I Want, I Want, I Want. Materialism On The Rise.

July
12th
2013

It’s not uncommon to see a child at a store throwing a tantrum over their parents’ refusal to buy them a particular item. That’s probably been going on since stores were invented!

What has changed in recent years are the methods that advertisers use to promote their products to kids. While many of us grew up viewing our share of TV commercials promoting breakfast cereals or toys, kids today are exposed to a lot more advertising.

This has only worsened the “I want” Read the rest of this entry »

You’re Letting Her Wear That? Sex And Tween Girls

May
21st
2013

You’re Letting Her Wear That? Sex And Tween Girls

Education And Understanding
The way we raise our children plays a drastic role on how they grow up. However, not all of the weight rests on the parent, just the majority of it. Society and the public education system also produce a strong effect on our children. At public schools, most children are infatuated with pop culture. This does not leave much room for individuality or originality. In this sense, children Read the rest of this entry »

Raising A Child In A Single Parent Home

April
1st
2013

Parenting is not an easy task. When you are parenting a child by yourself, it can be an even more difficult job. However, it can also be very rewarding.

These days, families come in all shapes, sizes and colors. However, your child may still wonder why he or she doesn’t have a two-parent family. Take this as an opportunity to talk about family diversity. Point to the families you know where the grandparents are raising Read the rest of this entry »

Raising the Child in a Safe Home

March
28th
2013

Part of raising a child means having a safe home to do it in. While most people will tell you to go to a site or start doing your research on a system – not bad advice, really – there are other ways you can make the home safer too.

For very small children, it’s often wise to get down on all fours and crawl around. You might feel like a fool for doing it, but it actually allows you to gain some insight in the baby’s perspective. What are some hazardous objects they can crawl into? What can they reach?

Another thing that helps is getting a dog. Kids love dogs and dogs are great not only for protecting the home but also helping your child develop. It sounds crazy since that’s what parents are for, right? Dogs, however, have been shown to demonstrate the unique ability to get children to open up and communicate – especially if your little one is at an age where speech is normal but they just aren’t talking.

When your little one becomes more mobile – bound to happen – you will need to step it up and make sure cabinets where the dangerous cleaning chemicals are housed cannot be reached, as well.

It Takes A Village; Ten People Your Child Should Have In His Life

October
7th
2012

Everyone knows that raising your children is the toughest, most important and most rewarding job you will ever take on. If there was ever a time when you needed your village, it’s now. After talking to other parents we came up with a list of ten people your child needs to have in their life. Remember surrogates can fit into these roles as well.

1. A patient mother to act as both councilor and coach.

2. An attentive and involved father to guide them.

3. A loving grandma, because no one loves Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Books Every Preschooler Should Read

October
3rd
2012

In the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” young Calvin insists that every night his dad reads his favorite book, “Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie.” Though Calvin wasn’t a preschooler, youngsters do prefer familiar, repetitive, and imaginative storytelling as their interest in reading develops. Indeed, many books intended for preschoolers have become cultural icons that we remember fondly well into adulthood.

Here are ten books for preschoolers that stand the test of time.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Read the rest of this entry »

Sports; What Age Should Competition Begin?

October
1st
2012

Competition is a vital part of life. It is something that we are slowly weaned into, starting at a very young age. Competition is not only found in sports, but also in school, work, and extracurricular activities. The question that many parents ask themselves is how they should know when their child is ready for that added pressure. The desire to win is what drives sports at the competitive level, but the desire to play and have fun should never be lost. It may be difficult to find that balance, but that is a key part of keeping children Read the rest of this entry »

HPV Vaccination; Why It’s Not Just For Girls

September
27th
2012

Introduction

Human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. The vaccines that can protect you from the virus are bivalent vaccine and quadrivalent vaccine. Gardasil is a HPV vaccine that can help prevent genital warts and some cancers around the anus and vulva. Three shots of both vaccines should be given over a six-month period.

Who Should Receive the HPV Vaccination?

HPV vaccination is normally recommended for girls who are 11to 12 years old. Girls as young as nine years old may receive the vaccination too. HPV vaccinations are more commonly recommended for girls. Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing Your Four Year Old For Kindergarten

September
23rd
2012

One of the hardest jobs for a Mom is letting your child start kindergarten. However, if you are prepared and relaxed, your child will feel more confident starting this journey. Be excited as you introduce the idea of kindergarten to your little one! Remember, this is one of life’s important transitions from dependence to independence.

The teacher will expect your child to be potty trained, so practice taking only scheduled bathroom breaks during the day. If you can teach your child to write their Read the rest of this entry »