52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom: Effective Strategies for Raising Happy, Responsible Kids Seth Akabas Author
How we parent matters, and we can all be better parents by working at it step by step. Meg Akabas builds on this philosophy, providing easy-to-implement strategies in once-a-week chapters that you can read in just a few minutes. Each chapter provides a salient piece of advice on one specific topic such as: respect, self-control, cooperation, sibling relations, or sleep habits. Rather than overwhelm with psychological studies and theories, this book helps busy parents, or sleep habits. Rather than overwhelm with psychological studies and theories, this book helps busy parents make attainable and effective changes in their parenting. For any parent overwhelmed by parenting advice overload, 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom offers real guidance you can use with your children today.… read more
It may be cold outside, but that shouldn't stop you and your little one from having some fun in the snow! We've rounded up our favorite snowsuits and buntings for infants and toddlers so your kiddos can stay warm while sledding, making snow angels, and building snowmen.
If you're reading this, you're probably a parent desperately in need of a little rest. Raising kids is a tiring job—that's for sure. It does get a little easier as the kids get older, but you will never sleep as well as you did before having kids. Luckily, there are products that will help relax and revive you, so you can continue to be the best parent you can be. From essential oils to sound spas, these 10 products will ensure that mom and dad can finally get some sleep.
When selecting clothing for your next family portrait, go for a variety of colors, prints, and textures that flow nicely together yet aren't too matchy-matchy. To give you some inspiration, we've found some adorable kids outfits for all four seasons.
Now that the temps have started to dip to record lows, with some days feeling as cold as ice, it's time to warm up with the hottest wintertime picks to keep you and your baby feeling cozy and comfy while braving frosty climates. We've rounded up our favorite finds designed to help mom and baby withstand winter's brutal bite in toasty trends too hot not to shop this season. Snag these fab winter weather essentials to survive the season in style!
Graduation season is upon us and children, teens and young adults everywhere are getting ready to take that next—and very big step—in their lives. Whether your kids are getting ready to go to school for the first time or saying goodbye to school for the very last, this time of year is full of emotions, especially for parents. As we aim to arm our kids with all the knowledge and inspire them as much as we can, we also know that sometimes the best encouragement can come from none other than a wonderful book. Books about graduation are not only written to rouse good feelings and spark creativity, but also are meant to calm those jitters about the impending future. Whether your little one is embarking on the their first days of kindergarten or your 20-something is jetting off into the adult world all on their own, these 12 books aim to excite, energize and shed a light on what lies ahead. Congrats grads!
Sometimes it's best to think outside of the box. Unfortunately, cleanup time is not one of them. As all parents know, kiddos believe the perfect spot for storing their toys is on the floor. While this might be convenient for all of those dolls and dinosaurs to swiftly spring into action when it's time to play, the massive mess probably isn't a good look for mom. Luckily, for everyone's sake, there are super cool storage solutions that are not only functional, they're also fun and perfect for bedrooms and playrooms. Parents can even turn tidying up into a teachable moment. "Introducing kids early on to organizing will set them up for success later in life," says Tracy McCubbin, decluttering expert and author of This Book Will Set You Free: The 7 Emotional Clutter Blocks and How to Finally Conquer Them. "Organizing their toys when they are little will teach kids how to keep their future homes neat and even manage their schedules." Time to round up the best storage solutions for keeping your kid's play space looking spick-and-span! Check out our these awesome picks to give those games and gadgets a stylish home while making mom and dad happy. Toys in the bin or bust!
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Sleep Guidelines, infants should sleep between 12 to 16 hours, while growing toddlers should grab between 11 to 14 hours of shut-eye. That's why picking the perfect crib mattress is key for a good night (and naptime) slumber for your little lamb.
While there are several factors to consider when choosing a crib mattress and setting up a safe sleep environment for your child. Parents should select "a firm mattress that is made for the crib, meaning perfect in size with a tight-fitting sheet," suggests S. Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. "There should be no space between the mattress and the sides of the crib."
And other than a fitted sheet, there shouldn't be anything in the baby's bed, particularly during the first year. "The most common mistake that parents make is putting something in the crib besides a tightly swaddled baby," says Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, CA. "There should be no stuffed animals, no crib bumpers and no sleep positioners. Just make sure it is a new crib that is up to current standards."
Dr. Ganjian also advises against using an old crib and mattress. "Hand me downs used to be great, but now you really have to watch out for them, since many have been recalled or are dangerous because there is some subtle defect that you might not be aware of."
In celebration of Sleep Awareness Week, we've rounded up our top picks of comfy, crib mattresses with quality features to ensure that tired newborns and tots transitioning to a toddler bed sleep like babies so Mom and Dad can rest a whole lot easier.
Turn playtime into a fun teaching moment with classic, colorful Montessori toys for your tot designed to stimulate, promote creativity and develop fine motor skills. Parents will love the PVC-free materials, and kids will enjoy a hands-on learning experience playing and mastering new skills by building, sorting, counting and learning to tie, button and snap. Check out our roundup of the best Montessori toys (all under $35!) that are guaranteed to have imaginations running wild without all the bells and whistles of electronics.
Sweater season is in full swing, and with so many sweet choices, it's impossible to resist filling your little girl's wardrobe with these fun styles. From cute cardigans to jaunty jumpers, we've rounded up the trendiest, toastiest and totally adorable knits to keep your cutie warm all winter.
We all know how hard it is to resist those snapping up those super cute stuffed animals, especially since they make such great cuddle buddies! However, when your kid's stuffed animal kingdom starts to get a little too wild, it may be time to find a special place for all of those plush pals. The first step in tackling the lion's share of stuffed animals is to weed through the ones that are now extinct recommends Tracy McCubbin, founder dClutterfly and author of Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need.
"The perfect plan for keeping stuffed animals organized is to purge them! It sounds like a daunting task, but you'd be surprised how many your child will let go of if you take the time to ask, 'how long has it been since you've played with this one?'" notes McCubbin.
"When it comes to corralling the stuffed animals your kid truly wants to keep, I'm a huge fan of baskets. Baskets are lightweight and easy to move around, making cleanup time much more manageable. Just be sure not to get baskets that are bigger than your child!" she says. Once you've decided which animals to donate and which ones to declutter, it's time to get them organized. We've rounded up several creative storage solutions to give your kiddo's sweet stuffies a special home.