From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.
President’s Day, or the 3rd Monday in February, has been set aside as a national holiday for most all of our lives. This day, meant to celebrate the birth, lives, and sacrifices of the incredible men who have led this great country, has turned into nothing more than a commercialized shopping day with sales on everything from cars to home appliances. Like many American holidays lost to sales and school closures, gone is the meaning of the day. It is unlikely the majority of Americans can even tell you what this day is about, much less why or when it was contrived.
The New Year is in full swing as people across the globe make resolutions to living a happier, healthier lifestyle in 2017. The most common New Year’s resolutions among Americans are diet and exercise. We all know we can and should eat healthier and get moving so that we can lead longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Oftentimes however when people are making these diet and exercise resolutions they don’t include the kids in the family.
With the holidays behind us and the new year ahead many people will be making diet and lifestyle changes for a happy and healthier 2017. These changes don’t need to be made for only the humans in the family, but for all family members… pets included! Everyone knows that our pets are really a part of our family. We love our pets and want them to lead long, happy, and healthy lives. Whether Fido has been part of the family for many years or you are just beginning the adventure of caring for a new addition dropped off by Santa’s sleigh, beginning a safe and healthy lifestyle for your pet will have huge benefits in the future. A healthier pet means not only additional years with your most loyal best friend, but also the financial benefit of less veterinarian bills and medications. So as we ring in the new year, let’s keep our pets and a commitment to their continued health in our resolutions!
Are you tired of the same old tacky-sweater Christmas party? Do you want something more for your guests to do at your annual holiday bash this year? Are you thinking of hosting a family friendly party or a kids only event?
Today, we have 10 holiday party ideas from adults-only to gift exchanges to family and kid friendly gatherings that are sure to entertain your guests and spread some holiday cheer. With this season so quickly upon us we are all looking forward to enjoying great food, having great fun, and spending time with great friends.
With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be preparing for a winter vacation or trip to visit family and friends. Chances are that in all the hustle and bustle of year end, you’re not thinking about water safety, but if you’re going to be near a pool, you should be.
Whether traveling to warmer climates to visit grandparents with pools, plans to stay at beach resorts, or traveling to colder temperatures with frozen ponds and snow covered rivers, water safety is key to an accident-free, fun family vacation this holiday season. From the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country, here are 8 tips for water safety for your upcoming holiday vacation.
Receiving a phone call from a police officer that your child has been arrested is one of those gut-wrenching moments for a parent. Immediately you have questions… what did they do? Is it drugs? Are they ok? Now what? As the initial shock wears off you will be left wondering what to do and where to go to get help for your child and you need to act quickly.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and fun. It is a holiday where we gather together with our families and oftentimes extended families and enjoy a meal, share stories, and give thanks for the blessings we have. For most of us, the things we are most thankful for and cherish the most are our children. They light up the room when they walk in with their smiles and laughter. Their silly stories can make even the worst day be forgotten, and looking at their sleeping faces, well that’s just pure bliss. They are the reason we get so excited around the holidays… their joy is contagious!