It is not uncommon for parents to find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of work and stress that comes when raising children. Taking care of a family can often seem like a full-time job, and unfortunately, not everyone has the option or desire to leave their career and stay at home with their family. In today’s economy, it is becoming increasingly common to find both parents struggling to balance their working life with their home life, and often feeling like a failure at both. (more…)
Making the decision to hire a nanny can often be time-consuming, as families struggle to decide whether or not bringing in an extra pair of hands to assist with childcare is going to be beneficial for them. However, once the decision to hire a nanny has been made, there are often a whole host of other issues that can come up when looking for the right person to fit into your family dynamic. It is important to make sure that families search for a nanny that is going to fit in well with the family in many different ways—personalities will need to mix well, as long as childcare philosophies and the comfort of the children with the new person coming to take care of them. (more…)
After entering college, many students quickly realize that learning how to manage their time effectively is an important skill that they need to develop, especially when you have other important things to worry about like your children and family. Unfortunately, effective time management can be a difficult thing to master, simply because most students don’t truly put it into practice until after they graduate high school or go out into the real world. However, the good news is that anyone can learn how to prioritize and accomplish tasks in a timely manner—they just need a starting point. (more…)
Too often mothers find themselves feeling under-appreciated and overlooked when it comes to the hard work and time that they put into raising their kids and keeping their family together. That’s why it’s extremely important to make sure that when Mother’s day rolls around, the rest of the family has something special planned to ensure that Mom knows just how much she is loved. Although some family members find this idea a bit intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Many moms would be completely happy with just an acknowledgment of all their hard work and dedication to the family. These are a few ways that you can make sure that she gets the message: (more…)
Bringing a new life into the world is an exhilarating and terrifying experience for many families, even those that have done it before. There are plenty of adjustments that need to be made by parents who now have an extra child to care for, but things are also changing for the older siblings in the house, something that many parents fail to fully comprehend or prepare for. Although it often seems like a daunting task, helping older children adjust to life with a new baby, there are a few things that can be dome beforehand to make the transition a little smoother. (more…)
Now that spring has nearly arrived, many children (along with their caretakers) are extremely anxious to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that they have been anticipating all winter. Although many kids certainly enjoy just running around in the sunshine, some children need a slightly larger incentive to spend time outdoors than just “burning off energy”. That’s why beginning a small garden can be a great way to teach children about nature and spring, as well as motivating them to spend more time outside. (more…)
Many women are fortunate enough to be able to stay at home after their children are born, and although this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, many moms feel like they are better suited to taking care of their kids full-time instead of trying to juggle a career along with their family. However, for some moms, the work at home is more strenuous than at the office, where they have office assistants and other co-workers to help them shoulder the load. When the amount of work at home becomes too much for one person to handle, many moms turn to the stay-at-home version of an office assistant: the nanny.
Although there are some people who would question the practicality of a nanny for a stay-at-home mother, very often women who have recently had their second or third child, or even twins, can use more than one set of eyes and an extra pair of hands around the house. (more…)
Many parents and caretakers can be quite conflicted when it comes to the issue of TV and children these days. The views are varied, and the pros and cons are vast, however, it is important for each family to evaluate their own lifestyle and children, and make the right decision for them. Not only that, but it is also important to try and find a balance with the issue, rather than simply swing completely one-way or the other. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the issues parents are facing when it comes to whether or not their children should be allowed to watch television. (more…)
Many families dream of taking a vacation all together, spending time with each other, relaxing, and just having fun. However, this can seem to be quite a daunting task when parents contemplate how exactly they’re going to get their children to the vacation destination. The thought of hours spent in the car, or trapped on a plane with some children is just too much for some parents to handle. However, there are ways to take some of the stress out of traveling together, which will help ensure that the whole family arrives for their vacation in one piece.
So many moms find themselves struggling to juggle the role of caretaker, employee, mom, and maid. Society often sees so many women running around spread so thin that they seem like they just might snap one of these days. For this reason (and many more), it is truly essential that moms make sure to take some time off for themselves regularly. By doing this, they will ensure that they are happier and more relaxed, which in turn means that their kids and families will be happier as well.
Although it is usually not realistic for a woman to be able to “escape” from daily life for too long, many women overlook the small amounts of time that they could use to recharge their batteries. Although it may seem impossible to take a whole weekend off from daily life, perhaps just taking most of a day to be pampered and rejuvenated is more of a possibility. Try to arrange for your husband or nanny to take the kids for the day, and spend some time doing the things that you love doing. Maybe it’s visiting a museum full of things that you are interested in. Perhaps it’s simply sitting in a café, with a book you haven’t quite gotten around to finishing. Maybe there are a few friends that you haven’t seen in awhile that would love to reconnect with you. (more…)