If I had a penny for every time my child pleaded for a smartphone, I would be a very rich woman! And I am not alone. Children everywhere are dreaming about owning these highly coveted handheld gadgets.
For our sons and daughters, smartphones are much more than a simple communication tool. In today’s world, cell phones are quickly becoming the main way people communicate. They are a lifeline to their peers- it allows them access to social media, texting, the Internet, and games in one convenient device. Read more
A majority of American parents report that it is very to somewhat difficult to find a work-life balance that allows them to spend the amount of time they want with their families, according to PewResearchCenter. Americans are busy. A recent study found that Americans average 47 hours a week at work, with 25 percent of salaried workers reporting that they logged at least 60 hours a week, states a Gallup poll. Throw in the ever-increasing commute times and there aren’t many hours left to spend with the family. Read more
Aren’t kids adorable? They bring a refreshing burst of energy everywhere they go, light up even the dullest of days and smother you with such boundless affection that you can’t help but smile. They are also extremely inquisitive, with minds constantly ticking with questions about everything around them. At times, however, your child’s curiosity can put you in a tight spot. When at a busy supermarket, your little one points towards a pregnant woman and questions you about why her belly is “so large”, you wish that the forces above could undo what happened. When one evening, at the dinner table, your child sticks up his middle finger and asks you and your partner what it means, you both stare at him, open-mouthed. It’s natural to experience such awkward instances with your child, but tactfully handling them is what truly matters. Here are five ideal ways to deal with your kid’s awkward questions: Read more
Screened devices have become closely intertwined with our daily lifestyle and serve as tools for navigation, data collection, entertainment and communication. Our children have begun to use screened devices at an earlier age for entertainment and knowledge-based games. With the increased amount of screen time, there are concerns about potentially harmful health and social effects. Here are some tips on how you can control the amount of screen exposure your child experiences and current findings on the potential health risks: Read more
It’s hard to believe, but your fall baby is going to have another birthday soon. To celebrate his or her special day, consider one of these fun party themes — all of which involve getting outside into the lovely autumn weather: Read more
Do you dread bedtime at your house? Does your kiddo go running wild when it’s time to settle down for the night? Many parents have trouble getting their children to sleep, and it can be even more difficult for parents whose children have ADD. Kids with ADD have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, and some children even have problems waking in the morning. Help your children sleep more soundly — no matter their age or their ADD status — with these natural sleep tips. Read more
Is your child suffering from nature-deficit disorder? With the advent of the digital age, many of us — adults and children alike — are losing our connection with nature and the wonderful experiences that go with it. If your family could be described as a crew of “indoors enthusiasts,” it’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature and go on an outdoor family adventure. Read more
Chicago Children’s Museum is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois
As a mom, you want to give your child the best and most well-rounded education possible. From visual stimulation as infants to learning shapes, letters and numbers, a mom understands the importance of always learning.
As Huffington Post notes, educating our kids means exposure to different interests and cultures to expand their tiny minds, boost creativity, instill a passion for learning and help them blossom socially and academically. Below are a few ideas for ways you can introduce your kids to new ideas and experiences while also teaching tolerance and respect to all kinds of cultures and people. Read more