As parents, often times we dread the discussion that many refer to as “the talk.” We see it not as an important introduction to growth and adulthood, but as a loss of innocence. We want to hold our little babies for as long as we can, and not give up their childhood.
Yet, we grow. We all do. And in this day and age – when it’s hard to hide our children from the terrors of the outside world – we need to teach them early to ensure that they become the best people we always want them to be.
Teaching them to be “the best” means something different for everyone, but empathy and critical thinking is something we all hope to share with our children. That is why I urge you, as parents, to teach your children the importance of consent at a young age. Even toddlers have the ability to learn and understand the importance of bodily autonomy. Read more
When I was in school, dress codes were always a big topic. At the beginning of the school year, the school would make a big deal about how the dress code was going to be fully enforced, no exceptions. And always within two weeks students were wearing whatever they wanted again, because teachers weren’t sure how to enforce the rules. Often uniforms would be a threat the school would throw out to scare students into following the dress code, but it never worked. I was always a lone soul wishing that the school would follow through with their threat – I wanted school uniforms. Read more
Pregnancy is a wonderful, life-changing experience! And looking good and feeling good is easy, with these simple tips:
Dress the part
Pregnancy is an excuse for a shopping spree. Fall in love with your body all over again. Invest in a few key pieces that flatter and hug your new shape. Accessorize with your favorite pieces. Just because you are pregnant does not mean you need to change your style completely. Read more
Animals are sometimes a controversial topic among families.Your kids want one, but maybe you don’t. Animals are a lot of work and time, and you worry that you will be stuck with most of the work. Animals are so much more than just an extra chore. The benefits of having and being around animals outweigh the annoyances associated with them. Animals can help kids in many ways, in the home, and outside the home. Read more
Parents and teachers have a relationship that can be great, terrible, or downright strange. Both parties are saddled with a very important task – the care and instruction of the next generation – and neither party knows exactly what happens when they aren’t around. But whether you are a teacher or a parent, you understand that working together is the best way to support the children in both your lives. A great, cooperative relationship will nurture your children all the more, and help establish a love of learning in them that will last well into their higher education. Read more
Remember these favorite phrases?
“You can’t be excused from the table until you clean your plate.”
“If you don’t eat your broccoli, no dessert for you.”
“There are kids starving in China.”
Commands, bribes and guilt trips are still common methods of getting kids to eat the food on their plates. The approach to feeding children is different for every family, and it can be tricky, especially with picky eaters. Read more
It is extremely important to do your due diligence when shopping for items for your family. You look at the nutritional facts on grocery items, you try to buy organic when you can, and you make sure the products you buy for your children are safe and age-appropriate. But are you staying up to date with recalls AFTER you buy your products? Do you know what to do if one of the products you bought is recalled? Here are a few recent recalls that could affect you and your family: Read more
Attending college is a useful step for many who want to pursue professional careers. Studies show that those with a college degree will make $2.1 million vs those who don’t over their lifetimes. However, paying for college is no simple feat. With student loan debt at an all-time for recent college graduates, finding alternatives to save on the cost of college is a common goal. While attending a state school, applying for scholarships and grants, or having parents who began a 529 plan shortly after you were born are great options, here are 10 ways to save for college that may not have appeared on your radar yet. Read more