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Tips To Make Breastfeeding Work

Although breastfeeding is among the most natural acts in the world, it will still take practice. There is still a need for new mums to learn how to hold as well as support their baby in a very comfortable position.

Finding the right position that will work both for you and your infant is indeed well worth the effort. Besides, both of you will spend hours each day breastfeeding.

Time-Tested Breastfeeding Positions To Try

Cradle – This will require you to cradle the head of your baby with the crook of your arm. You have to sit in a chair with supportive armrests or perhaps on a bed with plenty of pillows. After that, rest your feet on a stool or other raised surface in order to avoid leaning down toward your baby. Hold her in a way that his face, stomach, and knees are directly facing you. As for his lower arm, place it under your own. To support his spine, neck, and bottom, you have to extend your hand and forearm down her back. Also, secure his knees against your body. This is considered the

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Things to Do With Kids While Babysitting

It is quite a task to come up with a never ending list of things to keeping the kids entertained while babysitting. Games can be educative and fun together, though it does require some planning. Keeping them entertained can make a lot of difference between happy kids who enjoy their time with you versus those kids that get totally out of control.

Here are tips on some top activities that can keep kids entertained for a few hours.

Have a little tea party. Try out recipes that are no-bake like instant pudding. Children can help mix the ingredients, stir and add toppings, or help chop fruit and decorate. Let them help by stirring their own drinks or making their own sandwiches. Or even an indoor ‘picnic’ on a blanket in the middle of the floor in the house.

Pop some corn watch a movie together. Give out make believe tickets and collect them at the door and let the movie begin. . . Or even put up a play. Impromptu script can be made up as one goes along.

All kids love arts and crafts.

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Inspiration From Dory and Nemo To Teach Us About Parenting

At first glance, it appeared that Finding Dory was just another fun movie about fish on an adventure. However, later as I thought more about the movie I realized it actually illustrated some interesting parenting issues. As I discuss this, some spoilers might slip out, so take note if you haven’t seen the movie.

In this latest adventure, Dory is still friends with Nemo and his dad Marlin. Early in the movie she realizes that she really wants to find her parents who she long-ago got separated from. You may remember from the first movie that Dory suffers from short-term memory loss. So most of the movie involves Dory trying to find her long-lost parents with the help of Nemo and Marlin. During the process, there are numerous flash-back scenes to the story of how Dory came to be friends with Nemo and Marlin.

Here’s where it gets interesting from a parenting perspective–Dory and Nemo, as you may remember, both have physical challenges. Nemo has one fin that is smaller than the other, while Dory has short-term memory loss. What we see throughout

Tips Preparing Your Teens for Success

eens:

My mother was an expert on preparing teens for successful lives. When I was ten years old, she sat me down for a mom to daughter encounter and told me that I could come to her with any concern or worry I might have. What a treasure that was!

So how can we prepare teens for successful lives?

1. Help teens to develop strategies for achieving academic success. Recent studies have shown that praise for good work is not as effective as praise for the path used to achieve success.

2. Be proactive in discussing life issues with teens. Talking about good education should begin in the pre-teen years. Don’t wait until grade school graduation to talk about high school years. Talk about financial responsibility needs to take place when the first allowance is given out.

3. Use the dinner table to discuss relevant issues. Do the “what if” game at the dinner table. What if a friend cheats on a test? Would you tell the teacher? What if you found out that a classmate was doing drugs? Who would you inform? What if you were approached for drugs? What should you do?

4. Why questions are also important. Why is a college education needed

Helpful Tips To Raising Our Children With Love and Respect

“Let’s raise children who won’t have to recover from their childhoods.” Pam Leo

That quote really got my mind working this morning. I took a moment and reflected on my own childhood and it really is true. I was raised by my grandparents and I understand that their ways were the “old school” ways but to this day I still have a lot of emotional issues based on the methods of discipline and lack of approval I received as a child. I still have a lot of baggage that I have carried since childhood but over the years I’ve been getting a lot better about letting it go and not allowing my past to dictate what happens in my future. A couple of things DO still bother me to this day and as nervous as I am about it for the sake of knowledge and information that may help other children I wanted to share them with you:

– My grandfather always commented on my weight and put me down because I wasn’t a thin girl and I have always been self-conscious about my weight and my looks, no matter how many times my husband tells me I’m beautiful I’m always

Tips to Get Financial Help Living With Autism

The cost of bringing up a child with Autism can affect parents, carers and families emotionally. Not only do you need time to digest the diagnosis, but there are the endless calls and emails getting the right support, meetings with schools and so on. What fails to come to mind is the financial cost.

In 2014, paediatric study in the U.S printed by Time Money found that it costs the average U.S family in one lifetime, $1.4 million bucks. OK, so they don’t have the NHS to fall back on, but don’t think the U.K gets away with no cost to the family at all. In fact, in the U.K, the figure is around £220K. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s an ordinary lifetime where the child is state educated, takes one holiday a year and where the Autism is not severe.

If we were to compare that figure to how much it costs to raise one non-autistic child in the U.K, to raise one autistic child, it’s three times as much.

According to the charity, Ambitious about Autism, having the means to put in place some relative care for your autistic child for his or her life time, costs homes, savings and

The Power of Letting Go Lessons For Parents

My first child graduated from high school and I entered a new stage of parenting. The graduation process was a true personal growth opportunity for me and I had to learn to “let go”, just a little bit more. Watching my child navigate through the graduation journey gave me greater insight into the meaning of “training a child.”

Like many parents, my mission is to rear responsible, independent, and socially conscious children. During the months, days, and minutes leading up to graduation, I wanted to step-in and “demand” that she does things my way. It was challenging for me to watch my child do things the “hard way” when I thought I know of an easier more efficient way to get things done.

I relied on my faith, while implementing effective parenting skills. It was during this time I found myself encouraging her to build problem solving skills; while I stood on the sidelines. In the process of standing on the sidelines cheering, I found myself “listening” more and trusting her judgment. Throughout this process, I found peace by staying in the “here and now” and keeping an open heart.

Many of you may have experienced a range of emotions during graduation

All About Parents Pride

You may have heard that your children are your pride and joy. Isn’t that interesting that pride is placed in front of joy? The arrival of a child will change the focus of a family. Love blooms as we welcome and accommodate the wee addition, and responsibility will accrue as the baby’s needs grow. As parents understand the dynamics of their growing child, they naturally begin to plan that child’s future. Is that all that happens? Or, do the parents also plan their unrealized dreams for that child to accomplish?

I read an article recently by Dr. James Dobson, in which he illustrated the journey of children from babies to young adulthood as the flight pattern of released helium-filled balloons. The balloons were all about the same size, generally had the same amount of helium, and they were all released at the same time. The only difference at the release was that the balloons were colored differently in order to symbolize the social, physical, and mental differences of children. Even though the balloons rode the same air current, some did not clear the branches of trees before they popped. Others spread out to reach an average height before they disappeared

Tips To Keeping Children Safe When Driving

Every parent loves their kid, and keeping their child safe falls under number one priority. What this mean reflects on the location and child’s personality. When a child sits in the car the safety measures will differ from when he is at home playing in the backyard. They say boys are daredevils and girls act prissy so keeping either one of them safe can be a challenge or can be a simple maneuver or coordination. Whatever the situation, keeping children safe when driving consist of following state laws of restraints and precautions.

When going from point “A” to point “B” with a child in a car the law requires that the minor 14 or under be in the back seat. Infant and toddlers, as per the law should be in a child’s car seat or a booster seat respectively. The infant’s car seat should be position where the back faces the passenger front seat, resulting in the infant facing the back seat cushion. Children six years or older use the booster seat and are secured by the car’s back seat belt. The restraint of the child in the car seat or the back seat has specifics layout to minimize injury

Step on Being a Reliable Babysitter

Before deciding on a babysitting as a job, ask yourself if you enjoy spending time with kids, do you have an awareness of young children’s needs or do you want to babysit occasionally or find a regular babysitting position? With a bit of planning and coordination, babysitting can be fun and lucrative. Start from home – look after your siblings, pets, be a mother’s helper, begin babysitting from home. This way, your parents can watch how you care for the child, help you if you need it, and let you know when you’re ready to do it on your own.

1. Get educated: The first important step is to be educated thoroughly on childcare. Enroll for a babysitting class where they teach you everything from first aid to diaper changing and handling bad behavior.

2. Get organised and set up a schedule: Take a calendar and mark your free days and times, so you know when exactly you are available.

3. Select a rate: Plan on the options either flat rate hourly wages or per child wage, per hour. Get a feel of the competition, see what is suitable and quote accordingly.

4. Set up a get-to-know-parents meeting: Get all the information

Teens Still Need Their Parents

Times have surely changed. Throughout the world, parents have promoted the development of uncontrolled and disrespectful children. Parents have very little time to bond with their children. They are either too busy trying to make an impression in a materialistic, overachieving society or, they have given up on life. Children are thus left with large amounts of unsupervised time and little parental love and attention.

Within every child there is a developing moral sense. In fact, children crave moral order. Parents have little desire or time to help their children, and turn to the churches and schools to take over the responsibility for giving moral guidance and discipline. Spiritual leaders and teachers can do only so much. A firm foundation for everything must be provided at home.

Unfortunately, most children are subjected to parents who set bad examples. Many parents refuse to sacrifice their time, pleasures and personal conveniences for the needs of their children. Aggressive parents yell and scream at their children, swear and treat other people with indifference and disrespect. Children learn through example and become the mirrored reflection of their parents. When parents are absent, children reflect the examples set by their peers.

Teenagers, especially, need their parents. During

Laws of Potty Training in a Weekend

Potty training in a weekend means you have to be your child’s coach, it’s your job to guide them through the potty training process. To accomplish your goal you need to be in the right state of mind, parents who have the fastest results are all aware of the 3 laws of potty training in a weekend.

Following these laws to the “T” will make potty training in a weekend a piece of cake. Skip one of these laws and you are sure to have toilet training problems.

Law #1 – Be Positive

Potty training can be one of the most frustrating times for a parent. They find themselves wanting to pull their hair out and quit when the process starts to get tough. Toilet training is all about keeping your child motivated and having them enjoy what they’re accomplishing. Accidents will happen and it is extremely important to remain calm and act positive. Instead of showing your child your frustration with negative reinforcement and yelling, be positive by saying phrases like “don’t worry, we’ll make it to the potty next time.” This makes the situation less stressful for both you and the child.

Law #2 – Be Persistent

Being persistent is about putting

Why Parents Must Exercise Patience

“Patience is BITTER, but it’s fruit is SWEET” – Aristotle. Parenting requires you to persevere and have patience which is kind of bitter to do a SUCCESSFUL PARENTING JOB which will be sweetest at the end. Going through child rearing duties and responsibilities right from childbirth and training them through each development stage could be so hectic that most parent lose their patience and perseverance which are very necessary. As a parent, when you lose yours, your child looses his or hers too… then it becomes a war in this parenting field. This article lay more emphasis on these questions such as; What is Patience? What is Perseverance? In what ways do parent make this mistake often? How do we exercise and also help how to children to exercise them too?

What is PATIENCE?

Patience is the capacity or ability to endure something tedious such as provocation, annoyance, pains and misfortunes without complaint but with calm and strength.

What is PERSEVERANCE?

Perseverance is that quality of continuing in something even if it is difficult. It is having this tenacious mindset of not giving up. Looking at this definition, I feel both words are interwoven a bit. But they are not the same, yet

How To Helping Graduates Start On Solid Financial Ground

With graduation season drawing to a close, many recent graduates are making their first major decisions about the future – where to live, which job to take and how to spend their non-working hours. Stepping out on their own often comes with another big first – being financially independent. While this newfound control can be enjoyable, the added responsibilities may also be overwhelming. If your child is a new graduate, help him or her start off on solid financial ground with the following advice.

Study your employee benefits. For many recent grads, this is the first time they’ve been offered a 401(k), health insurance or the chance to purchase additional time off. Before enrolling in benefits, graduates need to research and understand their options. Graduates should remember that it’s okay to have questions, such as whether they should consider disability insurance or if a plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) is the right fit. A good place to find information is through the human resources department or benefits provider. They will likely have the resources and staff available to help.

If graduates have questions specific to their financial situation, consider meeting with a financial professional. A financial advisor can provide

How To Build Effective Communication

Are you happy with the way your children, spouse and co-workers listen to you when you speak? Are you feeling valued at work and at home? If not, take a moment to discover a way of communicating that may enhance your life from this moment forward. Imagine how your satisfaction in everything you do will change when you feel you communicate effectively!?

Image if you can communicate without conflict and get along easily with whomever you talk to.

“Sometimes it feels as if the more we talk, the less we are heard. But Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman have discovered a powerful strategy called Compassionate Communication that allows two brains to work together as one.In twelve clear steps, Compassionate Communication actually changes the brain structure of both participants in a way that helps establish a mutual bond. Free from conflict and distrust, we can communicate more effectively, listen more deeply, and collaborate without effort.Outlining the science, the strategies, and the practical application of Compassionate Communication in a range of personal and professional settings, Newberg and Waldman prove that words can change your brain.” (Newberg and Waldman)

The steps are:

  1. Relax
  2. Stay present
  3. Cultivate inner silence
  4. Increase positivity
  5. Reflect on your deepest values
  6. Access a pleasant memory
  7. Observe nonverbal

Build Life Long Advocacy At Your Home

Parents of autistic children are entering a new phase along the continuum as the transition to adulthood is omnipresent. We have experienced the highs and lows of observing autism play out during the developmental years, only to be surpassed by the challenges of adolescence. Now comes adulthood and the myriad questions and uncertainties that accompany this stage of life. Maintaining the delicate balancing act of being supportive, yet providing enough space for a young adult to grow and thrive is tough. Things can really get complicated when matters of finances, living independently, and romantic feelings enter the picture. Despite the countless changes we go through as parents, our role as advocates remains active – growing stronger in some cases as the years go by.

Being the parent of an autistic adult has all the universal parameters as parenting a typical child. However, upon the arrival of adulthood, there is a stark difference in one area that marks a distinct contrast. Judgment and sound decision making, or lack thereof, makes adulthood such an unpredictable venture for adults on the spectrum. Subsequently, parents must advocate for appropriate housing options, educational accommodations, health care interventions, and money management issues. At the risk of

Step To Helping a Child To Do Well

Well, it’s time for a new school term. Most parents and grandparents think that it is up to a child to do well in class and on their report cards. They often don’t recognize, however, how their own actions contribute to the child’s progress.

Here are some things that you can do to help your child succeed:

1. Encourage and praise effort – I remember hearing about a research project where children were given puzzles beyond their abilities. Some of the children were excited and asked if the researchers would give their mothers the name of the manufacturer so that they could keep trying to solve them at home. The other children gave up and refused to try because the puzzles were too difficult. Upon further examination it was found that the first group had always been encouraged to try and so they were not afraid of failure. In fact, the more that they tried to solve problems, the more they succeeded and the better they felt about themselves. The second group, however, had been told that they were smart, attractive and “special”. They gave up easily thinking that they didn’t want to fail and damage the image that others had

Sides Of Leaving And Cleaving

Very early in the Bible we find the Creator’s plan for humanity includes children eventually separating from parents and bonding with a life mate. We are to leave our original family and create a new family. This involves work by two generations, and it can be difficult work for both.

My mother liked to tell about me running away from home when I was only three years old. Mom had a season of panic while everyone frantically looked for me. Finally they found me several blocks away, visiting some nice people. This was the late 1940’s in a small Indiana town, so not quite the kind of horror it would be in Tulsa today. Still, Mom was far from ready for me to leave home.

When I did leave home about 15 years later to begin a four-year tour in the Navy, Mom was still not ready for me to leave. As she held on to me and cried uncontrollably at the bus station, I thought, “Surely boot camp can’t be that bad.” I later learned two things: first, Mom wasn’t crying about boot camp, and second, boot camp was that bad. Mom was having a very typically hard time letting

Making Summer Camp Fires Up With Your Child

Sleepaway summer camp is packed with long, sunny days perfect for lively outdoor activities from swimming and boating to hiking, tennis and horseback riding. It’s also a great place for kids to let their creative spirits soar, whether it’s writing a script for a camp skit, daring to sing a solo at campfire time, creating a cool nature collage or whipping up a dazzling picture frame in wood shop. Kids at camp play instruments, sing, paint, experiment with the potter’s wheel and learn the basics of wood working. Whether your little camper is trying a new skill or perfecting an old one, summer camp provides a fun, supportive atmosphere for all sorts of creative endeavors.

Theater

Theatrical experiences are a huge hit with summer campers. From funny little campfire skits to exciting musical extravaganzas complete with singing and dancing, kids at camp have lots of opportunities to dabble in the performing arts. Whether acting the lead in a skit, figuring out choreography for a little dance number, writing a script or learning how to build and light the set, summer camp is a great place to try out new endeavors both on stage and behind the scenes. Many camps have a

Tips Back To School Planning

The back to school preparation is never easy. It is a welcome task since after two months of having the children at home parents are quite welling to rush them back off to school. The process of purchasing school uniforms and supplies can be tedious because of the crowds of parents in major department and grocery stories moving quickly up and down isles. With the eagerness to send children back to school parents overlook some important preparations that can help cement a good school year.

At the beginning of the school year parents, students, and teachers are settling in and the focus for most is getting all the applicable school supplies. Many nonprofit organizations work with big businesses and community members to provide the much needed and at times very expensive school supplies to many students.

Back to school the first week before and the month after school is all about having the appropriate tools for each grade level. Principals and staff organize and categorize text books based on grade levels and demands. Auxiliary teachers bring in supplies for the first few months of classroom projects and assignments. Classrooms contain wall displays outlining class expectations, and basic information reflective of the