As parents, we only want the best for our children. But sometimes our judgment is clouded, and our actions can actually impede our kids' progress. By nature, we want to see our children succeed, even if it means giving them a gentle nudge. Unfortunately for some parents, that nudge often turns into a huge push, and before we know it, we're actually doing things for our children that they should be doing for themselves. ... Read More
None of us want "spoiled" kids - kids who are bratty, self-centered, demanding, inconsiderate. So, what spoils children and what doesn't?
When I was raising my children, I was often told that I would spoil them if I didn't let them cry - if I held them a lot. Fortunately, I didn't believe this nonsense.
You can't... Read More
Kids and clutter go hand in hand. Children have a way of creating chaos with their belongings. Clutter can be eliminated and contained with some easy organizational tips.
Organizing Smaller Toys
Just about every parent has experienced stepping on a small but very painful toy. Legos, blocks and small cars are often found strewn about. These, along with Barbie clothes and accessories, can be difficult to... Read More
Video games get a lot of negative press for the violent content and addictive nature of many titles. However, for every newsworthy violent game out there, there are quite a few healthy, educational titles available as family-friendly alternatives.
When choosing video games for your family you need to consider the system, subjects, and ages you want to involve in your family gaming plan. You can find games on any number of subjects,... Read More
Warm weather is upon us. You're finally exposed to temperatures that call for frozen relief this time a year. Indulge a little this summer and whip up some seriously yummy frozen delights for family and friends. Plus, you can work off any extra calories outside in the beautiful weather.
(Adapted from Liz Applegate's article "Treat Yourself: Refuel and rehydrate... Read More
Television, in moderation, can be a relaxing, enjoyable activity for all ages. With such a variety of shows to choose from, there is something for everyone. Here are some great TV shows that can be found on the air or are available on DVD. We've broken everything down into age range and genre for an easy-to-reference guide.
For those times when you crave... Read More
Raising your children is the most important task you and your partner will ever share. As parents, you have the responsibility of making decisions about your children's education, healthcare, and countless other vital aspects of life. Parents don't always agree on how to raise their kids, and this can sometimes lead to tension in the family. Differing parenting styles tend to be the culprit in most instances. Everyone has their own way of... Read More
Kids love sugary soda drinks; but as parents, we know that between the sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, complete lack of nutrients and caffeine, that soda should remain a special occasion drink and not an everyday beverage.
When your kids are craving colas, what can you give them that they'll love just as much but without all the sugar and additives of soda? Believe it or not, you can make your own healthier sodas at home, using... Read More
As women, we're inundated by ads for skincare products every day. They're pitched to us on TV, in magazines, online and at the mall. Most of us have made a few unwise expenditures of alleged miracle creams, and came out of it wiser, more savvy shoppers. Now, as moms, we're being courted by companies making skin products for our kids.
Some parents may let out a groan when we see the new skincare products formulated for kids. They're... Read More
Every parent has been there. Your usually angelic (or at least moderately well behaved) child is suddenly intractable, full of rage, or even engaged in a full-blown temper tantrum. Worse, your usual discipline measures don't even make a dent in the attitude or anger. What to do?
First of all it is important to gain some modicum of control. If you can't get your child under control and you are in a public place then remove yourselves... Read More