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Whether you or your loved one has experienced or is experiencing a mental health problem, life can feel almost impossible at times and you can feel as if nobody understands you. Developing your knowledge on mental health conditions can not only help you understand and help,…

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Keeping a neat, tidy, and beautiful home can be a challenge when you have kids, but it can be done. You just have to be smart about how you decorate.

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All Blog Posts Tagged 'dad' (70)

School Avoidance (Part 1 of 2)

We have had three calls to our Family Support Line in the last month related to children refusing to go to school. It occurred to me that this might be a good topic to address in the blog. In the twenty years that I have been working with children and families, I have noticed that school avoidance seems to rise around the holidays. I believe there are a few reasons for the peak in school avoidance around this time of year. The first is that the semester is finishing up and the stress…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on November 25, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Magic of Toddlers

August is not only the month that most children return to school, but it is also unofficially National Toddler Month. So it seemed appropriate to blog on something related to toddlers this month. Toddlers are defined as children between the ages of one to three. This is my favorite age group. They are those magical creatures that find awe in everything! Everything is new and exciting to them. They are working on figuring out how to assert their independence, but also want to know that they…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on August 30, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Food Pranks and Other So Called Summer Fun

Do you know what your kids are doing for summer fun?  Have you heard them talking about food challenges?  Have they mentioned the chubby bunny game, the choking game, or burns?  If you have heard them talking about any of these activities, they may be involved in potentially dangerous activities or know someone else who is involved in risky behaviors.    

The activities listed in this blog can be an issue year-round, however the risk to children and teens during the summer months is…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on July 5, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Midnight Milkshakes, Blanket Forts, and Other Family Fun

One of the best ways to develop relationships and build confidence is to have fun together as a family.  I just discovered there is a month long celebration aimed at that very thing, strengthening families and building healthy, confident kids.  National Family Month is exactly what it sounds like, a celebration of family.   It runs annually from Mother's Day to Father's Day. 

An easy way to have fun with your kids is to remember what you enjoyed when you were their age and then do it…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on June 14, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Dad’s Survival Guide for the Final Stages of Labor and Delivery

Dad if you have made it this far and haven’t passed out, this is the ultimate moment that you have been waiting for.  You are so close to meeting the baby that has been growing in your her womb for the last 9 months and the one you have felt move and kick you when you place your hand on her stomach.  Dad she still needs your help and coaching so that she can remain calm,…

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Added by Christy Garrett on May 23, 2013 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Preventing or Decreasing Long-term Problems in Children

Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional.  May is Mental Health Awareness month.     Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues.  Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Dad’s Guide to Survive Active Labor

Many new dads don’t know what to expect during the labor and delivery process, especially, if they are a first time dad.  If you have ever seen a tv show or movie that shows a woman giving birth, let me assure you that most labors don’t look anything like what you have seen on television.  A woman typically labors for many hours before she is ready to deliver her baby and it…

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Added by Christy Garrett on May 22, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments

A Dad’s Guide to Recognizing Early Labor

Dad are you prepared for the birth of your new baby?  If not, now is a great time to begin preparing for delivery day.  It is important to be  prepared so that you know exactly what to do when your wife or significant appears to be in labor.  The best way to learn about labor is to attend a child birthing class with your wife or significant other; however, child birth classes…

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Added by Christy Garrett on May 21, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Dad’s Guide to Packing Hospital Bag for the Birth of Your Baby

Dad if you plan on staying at the hospital after your baby is born, you will need to pack a bag for your stay so that you don’t have to run back and forth from the hospital.  Of course, if you forget anything you have the luxury of going back home and grabbing items that you forgot (including items that your wife or significant other might have forgotten).  The laboring…

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Added by Christy Garrett on May 20, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Keeping Dad Involved During Pregnancy – My Experience

I remember the morning that I took the pregnancy test on September 26, 2010, just a few days after my husband’s birthday.  The pregnancy test turned positive right away.  We had been trying for a long time to have a baby and we were finally blessed with the news that we were expecting.  At the time, the…

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Added by Christy Garrett on May 16, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

How to Handle Biting in Young Children (By Stacy Hladek)

I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler.  While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother.  My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working.  Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time

Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another.  It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless.  There is hope! 

Whenever a child is…

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Added by Stacy Hladek on April 18, 2013 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

15 Tips for Dad To Bond With Their Newborn Baby

Dad, do you feel as if you are having trouble bonding with your baby?  Many dad’s feel as if it is harder to bond with their newborn baby, especially, if mom chooses to breast feed their baby.  If you are feeling left out and can’t participate in your baby’s feedings, use these 15 tips to help bond with your…

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Added by Christy Garrett on April 15, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Bows-N-Ties Review

Check out this great gift for the special guy in your life! Bows-N-Ties Review

Added by Abby Billings on October 12, 2012 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Top 10 Math Apps For Kids!

Teaching children math is no feat!  Knowing that my daughter would start her math curriculum this week made me anxious!  Although she is only in Kindergarten, I still wanted to expose her to math.  The search was on!  I was determined to find the best math apps for children!  Between the hundreds (maybe thousands) of  math apps for kids available, I have listed the top 10 below.  The final determination was based on a few different things... reviews from parents, reviews from other websites…

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Added by Shivani Cotter on September 17, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments

The Monster Weekend Blog Hop is Live! Come join in and gain new fans!

Welcome to Week 2 of the Monster Weekend Blog Hop, hosted by EJ of Four Little Monsters. If you're a blogger hungry for new followers and friends, you're in the right place. Let's build a monster online presence together! The Monster Weekend Blog Hop welcomes all Mom & Dad bloggers, travel bloggers, food bloggers and other family-friendly blogs. Please write to FourLilMonstersBlog@yahoo.com to express your interest in co-hosting next time! …

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Added by EJ Curran on August 10, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Technology, Baby And Fisher-Price

The Technology Savvy Baby And Fisher-Price...



Fisher-Price products have been a staple in my home since the birth of my children. Since 1930, Fisher-Price has been crafting products for young children that are not only safe and age appropriate, they help our children’s… Continue

Added by Shivani Cotter on July 19, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments

How I Met Your Father

My husband will hate that I’ve shared our story. I love him, but mostly I don’t care if this bothers him or not. It’s my story too. It’s the story of how we met.

When you are in high school, everyone wants to know when you will get your driver’s license.  When you are in college, everyone wants to know what you are majoring in. When you finish college, everyone wants to know where you are working. When you are working, everyone wants to know if you are dating anyone. When you are…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on February 7, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Top 10 Baby Myths

By: Jennifer S.

Mommy Huh

I was the first of my family and friends to have a baby last year during the baby boom. Cousins were pregnant, co-workers were pregnant, friends were pregnant, even famous people who are significantly older than me were pregnant. I began to suspect babies aren’t really made the way my mother told me. I think sometimes you can get pregnant from drinking water.…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 26, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments

Adventures in Grandparenting

Grandparents are special people;

  • There are lots of t-shirts complimenting their generosity (If daddy says no, grandpa says yes).
  • We have special days to honor them with house plants & neck ties.
  • They are presented with global awards for their outstanding service (World’s Best Grandparent).
  • They are the most cost-effective child care option and provide a low grandparent-grandchild ratio to provide special…
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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 25, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

My Love Affair with Mr. Darcy

I remember that afternoon at the office water cooler. Two of my co-workers were discussing their summer reading lists. I jumped in to the conversation by admitting I couldn’t remember the last time I had read a book and I was curious if they had any recommendations.

When I was growing up, if I didn’t have a Barbie in my hand, I had a book. Yes, I was that kid. It started with an encyclopedia…

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Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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