Learn other ways to reward children once they complete specified chores each week. Ideas of age-specific chores are also included.
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.
Sometimes it is difficult for a child on the spectrum to understand empathy. The holiday season is the perfect time to teach them to care for others.
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?
If you feel like you can't survive one more sleepless night or napless day, here's how to start the sleep training process.
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.
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.
This article is designed to help parents and other caregivers understand children who are especially intuitive and empathic.
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.
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.
If each member of the family has household chores they are responsible for it brings everyone together as a team. Children need to feel like they are a part of something and the family is the most important team there is. Everyone wants to feel needed and necessary in their family.
It can be difficult to lure our spectrum children away from their computers. Here are a few ideas to help find some fun beyond the screen.
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.
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.
Teething is one of the biggest reasons for babies crying, being irritable, and generally being hard to keep happy. It’s hard to diagnose, and you can only ease the pain your infant is feeling.
There I was... with my beautiful baby girl in my arms and having absolutely no clue as to why I was in so much breast pain or how to feel better.
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.
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.
Swaddling can keep baby snug while sleeping and prevent them from waking themselves due to body movement. These are the swaddling products that worked best for my baby during her first three months.
Seasoned parents love to tell new moms and dads that raising children is the toughest job they'll ever love. They couldn't be more right.
Have you ever heard a woman blame an error on "Mom Brain"? Have you ever wondered what is really going on inside that brain? Continue reading to find out what it is and how it comes to be.
How to start teaching a child manners from the earliest days. It's as simple as please and thank you.
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),...
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.
Looking for some fun science projects to do with kids? Here are eight weather-related projects that are both educational and interactive.
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!
Parenting can be challenging when you're healthy—add a serious mental illness, and it can feel nearly impossible. It doesn't have to feel that way.
When children see people with disabilities, they may ask all kinds of questions. Here are some tips on how to handle them.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most completely engaging learning toys for babies, toddlers and preschoolers; the Fisher Price Learning Home has delighted every child I've seen interact with it.
Vintage baby names for both girls and boys. These old fashioned names are timeless, classic, and cool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Say Yes to No is a parent and teacher education program designed to facilitate saying no to children in instructive and positive ways.
Learn about the properties of water and ice in a cool way with these fun activities and science experiments.
Discipline is so important for a peaceful household or classroom. By implementing a consistent system—even a very simple one like this—you can make all the difference!
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.
Parenting a child on the spectrum can be a challenge. Go with your gut and don't worry about what others think. Know that you are doing the best that you can.
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.
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.
Teaching young children to dress themselves can be a challenge. A fun read aloud with Rebecca Van Slyke's new book can help with the task. Young children can be hilarious with learning to dress.
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.
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.
Are you looking for a way to make bath time less stressful? Here's tips how to take a bath with your baby.
Do not wait until your child is already addicted to his gadgets, and don't let gadgets replace you as your child's parent.
Emotionally disturbed gifted children are often denied adequate services. This site details why twice exceptional gifted children are not identified. It also details best-practice instruction for students who have been identified as ED.
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?
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.
extreme sport: any recreational activities that involve high risk, aggressive and spectacular stunts, and which appeal to the young -- sound like your house?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Starting a reading habit with young children can be beneficial, but it can also be difficult with their short attention spans and the difficulty in finding durable books.
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.
To be able to win, having a superior natural ability is not enough. Children need to know how to use that gift in the right way, in the right environment.
Getting outside with children is free and fun! Here are some ways to turn a simple walk in your neighborhood into something special. Ideas can be used for parties or for a nature-filled afternoon.
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.
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?
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.
How parents and caregivers can help children deal with traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters.
Tantrums are a necessary evil. Although it's frustrating to deal with toddler tantrums, it's important to remember they are a natural part of the growing up process. Kids must learn to deal with their emotions and as parents, our job is to guide them through this process.
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.
A list of items that parents of special-needs kids can add to a grab bag, or travel bag when on the go.
We are being called an enabled society and a nanny state. Parents must help kids be good citizens. Parenting is a difficult job; do you have the skills to do it?
Learning about fingerprints and taking them is a fun experiment that also gives instant results. This project appeals to a wide variety of ages.
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...
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.
Do I really need to waste money and purchase nursing pads? Yes, your breasts will leak milk until your milk has been established and regulated.
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.
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.
The Green Machine Big Wheel is a bike that allows for spins and slides and offers a great deal of fun for kids (and even adults)!
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.
Keep your kids amused with dress up clothes and craft boxes without spending a fortune. Teach your children to cook and have fun.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how FMLA, the Family Medical Leave Act, works and how employees are protected under the law. Information about maternity leave and FMLA is provided.
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.
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.
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.
Think outside the basket when it comes to making an Easter morning treat for your special needs child.
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.
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.
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.
Letting go of your children as they grow into adults is an art form. Here's how to start preparing yourself...
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.
This article is designed for parents who need support and guidance on how to understand their anxious child.
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.
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.
No one likes the crying baby on a plane, especially the person holding them. Families sometimes travel through the air. Here are some tips to make it less painful.
Parenting is challenging on a normal day, with a "normal" child (whatever that is). When your child suffers from chronic pain, those difficulties increase.
Ever wanted to own gallons of Silly Putty? Make your own using some very common, inexpensive ingredients.
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.
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.
Did you know about National Teddy Bear Picnic day?! What an excellent opportunity to throw a little party for your kids! We did it last year, and this year I went all out. We had a blast!
These handy workout ideas will help get or keep you in shape and are often fun for the little ones as well.
Being a single parent can be a tough experience, for many reasons. Here are five ways to make parenting alone seem easier..
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%.
You can create the family atmosphere you want your home to have: it will take longer than you think, and be harder too, but the results will be so much greater than you imagine!
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.
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.
5 efficient ways to handle toddler tantrums at home and in public and tips on preventing tantrums from happening.
Fun and simple Thanksgiving crafts, games, and activities designed for young children—but fun for the whole family.
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!
What to look for when you're buying toys for you kids. This article comes from personal experience of buying a plethora of toys and what to watch for to make both your experiences enjoyable!
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.
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
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.
Bring your indoor board games outdoors to your driveway with sidewalk chalk. Get active when you and your kids become the game pieces!
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.
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.
Your child has just come out to you. Now what? These days, more and more parents are being faced with homosexuality in their children as it becomes more accepted by society. Tips on how to respond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stimulating a child's love of learning is one of the most important tasks for parents and teachers. Find out what photography can do to make it fun.
Re-entry into the family home can be tough on everyone. I have found many parallels between living with my adult children and aviation! Here is your safety briefing for your flight!
On November 1st, 2017, LEGO introduced the Women of NASA toy set to show LEGO fans the importance of these positive role models. These women were instrumental to the development of NASA.
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.
Brushing your teeth becomes a healthy habit when learned from the start. Encourage your child to brush their teeth with fun toothbrushes and songs.
As Christian parents you answer to a higher authority. You are the vessel God uses to minister to your family. He is your mentor, your guide, your CEO. He will guide your footsteps.
The school dance can be a right of passage for many teens. Children on the autism spectrum can find this big event overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help navigate those rough waters.
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.
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.
Are you afraid to cut your baby's nails? Worried you're not doing it right? Get all of your questions answered right here!
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.
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.
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?
Origami fortune tellers are fun and allows the child to pretend to answer questions about the future as well as count letters and numbers.
Everyone from busy moms to completely bewildered uncles could use some clear, right-to-the point toy shopping tips. Sometimes we just don't have time to meander around a store or go into complete zombie mode after staring at e-commerce sites for...
Do you know how to help your child if he is a bully? Here are seven tips that will help you and your child stop the bullying.
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.
If you're an exhausted parent looking for some tips to soothe your fussy baby then look no further than the 5 S Method.
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.
Fairy tales can reinforce good values in the developing child. Grimms' Fairy Tales, Cecily M. Barker, and Hans Christian Andersen are included.
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.
From Arya to Ygritte, George R.R. Martin's popular "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and the "Game of Thrones" TV show are a gold mine of unique and beautiful baby names for girls.
Learn how to teach your children to think outside the box from a young age to set them up for success.
Does your kid ask you questions that would make any adult blush? Try these tactics to work through their uncomfortable questions.
Are you contemplating cloth diapers for your baby but still have some questions? Learn everything you need to know about cloth diapers right here!
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.
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!
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.
Everyone knows the hottest new toy of 2017 is the Fidget Spinner. And love it or hate it, you have to admit that it is one of a kind. But is it the one that kills?
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.
Great tips for getting along with teenagers: Be casual, but not too casual, get to know their music and friends, and enjoy the ride!
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.
You will learn some key facts about how young children think and feel about educational activities that lay the foundation for school good brain training habits that last a lifetime.
Introducing TV and movies to your toddlers can be a slippery slope, but sometimes real life requires time in front of the TV. There are a lot of shows created with two and three-year-olds in mind.
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.
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.
From Service dogs to adoption, choosing the right dog for your ASD child can de difficult. Here are a few facts to get you started on your way to dogdom!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Bullying is an elusive problem affecting children on the spectrum more frequently than typical peers with potentially serious consequences.
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.
I compare two competing parenting methods, one less common, and one traditional. A look at the long term effects of differing parenting styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A mom and preschool teacher suggests 7 toys that are fun, educational, and a good value. She advises parents to avoid the trendy and stick with what's stood the test of time.