When choosing a nanny for their children, indeed the nanny has to fit into the family dynamics and lifestyle, but more importantly, the nanny must be qualified to do the job well. When interviewing a nanny for your family, here are my top five things you should rate your nanny on.
No need to stress about your empty nest. It's healthy for you and your kids to separate.
It's official…my baby is gone to college. I dropped him off at a house he'll be sharing with several other students for a few weeks until the dorms open. Several hundred deep breaths later, vowing not to think about that house too much, or how far away it is, I think I'm good with my empty nest, and here's why.
When we give in to our worries as parents, it becomes harder and harder to lead our kids.
When I recently told a friend about my parenting book on homework, he chuckled a bit and asked: “Do you have a few minutes? I’ve got a good story.”
He told me about a family he knows who shared with him their system for assuring student success. “The parents get all of the information possible in the beginning of the grading period and put all due dates of everything into a GANNT chart.” A GANNT chart is a great tool for breaking down tasks into smaller tasks and is a system I use with clients. So far so good.
It’s very tricky to give advice to your child, especially if you want your advice followed!
Sometimes it’s so obvious what our child needs to do: Do your homework. Do it early and on time. Don’t wait until the last minute to get the homework or project finished.
Remember the 3 T’s:
Start with words like “You might have already thought about this…” or “What do you think about trying…” These statements will increase your teen’s likelihood of actually trying your suggestion.
giving yourself a break as a parent
Inherent in the art of parenting is the feeling – at least the occasional one – of guilt. Putting Oreos and the remote in front of the t.v. in the morning for your 4-year-old’s “Special Breakfast with Sponge Bob” while you sleep in is one of those times that guilt is warranted.
A study of young girls offers some important parenting lessons.
According to a study by psychologists Christy Starr and Gail Ferguson at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, which was published in the journal Sex Roles, young girls value the concept of "sexiness." Specifically, 60 girls were each shown two dolls — one of which was dressed in sexy clothing while the other doll was dressed in a loose yet trendy outfit. The girls were then asked to select the doll that they wanted to look like, the doll that they already looked like, the doll that they wanted to play with and the doll that looked like she would be popular in school.
Being thin doesn't necessarily mean you will attract your dream guy.
many mothers are concerned that their daughters remain thin so that they can have options in life-options to go on dates, options to decide whether or not to accept a prom invitation, and maybe even the option to hang out with the better looking boys. I do know that many mothers are concerned about their daughters' health and developing good eating and exercise habits. I continue to remain perplexed about why so many women associate thinness with attractiveness. I am concerned that we have made the erroneous assumption that males will find our daughters more attractive if they are skinny. This is at odds with what the boys tell me; many of them say that they like women who are curvy.
The new Yahoo! CEO is pregnant. The question is: Why do we care so much?
It always shocks me when there is a backlash against a woman who dares to make her own way when it comes to navigating career and motherhood. Sure, there are a few crazies out there — like the New Jersey mother who took her five year-old daughter tanning — whose choices we may legitimately criticize. But even in that instance, is this the best use of our collective judgment?
Do you want to raise a smart and kind kid? It is so simple; just share & bond daily by being there.
Read, Sing and Talk To Your Baby
When babies make cooing sounds, we make cooing sounds in return. When they smile, we smile and then they smile and it goes on and on. Our loving joy or job is to provide prompt response to his needs, consistent care and love.
Hopefully, we will share opportunities for activities which will help move and develop muscles including the brain..