I found a pretty handy list of questions to ask a potential babysitter over at Modern Mom. Here are some obvious and not-so obvious questions that are important to ask:1. Why do you want to care for my child? (Seems obvious…but you may be surprised by what you hear.)Image courtesy of: catherine4077This next question is a really good one.2. What is your family like? (You want to look for someone who shares family values with you. If you have a large family, you want … [Read more...] about 8 Critical Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Babysitter
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
Recess should be the best part of the school day for kids. I know it was for me. Over at Scary Mommy, there is a troubling post about some very strict rules one school has implemented. The decision was made by Principal David Frankel, who sent a note home with students stating: “Students were instructed that physical contact including tag games, touch football, etc. were not allowed on the yard.”Image courtesy of: aidan.webbNo tag? I was shocked to hear that a … [Read more...] about This Is Outrageous! I Can’t Believe A School Would Do This
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
Okay, what parent does not struggle with saying no effectively? Some avoid it like the plague, fearing more conflict. Others are ruthlessly good at saying but may be trampling over the feelings and needs of their child in the process. Others may be somewhere in between. Regardless, this post over at Hand In Hand Parenting offers a healthy approach to saying no.Image courtesy of: PhilocyclerSaying no can be hard.Some of us avoid saying it if we feel like we just … [Read more...] about The Hardest Word To Say
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?
Ever have an extra mom shadow you around at home? This post over at Scary Mommy describes a situation common to many parents with multiple kids. You would think that with there only being a 355-day age gap between my kids, they would consider themselves to be more like equals instead of older sister and younger brother. That’s what I thought would happen for the first couple of years. And if you thought the same thing, then you and I would both be mistaken since my daughter takes her … [Read more...] about One Mom Too Many Around The House
Over at Today's Parent there is a thoughtful post on when to start a child in kindergarten. Many parents of kids with late birthdays consider redshirting Kindergarten—and now, the nation’s largest school board is saying that they just may be right to do so. The concept of redshirting is this: if your child has a late-month birthday, they may be better off starting school an entire year late, thus making them one of the oldest kids in the class, versus the youngest, and therefore more ready … [Read more...] about My Kid Has To Wear a Red Shirt to Kindergerten?