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7 Simple Steps to Handle Any Parenting Situation

1. Listen. Pause and listen to your child before springing into action or firing back a response. This means zipping your lip, biting your tongue, and accepting that a little parental silence can go a long way. 2. Let your child know you “get it.” Validate your child by repeating back a bit of what he or she said, even...

Back to School Already? vs It’s time for School!

  Changing Your Mindset to be School Ready What do you and your family think of when it comes to summer? Do your minds run wild thinking about all the fun things you can do with friends and family. Are your children going to have a big sleep over, go on another vacation, or set a new world record of sleeping...

Why a True One-to-One Learning Experience Works

  Did you know that the average American classroom has 24.3 students, leaving a single teacher to develop, plan and execute a curriculum? With the array of learning curves in a classroom, lack of student/teacher interaction and developmental disabilities, far too many students aren’t receiving the attention they need from their teachers. Additionally, an educator may be spread too thin,...

Childbirth and Childcare

Knowing your children will be well cared for when you are in the hospital giving birth and recovering can bring you great peace of mind. Under optimal conditions, you will have family and friends your children are familiar with near by to help care for them. Grandparents, friends, even long term caregivers can provide your child with familiarity and...

Coloring Tips to Help You Create Lifelong Memories With Your Kids

When I was a child I colored, sketched and painted every day. It was a certainty. One other certainty in my heart at that time was that I'd one day be a "mom." Much time has passed. I've been so many different things along the way, and my path was often winding. But here I am today; all grown up...

Taming The Beast – Social Media And Teens

Taming The Beast - Social Media And Teens Social media and Teens: the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. (Wikipedia) Sounds harmless enough, doesn't it? Sounds almost necessary and educational according to the above definition. As a parent, if I was asked to visually define social media, the...

2015’s Top 10 Baby Formulas

Every mom wants to feed her baby the most nutritional formula, but if you've never shopped for baby formulas before, it can be a little bit overwhelming with all the choices out there.  And naturally, every brand claims that it's the best, so how are you supposed to know for sure? To make things easier on moms who are trying...

How To Discipline A Child – 5 Effective and Creative Ideas

One of the many, many challenging parts of parenting is finding the correct way to discipline your child so they learn right from wrong, and understand that there are consequences for willful bad behavior.  How do you make it fair but effective?  How do you get your point across without feeling like the Wicked Witch of the West?  How...

Up And Coming Baby Name Trends For 2016

Like everything else in this ever-changing world, the trends in baby names is always developing, and always shifting.  One year, Madison might be the most popular name in the world, and next year, general opinion towards that particular moniker could change.  That's how swift and sudden it is.  That doesn't stop scores of parents from following those trends. If you...

10 Thing To Remember When Potty-Training

Ah, potty-training...  The horrible, looming task that hangs in the back of every parent's head from the day their child is born.  Everyone hears the horror stories and the tales of endless frustration.  There is unlimited literature on the subject, but still potty-training continues to frustrate parents (and their toddlers) all over the world. Relax.  It's just potty-training, after all....