She Pushed Them, and They Flew! More Inspiration for Control Freak Parents.

You cannot catch a child’s spirit by running after it. You must stand still, and for love, it will soon itself return.

This became evident to me several summers ago, when I spent six weeks suffering from a severe case of hives all over my body. When the itching began, the only way to find relief was to lie motionless. Continue reading She Pushed Them, and They Flew! More Inspiration for Control Freak Parents.

A Balanced Diet For Your Kids

As a parent, one issue that is constantly on my mind is that of ensuring my children are properly nourished. Fortunately, my children have the eating habits of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits- they eat at least three breakfasts before lunch. This gives me ample opportunity to ensure that their nutrition intake is set for the rest of the day.

I am sure that other parents have the same concerns, though possibly not the easy time I have with feeding my kids. I would like to share some of the nutrition “secrets” I have encountered in my seemingly endless trips to the refrigerator to keep my little hollowed out munchers happy. Continue reading A Balanced Diet For Your Kids

21 Reasons To Send A Child A Greeting Card

When was the last time you saw the face of a child light up and glow because they got a piece of mail with their name on it? Children love to get the mail. My children, even at ten years of age, run to the door and ask if they got any mail today. It doesn’t even matter if it is junk mail. They just like to get anything with their names on it. Of course, it means that much more if there is a special reason for the mail.

Sending letters or greeting cards is a good way to foster a love of communication and writing in children. In our society, instant messaging, text messaging, and short emails had all but killed the art of good communication. Studies indicate that the more a child reads, the smarter they are. Continue reading 21 Reasons To Send A Child A Greeting Card

15 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

Have you made your usual New Year resolutions? You know the resolutions where you turn over a new leaf to get fit, steer away from junk food and start a savings plan. While you are reflecting on past bad habits and setting new directions for your personal life consider taking stock of your parenting as well.

A word of warning; you will probably feel a little inadequate as you look back on some of your past practices. If you are like most parents, you nag your kids too much, over-react when they mess up, and you probably regret not spending enough time with them. Continue reading 15 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

13 Things For Your Child To Do (Instead Of Watch Tv)

C’mon, admit it. You sometimes use the television as a cheap babysitter. That’s ok we ALL do it sometimes! Ah, but it’s a double-edged sword because kids who watch a lot of TV have trouble keeping themselves entertained, which in the long run makes your job harder!

If you’re trying to limit the TV viewing in your household, you might need a little inspiration. Try these TV-free activities guaranteed to keep the kids busy… at least for a little while! Continue reading 13 Things For Your Child To Do (Instead Of Watch Tv)

12 Safety Devices To Protect Your Children

About 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented – by using simple child safety devices on the market today.

Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It’s important to follow installation instructions carefully. Also, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices. Remember, too, that no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them. Continue reading 12 Safety Devices To Protect Your Children

10 Ways To Make Reading Fun

Learning to read can be a challenging adventure for some children. It seems that everyone from a child’s teacher to Mom and Dad and even Grandma is excited and waiting for the child to learn to read. All the pressure and expectations from the adults can sure put a damper on the excitement for the child. This loss of excitement can lead to a child who loses the desire to read. If we as parents can find ways to make reading fun and enjoyable, our children will be more willing to sit down and read a book together.

Here are a few ideas you can do to make reading fun for your child:

Popcorn Reading
This is a fun way for a child to be able to read the words he/she knows and pass on the words that are causing frustration. While reading a book together, each of you should take turns reading aloud. When the one who is reading says the word “popcorn,” it is the other persons turn to read. Continue reading 10 Ways To Make Reading Fun

10 Parenting Tips For All New Parents

If you are like most parents, you probably want to raise healthy, smart kids. You may already have some ideas on how to achieve this. Here are some parenting tips that will help parents ensure their children develop to their full potential.

One of the parenting tips that work best is giving your children quantity and quality time. When you spend time with your kids, try to engage them in meaningful conversations. Try to build fun and healthy communications and relationships while the kids are young. Continue reading 10 Parenting Tips For All New Parents

10 Natural Ways To Care For Baby’s Skin

The skin on your baby is very fragile, delicate and thin. This means the skin is very sensitive and can react easily to weather temperatures and also irritants. Irritants can come from a variety of substances but mainly through the chemicals contained in the products you use on baby.
Avoiding these chemicals can be as easy as purchasing organic products but here are ten other alternatives for you to try.

1. Unbleached disposable nappies.
The Choice website states: As far as dioxins are concerned, they’re a family of organochlorines that includes one of the most toxic chemicals yet made. In the past, dioxin traces were found in chlorine-bleached white paper and pulp products, including disposable nappies. However, nowadays nappies are usually oxygen-bleached (using hydrogen peroxide), which forms no dioxin. Continue reading 10 Natural Ways To Care For Baby’s Skin

10 Commandments of Parenting

Here are the wisest commandments ever commended to parents:

  • Thou shalt be consistent.
    Do as you say you will. Children know where they stand when you are consistent, follow through and mean what you say.

  • Thou shalt expect children to contribute (without being paid).
    Expect children to help at home but don’t expect them to do so graciously all the time. Here is a question to ask yourself from time to time: What do your children do that someone else relies on?

Continue reading 10 Commandments of Parenting