Single Parents Have All the Love #Sponsored

*Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for writing this post on Mom.me, in celebration of National Single Parents Day.  Any parent can agree that parenting is tough. It is a challenging and complex experience that requires every fiber of your being, and although at times you can become overwhelmed and exhausted by it, you would never trade it for the world. Being a single parent is no different. The added level of complexity comes with the fact that you’re handling most, if not all, … [Read more...]

Confessions of an Introvert Mom: 7 Tips to Survive Raising an Extroverted Child

Before I had Micah, I was the textbook introvert... I made friends quickly and easily, and had outings and such with those friends, but I thrived in environments where I could be alone.  I would pass up the opportunity to go out and spend time with family and friends to sit at my sofa alone.  On top of the fact that I am an introvert, I am incredibly shy, especially when I'm in mixed company.  It's easy to be myself in front of my friends, but I find it hard to connect with other people.  I … [Read more...]

I Survived The 1st Day of Kindergarten!

The first day of Kindergarten...!! We have been building up to this day for months (it almost seemed like years at this point), and honestly, the day just completely flew by. I'm writing this on the eve of his third day of Kindergarten and I still honestly don't know how it all happened so quickly. So let me just share a recap of what was going on in my head and in my heart preparing for this 1st day of kindergarten... I was prepared to completely fall apart crying when he walked onto … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About Your Child’s Healthcare Needs

Our children’s health is probably the most important thing to us as parents. It’s not just an inconvenience when our kids feel under the weather. It can really tug at the heartstrings knowing the child we love is suffering, even if it’s just a sniffle. We feel that parental instinct to want to wrap them up and hold them to make them feel better. But it’s not just coughs and colds we need to be wary of. Our kids need rounded healthcare provisions to ensure their bodies are working and … [Read more...]

Children and Contact Lenses: Are They Right For My Child?

It’s very common for young children to be diagnosed with either long or short sightedness. Most schools will test children’s sight on a regular basis, but sometimes small toddlers who have sight issues may need to wear glasses. There may be a few tears and tantrums to begin with, your child will eventually get come around to the idea of wearing glasses on a regular basis. There are many reasons children may not wish to wear glasses. All of them valid, from being teased at school, to them … [Read more...]

Should My Child be Tested? When Behavioral Problems Warrant a Closer Look {Guest Post}

Parents like to believe they can understand and manage their children, no matter what comes their way. However, an increasing number of parents are overwhelmed and baffled by their children’s behavioral issues. Could there be an underlying medical condition responsible for the child’s bizarre and/or bad behavior? What are the signs that a professional assessment is needed? Many disorders are believed to be caused by abnormal functioning of certain types of brain chemicals or … [Read more...]

Why children can tolerate the cold {Guest Post}

  Remember how, as a child, you'd play your days away in the snow? The sun would move overhead from its mid-noon position to late afternoon and you'd never be bored of building one snow fort after the other, digging underground tunnels, or rolling avalanche-triggering-sized snowballs. Now, do you ever remember feeling cold even after spending hours upon hours outdoors? Most likely not, but while we may have been too preoccupied with avoiding snowballs targeted at us from our siblings, … [Read more...]

Top Tips on Teaching Your Child to Swim {Guest Post}

(Image credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3c/Girl_with_styrofoam_swimming_board.jpg) Swimming is a popular sport among children and most kids cannot wait to jump into the pool when they see it. However, doing so can be dangerous if they can’t swim. One of the best ways of ensuring that your child stays safe in the swimming pool is by teaching him how to swim. However, do not assume that every child takes to the swimming pool like fish take to water. Several shudder at … [Read more...]

Hidden Expenses: Five Things Parents Often Forget To Budget For {Guest Post}

It can be extremely difficult for parents to remember to budget for everything that their children will need. With budgets being necessary in most households, here are five things you shouldn’t forget to budget. The Holiday Expenses If you celebrate holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, by giving gifts to your children, be sure to budget for gift expenses. Some banks may allow you to open a Christmas savings account for the sole purpose of saving enough money to purchase gifts. … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About Having a Child with Asthma {Guest Post}

It’s a hard thing for any parent to care for a child with asthma; especially when it’s not their only child. Parents should always be alert and aware of symptoms so asthma treatment can be given as soon as the child is diagnosed. Having a Child with Asthma  Many conditions in young children can cause asthma-like symptoms. But it is good to get a diagnosis early if you suspect asthma may be the culprit. This way, the proper treatment is provided more quickly and their symptoms are … [Read more...]