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How To Talk About Values to Your Kids

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/style/how-to-talk-about-values-with-kids/ Put the brakes on bratty behavior early by explaining the real meanings of respect, caring, and sharing. By Robin Westen   Talking About Values, p. 1 All parents want their children to learn right from wrong, but values won’t develop on their own. They need to be taught. When we catch our kids lyingor being disrespectful, it’s an opportunity to help them make a better choice. Simply saying ‘Don’t do that!” or giving a complicated explanation won’t leave a lasting impression. Here’s some expert advice on age-appropriate ways to talk to your kids: Use these words to teach worthy lessons they’ll…

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Maintain a Healthy Relationship With Your Parents

Reader’s Digest Editors    New Changes Of course you love your parents — that’s a given. But at times, maintaining the bond between parent and adult child can be as challenging as that between parent and teenager. These days, both of you are confronting new challenges — retirement or career changes, health issues, concerns about the future. It’s to be expected these issues will affect your relationship, but as you change, so, too, must your relationship with your parents change. Part of that evolution requires forging a new relationship, one between mature adults rather than “parent” and “child.” You already…

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Don’t Miss the Joy of Family Life

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/dont-miss-the-joy-of-family-life I remember leaving swimming lessons with a five-year-old one afternoon. (She was mine. I hadn’t taken a random child.) As we passed the garden I turned back to see why my daughter wasn’t beside me. We were late. I was frustrated. This was no time for dawdling. And then I noticed her bending over and smelling the flowers. My heart melted. She reminded me that there is joy in every moment if we look. We spent about 20 seconds looking at and smelling the flowers. Her curiosity was satisfied. And she gladly accompanied me to the car. Imagine the…

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Self-esteem Activities for Kids That are Fun and Easy

https://aptparenting.com/self-esteem-activities-for-kids   Self-esteem is a quality required to make people confident and responsible individuals. However, self-confidence is not something that can be taught to someone in a day or two. It has to be inculcated in people from the time they are children.   Stephanie Marston, in her book ‘The Magic of Encouragement’, has penned her thoughts on the importance of self-esteem, which goes like this – “Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school,…

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To Post or Not to Post? These Moms Say It’s Your Wall, Your Rules

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/to-post-or-not-to-post-a1741-20180311-lfrm In this day and age, parents can capture almost everything their kids do: Cute smile, adorable first words, grades in school, beautiful OOTDs, and a whole lot more. This treasure trove gets stored in our phones, computers and electronic gadgets, of course. But more often than not it finds its way first on our social media for our family and friends to see.  Whenever there’s a cute photo or a funny video of my baby that I want to share on social media, I ask myself to post or not to post? In my heart, I want to shout…

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Measles Outbreak in Zamboanga: DOH Urges Parents to Vaccinate Kids

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/your-kids-health/measles-outbreak-declared-in-zamboanga-doh-urges-parents-not-to-stop-vaccinating-kids-a00026-20180228?ref=home_feed_1 The Department of Health (DOH) declared a measles outbreak in Zamboanga City with a reported 166 cases in the last two months alone. Rising infection rates were already seen in August 2017. The viral respiratory disease took the life of a 6-month-old boy. He “presented all signs and symptoms of measles such as fever, rash, cough, coryza (inflammation of the membranes in the nose), conjunctivitis (eye redness), malaise (discomfort or uneasiness), and dyspnea (difficulty breathing),” said the DOH. The outbreak was attributed to low vaccination rates. The last measles supplemental immunization conducted in the area was in 2014, according to the health agency….

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Mom Describes Harsh Reality of Raising Young Kids: It’s Survival Mode

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/toddler/mom-describes-harsh-reality-of-raising-young-kids-survival-mode-a00228-20180215?ref=home_featured_big Whenever we see other moms’ posts on social media looking like they’ve got their life under control — makeup on, dazzling smile, behaved kids — we start to wonder whether what they’re showing is real or if there’s something wrong with our parenting style. The doubt strikes new moms pretty hard —their days are chaotic and their nights sleepless, so how the heck can they reach a semblance of normal life? Most of the time, navigating this parenting life is all about taking it one step at a time. We go through the motions, sometimes not knowing a thing…

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New Estimate of the Share of Children Being Raised by Married Parents

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/1-in-2-a-new-estimate-of-the-share-of-children-being-raised-by-married-parents When it comes to today’s children, we often think about “privilege” in terms of the access to education, income, and good neighborhoods that some children benefit from and others do not. Certainly, these three forms of privilege matter for children’s welfare and for their shot at the American Dream, as Richard Reeves reminds us in Dream Hoarders. But there is another form of “privilege” that is often overlooked in contemporary debates about children’s welfare and futures: that of growing up in a stable two-parent family—loving and being loved by one’s two parents, who are also committed to one another and…

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Why Moms Should Stop Saying ‘Be Careful’ to their Kids

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/preschooler/one-mom-says-we-should-stop-telling-kids-to-be-careful-here-s-why-a00026-20180221?ref=home_feed_1 Moms and dads will do anything to protect their kids and keep them safe from harm. It’s entirely understandable — when you love someone so much, you can get a little paranoid at everything that can hurt that person. Even the sight of your little one running just a bit too fast can make you yell from across the playground, “Be careful!” Mom and photographer Josée, who has three children and runs the blog Backwoods Mama, thinks we should stop saying those two words though. As a nature lover, the Canada-based mom is a big advocate of letting kids play outdoors…

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Self-Care Prescription: Parenting Drains Your Brain Power

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/wellness/expert-say-take-time-for-yourself-mom-a00026-20180213?ref=home_feed_1 Kids always come first, right? So when contributing writer and dad Steve Calechman, who has a 6- and 3-year-old, was asked by his doctor what he did for fun, he answered with a laugh. His life was so overtaken by his children that he had trouble fitting in time for himself.  “I know that I should squeeze in something like listening to music, reading, or doing nothing. It just never tops the priority list. I feel guilty spending time or money on anything that isn’t family-related,” he wrote in an article for Harvard Health. Most, if not all, parents are in the same boat…

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A Mother Teaches her Kids not to be a Slave of Money

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/real-parenting/my-family-was-a-slave-to-money-how-i-am-trying-not-to-do-the-same-to-my-kids-a1738-20180211-lfrm?ref=home_feed_1 One day, many years ago, I fetched my firstborn from preschool and was surprised to find her crying as she got into our car.  Apparently, two of her classmates mocked her, calling her, “Poor!  Poor!” Unlike them who were fetched by different cars every day, my daughter was only fetched by one car, driven by me. My daughter was crying because she did not understand what poor was, a word we never used at home. “Mama, what’s poor?” “It’s hard to explain in words, palangga,” I gently answered as I drove, all the while racking my brains on how…

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The Economics of Family Behavior

SOURCE: https://ifstudies.org/blog/the-economics-of-family-behavior When a recent Business Insider article sought to explain “Why American Men are Getting Less Marriageable,” we cheered. The article relies on a recent study by three economists, MIT’s David Autor, along with David Dorn of Zurich and Gordon Hanson of San Diego, to observe that “economic forces are making [men] less appealing partners.” That’s precisely what we claim in our book, Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family: we explain not just how a changing economy could produce less marriage, but also how economic changes could alter changing family norms. In writing the book, we were struck by how few…

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Motherhood Is Not A Liability To A Woman’s Ability In Business

When I started my first technology company in my early 20’s it never even crossed my mind that I was a bit of an anomaly being a female CEO in a male dominated tech industry.  Frankly, the first time I really even became aware of how few women executives there were in the tech industry was when I attended a national technology leadership conference. As I walked the exhibit hall it was pointed out to me by one of the male CEOs that I appeared to be one of the only females in the hall that wasn’t there as a…

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Why Moms Make The Best CEOs

Two of the most challenging but rewarding accomplishments a person can undertake are to raise a family and to start her own business. Both are full commitments that demand a healthy dose of perseverance, patience and love. Doing one or the other can be complex enough, but plenty of entrepreneurial-minded moms willingly elect to do both — and they couldn’t be happier about it. While parenting is not the only way to acquire management wisdom, it does accomplish that, too. A top-notch CEO’s leadership profile is remarkably similar to that of excellent parents: They both provide stretch challenges, set high…

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Make 2018 Your Family’s Best Year Ever

There’s something invigorating about fresh starts. Wiping the slate clean feels rejuvenating; vital. A New Year means a new start, and that typically means goals, new ambitions, resolutions, or some kind of renewal program. Sadly, most of us struggle to create new patterns for our lives. We have an established way of doing things, and change doesn’t come easy. It can be even tougher when other people are involved. While we become evangelistic in our zeal for a new way of living in our homes, the rest of the family stares quizzically before returning to the screen in their hands. What can…

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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother

By JEFFREY KLUGER March 22, 2017 http://time.com/4709403/older-mother-benefits/ The baby-making dictum is about as old as childbearing itself: Have your children while you’re young; they’re healthier, you’re healthier, everyone’s happier. Maybe, but a growing body of work is showing that while the dangers of later-life childbearing are real for some women, the benefits are also compelling. The latest such finding comes from a new study of 4,741 mothers and children in Denmark, published in The European Journal of Developmental Psychology. Researchers tracked the mom-child dyads longitudinally, checking in when the kids were 7 years old, 11 and 15. Among their findings: older moms generally…

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Style icon Georgina Wilson tackles motherhood

After her dreamy wedding to Arthur Burnand, a British businessman and hotelier in April 2016, the 31-year-old model, TV host and entrepreneur was surprised to find out four months later that she was pregnant. But she embraced her new role wholeheartedly, with the same drive and passion she brings into her career. George researched and prepared herself as much as she could, wanting only the best for her coming baby. Then she came across Chicco, a beloved brand from Italy that has been making high quality baby products, toys, carriers, strollers, walkers and playpens since 1958. Immediately, she knew she…

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Motherhood: Exploring the Birth of a New Identity

We know motherhood has a deep impact on all levels: psychological, physical, professional, emotional. But what does it mean to be a mum today? The other day, a stranger told me I didn’t look like a mum. I was simultaneously flattered and a bit miffed. Flattered because I assume they meant that I look young (I’m 34), sleep nourished and whatever the opposite of harassed is. Miffed because, excuse me, I have two cherubic daughters – can’t you tell from my demeanour that I’m a wise, nurturing and achingly cool mum? I wonder what would have made me seem more…

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Dear Exhausted, Overthinking Mom: How to Learn to Say No and Simplify Your Life

There’s no doubt that motherhood is a life-changing experience. But when you’re dealing with it for the first time, it can feel as if you’re on an emotional rollercoaster. One minute you feel like Wonder Woman — “I can do anything!” — then the next thing you know you’re left second-guessing yourself, wondering if you’re really cut out to be a mother. Guess what? You’re not alone. A lot of moms feel the same way, and one woman named Hayley Hengst was not afraid to give voice to her feelings. She penned an essay about young motherhood and the guilt that settles…

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10 Simple Ideas to Spend Quality Time With Your Family Every Day

Strong relationships are not built in a day, and that includes our relationship with our family. With kids, experts cannot emphasize enough the importance of the benefits of quality bonding time.  Research conducted by Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford University and co-founder of Challenge Success, and her colleagues categorize the bonding as playtime, downtime and family time. Children, from toddler to teen, need all three every day because they can lead to a significant impact on a child’s capacity to thrive physically, mentally and academically. They’re also closely related to building “crucial life skills that kids need in order to become happy and…

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Am I Getting Paid Right? Working Mothers Share How Much Money They Make

(IMAGE JJPan/iStock) We know it’s not polite to ask people about their salaries, but you’ve probably wondered how much fellow moms are making—so, we did the research for you. Thirty-something professionals in various fields talk about how much they make, and what it takes to make ends meet. We’ve all been there: after a long day of slaving away at work, we come home to our kids already asleep. So much for quality time! This often leads us to question: Is it all worth it? Does the money we make compensate for all the time spent away from the family…

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Here’s How Mothers Around the World React When Their Babies Cry

                                                          JGI/Jamie Grill—Getty Images/Blend Images By BELINDA LUSCOMBE  October 23, 2017 http://time.com   Having a kid changes a mother’s brains—and it’s not just “mother brain,” the forgetful state new moms complain about. Research has shown that pregnancy changes the architecture of the brain for at least two years in areas that govern the understanding of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and intentions of others. Now, a new study published in the journal PNAS suggests that maternal brains around the world also adapt…

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Do mothers really have stronger bonds with their children than fathers do?

  April 20, 2016  Abigail Millings (Lecturer of Psychology, University of Sheffield), Angela Rowe (Reader in Social Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol), Judi Walsh (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of East Anglia)                                 Evgeny Atamanenko/shutterstock From the marketplace to the workplace, it is mothers who are still perceived as having that “special bond” with their children. This is compounded by advertising and the widely held expectation that it will be mothers who take parental leave. But in a rapidly changing society, is there really any reason to assume…

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Over 40 Women Provided Breast Milk for This Foster Parent Who Is Single

At 53, restaurateur and environmentalist Chiqui Mabanta had thought that motherhood already passed her by. “I never really had a burning desire to have my own child,” she admits. Besides, while she was open to adopton, she had been informed that the maximum age of a person who adopts a baby is 45 years old. But as they say, motherhood finds each woman in a different way.  Two years ago and out of the blue, a good friend sent Chiqui a message asking if she would be interested in fostering, a term for providing substitute family care for a child who had been…

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On Motherhood and Parenting Choices: Are You Being Too Hard On Yourself?

Moms can sometimes be too hard on themselves. There’s always that doubt that maybe you’re not doing things right, especially when it comes to parenting. Are you beating yourself up over nothing, or is there really cause for worry? Look at these scenarios and see if these sound familiar. Scenario: Your husband is the spoiler, and you’re the disciplinarian. The Dilemma: Shouldn’t you be on the same team? Work with your husband to try and find the right balance between giving in to your kids and holding back. You don’t necessarily have to be the bad cop all the time—switch roles with your hubby…

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