Summer's half over! Don't worry, there's still time to make some fantastic family memories, even if you don't have the money or time to head off on vacation. But don't wait. The key is to get out a calendar and schedule the things you really want to do.
Ask the Child Psychologist
We all want to know that when our child ends up in a jam someday, he'll make the right ethical decision. Would it surprise you to know that the good and bad news about moral courage is that your child's behavior in difficult ethical situations depends mostly on you?
Whatever your beliefs, you probably want your children to know that life is sacred, that nature deserves a certain reverence, that their presence in the world contributes to joy and goodness, that things have a way of working out, that the greatest joy usually comes from sharing with others...
Virtually all three-year-olds go through a bossy phase. And most toddlers go through a brief biting or hitting phase that ends after a few incidents when the parents express their shock and dismay. Two- and three-year-olds are still trying to figure out what is socially acceptable behavior.
While family may put up with temper tantrums, kids find the outside world less forgiving; they need to be able to control their tempers so they can relate well to their peers, teachers and the other adults in his life.
So he's giving up the crib? You've been to the store and picked out the cutest toddler bed? All of you are totally excited? Except instead of rolling over and falling asleep, the way he did in the crib, now he comes out every two minutes to find you? All evening long?
You need your kids to play with minimal supervision and they've run out of ideas? That's one definition of summer! Of course, they often just need a little refueling time with Mom and then they can exercise their own creative muscles.
Many women worry about leaving their older child when they go to the hospital to give birth to their baby. It doesn't help that labor is by definition unpredictable in both timing and length, making it even harder to prepare a child who is often little more than a baby himself.
Although sophisticated advertising claims the DVDs teach babies to understand and speak earlier, no independent research has supported this claim. Recently, however, a University of Washington study of 8- to 16-month-old babies reported that the babies who watched baby DVDs understood FEWER words than those who did not watch them.