Ride-sharing services that are easily accessible from phone apps such as Uber and Lyft do not allow anyone under age 18 to use them—but it’s not like the driver checks your ID and teens (and honestly, even some parents) can find loopholes in the system, allowing their under 18 kids to ride around in a car, alone, with a driver from the ride-share app. (These companies insist their drivers go through a rigorous screening process.)
Remember driver's ed from those days of yore? The essentials you learned have likely carried over into your everyday adult life—executing a three-point turn, parallel parking, and knowing who has the right of way at a four-way stop. But, what about those behind-the-wheel scenarios they don’t teach you?
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Gone are the days when cell phones and tablets were for grown-ups. Now preschool-aged kiddos have access to mom and dad’s devices and elementary school-aged children have smartphones of their own. This makes the use of a parental control app, screen time management solutions, and apps to track kids’ phone use an absolute for 21st century parents.
Can you predict your new arrival’s weight? There are a few clues that can help you guess. But there’s no way to fill in the weight on the birth announcement until the nurse places your bundle of joy onto the scale.
The average baby is born weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces, but anywhere from 5 pounds 8 ounces to 8 pounds 13 ounces can be considered healthy.
Do a quick Google search for newborns and expecting parents and it’s likely that most of the advice that pops up is geared toward the mamas to be.
There’s no doubt that our future moms of the world need a lot of support, but it’s important to also check in on our future dads and ensure they’re getting all the advice and guidance they may need as well.
Time-Outs for Tantrums
Time-out has been a common form of discipline among parents with young and school-age kids for a long time. However, there is plenty of confusion about when and how to use it most effectively. Part of the problem is in failing to adapt this occasionally useful technique to the age of the child.
Punishment, such as time-out, always has the potential to increase fear, especially in younger kids, and it saps parents' energy. Rewards, on the other hand, are usually pleasant and create energy.
Back to school time is quickly approaching. You’re probably stocking up on backpacks, pencils, and other school supplies for your children. In just a few short weeks, you will be turning them over to a teacher who will spend more hours each weekday with them than you.
Here are 12 things teachers want you to know about that first week of school.
Are you ready to have a baby? There are no easy answers to this question, whether you’re staring at a positive pregnancy test or whether a baby is merely the stuff of dreams at this point. The important thing to remember is that how you feel as you ask yourself this question is not an indication of whether you will be a great parent.
In this article, you will find:
- Use Kid-Friendly Language
- Don't Instill Fear
Safely Ever After: Educating Children About Child Predators
When it comes to child predators and stranger safety, many parents are in the dark about what to say to their children. Some parents approach it too seriously, while others use scare tactics and other unwise methods. Pattie Fitzgerald, founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc, has some expert advice on how to broach the topic in a way your children will understand, without making them overly fearful of strangers.
Resolving In-Law Power Plays
Here are a few final suggestions to make it easier for you to solve power plays with your in-laws.
Don't Go There
People are written off or discounted when mean behavior is expected or tolerated. As a result, old complaints and power struggles keep repeating like a foot-long chili dog.
Resolving Conflict: Say "I," Not "You"
Too many arguments break down into yelling, screaming accusation sessions:
- “You did this.”
- “You did that.”
- “You made me feel awful.”
These are fighting words and are very likely to put your partner on the defensive. Sentences starting with “you” are by definition accusatory. They also don't inform your spouse how you are feeling. But sentences starting with the word “I” have the opposite effect:
Naming your baby is a huge decision, and one you’ll likely put a great deal of thought into. If nothing is sounding just right and you’re on the hunt for inspiration, turn to these baby name traditions and practices from cultures around the world.
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Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins can easily dissolve in the watery fluids of your body. Because excessive amounts are generally excreted in the urine, there is less chance for toxic side effects but more chance for deficiencies. Therefore, it is important to regularly replenish these vitamins by eating healthy foods that supply ample amounts. Be extra careful during food preparation.
Time Management for Gifted Kids
Learn to Tame Time
Gifted kids find it especially difficult to manage their time. When a child is so interested and stimulated by her world, school projects and after-school programs can easily become overwhelming. Highly motivated minds may tend towards perfectionism and idealism, leading many gifted kids to overcommitment and even burnout. You are your child's best resource, so become her time-management expert now and launch into a smooth back-to-school routine.
Know Your Child
Have you tried replacing screen time with audiobooks in your household? Listening to audiobooks is such a fun and educational way to provide your children with some of the best aspects of screen time while removing some of the screen time features that we do not enjoy as parents.
How to Handle Back Talk
Did that Come Out of My Child's Mouth?
Back talk: It stings, it shocks, it embarrasses, and it can turnyour home into a battleground. Jim Bozigar, head of community outreach atChildren's Hospital in Pittsburgh, runs a back-talk workshop for parents.He says that with a little understanding and self-restraint, parents canput a lid on talking back.
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Install a Ceiling Light and Switch
Got light where you need it? Probably not. No house seems to have exactly the right lights, in the right place, with convenient, safe switches. Even if a plug-in hanging lamp is where you want it, built-in wiring is safer, more convenient, and easier on the eyes. And it can, as in our example, be fitted with a dimmer switch.
An Overload of Advice During Pregnancy
You might have to choose sides if your mother and your partner get into ongoing debates over the best way to get through a pregnancy. Although your mom means well, somebody (like you) might have to run interference if her advice is persistently upsetting your partner.
The Price of Motherhood: An Interview with Ann Crittenden
Moms Pay High Cost for Caring
In a new book, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, author and former New York Times economics reporter Ann Crittenden looks at how a lack of social supports for American moms forces them to make bitter choices, while women in other industrialized societies enjoy a year's worth of paid leave after birth and other benefits that women in the U.S. can't begin to imagine.
Dealing with Head Lice on Your Child
Momma Said There'd Be Days Like This
When my daughter was five a dear friend of mine invited her to go along with her children to a kid's gym, where lots of kids play on a padded slide, tunnel, and monkey bar contraption. A day later my daughter said her head itched. Well, at that time I wouldn't have known a nit (louse egg) from the moon, so by the time I was able to figure it out the infestation had spread not only to my other two children, but also to me and my husband.
Pregnancy: Getting the OK to Exercise
Can you start exercising
for the first time when you're pregnant—even if you're totally out of shape?
Yes! In fact, studies report that beginners can safely reap the benefits from exercise as long as they take it easy, appropriately warm up and cool down, keep their heart rates within a safe range, and have appropriate supervision for at least the first few sessions. Naturally, fitness novices must get the okay from their docs before jumping in.