Years ago, interfaith families faced what was called the “December Dilemma”: whether to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. With the increase in Christian-Jewish marriages, however, it has become much more commonplace to celebrate both, but many interfaith families still choose to focus on only one. If you’re faced with this choice for your family, or perhaps seeking to understand these choices, read on for some reasons families give for celebrating, or not celebrating, both Hanukkah and Christmas.
Recently, our second Daily Mom baby arrived in this world. Writer Krista, her husband Jon and daughter Gia, welcomed a new baby boy on October 22, 2013. He was born at 9:03am via c-section, and weighed in at 7 lbs 5 oz.
Have you ever seen a baby wearing a funny looking helmet and wondered what it was for? Or maybe you’ve noticed a substantial flat spot developing on the back of your own baby’s head and you’re worried about it. Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, is a growing concern among many parents. Read on to learn more about what’s causing it and your prevention and treatment options.
The kids are finally asleep, the dinner dishes are cleaned up, and the nightly chores are complete. You are exhausted and find yourself slumping backwards into the soft envelope of your couch cushions where you likely spend the next few hours zoned out in front of the television. Sound familiar? If you and your partner have slipped into a rut after the kids have gone to bed, read on for ten date night ideas that you can do without having to call the babysitter.
It’s not just about a recital, an adorable, proud bow to the audience, or roses thrown at his or her feet during an encore. Music education has a proven link to improving certain brain functions and skills. Want to increase your child’s abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and math abilities all while listening to him or her learn to play “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star?” Daily Mom has news that will be music to your ears!
“Trick or treat!?” You’ll hear that again and again as you parade your little goblin or ladybug around the block. Don’t be tricked! Daily Mom has advice that will keep your Halloween as sweet as the candy your kiddo just collected. From helpful safety tips that you may not have thought of to fantastic Halloween-friendly products that we love, we have some “treats” for you!
Nothing is worse than when you are running errands with your kids and disaster strikes. The baby has a diaper blowout and you don’t have any diapers with you. Your toddler trips on the sidewalk, skinning their knee, but you can’t find a bandaid. You’re stuck waiting for car repairs with no good distraction for your antsy child. These are situations you can avoid with a few dollars and a few minutes of planning and prep-work to create the ultimate Mom Survival Kit.
How many children to have is a very personal decision. Some couples immediately know they want a few kids, while others know they’re done after just one. In recent years, having an only child is becoming more and more common. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, families with just one child have nearly doubled since the 1960s. In fact, 1 in 5 American families have just one child. But, only children often get a bad rap. These myths about only children — and their parents — are completely untrue.
For many families pumpkin carving is an annual fall tradition. However, the mess and use of sharp cutting tools can be a deterrent for parents of young ones. Skip the hassle of carving with these alternative ideas for decorating pumpkins with your kids.
One of your child’s favorite future pastimes may be to reminisce and browse through old photographs of herself as a child. A fun fall time tradition to start could be achieved easily through photos – as they are the best way to preserve memories that will last a lifetime. Plus, with so many fun and unique ways to utilize your photos, what’s to stop you from taking the plunge and committing to annual fall photos?
Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!
It’s important to get family photos taken. You want to have your family documented and celebrated and to leave your children with beautiful images that include mom in them. Getting out from behind the camera and in front of it can be a stressful experience, but we have some great tips to help you survive those important family photo shoots stress free.
Are we there yet? Oh the joys of traveling with kids! Guess what? It doesn’t have to be painful. A little planning and prep can go a long way in making the journey as enjoyable for your little one as the destination. Here are some ideas for packing the ultimate travel activity kit for your kids.
As a parent, the number one thing you want to do is protect your child. The world can be an uncertain place and you want to give your kids the tools to be safe in any situation. The first step for parents of young children is teaching them about strangers and the dangers they pose.
There are so many parenting books out there that it’s hard to know which ones are worth spending your valuable time to read. We’ve rounded up five of the most enlightening parenting books that will really inspire you!