Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
- Infant Cosleepers- Special bassinets that attach to the side of your bed. They allow your baby to be in close reach while keeping your infant on a firm, safe surface separate from your bed.
- Bedsharing- Children and parents share the same bed. Most medical experts do not recommend this way of cosleeping for infants because of the risk of soft mattresses, blankets, parents rolling over on the baby, etc.
- Room sharing- Keeping your child’s bed or bassinet in the same room as yours without explicitly sleeping in the same bed.
What about bedsharing with my older child?
Safe? Absolutely! Always make sure your child's head is not covered with blankets and that your child is not too warm or too cold.
Reference: Keller, M. A. & Goldberg, W. A. (2004). Co-sleeping: Help or hindrance for young children's independence? Infant and child development, 13, 369-388.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Crafts. They're often done at preschool, but have you ever considered how many of the materials you have around the house that have the potential for awesome, creative crafts for your kiddos?! Here are just a few ideas:
What are your favorite crafts to make with your kids?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Should I be trying to teach my baby to read?
Nope. With babies, concentrate on meaning, not teaching reading or the alphabet, says Dr. Anne van Kleeck of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Children and Families. Did you know that no study shows that children who learn to read before the age of five have any long term advantages? So relax and enjoy reading time with your child!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Do you feel like you constantly say 'no' to your preschooler?
"No, you have to finish your dinner. I know you'll be hungry later if you don't."
Sometimes it's not even your fault:
"No, you can't play outside because it's raining."
Bummer. How negative. And don't you always feel like the bad guy? Then find a way to turn each 'no' into a 'yes'!
- We have to go to school, but you can absolutely take that toy in the car
- I'm happy to let you play for three more minutes before you sit down to eat!
- Well, it's raining outside, but you can play in the garage with the door open
Here's my challenge to you: Find a way to say 'yes' to your child every day. Your child will feel empowered and so will you.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
These are just a few quick tips to helping your child overcome separation anxiety!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Do people even say 'on the net' anymore? I think I just dated myself. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I have TWO guest features out at two great blogs today!
First, head on over to Travel Babbles. Have you been wondering what makes me laugh until I snot? I know you have. Well, in my guest post at Travel Babbles, you'll find out. AND it's a video. With a link. So, dear readers, you too, can laugh until you snot. We can all snot together.
Then, head over to Mountain Mum (hey, wasn't she a Parent of the Week?) and check out a great kid friendly recipe that will make you a huge hit at parties. I'm not kidding. This recipe is sure to increase your popularity with kids and adults alike. Plus, it's fun, easy to have kids help you with, and NOT MESSY. Yes, you read that correctly.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Allie's Blog- Little Baby Fields
Hartley's Life With 3 Boys