Why You Should Choose Wood Flooring (or Laminate) When You Have Kids!

People tend to think that wood flooring (or laminate) and kids just shouldn’t be put together, but it really isn’t the case. Wood and Laminate VS. Carpet Although carpet is much softer than wood and laminate flooring, keeping it clean can be a big issue. We all know how messy kids can be. A sticky lolly will stick to the fibres, a spilled yoghurt or a cup of milk poured on the floor just for the fun of it could cause some unsightly, … [Read more...]

Snow Safety For Children

Have you experienced any of the winter storms that passed through about a week ago?  I have a friend in Tennessee who told me they got almost 13 inches of snow where they live!  That was the perfect opportunity for her and her husband to take their 10-month-old outside to experience his first real snow. Here are some tips for taking a baby out in the snow: Please keep in mind that young babies (6 months and under) are not able to regular … [Read more...]

Skills To Practice Before Entering Kindergarten

There are a few skills you may want to work with your child on before they enter kindergarten.  Please note that children develop at different rates, but these are still fun to do with your child regardless! Work with children on dressing themselves.  If something happens with your child at school and they have to change their clothes, they will probably want to do it themselves.  This includes shirts, shorts, pants, underwear and … [Read more...]

Your Children Are Watching!

As mothers, we set the example for our children.  There are six things our children must see us doing: Expressing love.  We have the power to infuse our child with love and security in a world that is full of hostility and neglect.  They may see the ugly things happening outside, but they must know they are always safe and loved in our arms. Doing what we love.  When we become parents, our time is consumed with laundry, picking up toys, … [Read more...]

It Is Possible To Become A Foster Parent

          Can you be there for a child during life’s special moments? Imagine the top five things that matter the most in the mind of a child.  This may include the love and comfort they receive from their parents or caregivers, surprise kisses from their family’s furry friend, cuddling up with their favorite teddy bear before bedtime, and watching Saturday morning cartoons with their brothers and sisters. … [Read more...]

Environmental Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Children

When children have good mental health, they can develop positive relationships, regulate and express their emotions well, and are keen to learn and explore the world around them.  They develop appropriate self-esteem so that they respect themselves, and they treat others as having equal value.  The family, friends, environment, and media that the child is exposed to are all important influences on a child’s mental health and … [Read more...]

Infographic: Foster Care in the US

Have you personally ever looked into foster care?  Either way, make sure you check out "The Current State of Foster Care in the US" infographic found below.  Do you happen to know a social worker personally?  If so, have they discussed foster care issues with you in the past?  A social worker would be a great person to discuss the pros and cons of foster care with since they are personally involved in these cases on an ongoing basis in their line … [Read more...]

Skin Tags and Kids: What Parents Need to Know

Approximately 25 percent of the human population currently suffers, or has suffered from, skin tags.  This ranks skin tags among the most common cosmetic problems, which is why children shouldn’t worry or feel embarrassed if they have them.  While skin tags are most common in middle-aged adults and senior citizens, children are not immune from them. The Most Common Skin Tag Type (all ages): Acrochordon Doctors often refer to skin tags by … [Read more...]

Molar In The Mirror Review #Giveaway ENDS 5/29

I was given a Molar In The Mirror Box Set to use in facilitating my review from mightymolarman.com.  All opinions are my own. This review/giveaway is brought to you by AdvertiseWithBloggers.com and MightyMolarMan.com.  Above you will see a picture of the Mighty MolarMan box set.  It comes with the Molar in the Mirror Book and Mighty MolarMan plush toy which comes with a suction cup hanger for use on your child's mirror. MightyMolarMan … [Read more...]

An Opportunity To Make An Impact With Targeted Giving

Mothers are almost always looking for opportunities to give back.  As mothers parent their own children, they develop an appreciation for the suffering taking place around the world.  Simply put, children die every single day from diseases that are preventable.  This is especially true in parts of Africa where conditions ravage entire regions.  The good news for moms and for others is that there are now ways to engage in targeted giving.  Rather … [Read more...]

4 Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Get Healthy

It’s hard enough being a part, but finding ways to encourage your children to eat better, exercise, and develop healthy habits is another whole challenge.  The idea of children actually eating enough servings of fresh fruits and vegetables not only sounds implausible, but them finding interest in such food proves difficult. The wide variety of boxed and processed foods available drastically influences and molds a child’s perception of food. … [Read more...]

Review: Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies App For Young Children

I was given a Minit Kids Fruits & Veggies download to use in facilitating my review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. Minti Kids Fruits & Veggies is a great iPhone app for young children.  It is now featured in Apple App Store's TOP 10 for Educational Games in 152 countries.  The game settings allow for game play for kids under 3 and kids older than 3.  My boys are too old for this, with my youngest being 7, but they still had … [Read more...]

Instill The Love Of Fitness In Your Children

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I frequent the gym throughout the week.  I see a personal trainer one day, and go to group workout classes twice a week.  My 13 year old also works out a few times a week to prepare him for next year’s school basketball tryouts.  My 7 year old has also found a “speed” workout class.  He goes to SAQS (Speed, Agility, Quickness, Strength) classes twice a week.  He is so happy to have … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Create The Perfect Bedroom For Children

I have been thinking of redecorating my son's room and this guest post caught my attention, so I thought I'd pull it out of my email and share it with you:  This is my 6 year old's room.  The top bunk is for playtime, bottom bunk for bedtime. We all remember our bedroom from when we were children - where we hid our diary, the style of the duvet we snuggled under at night and the posters of the bands and football teams we were infatuated … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Children to be Budget-Conscious

I believe all children should learn to be budget conscious, so I thought this would be a great guest post to share with you today. When the U.S. fell into the worst recession in decades, everyone was quick to point fingers and place blame.  Blame the banks for lending money to people who shouldn't have passed credit.  Blame the government for failing to regulate Wall Street.  Blame the people who chose to live beyond their means.  Maybe none of … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Teach Children Good Spending Habits

Does your child want to buy something every time they go to the store?  Last year, my 5 year old took a dollar from his piggy bank with him to the grocery every time we went so that he could buy a Hot Wheels car.  One day he realized that he was going to run out of money and wouldn't be able to buy anything so he stopped buying cars and started saving his money.  Now he is more money conscious by generous when it comes to buying a gift for … [Read more...]