Educating Your Child About School Violence

When considering the discussion you should have with your child(ren) regarding school violence, it seems like a daunting and unpleasant task. How do you broach this subject? What are the signs that it is time to have this talk? How can you recognize if your child is being bullied and what can you do to prevent bullying in your child’s school? We may not want to think about this or believe it, but what if your child is the one doing the bullying? All of these questions lead to the same important answers that, as parents, we can’t always rely on children to make the right choices naturally. There have been 31 school shootings ranging from elementary school to college in 2017 and the year isn’t even over. We must step in and do our part to prevent tragic violent events in schools.

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6 Mommy Brain Breaks (That Your Kids Won’t Even Know You’re Taking)

Mom life is hard. There is multitasking, tantrums, planning, negotiating, cleaning, cooking, managing, delegating, and teaching. All of these things sometimes occur before sunrise. When any given day can feel like an eternity, and feeling like you have a moment to breathe can be nonexistent, try some of these Mommy Brain Breaks to decompress. These Mommy Brain Breaks are designed so that moms can take impromptu breaks as needed with minimal equipment, low fuss, and no prep. The best part? Kids won’t even know their mother has gone mentally MIA. 

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5 Ways to Turn Your Mom Guilt into Something Positive

Every mom has it – that pang of mom guilt that makes you question everything you have ever done as a mother. Do I play with my kids enough? Are they falling behind? Am I a good mom? Do I ignore them too much? These are questions that every mom asks herself probably at least once per day. They can sometimes eat away at you, making you feel inferior or sad. They can sometimes make your heart hurt, leaving you to stay up at night wondering how Linda-down-the-street does it all when you are barely holding it together. As a mom who works from home, I get these pangs of guilt constantly. And like all good moms, the guilt eats away at me for a bit and then…well, I use these 5 ways to turn my mom guilt into something positive. 

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8 Things Moms Should Never Feel Ashamed About

Being a mom is amazing. You get to give birth to an amazing little person who you get to help raise into an amazing human being. But the choices you make along the way are often scrutinized by everybody you encounter, from the other moms at preschool to your friends and family, to complete strangers with whom you’ll never actually have a conversation. For some reason moms tend to let all of these judgments make them feel ashamed of their choices and feel the need to justify them to everyone they encounter.

While you shouldn’t feel ashamed of the choices you and your partner make for your family, here are eight things you should absolutely never feel ashamed about as a mom. 

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8 Fall Activities To Do With A New Baby

Everyone loves fall. With fall comes exciting new activities, traditions, and holidays. This particular fall season is even more exciting with a new baby. This season will be filled with many “firsts” and the start of new family traditions. If you are looking for ideas for what to do with a new baby in the fall, here are eight fall-themed activities. 

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Tech For Tots: Technology’s Impact On Young Children

Today’s children are exposed to technology and media at a very early age as phones, computers, and iPads are often within children’s reach in the home. Toy companies have caught onto the trend as technology toys flood the toy store aisles. With the current technology saturated environment, parents may wonder whether technology is good or bad.  Recent studies have looked at just that, but the answer is not quite straightforward.  

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Beyond the Bows and Bow Ties: The Baby Clothes You Actually Need

Baby clothes: it’s easy to be overtaken by the cuteness overload. There are so many accessories for babies – just look at the bows, tutus, headbands, bow ties, suspenders – and the list goes on. You aren’t alone, which is why so many parents overspend when purchasing baby clothes. But, what do you really need to appropriately dress your baby? Not much! At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is to ensure baby is dressed comfortable, safe, and weather appropriate.

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Raising Children with Respect: Teaching Respect through Parenting

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.

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5 Ways to Build a Positive Home & How it Will Benefit Your Children Long-term

Creating a positive home for your children is not only beneficial to their development, but it instills qualities like confidence, compassion, patience, and kindness, among others. Home life largely influences a child and shapes them into who they will become, so it’s important to set a positive tone and create an environment where they can flourish. Today, we’re giving you five ways to build a positive home, and how it can benefit your children long-term.

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How to Deal with a Stranger’s Mean Kid

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Or at least that’s what they used to say. Nowadays the mentality is that everyone is to fend for themselves. Parenting in public is seen as a “mind your own business” mentality rather than something where society looks out for the well-being of one another’s children. Sometimes that can leave people in an awkward situation when they see a child that isn’t theirs misbehaving, especially if that child is being unkind to their own child. Do they step in and say something to the misbehaving child? Do they simply remove their child from the situation? Do they mention something to the parents? What if the parents aren’t around? Here are some tips on what you can do if you see a child being rude, disrespectful, mean, or unsafe.

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5 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Dictionary

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.

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Dealing With A Child Who Is Exactly Like You (& You Can’t Stand It)

Whether you had an “oopsy” or methodically, thought out, well-planned pregnancy, your bundle of joy, snuggled in your womb is just waiting to be born. Your anticipation of the excitement, joys, scary ‘what if’ moments, and the over flowing emotions of love are ready and eager to pour out all over this child. Well… that is until just a few years later as their personality really is developing – it comes out… just like that water balloon that was filled just a wee bit too much. Next thing you know… POP! As clear as day, the voice of your mother fills your ears… just you wait till you have your own! They’ll turn out just like you. And she was right. 

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A Mother’s Perspective In the Wake of The Las Vegas Shootings

As my husband carried our sleeping 5-year-old son up the stairs and into his bedroom from the car late last night, I breathed a motherly sigh of relief. He had just returned home from his first fishing and camping trip with his daddy and his uncles. While I trusted those three men full-heartedly with the safety and well-being of our little boy, I have to admit, I was a nervous wreck all weekend thinking about all of the things that could go wrong in that state park, 4 hours away from home in a remote area with little to no cell phone coverage. But they brought my baby home, safe and sound, freshly bathed and in his footed fleece dinosaur pajamas, surely dreaming of the campfire stories that were told, the marshmallows they roasted and the rainbow trout he caught and reeled in all by himself. I could rest easy that night. My child was back in the safety of his home, his memory bank as full as my jittery heart.

He bounced right out of bed early this morning, eager to tell me stories about his weekend adventures as he got ready for the start of a new week at school. I groggily sat down next to him on the couch, coffee in hand, and turned the TV on to catch bits and pieces of the news through his animated stories.

“Over 50 Dead and 200 Injured In Largest Mass Shooting In US History” 

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