You’re expecting. Congratulations! Even though you are the only person in your relationship that is physically pregnant, your partner is expecting too. Having a baby for the first time brings a lot of unknowns for both of you. Don’t forget about Daddy when you are preparing for life with baby. Dads should be parents with moms, 50-50. While Mama may get all the attention with her growing baby belly, here are 11 tips to prepare Dad for a new baby.
It’s no secret that children often learn by our interactions with them. We may think that cuddling, singing, and playing with our babies are just simple bonding activities, but they are so much more than that. Many studies show that the more we talk to our babies, the more they learn. Communicating with your child is pivotal for his/her growth and development. One of the best ways to promote aural learning is to simply read to your child.
So, while it may seem silly to walk around Target humming songs, pointing out colors, or simply reading to an infant with no verbal communication skills of their own – do it. Babies learn about speech, language, and reading skills long before they actually begin to speak and read on their own.
As I sat breastfeeding my infant while entertaining my toddler, half-listening to a doctor (a gastroenterologist to be exact) tell myself and my husband that he was being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I was overwhelmed to say the least. This made no sense. How was my 29 year old, strong, healthy, weight lifting, food-loving husband being diagnosed with a disease neither of us had ever heard of? A disease that in the middle of a cold night in January 2012 crippled my husband, sent him to the hospital, and resulted in him being admitted for over a week. A disease that would change the course of our lives forever.
There’s certainly no shortage of “special moments” when you are raising a family with nine children. Those moments have brought laughter, tears, hugs, kisses, regrets, apologies, and my favorite: love. As parents, we just want the best for our children, just like parents of one or two children. However, when you have nine of them, those moments are expanded across nine little human beings, each with their own distinct personalities. If it wasn’t for some of the physical similarities, we’d even think that a couple of them were adopted… surely that one wasn’t from my side of the family!
As parents, we all want our children to be safe, happy, and healthy. We hope that as they start school, the first big step toward independence, they make friends easily, find a great group of peers, and excel in a fun, engaging classroom with a wonderful, caring teacher. During the transition from either home or preschool to the larger, educational environment of the public school system, we as parents worry that our children will be lost in a larger system, left behind, or bullied. This exciting (and nerve-wracking) time can be an adjustment period for everyone in the family.
In honor of National Volunteer Month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to give back to the community, both during the month of April and beyond. Contributing to your community goes beyond hours upon hours of community service, and it’s possible to make a difference in just fifteen minutes or less! You might be surprised how easy it is for you to get involved without adding another item to your busy to do list.
With April upon us, temperatures will rise and warm breezes will blow… spring is in the air. As we look around and see the flowers in bloom and the kids venturing back outdoors to play, we need to acknowledge another symbol likely on the lawns of some of our neighborhood centers or in the gardens of our social-activist neighbors, the blue pinwheel. Many people will see the pinwheel and simply notice the whimsical way it spins in the wind, but there is a deeper meaning behind this seemingly innocent child’s toy… it is the national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention.
Music has the ability to manipulate moods, manifest feelings long forgotten, and invigorate the soul, thus making music such an important player in today’s world. In spite of what is happening, in spite of being told time and time again – to sit down, be a pretty face, smile more, and say less – we will rise above. We will carry on with dignity, grace, and purpose so that every person is treated with love and kindness. Music will serve as a gateway to tell the stories in which we cannot always say out loud. It will serve as a place to vent our feelings in a productive manner so they do not eat us alive. Whether it’s pounding our feet on the pavement, kickboxing, or simply dancing it out in the living room – we need to get it out.
We’ve been warned, we’ve been given an explanation, and nevertheless we will persist.
This playlist will serve as a booster when our motions need to match our feelings. Mantras for taking on the world. Feel the beat, find the rhythm, and take on the world. Keep on Persisting.
With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!
We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.
Anywhere you look – online, on TV, in the store – there are things out there telling you how important it is to stay fit and healthy. However, it can be difficult to incorporate a daily fitness regimen into your routine, and it can be hard to workout with your kids around. But it is important as parents that we model this behavior to our children early on so that it is engrained in their lifestyle as they continue to grow. So how do we do both – model a healthy lifestyle while balancing our busy schedules?
Balancing work and family is nearly impossible. Like juggling, only so many balls can be up in the air at one time. When another ball is picked up, another ball must drop. It’s a give and take. A constant ebb and flow. While some of us struggle to maintain both aspects of our lives, others have figured out the tips and tricks to keeping both family and career afloat, without sacrificing our sanity or relationships. Our guest contributor, a mother of three and an Advanced Practice Provider, provides some key insight into ‘doing it all’ after witnessing the success of a close friend.
“Read me another chapter, Mommy” is the nightly mantra in our house as I turn off lights and tuck in covers… there is no end to the creative ways my children will find to get me to read them more stories. And I know, this doesn’t seem like it should be a problem, and it’s really not, but as we already read at least five story books and two chapters of whatever series we are currently engaged in nightly, there truly isn’t enough time. As an avid reader myself, and the progeny of a lawyer and an educator, it is no surprise my children love books. My gift from my parents for my 1st pregnancy was a full-size crib FULL OF BOOKS… and I mean full. Since then I have carried on this collection as I too love children’s books.
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
A child’s education begins at birth with external stimuli from the outside world. The impact of early childhood education on our children’s ever developing minds, especially between the ages of 0 to 5, is a huge factor in their continued successes throughout life. One area of significant development during these critical years is that of a child’s language and literary skills. Children who learn to love to read not only have a beautiful, imaginary world opened up to them, but also have measurably different successes in school, work, and life than others who do not possess proficient reading abilities.
As parents, teachers of our own children, and contributing members of the society in which we live, we need to become advocates for early and continuing literacy among our neighborhood children and adults.
If your child was recently diagnosed with a rare disease, it may feel like you are alone, but there is a community of parents just like you ready to support you and share their experiences. Even though your child’s diagnosis is rare, there are others who are walking ahead of you on this road. These rare disease families continue to pave the way for those newly diagnosed with their selfless advocacy. One such advocate, Victoria Delano, reached out to Daily Mom to share her thoughts on what it is like to have a child with a rare disease.
Is camp a rite of passage, a way to keep kids out of their parent’s hair in the summer, or a truly valuable life experience? It may be all three, but we know for sure that camp has real benefits that are life long. Boys who attend camp receive some pretty cool perks that will impact the men they will grow up to become. Are you on the fence about whether to send your son to camp this year? Is it really worth the cost? Here are the benefits of camp for boys, along with the traits of a great camp to ensure your son will get everything possible out of his camp experience.