We all want our children to grow up happy, healthy and confident, but self-esteem is something many kids struggle with. Nerves, worry and anxiety can hold children back from achieving their goals and becoming the person they want to be.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to build your child’s confidence, no matter how old they are – although it’s best to begin confidence-building activities at a young age. Here are some of the best activities for increasing your kid’s self-esteem. Read more
You all know how important nutrition is for your growing children. You worry they aren’t getting all the nutrients they need every day, and that can especially be worrying if your child is a picky eater. School age children are eating lunch at school, and you hope they are getting a balanced meal, but chances are they aren’t. Despite new nutritional standards in 2015, changes in schools are slow, and new implementations of standards could take years to finally make it into school lunch programs. Of course, when they are, there is no guarantee your child will eat what is provided. My last visit to my niece’s school for lunch came with disappointment as I watched child after child dump their fruits and veggies into the garbage can. Read more
From the time your children are born, they have a knack for finding activities they love. From toddlers who start dancing the second they hear music to preschoolers who spend hours shaping Play-Doh into animals and bowls, young children are good at discovering what they love to do. Unfortunately, as kids get a bit older and into formal school settings, they can start to lose this knack for exploration and creativity. Thankfully, there are many ways that you can encourage your children to keep exploring their interests and passions. Read more
We start to put together the nursery months before baby is born so everything is ready. One of the things to think about in this respect is a safe way to decorate, as many methods give off nasty fumes and could contain harmful chemicals. So what eco-friendly, safe finishes can you use? Here are five of the best: Read more
If your little one has been taking horseback riding lessons, you’ve probably been asked whether or not they can get a pony of their own over and over again. Buying a horse or pony for your child is a massive commitment, and it requires a lot of careful thought, consideration and preparation. However, it’s important to remember that owning a pony can teach a child a lot of valuable life lessons, from responsibility and putting others first to the value of money and how to budget. If you are considering purchasing a pony for your child, here are just some of the reasons why it’s a good idea. Read more
Before you had kids, you may have celebrated Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening with your sweetie pie. While you can definitely still remember your significant other on February 14, now that you are parents, it’s not as easy to get out for a lovely dinner for two.
Fortunately, you don’t have to let motherhood stop you from celebrating a day devoted to love. Check out these kid-friendly suggestions that might become new Valentine’s Day traditions: Read more
If you’re a parent, you place great importance on your family’s safety and wellbeing. You worry about your children’s whereabouts in between home and school and any other time you are unable to supervise them. Technological tools are available to give parents peace of mind by providing information about your children’s location, health status and behavior. Certain apps will remind your child to check in with you, and other technology will help you monitor their activities. Here are some of the best pieces of technology for keeping tabs on your children: Read more
As we read headlines about “affluenza” and the self-centeredness people are displaying, it can be difficult to picture a world that works together for the common good of everyone and the environment. At times, raising eco-conscious children can seem impossible and a task that no man can achieve.
The “gimmees” are often a natural part of raising children, but lately it feels that our children’s requests are becoming demands and turning our sweet little ones into a generation with only one concern: their own happiness. This entitlement can be a problem for many reasons, but the health of our planet is a serious issue looming over our kids’ futures. Read more