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Encourage Independence in Your Kids with these 5 Phrases

Raising our kids right is important because one day, they’ll need to know how to take care of themselves. In order for them to know that though, we need to give them the tools they need now to grow into independent and strong people that can do things on their own. If you love your child, help her become a confident adult by encouraging her. Say these things to your child to help her reach for the stars. 1. “Go ahead. Give it a try.” Everyone gets scared about taking a new try on something. That’s because we all secretly worry we won’t be any good. But taking risks is important. Help them forget their fear by showing them how to do it and then letting them take a try. Don’t hover, but do stay nearby to show support or to answer any questions. You want your child to learn how to persevere t...

Teach Your Children to Say “Thanks” and Mean It!

With the holidays rapidly approaching, your children are bound to receive plenty of gifts from relatives and family friends. Some of these gifts will be things your children want, while others, like that sweater from Grandma, are probably less desirable. Still, you want to teach your child how to be thankful and show proper appreciation. Here’s how! Start early The best way to teach your child to say “thanks” and mean it is to set a good example with your own manners. Be sure your child hears you thanking the cashier at the supermarket or to the gentleman that held the door open for you on your way out of the store. Thank your spouse for washing the dishes too. Young children want to be like us so emulate the behavior you want them to exhibit. Thank your child for helping Don’t just comman...

The 7 Most Common Car Seat Mistakes Parents Make

When it comes to mistakes with car seats, what you don’t know you’re doing wrong can be fatal in an accident. Take a moment and read about these 7 common mistakes that the experts cite as the reason for injuries and deaths in car accidents so that you can make sure your child’s car safety seat is installed correctly. 1. Loose safety harness Check to see if the safety harness is snug enough on your child. If you’re able to pinch the fabric part of the harness straps between your fingers once you’ve already secured and tightened your child into the seat, it is too loose. These should be snug with no slack, ensuring that if you are in a collision, your child will be kept safe. 2. Car seat too loose According to car seat inspectors, this is the biggest mistake that parents make when installing...

7 Solutions for Sick Kids

Few things are worse than when your child gets sick. It can be heart-wrenching when your child complains he feels sick or hurt. Plus, as parents, we’re always trying to find a good way to make our kids feel better. With cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve for dealing with illnesses, as well as other maladies. Here are some you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. 1. Save a sore throat with marshmallows Oddly enough, those big fluffy marshmallows aren’t just good for making s’mores. They’re great for soothing sore throats. Marshmallows are made of gelatin and that relieves irritation. And as an added bonus, your kids won’t fuss over this solution because marshmallows are delicious! 2. Soothe bug bites with banana peels You always run out of ointm...

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