Posts Tagged ‘parenting tips’

Should You Redshirt your Kindergartener?

If you have a child with a late summer or early autumn birthday, the thought to hold your child back from kindergarten for one extra year may have crossed your mind. There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide if “big kid” school is right for your baby, and ultimately, as a parent, you know best. But we all want to do our research when making this decision as it will impact the rest of your child’s school career. That’s why we have put together some of the reasons for holding your child back and against holding your child back another year. 

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8 Easy Things You Can Do in 8 Seconds

People often complain that they don’t have time to do what they want. And yes, this statement is very relevant for moms. How many times have you wanted to have a rest for at least one minute? But sometimes it seems impossible, because a mom should be a ninja and a superhero at the same time!

However, if you are a mom, you know how to do everything quickly, clearly, and without any problems. On top of that, there are things which you can do in several seconds. So, what are they?

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Car Seat Guide: Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB

When it’s time to shop for a new car seat for your growing baby, the options can seem endless. There are so many different brands that have so many different features, it can be hard to decipher which one is the best for you and your family. The first and foremost thing on any parent’s list is safety. They want to be ensured that their baby, toddler, or older child is safe in their seat. After that, parents often look towards other factors – comfort levels, ease of installation, and the ability to grow with your child. Britax is one company that is synonymous with safety, and their line of car seats have all those features and more, in their convertible car seats. They have several different collections, but their newest – the Advocate ClickTight ARB Convertible car seat – takes those features to a whole new level. 

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Beyond 6 Months: Benefits of Nursing Until One Year

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. 

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7 Healthy Airport Eats and Tips to Stay on Track

The holiday season is one of the busiest times for traveling. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, one thing is certain – your options to eat healthy will be limited. Even if you are the healthiest of eaters, many of us tend to forgo our regular diets during the days in which we are traveling because of limited options, limited time, and a limited travel budget. Airports are known for having notoriously unhealthy foods for patrons like over-priced convenience store snacks, fast food joints, and greasy restaurants. However, there seem to be more and more healthy alternatives popping up – if you know how to find them. Below are some popular restaurants and food spots you might find on your next layover, and some of their healthier options. 

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10 Parenting Lessons To Learn from The Walking Dead

Raise your hand if you love The Walking Dead! We are big fans here at Daily Mom. We’ve been watching for years. For many of us, our love for The Walking Dead began before our children were even born. What makes this show so excellent isn’t the gross zombies and special effects, it is the character development. We learn lessons right along with the characters. As they change, we change and we take away new things to think about after every episode. They might be surviving a zombie apocalypse but we are surviving parenthood and some days, that feels like the same thing. Spoiler Alert! If you aren’t caught up through Season 6, please don’t read this. With Season 7 premiering, we thought we would bring you 10 parenting lessons from The Walking Dead.

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Ending the After School Grumpies

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. 

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6 Ways To Talk To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse

April: It’s not just about the thirst-quenching showers that bring about the blooming May flowers; no, it’s more profound than that. Most parents may be unaware that sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. However, have you contemplated the research done by the Crimes Against Children Research Center? It shows that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

These children who are the victims of prolonged sexual abuse usually develop low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may also become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Krav Maga Worldwide, a leading self-defense organization, is offering parents tips on what to teach their children if they are involved in an attack and also tips for preventing attacks.

As uncomfortable as this topic may be, here are some tips to take to heart to protect your children starting as young as two years old. 

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Teaching Children Self-Control in a World of Immediacy

We know it by many names: patience, discipline, reserve, restraint. When children exhibit self-control, we often note how well-behaved they are, what good manners they possess, and what great parents they must have. However, in today’s world, with everything available at their fingertips (not to mention sensory overload) and the fact that their peers are constantly downloading, upgrading, and advancing at lightning speed, it’s becoming increasingly harder to teach children that good things come to those who wait. Depending on your child’s age, there are some things you can do to reemphasize the value of patience and ultimately, self-control.

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Turning Your Day Around When Chaos Strikes

“Tweet, tweet, tweet!” chirp the birds outside your window. You smile and stretch, give your husband a smooch and get up slowly to start your day. The coffee is already brewed, and you sit down to enjoy a hot cup of joe when the kids come downstairs, dressed and ready for breakfast. “Pancakes or toast?” you ask, having a very June Cleaver moment, when all of a sudden… you wake up. From what, pray tell?

Your 4-year-old smacking you in the face demanding Caillou and Cheerios and your husband jumping out of bed, a half hour late to work since you accidentally set the alarm to PM not AM (again). As you rush downstairs, toddler at your feet, you realize there’s no coffee or milk for the Cheerios and you’re bickering with your husband over Alarmgate 2015.

Sound familiar? We all have those days where you wish you could start over and not feel like you are about to explode before 8am. When your morning starts with chaos, it tends to set the mood for the rest of the day and leaves you stressed out and easily agitated. Since you can’t snap your fingers and have a do-over, here are five tips to help you mentally and emotionally start the day over for the better.

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8 Ways to Take Time For Yourself When You Exclusively Breastfeed

When you’re a breastfeeding mother, it’s difficult to take time for yourself. Some breastfed babies don’t take bottles or pacifiers well, so you take the role of both for them. This means that as long as you breastfeed you can’t be more than a few minutes away from your baby, and this can get tiring. Baby comes first and sometimes mom gets neglected. It’s important to take time for yourself though. If you are recharged and rested you’re able to tackle everything life throws at you (sometimes literally if you have a toddler too!).

Here are some tips for spending time on yourself that work around your baby’s schedule.

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Expert Tips for Saving Time — and Your Sanity!

Picture this: it’s lunchtime, and you’re rushing out to do a few (quick) errands before that all-important afternoon nap (AKA your hour of sanity). You’re making good time, until you get to the post office… and the line is out the door.

“Why is everyone in the city at the post office now?” you think to yourself, as your baby begins to cry and your tired toddler knocks down a display of strategically placed boxes and office supplies.

We’ve been there — we have so been there. That’s why we did our research, talked to the experts and compiled this list of insider’s tips so you can save yourself time, energy… and your sanity!

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Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler From Crib to Bed

Maybe your toddler has learned how to crawl out of the crib or they’re just so long that their arms and legs are always sticking out through the crib slats. Or maybe, you have another baby on the way and don’t want to buy a second crib. Whatever the reason, you’ve determined that it’s time to move them into a big kid bed. So, how do you actually go about making the switch?

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Carrier Guide: Boba

Are you looking for a stylish and comfortable carrier to use for quick trips or a long leisurely outing? Boba is the baby carrier for you! If you like to invest your money wisely in things that will serve your family for years to come, then Boba is your best value pick. We love the Boba carrier here at Daily Mom and we are excited to share all of our reasons why.

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