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…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 22, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 21, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 20, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on May 16, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on April 15, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Shivani Cotter on September 17, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments
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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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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on February 7, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments
By: Jennifer S.
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.…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 26, 2012 at 11:59am — No Comments
Grandparents are special people;
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 25, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I have a lot of things in my house that serve no purpose.I have them simply because I can. They might have been a good bargain or a well intentioned gift, but they serve no purpose in my life. Bath loofahs are a good example. I probably have 10, am always acquiring more, but never-ever use them.
I can take little credit for the meals which are prepared in our house. My husband is chef. I am cooking-assistant (yes, that’s what he really calls me). I peel potatoes, chop onions, boil…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 18, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments
One of the absolute best moments of my entire life was the moment I saw my son for the first time. Of course it was! My entire life would never be the same.
But months before the birth of our son, an unexpected moment made me realize how my life was about to change.
I was 5 months pregnant before two tests confirmed our family would be growing. It wasn’t a dramatic I-Didn’t-Know-I-Was-Pregnant (on TLC) moment, just a surprise that I had a difficult time accepting. Babies…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 17, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments
Let me preface what follows with two key points:
1. If a child does something interesting once, it’s only interesting. If they do it consistently, then you’ve got something to worry about.
2. My taste in music sucks… as in I have no taste in music.
Having a child in and of itself is full of surprises. Despite expecting unexpected moments, I have noticed an unusual behavior in child that isn’t mentioned in What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year. During…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 9:08pm — No Comments
My son doesn’t have a Jack-in-the-box. Excuse me while I pause and breathe a sigh of relief.
But what does alarm me are the toys that play music, light up, or have some other battery operated function… especially at 3 am.
If you’re a mom it’s not hard to imagine that 3 am wake-up call from your child. You hear a small sound coming from the baby monitor and hope it doesn’t become a bigger more upset sound. But the moans and groans become a cry and you accept your fate (if you…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 14, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments
I have never been a world traveler. I’ve only ever left the country to go to Canada, didn’t go to Walt Disney World until I was 19 years old, flew once on an airplane when I was 2 years old and not again until I was 24, and I have never been on the West Coast.
I can still remember those random winter days when we would gather for a family meeting to discuss where we wanted to go for our family vacation. Being the ten year old history buff I was, I always suggested colonial…Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 12, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments