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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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),...
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.
A list of items that parents of special-needs kids can add to a grab bag, or travel bag when on the go.
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.
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.
It may seem impossible at times to have a clean house with kids running around, but you can do it with these 6 tips.
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...
The weather is finally getting warmer and the days are growing longer. It's time to get outside with the kids and do fun things that cost virtually nothing. Go on a scavenger hunt. Eat green eggs and ham to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. Make a "bug bottle," and learn how to compost!
There are many reasons to choose cloth over disposable; this article focuses on how to maximize the financial benefit.
So you want to take your kid on a road trip but they always end up car sick? Here are five fun games to play in the car with your family that encourage queasy passengers to keep their eyes ahead.
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.
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.
Are you looking for a way to make bath time less stressful? Here's tips how to take a bath with your baby.
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.
Origami fortune tellers are fun and allows the child to pretend to answer questions about the future as well as count letters and numbers.
What should you do if your child starts becoming interested in alternative subcultures? Has something gone wrong? Are you a bad parent?
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.
Children growing up with ADHD are sometimes socially awkward, making it more difficult to make friends. Teaching social skills to our children can make it easier for them to make friends.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year to spend time outdoors as a family. This article highlights fall activities that are fun for kids of all ages.
When you have kids at home, whether it’s just on the weekends or you’re a stay-at-home mother with toddlers, the need for you to get out of the house and entertain them can get desperate.
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.
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.
Does your boy have endless energy at night? Here are a bunch of fun nighttime, after dinner activities a dad can do with a high "never slow down" boy (or girl).
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.
These products are a great way to encourage special needs children to practice small motor skills and to help find ways to self sooth.
Need a bank for kids or teens? I have reviewed the best savings and debit checking accounts for kids.
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.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
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!
When it comes to chitchats, teenagers have a lot to say most of the time. It’s all just a matter of sparking a conversation with them. On that account, this list provides 120+ conversation starters for teens that are ready for use!
New research shows that the brain is still developing in teenagers. The implications of this are discussed, along with some tips for good communication during the teenage years.
Ask anyone what age they think women should stop breastfeeding their children, and you'll probably get an answer—but the only one that matters is your own.
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.
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.
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.
This article gives some tips on surviving the first week of breastfeeding from the view of a breastfeeding mother.
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.
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.
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.
Using a constructive way to deal with conflict resolution will not only serve to bond your family together but will also instill valuable life skills in your child.
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.
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...
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.
Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Father daughter quotes. A daughter will always be daddy's little girl and a dad will always have a soft spot in his heart for his special girl.
These handy workout ideas will help get or keep you in shape and are often fun for the little ones as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips and advice for taking care of young children with a broken leg, ankle, or foot. Learn how to manage around the house by yourself easier with simple suggestions from a stay-at-home mom with experience.
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.
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.
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.
Successfully balancing work and family life can be challenging to say the least, but it can be done. The key to success is balance. Take it from a veteran mom and business professional; it is possible to have it all with a little effort, planning, and perspective.
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.
Learning about fingerprints and taking them is a fun experiment that also gives instant results. This project appeals to a wide variety of ages.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
The success of reality television rests primarily upon young women who behave badly. Teaching girls social skills and proper behavior will help to increase positive self-image and future success.
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.
In the category of best books for new stepmothers, Stepmonster, by Wednesday Martin, PhD. deserves to be at the top of the list.
Prepare for summer with your teen by brainstorming ideas for work. A traditional job may not be available for your 13-year-old, but there are lots of other opportunities to earn some cash and gain great experience.
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.
Keep your kids amused with dress up clothes and craft boxes without spending a fortune. Teach your children to cook and have fun.
Including a toddler to the kitchen might sound messy and stressful, but it is a great way of teaching them great lessons for life that go far beyond the kitchen. It can also be some quality time spent that will set them up with great habits for life.
Fairy tales can reinforce good values in the developing child. Grimms' Fairy Tales, Cecily M. Barker, and Hans Christian Andersen are mentioned.
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.
An interview with a single mother who is struggling on a daily basis to meet the most basic of needs for herself and her child. There are over thirteen million single parents in the United States, this is one woman's story.
Organizations for Father's Rights in Texas include Texas Fathers for Equal Rights and the Lone Star Fatherhood Initiative. These organizations can provide legal advice, assistance and education.
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.
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.
Learn about the properties of water and ice in a cool way with these fun activities and science experiments.
If your child's ADHD symptoms include a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), they may be aggressive, impulsive and highly irritable. Up to 40% of people with ADHD are also diagnosed as having ODD. Here are some approaches you might consider to manage and extinguish these behaviors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 efficient ways to handle toddler tantrums at home and in public and tips on preventing tantrums from happening.
Don't forget anything with this amazing diaper bag checklist. It lists everything you need, plus all of the things that most parents forget!
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.
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
After you've delivered a beautiful baby, you will be exhausted. You would think your sweet baby would be too, but often times that's not the case. We're going to go over a few things you can do to help get your baby to sleep through the night!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Do you know the difference between punishment and discipline? The proper use of discipline is the best way to manage your child's behavior.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Dealing with strong-willed kids can be exasperating, but these five tips will bring positive change.
Toddlers are constantly learning. Here are some great games that focus on several stages of development in many different areas to grow healthy toddlers into healthy adults.
Parenting is challenging on a normal day, with a "normal" child (whatever that is). When your child suffers from chronic pain, those difficulties increase.
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.
Many parents report back talk as a behavior of concern. Learn what really constitutes back talk and how to encourage your child to express themselves in a respectful, healthy way.
Parents must be mindful when teaching children about these seven types of social relationships. 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.
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%.
Being a single parent, whether you're a mom or dad, has many challenges, but you can still have fun!
Co-parenting can be tough, whether you are living separately in a relationship or are separated. Being on the same page together and doing what is in the best interest of your child(ren) can really help. Using a mediator in family counseling can help everyone get there.
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.....
As a parent and teacher I have learned some valuable lessons, and one is that driving does not require a smartphone.
Vintage baby names for both girls and boys. These old fashioned names are timeless, classic, and cool.
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.
This article will share my journey as a first-time mother and how I conquered the challenges of breastfeeding and dealt with postpartum depression.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
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.
I compare two competing parenting methods, one less common, and one traditional. A look at the long term effects of differing parenting styles.
Ever wanted to own gallons of Silly Putty? Make your own using some very common, inexpensive ingredients.
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.
If you're an exhausted parent looking for some tips to soothe your fussy baby then look no further than the 5 S Method.
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.
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!
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!
Does your kid ask you questions that would make any adult blush? Try these tactics to work through their uncomfortable questions.
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.
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!
Reading books with your child is a way to help them explore their imagination and learn new things. It also creates a strong bond between you two. Here is a book or book series for every year of their childhood— from ages 1 to 18.
Whether you're stuck at home with toddlers because the weather is bad or you're just too tired to take the kids out, here are some creative ideas for keeping your toddlers busy without leaving the house.
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.
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.
Cloth diapers can be made from a wide range of materials: twill, jersey, birdseye, flannel, and terry cloth. Cotton and hemp are the most commonly used fibers, though traditionally linen was also used (probably due to availability). When choosing...
Being a single parent can be a tough experience, for many reasons. Here are five ways to make parenting alone seem easier..
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.
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.
Free play is an important part of childhood. Making sure your child has opportunities for unstructured play is important for his or her development.
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!
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.
Modern society expects too much from mothers, which in turn makes us put too much pressure on ourselves. Here's how to take back your power and sovereignty.
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.
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.
Becoming a parent for the first time can be an expensive business; especially when you have no idea what you may or may not need. Here are some products I have tried and tested and would recommend.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moms are busy, but taking time for yourself is important. These seven ideas are simple, easy, and fun!
I'm going to share some of the tips I've used with my children that made the day a very special memory and landmark for us.
Sometimes being a single parent is stressful. It would be awesome to have a helpful husband to assist with duties like cleaning, paying bills, and taking care of the children.
A trophy for everyone at the end of soccer season, a trip to the treasure box for good school behavior...is it all too much? This article explains why too many rewards are problematic.
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.
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 ways to keep the kids entertained this summer? Find 5 fun bubble activities to share with your children. Includes homemade bubble solution recipes.
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.
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.
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).
This article is designed for parents who need support and guidance on how to understand their anxious child.
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.
Bullying is an elusive problem affecting children on the spectrum more frequently than typical peers with potentially serious consequences.
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.