At the end of January, I covered 7 communication secrets for parents of teens and received some great feedback from our Social Moms readers. I was talking with a friend yesterday and she asked for similar advice, but this time she needed tips for talking to her elementary-aged child. It's definitely important to start early. If you communicate well with your kids when they're younger, it makes talking with them as teens and young adults quite a bit easier. Changing your communication ... Continue Reading
Learn effective ways to communicate with your younger children.
5 great ways to keep your child learning and engaged this summer.
With the traditional school year ending soon, your kids are probably ready to take a break from schoolwork for the summer. Actually, the summer can be the perfect time to brush up on some skills or let your child grow in subjects they are particularly interested in learning more about. Families can take some tips from full-time homeschoolers on how to use the summer for educational purposes. Fortunately for families, there are a number of completely free educational resources online. As a ... Continue Reading
Discover new ways to spend Mother’s Day – that don’t center around flowers and cards.
Mother's Day is a day to truly enjoy your children and celebrate your family. Unfortunately (like many holidays) Mother's Day has become incredibly commercialized. From television commercials touting the best Mother's Day cuisine, to full displays of flowers and cards at your local grocery store, you have probably already been inundated with the commercial aspect of the holiday. Instead of focusing on material possessions this Mother's Day, try to encourage your children (and spouse) to ... Continue Reading
Become an Official Huggies® Tester, and download coupons from Walgreens, to try new Huggies products.
Now that my kids are all in elementary school, I look back fondly on the infant and toddler years -sort of. It was adorable when they learned to crawl and walk, say Mommy and sing along to the ABCs. But I didn’t love big bulky diapers and changing the kids in the back of the van before going to a playdate. A good friend of mine, who still has little ones in diapers, let me know that the bulky days are over. She uses Huggies Snug & Dry with a new SureFit design that keeps even her most ... Continue Reading
Studies analyze the importance of limiting the type of show your child watches on TV.
We've all heard the saying 'You are what you eat' and it's natural for parents to encourage their kids to eat healthy. But what about 'You are what you watch?' Should parents encourage their kids to watch positive TV programs that don't include any violence or sarcastic comments? Does what they watch make a difference in their behavior? One study says it does, but the results seemed short-term. Positive TV Programs and Healthy Eating A recent study by the journal Pediatrics, involving ... Continue Reading
With the new Phoenix Career Services suite of tools, potential and existing students can build a career path aligned with their interests and location.
In today’s world and economy, many moms are looking for ways to bring in additional income. Maybe you’re working in an office, or from home. Perhaps you’re looking to go back to the workplace. But sometimes you find yourself in a rut, unable to further your career for whatever reason, or doing work you just don’t love. University of Phoenix has some amazing tools that can help you find a career you’re interested in pursuing, and show you the best path to success, with its new Phoenix ... Continue Reading
Learn to communicate with your teen through asking questions, listening, and solving the problem together.
Teenage drinking. It's a subject many parents of teens don't like to think about - or even discuss with their kids. Some parents assume that if they don't have a drinking problem, and don't have any alcohol in their home, their kids will be fine. But, according to a recent study, teenage drinking rarely has anything to do with the parent's drinking habits. So who influences whether our kids will experiment with drinking or not? Their best friends. Samuel Kuperman, from the University of Iowa, ... Continue Reading
Searching for kid-friendly iPad apps can be easy with this new guide for parents.
The colder winter months offer families more time together indoors, and homes with an iPad have many fun and educational apps within reach. However, with over a half-million apps in the App Store, searching for those kid-friendly apps can sometimes be a pain. But there's help. Jenny Gudmundsen in her new book, iPad Apps For Kids For Dummies®, offers parents a reliable resource for choosing the best apps for their kids. As a respected USA TODAY Kid-Tech columnist, Jenny has tested a host of ... Continue Reading
Keep your little ones safe from tipping furniture and television sets.
With the holidays over, many families are enjoying new television sets and furniture pieces. Unfortunately, these common gift items can pose a huge safety risk for your child. In fact, television sets falling and furniture items tipping over is becoming a more common cause of injury and death among children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission released a startling report in December that showed just how dangerous these common household items can be. The CPSC data report shows that 349 ... Continue Reading