toddler covered in paintWhen a child reaches the toddler stage they start to become a 'little person' with their own personality. As they develop in this stage they also start to exert their own independence. This can is a normal stage of development, but at time can make parenting a real challenge. First-time parents are very rarely prepared for a running and screaming toddler who can make a quick escape in a department store. And, no parent is prepared for the first time a toddler shears her curly locks or those of the family dog. Yes, parenting toddlers is a trying experience for even the most composed parents. READ More on Parenting Toddlers Can Be Challenging And Entertaining

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adorable girl with four leaf clover on cheekSaint Patrick's Day is almost here and it will soon be time to get out the decorations. Here are a few ideas for some easy St. Patrick’s Day [tag-self]crafts[/tag-self] that you and  your kids are sure to enjoy.

1. Buy green construction paper and trace shamrocks from either a coloring book or a template online, and make a string of shamrocks to hang in your home.

2. You can’t celebrate the day without hats! You can easily make St. Patrick’s Day hats by using construction paper. While there are tons of templates available online, you can accomplish this task easily. Take two pieces of green construction paper and tape them together forming about a 14” long piece. Fold it into a circle and tape one side to the other. Take another piece of green construction paper to make the top of the hat by using a paper plate to trace a circle. Cut it out and use clear tape to attach it to the top of the hat. READ More on Some Craft Ideas for Saint Patrick's Day

Many times, in the heat of the moment we may use a label for a child that can have long term affects, especially if it is repeated. Consider a child who comes up to her mom and cries: “Mommy, Daddy called me stupid.” This form of humiliation can have lasting effects on a child. Whether it was said in the heat of the moment, or perhaps daddy had a bad day; it’s no excuse. Words hurt; it is an indelible rubber stamp of disapproval. Therefore, it is important to fully understand why labels can be destructive to children and lower your child self-esteem and self-confidence.READ More on Parenting And How Labeling Your Child Can Be Destructive

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Childhood asthma is near and dear to me. As a child I was hospitalized and visited the emergency room so many times I cannot even count. An asthma attack is very scary for both the parent and child. If a parent thinks their child is having an asthma attack it is important for the parent to remain calm and call 911 or a competent medical professional immediately. I cannot empasis enough for the parent to remain calm since raising the anxiety of a child will only make things worse. Now, on with the article on some things as a parent that will be helpful to know and watch out for:

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The Importance Of Sleep

Click Here to Buy Me $14.95 plus $2 S&H (US Shipping only)We all know that sleep is very important. For young children it is even more important. When we enter a deep sleep, it  helps to enhance the immune system and stimulate the nervous system. When people dream, it helps to aid and enhance memory and learning. Both types of sleep are essential for childhood development. A lack of sleep can impair learning, reduce reaction time, cause moodiness, and increase the likelihood of accidents and injury. READ More on Music Therapy For Children

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“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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