As the weather cools, the leaves begin to change and pumpkin spice everything takes over our newsfeed, we know Fall is in the air and following right along, Halloween. Whether your little ones like ghosts and goblins, skeletons and witches or fairies, princesses, pirates and ninjas, this is a time for all to celebrate! Scary and haunting or happy and fun, we here at Daily Mom have a book for everyone. Cozy up with your pumpkin spice latte, an apple fritter for the little and some afternoon reads sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.
Everyday we see, hear, and discuss the negativity surrounding women’s body image and self-esteem in our modern day society. Constantly we are bombarded with articles, books, and commentary about how we need to build up our young women, help them develop a strong sense of self-confidence, and do away with all the sexualized images of the female body in order to improve our young girl’s feelings of inadequacy. All of this could not be more true, but we need to first turn the mirror to ourselves and see where these perceptions are stemming from.
Part of becoming a mother is the new reality where we begin to put the needs of someone else, usually a tiny and demanding little person, before the needs of ourselves. We all know that being home with a newborn involves little sleep, lots of breastfeeding, few showers, and frequently eating with one hand. Also, if this is not your first baby, you’re chasing other small children around all while trying to maintain your sanity while caring for your newest bundle of joy. The good news is things do get easier! But in the meantime, as moms we have to ensure that we maintain our own health and wellness to the best of our abilities.
In this era of technological advancement, our children are being raised in a time and place where books are being shelved for good, printing presses have gone out of business, and our 2-year-olds have the ability to work a cell phone (i.e. mini-computer because let’s be honest these aren’t just phones we carry anymore). By the pre-school years the majority of children have at least one electronic device or tablet. In elementary school, not only do the students all own personal devices of some sort, most of the schools are feeling it necessary to keep up with the technology trend providing one-to-one tech, meaning they have enough computers, iPads, or tablets to cover every student in their school. And finally, by middle school, virtually every student has a cellphone (i.e. mini-computer), tablet, game system, or laptop computer.
It’s 4 a.m. and still dark outside when my mother sneaks into my room and tells me to quickly get dressed…it is the infamous day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday! As the oldest of 5 and only girl, I get the privilege of leaving the house before everyone awakes with my mom to meet my grandmother and aunt at Toys ‘R Us where we will shop for my brothers and cousins. After Toys ‘R Us, we will eat an early breakfast at Cracker Barrel before heading to the mall for the rest of the day. With Christmas right around the corner and my mom not being one to plan ahead for such things, this month will be busy and exciting as we spend weekends and late nights preparing for the holidays. I await this time in anxious anticipation as I love to shop!
From the moment our babies leave the womb we start documenting their milestones. The first smile, the first belly laugh, and the first time they sit up, along with crawling, walking, and potty training… you name it, and whether it’s baby #1 or #4, parents around the world love to celebrate their baby’s accomplishments even more so than their own.
Shopping for a new baby is a daunting task. Just step one foot into any baby store and you are suddenly surrounded with various products from floor to ceiling. And, there are some baby things that might cost a little more, but they cost more for a reason. Not all baby products are created equal. After personally experiencing countless baby products as a team, we’ve put together this list of luxury baby products that are worth the investment. Invest in baby products based on your lifestyle and priorities. When you choose any of these products for your family, you are investing in better safety, in products that keep baby close and promote bonding, in enriching toys, and in products that simply make your life as a parent easier – and we think all of that is worthy of the investment!
When we think of chess, many of us picture old men in the park sitting at tables in the shade playing a game of old. What we don’t necessarily consider is how that game can benefit the daily life of our children. Chess is a strategic skill game that allows our children to develop a multitude of highly sought after skills, can be taught from an early age, and will allow your child to excel both in the classroom and in the real world. Chess opens up a dialogue between young and old, it is a language in and of itself that allows those who can play to find common ground no matter the age or native language of the player. This game is played worldwide amongst avid opponents from across the globe.
Growing up we always heard adults say, “it’s all about respect,” when addressing relationships between children, teens, and young adults with teachers, pastors, police, and parents. But that is not altogether accurate. It is not “all about respect” and it is most certainly not just about respect. Relationships on both a personal and public level are built not only on respect, but on trust, understanding and the consistency of fulfilled expectations. As a firm believer that respect is something which must be earned, when it comes to these other characteristics they are the building blocks of a respectful relationship, thus inherently must come first.
High school is the time when our kids truly begin to test their wings and gain some freedom while still in the safe confines of their parent’s embrace. On the verge of young adulthood with many more freedoms and responsibilities than ever before, this is such a critical period of development, maturity, and decision-making for our teens that we need to set them up for success. As parents, we need to gently direct them, support them, and accept them, regardless of many of the decisions they make. Mistakes made now matter, but hopefully are still correctable with Mom and Dad’s constant love and attention. Soon our children will spread their wings and fly out into a bigger, scarier, and much more competitive world than where we have sheltered them so far. As such, our children need to learn about the past, present, and future, and there is no better way to educate oneself than to read.
Middle school is a tough time for all children. It is an awkward period of pre-teen adolescence that, let’s face it, has even been given an awkward name: the tween years. Pimples, periods, pot, and trying to fit in with your very broadly developing peers encompasses the three years that as parents we fear most. Unfortunately some of the decisions made during these years can make or break your child when it comes to self-esteem, self-confidence, and the ability to withstand peer pressure.
If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! In recognition of August being National Breastfeeding Month we are celebrating all the expectant and new moms out there, whether they are welcoming their very first bundle of joy or their last. We will be showcasing some of the hottest new items meant to make your pregnancy, newborn and postpartum experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. From travel systems and sleep solutions to pregnancy and postpartum nutrition and apparel, there is something here for everyone. So, whether you or someone you love is welcoming a new addition, make sure to join us for this fun and fabulous event! Partnering up with our favorite brands, Daily Mom’s Kristin and Jeri will be LIVE this August on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the details on their favorite items for both Mommy and Baby – which you can now enter to WIN! See all the details below…
If you didn’t tune into our Facebook Live video event, then go ahead and watch the replay now to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!
And if you shared our LIVE video, RSVP’ed to the event page, and shared the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the items that are up for grabs!
If you’ve been loving our Facebook LIVE bashes and giveaways, well, we’re back for more! In recognition of August being National Breastfeeding Month, we are celebrating all the Expectant and New Moms out there whether welcoming their very first bundle of joy or their last. We will be showcasing some of the hottest new items meant to make your pregnancy, newborn, and postpartum experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. From travel systems and sleep solutions to pregnancy and postpartum nutrition and apparel, there is something here for everyone, so whether you or someone you love is welcoming a new addition make sure to join us for this fun and fabulous event! Partnering up with our favorite brands, Daily Mom’s Kristin and Jeri will be LIVE this August on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, giving you the details on their favorite items for both mommy and baby which you can then enter to WIN! See all the details below…
No matter how much I keep hoping these boys will stop growing so fast, each year seems to come and go, flying by faster than the last. As a full-time working mom of three active and energetic boys, the hustle and bustle of getting ready for a new school year has already begun. Between soccer sign-ups, school supply shopping, and a baby on the way, this year is going to be exciting and busier than ever as my oldest enters 2nd grade, my middle child heads to kindergarten, and the youngest begins his adventures into the realm of extracurricular activities… oh yes, not to mention the new addition arriving in February.
Trying to keep track of everyone’s schedule – school and extracurricular activities – while working full-time, making three healthy, organic, and edible meals for five people a day, and getting anywhere on time requires patience, planning, and a lot of preparation. That said, it is always fun and exciting to jump into a new school year watching my boys thrive socially and academically while discovering the joy that comes from learning.
There seems to be a universal misconception out there that every time each one of us has a baby we are automatically ready or wanting to have another. We have all heard the questions…
- “When are you going to have another?”
- “Are you going to get Baby X a little brother or sister?”
- “When are you going to have that boy/girl?”