17 Parenting Lessons Every Parent Should Read

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What are you (and every other parent) addicted to?

Your child, of course, and the dreams you have before you even hold that baby in your arms.

Those dreams have the power to derail your natural parenting instincts.

I am a recovering parent.  I had a vision of how life would be, an ideal image of my children’s bright future.

I was addicted to my children and to their happiness and success.

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16 Tips To Help Your Daughter When She’s Fat And Feels Bad

When your daughetr is fat

We live in a world of paradoxical attitudes toward food, eating and body size.

On one hand, we are told we need to be slim down because being overweight is bad for our heath.

But, a moment later,  when we order a regular latte, its sheer size (without counting on the contents of the drink) could feed and quench the thirst of an entire family of eight.

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10 Social Media Safety Tips for Parents

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Social media is scary:

Your kids have access to things outside of your control with social media and technology.

An essential parenting skill – without these skills, kids are vulnerable to online predators and to harassing behaviorfrom peers and other adults.

The 10 most important social media safety tips for parents:

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Test Yourself: Did your iPad Become Your Babysitter?

iPad babysitterWe’re all busy!

We all have things we need and want to do.

It’s not uncommon for busy parents to hire babysitters for those times when a date night is in order, or they simply want to sit and see what all their Facebook friends are doing, or cook dinner in peace.

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4 Reasons NOT to Sleep Training Your Baby

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Are you counting down the days until your newborn reaches 4 months old, so you can commence baby sleep training?

Maybe you’ve grabbed a sleep help book from your local book store and you’re memorizing the steps to train your baby to sleep better.

Maybe you’re compiling advice at your mommy group to formulate your sleep training game plan.

If you’re planning on sleep training your baby, I urge you to stop right now.

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Stop This 4 Mom Shaming Trends!

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I have the good fortune of being a part-time stay-at-home-mom, so my 23-month old son and I occasionally go to a public drop-in centre in our neighbourhood.

The other attendees vary: Mostly home daycare providers, the odd grandparent, and even a rare dad sighting here and there!

On our last visit, one of the staff members pulled me aside.

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For Parents of Kids & Teens That Can Use Some Help Making Friends

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No matter how old we are, we value good friendships.

Don’t we?

Even at a young age, friendships are important to us- but the closer we get to the teenage years, the more valuable our friendship become.

Some of our children seem to instinctively know how to be a good friends and how to form true friendships.

Other children and teens need a little bit of help navigating this part of their life!

15 Friendship Rules we can teach our children and teens:

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Children’s Fear of Night – How Can Parents Prevent and Sooth?

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My two and a half year old has recently started waking up with terrible nightmares.

He’s inconsolable at first, and takes quite a bit of time to settle.

What can we do for preventing fear of night?

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Parents, Do You Know How Important Creative Writing is For Your Kids?

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The past two summers I have worked for an arts and culture organization the offers a diverse range of day camps.

I am currently the Director of Literary Camps, and I see the HUGE benefits of creative writing everyday!

There are benefits of creative writing that I believe parents may not be aware of.

The benefits of creative writing provide a longer lasting effect on children than formal writing (ie: essays).

 5 Benefits of Creative Writing for Children:

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9 Easy Cakes to Make

easy cakesWhile planning my toddler’s birthday party, we Googled for B-cakes ideas.

I’m what you might call a “kitchen challanged”mom.

Usually I end up asking my sister-in-law to bake a cake for me…

This year I decided to give a fight:

My daughter and I googled endlessely, looking for the coolest easy cakes to make.

I was sure that the coolest cakes are NEVER easy

…well that turned to be a surprise!

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