Babywearing may be a new concept to many moms and moms-to-be. Its benefits, including having your hands free while increasing your bond with your baby, sometimes seem nearly endless to me. So, as someone who’s tried out several styles, I’d like to share a few of my favorite tips with you. Fave Benefit of Babywearing My favorite benefit is the bonding time. Many moms work, or there are days we have to be away from our child. When I get home I’m ready to reconnect with my son, so I put ... Continue Reading
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Look at what American moms are doing right, instead of turning to foreign methods.
Parenting Country by Country? How about Just Doing What’s Right for Children? With Pamela Druckerman’s new book Bringing Up Bébé extolling Gallic parenting, parents can now choose between parenting the French way or the so-called Chinese way presented last year by Amy Chua’s sensational Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Druckerman wants us to just say no, while Chua writes about doing whatever it takes, including berating our children, to demand excellence. The media storm over ... Continue Reading
A home-based toddler classroom should be literacy-rich and foster opportunities for structured, rule-governed play and unstructured imaginative play.
Homeschooling has become a trending option for stay-at-home moms nowadays. The Home Education Study Institute (NHERI) found that since 2003, the number of homeschooled students has more than doubled and is steadily increasing at a rate of 15% annually. School usually begins at age 3, but because children develop so rapidly between 12 and 36 months, it is important not to overlook the need for a learning environment for this age group. While published curriculum options are available for ... Continue Reading
Do you have a large age gap in your children? Here are some ways to make the transition easier.
When I was a little girl, before I knew that God’s response to those who planned out their lives in detail was laughter, I decided that I was going to go to college, travel around the world, become a Broadway actress, write a bestselling novel, then marry a gorgeous, wonderful man, whereupon we’d be blessed with raising two children – twins – a boy and a girl, and, well, of course, I would live happily ever after. Instead, I married, divorced, married, birthed a boy, birthed a girl, ... Continue Reading
Learn how to start potty training your boys with these tips and tricks.
There is a theory that it is harder to potty train boys than girls. But as a mom of two boys and my closest friends having boys, I can say that our boys were potty trained by the time they were two. In other words, six boys were potty trained between the ages of 17 - 24 months. And it wasn't hard. So how do you get started potty training your boys? 1. Have a Potty Seat Ready: Have a simple, easy seat that doesn't have a lot of crevices to clean or a cushion that will soak up waste. When boys ... Continue Reading
The fast and fun way to make your own baby food.
It sometimes seems easiest to head to the grocery store to buy your baby food, but it's just as easy to make it at home and the benefits are amazing. Making baby food food is cheaper for your household and its also healthier. As your child moves to finger food, this can make your transition easier because they already know what an actual vegetable tastes like. While it may seem daunting or too time consuming to make baby food, it can actually be quite fun. Here are the basics for getting ... Continue Reading
Do divorce ceremonies offer the chance to mourn and provide closure to a couple?
You’re invited. Come one, come all, to watch us end our marriage. There might even be wine and a buffet. It’s a party y’all! Sound like fun? Yes, there is a new trend emerging in Japan, called the Divorce Ceremony. It might sound like a joke, or maybe even a Saturday Night Live skit, but it’s happening and it’s real. The ceremony to mark a couple's ending of their marriage costs 55,000 yen ($690) and it includes a buffet meal, where the now exes sit at separate tables and ... Continue Reading
Having a baby doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are some quick tips to help keep the cost of taking care of your bundle of joy from breaking your wallet.
We have all heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a baby", but it doesn't have to take a village's paycheck to raise one! Here are some tips to keeping your baby budget under control. Know What you Need Take stock of the products that you will actually use. There are so many baby gadgets out there it can be overwhelming. Stick with the basics. Do you really need a bath water thermometer? I promise the old elbow in the water trick will work just fine. I always suggest asking ... Continue Reading