teaching responsibility by example - father and daughter doing chores togetherResponsibility is an important life skill that each child should be properly equipped with. Responsibility adds color to a child’s world. As a parent, it is imperative that you take the endeavor of teaching your how to be responsible very seriously. This is one of the most important tasks that you will ever experience. Here, you will learn some effective tips for teaching small kids responsibility. If you are looking to increase your child’s awareness of themselves and their place in the world, as well as help them set the course for success throughout their lifetime, this guide is for you!READ More on Tips for Teaching Small Kids Responsibility

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teen fashion modelYour teen does not have to be a teen fashion model to look and feel great. All parents of teenagers know how important fashion is to them. Each teen has his or her own individual style. Some love to follow the latest trends, while others have a fashion sense all their own. Here are a few of the hottest fashion trends for teens this spring: 

Floral Prints

The femininity of floral prints is often seen in the spring. Large and mid-sized floral prints are all the rage for both teens and adults this season. Dresses are the most obvious place for them, but they can also be found on shirts, jackets, pants, and handbags.

Floral prints also provide a great way to introduce color without wearing it from head to toe. White or neutral backgrounds are unobtrusive, yet when you add some brightly colored flowers to them, it really makes them pop. READ More on Teen Fashion – Getting Ready for Spring

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mom is a bit stressed out“The kids are driving me crazy and no one is helping!” This or something similar has crossed many a mom’s lips. When things get to be too much, often the ones in the parents direct path take the brunt of the frustration. The way a mom or dad deals with their stress can have a huge affect on their kids. Remember, kids learn from us, and I know when I get upset it can be hard to control my feelings, but it is important to ask ourselves, if we lash out, or get upset, what is that teaching our kids, and how will that affect the way our kids will deal with stressful situations. READ More on Effects of Stress on Kids

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not all family relationships are easy for step-families. The key is to take it one step at a timeby Pam Smith 

Step-parenting is becoming more and more common in today’s society..  However, it is not always an easy situation.  Visions of the Brady Bunch are quickly replaced with reality.  There are a variety of different reasons why you may be in a step-parenting roll. When in the early stages of step-parenting there are some simple steps you can take in order to break the ice and form a friendship with your step-son or step-daughter.

It is important that you have a clear understanding of what your role is.  In most instances, you are not in the relationship to replace their parent.  You are simply there as a partner for their Mom or Dad.   You will also want to have an accurate perception of what to expect from your step-kids.  In the beginning, don’t expect them to automatically love you and accept you.  If your step-kids do not immediately open up to, try not to take it personally.  This is not only new to you, it is new to them. READ More on Step-Parenting and Breaking the Ice with Step-Kids

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proud and supportive motherStudies show that when kids have interests outside of school and when they are allowed to develop their talents, they are much less likely to have academic problems, social problems and get in trouble. The question is how do you help to identify those talents and interests. What's more, how do you develop those talents and interests? There are some things to keep in mind when you are trying to develop talents and interests in your child, try these tips.

Keep an Open Mind

When it comes to interests, there is a whole, wide, wonderful world to investigate. Perhaps you have a child who love to look at the night sky. Try introducing them to astronomy. If your child seems to have a talent for art, try encouraging them to draw. Look for things that they seem to love and things they are good at, but keep an open mind. Be prepared to accept talents and interests that may not be conventional, then educate yourself on various avenues of exploration. READ More on Developing Your Childs Talents and Interests

young boy getting a reward for going to the pottyParents typically experience different emotional states including happiness, anger and sometimes frustration during their child’s potty training process. However, it is good to know that for the child, the feelings can be even stronger! If you learn to understand it, your road to successful potty training will be shorter.

For the child, this learning experience is a nightmare! Right at the moment they are having fun and enjoying themselves with their favorite toy, they have to deal with a process which is anything but enjoyable!

What Does The Child Believe?READ More on Potty Training Basics

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Young Helper - its never too early to start helping around the houseChores are a great way to start teaching responsibility. When toddlers see Mommie and Daddie working around the house, they are often eager to help.  They love to try to do the same things their parents are doing.  Although it may take longer to get the chores done when trying to teach a toddler how to do them, it can help them learn to enjoy housework and develop good habits that will be an asset later on.

The most important thing to remember when selecting chores for toddlers is to keep it simple.  Very young children do not have the cognitive or motor skills to take on complicated tasks.  But there are some things they can do that, after some practice, will be helpful to you.



Chores for Toddlers

  • Picking up toys – Getting your toddler to pick up after himself can be a great help, it can also be a chore in itself!.  But it's usually too much to expect him to put everything in its exact place.  A better approach would be to provide a laundry basket or large box for him to simply throw all of his stuff into.  Then you can take it to his room and put it where it belongs. Always start out buy showing the toddler what to do, and then having him help out. Making it fun, or making a game out of it can help. When my oldest was a toddler our game was who could pick up the fast. He always won, and he always got a kick out of beating his Daddie.
  • Helping our with the laundry – This is one of my favorites and my kids love it. All moms could use some extra help with the laundry, and young children are often happy to oblige.  Toddlers can help sort dirty clothes, and you can even turn it into a learning experience.  You could also enlist your toddler's help in loading and unloading the washer and dryer. As the toddler gets a little older, you can fold the clothes up for him or her and they can help put them away. READ More on Chores for Kids

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