There are so many decisions that modern day parents must make immediately before your infant even leaves the hospital. If you are expecting a boy, one of the biggest, and possibly toughest, decisions you and your partner may have to contend with will be the age old question: “Will you be circumcising your son?”
Kids today are surrounded by technology. It’s tempting as a parent to say “no” to all the requests for smart phones, tablets, or what-have-you, but the fact is that these devices, along with the the instant, real-time connections they provide, are becoming more and more essential to our lives.
Discipline can be one of the hardest parts of parenthood. So, finding a tool that helps parents communicate with their child in times of trial is very important. Parents of toddlers, especially very active, passionate, and heated toddlers, often have to go through a number of different tools to find a those that work. A “calm down jar”can be a great tool to help toddlers during tantrums. Read on to learn how to make a quick and easy jar for your toddler.
Being a new parent is overwhelming. Throw in sleep deprivation and it can even make you a little crazy! Between book “experts,” doctors, pediatricians, and even well-intentioned grandparents, there is so much conflicting advice on how to raise your little one. But what happens when a tried and true expert method just doesn’t work for you and your baby? Do you stay the course? Or is it ok to ditch the books and figure out what is right for you and your family?
As a parent, it’s important to keep an open line of communication, and to make sure your kids feel comfortable coming to you for advice and support. As they become pre-teens or “tweens”, this becomes especially tricky, because of budding hormones, an ever-expanding social circle, tough classes, and their desire to have more independence.
Do you ever wish to know exactly what your tween is thinking? Here are some responses from real, and average 10-12 year-olds when asked the question, “What do you wish your parents knew?”
Everyone knows how important reading is, and the younger you start with your little ones, the better. Preparing for your child to build a love of reading starts early and can be done easily at home. Working with your child at home is an essential element in how well your child does in school and how quickly they pick up reading once they enter school full time. So, if you’re looking for some simple tricks to do with your toddler at home to help them gain those early reading building blocks, we’ve got you covered!
Just a short 7 hours after the birth of Elliot Hart, the Daily Mom team excitedly welcomed in the fifth newest baby since our launch! Little Miss Julia Rose was born to Social Media Manager Heather, and her husband Derek. Julia Rose is filling the role of little sister perfectly to her big brother, Benjamin. Julia was born on January 18, at 12:55 a.m., and was 7 lbs 14 oz and 20 3/4″ long.
Join us in welcoming Elliot Hart, our fourth Daily Mom baby born since our launch! Elliot is the first baby for editor Kayla and her husband Michael. She made her grand entrance on January 17 at 4:53 pm via a home water birth. A whopping 9 lbs 6 oz and 21″ long, Elliot arrived after 16 hours of labor. Mom, Kayla says of her birth:
As the saying goes, “your children will grow up in the blink of an eye.” One day there is a sweet baby sleeping in your arms, and the next thing you know, that baby is going away to college. Sometimes in the chaos of parenthood, it’s hard to take a step back and really savor the moments you have with your children. Between balancing schedules, meals, projects, activities, bath times and bedtimes, there are days you might feel like it takes all you have in you just to get through the day. But, your children will grow and change as quickly as the days go by. As difficult as it is to make time for everything in your daily life, the following is a list of the most important things you should be doing with your children today.
Is your child constantly irritable and continuously spitting up? Do they shriek from pain when they are laying flat on their backs? These may all be signs of something called gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and we’re here to reassure you that you’re not alone, and we have some suggestions and tips to help suppress the tears (yours, as well as your baby’s!)
It’s no secret that life changes in many amazing and challenging ways when a little baby arrives on the scene. Parents have nine months to stock the nursery, wash the onesies, and read the parenting books before bringing home their bundle of joy. However, not much is said about how Junior’s arrival will impact perhaps the most important relationship in the family: the parents’ marriage.
Take a deep breath, mama, and pat yourself on the back. You’ve officially made it through your first year of motherhood! That’s 365 days, 8760 hours, hundreds hours of feedings, and thousands (thousands!) of diaper changes.
Your year also, no doubt, included a few tears, some stressful moments with your husband, and a few panicked phone calls to your best friend to ask “what on earth have I gotten myself into?” In short, it’s been a year of hard work. However, we hope it’s also been a year of joy, happy surprises, and sweet snuggles as you’ve gotten to know the newest member of your family, refined your talents as a mother, and settled into your life as a mom.
Why teach your baby sign language? Babies can understand verbal communication before they develop the skills required to verbally communicate themselves. Teaching your baby how to sign can provide them with a valuable communication skill that will enhance, rather than delay, their overall language development. Signing may also help you gain a better understanding of how your child views the world around them and in turn lead to less fussiness and fewer meltdowns due to communication misunderstandings.
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You’ve snagged the best realtor in the area. You’ve made a list of everything you’re looking for in your dream home. You’ve scoured every realty site for countless hours and mapped out the perfect route for a weekend jam packed full of showings. You are ready to jump head first into the daunting task of house hunting. There’s just one little problem: you couldn’t find a babysitter. While the thought of hours upon hours of viewing homes with your little ones in tow makes you want to throw in the towel before you even begin, fear not. While it’s not the ideal situation, with careful thought and planning, you can successfully house hunt with your kids. If you follow these helpful tips, finding your dream home can be a memorable and enjoyable family task.
Whether you’ve got an energetic toddler or rambunctious preschooler to buy for this holiday season, let us help you find that perfect gift. We’ve got you covered with ideas ranging from personalized books to rockstar clothing to help you find something that will stand out among the sea of today’s popular toys.