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Stay at Home Mom Struggles

Are you a Stay at Home Mom? Whether you choose to be a stay at home mom or you work a job from your home, one thing is for sure…you work harder than your husband will ever know. For moms that stay home with the kids, nothing frosts our cookies more than when our husbands or even working moms look down on us. The thing is, what we do matters, and if you think it’s so easy, by all means, come show the rest of us stay at home moms just how easy it is. We’re waiting. 1. Don’t tell us we do nothing all day There’s no end to the things that we have to do every day. Things our husbands don’t ever know were out of place. Things working moms hire someone to do. We’re not sitting here watching TV all day. Paw Patrol for the kids does not count as Mom’s TV time, thank you. Our days begin when everyon...

Signs of Postpartum Depression and How to Get Help

Signs of Postpartum Depression For many women, it’s hard to adjust after having a baby. Between the changes your body undergoes from pregnancy to beyond delivery to handling a new baby, it can be intensely stressful. Some of these overwhelming feelings are normal and some are signs of postpartum depression. However, when these feelings stick around, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you’re going through postpartum depression. Typically, symptoms of postpartum depressions are stronger and longer lasting. It will endure from childbirth and persist for months and months in most cases, while in others, it can sprout up quite suddenly even after your baby has been home with you for months. Look for the signs of postpartum depression: – No motivation or energy to do simple th...

Teaching Patience to Toddlers

Teaching Patience to Toddlers If you have a toddler, chances are you have him around with you all day every day. You go to the store together, plus the bank, post office, and many other places too. But even the best-behaved children can grow very impatient, particularly if you’re stuck waiting on line somewhere. That’s very normal because at their age, they don’t understand why they must stand on line.  When toddlers want something, you’ll notice that they want it now and trying to convince them otherwise is a waste of breath. It takes toddlers time to learn the art of patience and by remaining consistent when you teach them, you’ll be reinforcing this must-have skill for your child that will serve them well into adulthood. Try these tactics to help get your child to be more patient.  1. U...

Why Setting Limits on TV Time is Good for Your Child

We have all done it at some point or another. We have all turned on the TV and made our children sit in front of it so we can take care of things that need to be done. Whether it’s making an important phone call, getting some work done, cleaning, or even to just enjoy some peace, sometimes the TV can be a true godsend. But it’s also a false idol that we all worship and we need to set a good example for our children by not turning the TV on morning, noon and night. If you feel like your family is watching way too much TV, or even staring blankly at other technological devices, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some suggestions for taking some technology-free time out together.   1. Go for a walk together Try taking a walk after dinner each night...

Teach Your Toddler to Listen

It happens at the age of 2. Children start to understand that they are a unique person separate from you. With this realization though comes many conflicts. It’s a difficult balance to strike but you must be both firm and flexible at once. Not sure how to do that? Here are some simple tips for helping your toddler to listen better. Get on their level and look into their eyes Yelling is hardly effective, especially from the other side of the room. Yet, you can’t allow your child to run around the house like that, can you? So walk over to him and get up close. Get down on his level and look him right in the eyes. He will get the message very quickly that what you’re saying is important and he needs to listen and obey it. Let them make appropriate choices You need to go and you need to go now...

Unbeatable Bath Time Tips

One of the scariest things for new parents is bathing a new baby. That’s because we’re all secretly terrified of a drowning or scaring our babies. The secret is out, and you don’t need to fear because you’re in good company. Every new parent goes through this fear. Here’s what you need to know to stay calm and give your baby a bath like a pro! Get everything ready first Before you even begin the bath, get everything ready that you’ll need for this bath. That includes the baby soap, wash cloth, and towel. Make sure it’s all within easy reach of the tub. Newborn babies need your hands on them at all times because they can’t sit up themselves so it’s imperative you have at least one hand on your baby at all times. A great way to make this easier is to get a baby bath hammock or bath sling. Wh...

The 6 Most Irritating Things People Say to New Parents

When you become a parent for the first time, you’re overwhelmed with the joy and excitement of becoming a parent. You’re also overwhelmed with a lack of sleep and a curious surplus of insensitive comments that roll off the tongues of family, friends and even strangers. Here are the worst things to ever say to a new parent. 1. “Geez, you look tired.” All new parents want is even the teensiest bit of sleep. Telling them they look tired isn’t going to help anyone. In fact, if you think a new parent looks so tired, why not offer to watch the baby so they can sleep for an hour instead of making an insensitive comment? 2. “So, when are you going to have another baby?” When you’ve just birthed a tiny human out of your body, the last thing you want to think about is going through it ag...

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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