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Parents Keep Going You're Doing Just Fine!

Life would be awesome if it was filled with people who only cheered us on and supported us and our efforts. Unfortunately, though, life isn't always so kind. Sadly, there are just as many, and maybe even more, hecklers and critics as there are cheerleaders out there when it comes to appraising our parenting skills. Parenting can be tough. Today's social media affects our parenting prowess. It influences the way people see us, as well as how we see them. Studies have shown that Facebook has increased a thing called 'social comparison.' This is not always good since social comparison sometimes increases our apprehension about ourselves and may lead to feelings that our lives lack something. On Facebook, it looks like most people out there are having more fun than we are. However, the truth is that we don't see the whole picture of their lives on Facebook. We only see the photos and posts that they want us to see... And guess which ones they want us to see? You're

The Days Are Long But The Years Are Short!

I know just about every parent I meet is tired. I also know that my oldest daughter just turned 19 years old, and I'm wondering where the years went. And you're probably experiencing the same thing, aren't you? My daughter is now taller than me, so is her younger 16-year-old brother. They are visual reminders every day on how tall my children are getting and how short the years are. So, what makes the days so long for us parents? Well, right from the start, our newborn babies wake up every three hours crying because they want to eat, and then need a diaper change. This pattern of behavior is really hard on us new parents. We are always tired. Parenting is a 24-hour job. I have a daughter that is 19 years old, and I can honestly say that I've had 19 years of disrupted sleep. It's a never-ending job of supervising and worrying about my kids. The years are short because of the naturally high level of activity that comes with being a parent. When we are swamped, which w

The ten rules for children to be educated about.

  The ten rules for children to be educated about. 1. Showing Respect The topic of respect is a vast one; however, it is one of the most important things that children will learn in their young life. As a parent, it is essential that you explain and also show your children what it means to show respect, and how they will know when they are being respected themselves. Respect is an umbrella term that includes many things, including manners, kindness, and politeness. Of course, it is also essential that children understand that everyone deserves to be respected, no matter where they are from or how they look. 2. Authenticity Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to a parent and their child. Honesty can be a wonderful and valuable thing if it is genuinely practiced and never taken advantage of. Parents should remember that they, too, need to practice honesty with their children, so that they might encourage them to find value in telling the truth. Additionally, encouraging

15 Things Kids Want from Their Parents

  15 Things Kids Want from Their Parents Although they might seem like it, children aren't too complicated. There are very few things that they request of us in their first years; however, these requests are essential in helping them grow up to be kind, respectful additions to society. As parents, there are 15 main things that children will want from you as much as possible. If you can do your best to provide these things to the best of your ability, your child's future will be brighter than ever. Here are the top 15 things kids want from their parents: 1. A Good Goodnight Going to bed is so much better when parents spend some quality time with their children. Take time out of your day to tuck them in, sing them a song, or read them a bedtime story. If you don't have any books, you might consider making up a story yourself, or telling them about your childhood. Children are very receptive to parents who use their imaginations, too! 2. Affection Showing affection is one of t

15 Tips to Better Baby Sleep

One of the most rewarding things as a new parent is to hear the sweet sounds of silence; that is, your baby peacefully sleeping! Every baby is unique in their sleeping habits, and it can be a tough rough for parents to navigate. To help you achieve better baby sleep, consider these 15 tips to improve your baby's snooze sessions. 1. Consistency is Key A bedtime routine can help a child to wind down before bed, and can also help them prepare mentally and physically for the end of the day. Pre-bedtime activities might include a bottle, a bedtime story, and pajamas. When these things appear, children will know what is expected of them, and that playtime is over. Try to keep the room a little quieter when this routine begins. 2. Make Sleep Time Enjoyable Sleep should never be seen as a bad thing in the eyes of a child. Make bedtime a soothing, relaxing experience for them by incorporating a soothing nightlight, some natural music sounds, and their favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Nig

Effective Tactics For Reigning in an Unruly Child

Speaking with our youngsters particularly an unruly child can be a troublesome assignment on occasion. We feel like they're not obeying our well intended instructions; however they feel we're not showing them the expected understanding. Great listening and corresponding understanding are basic to fruitful child rearing. Your youngster's emotions, especially the unruly child's perspectives and conclusions have worth, and you should ensure you set aside the opportunity to take a seat and listen straightforwardly and talk about them genuinely. It is by all accounts a characteristic inclination to react rather than respond to their demand for attention. We condemn this unruly child in the light of our own sentiments and encounters. Be that as it may, responding to him or her implies being responsive to our kid's sentiments and feelings and enabling them to communicate transparently and genuinely without dread of repercussions from us. By reacting however, we send our ki

Youth Sports Becoming More... "Complex"

Rochester, New York is jumping on the bandwagon. Sandusky, Ohio refuses to be left out. Rantoul, Illinois is making its own big statement. What do these communities have in common? They have all joined the growing trend across the U.S. of creating multimillion-dollar youth sports complexes that will serve expansive communities, attract major travel tournaments and teams, and bring in loads of cash for area businesses. It's official. Sandlot ball has gone Big Business. That won't be a revelation to any parent whose children have participated in youth sports at any level, especially the travel team level. Costs of equipment, trainers, team "tuitions" and travel expenses can easily reach well into the thousands each year for each child. These mega youth sports complexes are just the latest craze in this crazy, commercialized world of youth sports. We've come a long way since Joe Tomlin found an empty lot in Philadelphia to begin his Pop Warner youth football program

10 Tips to Improve Your Child's Concentration and Focus

Children in every family are very precious. Education is an integral part of their growing process. It is often proved that children with utmost focus and concentration succeed well at their academic front at the same time improving their intellects at the good extent too. At this outset, we bring you 10 valuable tips to improve your child's concentration and focus. 1. Diet: When we talk about child's growth, it is directly connected with their diet. Here, it is imperative to know that nutrition is the primary key in improving the child's concentration levels. Children eat better can focus well on their daily activities. Your child's cognitive functions are ruled through micronutrients such as copper, zinc, iron, selenium and Vitamins A, C, D, and E. Make it sure that your child's diet is rich with certain nutrients those can impart good concentration and focus. Children with the good levels of concentration and focus will excel well in their every activity that inc

Are You Expecting Too Much From Your Toddler?

  It is natural to expect a few things from your kid, but most parents don't realize that when their expectations are crossing the limit. Well! There is a thin line between expectations and over expectations, maybe being a new parent you don't realize it, but you have to understand that a kid cannot be perfect all the time. According to experts, these days toddlers are bombarded with unrealistic expectations, which leads them stress. Sadly, parents often don't realize that they're expecting more than a kid's capacity. Here we have got you some baseless and unrealistic expectations that parent always does from their kids. 1. Always Be In A Good Mood We want our toddlers not to cry and be in a good mood all the time. Do you think it is possible? Of course not! When you as an adult is not able to be in a good mood throughout the day, then how can you expect it from a little toddler? Yes, it is irritating when kids become moody and cranky, but you have to understand tha

Teenage Behavior May Be a Cry for Help

When a person, of any age, is struggling with mental health issues they may prefer to keep it private, anticipating that it could be regarded as a sign of weakness, potentially threatening their future choices, friendships and quality of life. They may adopt a stiff upper lip, not wanting to disclose how vulnerable or fragile they're actually feeling. However, this approach rarely improves anything and bottling things up can sometimes cause problems to escalate. Until we're affected or lose someone close we rarely have any idea of the staggering statistics around mental health, stress and suicide. Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide and it's still the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK! We've recently had some significant diary reminders; Grief Awareness Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, the anniversary of the Twin Towers, World Mental Health Day, all days that remind us of life's fragility and the importance of supporting each other. There