As if you needed even more tension between you and the in-laws...When kids come along, so does the advice - many times, unwanted - from in-laws and other relatives. How do you keep the peace and adhere to your own child-rearing principles when your pushy relatives have their own ideas about raising kids? Parents rank different beliefs - whether religious, punishment-related, or about money or gifts - as major conflicts with family... Read More
Studies show that when kids eat dinner with their families, they're more likely to have nutritious diets, healthier weights and do better in school. And moms know that sharing a meal together is an important part of building strong families.
In fact, according to an online survey of 1000 moms by the National Milk Mustache "got milk?(r)" campaign, the majority of moms * recognize that dinner is an important time to connect as... 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
Having kids is one of the best things in the world. Seeing them happy and enjoying usually gives us a very satisfying emotion. We always want what is best for our kids. So what if your kid desires to have a pet? Do you think he or she might be too young to handle such a responsibility of raising and taking care of the pet? Well, this is good news for you; several pets are suitable for young kids now. They can act as your kids'... Read More
Most moms notice that their kids enjoy repetition. From watching the same video over and over to requesting a favorite book every night at bedtime, children crave the security and reassurance that a consistent routine provides.
One way to enhance this sense of comfort derived from repetition is to create or carry on family rituals. Family rituals are meaningful acts, repeated on a predictable schedule, that celebrate the uniqueness... Read More
"Mommy, Mommy, I want to have a play date with Jessica today," your daughter says in a whiny voice while pulling at your brand-new, expensive shirt. "Today is not a good day; Mommy has to go to the doctor," you say. Your daughter drops to the ground, screaming and yelling right in front of the door. Not only are you embarrassed and feel like giving in, but you also realize in the long run that rewarding her for inappropriate behavior is not... Read More
Separation is a challenging time for many parents because it is an adjustment to a new way of life. There are both positive and negative factors to separation and the corresponding changes, but one of the issues that can arise is the differences that parents may have in the ways that they parent the children. The key point or focus that parents need to address is that they must put the best interests of the children first, and that their... Read More
It never fails. Fifteen minutes before the alarm clock starts ringing in your ears, Ninja the cat pounces on your belly to let you know he's hungry. You nudge him off the bed but he jumps right back on and stares you in the face until you get up. Your spouse is lying by your side snoring loudly. The kids are sound asleep in their rooms. And you're groggy.
There's so much to do and so little time. Feed the cat, make the... Read More
No matter which method of travel you choose, a long trip can be more enjoyable if you bring along some travel games and toys. It helps to pass time, keep boredom at bay, interact with one another or just relax alone.
Travel Games and Toys for Babies
Traveling long distances with babies can be a challenge. They especially enjoy interacting so it's best to find games that will help them... Read More
How many sleepless nights have you had all in the name of keeping your children close? Many parents just don't have the energy to fight with their little ones when they come crawling into bed in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, it becomes a pattern in time, and old habits die hard. If having your child sleep in his bed through the night sounds like a dream come true, here are some things you can do to make it a reality. Decorate... Read More