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Pets and children can become stressed during moving. If moving locally, you may want to leave these special family members with a friend during moving day.
I am a huge proponent of letting kids get outside, play in the dirt, and make a mess. That’s what I did when I was a kid, and I had an awesome childhood. I’d make forts under trees, explored the woods around my grandparents’ house, and went to Girl Scout camp at least twice a year. One time when I was really young, my cousin and I had a contest to see who could get more dirt on them. I had a blast, plus playing in the dirt actually boosts your immune system! For more reasons why you should let your kids get messy, read this article by Rachel at A Mother Far From Home:
-Sensory satisfaction- Young kids need LOTS of sensory input. Playing with water, dirt, mud, and going swimming can entertain them for hours.
-It’s not permanent- throw them in the tub and wash their clothes- the stains are temporary, the memories are not.
-It’s better than screentime- always put outside time before screen time.
I have several friends that just announced that they’re pregnant! And my own sister is due with my niece in three weeks- so I’m really excited all around. However, the days are getting hotter and longer, and anyone who has been pregnant can tell you that the summer heat can sometimes be unbearable. If you’ve recently found out that you are expecting, first of all, congratulations! Second of all, read this article by Holly at Simplify Create Inspire for tips on surviving a summer pregnancy. It could seriously save your life:
-Get comfortable- get you some breathable, stretchy, cotton clothes
-Find a way to cool down- bump up the AC, turn on the fans, take a cold shower, or take a dip in a pool
-Eat some frozen desserts- popsicles, icecream, and froyo is going to be your best friend
-Keep up your fluids- always keep a bottle of cold water with you
-Get comfy at bedtime- crank up the AC, sleep in comfy Pjs, and surround yourself with fluffy pillows. A good body pillow can be a lifesaver.
Mobiles are an awesome way to get the nursery decorated, and also serve the purpose of entertaining and calming your baby. They stimulate the infant’s mind, and it gives them something to look at besides the ceiling as they fall asleep. You don’t have to go out and buy a fancy mobile; in fact, I’ve seen tons of beautiful homemade ones on Etsy and Pinterest. Check out this post by Nicole at The Kavanaugh Report for some DIY, Montessori inspired baby mobiles:
Munari Mobile – uses styrofoam balls and black and white designs
Octahedron Mobile – consists of three octahedrons made from metallic paper (typically Red, gold, and blue) and hung at different levels
Dancer Mobile-looks like people dancing in the wind; use shimmery, sparkly paper and string!
I’ve written before about how I’m a total baby name addict- and how much I judge others by their baby name selections. If a name is too common, it means the parents are unoriginal. However, if it’s TOO ~kreeaytyv~, it means the parents are honestly a bit dumb. I try to look for names that are both classic and underused. For me, the perfect name is one that everyone recognizes as a real name and can pronounce, but that not very many people actually have. That’s why I love this list by Nadia Carriere (Nadia is a perfect example of a good name- it’s definitely a name, but you’ve probably only met one or two Nadias in your life, if any at all) at Disney Baby of 50 names that are unusual, yet pretty. Here are some of my favorites:
When your child acts disrespectful towards you, by backtalking, swearing, hitting, or making rude comments, it’s important to shut down that behavior fast. Don’t worry- you’re not a bad parent. Kids like to test their parents’ limits, and learn from other kids, TV, or maybe even by watching you, but as long as you correct the behavior, you are still doing your job. So, what do you do when your child is being rude? Check out these tips by Nicole Schwarz at Imperfect Families:
-Stay calm- do not immediately react with anger or punishment, give yourself time to think about why they behaved that way.
-Empathize- try to see why your child reacted the way they did, and understand the feelings they are having.
-Talk with your child when you have both had a moment to calm down. If you’ve lost your cool and said hurtful things to them as well, it’s okay to admit it and apologize. Tell your child that their response to you was inappropriate, and talk about how to handle situations like it in the future.
Remember when you were in school, and sometimes a teachers would be merciful and let you use an index card “cheat sheet” on a test? Why don’t they have those for real life? For doing your taxes, or auto maintenance, or raising kids? Well, good news- at least for the last one. This post by Jennifer Fishkind at Princess Pinky Girl has rounded up the best “parenting cheat sheets” on the internet. Check it out, and you will have a handy guide for:
-How many diapers you will need per day
-Diaper contents and baby health
-Baby sign language
-Baby Physical Development
-Appropriate chores by child age
-Baby feeding charts, when to move on to solid food, etc.
-Baby sleep guidelines
It’s super useful! Every new or expecting parent should bookmark that post immediately.
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