By Michelle Donaghey
mom and son enjoying spring outsideIt’s official. The weather is getting warmer, the birds are chirping and you don’t have to search high and low for boots and gloves. The stores are filled with shorts and bathing suits and suntan lotion! So why not get out and have a mini-celebration with your favorite people- your children!
Seven ways to celebrate
  1. Plant something special! Have your child pick out a special tree, plant or perennial for your yard or for your patio. Read about what helps it to grow. Learn with your child how to take care of it. Re-plant it if you like in a special pot that you shop for with him or her. If you plant it in your yard, do it in your child’s name. If possible, play some spring songs on a cassette or compact disc player while you are planting! Be sure to add a plant marker! READ More on Seven Fun Ways To Celebrate Spring With Your Toddler

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mom kissing sonParenting is no easy task. There is so much to do, so much to be concerned about. “Am I raising my children good enough?” “Should I enforce more rules on them?” “Am I punishing them too harshly?” The worries of whether we are being good parents go on and on. Unfortunately, all you can do is your very best. The best advice given to me was from a nurse after all first son was born, and that was simply to Always love him with all your heart.

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Does your child seem to lack motivation? Part of parenting is trying to get inside your childs head in order to better understand him or her. When a child seems to be lacking in motivation, it helps to be able to get into his world and discover the purpose of his behavior. Perhaps your child is trying to tell you that he thinks he is in a “power struggle” and doesn't want to be “made to do something”.

Maybe his lack of motivation stems from being hurt by your high expectations and the perception of love is conditional and wants to hurt you back by not trying.

Below are 2 tips to help you motivation your children: READ More on Motivating Your Child – A Parenting Challenge

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little-girl-sleeping.jpgAhh, bedtime, for many of us parents who are raising children under the age of five, tends to be the most dreaded part of the day. And this is often for good reason because unless a toddler is extremely tired, he will totally resist going to sleep. This problem may be more troublesome to deal with if your little child has older brothers or sisters who tend to stay up later at night. Your child is bound to want to stay up late so that he does not “miss out” on anything that his siblings may be enjoying. And because those feelings are understandable, there is no harm in granting some extra stay-up privileges for your child. However, it is important to keep in mind that children this age need at least ten hours of sleep each night. A good nights sleep usually translates in a good day for our son. Here are some tips and guidelines that may help make the process a little bit easier.READ More on Getting Your Toddler Ready For Bedtime

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toddler-toys.jpgSound familiar? For many parents this is a common occurance. With the holidays behind you, no doubt your kids have received more toys for Christmas and the holidays. Unfortunately, they are everywhere you turn. Keeping the toys from overtaking the house is a simple process. Here are some ideas and tips that can help you bring your house back to order.READ More on Help!! My Childs Toys Are Overtaking Our House

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a family photo with grown kidsWhen new parents bring that precious little bundle home from the hospital, it is doubtful that they are considering the implications that a lifetime of parenting will bring. Although most kids only live with their parents for the first couple of decades of life, the parenting job is never really finished entirely. Adult parenting can bring with it a whole host of other issues, and a need to see your relationship with your kids in an entirely new light. The truth is that most people never outgrow the need for their parents, and adult parenting reflects that need with new challenges and responsibilities from both sides of the relationship.READ More on Adult Parenting – The Best Kind Of Job Security

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Sunday, May 13th, 2007 is a day Dads and Kids better not forget . Mother's day will be here before you know it. What will Dad and kids be doing to make this a very special day? father, son and mom on mothers dayWhether it’s giving a box of candy or a bouquet of flowers, moms everywhere appreciate whatever their kids give them for Mother’s Day. Here are some Mothers day activities and gift ideas that are sure do delight:

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