Daily Archives April 25, 2015

Sharing Baby Photos Online with Birth Announcement

Sharing Baby Photos Online with Birth Announcements & Baby Photo Album Services

by: Christina Khan

Congratulations! You’re a new parent and you’ve brought your precious, beautiful baby into the world. You want to shout from the rooftops that you have this wonderful bundle of joy and you are so proud! You have seen or heard about online birth announcements before, and realize that they are a quick, easy, and no hassle way of spreading the news of the birth of your precious baby. Below we’ll outline ways you can share your baby photos online or create your own online birth announcements.
The easiest way to create an online birth announcement is to go to a site that already has birth announcement templates for you to choose from...

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In Search Of Elmo

In Search Of Elmo

by: Jennifer Gove

My son is a wonderful boy, an imaginative, active four year old with a set of rules for life all his own. The rules that keep his four year old views in his perspective, the rules to life that make him, his own person.
One of his “rules” is that his Elmo doll must go to bed with him each night. Sounds simple right? If you are the mother of a child like mine you are snickering under your breath because you know…..one rule has many others attached to it. These rules leave me each night in search of that ratty red little Elmo doll that my son so dearly loves.
Elmo really gets around for a doll…
Elmo attends Owens breakfast, perched in front of what ever cartoon tends to be blaring at that moment...

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Responding to Criticism Without Being Defensive

Responding to Criticism Without Being Defensive

by: Sharon Ellison

In an actual war, to be attacked means to have our survival threatened. Thus, we might chose between surrender, withdrawal, or counterattack. When we feel attacked (criticized or judged) by others in conversation, we often move into that same kind of survival mentality and automatically defend ourselves. But conversation is different than war. When we defend against criticism, we give more power to the criticism and the person dishing it out than is warranted.
While we might need to set some limits if someone is verbally abusive, I think we often ward off criticism far too soon, discarding anything that is valid, as well as what is invalid...

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How To Avoid Post Partum Depression

How To Avoid Post Partum Depression

by: Moss Greene

New mothers sometimes experience “postpartum blues.” This is understandable. Pregnancy and birth are very dramatic events for your body – both physically and emotionally. So, it’s common to feel a little weepy, irritable or moody in the first few days after birth.
If you eat well, supplement your diet with high quality whole food supplements (especially omega-3 oils and B vitamins) and get enough rest, mild cases should pass quickly.
But, if “the blues” continue for more than just a few days, or if you’re feeling really depressed and down, please don’t try to tough it out. Get professional help. Ask your midwife or doctor to connect you with someone who can give you appropriate counseling.
Here are some tips that can help ...

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Strategies To Help Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem

Strategies To Help Boost Your Child’s Self Esteem

by: Aurelia Williams

Self esteem in an important quality for all children to have. As parents, you can help to boost your child’s self esteem by following the steps below:
Model good self-esteem: Express through your actions and words that you respect yourself. Children are wonderful at imitating what they see and hear. Remember, you are your child’s best role model.
Create positive routines: Young children need routines to help them to feel secure and competent. Try to set a good schedule for bedtime, rest/naps, meals, etc. Try to keep exceptions to the routine to a minimum and explain any necessary changes if/when they occur.
Allow many opportunities for children to contribute to the family: Give your child a job/chore that only he/she...

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Five Reasons For Preparing Your Own Baby Food

Five Reasons For Preparing Your Own Baby Food

by: Nancy Miller

Here are 5 good reasons to start preparing your own baby food, as opposed to buying it in the store.

IT’S HEALTHIER AND MORE NUTRITIOUS Commercial baby foods contain additional fat, salt, sugar, fillers or other ingredients that are completely unnecessary (and often inappropriate) to your baby’s diet. These additives are an attempt to add flavor, texture and bulk to poor-quality products. They contribute nothing at all to your baby’s health or well-being. By preparing the food yourself, you can be sure that your baby is getting exactly what his/her little body needs – and nothing that it doesn’t.
YOU’RE IN CONTROL By preparing your baby’s food yourself, you know exactly what your baby is eating...

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Plane Trip with Kids

Plane Trip with Kids

by: Brigette Meier

Though you can cover even very long distances by car if you have the guts to, as soon as it comes to crossing water, you’ll have to stick to a plane. The equation is the same as usual: limited space + long time of inactivity = whiny, annoying children.
The big difference towards a car is that when you’re on a plane, you can’t just stop and let your children run around a bit, and you even have to share it with a lot of other people (who probably want to have a rest). So how to keep the little ones calm?
Entertainment electronics cut in again...

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Baby Name Trends: From Classic to Hip

Baby Name Trends: From Classic to Hip

by: GranMamma Smith

Goodbye Bertha, Hello Kaitlyn! The top baby names of today break with tradition and follow-up on new trends. Because choosing the perfect name can be a daunting task, many informative web sites have been launched with parents in mind.
A name is central to a child’s earliest sense of identity. It’s often the first word he or she learns to read and write. Naming trends of today are defined by celebrities, literary classics, and even name brands. Look no further than your favorite book, car, or brand for baby name ideas. Names like “Armani”, “Del Monte”, “Infiniti”, “Celica”, “Chevy”, and “Lexus” are increasing in popularity.
Unisex names are another trend that is gaining steam...

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Intersting Baby Facts… Strange But True!

Intersting Baby Facts… Strange But True!

by: GranMamma

* A baby is born every seven seconds.
* Babies are born with very poor vision but can recognize their mothers almost right away.
* Babies are always born with blue eyes, within a few moments of delivery their eye color can change.
* Babies are born with swimming abilities and can naturally hold their breath. However, they shortly lose this instinct. * Newborns usually double their weight by six months.
* Playing classical music will increase a baby’s intelligence.
* Reading to your child at ANY age will increase their knowledge.
* Babies and toddlers are, pound for pound, stronger than oxen. This is especially true of their legs.
* Babies are born without kneecaps.
The human body is a fascinating study to subject...

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Parenting Yourself When You Have Small Children

Parenting Yourself When You Have Small Children

by: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

There’s no doubt about it – parenting small children takes a lot of time. So much time that it’s very easy to forget about your child within. Yet you cannot be a really good parent while forgetting about your own feelings, needs and well-being.
Haven’t you noticed that if you do not take care of yourself by having enough time for yourself you are much more irritable with your mate and children? Whether your job is being with your children all day, or you work out of the home all day, or you work in your home and tend to your children all day – you need some time for yourself.
When my children were small it was challenging to find the time for myself...

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