Newborn Tips and Tricks for New Moms You’ll Be Glad You Read

Newborn Tips and Tricks You'll be Glad You Read

The newborn days will be difficult, no doubt. From sleep deprivation to breastfeeding struggles, those first few weeks and months of bringing home your baby are tough. But what if you knew some newborn tips and tricks? Advice to make your days and nights run smoother. Something to give you as much advantage as you can. The newborn stage is one of the most challenging I've had to go through. What helped was the pieces of advice I learned. These newborn baby hacks made a huge difference between a good and bad day. And now I share them with you. You'll have a toolbox of useful newborn baby tips and tricks to help care for your baby. #1: Onesies can also be pulled down. Want to know the real reason onesies have those envelope flaps on the shoulders? I thought it was to … Read More...

How to Encourage Individuality in Twins

How to Encourage Individuality in Twins

Before my twins were born, I swore I wouldn't dress them the same. "I want them to have their own personalities and not get clumped in as twins all the time. They'll look too alike and others will forget they're individual people." Well... come delivery time, my twins looked nothing alike. Even now at two-years-old, they're as different as can be. One is tall, the other short. One has straight hair, the other wavy. One is tall and lean, the other short and round. And that's just with their appearances. They also have their own personalities, favorite activities and food preferences. I sort of have it easy when it comes to encouraging individuality in twins. They were born ahead of the game. But regardless of how different they look, they're bound to be lumped in as 'the … Read More...

When Is a Baby Full Term? New Changes You Might Not Know

When Is a Baby Full Term? New Changes You Might Not Know

Thank you to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions expressed are my own. Like any mother who has given birth can attest, the last few weeks of pregnancy can be some of the most challenging. You can't walk without crushing your bones. Sleepless nights are a norm. You're tired, cranky and uncomfortable. My first pregnancy felt like a breeze... until that last month. Where I had once dreaded labor, I now looked forward to it just to 'get this over with.' My second pregnancy with the twins was even worse, with complications galore and an even bigger belly to contend with. Yet my daily mantra, no matter how irritable I felt, remained: Every day inside my womb is one more day for the babies to grow. Even though those last … Read More...

How to Get Your Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

How to Get Your Kids to Clean Up After Themselves

Does this happen to you? You've finished bathing your kids, got them dressed, read their books and helped them with their homework. Your eldest has finally crawled into bed for the night. And you're ready to relax with your favorite hobbies when you see the explosion of toys across the floor. Rather than reading a book or watching a movie, you're bent over picking up toys and putting them back where they belong. Sure, you figure it's faster if you do it yourself, but you're getting tired of picking up the mess your kids leave behind. Teaching kids to clean up after themselves does more than free up your time. You're instilling important values and lessons, such as: Contributing to the family unit Fostering a sense of belonging Learning how to clean and maintain a … Read More...

Do More and Worry Less with a Baby Video Monitor

Do More and Worry Less with a Baby Video Monitor

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine. "Is that him crying?" I asked my husband about our then-infant-aged son. "I think I hear him crying." We paused the movie we'd been watching in bits and pieces. (Because, let's face it, you don't get to watch full-length movies when you have a new baby.) We craned our necks, and I put my ear to the baby's door. Nope. Just hearing the cries in my head, as usual (raise your hand if you can relate!). Because when you have a baby, you're on high alert. You try to sleep when the baby sleeps, but worry he'll cry and you won't hear him. Maybe you feel like you can't do chores or tasks, much less relax or read because you worry something could go wrong. That's where … Read More...

How to Stop Siblings from Fighting and Teach Conflict Resolution Instead

How to Stop Siblings from Fighting and Teach Conflict Resolution Instead

No parent escapes sibling rivalry. Some days my boys seem to intentionally choose to fight. Even if we offered two of the same fire trucks, one would still want the truck that the other one had. And just as I had finally convinced one kid to play with the ‘less desirable’ truck, the other one would make a grab for it, too. Let’s not forget the hitting, the ‘mine!’ and the 'being annoying on purpose.' Parents have become referees in their own homes. When my husband and I were expecting for the second time, we wanted out kids to get along, right from the start. We knew they'd disagree (as all people do), but we wanted to teach them how to resolve conflict as much as possible. Because I don't believe siblings constantly fighting is the norm. Or that all kids go through major … Read More...

Teach Your Child the Value of a Job Well Done

Teach Your Child the Value of a Job Well Done

Is your child a box-checker? An SSBE reader wrote about this situation. Her daughter wants to finish the job regardless of whether the task was well done or not. A quick smiley face for an art project? Done. Tossed the books onto the shelf? Cleaned. From homework to getting dressed and even to eating, is your child eager to finish the job, regardless of quality? How can you encourage your child to do a good job—and take pride in her work? I want my kids to do a good job in most everything, no matter how small. They may not give it their all every single time, but I want them to put effort into their projects, tasks and even hobbies. I want to instill the value of a job well done. How? Focus on the process, and not just the end result. Our mistake? We highlight the end … Read More...

12 Essentials You and Your Kids Need to Bring to the Beach

12-Essentials-To-Bring-To-The-Beach-With-Kids

Imagine finally packing the kids into the van for a visit to the beach. You've loaded up your tote bag and brought the gear. But just as you toddle your way through the sand carrying your belongings with kids in tow, you realize you forgot—yet again—something you needed to bring. Sure, you could get away without it and make do. But what if you could run through a simple list of fun stuff to bring to the beach to make sure you don't leave anything out? The other day, I wanted to take my kids for an impromptu beach outing. Living just 15 minutes away from the beach, I didn't need to go "all out." I'm talking essentials here, not packing a zillion coolers and the over-sized tent. Still, despite my goal to bring on the basics, I still managed to forget a few things. So, as a … Read More...