Every parent struggles with how to respond appropriately to bad behavior in our children. It's a good bet that a lot of our efforts are misguided. While there is no magic pill to solve all behavior problems, this post I found over at Positive Parents (originally shared at Creative Child Magazine) suggests a shift in mindset can make a big impact.Image courtesy of: Cagadas.JuanMiguel“You can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they … [Read more...] about Do This One Thing To Help Your Kids Behave Better
Taking on a project around the house might seem overwhelming or impossible, if you rent. However, there comes a time when looking at the same drab colors gets to us. Over at The Soccer Mom Blog, there is a great post with 5 specific projects you can do to add some life and pizazz to your home. Sometimes when you’re a renter, it feels like you’re “stuck” with everything as is.I admit I used to think why bother spending any time or money if this isn’t our forever home!But there is … [Read more...] about 5 Simple Home Projects You Can Do In One Day
Stay-at-home dads are becoming more common, whether by choice or circumstance. Over at Today's Parent, one dad shares the difficulty he went through in making the decision to stay home full time and the genuine joy and satisfaction that significant decision has brought into his life. Image courtesy of: Speed of Light But times are changing, and an ever-growing number of dads are staying home with their kids—either by choice or because of other factors, like layoffs or childcare … [Read more...] about Becoming A Stay-At-Home Dad Is Not Easy…Read This Dad’s Story
Over at Power of Positivity, there is a very interesting post on sleep. Or maybe better put, the sleep we are not getting.In our constantly plugged-in, fast-paced society today, it’s no wonder why so many people have sleeping problems. Some doctors and researchers have even called lack of adequate sleep a public health epidemic due to the number of sleep-deprived citizens today. In fact, according to a Gallup report, a staggering 41% of Americans don’t get the recommended … [Read more...] about Use This Simple Formula To Fall Asleep Easily Every Night
Over at How To Be A Dad, there is a humorous post describing the role of a parent as a full job description. Here is the summary of the position.Job Title: Parent (Mother / Father)Department: Human DevelopmentHours & Schedule: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a yearLocation: EverywhereJob Description Updated: HourlyImage courtesy of: temping-agency.comSounds tempting, right? Let's take a look at some of the duties and responsibilities.Duties & Responsibilities• … [Read more...] about Ready For This Job?
Over at Power of Positivity, there is a great post about teaching good manners to our kids. All parents want to teach good manners yet it seems so many struggle with these basics, especially in our fast-paced world.To exhibit good manners is nothing more than consciously understanding the importance of treating fellow human beings with dignity and respect. On the surface, this notion seems rudimentary and straightforward; however, many of our fellow humans lack the necessary understanding, … [Read more...] about Are You Teaching Your Kids Good Manners?
A father and son relationship is seen as a bittersweet bond which has always peaked our curiosity. Sometimes estranged and sometimes sweeter than honey, it is a special connection that cannot be understood by anyone but a father-son duo. Fathers might find it difficult to express their love and disagreements, but they communicate their feelings through little special ways, which strengthen the bond. Let us celebrate some of those cute things dads do:The post goes on to list 9 ways for fathers to … [Read more...] about Easy Ways for Dad to Connect with Son
Over at Scary Mommy, there is a great piece about teaching kids about money. Since this is not done at school, home is the best place to teach kids. But how do we do this? There are some great suggestions in this post:"When are parents supposed to start an allowance for kids? I hadn’t really given this question much thought, but I had assumed that it would be right around the time when my kids would be getting report cards from school (for bribing As and solid B+s) or when we … [Read more...] about How To Teach Little Kids About Money
Over at Today's Parent, there is a remarkable story about a mom who blacked out at home. Her three-year-old son had the presence to call for help.Image courtesy of: Jason Lander"The last thing Tracey Smith* recalls before blacking out on her bathroom floor is the sound of her three-year-old’s voice. “I can remember my son asking me something, but I didn’t have the ability to respond,” says the Alberta mom of two. “And then I went out.”The post goes on the say:"What happened next shocked … [Read more...] about Teach Your Kids How To Get Help In An Emergency
Image courtesy of: m.kerekOver at Scary Mommy, there is a great article about youth sports and the important role parents play in supporting their children. Here's what the article says:"Sports parents are used to the excitement of the game, of cheering their kids on, of hoping for a win. But what happens on the ride home if the game didn’t really go as planned? The importance of the ride home after a game — and how parents react to their kids during it — is the focus of an amazing new … [Read more...] about Make It A Good Ride Home After The Game