Posts Tagged ‘grandparents’

Grandparent Car Seat Myths Debunked with Diono Rainier

Grandparents are the best, but sometimes their ideals and nostalgia of the past inhibits them from making the “safest” decisions when it comes to car seat safety. Car seat safety is not just a mom being overly paranoid, it could save a child’s life.  We love our grandparents and are so thankful for all that they do, but when it comes to car seat safety, we must put our children first. We don’t skimp on car seat safety.

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Daily Mom Book Club: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for 8 Societies

From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.

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Gifts for Toddlers Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

As the holiday season approaches we are overwhelmed with advertisements and commercials about the best new gifts for everyone on your list. Parents and loved ones want to get the best for their little ones over the holidays, but sometimes it can be difficult to sift through all the toys, books, and gear to find the perfect gift. That’s where Daily Mom comes in! Below are some of the best gifts on the market for your little one ages 2 to 5 – everything from cute towels to personalized story books, toys to imaginative games. Check them out to check your toddlers off your list. 

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6 Low-Tech Ways to Connect With Your Grandkids

It’s hard enough trying to find common ground with your kids, but now that technology dominates young people’s lives, you might be struggling to find a way to connect with your grandchildren, too. You will love your grandbabies no matter what, but it’s important that you find a way to bond with them early on so they feel close to you for the rest of their lives.

Fortunately, even if you don’t feel comfortable using tech (or enjoy the idea of staring at screens day-in and day-out) you can still find ways to engage your grandkids, such as any of the following six bonding ideas below.

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5 Must Have Mid-life checkups for Women

January 1st rolls around and you’re ready to set new goals, make resolutions and implement changes in your habits. Here it is halfway into the year and have you made your annual health check-ups yet? Have you included them into your goals, changes and resolutions?

The single most important task you can do for yourself and your family is to be sure your body is in tip-top shape, both inside and out, especially when you enter mid-life. How you take care of yourself during your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s determines how healthy you will be when your 50’s and beyond hit. Before you know it, menopause will arrive and you’ll be asking yourself what is going on with your body, wondering what is normal and what is not.

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Moments of Marriage – A Letter to My Granddaughter

Wedding season is upon us. Many young women are proudly showing off their beautiful engagement rings and beginning their wedding preparations. It is a time of excitement for brides-to-be, their mothers, and if they’re fortunate enough to still have their grandmothers present, exciting for them as well. For many though, their grandmothers have passed on and it often leaves a void. Many years of wisdom from grandmothers could be shared and unfortunately won’t be.

For this reason, I want to be sure my granddaughter has tidbits of wisdom tucked into her heart, from my heart, before she walks down the aisle. I want her to know, even if I am not there with her physically, that my spirit and the moments of marriage I pass onto her will be remembered for always.

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Connecting with Grandchildren Who Live Far away

Grandparents delight in their grandchildren. They love holding, snuggling, kissing, and playing with them. Grandchildren are so precious!

But sometimes grandparents’ arms are empty and they feel sad because their grandchildren live too far away to regularly visit in person. It’s hard to have much of a relationship when grandma lives in San Diego and the grandchildren live in Bangor, Maine.

Even though grandchildren may live miles and miles away, grandparents can still be active in their grandchildren’s lives. Here are two ways that grandparents can use to connect with their sweet grandchildren.

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10 Tips: How To Live With Your Kids – Again

Remember when your children were young and you did everything to prepare them to be on their own one day. The leaving of the nest per se. They did leave, they were successful on their own and you finally adjusted to the empty nest. Yet for a number of different reasons, you get the call, “Dad, Mom, can I move back home? Just temporarily. I promise, it won’t be that bad.” As their parent, what can you say, you want to help your children out. So you agree. This time though it isn’t just your son or daughter. It may be their spouse, their children and even their pets. Your empty nest has become full again. Except this time, you are older, wiser and physically more tired. Your energy levels are not what they were when you were younger, and not only are they moving their physical bodies back home, but a good portion of their belongings too. More bodies equals more, well, everything! 

So how do you all survive? Here are 10 tips on how to live with your kids — again!

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10 Tips: How to Live with Your Parents – Again

Chances are, you flew the coop a while ago. Whether it’s been 15 years or 15 months, that time of living with your parents is gone. You grow up, freedom becomes yours, and you’re either eager to leave or you’re pushed out the door. You never really think a time will come again when you’re knocking on that all too familiar door, suitcase in hand, butterflies in your stomach, ready to tell the ‘rents that you’re back. No matter what the reason for your return, if you’re planning on living with your parents again, either on a short term or long term basis, there are ways to help make the transition and the long days of living there more bearable, if not a tad bit enjoyable. Here’s how…

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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7 Tips for Setting Boundaries with Grandparents

You’ve just welcomed your first child and during all of the excitement of becoming a new parent, you’ve failed to recognize that life has also changed for those around you. Those individuals who your husband and yourself call parents are now grandparents to your new baby. 

How do you deal with the new responsibilities of becoming a parent? Most new parents rely heavily on their parents for the first few months while they adjust to their new responsibilities. Grandparents offer up advice and suggestions to their children as they parent their new child.  Some of their advice can be unsolicited though, so it’s important to set boundaries with the new grandparents preferably before the baby arrives. Oftentimes if boundaries are not set, it can affect the relationship between the parent and grandparent as the child continues to grow.

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How To Celebrate Grandparents’ Day

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th. It is an officially recognized national holiday like Mother’s and Father’s Day. It’s a day set aside to encourage families to visit and honor their grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law this national holiday. Grandparents.com tells the story of how it came about. This day often gets forgotten and yet it can be a memorable way to teach children how to celebrate and show appreciation to an older generation.

There are more grandparents today than ever before. People are living beyond the age of 65 and for the first time in history, people age 65 and older will outnumber children under age five. Many generational connections can be made and now is your chance to do something grand to show your grandparents how much they mean to you.

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