This weekend, the Easter bunny may be hopping into your home. Of course, like most holidays Easter too is commercialized and commemorated with sweets, treats, and a bit of excess. Regardless of your religious views, Easter is also a time of renewal and helps mark the onset of spring- also something worthy of celebration after the long snow-filled winter. Keeping things green as usual, here are a few tips for an eco-friendly Easter: (more…)
Archive for the ‘Baby Parenting’ Category
As a busy parent, it’s easy to let exercise slip and to grab whatever food is available quickly or on the go. Skimping on veggies, heaping portions of unhealthy side dishes, and couch potato days may have become routine for you but perhaps not the habits you want to pass on to your kids. Unfortunately, the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mantra doesn’t really work with little ones because they are watching you to model behaviors. Plenty of research has shown that instilling healthy habits in kids can provide lasting health benefits so here are a few ways to set a healthy example – and help kids follow your lead. (more…)
The ‘baby blues’, or that time after you have a baby and may not feel quite feel as happy as you think you should. Once shrouded in secrecy, there has been much greater awareness of postpartum depression in recent years. In fact, it is estimated that 85% of women experience some type of mood disturbance after having a baby. Women are actually at highest risk of depression during childbearing years, and the postpartum period may trigger an episode. A recent study explains, however, that a helpful way to boost your mood can come from your diet. (more…)
With the economy not looking like it is going to recover anytime soon, people are turning inward and looking at their own familial economic status. The green movement was pushing ahead at full steam, but with tightened family budgets the concern might be shifted more on being able to provide for your family instead of the environment. What if you could have your eco-friendly cake and eat it too? (more…)
Although 9 months may seem like forever when you’re waiting, once the baby arrives new parents find no amount of time can truly prepare a person for this life changing event. Having a baby changes everything, even the relationship between parents. Conflicts can increase while support may decrease, as previous studies have shown, but some new research found that a few relationship classes may alleviate this problem.
Sleep: the one thing constantly on the minds of new parents; of course with good reason. Establishing a sleep schedule is imperative if anyone in the house is to get some sleep once the new baby arrives. The best way to go about ensuring a good night’s sleep? That has been a widely debated subject still without a ‘best practice’ conclusion. However, parental receptiveness may be more poignant than a nighttime routine, according to a new study. (more…)
Raising children is no easy task and is filled with constant surprises. Parents often need lots of advice, medical and otherwise, with the internet often being the primary ‘go to’ place for information. Parenting advice varies greatly and despite dispensing health or medical related information, websites still encourage parents to consult their pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) found a solution for this quandry launching a new child health website that provides web based medical advice directly from pediatricians. (more…)
Throughout your new baby’s first year of life, you will have several visits to the pediatrician to make sure your baby is growing and developing properly. One of the methods used to document child development is the standard growth chart. Just about every parent has seen one, but how many truly understand how what those charts explain? As CNN reported, many parents are clueless when it comes to growth charts. (more…)
It is an amazing experience for a new mother to realize just how significant those maternal instincts really are as some parenting skills seem to come naturally. Although instincts certainly play a critical role in parenting, it could largely be due to the way you were mothered as a child as a new study found that several mothers parent just like their own mums.
More and more companies are providing paternity leave to allow for the ever- changing parental roles in modern households. Although Mum Mum’s reports a great deal about mothers, fathers are equally as important to the well being of a child and bonding with both parents provides long lasting benefits. A recent article explains that dads, however, are not spending as much time with their children as they should be.