Daily Archives April 15, 2015

Alternative Baby Clothing

Alternative Baby Clothing

by: Kirsten Hawkins

Whoever coined the phrase that there is nothing new under the sun was clearly not expecting to see the latest trend in clothing for infants and toddlers. The members of the punk rock generation of the ‘80s are the parents of today and it seems that a good number of them chose to go the way of Peter Pan and simply refused to grow up. That is the only viable explanation for the aforementioned baby clothing trend: “alternative” baby wear. Parents are now able to dress their little Joeys and Siouxsies in all manner of punk-rock and biker inspired clothing designed to make even the most anti-social and anarchistic parents say, “Isn’t he a cute little punk?”
Available at various specialty shops and a number of online retailers, these clot...

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Top 100 Baby Names And Helpful Tips To Consider Wh

Top 100 Baby Names And Helpful Tips To Consider When Naming Your Baby

by: Christy Hollis

Are you an expectant parent anxiously waiting for that little package of joy? Yet, you and your spouse are still looking for that perfect name? Well…fret no more! The list of the top 100 baby names may be the answer to your prayers.
Searching for your baby’s name is loads of fun, whether you’re seeking a name for your soon-to-be baby boy or baby girl, wondering about the popularity of your own first name, or just curious about what names in the top 100 are currently hot.
What is particularly interesting is tracking the popularity of baby names over the decades. In looking through baby name lists from 1880 to the present, some amusing patterns emerge, particularly in regards to baby names for girls.
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The Top 10 Fun Things for Parents and Toddlers to

The Top 10 Fun Things for Parents and Toddlers to Play With

by: Dr. Clare Albright

1. Give your child a spray bottle of water and watch them spray every possible thing outside of the house!
2. Use shaving cream in the bathtub for extra fun.
It is usually possible to find cans of shaving cream that cost only a dollar each.
3. Remember that Barney dolls, Sesame Street dolls, and the like are as real to your child as any other person that they have met.
Respect their relationship with their ‘cloth’ friends.
4. Buy a small pet, such as a frog, lizard, goldfish, bunny, hamster, etc.
Toddlers need something to love. A pet will add much more stimulation to your child’s life than any other toy will.
5. Replace your child’s stroller with the wagon for outings to the park, the mall, etc.
Wagons can ...

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Mom Can I Have The Car Keys?

Mom Can I Have The Car Keys?

by: News Canada

Parents find peace of mind with high-tech vehicle tracking system
(NC)—It’s a question that makes most parents cringe. A teenager’s request to use the family vehicle can leave many parents feeling worried and anxious. Familiar doubts inevitably start filling their minds.
Will my child obey the rules of the road? Will they speed or drive dangerously? Are they being truthful in their whereabouts?
Thanks to the latest technology in interactive vehicle tracking by satellite, many parents can now feel at ease when handing over their car keys to their teenage drivers...

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Tips To Help A Child Live More Charity-Oriented

Tips To Help A Child Live More Charity-Oriented

by: Liam Marven

How much does your child think charity is important? This may sound like the beginning of a lecture on charity, but questions like this can start at home with your child at a very young age. Children can’t immediately comprehend the benefits of charity unless this concept is broken down into steps that are age appropriate. Even a toddler can grasp the importance of sharing and caring, although as adults we call this compassion. What makes some children more adept at thinking about charity has a lot to do with how you nurture these qualities.
Many children have a naturally limited and idyllic view on how the world works. This starting point works well to introduce charity-minded traits...

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Coaching Your Teenagers on the Quest for Good Grad

Coaching Your Teenagers on the Quest for Good Grades

by: V. Michael Santoro, M. Ed.

It is important that as a parent, you create a flexible environment that supports your teen, and provides her with the opportunity to grow into a self-reliant young adult. As a teenager, she will think at times that she has all the answers, and not need you. However, she will be happy to have you as a “safety net” when she realizes she does not have all the answers. This can include how well she is doing in school.
Obviously grades are important but sometimes the quest for good grades can become an obsession, or not taken seriously enough. As parents, we can fall into the common trap of measuring our child’s success solely on grades alone.
Rising to their full potential
What can help is to set the expecta...

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When Should Your Baby Wear Shoes?

When Should Your Baby Wear Shoes?

by: Cassandra Germsheid

There is actually a bit of controversy about this question. Some pediatricians recommend that your baby not wear shoes until at least 15 months of age. Others feel that a child should start to wear shoes as soon as they’re walking. However, you have to consider where your baby is walking. If they are cruising around your own home, then there is usually no need for shoes. But what about outdoors? Obviously you wouldn’t want your child running around barefoot on cement or in the dirt. Babies should be wearing a firm shoe in this case to prevent injuries (and dirty socks).
Shoes are also protection from sunburn, cold weather, scratches and bumps. Just make sure that when your baby has the opportunity to go barefoot, let them...

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The 5 B’s of Effective Parenting

The 5 B’s of Effective Parenting

by: Guy Harris

I hear the questions again and again: “How do I get my child to …

…quit whining?”
…do their homework?”
…clean their room?”
…do the dishes?”

And I hear all kinds of answers for each situation. Here is my proposal, rather than handle each situation as an isolated event, let’s look at them in light of what we know about human behavior.
Events that appear to be random, isolated behaviors actually fit into predictable patterns for most children. If you understand the patterns, you’ll know what to do in most situations. I’ve developed the five B’s to reduce these patterns to five easy to remember and apply principles.
So, let’s get started…
1. Be Positive
People — including children — do things for one of t...

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What Julia Roberts Has to Say about Motherhood

What Julia Roberts Has to Say about Motherhood

by: GranMamma

Julia Roberts recently gave birth to twins: Hazel and Phinnaeus. At 37, America’s Pretty Woman couldn’t be happier in her new role of motherhood.
The twins were delivered at a hospital in Southern California. Since the twin’s birth Julia has done voice-over work for the remake of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”. She is also set to work on a film for children called “Ant Bully”.
Roberts has often told reporters that she’d like nine children. She claimed that pregnancy was a breeze and she certainly hasn’t lost her trademark smile. Julia seems to enjoy all of life’s experiences. Motherhood simply brought highlights.
Roberts says she only has one complaint: huge breasts...

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An Ode To Dad

An Ode To Dad

by: News Canada

(NC)-For over a hundred years, we have dedicated the third Sunday in June to honour dear ol’ Dad. This year, treat Dad like a king and honour him in style. Yvonne Diesing, Dockers® Brand Manager, provides the following gift ideas to help make this Father’s Day perfect for him:

Grill him – Present Dad with a new set of accessories for his outdoor grill. Make his day by breaking them in and creating his all-time favourite meal.
Score a hole in one – Treat him to an afternoon at the driving range or play a round of golf together. A new putter or a new outfit, such as a pair of shorts and a pique tipped V-neck shirt from Dockers®, is always a hit.
A little ‘R&R’ – Let Dad enjoy his day in peace and quiet...

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