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Why Millennials Might Just Make the Best Parents

Why Millennials Might Just Make the Best Parents

Shrugging off the self-obsessed stereotype, millennials are proving that they actually make pretty rad parents — here’s why!
Older Parents: Millennials may not be old. Between 2000 and 2014, the average age of a first-time mama rose by 1.4 years.
That doesn’t make you tech-crazy.
Shifting Roles: Long gone are the Don Draper days when Dad took the train to work while mom stayed home and took on 100 percent of the parenting duties. This means that contemporary kids with a mom and dad are being treated to two parents who are completely invested in them.
Millennials value experiences. This doesn’t mean they don’t want to “settle down.” They do: You know that you want a family and are totally overjoyed to make a home with your S.O.
Kids First: Millennials aren’t as self-centered as everyone thinks. That so-called selfishness somehow translates into selflessness when millennials become moms and dads.

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How to Keep Kids Calm During Shots (and a Bonus Reason For Doing so)

How to Keep Kids Calm During Shots (and a Bonus Reason For Doing so)

It’s that time of year again when I have to keep a huge secret from my kids.
Children are certainly not in a good mood when they know they have to get a flu shot.
For years, researchers have been studying a range of factors that can affect our immune response to vaccines, such as sleep, stress, physical activity, and nutrition. The study began two weeks before the vaccine was administered when individuals took a blood test to check antibody levels.
It’s times like these when we need to rely on the breath to get us through the stress. Ask your child to breathe in as you expand your hands to a heart shape.
Another option is to bring along some beautiful pictures of nature to look at. Research shows that viewing pictures of nature scenes can reduce stress because our parasympathetic nervous system (which helps us to calm down) is activated. To calm your child down, read a book with calming nature pictures or pull up some photos on your phone or iPad.
According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing improves our body and mind and is one of the simplest tools we have for reducing stress and anxiety.

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6 Tricks to Make Halloween Treats a Non-Issue for Your Allergic Kid

6 Tricks to Make Halloween Treats a Non-Issue for Your Allergic Kid

My daughter has multiple food allergies.
Jennifer Roblin takes her seven-year-old non-allergic son trick-or-treating while her husband stays home with their daughter, who is four and has multiple food allergies.
Instead of sifting through all of her son’s candy and reading all of the labels to determine what’s safe, she replaces everything with Enjoy Life Halloween candies.
Her allergic daughter gets to keep whatever is safe for her.
For parents of younger kids who want their kids to experience as much of the “normal” (read: allergy-free) Halloween experience as possible, a little benign trickery goes a long way. Jennifer Devine Pirozzoli usually takes her kids to the homes of other family members, which gives her the opportunity to run up to the door with an entire bag of safe candy from which her child can choose, without ever knowing that that mom hand-picked it in advance.

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Just 12 Of The Cutest Baby Costumes On The Internet

Just 12 Of The Cutest Baby Costumes On The Internet

As much as I love dressing up for Halloween, nothing beats the adorable baby costumes you can see little ones rocking when October 31 rolls around.
It’s especially precious when the whole family gets together to coordinate their Halloween costumes!
And there’s still plenty of time to snag one of the super-cute items below from Amazon. Even if you aren’t planning on dressing up with your little monster, you have to admit they’d look precious in any one of these awesome baby costumes.
Do you know someone who’s still looking for something their youngster can wear this Halloween?
Do you know someone with a little one who needs help finding a costume? Do you know someone with a little one who needs help finding a costume?

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The French Method That Completely Shifted My Parenting

The French Method That Completely Shifted My Parenting

I’m starting to wonder if my kids will ever get along?
Stop making your brother cry….
I’m pretty sure every single mom in the world has used this method, but the French were the first to give it a name and make it doctor recommended.
After all, French babies sleep through the night by two months of age, so there must be something significant to this method.
“When a French baby cries in the night, the parents go in, pause, and observe for a few minutes,” Druckerman explains.
What if I stop refereeing my toddlers and pause?
I have learned that, within three minutes, they are able to work it out themselves.
Le Pause does not make you a lazy parent.
It makes you a wise parent of children who learn to be resilient, to stand up for themselves in the schoolyard, and to self soothe in a mature way.
I’ve waited up to five minutes before inserting myself into the situation, and the only times I do is if they start hurting themselves or others.

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That Time My Preschooler Clapped Back at a Nosey Stranger

That Time My Preschooler Clapped Back at a Nosey Stranger

“It’ll more than likely round out in a few weeks, just be sure not to lay him down too much.” We took our flat-headed sweetie home and, despite his literally never being out of our arms or the carrier except to sleep at night, his flat spot stayed flat.
Around the same time as my baby’s birth, my three-year-old developed a fascination with other people.
Due to the severity of the spot, the doctor recommended that my little one visit the nearby cranial banding office for a consultation.
The cranial banding office was happy to give my boy a super-official scan that showed what we all could see – my kid’s head was, indeed, super flat.
Other people, though, weren’t so sure what was on my kid’s head or why he was wearing a helmet when kids in “their day” didn’t seem to need them.
Just to give you a picture of how little offense I take to questions: due to a bad case of diastasis recti after the birth of my flat-headed baby, I’ve been asked when I’m due approximately 100,000 times from when he was a week old until now, and I’ve only cried once.
I didn’t get bothered when young kids asked what was on my boy’s head, I just explained the squished-up nature of his gestational period and the way his helmet would round him out.
All in all, the questions were a little bit grating but, generally, not too offensive.
“I said, did you drop your baby on his head?” When I didn’t answer immediately, she continued, “Parents today are so careless, dropping their baby and then putting a cast on his head and taking him to Chick-fil-a like it’s nothing.” To say I was stunned was an understatement.
I simply could not figure out how to respond to this lady, who apparently thought it was okay to accost strangers, accuse them of hurting their kids, and then make sweeping generalizations about how their whole generation was terrible.

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The 5 Best Sleeping Bags for Kids

The 5 Best Sleeping Bags for Kids

The 5 Best Sleeping Bags for Kids.
And, most importantly, the family sleeps better because it’s not 90 degrees and swarming with said bugs.
If there’s a lot of extra space in there, your body has more air to heat.
The mummy-shaped bag has a contoured hood (with a single-hand operable cord lock) that follows the shape of the head for a more comfortable fit.
Weight: 2 lb., 6 oz.
And because the zip wraps around the bottom, in warmer temps, campers can fully unzip to turn it into a quilt.
Weight: 2 lbs., 14 oz.
This bag has long zippers on both sides to fully vent, making it useful even in warmer temps.
Cooler still, if you slide the stuff sack over the bag’s foot and cinch it down, it shortens the Nodder.
The zipper also wraps around the foot box so your child can also use this bag as a quilt.

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Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

It seemed silly to me then, just as it makes no sense to me now, that we expect children to have an answer to that question.
I’m sure I gave some mundane answer, if an answer at all.
Childhood is about exploring and figuring out who they want to be, and while this questions attempts to help kids plan for their future, for some it can cause undo stress.
First, it seemed like no matter what answer I gave, there was always a response from the adults.
Besides the obvious gendered implications, expecting children to pick a job, even if it’s for some blithe response, already pigeon holes them into a particular world.
For a while, I started telling people I was going to be a teacher, like my parents.
I had no idea what kind of jobs were going to be possible when I was a kid. “How can we make the world better?”
is one such question I plan on asking my son as soon as he starts answering in full, intelligible sentences.
We are not our jobs, and while they are an important part of being an adult, they are not the only part.

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Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

While the exact cause isn’t clearly identified, most health professionals would agree that hormonal shifts (hCG, estrogen), sensitivity to odor, sensitive stomach, and stress are all probable suspects.
Many different nausea remedies are recommended among mothers, including acupuncture, carbonated sodas, and aromatherapy.
If you’re experiencing nausea, pregnant or not, it’s time to give these pops and drops a try.
Overall Rating: 3.33 Rating Scale: 1-5 Innovation Rating: 2 The pops and drops are essentially a hard candy, like a Jolly Rancher.
Pregnant women might be most interested in the ginger flavor made with essential oils or the Preggie Naturals, loaded with vitamin B6 (10 mg).
There’s nothing particularly innovative about the product, but what you need when you’re nauseous and pregnant is not innovation – it’s relief.
Just pop one into your mouth to quell the churn.
While sugar might stimulate relief for one person, it can trigger nausea in another.
Make the best decision for you.
Price Rating: 5 $4.50 There are many women out there who swear by Preggie Pops as their go-to stomach soother.

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5 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Raise a Motivated Learner

5 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Raise a Motivated Learner

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford One of the biggest frustrations parents often face is getting their kids motivated to learn.
Here are five strategies you can start using today to help your child become a motivated learner: 1 | Learning as an opportunity Over three decades of research has shown that there is a direct correlation between what a child thinks of her abilities and that child’s willingness to face challenges, according to Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and a pioneer in the study of motivation in relation to achievement.
As a result of this “fixed mindset,” these children view challenges and mistakes as potential sources of “looking dumb,” and lose confidence and motivation when the work stops being easy.
So how can we teach our kids to have a growth mindset?
2 | Make learning fun To help foster motivated learning, parents can turn lessons into fun activities.
Add excitement to your child’s learning experience by encouraging him to explore his interests.
3 | Respect frustrations and need for downtime It’s unreasonable to expect children to be motivated all the time.
When parents don’t acknowledge a child’s frustration with learning a particular skill, children are more likely to disengage from the learning process.
4 | Allow your children to fail Although it seems counterintuitive at first, part of helping children learn not to become discouraged when faced with difficult tasks is to let them fail and learn how to bounce back from that failure.
5 | Lead by example One of the most effective ways parents can teach their children to embrace learning is to immerse them in a household where the parents are enthusiastic about learning as well.

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