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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’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I LOVE collecting baby names. Now, I realize I will never use the majority of them, but the obsession doesn’t stop. I have around 5 naming books, pages and pages of lists, and 2 sites that I visit DAILY for new names. I also love writing- my own creative stories, and this blog. That’s why I love this list by Lauren Hartmann at Disney Baby- for names inspired by writers. Here are some of my favorites:
-Walt (of course).
One of the most emotionally draining parts of being a parent is dealing with temper tantrums. Every kid has them (some more than others), and it’s important to know how to deal with them- both for the health of your child, and your own sanity. While it can be extremely difficult, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Read this article by Rebekah at The Golden Gleam for more temper taming tips:
-Serve as a coach: help your child understand her feelings; acknowledge that they are normal and valid
-Define peace: act as a peaceful example
-Let them know you love them, as much as possible
-Give them more control and responsibility, but show discipline when needed
Siblings fight- these two are starting early.
When I think of easy, cheap costumes- I prefer things that can be made with items I already have around the house. A few of my favorites? Fortune tellers (just throw on a bunch of scarves and jingly jewelry), pirates (similar, but with bandanas and an eyepatch), and thrift store pieces put together. Another very simple costume idea? Zombies! All you need is a little bit of makeup, and some old clothes that you don’t mind ripping up. Here’s how to apply zombie makeup, by Rachel at Madame Deals:
-For an extra gross effect, apply ripped up toilet paper to the face to create a “wound,” then go over it with makeup
-Add black eyeshadow all around the eyes
-Use gray makeup on the rest of the face. If you want, you can use fake blood around the mouth as well.
After your child is born, there is a LOT going on- and there will always be a lot going on for the rest of your life as a parent. But it all starts in the hospital. Newborns, even if they are perfectly healthy, will need a lot of care in their first day or two on earth. And it’s up to you as the parent to research what needs to be done ahead of time- and decide what you want to do. Of course, always discuss healthcare decisions with a medical professional to determine what is best for your child. But for some beginning information, read this post by Christina Szarma at Keeper of the Home. Be sure to read the entire article for descriptions of each option, as well as pros and cons for each:
-When to cut/clamp the umbilical cord
-Washing/Weighing/Swaddling Immediately vs.”Kangaroo Care”
-Prophylactic Eye Drops
Theme based learning is popular among homeschoolers, and it’s incredibly useful for teaching young children outside of a classroom. Many preschoolers also use themes! So, what are they? Well, a theme is a unit structured around a specific topic. For example, one day, the theme might be “flowers,” and the next one will be “farm animals,” or “safety,” or “volunteering,” or “fairy tales,”. For more information on the psychology behind theme-based learning, read this article by Sandra Rollins Hurley, PhD at Early Childhood News. For now, here are some theme ideas by Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning:
Warning: You may faint from the cuteness
I know that the Fall semester has only just started for college students, but before you know it, it’ll be December and time for finals. Now, finals can either be relatively stress-free, or the hardest, most stressful tests you’ve ever taken. It depends on three things: 1. How well you’ve paid attention in class, (taken good notes, done all assignments, and gone to every lecture.) 2. How you prep for the exam and 3. How hard the class is. Now, I can’t help you with #3- it solely depends on the professor and the subject, and #1 completely depends on your commitment level. However, when it comes to prepping for exams, there are plenty of tricks you can use. Check out this post by Barbara Nixon at Public Relations Matter for the ultimate list of exam study tips that you can use year round:
-Take advantage of all the help the professor gives: go to all exam study sessions, make good use of the study guide if there is one.
-Look through previous exams for questions that may be on the final- pay special attention to the ones you got wrong. Highlight, use post-its- whatever works for you.
-DON’T pull an all nighter. Begin studying at LEAST a week in advance, then get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
-Calculate your grade for the class, figure out what score you need on the final to get an A.
-Come prepared! Bring extra pencils/ pens, a scantron- don’t be that guy.
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