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Select the best suitable HotSlings Baby Carrier

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 Tasilma Grishma (July 25, 2010)  HotSlings, another one of the best brands on the market for baby carriers today, is brimming with products that promise to provide parents with what they need. The HotSlings baby carrier collection is a way of staying fashion trendy and still be that loving caring parent that you want to be. HotSlings baby carrier products provide a range of baby pouch slings that allow for mom, dad, .. (Parenting)

Cover Girls: How the Media Influences Teen Self-Image

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 23, 2010)  You don’t have to look very far to see image after image of flawless, statuesque, unblemished, and usually very skinny women wearing the hottest trends in clothes, shoes and hair accessories. They’re plastered all over the magazines. This may seem harmless, but did you know that these images of can be very powerful in influencing your daughter’s self-image? A lot of .. (Parenting)

Developing Good Mental Health in Girls

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 22, 2010)  As parents of young girls, we are in a unique position of influence to help them build the confidence it takes to be the best that they can be. After all, they will not stay in their frilly dresses and dainty hair accessories forever. One day they will be real women in a real world. Developing self-worth is at the core of developing a girl’s mental wellness. Mental health is how .. (Parenting)

Gearing Your Teen For Success

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 21, 2010)  They really do grow up fast! It seems like only yesterday that your baby girl’s world revolved in a small sphere. She depended on you for even for the simplest things, and you lovingly catered to her ever whim. Now, all of a sudden that baby girl is a young lady. Baby gifts have been replaced by mobile phones and makeup. And, as with most teenagers, she is no longer so excited to .. (Parenting)

What is Your Child’s Personality Type?

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 21, 2010)  Child development experts are still locked in a debate over nature versus nurture. It is the longstanding argument over whether a person’s innate qualities (“nature”) or her personal experiences (“nurture”) carry more importance in determining individual differences in her physical, behavioral, and personality traits. As a parent, I’m sure you have .. (Parenting)

How to Get Your Child Loves To Eat Vegetables

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 Emma Arsanti (July 20, 2010)  If your child does not like to eat vegetables, this is not your own problems. Many parents find it difficult to provide vegetables to their children. Children often do not like to eat vegetables because vegetables are often coarse textured and sometimes difficult to chew. In addition instant lifestyle often has a pattern of unhealthy eating. The children prefer to eat junk food. Of .. (Parenting)

Developing Strong Bonds between Your Children

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 19, 2010)  It can be pretty complicated once a new baby becomes a part of the family. Often, the second child arrives when the first is still a toddler, who suddenly has to share your attention for the first time. Soon, she will need to share other things with her younger sibling too—her baby clothes, her favorite hair accessories, her dolls. She may start saying things like “Take the .. (Parenting)

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

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 Mary C. Baker (July 19, 2010)  Getting a good night’s rest is a problem for most people, and for new parents it’s almost impossible. But as new parents, you need to feel rested and alert. After all, you’ve got your normal responsibilities to return to, plus a new and very precious presence in your lives. Lack of sleep can cause confusion, poor memory, incoordination, mood swings, extreme .. (Parenting)

Tap Water: The Safe and Healthy Choice

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 Eric Eckl (July 17, 2010)  Hey Mom! Have you ever looked at all those bottles of water at the supermarket that are competing for your hard earned dollar and wondered how they got there? It wasn't that long ago that we all drank tapwater without a second thought. What's changed? Well, when it comes to the safety of your tapwater here in the Washington metro area, the answer is not much! Water utilities in the .. (Parenting)

Parenting Your Toddler

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 16, 2010)  Parenting is not for the faint of heart—especially if we’re talking about parenting toddlers! At this stage, your child starts to show her unique personality and to develop interests and preferences. It may be a newfound obsession with “princess" like dresses and hair accessories, or it may be an endearing habit, like singing to her mommy each morning. You may also .. (Parenting)

Know - How To Be A Honest Parenting | Honest Parenting

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 Della Rosita (July 16, 2010)  WHICH ROAD DO I HAVE TO TAKE TO REAR A GOOD CHILD?The arrival of a baby is just the starting preparations involved in raising a child, as we all know that parenting is actually a life long commitment. All throughout the parenting process, you'll find yourself thinking and even daydreaming about things like wonderful times you will spend with your child, but you have to put that one on .. (Parenting)

Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 14, 2010)  One minute, your happy go lucky daughter is playing dress-up with her friends, giddily switching hair accessories as she completes her outfit . The next, she is screaming at the top of her lungs and throwing her toys around. You have just experienced another tantrum, courtesy of your little one. Parenting doesn’t seem complete unless you have been through the dreaded toddler .. (Parenting)

Are We Raising Spoiled Children?

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 14, 2010)  As parents, we want the best for our children. We attend to their needs, and every now and then we indulge their wants. Be careful though—indulging too much can spoil kids. You may feel that you need to buy expensive items, but it’s not necessary to buy designer brands of dresses, shoes, and hair accessories for children, especially if it eats up too much of the budget. .. (Parenting)

That’s Mine! Teaching Your Child the Concept of Sharing

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 13, 2010)  Picture this. It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and you and your children are huddled together in the playroom. Your little girls are playing peacefully by themselves, pretending to be fairies of a magical forest. They even have their favorite flower hair accessories on to complete the look. Then one of your little girls decides that she fancies her sister’s hair clip. .. (Parenting)

Tips on How to Get Child Visitation Rights

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 Rudy Wilson (July 12, 2010)  In the majority of divorces when children are involved, one parent will be given custody of the children and the other parent will be scheduled for visitation rights. These visitation rights for the non-custodial parent are usually part of the final divorce agreement. It now means the non-custodial parent will be able to visit with his or her child. Now a visitation schedule can be .. (Parenting)

Sleep with Your Pet - Is It Healthy?

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 Lovel Rose (July 12, 2010)  For most people a pet is considered to be an important member of the family. So that many pet owner sleep together with their adorable pets. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their .. (Parenting)

Live in Nanny Job

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 Jenny Pilley (July 09, 2010)  Becoming a live in nanny can be a truly life altering event. It’s one thing to take care of children during the day and retire to your own home, and quite another to actually live with the family for which you work 24 hours per day. The key to success at this role lies in finding the right family for you, and this is where recruitment agencies come in. They can help nannies find a . (Parenting)

Don't Be A Pain in the Drain!

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 Eric Eckl (July 08, 2010)  There's a small handful of things you absolutely don't want to flush down the drain, such as money or time – and also old cooking grease, unused medicines, and household chemicals. That's right. Modern American homes are full of things that CAN go down the drain but SHOULDN'T. This article will provide a few tips on what those are – and how to deal with them. Responsibly. .. (Parenting)

My Child is Afraid of the Dark

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 Mike Rolins (July 02, 2010)  The False Comfort Associated With The Nightlight Quite a few young children either tell you they are or really are afraid of the dark. Each and every night you will hear the pleading words; “Mommy, make sure you leave the light on". You can even find lights that are specifically made for supplying a gentle glow inside your child's room at night-but are you currently doing them .. (Parenting)

Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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 Rachelle Salinger (July 01, 2010)  Of all the gifts that you can give your child, the gift of self-esteem can prove to be the greatest one—it will allow her to feel good about herself no matter what life throws her way. In a world that cares so much about image that it has spawned its own skewed version of beauty, self-esteem is one of the most important factors to personal achievement, forming friendships, and .. (Parenting)

Raising Twins: Tips to Prepare Yourself Meet -Your New Dynamic Duo

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 Rachelle Salinger (June 29, 2010)  Finding out that you have a baby on the way is joyous news. Finding out that you are expecting twins—that’s really something to prepare for! You might wonder: how do I raise twins? Raising one child is challenging enough; what should I expect with twins? Thankfully, you are not alone. Statistics show that in the US, about three of every 100 pregnancies result in twins or .. (Parenting)

What is the Best Way to Use Timeouts

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 Mike Rolins (June 29, 2010)  With the increasing movement away from corporal punishment and towards more positive kinds of discipline, the application of the time-out as a discipline technique has grown. Yet quite a few parents will claim that it doesn't work for them, or that his or her child completely disregards and is not phased by them. Chances are that they are doing them wrong, or have got misconceptions .. (Parenting)

Three Tips to Save Water and Money at Home

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 Eric Eckl (June 28, 2010)  Water. It meets the most basic of needs, necessary for survival by animals (including humans) and plants alike. And we use a lot of it. Some experts estimate that the average U. S. residents uses more about 70 gallons of water per person, 280 gallons per day per family of four. At that rate, a typical neighborhood is using an Olympic sized swimming pool of water everyday, just to brush . (Parenting)

What Are All the Pregnacy Tests For

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 Mike Rolins (June 25, 2010)  As soon as you discover that you are pregnant you are going to go through a surprising array of routine tests, some of which might be badly explained or brushed off. This may not be deliberate, instead it's more likely the fact they are being given by medical practitioners who perform them so frequently every day that they forget that not everyone understands. Comprehending them might .. (Parenting)

The Need For Life Insurance For Parents

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 Mike Rolins (June 24, 2010)  The topic of life insurance generally seems to creep up on us. When we are young, and it could be more affordable to get, we feel we do not need it. By the point that we ultimately recognize the significance of having life insurance policies we are often somewhat older and with a family. Many reasons exist why people don't consider life insurance coverage. Some may possibly believe .. (Parenting)

What are the Pros and Cons of Being a Stay at Home Parent

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 Mike Rolins (June 23, 2010)  Not many of us can manage it of course, due to the fact the loss of an income in the family can often not be tolerated. For those who think that they just might make it work and so are thinking about making the change, what advantages are there to being a stay home parent? Most apparent of all is the fact you'll be able to be home along with your children, which isn't just stating the .. (Parenting)

Food and Kids Welcome to the Battle

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 Mike Rolins (June 23, 2010)  Virtually all parents will have to deal with this problem at some time - your kid simply will not eat. When does it turn into a problem and just what can we do about it? The easy but not always comforting answer is that most likely there's no problem when your child doesn't want to eat for a meal or two. They could be feeling slightly under the weather, or could have snacked too late .. (Parenting)

Parenting A Princess

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 Rachelle Salinger (June 22, 2010)  When a daughter is born, it feels like the most precious gift you can imagine has just been given to you. Her delicate little hands, her tiny arms and legs, her scrunched up face looking up at you can inspire feelings of complete bliss - and utter panic at the same time. Above all else though you will probably intuitively know that while parenting her is not always going to be easy, .. (Parenting)

Teaching Your Kids About Money the Right Way

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 Mike Rolins (June 22, 2010)  There are lots of things that we teach our children-how to talk, walking, sometimes tips on how to read and write. Their school will teach them many other things which includes science, history as well as geography, but there's one area in which the education and learning of countless young children comes short-and that's in teaching them the way to manage their money. This truth is .. (Parenting)

Bad Weather Activities for Your Kids

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 Mike Rolins (June 22, 2010)  When bad weather hits, its difficult enough on us adults. But when you have small children in the house with huge amounts of energy to burn off, being snowed or perhaps rained in may be a near disaster! Some simple forward thinking will let you avoid the problems that boredom might cause. The activities that you lay out will of course depend upon the actual age of the kid, but .. (Parenting)

Council of Governments Launches New Blog for Area Moms

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 Eric Eckl (June 20, 2010)  Contacts: Stuart Freudberg, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, (202) 962-3300 Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work, LLC, (703) 635-4380 Calling all Metro area moms! Are you raising a family in Washington DC or one of its suburbs? Are you looking to connect with other moms in Fairfax, Rockville, Loudoun, or Frederick? Then point your browser to metro-dc-mom-blog.com for the .. (Parenting)

The Educational Benefits of an Outdoor Kid's Playhouse

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 Gary Whipple (June 20, 2010)  Installing a wooden kid's playhouse in your garden or backyard will not only delight your children, but will also benefit their education. Your kids will love doing their homework outside in their playhouse, and there are ways to teach them the rewards that study can bring: both materially and in terms of their education. The Educational Benefit Among the many benefits of an outdoor .. (Parenting)

The Playhouse Castle For Indoor Kids Playhouses

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 Gary Whipple (June 20, 2010)  Children living in condos or apartments can get very when they cannot get outdoors and use an outdoor playhouse. You can make their life more interesting by turning their bedroom into a playhouse castle, or any of a number of possible kid's indoor playhouses. All it takes is imagination, and here are a few ideas. The Playhouse Castle Childrens bedrooms are ideal for a playhouse castle . (Parenting)

Securing Your Child's Future

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 Adam R. Singleton (June 04, 2010)  Child Trust Funds were launched over five years ago to help kick-start a savings culture in the UK and promote greater knowledge of personal finance and responsibility. By enabling parents, grandparents, other family members and friends to contribute up to £1200 a year between them, they provide parents with a means to help give their child a financial stepping-stone to the adult . (Parenting)

The Dangers Of A Sleep Over

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 Denzale Montgomery (June 02, 2010)  All of us can remember our first sleep-over and how great and yet frightening it felt to sleep over a friends house, instead of being home with mom, dad and your annoying younger siblings. There are many great games to play like truth or dare. And there can be many strong bonds of friendship that can be built on by these mere weekend visits. I have actually held a sixteen year .. (Parenting)

Sexting And Your Teen

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 Denzale Montgomery (June 02, 2010)  In Barrington, R. I a boy was showing his classmates a picture of a sex act that he was committing with a fifteen year old female student. The funny thing is that boy is not the one that was facing charges because instead of going to authorities the girls brought a butter knife to school in order to threaten the boy. Luckily they where caught when they where passing the knife to one .. (Parenting)

Getting A Teen To Make Their Bed

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 Denzale Montgomery (May 31, 2010)  Do not be alarmed I know when a lot of parents here this term they think that something like this is an absolute impossibility. But, please do not be alarm, first before reading any further take a few deep breaths and find your happy place because getting a teen to make their bed can be done. When most of us parents here this term we get in such a clamor because kids, teens in .. (Parenting)

Duvet Covers For A Child’s Bedroom

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 Denzale Montgomery (May 17, 2010)  As a parent myself I know that getting a child to clean their room, or at least not get it as dirty as they do can be quite difficult and can get pretty tiring. Kids can do many things to get around cleaning their rooms. When we tell them to go get their bedrooms clean they will usually go in their rooms and sleep until it is late enough to sneak out of their rooms, or play their latest . (Parenting)

Talking To Your Child About Bullies: 7 Conversation Killers To Avoid

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 Adam Blum (May 16, 2010)  Parents are often the last ones to know that their children are being bullied. A kid who’s being chronically teased, picked-on, harassed or beat up carries a lot of shame inside, and being silent often seems easier than the alternative. After all, telling a parent carries the risk that: * you might be disappointed, judgmental or get hysterical * you will make a fuss at school, .. (Parenting)

Tips for Parents - Parents can Help Kids Stay Alcohol Free

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 Lovel Rose (May 12, 2010)  Parents who want to prevent their children from drinking. Many kids and teens try alcohol. Most children have their first alcohol at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger. This is dangerous. alcohol can cause special problem for kids and teenagers because many parts of their body are not fully grown yet. They are also more likely to develop problems with alcohol later in .. (Parenting)

On Family Calendar: How to Teach Kids About the Importance of Time

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 Noel Moitre (May 11, 2010)  For people who juggle multiple work and family priorities, a family calendar is the most appropriate calendar to have, not just for the parent but for the whole family. In the busy time that we live, it gives each family member a chance to let everyone in the family know what activities they will be involved in during the upcoming days, weeks and even months ahead. Kids should be .. (Parenting)

Get the Kids Out in the Sunshine with Gardening Children’s Gifts

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 Jenny Pilley (May 07, 2010)  Spring is here! Yes, the warmer weather is virtually upon us, meaning that it’s an excellent time to get the little ones out into the garden. But as we all know, often that’s more easily said than done. With so many films and computer games grabbing our kids’ attention these days, getting those couch potatoes out and enjoying some much needed exercise and fresh air can . (Parenting)

Reasons Divorced Parents Shouldn't Litigate for Child Custody

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 Ruth Bassett (May 06, 2010)  Because they are so common, everyone knows what a custody battle and custody dispute are. When parents divorce or separated and cannot agree on a plan for how they will raise their children, many times they start a battle. One parent decides to litigate for child custody, which means that the parent takes the other parent to court, and the process begins. Sadley, custody litigation .. (Parenting)

‘Top 10 Parenting Myths and Misconceptions' FREE Live Interactive Parenting Webinar

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 Mark Lakewood (May 05, 2010)  Effective child management is typically impacted by parenting beliefs and values that influence our parenting abilities (90%) and the implementation of specific parenting skills (10%). This live powerful one-hour webinar explores parental beliefs and values (the 90%) that could limit or reduce child behavior improvement. Unless these beliefs and values are identified and addressed, very . (Parenting)

Child Custody Agreements and Visitation Schedules for Unmarried Parents

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 Ruth Bassett (May 04, 2010)  There are many couples who are unmarried who have children. When these unions break up, the couples do not have the formal, legal proceeding of a divorce, but they do have custody issues that they need to work out. Unmarried parents are often left out in books and other discussions about child custody-but they still need the same help and resource. Fortunately, the things that are true . (Parenting)

Child Custody Agreement and Parenting Plan Basics

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 Ruth Bassett (May 03, 2010)  When parents divorce or separate, they need to honestly look at their situation and figure out a parenting plan and custody agreement that works the best for their child. This can be a difficult process, but if parents invest time and effort into their plan at the beginning, it will pay off for years to come. Here are some basics about parenting plans and custody agreements to help a .. (Parenting)

A Parenting Plan and Custody Agreement Template

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 Ruth Bassett (April 29, 2010)  Divorced and separated parents can follow a basic parenting plan and custody agreement template to help them make a parenting agreement for their children. Once parents know the template, they can customize the plan so it fits their situation. Here is a template for parents to consider as they make a custody agreement. The first issue that parents need to decide for their plan is where . (Parenting)

Children’s Gardening Gifts

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 Jenny Pilley (April 28, 2010)  Children absolutely love to create. Whether they’re sculpting works of art at the kitchen table with nothing but modelling clay and unrestrained creativity, or putting the finishing touches on an impressionist masterpiece bound for the dizzying heights of the fridge door; our little ones just love to make things themselves. If your kids are budding artists, why not take their .. (Parenting)

Matching Footed Pajamas: A Fun Family Holiday Gift Idea

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 George Sol (April 28, 2010)  Would you like to start an amusing and practical Christmas tradition in your family? Consider buying your family matching footed pajamas. Wearing matching footed pajamas may seem rather odd when you first consider it. But many families are now wearing matching footie pajamas. If you think about why, it really does make sense. For years, many families have shared the tradition of .. (Parenting)

Benefits Of Firm Parenting

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 Nellie Shani (April 28, 2010)  I remember going to a restaurant with my husband and our two year old son. The waiter had brought our food and we were just settling down to enjoy a scrumptious meal when something that looked like a baby bottle went whistling past our heads and hit the wall at the far end of the room. This was followed by a piercing scream from the table to our right. The normally noisy restaurant .. (Parenting)




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