Whether you reside in Central Florida or are planning the perfect holiday getaway, Gaylord Palms ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World is the ideal Christmas experience this Season. As temperatures drop around the country, families pull out their boots, scarves and winter coats preparing for snowball fights and ice skating in the evening. Here in Florida however, we are still enjoying our warm weather and water activities, wearing flip flops and soaking up the sun!
Kristin is a native Floridian who loves warm weather and sunshine but owns too many scarves and boots. She lives at the World’s Most Famous Beach with her husband, 3 boys and enough animals both warm and cold blooded to make up a zoo. She is a practicing attorney who spends her days working with at-risk and delinquent youth and her nights being a Montessori Mama to her independent, strong willed little humans. On the weekends you can find her at soccer games, chasing her boys at the Beach or cooking for her husband who suffers from Crohn’s disease but is healing with a healthy diet. In her free time, Kristin loves reading and laying by the pool.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a great way to engage your children in something both educational and exciting is to teach them a bit about holidays different from your own. Raising my 3 boys while educating them in a very diverse school setting has opened my eyes and theirs to the melting pot of cultures, holidays and religions that truly is the United States.
Although the last year in American History has not been one of our country’s finest in terms of tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of other people and cultures, the holidays can be the ideal time to delve into some of these topics with your kids of any age.
From the minute you attend your first obstetrician appointment, the questions will be the same – any pain, swelling, discomfort, pelvic pressure? The list goes on. If this is your first pregnancy you may not be anticipating the aches and pains that pregnancy can bring about, but soon you will join the band of merry mama’s all too familiar with the feelings of being stretched and kicked literally from the inside out.
This holiday season, Daily Mom is stepping up our giving game by hosting our 60 Days of Giving event page. From October 20th to December 19th, Daily Mom will be giving away a different prize to our amazing readers to say thanks for being you! Read below to see what we are giving away today and how you can enter.
For some, Thanksgiving is a day of football and food. For others, more is gained from spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal for and with those we love. No matter what your Thanksgiving traditions look like, for some, a healthier diet and lifestyle is something they carry with them everyday, holidays included. Whether you have joined those of us eating a paleo diet for medical reasons, weight-loss goals, or simply because it is the food you enjoy, we want to help you enjoy the holidays just as you used to as child. Here to join your Thanksgiving turkey is an array of delicious sides and desserts that will make you wonder why you ever thought a paleo lifestyle would be difficult.
The holiday hustle and bustle is always an exciting time, but for those new and expecting parents this season is especially bright! Whether celebrating Baby’s 1st Christmas or anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival, this time brings out the joy in us all and reminds us to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives.
So, whether you’re curling up in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, heading out to a holiday party or watching your little one take their first steps toward the Christmas tree, Daily Mom has you covered with the perfect presents for both babies and expectant moms this year!
Women are complicated creatures and there are so many facets to being a female that young ladies need to learn. Femininity, sexuality, power, prowess, intelligence, bravery and self-confidence are just a few characteristics today’s young women need to understand, explore, and embrace. Our blossoming ladies have become so obsessed with being skinny and social media photo-worthy that they have forgotten their roots, their true value and their incredible ability to accomplish amazing things. As mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends, mentors or confidantes, it is up to us to embolden and empower the young women in our lives by exposing them to literary history meant to capture the nuances of the feminine mystique as they grow into the powerful, self-confident women they need to be.
Parenting is not an inherent skill, but rather a process with a learning curve just like so much else in life. Virtually anything important and worth doing takes some training and trial and error, parenting included. But how we learn those skills, who our examples are, and the methods we choose to utilize with our own children are all decisions we as parents have to make either on our own, or as a team with our partner. We will not always make the most popular decision, the best decision, or even the right decision, but we have to map our own course, learn from our mistakes, and do better each and every day.
Yesterday, one week before Halloween, my oldest son tells me as I pick him up from school, “Mommy I might not want to be a pirate anymore for Halloween.” As I looked at him with understanding because this is an annual occurrence, I calmly asked what he would like to be…His answer was that he’s not sure yet and he will let me know.
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.