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Get Prepared with This DIY First Period Kit for Home & School

Consider putting together a fun and informative DIY first period kit to celebrate your child’s big milestone and help her feel prepared and confident at home and at school! This is a memorable time in a young person’s life, and I did this a couple of years ago to make my own daughter’s first period as comfortable and normal as possible, and I’m so glad I did.

Do you remember your first period? 

I know I was terrified the day my first period arrived while attending a friend’s sleepover birthday party, and I was completely unprepared for that experience. I was one of the first in my friend group, so I initially felt uncomfortable and full of anxiety!

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DIY Period Power: How to Create a First Period Kit for Your Mighty Girl

A new year is full of firsts, and for many Mighty Girls that may include her first period! To help her feel prepared for whenever her period starts, a “just in case” first period kit is a great addition to her backpack or school locker — or to have on hand at home if she’ll be studying remotely this spring And, the start of a new school semester is the perfect time to stash a first period kit in her backpack or bedroom and talk to her about what to expect when her period comes.

It’s important to start talking about periods early; although the average age of menarche in the US is 12, girls can start their periods any time between the ages of 8 and 15. In particular, parents should keep in mind that a girl’s first period usually (but not always!) happens about two years after her breasts start to develop. So as soon as you start noticing physical changes in your Mighty Girl, you should start the on-going discussion about puberty and periods.

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10 All-Inclusive Family Resorts Even Teenagers Will Love

When my kids were little, I would enviously eye parents traveling with teens. They seemed so self-sufficient, carrying their own suitcases and watching movies or playing video games during long flights, while my needy toddlers were stuck to me like peanut butter to jelly. 

Little did I know that when my kids reached their teens, they’d find spending vacation time with their boring parents anything but cool. Their idea of vacation paradise is splashing around in water parks and hanging out with new friends at the resort’s teen club. They’ll spend time with their parents as long as they’re also allowed a healthy dose of independence, too.

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5 Common Worries When Your Child Learns and Thinks Differently

All parents worry about their kids. Are they healthy? Will they be happy? Are they fitting in at school? But when your child learns or thinks differently, your worries may be a little more involved. And they can sometimes get the best of you.

You may worry that you’re not doing all you can to help your child. Or you may be anxious about what your child’s learning struggles could mean for the future. It’s not uncommon to have these ongoing thoughts. But learning how to manage your worries about your child—while hard to do—is very important.

15 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

A nutritionist (and mom of 7-year-old triplets!) gives tried-and-true tips for getting your kids to eat vegetables, drink milk, try new foods, and more.

Every single day, I deal with picky eaters both big and small. I’m the mother of 7-year-old triplets, all of whom have very different eating habits; I’m also a dietitian who teaches the professional athletes on the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls teams how to improve their diets. Although it’s tough to convince a towering basketball player or a 300-pound linebacker that junk food is bad for him, trying to get my kids to eat well can be even more of a challenge.

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TIPS FOR JUGGLING REMOTE WORK WITH KIDS

We’ve all seen the scenario now- an important meeting on Zoom interrupted by a screaming toddler, or an interview with kids fighting in the background. We’ve all had to adjust to this new kind of work from home environment and for some, it’s not going away anytime soon.

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MANAGING KIDS’ SCREEN TIME DURING COVID-19

A few years ago, I was waiting for my sick toddler to be seen at our pediatrician’s office. After three hours of waiting and attempting to entertain my toddler in every way possible, the doctor family came in. She took one look at my daughter, who was sitting on my lap watching videos on my phone, and snapped, “Don’t you know that’s the worst possible thing for her brain?”

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50 Great Books for Toddlers

Toddlers have an innate sense of the ridiculous, and enjoy repetition, word play, and bold pictures. We’ve rounded up 36 both recent and tried-and-true books that your toddler will adore!

Toddlers are active, curious, busy little people, intensely engaged in learning about the world around them. Books help them make sense of what they see, hear, think, and feel. Still, there’s a vast gap between a one-year-old who’s just started to speak in short sentences, and a three-year-old who can recite the alphabet—possibly backwards. That means that the best books for this diverse group meet them where they are, but also encourage them to stretch their abilities, staying relevant as kids grow.

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From Fulltime to Work from Home: The Adjustment

Ever heard of the saying, be careful what you wish for because you might just get it! Well, I am a living testimony of this!

Before COVID-19 happened to the world, I would commute for two hours on a good day to my place of employment and always thought to myself, I can do this from home. Many times, I just wanted to have the freedom to choose where I wanted to work from, Java(My favourite Coffee Shop) or the comfort of my home! Then, COVID-19 happened and one Friday, I packed to go home and not to return till today, my favourite coffee shop was now a takeaway joint and the comfort of my home was the only place left to work from!

Working a full-time job from home was now a norm and the realities of being a mother in the 21st century started dawning in! Here I am Monday morning, my son is home from school unsure of when he is going back, and my husband just heard that the airports were closed meaning no business and now we are home as a family.

Yes, we have been home as a family, but it was never like this. We had our lives, my husband in his travel business, my son in school, and I, in the entertainment industry interviewing the who’s who! and in the blink of an eye I am doing the cooking, cleaning and entertaining.

Leaving the house was on schedule and we had to live together, learn who we really are and a big part of me was loving it. I was, for the first time able to be home with my son. Like many, we believed this was going to last for a few months, three months tops and we would be back to normal!

It is Christmas, the reality of our new normal has set in and we were forced to explain to our son why we can’t go to the coast for his seventh birthday or why a big birthday party was out of the question.

We ushered in the new year and after 9 months our son went back to school. Boy! had he grown! We had to get new sets of uniform and even shoes. I was glad that some sense of normalcy had been restored for both my son and husband and now it was time for me to find my new normal.

After a week off work, it was time for me to set up my new workspace, I was in the house all by myself for about 6 hours, the house was as clean as I had left it and there I was, working from home, cooking all the meals, cleaning and basically, I was now a work from home mum.

What are my lessons you may ask?

  1. Having a dedicated workspace is one of the most important things you could do for yourself as a work from home mom.
  2. Finding a work-life balance is the most important thing you could do for your family.
  3. Going out for some sun every day helps your productivity!

I am still learning how to balance it all, some days are easy and some, no amount of coffee would salvage the day.

 I am still trying to find my new normal. It is not easy, but, I got what I wanted, not how I wanted but what I wanted! I now work from home.