411 on Car Seat Safety

As a parent, we want nothing more than to protect our children. From the minute we bring them into this world, we do everything in our power to ensure their safety in every circumstance. With that being said, one of the largest safety hazards we encounter is the car seat our children sit in. There are certain rules we must follow when utilizing car seats, besides installation and usage, that are important to follow to optimize safety.

Today we focus on understanding expiration dates, traveling with a child seat, as well as knowing when a car seat should be retired following an accident or after sustaining damage. 

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How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

This is a sponsored post written by Daily Mom on behalf of The Heart Truth®. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

For over a decade, The Heart Truth program has been constantly striving to make women more aware of the risks connected with heart disease, the #1 killer of women in the US.

Created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, The Heart Truth has been encouraging women to take care of their heart health, control potential risk factors, and live in a heart-healthy way since 2002. Learn how to help spread awareness and give a gift #FromTheHeart that can help your loved ones lead a better and more heart-healthy life.

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Connecting with Grandchildren Who Live Far away

Grandparents delight in their grandchildren. They love holding, snuggling, kissing, and playing with them. Grandchildren are so precious!

But sometimes grandparents’ arms are empty and they feel sad because their grandchildren live too far away to regularly visit in person. It’s hard to have much of a relationship when grandma lives in San Diego and the grandchildren live in Bangor, Maine.

Even though grandchildren may live miles and miles away, grandparents can still be active in their grandchildren’s lives. Here are two ways that grandparents can use to connect with their sweet grandchildren.

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Debunking the 5 Second Rule

Picture this: it’s lunchtime, and you just whipped up grilled cheeses, pretzels and ants on a log for your hungry kids. Your 4-year old grabs his plate a little too eagerly… and the food falls everywhere.

You:

  • A. Rapidly place the sandwich, logs and pretzels back on the plate for your kiddo — five second rule!
  • B. Place the pretzels and sandwich back on the plate after dusting them off. The logs, meanwhile, have little fuzzes and specks of dirt on them, so you toss ’em.
  • C. Throw everything away, and remake the entire lunch.
  • D. Remake lunch — as you scarf down the from-the-floor lunch — five, er, fifteen second rule!

You’ve probably heard of the old “five second rule,” and wondered, “Is it valid?” “Is it safe to eat food that’s been on the floor?” Does where the food fall matter? Is food that falls outside safer than food that falls inside? What are the exceptions?

Well, today we’re answering these questions — and more!

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Finding your way out of a Rut

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they unfortunately fall into a rut. Ruts can be a result of many things, but sometimes they occur when you realize you have no time to do anything for yourself, but rather you are drawn to doing things solely for your family, friends and your career. Because of this, when you are left alone, you experience negative feelings that only build up, causing you to fall into a rut and then possibly even into a mild to severe form of depression. How can you find your way out of this rut? Do you try to determine the root cause of what’s putting you into the rut and get proactive about fixing it or do nothing?

Here are some easy things you can do to find your way out of a rut:

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Top 5 Influential Home Education Books

There are a lot of homeschooling books on the market. So many, in fact, that one gets bogged down just scanning the Amazon search results. There are several reasons why there are so many books.

  • There is no one “right way” to homeschool.
  • Homeschooling educational philosophies vary.
  • Different states have different requirements.
  • Homeschooling has become more commonplace.
  • Veteran homeschoolers desire to share their wisdom.
  • Curriculum options are endless and ever-changing.
  • Available choices for charter schools, hybrid schools, university model schools, and homeschooling co-operatives have exploded in recent years.

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10 Reasons to Let Dad Do Things His Way When He’s on Duty

“Bye Honey! Have fun and don’t worry about it, the kids will be fine…”

Mom looks awkwardly at her keys as she thinks twice about that evening girls night out. Yep, Mom could call it off and easily say she had one of those pesky 24 hour cold/flu/death diarrhea bouts. The brutal truth is that a night of “poopuking” might be better than 3 kids home alone with Dad. Dad is on duty. Say it twice and get used to the idea. Dad. Is. On. Duty…

Not only is Dad on duty but he is proud to be doing his part and pitching in. Because your chosen male might be different than others, he may attempt differently from the list; thus be warned this list is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive. So here is your top 10 list of reasons to just let Dad do it his way while you’re out of the house.  

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The Importance of a Device-Free Dinner Table

It’s hard enough for Mom to cook dinner, keep the house looking tidy and fold your underwear. Your wife is a Goddess and the last thing she needs is for Dad to come home and be a zombie. Even the Mom who gets help at home with grandparents, has hired a nanny, or even has a husband that is into folding laundry is going to be burned out keeping the ship upright – the way she wants.

No matter what hat Mom most frequently wears at home, and there is probably 20 different hats being worn – there is little doubt, especially in the formative first 6 years, that Mom does most of the heavy lifting. The very least the involved Father can do is support her as best as possible. This means being focused at the dinner table.

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10 Reasons to Stay Married

Marriage is meant to be a long-term commitment between a husband and wife, and to stand by each other’s side through thick and thin, but the steady increase in divorce rates across the world is a clear indication that people are not respecting and putting forth much value to the sacred bond of matrimony.

While the reasons and indications of separation and divorce are often highlighted in much discussion across media platforms, the discussion behind the beauty of marriage and the many beautiful reasons to stay married are rarely highlighted.

Marriage is not easy, and there will be troubling and difficult times, but there are so many reasons to hold on to the life-long commitment that was made upon getting married. 

Today we discuss 10 reasons to stay married:

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3 Great Activities to Do With Tween and Teenaged Grandchildren

Sometimes it’s difficult for grandparents to come up with an activity to do with tween and teenage grandchildren. Will the grandkids think the activity is too juvenile? Will they be bored with it? Will they turn up their nose and not participate?

One way to grab grandkids’ interest is to base your activity around something that they are very connected to – their cell phone. Kids spend a lot of time talking, texting, and doing social media on them.

Use that interest as a springboard for activities to do with them. Because of their strong interest in their phones, they will automatically be interested in participating in activities that requires them to use it.

Here are three activities that you and your grandchildren can easily do together using smart phones that have a camera.

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Book With Megabus.com and Help Fight Breast Cancer

You’ve probably noticed that, here at Daily Mom, we absolutely love traveling. Especially when it’s safe, convenient and affordable. And when you can also travel supporting a great cause at the same time, it’s not something we’d want to keep all to ourselves. This month, in an effort to support the fight against breast cancer, Megabus.com is donating $1 per ticket to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and we’re here to tell you how you can contribute!

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Why you only communicate with your spouse 7% of the time

“That’s not what I meant!” Ever said that to your wife (or husband) before? Like, have you said that twice today? Even the best intentioned of words sometimes come out sideways in a sentence. Or on Monday’s, they come out in Greek.

Withstanding the test of time for marriages around the world is the phrase: “You are not listening to me!” Which prompts you to think to yourself, “I heard every word that just came out of your mouth AND I can repeat it back to you”. Yet the communication still isn’t in the same zip code of what either person intended.

How can loving family members not hear, or say, what is actually going on behind their ears or mouths?

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3 Reasons to Keep Your Baby Close

We’ve all been there: you’re at the first big family event since having your baby, and everyone’s eager to meet the newest addition. Well-meaning family members touch your baby’s chubby cheeks and stroke your baby’s mop of fuzzy hair — and then come the requests to hold your bundle of joy.

Maybe you’re fine with this — but maybe you’re not. And however you’re feeling is completely okay.

Now, we aren’t faulting your family or friends — it’s natural to want to hold and snuggle a brand-new baby. But there are lots of reasons why it’s okay to politely ask that your family admire your baby from your arms instead. Call it “attachment parenting,” call it “high-touch parenting,” call it simply just wanting to hold your baby; here are three reasons why it’s okay to want to keep your baby close.

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YES! It’s OK to say NO. How to prevent Over-commitment

Are you stressed? Is your schedule jam-packed? With today’s busy schedules, more than likely you’re not alone.

One way to deal with a hectic schedule is learning to say “no” to new commitments. Oftentimes we fear that saying “no” will lead to consequences and for some, that is the case, but for others they avoid saying it to deal with guilt, conflict and that notion of “we can do it all”. It’s important to say “no” to accepting new commitments and can be one of the best things to do for yourself and your family. Learning to say “no” can reduce stress and help you realize what you should be focusing on and what’s important to you.

Are you ready to stop feeling overwhelmed and over-committed? Oftentimes we try to be superman and try to commit to as many functions as we can. We want to make people happy, and it’s in our nature to. 

Today we discuss 5 ways to stop being over-committed and overwhelmed.

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