Let Them Fight: Teaching Siblings to Work It Out

Parents have a rough job. Not only do they have to keep their kids healthy, fed, clothed, and sheltered they also have to teach them to be good people. If you have more than one child you know that often times some of your greatest tests of patience and use of parenting skills are used when your children are squabbling with one another.

A parent’s first instinct when they hear their children arguing in another room is to run in and help resolve the issue. However, research shows that allowing your children time and space to work out their own compromise is beneficial in many different ways as long as they have been taught the skills. Parents need to play both an active and passive role when it comes to disagreements between siblings – help them work through issues and show conflict resolution, but then step back and let them do it themselves once they have the knowledge base. 

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The Only Advice New Parents Need

I have one piece of advice for expectant parents about to embark on the journey of brand new parenthood. Just one thing, and I will share it unsolicited because I think it is that important, and I am confident that if you can follow this advice, your first year of parenthood will be a lot less stressful for you, your partner and your baby. It is something I realized early on and it continues to guide my parenting today. Are you ready? Here it is:

The things you do to keep your baby calm today are not habits that will last a lifetime!

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6 Low-Tech Ways to Connect With Your Grandkids

It’s hard enough trying to find common ground with your kids, but now that technology dominates young people’s lives, you might be struggling to find a way to connect with your grandchildren, too. You will love your grandbabies no matter what, but it’s important that you find a way to bond with them early on so they feel close to you for the rest of their lives.

Fortunately, even if you don’t feel comfortable using tech (or enjoy the idea of staring at screens day-in and day-out) you can still find ways to engage your grandkids, such as any of the following six bonding ideas below.

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Who Runs the World? A Guide to Encouraging Kids to Run

According to the CDC, the obesity rate has quadrupled in the past 30 years. And, with the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation (especially within children), it is more important than ever to teach kids about health and exercise. Children are extremely impressionable and often imitate what parents do, thus making it immensely important to instill healthy perceptions of fitness early in life.  

Our society tends to focus too much on what a person looks like, tainting the image of a healthy body. Instead of harping on having the perfect body or looking a certain way; teach your child(ren) the importance of why exercise coupled with a healthy diet is so crucial to longevity, overall health, and happiness.  

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Bump Up Your Calcium

A mother’s work is never done. From running to the grocery store, work, park play dates, cleaning, you name it, we do it all. Unfortunately, our health isn’t always at the forefront of our minds. And while most of us do a pretty good job of taking prenatal vitamins to help us stay healthy during pregnancy, we could still be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals that aren’t provided in prenatal vitamins; namely, calcium. 

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“Boys Will Be Boys” – Theories On Men, Divorce & How We Raise Our Sons

According to a recent study by the legal website, Avvo, having a partner is more important to men. Specifically, 20% more women than men report that they’d rather be “alone, successful, and happy, than in a relationship where they’re not happy.” Also, 12% more women agree with the statement, “I don’t regret my divorce,” than men.

Twenty and twelve percent are big differences, statistically speaking. They demonstrate a shockingly acute disparity between the genders. While it’s likely that there are many factors at play here, my suspicion is that the greatest is hidden not in biology, but in culture.

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Get the Most out of Marriage Counseling

It’s no secret that successful marriages can be hard work, and it’s completely normal for couples to encounter rough water at times throughout the marriage. In fact, it’s completely inevitable. There will come a time when disagreements and differences cannot be resolved between a couple, so seeking outside counsel is important in saving the marriage. It takes extreme bravery to walk into a strangers office and divulge some of your deepest, darkest secrets, and the mere thought of doing so can make one weary. If you feel that marriage counseling is your last resort, here are some points to consider for both yourself and your partner to ensure that you’re both getting the most out of your time, effort and money!

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Tips & Tricks for Dealing with an Uncommon Food Allergy

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It seems as though food allergies have become more and more prominent in children in recent years. There are the obvious ones that most people are aware of – nuts, shellfish, and dairy. But there are others that are not on most parent’s minds, especially when feeding their baby food for the first time. Those are fruit and vegetable allergies. When you are a parent to a child with an uncommon food allergy, the discovery of this allergy can be terrifying. Most parents are prepared for reactions to highly allergenic foods like nuts and strawberries, but what if it’s something like bananas? Or apples? Allergic reactions can range from mild – hives, rashes, and skin irritations – to severe like anaphylactic shock. Once you have the reaction under control, your mind will race to what’s next to help manage this allergy and if any other allergies are abound. Below are some tips and tricks to help deal with uncommon food allergies.

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20 Responses When People Attack Nursing in Public

You read about it online and maybe you even see it happen in public: a mom is quietly nursing her babe when a stranger makes a comment to her. Maybe they tell her it’s inappropriate. Maybe they tell her to cover up more or to go someplace more private. Maybe they tell her they don’t want to see it, or they don’t want their kids to see it. Maybe they say nothing at all, but they give a death stare, a shocked face, or a mean mug so much as to make the nursing mom feel uncomfortable.

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The 115 year old Women’s Group You Should Be a Part Of

In a time when women’s rights were few and far between, a group of 80 New York Debutants founded an organization with the purpose of bettering themselves and the community they lived in.

Founded in 1901 to provide assistance to immigrants in the Lower East Side, the group now known as the Junior League went on to provide the leaders of a new generation of women, winning the right to vote and leading the way for the world we live in today.

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Natural Deodorant (that actually works!) PiperWai

How many times during the day do you sneak a peek over both shoulders, then casually and quickly lift up an arm and take a quick whiff? Probably more times than you care to admit. It’s okay, we’re right there with you. There’s something about deodorant that rubs (no pun intended!) people the wrong way, whether it’s the questionable ingredients that make you cringe and keeps you pouring money into your HSA account for the inevitable cancer that you’re bound to get from just trying to keep your body odor at bay or the morning battle with the white stick and the black sleeveless dress – we all know who wins that war. Finally, there’s a real solution to the deodorant dreads, and we are head over heels in love and super excited to introduce you to a little jar of magical creme that takes the stink and the stains away – for real!

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4 Reasons You Should Eat More Garlic

Garlic is a potent and smelly superfood that can add a little ‘oomph’ to almost any dish. But, did you know that garlic is also one of the most powerful natural remedies out there? For hundreds of years, garlic has been used medicinally, warding off infection, inflammation, and even cancer! Today, science is confirming this seemingly endless list of benefits that garlic has.

While cooking garlic with meals can greatly improve your health, nothing can compare to raw garlic. Adding heat to garlic has been known to reduce some of its healing properties; but letting it stand for about 10 minutes after crushing can preserve some components, even if heat is added. The biggest secret to garlic’s benefits lie in the compound allicin, and today we’ll discuss 4 reasons why you should be eating more garlic.

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16 Items Every Mom Needs in the Car

Soon after you become a parent, you quickly realize that surviving life with children is going to require “stuff” beyond what your home can hold, especially if you ever plan to leave the house. In fact, much of our time is spent driving junior around town, be it to school, the grocery store, the playground, the pediatrician, or wherever else you need to go. 

Sure, you can try to carry everything you need in your diaper bag, but that could get heavy. Rather, why not create an organized space within your kid-mobile that has everything you need. Based on our personal experience, here’s a list of must have items for every mom to have in the car.

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Always Love Your Mom: A Son’s Perspective

Relationships are complicated and change over time, especially our relationships with our mothers. Not everyone grew up with an involved mother in their life. Having a mom absent from your life can be very painful. However, some people were raised by loving and connected moms.

When you are young, it is easy to show your mom that you love her. You can tell her all the time. You make little gifts for her at school. Days begin and end with hugs and kisses. Later on, the sad truth is, many adults, particularly sons, don’t acknowledge their moms or express their love for their moms the way they should. If you are feeling disconnected from your mom, you can reconnect by remembering how amazing your mom is in the first place and by honoring her publicly.

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How to Create a Habit

Creating positive habits can help to reach goals, develop self-discipline, and create powerful change in your life. During the 1950’s, plastic surgeon Dr. Maxwell Maltz found that following an operation it would take patients up to 21 days to adjust to a change in their physical appearance.

He documented those changes in what was to become a best selling book, Psycho-Cybernetics. Dr. Maltz’s research from Psycho-Cybernetics is the foundation behind the belief that it takes 21 days to form, or break, a habit.

More recently, psychology researchers at the University College London observed the habits of 96 subjects over a 12 week period. Results of this project demonstrated that building a new habit would actually take 66 days, instead of the 21 days that are more commonly discussed.

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