People often have a specific idea of what parenthood will look like for them. Perhaps you've imagined they'll have all boys, or one baby boy and one baby girl. Maybe they've hoped for twins for as long as they can remember. Some couples will try to follow old-wives tale practices to conceive a certain gender baby such as eating lots of vegetables and fish to get pregnant with a girl or only having sex on certain days of the month.
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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.
The prom after-party has become synonymous with sex, drugs and drinking. It's no wonder parents and school administrators across the country have teamed up to offer their own post-prom alternatives.
Looking for ideas for your teen's prom after-party? We went to the source to help you plan.
Flies in the Home
Around the House
Houseflies are often called "filth flies," and for good reason. They chow down on nasty things -- garbage, manure, dead animals, and the like. These also serve as breeding and egg-laying sites.
Dating After Divorce: What it Means for Kids
Dating: For Kids, the Death of a Fantasy
Eva L. remembers the conversation she had with her two sons following one of their regular visits with herex-husband. Both boys were brimming with news about Daddy's new friend, Joanne. But when she referred to their father as someone who was dating, the children were quick to insist that she was wrong.
When In-Laws Pressure You to Have a Child
Some researchers believe there's a biological clock ticking for grandparents, too. Just as women of childbearing age may feel a real biological urge to have a child, so a man or woman past childbearing age may feel the urge to have a grandchild. So don't come down too hard on the pushy parents-in-law; they may not be able to help their nagging you to reproduce.
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Types of Weddings
In some ways, all weddings are the same. In other ways, they may be profoundly different. Below are some examples of different sorts of weddings and some ideas about what to expect.
When choosing toys for a child, it's important to consider not only their age, but also their stage of development. Different stages mean different skills, and that, in turn means different ways of interacting with, and enjoying a toy.
Whew! That sounds complicated! But you don't need a degree in child development to crack the code. You just need to understand the basics.
And that's why we're here.
What's a Pedigree?
If you're interested in purchasing a purebred puppy, the breeder should provide the puppy's pedigree before you make a commitment. I've heard of buyers being told that they can have the pedigree when they buy the pup. That's completely backwards! The pedigree is one of the things a serious breeder uses to plan a litter. An educated buyer looks at the pedigree when deciding whether to buy a puppy, and a responsible breeder will be proud to show you the pedigree and explain it to you.
Where Will Your Baby Sleep?
Even if you have a well-designed nursery and a beautiful crib, it can be tough to decide where your baby will sleep. Should you put her in her crib right away or use a bassinet or side sleeper to keep her close? Or do you plan on letting your baby sleep with you in your bed?
It’s spring, and that means that if you’re a parent, your weekends may be spent on the soccer, baseball, or lacrosse fields. With all of the time that we spend taxiing our children to sports practices and games, keeping track of their sports schedules, and buying needed sports equipment, it’s no wonder we become as invested as our kids in these games.
The Importance of Saying "I'm Sorry"
There is an expression that we use when we make a mistake: “I'm only human.” We're saying that everybody makes mistakes, so what we did is okay. And it is okay, as long as we take personal responsibility for our wrongdoing. Saying “sorry” but not meaning it or not intending to improve our actions will cause a lack of trust to develop. Saying “I'm sorry” and admitting that we did something wrong is the first step to self-improvement. Being unable to apologize is a recipe for a brittle marriage.
The Scene: Your 18-year-old daughter and her date are invited to a pre-prom party at a friend's and several post-prom parties. You want her to have a wonderful time, but you're worried about her drinking. When you raise the issue with her, she rolls her eyes. "Don't worry, mom," she says. "I can handle it."
Plan to Have Good Sex
Don't be shy! As in every type of communication, letting your spouse know what your needs are is critical for him or her to be able to provide what you need. The same is true for your sexual relationship. You need to let your spouse know what feels good to you and find out what he or she needs as well.
The Spice Rack
When you plan ahead to be intimate with your spouse you have the added benefit of anticipation!
Planning a picture-perfect, creative, straight-off-of-Pinterest birthday for your child is so last year (not to mention LOTS of work). The most meaningful and lasting birthday memories can come from simple gestures you repeat each year to make your child feel special.
Resist the urge to go overboard and try one or two of these easy birthday traditions for your child. We promise they'll be thrilled!
Top 5 Best and Worst Gifts for Babies First Birthday
Check out the best and worst presents for a first birthday party.
When a Child Refuses to Go to Time-OutThe way you manage a child who refuses to go to time-out depends on the age and size of your child. For children up to five or six, it is acceptable to pick them up and put them in time-out. Be careful not to hurt your child or yourself. If your child will not stay in time-out, hold the door closed from the outside. Some parents have to do this at first.
Deciding on a baby name can quickly turn into an all-consuming and obsessive activity. Naming your child is one of the first major decisions you must do as a parent and it’s a decision that comes with huge responsibility, weight, and consequences. There can be a lot of meaning taken from a name, as well as prejudgments.
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When Your Child Teases Other Kids
"There's this kid at school no one likes," nine-year-old Karen says between bites of mashed potatoes. "We all tease him a lot. He's a total dork."
Support Your Child's Interests
Notice your child's interest by paying attention to what makes her smile and laugh. What does she like to do with her peers? Are there activities she could try with a friend? Sign up for mailing lists that will send you activity calendars from your local community center, the library, or the nearest bowling alley.
When Relatives Visit
Keep the Holidays Harmonious
Holidays, as much as they're supposed to be full of warmth and laughter with friends and family, have the potential for disaster. Because we expect so much, and are often overtired and overstressed, emotions -- and tensions -- tend to run high by the time family gets together. In this atmosphere, even the most innocent comment or minor infraction can open old wounds or cause major new battles.