“Remember to smile, honey.” “You are going to win!” “Don’t disappoint your mommy and daddy.”
You may have heard these words spoken to children during sports competitions or, more specifically, beauty pageants. While some may call it friendly competition; others are asking themselves, “Are you pushing your child too far?” This is a parenting question we should all ask ourselves. While we want to encourage our children to do their best, we don't want to push them to a point that can turn into resentment. READ More on Parenting, Competition, And Your Child

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Many teens in high school want to try out for sports.  A lot of them try because they think it will make them popular or get them more dates.  While this may seem like a silly reason, there are lots of other benefits to sports that your child may overlook.  Here are some reasons that you’ll find comforting.READ More on Advantages Of Sports And Teens

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It seems there is an almost irresistable attraction between germ and kids. You’ve taken your youngest child to the park; sit her in the sandbox, only to notice she begins to eat the sand. Perhaps your child is playing in the backyard with the family dog, and starts kissing the dog on the mouth. When it comes to germs and kids, an irresistible attraction is imminent. What can you do to avoid these two opposites from becoming attracted to each other?  Here are some tips that may help.READ More on Germs And Kids – Tips For Keeping Your Child Healthier

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oh, no, is that corn in the bowl? Mom can't fool this picky little toddler!Most parents are faced with this problem. Would'nt it be nice if our children ate everything put in front of them? As parents we all want our kids to have a healthy diet, but a toddler can make that task nearly impossible. My son, who is 4 1/2 can definitetly be a challenge. Children at that age and younger are notoriously picky eaters, and sometimes getting them to eat a well balanced meal can be quite a challenge. Even when a child eats well as a baby, a toddler may all of a sudden hate everything you try to feed him. Parents can only hope that the foods the little guy chooses are healthy and nutritious, but unfortunately that is not always the case. READ More on Is Your Toddler A Picky Eater?

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If you are a typical parent you may wonder what to do with all the artwork your child makes. It seems each one is a little milestone in your childs development. Family looking at scapbook togetherWell, the time has come to gather all of the artwork your kids made and devise a plan to incorporate all of them into one neat and compelling work of art. Here are some scrapbooking ideas for all that artwork your kids made for you. It will provide cherished memories for years to come.

If you can find a picture frame larges enough to accommodate the artwork, why not set up a collage and frame them proudly. You can also set up a portfolio of your child’s artwork by purchasing an artist’s book. In this way, the artwork will not become damaged over the years, and can be stored in a safe area in your home.

Another idea is to develop a theme scrapbook based upon your child’s artwork. You can organize the album alphabetically or by genre. Whichever you prefer, this will be a fun project for both you and your kids. READ More on Scrapbooking Ideas For Cherished Memories

Can you avoid the Mom vs Dad Tug-Of-War?  Have you ever watch the program, “The Nanny”? If you have you will  undoubtedly notice that most of the time kids play moms and dads against each other.  Parenting can be extemely tough when a child tries to pit mom versus dad. The root cause is children need to be loved and disciplined by both parents; not by one over the other. Thus, avoiding the inevitable tug-of-war becomes the problem at hand. How to keep your kids from playing mom and dad against each other is an issue which involves many thought-provoking questions.READ More on Parenting and Keeping Your Kids From Playing Mom and Dad Against Each Other

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Taking great family photographs

Make you posed family shots lively Whether you’re a scrapbooker or just throw your pictures in a box in the closet, you want the best possible family photos. Follow these tips to make your photos the best.

Take candid shots
Sure, once in a while you’re going to want the classic shot of the whole family lined up on the couch or porch. But for most of your shots, take candid shots of your family working, playing, talking, and relaxing. You will capture your family’s personality that way and your pictures will be much more interesting.

To get good candid shots, you will need to have your camera ready at all times and be willing to take a lot of shots. Professional photographers may shoot an entire roll of film and only get one or two useable shots. Fortunately, if you have a digital camera, you won’t have to worry about wasting film and can just delete the shots that didn’t work.READ More on Tips For Taking Family Photos

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