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The New Year is a time to work on ourselves and make changes. Each of us has that nagging voice inside that tells us how we can be better, where we can improve, and how we can bring more joy and happiness to our families. This is the time of year to start. As a busy parent, however, it can be tough to start. You already have so much going on that it’s tough to fathom adding something else to your to-do list. Here are some ways you can give...

Adjusting to preschool can be tough, even for kids who spent time in daycare, but especially for kids who have been at home with mom or dad. Here are some tips to help you ease the transition for your child. 1. Talk it up – Start early making preschool seem like some fun adventure that your child is lucky to start. Show your “envy” and explain how you wish you could go. Talk about where your child will be going, the teacher, and what he’ll be doing. That said… 2....

We all want the best for our children. We work so they can have better lives than ourselves. We want them to be smart, successful people who can make a comfortable place in the world for themselves. That means we have to give them the best tools we can, including a strong brain and confident disposition. Here are some ways you can boost your baby’s development. Give a healthy start – Stay healthy while you’re pregnant and nursing. Feed baby healthy foods and teach healthy eating habits. A healthy diet supports...

Positive discipline is far more effective than negative discipline. Negative parenting only teaches a child to avoid your wrath. They learn to hide their bad behaviors, but the behaviors remain. Positive parenting gives children a target to aim for and conveys your love and affection. Here are some tips to positively discipline your child. 1. Make sure to control yourself. It’s important to keep a cool head in the heat of the moment. You have to model the behavior you expect out of your children. If you blow up at...

Originally, fire-retardants were designed to keep soft and easily flammable clothing from catching fire. It’s one of those things that seems like a good idea until you do a little more investigating. The chemicals used to make something fire-resistant can be dangerous on their own. It’s important that we are especially conscious of the ingredients used in our clothing because these items spend so much time against our skin. Even more so, we have to be careful about what we put against our children’s skin because their bodies and internal...

While all children develop at different rates, there’s a general timeline of where your baby should fall at each stage of its life. The slight delays shouldn’t cause too much concern early on, but if you notice that they’re beginning to miss many important milestones within months of the average, it’s time to call your physician. You can never be too cautious with your baby. Here are some developmental delays to look out for in the first year: 2+ Months Your child cannot hold his head up when you pick...

Recently I became aware of this animated infographic by Tabletop Whale. It shows a human embryo and fetus development from conception to birth. I think it’s a fascinating display and truly makes me marvel at the complexity of the human body. It made me consider just what happens during pregnancy, so here’s a week-by-week breakdown. Week 1 - Mom isn’t pregnant yet, but things are in the works. The conception date is determined by subtracting two weeks from mom’s last menstrual cycle. Week 2 - Mom’s body is ramping up progesterone,...

Some parents feel as if they need to give their child everything they want to show their love. While providing them with the essentials is indeed a sign of a great parent, this doesn’t mean they need to be spoiled. If you want to raise a well-mannered child with good values, you’ll need to establish some ground rules first. Here are some ways you can avoid raising spoiled kids: Stick to Your Limits When setting limits with your children, you’ll want to make sure there’s no room for interpretation on...

Is your toddler ready for the big kid potty? Yippee, diaper days are almost over!  This time can be very exciting for a parent. It’s a big step, but it also can be a pain in the butt. If this is your first potty training rodeo, you’re going to need a little advice and help. I’ve been through this multiple-times and trust me there are days where you just want to scream! Don’t worry, those days will pass and once your child is potty trained, you will love the luxury...

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