8 Tips for Navigating the Athletic Recruiting Process

If your child is elite enough to play at the college level, you may be wondering what is the next step. Did you know that the average high school coach contacts fewer than five college coaches? That’s right – It is the athlete’s burden to contact college coaches. Navigating the world of athletic college recruitment can feel overwhelming. Here are 8 tips to help manage the process.

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The Intellectual Benefits of Teaching a Child to Play Chess

When we think of chess, many of us picture old men in the park sitting at tables in the shade playing a game of old. What we don’t necessarily consider is how that game can benefit the daily life of our children. Chess is a strategic skill game that allows our children to develop a multitude of highly sought after skills, can be taught from an early age, and will allow your child to excel both in the classroom and in the real world. Chess opens up a dialogue between young and old, it is a language in and of itself that allows those who can play to find common ground no matter the age or native language of the player. This game is played worldwide amongst avid opponents from across the globe.

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5 Signs That Your Child is Struggling to Read

For many parents, there is nothing quite like snuggling up with your children and a good book and traveling off into an imaginary world of awe and wonder. Reading to our children not only fosters a love of reading, but it has been proven to give children a higher aptitude for learning in general. Sometimes, however, children can develop reading disabilities that rob them of the joy of reading they once had, and if the markers of their struggle to read go unnoticed, the child is at risk of falling far behind. Being able to recognize the signs of reading deficiencies early can make a huge difference by getting your child the help they need. Because early intervention is key to a child’s success in overcoming such difficulties, we have listed for you some of the most common signs of a child’s struggle to read.

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Reconciling the Past and the Present: Remembering a loved one with your child

Grieving is a challenging process. One of the many difficulties in the grieving process is the fear of forgetting a loved one. As a parent, this fear may be intensified because you may worry that your child will forget the precious few memories your child had with a loved one. Alternatively, you may grieve that your loved one never met your child. Reconciling the past and present has its obstacles, but as stated by Allison Gilbert, “[w]e can all live our fullest lives when we accept that absence and presence can coexist.” Here are some ways to remember and celebrate your loved one with your child.

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3 Things Keeping You From Being The Mother You Want To Be

Have you ever heard the saying, “When Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy”? While it’s meant to be a witty catchphrase, it couldn’t be more true. In most cases, mothers are the heart and the hub of their families. They’re the planners of everything – from weekly meals to the minute details of birthday parties to kick-ass playdates and bi-annual dentist appointments. They’re the executers of the 20,000 daily tasks that go into maintaining and running a home. They’re the boo-boo kissers, the midnight snack-getters, the lunch packers, the laundry doers, the dog poop cleaner-uppers, the homework helpers, the endless huggers, the school drop-off and pick-uppers, the dreamers, the planners, the worriers, the warriors – they are their families’ multi-tasking, masterminded wonder women. Just thinking about how “a mother’s job is never done” is exhausting.

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6 Reasons Parents Want Uniforms

Now that the school year has begun in most of the United States, parents are back to the daily battle of what not to wear to school each day. Only these episodes don’t feature a sarcastic Stacey or fashionable Clinton holding a gift card for an all-expenses paid shopping spree. No- these episodes feature crying children (or teenagers), a plea for the coolest new shoes, a search for a translator for the school’s dress code, and parents throwing money down the proverbial drain. And, every year parents all over the country wonder why their local schools don’t switch to uniforms thereby ending the argument as to why your ten year old can’t have those $150 pair of shoes everyone else has or getting a call that your daughter (yes, only your daughter) is out of dress code. So educators and politicians, we are here to tell you- we want uniforms!

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Firefighters Are Your Friends!

Through the thick smoke and flames, they may look like a scary creature and sound like Darth Vader, but have no fear! It is a friendly firefighter coming your way and they want to help you.

It is crucial for their safety that children are taught not to be fearful of firefighters. Although they may look frightening when they are donned in their gear, it is vital to reiterate to children that firefighters are good and they can trust them. It is recommended to have a discussion with your children about the difference between “bad strangers” and “good strangers”.  Explain to them that like police officers, firefighters are “good strangers”. Clarify that even though they do not know them personally, they have your permission to seek out a uniformed firefighter in the event of an emergency.

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Selecting the Right Hair Care for your Type

You worry about your skin. You invest a significant amount of your time and money into caring for your skin as best as you can. Preventing damage, signs of aging, and dryness are all things that we associate with skincare. However, your skin isn’t the only part of you that needs some TLC. Why don’t we give our hair the same attention? Hair care is just as important and our hair is subject to aging, damage, and dryness as well. Our hair and our skin are both subject to the same environment and we want to keep them both looking amazing no matter how old we are or what we have going on in our lives. It is time we love the hair on our heads and care for it like we care for our skin!

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Why Moms Need Exercise

The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be. 

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Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas

For many people, a visit to the Bahamas is on their travel bucket list. Maybe you’ve traveled to the Bahamas without kids or maybe you’ve never been there at all. As parents, the first thing we research when picking a destination for a getaway is how family friendly that city or area happens to be. Traveling somewhere and realizing there is literally nothing for your kids to do is a nightmare! Please keep the Bahamas on your list of must visit locations and plan a family vacation with kids in tow. Nassau is very family friendly from the accommodations to the activities. Everyone in your family is welcomed here and everyone will have a wonderful time. We’ve made it easy for you to plan your next vacation. Here is Daily Mom’s Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas. 

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5 Reasons to Shop at Bealls This Fall

This is a sponsored post written by Daily Mom on behalf of Bealls Stores. All opinions are 100% ours.

As fall creeps in and everything magically becomes pumpkin spiced, you are probably ready to do some shopping for your family. The kids need new jeans; nothing fits from last year. You hate everything in your closet and if your husband tries to wear that gross hoodie from college one more time, your head might explode. If you live in Florida, we’ve got the perfect place for you to get your fall shopping done. Bealls Florida is a Florida staple and if you are not already shopping at Bealls, you are missing out! Here are 5 Reasons to Shop at Bealls this fall.

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Trying To Keep It Together After An Affair

Days, weeks, and months went by, but these feelings… the feelings of mistrust, betrayal, depression, stress, and fear, and still having to hold it all together while being a “good” mother, seemed impossible. The marriage was fine, everything was good. There were no hang ups, major fights, or even un-attraction issues, and yet it still happened. It happened, and even though life continued on, there was this standstill. No movement forward nor backward. Nothing but the betrayal, the affair – it was the existence of the marriage: The Affair. Life still moved forward, mothering had to be done, so just keep it together, right? 

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An open letter to my introverted son as he enters Kindergarten

I don’t remember ever feeling as alive as I did the moment you were placed into my arms. Everything before you – experiencing every first, momentous occasion during my childhood, my first awkward kiss in high school, falling in love (not once, but twice) in college, standing at the church alter in a breathtaking couture gown and marrying your Daddy in front of all of our loved ones, spotlights shining down on me as I stood on countless stages throughout my life in front of hundreds of people – none of it compared to the day you were born, my baby boy. You made me a mother, the greatest role I’ll ever play on life’s stage. And since that day, motherhood has ignited a flame in my soul and has let me truly feel emotions I never knew existed.

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How A Vacation Can Reconnect Loved Ones

When friends or family live far apart, it can be hard to stay truly connected. Of course you can text, Facetime, or follow each other on social media, but as the weeks and months go by, that helps less and less, and you feel further and further apart. This summer we discovered how powerful a beach vacation can be when it comes to reconnecting with loved ones you haven’t seen in a long time. We took the perfect vacation to bring together kids and adults, families and friends, and it left our hearts so full that we just have to share with you the secrets we learned to reconnecting by getting away together.

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Teaching Our Children to Trust – Building Sustainable Relationships with Authority Figures

Growing up we always heard adults say, “it’s all about respect,” when addressing relationships between children, teens, and young adults with teachers, pastors, police, and parents. But that is not altogether accurate. It is not “all about respect” and it is most certainly not just about respect. Relationships on both a personal and public level are built not only on respect, but on trust, understanding and the consistency of fulfilled expectations. As a firm believer that respect is something which must be earned, when it comes to these other characteristics they are the building blocks of a respectful relationship, thus inherently must come first.

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