5 efficient ways to handle toddler tantrums at home and in public and tips on preventing tantrums from happening.
If you need to buy a gift for a preschooler this holiday season, stay away from trendy toys that get quickly discarded (or broken) and choose something that stimulates creativity, independence, and curiosity. A former preschool teacher makes her recommendations based on years of experience.
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.
As Thanksgiving draws near, it's a great time to get our kids (and us) thinking about ways to be thankful in our daily lives. Below I've shared one way that works for our family to remind each other of all we have to be thankful for every single day!
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.
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.
If you want to be nostalgic about parenting, go right ahead. That doesn't change the fact that much of parenting sucks. It sucks now. It will suck fifty years from now.
An in-depth review of K-TILES Magnetic Building Blocks For Kids, a set of 72 magnetic blocks. Are they fun and educational? Are magnetic blocks easy to use to help build cognitive functions and motor skills in children?
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.
Parenting is challenging on a normal day, with a "normal" child (whatever that is). When your child suffers from chronic pain, those difficulties increase.
My children are lucky enough to have family across the world and have been overseas multiple times in their short lives. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with multiple kids.
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.
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?
Learn age appropriate tips for helping your child build sand castles and sculptures. Includes how to video and photos taken at the annual Rehoboth Beach Sand Castle Contest.
Most people would agree that children should not spend too much time in front of a screen. However, children are drawn to technology and keeping them away from screens can be difficult. If you need some ideas for what your kids can do instead, check out this article.
Bullying is an elusive problem affecting children on the spectrum more frequently than typical peers with potentially serious consequences.
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.
Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and lots of time with the kids. From making ice cream to building forts, to going on nighttime nature walks to learning about ladybugs, it's the season to live life to its fullest and create memories to last far into the future.
A list of items that parents of special-needs kids can add to a grab bag, or travel bag when on the go.
Helping your child in her quest to become a vegetarian will ultimately be much easier than trying to change her mind. Follow these simple tips for peace in the family, especially at the dinner table.
What should you do if your child starts becoming interested in alternative subcultures? Has something gone wrong? Are you a bad parent?
Although the emphasis in many parenting books is on how to control your child, learning how to understand them can be more useful in the long run. The books reviewed here all help in developing that understanding.
Grief is one of the least understood facets of life. Understanding bereavement begins with Kubler Ross' five stages of death and support from friends and community groups. Links included for more help.
Vintage baby names for both girls and boys. These old fashioned names are timeless, classic, and cool.
Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional death for children in the United States. Correctly using a car seat can reduce the risk of a fatality by as much as 70%.
Use the Divergent young adult fiction series to start an ongoing dialog with your teen on values and priorities in life. The books convey powerful messages on belonging and the importance of forging your own identity.
Feeling frazzled by your role within your blended family? Full of self-doubt about how you're doing as a stepmom? Don't worry! It's not unusual to feel that way when you become a new stepmother.
We have all heard about making slime at home for your children, but why not up your slime game with fluffy slime? Your kid will thank you!
Moms are busy, but taking time for yourself is important. These seven ideas are simple, easy, and fun!
Keep your kids amused with dress up clothes and craft boxes without spending a fortune. Teach your children to cook and have fun.
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.
Having a baby doesn't mean the end of your education goals. Don't let social pressures keep you from achieving. Here's how I survived college with an infant, and how you can too!
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.
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.
Having a baby can be an extremely overwhelming experience. Sometimes the last thing we want is for visitors to show up unannounced. Here are some helpful ways you can help keep visitors in check after your new sweet baby arrives!
Learn how to teach your children to think outside the box from a young age to set them up for success.
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.
The struggle can be so hard when you know your child is going to get picked on for something you gave them, but did I want to surgically alter my child so he might fit in a little better?
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.
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.
Despite it's PG rating, children should not be allowed to watch professional wrestling. Wrestling encourages children to attempt the moves they see on TV, performed by the wrestlers that have years of training and practice.
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!
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 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.
Instead of connecting people, the Internet sometimes magnifies personal problems, inequalities, and conflict among youth, causing mood disorders and harmful behavior such as suicide and violence.
As many as 1,400 babies die each year from this devastating form of child abuse. In this article, I would like to help more parents and caregivers to be aware of this possibility and its symptoms.
You can never be too safe when it comes to your kids, whether it be during the summer while traveling or any day of the year. Kids can get lost anywhere, so here are some tips to prevent the worst.
Do your kids have problems fitting in or joining their social groups? Are your children shy and distant from other children? These steps will guide you toward real results with turning your children social.
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!
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!
They say raising children is expensive, and of course, they are right in the sense that big expenses are going to come your way for two decades at least. However, children are also brilliant teachers who might just unlock your potential.
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.
Sometimes it's difficult for parents to randomly jump into their child's homework and try to figure out what the teacher is working on at the moment, but there are so many others ways to help give your child an academic boost outside of homework help with little to no effort.
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.
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.
Make creations that glow in the dark by making your own glowing chalk. Mix up a batch of homemade glow chalk using a highlighter, glow paint, or even glow powder. Or grab a box of Crayola Glow Chalk for a glowing project to stir together.
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 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.
Today's generation of children spend more time in front of computer screens than ever before. Although getting our kids to "unplug" can be challenging, there are incredible benefits in making the effort to get them outdoors.
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).
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.
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.
Raising a child is a challenge, and it is easy to fall into bad habits. Here are nine common parenting mistakes that do more harm than good and what to do instead.
Being an introvert comes with its own set of problems, and being and introverted mother is a whole different ball game.
I compare two competing parenting methods, one less common, and one traditional. A look at the long term effects of differing parenting styles.
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.
If you have a baby, you might be inundated with feeding advice. Maybe somebody has already suggested that you should get either "Baby-Led Weaning" or "The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook" by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. This is a little introduction to the books and my own experience with the approach.
It is never too early to start showing your child how to be giving and to instill the importance of this in their hearts. Here are some tips on how to teach your kids to be generous.
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.
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.
How many times have you spoken without thinking? I have done it more times than I am proud of. While it was never my intent to hurt anyone's feelings, somehow I did so anyway. Maybe we all need to stop, slow down and think about what we are going to say before we say it.
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.
What to look for when you're buying toys for your kids. This article comes from personal experience of buying a plethora of toys and what to watch for to make both of your experiences enjoyable!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every parent dreads the day their child comes home with lice, but these amazing tips and tricks could prevent that from ever happening. Keep your school-aged children safe from lice this school year.
Tips for an educational, active, fun, fall outdoor scavenger hunt for kids. Includes ideas for autumn hunt items, photo hunts, and a display of the items found.
Being a single parent can be a tough experience, for many reasons. Here are five ways to make parenting alone seem easier..
More and more research shows the positive effects outdoor play has on young children, and summer is the perfect time to capitalize on that. When kids are outdoor in nature, they build confidence as they use their bodies for new feats, take on more challenges, and explore the world around them.
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.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
When planning a day at the beach, don't forget these nine beach essentials. These nine items are must-haves for a great day at the beach.
When babies cry they alert caregivers of their needs or problems. Learn why it's important to pick them up.
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.
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.
The first day of school can be a harrowing experience for children. Parents need to prepare their children. The first day of classes should be fun and tantrum free.
Parents want to build a child's self-esteem but unwittingly do so much to sabotage it. By validating their feelings, celebrating their uniqueness, having reasonable expectations, and letting kids be kids, moms and dads can offer an environment where confidence is promoted and youngsters thrive.
Learning about fingerprints and taking them is a fun experiment that also gives instant results. This project appeals to a wide variety of ages.
Find out about 10 fun and unplugged activities you can do with your children. These are inexpensive and educational adventures that will bring your family closer together.
These tips help parents raise an extroverted child by applying current scientific models of personality and well-being. Help your child express themselves in our dimensional world by applying these self-management techniques.
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.....
It's been a long haul and now you're getting ready to bring your preemie home. Here's what you'll want to have, along with some advice from experienced NICU moms.
According to a good number of studies, parental divorce has been found to affect individuals throughout their lives regardless of their ages.
A special needs trust may be an essential financial vehicle to help provide care for your special needs child. Here are five reasons that you should look into this more.
Motherhood can be highly stressful. Finding ways to manage your stress is essential to your own health as well as your families well-being.
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.
Looking for fun outdoor games for kids? Here is a list of fun, natural, and free outside and backyard activities for you and your toddlers and preschoolers. Get outside and play!
Here you will find some ideas to introduce creative play to your child at home. Creativity is all about your child learning and discovering, using their imagination to explore and create.
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.
If you're an exhausted parent looking for some tips to soothe your fussy baby then look no further than the 5 S Method.
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.
This daring study asked moms to evaluate themselves as mothers. Then they asked the kids what they really thought of their moms. Sit down and take a deep breath. This is what happened.
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.
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.
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.
Not everything our parents told us when we were kids has become irrelevant. In fact, these five pieces of advice have stood the test of time and are even supported by scientific research.
You don't have to spend a great deal of money in order to make great memories with your kids. It really doesn't matter what you do, as long as you are 100% there with them in the middle of the action, that's what makes the best memories.
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),...
Should I spank my toddler as a discipline method? What are the cons and downsides of spanking? Is it abuse? Let's take a closer look at these important questions.
Parents need to teach their children how to apologize properly. Saying your sorry is more than just uttering the words, and disciplining children requires close attention and guidance by parents.
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.
Getting ready for your child to go to their first sleepover may seem intimidating, but it's not so hard if you follow a few tips. Make sure your child is ready and that you are as ready as you can be too.
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.
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.
After a school shooting or other tragedy, our children need our support and comfort. They need to open up to us about their fears and look to us for reassurance that they'll be safe.
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.
The first steps parents should take upon finding out their child has a permanent hearing loss: resources and networking groups of parents in the same situation.
Change is inevitable. What we choose to do with change and with our thoughts will shape how we view the world. Perception is reality, and you can choose your own path to peace.
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.
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.
This article discusses two main things: how to get kids off of electronics (and why you should), and how to encourage kids to fight through boredom so they can let their creative sides take over!
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!
Household chores can teach children valuable lessons: responsibility, the value of a dollar, and what it means to be a team player. By instilling these values in your child at a young age, you are helping them to succeed later on in life.
Teen depression is a serious problem that can be effectively managed when detected and treated. Know how to recognize characteristics of teen depression, where to get help, and what you can do at home to best help your teen.
Fun and simple Thanksgiving crafts, games, and activities designed for young children—but fun for the whole family.
Visual discrimination is the ability to recognize details in visual images. It allows people to identify the size, shape or form, color and position of objects and printed material.
Lawn mower parents have been dubbed the "new helicopter parent" and could be seriously hindering their children's development. Find out if you're guilty of lawn-mower parenting and what you can do to change it.
Single parenting can be hard and all-consuming. Sometimes, we single parents lose ourselves without even realising it. Have you lost the real you, somewhere beneath the relentless reality of parenting alone? Here is now to find yourself again.
When you have autism, life can be tough even on a good day. Vacations can seem like an impossible dream. But here are some easy steps to help your family enjoy a Disney World vacation.
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.
Get answers to the top five questions about an 80/20 custody schedule. Read about what it is, who might use it, the pros/cons, see some examples, and finally learn some things you should consider if you have this type of custody.
Looking for ideas to keep the kids busy in the car? Look no further! Here are some things we do during those long car rides with the kids.
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?
Creative play is essential for a child's mental and physical growth. In this article, I discuss why "playing princess," a type of creative play, isn't such a bad idea for my daughter after all.
Here’s what I learned in the process of training my son to use the potty and other potty training tips and techniques.
Looking for a Radio Controlled car? Then you are in the right place. Here you will find the best RC cars for 2018. I have tested many of them, and have put together the top 10 RC cars for 2018.
This article gives some tips on surviving the first week of breastfeeding from the view of a breastfeeding mother.
The song presents various features that made it popular in the 50s and 60s and still make it appealing to contemporary families: parent-child connection, a child’s wish, and an atmosphere of mystery.
There should be an instruction book for raising another person to adulthood. See parenting fails that make your own bad parenting moments seem not quite so bad. Six important lessons to teach your kids.
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.
Being at stay-at-home parent is not as easy as you might think. At-home moms and dads actually have one of the most difficult jobs around. Find out what can be done to prevent and reduce the stress that surrounds this job.
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.
It's easy to get stuck when trying to come up with creative indoor activities. Children on the spectrum seem to need constant motivation to unlock their eyes from their computers and get active.
A review of the Baby Trend Sit N Stand Double Stroller DX. It's great for two babies, kids, or twins!
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.
Growing up Hispanic is usually not easy, and if you've ever made it out of your community and interacted with other races, you may have realized that you were cheated as a kid. Your parents may have been unnecessarily hard on you to "establish dominance." Let's look at the consequences.
Adjustment disorder is common in children of divorce. Parents can learn approaches and self-monitoring to help their child ease the adjustment of going through a divorce.
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.
Being a single parent, whether you're a mom or dad, has many challenges, but you can still have fun!
A child learns so much in the first few years of life. No skill is more important than the ability to communicate. Children learn by example, and this is true for learning to talk, as well.
Talking to your son about sex is scary enough but talking to him about what and when it is okay to touch someone and when it's not can be even harder. Explaining what abuse, assault, and rape really are can be confusing, but it is important for his life and the lives of the girls he meets.
The simple definition of STEP-MOTHER-a woman that your father marries after his marriage to or relationship with your mother has ended.What do I think of this?Answer-Not a lot. Let me tell you why.
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.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
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.
Today’s parents can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the huge range of toys available for their new baby. Tips on chosing cost-effective educational toys for babies and early learning baby toys.
I spend A LOT of time with my children, but there are moments where enough is enough—just for a while.
As a parent, it's frustrating to watch your child waste so much time and then run out of it for the important things. Try this list of time-saving tips to help your child become more time efficient.
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...
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.
Free play is an important part of childhood. Making sure your child has opportunities for unstructured play is important for his or her development.
Here are some fantastic books to read with your kids in November to discuss hibernation, migration, the weather, the seasonal changes, and how humans and animals alike prepare for the winter. There are some really funny ones scattered in along with some great stories of the real Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
A middle name is just as crucial as the first. Here is a list of cute, feminine, strong, traditional, and modern middle names for girls.
Penguin Day is a real holiday! Teach your children about penguins with some easy and inexpensive fun. Get some penguin facts, recipes, penguin craft ideas. January 20 is Penguin Day
Whether it's summer, winter, or spring break, extended time together leads to feuding among siblings that can drive a parent crazy! These simple tips will help you diffuse the squabbling so you can have the best family time ever!
Say Yes to No is a parent and teacher education program designed to facilitate saying no to children in instructive and positive ways.
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.
Great tips for getting along with teenagers: Be casual, but not too casual, get to know their music and friends, and enjoy the ride!
Turn storytelling into meaningful learning experiences for your children. These parenting tips on reading can make it educational and fun.
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.
This article will share my journey as a first-time mother and how I conquered the challenges of breastfeeding and dealt with postpartum depression.
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.
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.
Studies show grit is key to succeeding at school, at work, and in life. But moms and dads today often undermine grit by coddling their kids, smoothing away all their struggles, and not letting them fail. In the long run, this makes them less capable, less confident, and less likely to take risks.