There are days we could all use tips to get a good night's sleep. While I generally don't have a problem drifting off to sleep at night, I do tend to wake up frequently. This results in only about five or six hours of sleep a night. I know that isn't enough. Research shows that most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Not getting enough sleep can not only make you grumpy, it can have an impact on your physical and mental health as well. A number of health ... Continue Reading
Ten tips to getting your recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
Potty training toddlers can be a frustrating experience. Here are some tips to get your child onto the potty and going with ease.
Potty training is one of those trials all parents face. Some parents start as early as 18 months to potty train their kids but I personally waited until my daughter was 2 years old to start. Here are some of the tips that worked for us. Be patient. Patience is a must when starting potty training. You will get frustrated. Your child may not want to sit on the toilet or the potty chair. He will have accidents. It happens, just try to be patient. And know when to back off and start again ... Continue Reading
Tips on how to help kids get to sleep at night without fuss.
It's tough as a parent to get your child to fall asleep and stay in bed all night. They need a glass of water, want a tissue, have to go potty, want another kiss, or are afraid of something under the bed. The excuses can go on and on. As a parent who experienced this, here are some tips we tried during our quest to get our child to sleep through the night. Hopefully one or more will resonate with you. Determine Nighttime Needs When I learned that my daughter wanted more night lights in her ... Continue Reading
There’s an app for just about anything, including parenting. Among the multitude of apps for new mothers, these five lead the pack.
Becoming a new parent is a beautiful, life-changing experience - but constant attention, 2 a.m. feedings, and a lack of sleep can still be overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s an app for just about anything these days, including parenting. Among the multitude of apps for new mothers, the following five lead the neonatal pack. 1. Total Baby Changing diapers, midnight feedings, and doctor appointments are overwhelming. Selected by Apple as a “Staff Favorite,” Total Baby is a must-have ... Continue Reading
Teach and give permission to our children to say “No” when the situation demands it.
Is it ok for your child to say “No” to an adult or parent? As moms concerned about raising polite children, the gut reaction is, “No, it’s not.” But that may not always be the case. In an interview with Oprah, Elizabeth Smart’s Dad made a statement about how we teach our children to respect adults so much, we don’t give them any permission to say no if they feel uncomfortable and scared. So how can we teach and give permission to our children to say no when the situation ... Continue Reading
Finding a balance between taking care of your children and your parents takes some time and a little cooperation from everyone involved.
Life can present some interesting challenges. One of these is taking care of your parents as they get older - while taking care of your own children at the same time. This combination, and feeling pulled in two different directions at once, can quickly leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Finding a balance takes some time and a little cooperation from everyone involved. Develop a Support System The first step in easing the burden is to admit that sometimes you need a little help ... Continue Reading
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