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The terrible twos are a normal stage of development where a child's need for independence clashes with their need for parents. The result of this situation is often temper tantrums, oppositional behavior and all around moodiness. Since their moods will change very sporadically, it becomes tough to figure out what’s wrong and how to solve the problem. Following some of these tips will hopefully make the twos not so terrible! 1. Rest Anyone who is tired has a greater tendency to be cranky or moody, regardless of age. This can especially be...

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....

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...

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...

This is the most wonderful time of the year and that’s certainly true if you’re a mom or a dad. There’s nothing like seeing the wonder and excitement in the eyes of your child as you celebrate the holidays. If this is your first Christmas with your baby, you’ll have an especially good time. Here are some tips for making this time of the year magical. 1. Write a Christmas letter Think back of the year and write down everything that happened and everything you are thankful for. Write it...

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...

One of the toughest and most frustrating aspects of being a parent to a newborn baby is the issue of trying to figure out why they’re crying. Newborns will cry a lot and for so many different reasons, so getting a better understanding of what’s causing it will help you immensely. These are some ways you can identify your child’s cry and interpret what they need from you as a parent: Hunger Hunger cries have been described as fairly unrelenting and almost desperate. Other signs that your child may be...

Scheduling play dates for your kids is the perfect way to let them burn off some extra steam while also getting a chance to develop some valuable social skills with other kids. They can also provide a great opportunity to make new mom friends while your kids play. The only thing that would make this play date better is if mom can also find a way to enjoy it. Here are some play date ideas to consider: Gingerbread Party Each child can be given premade gingerbread dough that they can...

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