mom saying goodbye to son on first day of schoolIf this is the first time your child is off to a day care or preschool it can be a nervious time not only for the child, but the part as well.  This is a time when both you and your child will face the issues of separation and independence. These are very normal feelings, but it is also a very important stage in your childs development.  A child that is at the age of four or five years old will probably go off without much difficulty, but many children under the age of three have a very hard time with leaving their parents. Here are some ways to help make the transition a little easier.

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teenage daugter and dad enjoying a boat rideAre you a Father with a wonderful daughter who is going through those monumental changes from young girl to an adult women? How does that make you feel? Most dads feel a bit uneasy and ackward around their growing daughters. In fact, many fathers all over the world have a hard time adjusting to their  'little girl' as she turns into a young lady. Many times it is our own ego that gets in the way of us being as close with our teenager daughters as we were when they were little.

In fact, girls often say that they feel their Fathers are distancing themselves from them as the change from girl to woman occurs. Our daughters are very keen to what is going on around them and they sense their Dad's dismay and discomfort at the changes their bodies are going through. And these young ladies are missing the easy comfort of hanging out with Dad. READ More on Attention Dads: Are You Growing Closer or Further Apart From Your Daughter?

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By Julie Baumgardner

mothing and daughter disagreeingThere is probably no more exhausting, exciting, frustrating, or gratifying job than that of being a parent. One-minute things are going well and the next you are pulling your hair out wondering if you are going to survive. No matter what your socio-economic status or your education, parenting is an adventure second to none.
 
One well-educated mother recalled phoning a friend when it seemed that world war three was breaking out in her home between the adults and their child. The mother confided that she felt like a failure as a parent. Her friend reminded her that every parent encounters challenging times. If what you are doing isn’t working, then you have to try something else.READ More on Parenting and Dealing With Poor Behavior

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girl visiting a zoological museumMuseums – maybe now that you've had kids, you think the only museums you can visit are the children's kind with fire poles and mini grocery stores. But while those kinds of museums are certainly fun, you don’t need to cross art or zoological museums off your list until the kids go away to college. Instead, you just need to plan ahead and change your approach.
Plan Ahead
Before you visit the museum, visit its website with your children. Look at pictures of the exhibits and talk about what you will see in the museum. Let your children pick out a few favorite items they want to see. If you can, print out some pictures of a few items READ More on Planning A Museum Trip With Your Kids

young boy doing his choresI am sure that you care about your son or daughter as much as I do, and that you may from time to time been have  been guilty of spoiling them. Unfortunately this practice is not a good way of empowering our kids. We need to help nurture their abilities, not take them away. And of course we do this out of love, but there comes a time when as parents we must learn to never do for their kids what they can do for themselves. The earlier one starts, the easier it will be. READ More on Teaching Responsibilty Through Role Modeling

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very optimistic and happy young boyIt makes common sense, but optimistic people enjoy better health, a longer life, and have less stress than a pessimistic person. An optimistic person will also achieve more in their life than a pessimist. You can subtly influence your child toward optimism. Optimism and healthy self-esteem can be taught and will help your child throughout their life.

How do you raise an optimistic child? There are several important ways to help your child learn to be an optimist. Help them to focus on their successes. Self-esteem and optimism can be learned and you can help your child while they are young. Give them simple jobs to do and praise them when they succeed. Even small children can help with simple chores and experience success when they are finished. READ More on Parenting and Raising Optimistic Kids

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fun kids outdoor activitiesEvery party needs fun games. Summer seems to have a lot of birthday parties. I wonder if it is because of the cold winters? I have brainstormed some of my favorite games from childhood. Here is a list my favorites. Enjoy, and if you have any fun ideas click here to leave a comment and tell us your favorites.

Crazy Faces: Mess factor: 0
Suitable age: Pre-teen and younger
Supplies needed: disposable cameras or digital cameras

Directions: Let kids take turns snapping pictures of each other making crazy faces. The object of this game is to see who can make the craziest face. Kids can take a vote and give a prize to the craziest face.

Pass the Egg: Mess factor: 10
Suitable age: All ages
Supplies needed: eggs, spoons

Directions: Group kids into pairs. Place one egg on a spoon, and then have a child to place the end of the spoon between their teeth. One child walks halfway to the finish line, and then passes the egg (from one spoon to the other) to their partner’s spoon. The partner then attempts to reach the finish line without breaking the egg. The object of this game is for partners to successfully pass the egg from one spoon to another and reach the finish line without splattering the egg everywhere.

Side note: This game is best played outdoors because of the mess factor. READ More on Fun Summer Kids Party Ideas

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