As a parent, responsibility is one of the most important character traits you can ever teach your child. It seems that every parent has a different method of instilling responsible living in their children, many of which are effective. One approach to teaching responsibility, though, is as close as the family pet. Daily Needs: There are several ways that having to take care of a pet can improve the responsibility of children. One of the most important aspects is simply having something ... Continue Reading
Caring for the family pet is a great way to teach your children responsibility.
Add meaning to Mother’s Day by working to improve the lives of mothers around the world.
What Makes A Mother? Mother’s Day was officially created in 1908 to honor mothers whose sons died in war. The earliest attempts to establish a Mother’s Day was rooted in women’s peace groups. It has since become a day to celebrate motherhood, mothers, and the positive contributions they make to our society. Consider what we believe to be true about motherhood. Mothers are supposed to be selfless; love unconditionally; be kind, patient, gentle; quick to soothe a hurt; always available; ... Continue Reading
Five suggestions to helping your child with autism.
April is Autism Awareness Month. With the latest research indicating that 1 in every 88 children is diagnosed with autism, as a society, we must gain a greater understanding of this neurological disorder that impacts millions of families nationwide. Parents of newly diagnosed children may feel helpless and need guidance to really understand this complex disorder that can affect one’s ability to communicate, think, move, and function independently. Here are five suggestions to help your child ... Continue Reading
Redshirting, or holding your child from starting kindergarten until they are six-years-old, is on the rise.
It used to be that parents enrolled their child in kindergarten based on the cut-off date. But now they are faced with a big decision ... start kindergarten at 5 or wait an extra year and enroll them at 6. This concept of holding a child back on purpose is called redshirting (the term comes from the practice of holding college athletes back to prolong eligibility) and it is on the rise. Some research shows that if you hold your child back one year they will be more mature - socially, ... Continue Reading
The relationship that social media has with young girls can not be ignored. Although there are some positive effects, there are also some problematic issues that must be addressed.
Social media has changed how we communicate, learn, and share our lives with each other. From one vantage point, the emergence of social media has been a positive tool in our society. Unfortunately, there is a darker side to this medium. Anything good in the wrong hands can bring negativity, and in the wrong hands social media can cause harm to others, particularly young girls who are often the subject of cyber bullying. Where Did All the Happy Girls Go? Stanford University analyzed a ... Continue Reading
Find ways to volunteer your time and efforts at local organizations this year.
It 's funny how we wait for a pivotal moment like the arrival of a new year to make changes in our lives instead of starting anew when the thought first arises. I didn't make a big New Year's resolution list this year, but I did set a few goals that I plan to stick with, which will help me improve other areas of my life. One goal I have and would like to share is to be more deliberate about the ways I help others. Sure, I will continue to give to charities and volunteer, but this year my ... Continue Reading
Now it is possible to diagnose and treat ADHD in children as young as 4 years of age.
ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that causes children and teens to have difficulty controlling their behavior. Until recently, ADHD was a condition that was only diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics released new ADHD guidelines at the annual pediatric meetings last year. Now it is possible to diagnose and treat kids as young as 4 years of age. If a preschool child is diagnosed with ... Continue Reading
O-MAMA, our SocialMoms blog of the week, covers political and social issues that impact moms and kids.
Congratulations to O-MAMA: the SocialMoms Blog of the Week! Politics has always been sort of ambiguous to me. I think I identify more with one party, but then their issues aren't in alignment with my views. It's hard to know what to think, who to support, and how to vote. Thank goodness for O-MAMA. O-MAMA’s mission is to engage America's moms in our country's most important conversations by using parenting analogies, instead of politics as usual, to discuss the news & events of ... Continue Reading
Learn more about today’s social moms and what’s important to women who are active in social media.
A few weeks back, SocialMoms.com and The Lipstick Economy conducted a survey of its members, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers. The goal was to learn more about what’s important to women who are active in social media: the tools they use, where they spend their time, how they view their social media activities, and what’s most important to them. In a finding that should shock nobody on SocialMoms.com, more than half of the moms surveyed -- 51% -- said a full night’s sleep was the ... Continue Reading
Parents can get involved to help prevent bullying and child violence in the classroom.
Parents, teachers, and administrators expect schools to be safe havens of learning. Acts of violence and bullying can disrupt the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the broader community. While our schools remain relatively safe, many children may encounter some type of violence during the school day, or on their way to or from class. It may be in the form of bullying, fighting, electronic aggression, or involve weapons or gang violence. In ... Continue Reading