs Parent's Choice Gentle: Which formula is better for your baby, or is there even a difference? This in-depth look at ingredients, nutrients, and cost will help you decide.
The bullets below have been taken from a kids environmental education program. It is very nice to see that kids in the 21st century learn environmentally friendly lifestyle from the very early days!
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.
Just as the ship anchor keeps the vessel from drifting into the open seas, so anchor thoughts keep the individual from wandering into unapproved behaviors. Find sample anchor thoughts for teens here.
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.
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.
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.
Want to give your baby formula but you're unsure about which one to buy? This article compares two formula brands, Enfamil and Up&Up, and provides the authors experience with both.
It is possible to wean your baby or toddler off of their bottles, especially those nighttime bottles, while still being compassionate. Written by a mom with 5 kids.
Introducing your boyfriend to your parents is a nerve wracking experience. If things didn't go well, how do you influence your parents to like your boyfriend?
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 review of the brand Simply Right Diapers and Wipes. I also compare them to Pampers Cruisers and the Honest Company Diapers and Wipes. Did you know that Simply Right wipes have Lanolin in them?
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.
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.
Some people are impressed when a teenage girl proclaims, "my mother is my best friend!" Is being your child's buddy and play mate, though, really a good and healthy thing or just something that satisfies your ego? Find out from experts whether it's better to parent your child or befriend her.
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...
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!
In the US approximately 25% of babies receive formula within 2 days of being born, around 37% are supplemented with formula before 3 months, and between 42% and 44% are fed formula by 6 months of age (18) Here we will discuss the possible dangers of this trend but also how to feed babies the best formulas in the safest way possible.
I believe that from an early age children can benefit a great deal from having a pet. If you want to know exactly what children can learn from looking after a pet you need to read this article.
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?
Welcome your new daughter according to Jewish tradition with a Hebrew name and a beautiful naming ceremony. Read on for ideas.
(And how to cloth diaper if you've never done it before) The essential cloth diapering guide for newbies!
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.
Being a father is no small task, and should not be taken lightly. Following the advice in this article, you can make sure that your child has the greatest upbringing you could ever hope for and ensure that you are the best father you can be.
Ways to teach your children empathy (caring for other people and caring for animals), and why that is so important. Being empathetic is essential to success in all areas of a person's life. Empathy begins at home.
I have never liked the phrase, "Shut up," and suspect I never will. I believe there are more constructive ways to ask someone to be quiet. I believe we are such a great influence to children that we should always take care in setting an example.
A look at what exactly Moon Sand is. We review the ingredients, see how it's made and talk about some of the related toys that are available.
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...
Parents sometimes think they're giving children pearls of wisdom but are really feeding them stupid platitudes that are useless and outdated. If you're saying "you can grow up to be anything you want, time heals all wounds, and you can't have too many friends," you really need to update your advice!
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.
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.
An outdoors Hunger Games game, invented and tested by kids and teens. It needs no fancy equipment, and includes a tag to print out to use in your game.
Moving past empty nest syndrome--the extreme sadness that comes over parents who miss their children after they become adults and move away.
When you're getting ready for a new baby, deciding what you need now and what you may never use can be pretty overwhelming. Here's my personal list of must-haves and naaaaahhhhs.
Do not wait until your child is already addicted to his gadgets, and don't let gadgets replace you as your child's parent.
Parents should encourage young children to pretend play. Learn the many benefits and life skills that this type of play can bring to your child's life.
"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." It's better to teach someone to do something themselves than to give them what they want. This same idea applies to kids when they're old enough to do things independently.
If you're expecting your own little prince or princess, why not consider giving them a "royal" baby name?
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!
The deadly danger of window blind cords should be understood by every parent and every person who has young children in their home. Here is how to make sure your blind cords are safe for toddlers.
What parents need to know about teenage drug and alcohol abuse: How to recognize if their child is using, and what to do about it.
When babies cry they alert caregivers of their needs or problems. Learn why it's important to pick them up.
Cheap and easy science fair projects seem to be harder and harder to find. This how to guide will demonstrate several very affordable projects you can use to make your kid's day or just to spend some quality time together.
Many parents don't know how to correctly diagnose whether or not their child has an ear infection, and what to do if this is the case. I will be answering all of these questions for you.
Coming up with activities to do with children can be hard—especially if you're doing it on the spot. Doing a little planning will make the day (or visit) go a lot smoother and will be a lot more fun.
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.
As our world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, our children spend more and more time with computers, video games, and electronic toys. While this is not without its negative effects, introducing children to the right kind of technology can help prepare them for the future.
Do you know how to help your child study for an exam? It's more than just sitting beside them as they browse through their books. Parents must actively participate in the education of their children.
While occasionally spanking your kids when they really mess up probably isn't going to do any lasting harm, routine spanking isn't a very good idea. Here are some reasons why.
Vintage baby names for both girls and boys. These old fashioned names are timeless, classic, and cool.
Many breastfeeding women suffer from ductal thrush but all too often it is misdiagnosed or mistreated. This article goes through the signs, symptoms and treatment of ductal thrush in order to help women recognise when they have got the condition and thus continue to breastfeed happily.
Are you exhausted by the thought of getting your baby to sleep in their own bed? Wondering how to transition from bassinet to crib? Here are the first steps to getting your baby to sleep tonight.
I know as a parent that enforcing the house rules is a daunting task. I have two 9 year olds, a 6 year old, and a 2 year old. Every day there seemed to be more and more screaming in my home.
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.
Discover the best toys and techniques to encourage the development of receptive and expressive language for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
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.
Putting up and taking down a Graco Pack N' Play doesn't have to feel like you're trying to crack the DaVinci code. Stop fighting with your portable play center and learn the right way to do it so you can get either task done in a matter of minutes. A video tutorial is included for reference.
A summary of rides at Disneyland California Adventures theme park that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.
Transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup make many parents nervous, but trust me, it's easy! Learn how I transitioned my baby from a bottle to a sippy in three easy steps.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
Free printable chore charts can be used to help any child learn responsibility and for kids with developmental delays or autism they can also be used for daily scheduling, therapy scheduling or for actual chores!
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.
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.
A look at Fijit Friends instructions. We tell you how to work Willa, Sage, Serafina and Logan and provide a cheat sheet with all the commands.
Learning about fingerprints and taking them is a fun experiment that also gives instant results. This project appeals to a wide variety of ages.
If your child is a picky eater and you don’t know how to get them to eat, here are some ways to combat their resistance without nagging or losing your cool.
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.
Looking for some fun science projects to do with kids? Here are eight weather-related projects that are both educational and interactive.
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.
Though every child develops at their own pace, there are some typical timeframes which are used to measure a child's development and growth.
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.
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.
In this article, I intend to give you a variety of ways to “correctly” burp an infant, so that you can find the way that works best for your little one if he or she needs it.
“Would You Rather” is a cute and funny game that can be played by kids as a way to get to know one another! Here are 50 "Would You Rather..." questions for kids!
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the properties of water and ice in a cool way with these fun activities and science experiments.
Being a good mom is not a race, nor is it a competition. It takes time, energy, and love. Learn about ten great goals and objectives to set for yourself when you're a new mom and how to accomplish your goals.
Searching for some inspirational LDS quotes about mothers and motherhood? Mormon leaders teach of the sacred role of women and the importance of being a mom in today's world.
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.
Don't know what to do about your teenager that wants to date? Here are ten tips to help navigate the teenage tempest of romantic relationships.
Tips for parents on how to organise morning routines to get to work on time when you have young children. Tips cover how to get kids out of bed, dressed, and fed.
Setting boundaries is not a cut-and-dried activity. Every person is unique and requires different techniques to help them make wise choices. Use these guidelines to facilitate the process.
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.
Doll houses are loved by collectors and continue to be a wonderful discovery toy for children. Doll houses promote imaginary play and help develop important social and intellectual skills in children.
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?!?!
Being a parent is already tough, but take away one parent, and add a full-time job, suddenly it's a different story entirely.
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...
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.
As a kindergarten teacher, I saw more children struggling with a poor pincer grasp. The muscles in their fingers and hands were not yet strong enough to hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, or color a picture without fatigue. Fortunately, there are things parents can do to prevent this!
Tips for weaning a breastfeeding baby, including a sample weaning schedule and a food chart organized by age.
Parenting a child with ADHD is stressful enough without the difficulties that come along with refilling your child's medication. We are parents trying to care for OUR children just as any loving parent would, so why should we be treated any differently? Here's my story, along with a couple of tips.
Great tips for getting along with teenagers: Be casual, but not too casual, get to know their music and friends, and enjoy the ride!
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
Despite its many known benefits, breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are astoundingly low compared to other countries. This article explores the impact of hospital practices, societal attitudes, and unfavorable maternity leave practices on rates of breastfeeding in the U.S.
Some of us are bound to have bad or weak backs. There's overwhelming research to show that baby wearing is beneficial. There are a few back-supportive baby carriers you need to know about.
Most women in MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) are married, stay-at-home moms, but single moms can still find support and encouragement in the group.
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).
Here is a comprehensive list of traditional French names as well as the most popular names for girls in France and Canada today. These names will give any girl an aura of elevated sophistication and beauty.
Need some insight into why you just can't get your teenage daughter to clean her room? I can offer some explanation as to why teenage girls have such messy rooms.
Kids with Asperger’s have a very difficult time having a reciprocal conversation or interaction with people, which makes in very hard to make friends.
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!
According to a good number of studies, parental divorce has been found to affect individuals throughout their lives regardless of their ages.
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?
Teaching your baby sign language has become a much more popular thing to do in recent times as well as "Baby Einstein" videos, and listening to loads of classical music. However, it is one of those debated things. Some feel there are a lot of...
Object permanence is one of the basic skills in infant development. This developmental milestone is actually composed of several stages. Learning them will help parents provide suitable experiences and interactions to facilitate acquisition of the skill.
Looking for a good glider and ottoman combo but don't want to spend a fortune? Here are 3 budget options that give you a lot of quality for the price you pay.
"Your baby has a birth defect." These are words that no parent wants to hear and with an imperforate anus, most of the time the diagnosis is a total surprise since it doesn`t show up on the ultrasound.
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
Here are the best books for children ages 2-6 that cover Chinese culture and feature children with Chinese heritage.
Sphero's remote control BB8 has a natural movement and animation that truly brings the character to life. Common problems can include charging issues, pairing problems, issues with the app, and more.
Crave advice from an experienced mom? I give the best advice I learned in parenting my five children into adulthood.
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.
Here are 20+ examples of what to write in a card to your son or daughter when you send them off to college. Some are heartfelt while others are humorous.
Sometimes kids simply don't want to go to sleep—there's too much excitement in the house and they want to stay up with the adults. Sometimes kids simply want to exercise some autonomy. There are ways to get them to settle down for bed. Here are some tips and tricks to get your kids to sleep.