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Gardening isn’t a popular hobby these days, especially for children. It’s tough work and takes a while to see results. But it’s also enormously satisfying to eat a salad of something you grew yourself. Gardening is a great way to teach the importance of hard work and patience. It’s also a fantastic way to improve your organic lifestyle because you can bring those homegrown, 100% safe foods into your kitchen. Here are six tips to start a garden with your kids. 1. Pick easy plants – Some plants take considerably...

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....

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...

There’s no reason we can’t get our kids started living an eco-friendly lifestyle from an early age. The sooner they start practicing good habits, the better they’ll stick. As a parent, we obviously want to start our children out on the right path. Here are some ways you can raise a “green” baby. 1. Show don’t tell Babies are balls of energy, so there’s usually no trouble in getting them to exercise. As parents however, we should try our best to be active with our children. Being enthusiastic about exercise...

Babies communicate long before they learn their first words. They can feel a range of emotions from birth and even express them. In fact, if you watch closely, you can notice patterns in their facial expressions, sound and behaviors that are as good as language to parents. You’ve probably looked at your child and thought, “He’s a little hungry, but mostly wants a nap.” You know this because you’ve learned the code. Here are some common cues for parents to “read” their children. 1. Back arching – This cue looks...

Babywearing is the concept of carrying your baby or toddler in a sling around your body. Usually infants are carried in the front. When your child is older, you could wear him/her on your back. Babywearing offers a ton of benefits to mom and child. Babies cry less – For the same reason a baby stops crying when his mother picks up him, a baby in a sling cries less often. When mom is always there to offer comfort, your baby will cry less, even when they are out of...

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...

Returning to work after spending several weeks at home can be a big change for you and your baby. You have been there for the entirety of your baby’s life; your sudden absence is sure to be noticed. Some find it easy to make the transition back to work, but others find it tough. Here are some tips that might help. Prepare to deal with your emotions Even though you’ll forward to doing something different (and there’s no shame in that), a part of you is sure to feel anxious...

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