Babies are so cuddly and adorable moms couldn’t just let go of them. They’re supple skin feels great to touch and caress. So while you’re adoring their cuteness especially after bath, why not give your little one a massage.
Massaging a baby is one way of bonding with your child and it benefits the body as well. The act of caressing a baby’s body parts helps improve blood circulation, relieves discomfort from gas, colic and constipation, increases alertness, reduces stress hormones, improves immune function and aids in digestion.
Moms can initially attend a massage class (yes, there is such a thing as this) to learn how to do it right. But afterwards, you can do it on your own and even teach other friends expecting a child.
Lotion is normally used when massaging a baby. Other options are olive oil or baby oil.
For the legs and feet, make sure to glide your hands up and down doing some twisting motions. Gently squeeze the calf areas and the thighs. More »
If your kids’ school has a uniform policy, your kids probably either love it or they hate it. As a plus, kids know what they need to wear every day and so there’s little fussing about current trends and styles. On the downside, the chance to for kids to express their personalities is less. Help your kids accessorize their uniforms to express their individual styles while still adhering to the school’s dress code with these tips.
Sweaters - Sweaters add warmth and flair to uniforms. Look for cardigans or pullovers in different weights and colors. Patterns, embellishments and fun buttons all make sweaters unique. If the school uniform includes a mandated sweater, you can still express your sense of style with a fun, seasonally-appropriate jacket. Get more out of that sweater by adding a retro pin or brooch.
Scarves - Light scarves should be a kid’s closet staple, if they aren’t already: They come in all types of colors and styles, they blend with other accessories, they won’t overwhelm a school uniform and your kids will not outgrow them. Mix weights, colors and patterns to stay stylish from fall through to spring.
Jewelry - Earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all help express a kid’s personality. Your child’s school may ban earrings over a certain size, chunky necklaces or other accessories but there’s still room to rock some jewelry.
Nail Art - Nail art is really on trend right now, and decals, glitter polishes and nail blogs make it easier that ever to create fabulous, one of a kind nails. Think stripes, dots, animal print, multicolored and more. You may have to help a young child paint her nails or arrange for professional manicures, but older kids can do their own nails and will enjoy the freedom to be creative. More »
Are you having difficulty controlling your kids? Are you stressed because your toddler often asks you for a lot of things particularly after watching those ads on TV?
Take heart because there are apps that can help you deal with the situation. They teach kids to save and invest, do some household chores and homework and work for their incomes.
Young children of today are so obsessed with their tech gadgets and the best thing parents can do to get their attention is to use the technology. As the old cliche goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.”
The apps for chores are helpful in giving kids chores and teaching them their responsibilities at home. There are two versions you can choose from – the conventional list type or the game type.
What’s your morning routine like? Does it look like something out of June Cleaver’s life, or are you scrambling like a mad woman, throwing backpacks and lunch boxes at your cherubs as they race out the door trailing the leaving school bus? If you are honest with yourself and are like most moms out there, you need a little bit of help with this morning routine here are some ideas to make your mornings go much more smoothly.
Make Getting Dressed Convenient
Nothing can derail your morning quite as fast as a frantic search for a pair of little girls jeans. If you have heard “Mom, where are my jeans?” one too many times, it may be time for the hook method.
Place two hooks on the bedroom door, and put two outfits on them the night before. In the morning, your child can choose from the two outfits, and you can simply replace the chosen one with a new one the next night. Or, to streamline this process even more, place five hooks in the closet, and choose five outfits on Sunday night, one for each day of the week.
Finally, set your child’s shoes by the garage or front door so they can throw them on as they leave. This way more of your child’s wardrobe actually gets worn, and you are not fighting a “what to wear” battle in the heat of the morning. More »
Do you bring your kids when you go shopping at the grocery store? Do you find it a challenge every time?
Many parents would agree that it can be tough to shop with the small kids in tow. But as always, there are solutions to the problem.
Regardless of the number of child you have, it’s important that you involve them in planning your meals. This way, the kids look forward to buying the ingredients instead of just picking up whatever they like at the supermarket.
If you have only one kid, grocery shopping can be a great bonding moment. If you have two small ones, it’s a good idea to bring along your spouse. This way, each of you has a partner and buying your needs will be easier and faster. Dividing your list is the right way to do it. More »
Mother’s Day is coming up once again and it’s time to think about ways to make moms extra special. Parents who lead a busy lifestyle can spend this day with their family to honor the mother or together with their own moms and dads, if they’re still around.
There are plenty of ideas you can choose from but it would be best if you get more creative this time and come up with your own unique treat.
Without a doubt, flowers are top of mind for many of you. Sometimes, it would be easy to simply order for a bouquet or box of your mom’s favorite flowers. But how about creating your own arrangement as a special surprise? You can even encourage your kids to help you or they may also create their own for grandma.
Are you a full-time mom raising a toddler or growing kid? Do you sometimes feel overworked? Do you also feel the need to exercise at least a few times each week?
Well, you’re not alone. Indeed parenting is such a tough job more so if you’re just starting a family. Any hands-on mom or dad can attest to this.
Parenting requires not just a sound mind but most especially a fit body. It is only when you’re physically and emotionally healthy that you are able to take on the great responsibilities of raising a child into a useful and independent individual.
If you feel that you lack some exercise, take heart because unaware to you, there are already various daily chores that you do that help work out your body. Know what they are and what you can do more to allow you to do a little exercise.
Being a mom already entails a lot of work that takes long years to fulfill. You have your hands full raising a kid or two and maintaining a comfortable home for your family. Plus not to mention, you also have to take care of your man at the same time.
For many women, motherhood alone is already enough to keep them preoccupied. For the others, however, it’s just one aspect of their lives. The enterprising ones seek ways to start a business even at home and earn extra income. Although the financial aspect is important, running a business is also about doing what you love. It may not be easy at the start but eventually when you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself enjoying it.
Keep in mind that the first thing you’ll have to consider when starting a business is to determine what you like to do. Do you want to sell stuff online? If so, what kind? Decide on specific products that people need. You can even create your own personalized items if you have the time.
As parents, we always strive to raise a happy and peaceful family. But this is not an easy task because of the huge responsibilities involved. It takes a lot of practice and patience in learning the ropes of parenting.
No parent is perfect. What’s important is we strive to better ourselves as we go through life’s journey and while we are learning life’s lessons, we can teach them to our children at the same time.
Here then are some simple tips you can practice to make you a happier parent and to enable you to raise responsible children.
Firstly, be content with what you have. If you think happiness is somewhere else and something that needs to be achieved through time, forget it. It’s just there and it’s all a matter of recognizing it.
Do not even envy friends who have more in life because it will only make you desperate. Rather, look around you and within your family because it’s just there.
Are you thinking of having a baby shower but cannot decide on what would be fun and interesting to do? Like with any party, there are so many things that you can choose from, and that may leave you confused. Here are some of the ways that you can do to make your baby shower organized, interesting and fun: More »