Building Character In A Selfie World

We all want to raise our children to be good people with strong character, and in a recent national parent survey, an overwhelming majority believe that in today’s social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Compassion, Honesty, Generosity – How Soon Should Parents Start Helping Their Kids Develop These Traits? Believe it or not, nearly half of parents surveyed think that preschool age is too young to begin learning social-emotional skills, skills like how to be generous, getting along with others, and compassion. So, how soon should you start… the answer may surprise you.

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Give The Gift of Reading with BookRoo

Give The Gift of Reading with Bookroo
From day one, we should be reading to our children. Reading unlocks the doors to so many wonderful things in life. Reading out loud to your babies is important for brain development. Read to kids early and often as it helps with language development, literacy, social skills, and more. We all want the best for our kids and we know reading is the key to so much success later on in life. With the ever growing competition for our children’s attention from technology, how do we keep our kids interested in books? Everyone should see reading as a gift because that is truly what it is. What is better than snuggling up with your sweet kiddo with a good book, excited to see how the story ends together? If you want to instill that love of literature in your young children, Bookroo wants to help, and they even have a special discount just for Daily Mom readers. 

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10 Reasons to Use Nutrisystem

You have plenty of choices when deciding to live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. Not all those choices are actually healthy though, and not all options will work for you. Despite what others may tell you, you do not need to torture yourself to lose weight. Healthier food choices do not require a drastic change in lifestyle where you feel like you spend all your money grocery shopping and all your time cooking. If a change in diet is just too extreme, it isn’t going to work. You will quit before you know it and feel frustrated with a lack of results. Nutrisystem lets you lose weight without stress, torture, or extreme changes. You can continue to live a life you love but you will feel amazing. Still not convinced? Here are 1o reasons to use Nutrisystem.

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Can You Afford A Large Family?

… of course that depends. How many times have you heard, “If we were in a better financial place, we’d have more”? What exactly does that mean? When pressured a little bit more into what that really means, you realize that that was just the short cop out response. No actual dollar figure was ever mentioned, or location preference; nothing tangible as far as being measurable. So how do you really afford a large family if you want more children? What is your measurement? And if your spouse isn’t into having more children because they have been deemed “too expensive”, well then, perhaps they are, or perhaps there’s more to discover about children and how much they really cost once you put a figure to it.

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Stories of Powerful Women: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

This past year our nation experienced an unprecedented turn of events as we elected our 45th president. Not only was this election season a tumultuous one, it also marked the first time a female could be elected President of the United States. Despite the outcome of the election, parents of little girls all across the country noted the significance of this event. Little girls now know that becoming President of the United States can be a goal within their reach. They have a figure of a woman who they can use as a model for overcoming sexist boundaries in a male-dominated profession. They have a role model of a female who worked hard to get to the top, and gracefully bowed down when it wasn’t her turn. In this day and age, it’s stories about women like Hillary Clinton that will help our little girls continue to break glass ceilings. 

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How to Track Your Ovulation

No matter where you are in your family planning, monitoring your ovulation is an experience that can help you manage your health throughout the year.

As ovulation is the window during the month when a woman is most fertile, being aware of that time frame can help you to conceive or not conceive, dependent on what your goals and intentions are. When using a hormonal birth control like the pill, ovulation is prevented entirely.

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Why Selfish Moms are Great Moms

Remember when you used to fly? You know, back before you had a bunch of little ones clinging to your leg and transporting your family via continental air wouldn’t have meant selling one of them in order to afford the costs? Your flight attendants gave you very sound advice; good advice in the event of an emergency on the plane, but really, good advice in general. They always told you “put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.”  

Sound advice right? However, “how to be a mom” classes, “good parenting” magazines, and “what to expect” types of books typically advise us to tend to our babies before ourselves. No one ever informs us that being a selfish mom is the best way to be a great mom.

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Why We March: An Open Letter

My Darling Children,

I do not consider myself a political scholar, or even possessing extensive political knowledge. I cannot relate to all the woes of the world – because I am only one person. I only know what it is like to be me – a white woman in trying times. Times that will test us, bring us to our knees. I cannot speak for the minorities or the masses. I can only speak for myself – and as your mother – I must speak up for your future.

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The Luxury of Massage Anytime with oVie

If you could enjoy the luxury of massage everyday, anytime, wouldn’t you? Of course you would. Massage has amazing health benefits that everyone can and should enjoy. This is possible through an amazing new cordless massager called oVie. Stop waiting for a special occasion for a spa day to get the relief you desire; oVie makes the luxury of massage possible everyday.

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A Healthier You in 2017 with Muscadines

It seems like once the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, the resolutions begin flying around. Maybe you’ve vowed to unplug a bit in the new year and spend more precious time with your family. Or perhaps you’re going to finally start that business you’ve been dreaming up in your head for years. Whatever your goal is for 2017, we can’t wait to help you dominate the heck out of it! If your mom goal is to work on becoming a healthier version of yourself, we can’t wait to tell you about the health benefits of little known muscadine. 

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Beyond 6 Months: Benefits of Nursing Until One Year

It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public. 

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4 Signs You’re Ready to Turn to Adoption

Many couples undergoing fertility treatments wonder how they’ll know it’s the right time to stop trying for a biological child and start the adoption process. It’s not a simple answer, and for every parent it is different. In your marriage, you may find one spouse arrives at this place before the other, which is completely normal.  

We suggest for you to seek in your hearts whether now’s time to transition from fertility treatments to adoption. As a fertility patient herself, Mardie Caldwell has experienced seven pregnancy losses. Once she and her husband decided it was time to pursue adoption as their route to parenthood, they were blessed with the adoption of a son.

Today, Mardie shares four signs that it might be time to consider your options through adoption.

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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Germ Etiquette

You don’t necessarily have to be in the throes of the “cold and flu” season to effectively spread germs. So in order to minimize your exposure when you are under the weather, there are a few gestures you want to instill as well as some well intentioned actions in order to stop the spread of germs. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that it’s not just about lathering yourself in antibacterial creams, lotions, and soaps. Perhaps the best way to stop the spread of germs is to practice these etiquettes as well as a course of action your employer will appreciate.  

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10 Tips For Choosing A Gym Membership

It’s about that time of year where you may be thinking: I need to get healthy and start working out. You’ve already decided that joining a gym, whether it was the constant voice of your nagging best friend (who had the best of intentions of course) or your inner critic, is your next step. Whether you live inside the city limits or not, you’ve got more than just ‘I need a place to get healthy at’ to consider when it comes to signing up for a gym membership. Do they provide child care, lockers, or even decent equipment? Whether or not you are a beginner gym hunter (or huntress), here are ten tips to help you make that leap into fitness before signing on the dotted line and beginning your venture to a healthier lifestyle with a gym membership. 

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5 Steps That Will Restore Your Family’s Sleep and Sanity

Sleep is essential to our body’s rest and repair. While adults need anywhere from seven to nine hours of solid sleep, there is also evidence to suggest that women need a slightly longer amount of sleep due to their more complex brains. Sadly, women, and especially mothers are typically expected to get by with the least amount of sleep of anyone in the family. Mothers are also most likely to receive interrupted sleep, which one study showed is actually as detrimental as no sleep at all!

“Our study shows the impact of only one disrupted night. We know that these effects accumulate and therefore the functional price new parents — who awaken three to ten times a night for months on end — pay for common infant sleep disturbance is enormous,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University.

The disturbance of sleep affects all of us and is especially detrimental to children. The National Sleep Foundation recently changed its sleep recommendations for various age groups. They now recognize that, depending on their age, children need anywhere from eight to 17 hours of sleep.

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