Chores: How to Involve Your Child

Chores: How to Involve Your Child

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

Your Preschool Teacher Wants You to Know

Your Preschool Teacher Wants You to Know

Preschool is a big step — up until now, your child probably hasn’t spent too much time (or any at all) in a classroom with a large number of children, and likely hasn’t spent too long being away from you or away from a nanny or daycare that they feel comfortable with. Along with leaving you for the day, they are also expected to behave and act differently than they do at home — and if this is your first child going to school, you might have a lot to learn as well. Read more
What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

We’d all like our kids to thrive in academics, the arts, sports and citizenship. Here’s another item to add to our wish list for their success: friendship. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), those early social bonds are highly important.

“Friends help define personality and independence. Friendships teach young people how to deal with their own complex feelings and those of others,” the AAP says on its Healthy Kids website. With friends, kids also learn to trust, explore who they are and begin to build a sense of security apart from their families, according to the AAP. Read more

What to Do When Your Child Doesn't Like Their Teacher

What to Do When Your Child Doesn’t Like Their Teacher

Your child’s teachers do not necessarily need to be their best friends, but your son or daughter should never feel uncomfortable or fearful when walking into their classroom each day. If they are coming home upset or unhappy because of something going on with their teacher, then it’s important to listen to what your child is saying and seek answers. Often, it’s more a simple case of “missing Mommy syndrome,” but other times the problem can be something deeper that needs to be addressed. Work with your little one and their teacher to find a solution that helps everyone involved, and try these tips when sorting out the situation. Read more

Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Help! My Child Refuses to Go to School

Hannah breathed a sigh of relief as she watched her daughter skip happily into school. It was 5-year-old Isabelle’s first day of kindergarten, and like any parent, Hannah was worried she might have trouble with the transition. But to her surprise, her little girl ran into the classroom without looking back and quickly settled into her seat to chat with her new classmates. “That was easier than I expected,” Hannah thought. Read more

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

6 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Homework

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

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

Helping Kids Cope with Stress

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

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How to Make Your Mornings Smoother as a Working Mom

Weekday mornings or any day at mom heads out to go to work have a special place in h*ll for us working moms. Sure, we have our smooth days when our kids leave with us without complaint and on time and heck, we even exit with a good hair day and a smile on our face … but then there are those other days. You know what I mean—the days when you turn into Mommy Dearest and your children are the biggest utter pains in the you-know-what’sand for one brief moment you seriously consider shipping those ungrateful children of yours to China or India to work in a sweatshop, but hey, then you have to pay for their airfare. Thankfully, you love them so much that you let these bad moments slide and let’s be honest mom: you melt down too on some mornings aren’t exactly the coolest cucumber on the block. I know for me the weekday mornings are the most trying time of day for me, so I’ve gathered a few tips on how to make the mornings mellower and not so manic! Read more