Children are naturally curious. They find wild delight in tiny ants crossing the sidewalk, they take pleasure in pulling out all the contents in your kitchen cabinets, and they love sticking their hands into gooey mud and rubbing it all over themselves and the dog. Children want to learn and explore the world around them – and it is our job to foster this creativity by encouraging them to think critically about the how’s and why’s of the world. It is your job to enlighten them in the world of science.
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It seems like once the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, the resolutions begin flying around. Maybe you’ve vowed to unplug a bit in the new year and spend more precious time with your family. Or perhaps you’re going to finally start that business you’ve been dreaming up in your head for years. Whatever your goal is for 2017, we can’t wait to help you dominate the heck out of it! If your mom goal is to work on becoming a healthier version of yourself, we can’t wait to tell you about the health benefits of little known muscadine.
It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public.
The holiday season is here! For many that means cold, wintery weather and long afternoons inside. With children on their winter breaks there will be plenty of time for all sorts of fun activities. Why not show that it’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year by wearing some holiday cheer?
Grab the kids and head to the craft store. In one afternoon of fun you’ll be spreading the joy everywhere you go with these simple DIY angel earrings.
When you think of holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the first things you think of is: food. Overindulgence just seems to be part of the plan. Willpower seems to go by the wayside, but it is pertinent to a diabetic.
Today, Antoinette Taranto, mom of two sons (one of which is a diabetic), offers some tricks and tips to help enjoy the holidays. With proper management, children with diabetes can enjoy the holidays as well.
The cold weather has begun to draw in for much of the country and gone are the nights of sleeping in oversized tee-shirts and shorts. Now is the wonderful time of year where you get to snuggle your kids in and make sure they are all warm and cozy. With the holidays just around the corner you may even want to read them heartwarming stories to ensure that they have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. With the new Winter and Holiday collection from Skylar Luna you can make sure that they are wearing comfortable pajamas that are crafted from 100%-organic cotton, free of any fire retardant chemicals.
Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. What’s not to love: fun costumes, perfect weather, friends, family, late bedtimes, and candy. All that candy can be overwhelming. You want to enjoy the holiday, have fun and be carefree, but you are also dreading the aftermath – the “My child is up entirely too late, and now they want to eat all this candy, and I’ve got to tell them no… right?”
We recently spoke with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D, a psychology professor, a brain and cognitive scientist, and an expert in the psychology of eating. According to Susan, telling them no isn’t always the right answer. At least, not on Halloween night.
The weather has finally started to cool down, and that means it’s the perfect time to get the kids outside for some active play. Summer was spent in the sprinklers, at the pool, or at the beach, but the crisp fall air allows you to be active without the need to cool off in the water. One great family friendly activity for this time of year is bike riding. And being prepared with the right gear can make for a much more comfortable and fun ride for everyone. For your littlest riders, a bike seat is a key accessory needed. But how do you know which one is the right one for you?
Hamax is an innovative child road safety company that offers high quality, safe bike seat products for your family. They have several different options depending on your needs and the needs of your child, and it’s important to look at the features of each seat to ensure that it works for your bike and for you. Below is a list of key features to look for when you’re transitioning your bike from a one-seater to a two-seater.
If you have a school aged child, you know what we are talking about. You are eager to hear all about your child’s day as you pick them up from school or as they get off the bus. Your smiling face, excited gestures, and open arms are met with grunts, groans, snippy tones, and all around bad attitudes. What’s the deal? Haven’t they missed you? Didn’t they have a good day? Are they sick? Was someone mean to them?
Take a step back mama. No need to panic! It’s just a case of the after-school grumpies. Coming home from a busy day at school can make many kids cranky, snappy, and all-around exhausted especially if they are just beginning their school careers and not used to this change. Luckily, there are ways to combat the after school grumpies as long as you have the right ammo in your arsenal.
Do you have an old push car lying around that you want to spruce up? Maybe it is the wrong color, dingy and old, or not expressive enough for your child’s flair? Whatever the reason, we’ve created a step-by-step tutorial to help make your old car feel like it just rolled off the lot.
Parents have a rough job. Not only do they have to keep their kids healthy, fed, clothed, and sheltered they also have to teach them to be good people. If you have more than one child you know that often times some of your greatest tests of patience and use of parenting skills are used when your children are squabbling with one another.
A parent’s first instinct when they hear their children arguing in another room is to run in and help resolve the issue. However, research shows that allowing your children time and space to work out their own compromise is beneficial in many different ways as long as they have been taught the skills. Parents need to play both an active and passive role when it comes to disagreements between siblings – help them work through issues and show conflict resolution, but then step back and let them do it themselves once they have the knowledge base.
According to the CDC, the obesity rate has quadrupled in the past 30 years. And, with the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation (especially within children), it is more important than ever to teach kids about health and exercise. Children are extremely impressionable and often imitate what parents do, thus making it immensely important to instill healthy perceptions of fitness early in life.
Our society tends to focus too much on what a person looks like, tainting the image of a healthy body. Instead of harping on having the perfect body or looking a certain way; teach your child(ren) the importance of why exercise coupled with a healthy diet is so crucial to longevity, overall health, and happiness.
A mother’s work is never done. From running to the grocery store, work, park play dates, cleaning, you name it, we do it all. Unfortunately, our health isn’t always at the forefront of our minds. And while most of us do a pretty good job of taking prenatal vitamins to help us stay healthy during pregnancy, we could still be missing out on vital vitamins and minerals that aren’t provided in prenatal vitamins; namely, calcium.
You had your birth plan set. Hospital picked out? Check. Doctor or midwife who you trust and respect? Check. Overnight bag packed? Check. You might not have been ready, but you were prepared. Then your little bundle of love decided to check out early, and all of that planning was thrown out the window. Now you have a preemie in the NICU and you’re an emotional wreck.
You imagined strapping your little one into a car seat for the first time, leaving the hospital together as a family, and saying sayonara to the hospital for good. Instead, you are scouring the internet to find out anything you can about surviving with your baby in the NICU. Because the truth is, you are in survival mode right now. And that’s ok.
Right now, place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes, and feel your heart beat. Notice each inhale and exhale of your breath. Say out loud, “It’s ok”. Do this from time to time throughout your day, and if only for those few moments, you will find relief.
Here are some more tips to help you get through your stay at the NICU, from one mom of a preemie to another.