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Parenting
12/23/2013
6 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Blues According to a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), the holidays are a source of "multiple stressors." 69% of respondents cited "lack of time" as a major stressor, 69% cited "lack of money" and 51% blamed extra stress on "the pressure to give or get gifts." More >>

Tags: Eat Less-Move More, Health, Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Stress
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12/16/2013
Yay or Nay to Elf on the Shelf? Who knew a little Christmas elf could create internal conflict and spark a mommy war? It wasn't designed this way. The Elf on the Shelf was created by a mom in 2005 as a promise for more magic at Christmastime. More >>

Tags: Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Values
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11/11/2013
More Precious Than Gold? Several orthodontists in our town offer a candy buy back the day after Halloween. Our orthodontist says he does it because so many kids break their appliances with sticky, chewy candy. Most parents I know would like to see it gone for a plethora of other reasons, our own waistlines included, but how? More >>

Tags: Health, Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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11/04/2013
To Brush or Not To Brush: Secrets to Removing the Tooth Brushing Battles There are few proven tips to trauma-free tooth brushing.

Apply logical consequences. One gift we can give our children is the understanding that life, freedom and responsibilities go together. Applying logical consequences teaches children this connection. More >>

Tags: Health, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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10/28/2013
Halloween Safety Tips The National Safety Council has put together some holiday tips to keep children safe on Halloween. More >>

Tags: Holidays, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom
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10/21/2013
Keep Talking Whether it be internet use, bullying at school, peer pressure, drugs or alcohol, sex, you name it, most parents are concerned about their kids and want to help them make the right choices. More >>

Tags: Addiction, Character-Courage-Conscience, Education, Health, Parenting, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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10/14/2013
Five Ways to Cope Effectively with Toddlers Toddlers can be challenging but understanding why they act and react as they do can make the daily interactions with one far more pleasant and productive. More >>

Tags: Behavior, Parenting, Stay-at-Home Mom, Stress
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10/07/2013
Yearning for Tradition, Meaning and More Extraordinary Experiences There's a trend that's growing stronger: boys are asking girls to formal dances with the sort of over-the-top gestures that rival grown men proposing marriage. More >>

Tags: Dating, Education, Friendships, Parenting, Relationships, Social Issues, Teens, Values
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09/23/2013
5 Ways to Thrive Staying Home with Kids During the Elementary Years How can you thrive as a stay-at-home once your kids start school? Find out in this week's Kid Focused blog. More >>

Tags: Education, Parenting, Values
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09/09/2013
We Focus on Whether They're 'Good Kids,' But Are They Kind? I've recently realized that as a parent I've been focused on civilizing my children the first chunk of their lives... Yet now for my two oldest children, I'm focused on whether they have their priorities straight. More >>

Tags: Character-Courage-Conscience, Character/Courage/Conscience, Parenting, Values
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