Single mom reading book to her daughterAre you a single parent who is looking to be a better Mother or Father to your children? Single parenting can be very rough and exhausting. Unfortunately, single-parent families are becoming more and more common today than ever before, it is never easy on the parent or the child. And increasingly large groups of children live with parents who were never married. Also, there are a small number of children living with a widowed parent.

There are of course many positive opinions behind being a single parent. For example, you can raise your child according to your own beliefs and traditions without conflicting input from a spouse. Single parents often form closer bonds with their children. Fathers who are single parents may end up being more nurturing and the Mothers end up being more involved with their child's social activities. READ More on Single Parenting – 6 Tips for the Single Parent

two young friends saying goodbyePart of parenting is keeping our children safe and secure. Kids feel safe and secure in a predictable world. The end of a school year can often times be a time of change for young kids. My son, Jacob, who is 4 1/2 has to say goodbye to a few of his friends. That can be hard for a young child to understand and comprehend. However, everything in life is changing every day, all of the time. Change is as basic a part of our reality as night as day is. If there is one thing that you can count on in life, it is the unpredictability of change. As human beings our bodies are in a constant state of change, our minds are always evolving, and our attitudes towards life are changing every minute by what we are experiencing from everything around us. READ More on Parenting 101: Teaching Your Kids Not To Fear Change

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Mommy, can I have another piggy back ride?Here is a parenting challenge: do you have a child that seems to always be craving your attention? Do you find yourself being asked non-stop by your child to check out every move they make? Even in the car, kids will ask Mommy and Daddy to turn around to look at something that they are drawing, or at something passing by, or a funny face he is making, etc.

Most parents get upset after a while because it seems that the child is not taking into consideration what their Mom or Dad is doing at that time. You should not get frustrated because for the most part a child's mind cannot grasp that you are busy doing something else, even though they can clearly see with their eyes. Although it is understandable that some of these “calls for attention” can be annoying, it is important to learn to appreciate your child's needs. READ More on Is Your Child Constantly Seeking Your Attention?

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I remember as a child growing up without any of the luxuries most children seem to be given today. More importantly, I was happier for it. If you take a look at all of the young celebrities, most of whom have the admiration of teenagers, it becomes more and more evident these kids had little or no constructive home life; but instead were given everything they’ve ever wanted. Is raising happy children without giving them the world even possible today? The answer is an unqualified yes.

Visit any school these days and you will find kids with expensive cell phones; the latest footwear and clothing; as well as the most popular electronics on the market today. What does this say about how we raise our children? What is being substituted in place of these expensive items?

Our children’s role models are relegated to celebrities whose lives are often filled with drugs, all night parties, arrests, and visits to rehabilitation centers. If you read about any of these people, the common denominator is their upbringing. They may claim they’re happy, but the evidence is to the contrary. Money and material possessions are not everything. As parents this is one of our main parenting challenges.READ More on Parenting And Raising Happy Kids Without Giving Them The World

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shred documents you don't need with your childs information on itUntil recently I have never heard of child identity theft. Sure, I have heard of identity theft and my wife and I have taken steps to protect ourselves. We view our bank statements on line regularly, destroy old credit cards, shred credit card statements etc. If you have not heard of this new crime, you must read the article on Child Identity Theft over at Who Stole My Identity.

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father-and-son.jpgEvery once in a while, we see an article in the news about a woman giving birth at age 65 or 66. We don’t hear as much about older fathers, although 80-year-old Hugh Hefner made news earlier this year when he announced that he and his girlfriend were considering having a baby. While new parents over age 60 are rare, the fact is that more and more people in their forties and fifties are having children. 20% of women now wait until age 35 to have their first babies and a 2005 study showed that the birth rate for women in their early to mid-40s had grown 5% in the last decade. What special challenges and rewards await these mid-life parents? READ More on Parenting after 40

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two young mothers and their kidsIf your child does not belong to a day care, or go to a pre-school and you are worried about your toddlers social development , you may want to consider a mommy and toddler group. This is also a great way in which moms continue the all important bonding with their toddlers, as well as having their child experience being with other toddlers, is through mommy and toddler groups.

There are a number of groups which you and your toddler can join. One of which is at a library or checking your local community to ascertain if they have any similar groups you can join. READ More on Mommy and Toddler Groups

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