I stumbled upon this very well written article published last Spring in Women’s Day, titled, “10 Things You should Never Say to your Kids.” Seeing as how I’m guilty of uttering more than one of these offenses, I read author Denise Shapani‘s explanations of each and they make complete sense! Very insightful stuff. Now the challenge is to remember these lessons and resist the urge to repeat the offensive utterances. Oy!
The list of the ten are:
1. “I know you can try harder.”
2. “Are you sure you need that second cupcake?”
3. “You always…” or “You never…”
4. “Why can’t you be more like your sister/brother?”
5. “I told you waiting until the last minute was a mistake!”
6. “You’re the best at soccer!”
7. “Don’t worry—the first day of school will be fine.”
8. “Because I said so!”
9. “I wish you didn’t hang out with Jack; I don’t like that kid.”
10. “That’s not how you do it! Here, let me.”
Head over to Women’s Day to read Shapani’s reasoning for each HERE!
The recession may be over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching your pennies and staying on budget. For those moms (and dads) out there who like to pinch pennies and save a few dollars, here is a post from our partners at Au Pair Care, featuring 30 blogs and blog posts dedicated to helping out frugal moms:
I’ve always been inspired by mothers in Third World countries. I feel that the connection with children and mothers is so strong in places where there are not so many “things” to get in the way. No electronic distraction devices, no high tech baby equipment, just a mother carrying her little one everywhere, sharing a family bed and having the help of all the other women around to raise the baby.
I always thought that the Western way of raising kids was so disconnected. Everyone has their cubicle at home, babies go into nurseries, little kids have their own rooms. You are so separated from one another! We have been co-sleeping for years with our daughter and I feel that it’s helped us so much to stay connected as a family.
Especially as my husband and I can have such tough work schedules making films, where we’re on set for at least 12 and sometimes 14 hours a day! Because we share sleep at night, our daughter naturally feels very connected to us and that in turn makes her want to please us! She trusts us and listens to what we say. There is an innate sense of respect between us all that I feel can be lacking with some of the other parents and children I see in our society. I feel that some problems that parents say are “typical” i.e. arguing, defiance, tantrums, interrupting, disrespect, disobedience, screaming etc. we just haven’t had to deal with in any serious way!
Of course I’m very hands on with following through on consequences when my daughter is misbehaving, but I think that because she feels totally accepted and included in our world, she does’t want to let us down and I know that even though we disagree on things sometimes, like rules, it has made discipline so much easier for us. ESPECIALLY when I feel like I’ve made a mistake as a parent, making up for it is so much simpler when you share all that extra cuddle time in the evening and mornings together!
Read the rest of the interview at Romy & The Bunnies.
photos: Instagram, courtesy Milla Jovovich
It’s that time again for many families with young children: Kindergarten Graduation!!! In preparation, please check out this lit of 20 blogs becomingananny‘s compiled to inspire you and your friends with different ways that you can make your children’s kindergarten graduation an exceptional experience. These blog entries cover the ceremony, how to make the cap, recipes for some tasty graduation treats and of course some gift ideas.
- Kindergarten Graduation Ideas
- Ideas for your Kindergarten or Preschool Graduation Ceremony
- Cute Kindergarten Graduation Ideas
- Kindergarten Graduation Songs, Poems, Speech, and Ideas
- Kindergarten Graduation Songs
- How to Make a Graduation Cap
- How to Make a (Paper) Graduation Cap!
- My Graduate- DIY Graduation Hat
- DIY Paper Graduation Caps for Kindergarteners
- How to Make a Graduation Cap (video)
- Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation
- Kindergarten Graduation
- Graduation Caps Recipe
- Simple Graduation Snacks
- Kindergarten Graduation Party!
- Kindergarten Graduation Ideas
- Kindergarten Graduation Gift
- Kindergarten Graduation Gift
- Kindergarten Graduation Gift Oh the Places You’ll Go
- Giving Green Graduation Gifts
The Daily Share sat first-time mothers-to-be across from THEIR moms to ask them any and every question they had about what to expect from motherhood.
The result is a candid and endearing short video. Check it out:
“Zero to Five, 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based On Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far)” is the anecdote. The book is part handbook, part photo book, part advice text and part testimonials. It’s all in this oversized resource guide bound together in a spiral binder format.
Readers can sit down and immerse in all the pages at once, or just browse through and flip. Each page covers a new tips, tools or suggestions for raising super smart, alert, active and creative children. There is ample inclusion of BTDT advice from moms and other nuggets from tried and true sources.
Journalist, mom and wife Tracy Clutchlow, who is featured on the cover along with her adorable daughter, does a great job jamming just the right amount of fuel of knowledge in this very useful and informative guide.
It’s a great book for this new generation of “reader” parents who enjoy absorbing all the latest advice that is available out from veteran parents, pediatrician and child-care experts. But it is also well written and included enough vibrant photography, font variations and side bars to keep the attention and inform the category of parents who are not really into all of that — who just want the basics, plus a little more.
I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it for new first-time parents as a baby shower gift or a refresher for a vet parent as well.
Pick up a copy at Amazon.com!
COMMANDMENTS #1 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt increase your sperm QUANTITY.
Latest research says infertility is on the rise and sperm production is declining by 1% annually. Don’t make the problem any worse!
Tip 1: Cell phones carried in your pocket fry your swimmers
Tip 2: Hot baths, saunas and Jacuzzis boil your sperm
COMMANDMENTS #2 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt improve your sperm QUALITY.
Men produce 12,000,000,000 sperm monthly, release 300,000,000 sperm per ejaculate but only 200 to 300 will reach the egg. That ain’t great odds so make sure your swimmers are the highest quality possible!
Tip 3: Ginseng 100 – 200 mg 3 times a day improves sperm formation and male potency.
Tip 4: Take an antioxidant supplement daily to improve sperm DNA and rid the body of toxins.
COMMANDMENTS #3 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt NOT KILL sperm.
Men are sensitive in one area and that is their sperm! Heat, friction and lubricating products causesperm to self destruct and die within 30 minutes.
Tip 5: Stop using lubricants. They kill his sperm on contact no matter what it says on the package.
Tip 6: Keep all types of “vibrating devices” away from his manhood. They can heat and destroy sperm.
COMMANDMENTS #4 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt NOT BURN his sperm.
The female reproductive funnel naturally becomes alkaline during mid cycle to protect and nurture the sperm. When you have an acidic body pH, his sperm burn and die on contact!
Tip 7: Stop the lemons, limes and oranges. Acidic fruits and juices contribute to making “down there” a more hostile and acidic environment for his sperm.
Tip 8: Eat more green foods to help raise your alkaline level.
COMMANDMENTS #5 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt BALANCE your reproductive hormones.
Synchronize the delicate monthly dance between your brain hormones, your thyroid hormones and your ovarian hormones. If you’re not getting the right vitamins and minerals at the right time, those levels will be out of balance and your body simply won’t be capable of conceiving a child.
Tip 9: Take Vitamins A, B & C supplements. All work together to improve female fertility.
Tip 10: Try to reduce stress and get a good night’s sleep. This will improve your hormone production.
COMMANDMENTS #6 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt not SABOTAGE fertilization.
Alcohol, cigarettes, substance, chemical abuse, and dehydration are major reasons for unbalanced hormones, poor quality eggs and infertility.
Tip 11: Cut back on the cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol.
Tip 12: Drink more water to help lubricate your reproductive machine.
COMMANDMENTS #7 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt get yourselves CHECKED.
Sexually transmitted diseases can cause infertility if left undiagnosed and unchecked. And guess what, many of them have no symptoms. Get yourselves checked out and you’re one step closer to getting pregnant.
Tip 13: Go have an STD (sexually transmitted disease) screen ASAP.
Tip 14: If you’re positive for one it’s not the end of the world. Just make sure you get professional medical advice and treatment.
COMMANDMENTS #8 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Though shalt not PROCRASTINATE.
Every woman only has a fixed supply of eggs. And every month you lose 700 – 1,000 of them. The longer you wait, the smaller your chances become of actually getting pregnant and the higher the risk of genetic abnormalities and anomalies.
Tip 15: Your biological clock is ticking, don’t put off having a baby until it is too late.
Tip 16: Daily folic acid supplementation also prevents miscarriage and reduces by 70% your baby’s chances of spinal and brain defects.
COMMANDMENTS #9 OF GETTING PREGNANT
Thou shalt NEVER give up hope.
Infertility is a serious medical condition affecting 7,300,000 women in the USA alone, but there are plenty of available infertility treatments out there that can help reverse your symptoms and get you pregnant.
Tip 17: Make smart choices before you run out of time, eggs & insurance coverage.
Tip 18: Simple lifestyle changes can be the magic key to encouraging your body to get pregnant.