A great time to teach your tweens and teens the value of a dollar is when they are clamoring to buy a much-wanted item. Instead of advising them to ask for it for their next birthday or caving in and heading to the store, sit down with them and show them how to budget for the desired item. With that in mind, check out the following tips: 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 events together as a family and having fun is an important part of life, and can be essential to helping your family to strengthen its bond. However, when you have a family, purchasing tickets to events such as concerts, shows, sporting games and more definitely doesn’t come cheap. Because of this, many people think that their family has to miss out on experiencing some amazing events simply because they don’t have enough room in their budget. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, as there are plenty of great ways in which you can find cut-price and discounted ticket deals for some of the best family-oriented events. We’ve put together a handy guide for moms and dads who are trying to find the best prices on family tickets online. 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
A long time ago, I thought an app could only help with parenting if it could produce two extra arms for me or add 12 extra hours to the day, but with this batch of helpful apps, I was proven wrong.
From helping me navigate dinner to creating a family budget that’s easy to use, these apps are there to make my life easier. Even though it’s not an extra extremity in the literal sense, I can always count on them to lend me a (figurative) hand. Read more
I write about kids and parenting a lot, but it might surprise you to know that I am not actually a mom; I’m an aunt – an aunt who has been very involved in my nieces and nephews lives and has helped raise them; a backup parent of sorts. So, I feel like I know my “mommy” stuff. While I’ve dealt with many mom type issues like rocking crying babies to sleep, sick kids, and tantrums in the store, I’ve never had to deal with the highly controversial issue facing all moms of babies – breastfeeding.
It sometimes seems crazy that breastfeeding has such a negative stigma attached to it. It’s the most natural thing in the world, next to pregnancy, yet there are still people who are off-put, even disgusted by the process. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little more than uncomfortable with the issue myself. My sister has had four kids and has breastfed each one, and my reaction to her taking out a boob and putting a baby on it has always been met with a “GEEZ cover up!” from me.
Why do I feel this way? It not like I don’t know what boobs look like since I have them, and they are far more useless than those of moms who are nourishing babies with them. And I’m not the only one who feels this way, there are countless other people who feel the same way. It’s crazy, right? There is actually a simple answer to this phenomena – socialized stigma. There is a whole history behind the stigma of breastfeeding, and it dates back to ancient times.
Being a mom is a full time job in itself. However, training to be a nurse alongside your daily tasks is doable. There are many different ways to still look after your little ones and get your nursing degree in the process. Don’t get me wrong, it will be tough to juggle all your responsibilities at once, but if you’re determined and passionate about nursing, you can do it! Read more
A constant companion in the form of your four-legged best friend may be less than thrilled when you bring home a new, little bundle of joy. While some of our pets may become anxious when we leave them at home while we’re away, imagine how they’ll feel when we bring home something that requires almost constant supervision and care.
While the majority of pets will make this transition smoothly without incident, there are some ways we can make this process more tolerable for our pets. Check out these tips for bringing baby home that will make this unexpected appearance more pleasant for them: Read more