All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting' (1,094)

Web Safety for Your Kids

There is no fighting it… Our kids jump online as soon as they can, signing up for Facebook, MySpace accounts and to countless other sites unknown to us adults.  And of course, as parents, this raises legitimate concerns for cyberbullying, sexting, and other inappropriate or potentially unsafe behavior our kids might – unwittingly – exhibit while using their electronic…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on January 15, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Kids Off The Couch: Female Role Models for 2011 - True Grit & Newbery Award Winner "Moon Over Manifest"

We're full of New Year's Resolutions about leading a more intentional life in 2011, and have already been inspired by two new fictional heroines. Mattie Ross is the fourteen year-old heroine of Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit, which is in the hunt for Oscar nominations even while it has…

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Added by Pamela Saunders on January 13, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Wait, When Did I Become Retro?

This week has been Spirit Week at my kids' school, and each day they've had something fun to look…

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Added by Morgan M on January 13, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Characteristics Of Indigo Children

Who are the Indigo children and adults?

Jan Tober interviewed Nancy Ann Tappe in her ground breaking book… Continue

Added by Carol Lawrence on January 12, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Moment of the Week - 21

My guitar-playing, dancing twins at your service!  Cute videos!

http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2011/01/moment-of-week-21.html

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 9, 2011 at 11:18am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 21

Ways to Trick your Baby:



Problem:  Your kid, to put it mildly, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  It seems no matter what you do, you are going to be graced with a crying jag leftover from sleep.  Nothing appeases, nothing stops it.  She's just cranky when she wakes up.



Solution:  Try to get there right before she wakes up.  This has worked for me about 50 percent of the time.  It's hard to pull off because sometimes the babies will sleep for an hour, other times…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 8, 2011 at 2:42pm — No Comments

The Common Denominator

What do teachers and students have in common?  They're all people.  Too often, this similarity is overlooked if not entirely forgotten.  Teachers good and bad fall into their roles, and students, often with some resistance, follow suit.  Ignoring humanity in our school systems does no one any favors, and it only gets worse as the government focuses on test scores and statistics instead of on students.



As I considered who to highlight here, the choices seemed endless.  I could choose… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 7, 2011 at 12:22pm — No Comments

As Twins Grow Up

My girls are identical twins.  I have kept them on the same schedule since birth.  They sleep at the same time, eat at the same time, watch TV at the same time, play at the same time.  Everything is the same.  They even play on the same playground toys at the same time.  It's just easier for me that way.  Plus, they don't seem to mind.  Little did I know I was instigating a mindset that is unknown to most children and that my twins will have to overcome as they grow up.…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 6, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

I Will Die on Every Hill

The moment you start fighting with a toddler, you have already lost.  Everyone loses, but the parent especially.  The main problem is that a toddler will treat every minor infraction with the same amount of vigor.  It doesn't matter if they have just broken their leg or if you gave them cheerios in the wrong bowl.  When your toddler has the fighting spirit, nothing can stop them.  So the question is, how hard should we try? …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 5, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Natural Consequences

I would bet that for those of you reading this, you would agree that teaching children to be responsible can be difficult. In fact, sometimes 'teaching moments' present themselves and you have to capitalize on them. Like the time when I drove all the way to Lakeville (from Victoria) to Jack's soccer game only to hear, as I get out of the car, "Mom! I forgot my cleats!" And I must confess, my first reaction was to turn around and drive all the way home to get those cleats because otherwise I…

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Added by Amy Foley on January 4, 2011 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Should Kids Get Paid For Chores And School Performance?

This is a tough question... On one hand it may be a bit confusing to tie allowance directly to chores because we should be teaching our kids to help around the house when its needed, not just when it is part of their "to do" chores.  Also, it can be very easy for parents to lose track of the chores that have actually been completed. A…

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Added by Kristy Canton on January 4, 2011 at 3:23pm — No Comments

The Hanging Carrot

Packing up, leaving the house in a cluttered disarray of wrapping paper and toy pieces, and hurrying off to the airport at 8 a.m. just before the holidays, I felt nothing but dread as I looked ahead to our day of travel.



First a two-hour car ride to Orlando where we would drop the car off and wait for a shuttle to the airport.  Once there, we would have to check the bags in, go through security, and wait around to board the plane while trying to keep two toddlers amused and calm.  The… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Still here? Me too. (Video of my baby's life from the day she was born til now)

I thought I'd bring in the New Year with a video of my baby's life from

the day she was born (December 9th, 2009) up until now. I worked my ass



off on it. Did you know that she's been alive for three years even



though she's only just turned one? This was the super nerdy fact my



husband presented to me this morning.



Right before I informed him that I had saved our marriage.



Let me explain.



Instead of sex…

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Added by Ilana Wiles on January 3, 2011 at 11:36am — No Comments

Toddler Tricks - 20

Ways to Trick Your Baby:



Problem:  You have something important to do in a timely fashion.  You'll quickly find that nothing turns normally self-entertained, quiet babies or toddlers into snivelling, whiny, needy messes than the knowledge that their mommy or daddy might actually have something to do that doesn't involve them.



Solution:  Tread softly.  Let nothing in your attitude or demeanor betray that you might have something important to do.  Try not to let your…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on January 1, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A New Year

New Year's Eve has always been a disappointment in my life.  I'm not sure if that's because it's coming after the enormity that is Christmas, or if the expectations of the night are just too high. Maybe it's because of the immense pressure to finally make something of yourself this year, as if the changing of the calendar has any bearing on your personal goal system.  The falsity of the core concept of the New Year is about all that rings true.



Or maybe I'm just a little bitter. …

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 31, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments

Holiday Intensity

Christmas is for the memories.  Christmas is for the anticipation.  Christmas, at least when you're the parent of two year olds, is not for the day, itself.



On Christmas Eve, I excitedly brought down my horribly wrapped presents and placed them carefully under the tree in the most eye-pleasing manner I could manage.  I stepped back to view my work, envisioning the happy day that was surely awaiting us.…



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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Santa Concept

Christmas has been so hectic.  Dragging babies across the country, presents, presents, different foods, different people, presents, a massive snow storm, and, well, presents.





It's amazing how quickly the girls took to the idea of Santa.  We hadn't prepared them for it throughout the season.  We mentioned Christmas.  We told them about presents.  But we…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 28, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Think About What You Say

After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.



They’ve got the command down pat.



“Look,…

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Added by Darlena Cunha on December 22, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

Frump Mama Vs Glam













"Kailie, stay with me."

"Cole, don't touch that, we keep our hands to ourselves."

"Victoria Grace! You must hold Mommy's hand," I say in a matter of 5 seconds flat as I attempt to navigate the department store in the mall with my daycare kids and my daughter while… Continue

Added by Heather Shaw Riggleman on December 21, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

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