Parenting with anxiety means you’re never quite parenting alone. Nope, there’s always that thread or undercurrent of fear or worry that accompanies us anxious folks that we try to battle or subdue in order to parent without fear. And when I say parent without fear, I mean “parent without the fear of everything and anything thanks to anxiety making you a bad parent,” not parenting without fear, period, because what parent doesn’t get a little afraid sometimes? Read more
Weight is a touchy subject, especially when children are involved. Whether your child is overweight, underweight or you just suspect he or she is suffering from negative self-image, it’s difficult to know how to talk about the weight issue without giving him or her some sort of body complex or making things worse.
Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.
Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don’t put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider. Read more
Determining whether your child is ready to transition from a forward-facing car seat to a big-kid booster seat involves more than simply looking at the child’s age, height and weight. Allana Pinkerton, child passenger safety advocate for car seat manufacturer Diono, says parents often don’t consider a key question: Is the child mature enough to sit in a booster? Read more
You feel it coming. You’re at your breaking point as a parent. Your kids have pushed every single button you have ever had and are verging on demolishing your sanity. You have tried every parenting trick known to you and you are still getting nowhere with them. You have silently counted to 10 in your head and realize it’s way past the point of no return.
Your frustration is at an all time high and you lose your temper. Read more
Our lives as parents are increasingly busy these days and sometimes it’s hard to find time to accomplish everything around the house. One way to balance work and play is to combine them and involve the whole family in doing household chores.
If we understand what gets in the way and what may help when it comes to doing chores, then we can have a better chance of having children be participating family members. Read more
Kids don’t exactly eagerly anticipate homework, do they? Mom Lisa B. says she butts heads with her 10-year-old daughter nearly every evening about doing the work. “What should I do to get her more interested?” she asks the Circle of Moms community. While turning homework into a positive experience might sound like an insurmountable task, experienced parents say it’s possible, with a little time, patience, and ingenuity. Here, we’ve rounded up six tips from our community to help your child get excited about homework so that she stays on track in school. Read more
Children need steady routines so they know what their days will be like, which will result in them being more agreeable in daily life. Happy children make happy parents! Here are some reasons why your kids (and you!) need to stick to routines. Read more
To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can’t protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.
Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what’s bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles. Read more
While no one ever said parenting was easy, someone should have at least told us how unnecessarily hard it would be sometimes.
I know I would have appreciated knowing just how challenging infinitesimal inconveniences would make everyday parenting. How all the drama would indeed be saved for Mama and just how often I’d find myself thinking, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Read more