Helping Premature Babies Through Breast Milk Donation

Thanks for letting me share this message with your readers! I am happy to be working with Prolacta to help spread awareness about the need for donor breast milk to help the littlest babies.   What they don’t tell you about the NICU is how scary it can be. The moment my little boy was born, that moment that is supposed to be beautiful and so rewarding, he was whisked off down the hall with little explanation other than that something was wrong. Watching my baby struggle for oxygen hours later, when I was finally permitted to see him, was one of the hardest things I have ever had to Continue Reading

Top 5 Healthy Habits to Teach Children

Building healthy habits for children in their youth nurtures the foundation for healthy lifestyles throughout their lives. As society grows more complex, it’s becoming increasingly more important to equip children with habits that will help them successfully navigate life’s challenges. Healthy habits cannot be merely learned, but they need to be practiced continuously throughout childhood to be effective in adulthood. Habit modifications are possible as children turn into adults; however, making improvements can prove to be much more arduous. Give your kids a head start and teach them now. Continue Reading

The Realities of Parenting

With parenthood life around you simply changes. This include physically, mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually. No matter how you look at it, parenting turns out to be both interesting and challenging for all the parents. As parents, you are supposed to device some of the best strategies for their better upbringing. At the same time you would see your child’s needs changing over the span of time from infancy to teenage and finally to adulthood. There are some universal truths, which you need to keep in mind while you tread on the path of parenthood. Let’s check some of the Continue Reading

6 Apps for Health Conscious Families

As a parent, I’m always on the go! The trouble with that my toddler was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease about six months ago. Suddenly, I needed to rethink my days of rushing around without pre-planning. The reality was that I had to be very careful whenever I stopped for food or even bought snacks for my son at the grocery store. Plus, I’m one of those parents that worries non-stop about the typical kid stuff—like making it to medical appointments, what to prepare for birthday parties, limiting food additives in my family meals, and of course, I’m constantly wondering if I’m raising my Continue Reading

Natural Stress Solution Tips for the Whole Family

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Being a mom is more than a full-time job. You never really get a day off (or a union break, for that matter) and whatever the working conditions, it's your job to keep the family together and on task. When family members get stressed, your job gets even harder. Your personal methods of stress management will affect your children, University of Maryland Medical Center reported, so don't forget to take care of yourself. "Young children of mothers who are highly stressed...tend to be at high risk for developing stress-related problems." It's easier to prevent these problems than to treat Continue Reading

Birthday Party Politics: How to Make Sure You Don’t Leave Anyone Out

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Planning a birthday party seems as though it would be so easy: pick a theme, buy some decorations and plan a few games for the kids to play. But before you know it, you have angry parents dialing your number to ask why their child wasn't invited. With these ground rules, you can avoid the drama of birthday party politics and ensure that everyone feels included. Plan the Guest List Well in Advance Think about the guest list several weeks before you plan to send invitations out. The number of invited kids affects all of your birthday party ideas, from the amount of cake you need to the number Continue Reading

Used Baby Products You Shouldn’t Accept or Buy

It’s not unusual when you find out you’re pregnant to have a wealth of people offer to gift you their old baby products, especially if they’re not planning on having any more kids. You can get a gold mine of stuff from friends and family members that have little wear and tear on them and can save you tons of money. Baby clothes are a good example of something that you probably want to get second-hand because they have such a short shelf life with your growing baby. However, some hand-me-downs that you may be given are items that you shouldn’t use second-hand. These five items top the list of Continue Reading

Cooking for Kids This Holiday Season

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, fall and winter are definitely the most popular seasons for having company over.  Whether you have family members flying in from out of town or you’re hosting a holiday party for friends and neighbors, it’s probably safe to say that you’ll be doing a lot of cooking and good eating this winter. Cooking for adults during the holidays is overwhelming enough, but it’s cooking for kids that can really be tricky.  Kids tend to know what foods they like and are often hesitant to try new things, especially when there are holiday cookies and pies Continue Reading

Transitioning to Toddler: Creatively Converting Your Baby’s Bedroom

Coming to terms with your baby's transition into the toddler phase is stressful, emotional and sometimes overwhelming. Changing their bedroom to fit their growing and ever-changing needs can help to make that transition easier on them and you. The time you should make the switch from crib to bed is different for every child but when you do there are other changes your can make to your toddler's room to accommodate their age and requirements. Baby Beds Once your child has outgrown the crib you have to make a bed choice that suits their age and how fast they're growing. Some cribs transform Continue Reading

A Toddler Moms Most-Loved Smart Phone Apps

The mother’s little helper collection of mobile tools Yesterday, I had planned out a trip to the mall to get a birthday gift for my mother. However, my two year old son had a completely different plan—one that involved refusing to eat, refusing to use the potty before leaving home, crying over getting dressed, and a temper tantrum over a toy at the mall. When it came down to it, my plan for a quick trip to the mall ended up as a 4-hour nightmare thanks to a cranky, crying, uncooperative little boy. Mind you that’s frustration talking. Life as the mom of a toddler can be so rewarded. Continue Reading