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Remembering To Love Your Other Half
 

Your whole world changes when you bring home your first little bundle of joy. Who knew you could be so exhausted and still be happy? So many things change when you welcome a new member of the family into your home. This includes your relationship with your spouse. Before, it was just you and him or her, now there is a little one taking up much of your spouse’s time and energy. It can be a hard adjustment at first but it will eventually get worked out. It is important...




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Story Time With Your Kids
 

Reading a bedtime to your kids is what all of us parents aspire to do. We have been told how important reading to your kids can be and that it can benefit them but let’s face it, after you spent all day cleaning, cooking, and trying to keep up with the kids, it can be pretty tempting to put them to bed and call it a day. Some days that may happen but trying to squeak in some time spent reading to your kids at some point in the day...





Independent Play
 

I promise the idea of independent play is not one born of selfishness or of the need to start dinner (although it can certainly help with that). Independent play is something that can actually help your child to learn confidence, boost self-esteem, minimize dependence later in life, increase creativity, and even help them with language skills. Wow! How can you afford not to encourage some solo-play for your child? It is no secret that babies and toddlers like to have their mommy (or other primary caregiver) close at hand. Toddlers...





Patience - The Holy Grail of Parenting
 

There are days being a stay at home parent can bring tears of frustration to your eyes. Arguing with your mini-me about anything and everything while chasing them around all day can really take it out of you. Not to mention that you usually are trying to catch up on housework and other life tasks while they are napping. Trying to manage a two-year old that has been recharged while you are still running on fumes can make it easy to snap and lose patience with you child. The good...





Much Needed Mommy Time
 

Being a mother, particularly a stay at home mother, generally means that you do not get a lot of alone time. I mean, it is lovely and amazing to get in all the time with your son or daughter (or multiples) but there are days where you would give anything for ten minutes of you-time. Not even the bathroom is somewhere you can escape to in peace! Whether you can see their little fingers under the door or they are standing outside saying, “Moooooommmmm.” Desiring a bit of time to...





Outdoor Play
 

These days you are more likely to find kids indoors than playing outside in the backyard. Kids are quick to learn how to use mobile devices such as tablets and phones. They are enthralled with screens. It can be tempting to use screens as a babysitter as well. There are days when the house is a mess, the dishes are piling up, and you are exhausted and giving your toddler the tablet or setting them down to watch a movie is highly tempting. This is actually ok. The problem comes...





Helping Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills
 

For most of the first year or so of your new baby’s life you spend cleaning up after them, trying to keep them safe and trying to keep them out of everything when they start getting mobile. It is quite the cardio workout trying to pace your new toddler even when they are just crawling, much less when they master walking! It can be really easy-and pretty tempting-to stay as protective as you were when they first arrived even as your baby starts to grow up. This can have negative...





Natural Remedies for Your Little One (Pt. 2)
 

It is always heart breaking to see your baby or child suffering. Here are some more natural and homemade remedies to treat common complaints and colds. Herbal Teas For colicky babies or babies suffering from gas, you can try giving them some herbal teas made of chamomile or fennel, or a mixture of the two. Some herbs, in fact many, are not meant for babies and can even be dangerous for them. Chamomile and fennel have been given the green light by doctors, but it can still be a good...





Natural Remedies for Your Little One (Pt. 1)
 

  It is unfortunately a part of life that your little one is more than likely going to get sick, not feel well, or need something to help them get back to one-hundred percent. Facing the inevitable doesn’t have to mean you are helpless. Medical help is available if needed but it can be a good idea to try some natural remedies first. Here is a list to to help guide you while treating your precious little baby’s symptoms and colds.   Before trying any of these home remedies you...





Wooden Toys
 

There are countless numbers of flashing, light-up, and talking toys out there for your baby. These are all made of plastics that contain chemicals and can have small parts that can be dangerous for your little one. There is nothing quite like the intense sudden fear as you see your child put something small and unsafe into their mouth, especially when it was some part of a toy that was supposed to be safe! It can be hard enough trying to keep up with your little adventurer on a normal...





Soothing A Tired Or Cranky Baby
 

Having a cranky baby, whether it is because he or she is too tired or overwhelmed and stressed by something, can be a very frustrating situation for a parent. Particularly if it is cutting into any rest and relaxation you might need to stay at the top of your game. It can be hard to figure out what to do to help calm your baby or to get them to sleep when they are overtired or cranky. What are some ideas that you can try? Here’s a short list. Snuggle...





Should I Exercise During My Pregnancy?
 

For a long time it was thought that women should not participate in physical activity while pregnant. These days it has been proven that it can be beneficial to both mom and baby for a woman to be physically active throughout her pregnancy. It is important to make sure that you are feeling well enough and that there are no complications with your pregnancy before beginning to exercise. Exercise could exacerbate some issues in a pregnancy so it is vital that before starting to exercise you discuss with your doctor...





Transitioning to Feeding a Toddler
 

Every mother has faced it at one point or another...the little baby that came home from the hospital is growing up! They don’t stay tiny and snuggly forever. Each little baby unavoidably starts to grow up, they lose their baby looks and learn to crawl and then to stand. Pretty soon they are walking and then running! As your baby grows up their nutritional needs start to change. You already transitioned from formula or breast milk to smooth baby foods and now it is time to change things around again....





Using Coconut Oil For Your Baby Care Needs
 

You may have noticed the explosion of popularity that coconut oil experienced and how it seemed to be everywhere and used for everything. While it may seem to be a magical substance with unlimited uses, we are here to discuss some of its uses in relation to your baby. Coconut oil is a particularly exciting for parents who are looking to minimize the use of unnecessary chemicals on or for their babies. There are about five different types of coconut oil that are available for purchase today. Look for types...





Artist cartoonist depiction of the earth
 

Take your parenting responsibilities just a little further by showing your children why it's important to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste every chance they get, and explain the wide impact of such small actions.




Being A Green Parent
 

Having a new baby in the house is exciting but can be a little scary, too! As a new parent you want to do what is best for your baby. The great news is there is a lot you can do that also is eco-friendly. The first thing that you can do is choose to go with breastfeeding if possible. This is really the best option and has benefits for both baby and mommy. This can help mother and baby bond, as well as provide all the health benefits of...





Pregnant women sitting in a field looking up at the sun.
 

Keeping stress down and mental health at its peak, meditation can be particularly helpful during an anxiety-inducing time period like pregnancy.




Woman in white dress that is holding her hands in the shape of a heart over her stomach
 

They always said "you are what you eat", but have you considered that to be true? Offering your baby plenty of nutritious options versus sugar and sodium loaded products can be one positive aspect to monitoring your diet during pregnancy.




Mother with her baby on her chest
 

Keeping new baby and parents less stressed is a high priority after birth, and Kangaroo care has proven to do just that. Encouraging skin-to-skin contact helps baby to even regulate their own temperature and heartbeat!




Perks of Choosing Cloth Diapers
 

It might seem a little intimidating to choose to use reusable cloth diapers but there are many benefits! It isn’t as scary as it might seem. One misconception about cloth diapers is that they are less convenient than disposable. This is not exactly the case. Let’s talk about some of the benefits you can experience when you decide to try them out. Cost One of the most celebrated benefits that you will see is that the cost you spend on diapers over the years that your children are in diapers...





  Recognizing Responsibility to Our Planet
 

Being a responsible parent goes farther than just the everyday safety, feeding, and play that you give your baby. Parents are responsible for the nurturing and helping their little ones grow up to be strong individuals with bright minds. It is important to teach them life lessons and skills to help them succeed in life, but one thing that is often neglected is teaching them about our responsibility to the planet. Making eco-friendly choices and taking care of the planet is not just something that needs done for us, it...





small ramekins with a green paste inside
 

It's been a debate for quite some time - store bought or homemade? Baby food can be delicious and nutritious both ways, you've just got to take the time to read ingredient labels or make the committed decision to blending at home.