Your well-meaning relatives suggest a sticker chart. What they might neglect to tell you -- or might be shocked to discover themselves -- is that rewards can backfire some children.
It's a subject that pregnancy books tend to gloss over and prenatal classes frequently choose to ignore -- the possibility that you might give birth to anything other than a picture-perfect baby. Consequently, those couples that do end up giving birth to babies with special needs can find themselves feeling shocked and alone.
'Tis the season to be merry-or stressed out, depending on how you pace yourself during the upcoming weeks. Make the holiday season as stress-free as possible for you and your kids.
We spend a lot of time teaching our children practical skills, like how to tie their shoes and how to ride a bike. Sometimes, however, we neglect to help them to master an even more important skill: the art of being a friend.
You know how important it is to teach kids about money. What you might not realize, however, is just how early Junior's money management education should begin. Most money experts recommend that a child's money management education start as soon as he is able to grasp the basic concept of money
Classic toys are toys that have been proven over time to be safe, consistently popular, well-designed, and practical, and that offer good value for the money . "These toys are enduring, 'child-powered,' and fun," she stresses. "They have entertained and enriched the lives of children and adults for years.
Things seem to fall apart at our house most nights when I'm trying to make dinner. My baby will want to nurse or be held, my toddler will want me to play with him, and in the meantime I'll be trying to figure out how to get something more inspired than chicken nuggets on the dinner table...
Choosing childcare is one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever have to make as a parent-but also one of the most important. That's why it's important to learn as much as you can about your various childcare options so that you can make the decision that's right for your family.
Feeling good about yourself is the key to making the most of the childbearing year. Unfortunately, not all women embark on pregnancy with a healthy self-image. Ann Douglas, author of The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby, shares some insight.
A woman who feels good about herself will celebrate the changes that her body experiences during pregnancy, look forward to the challenge of giving birth, and willingly accept the physical and emotional changes of the postpartum period.