Your children wake at the crack of dawn, come bounding into your room, waking not only you but other siblings, AND the dog too! Sound like a problem you have?
These are two brilliant innovations I’ve seen help many sleep deprived parents. Both of these kid-friendly clocks are very similar, but offer different features.
I’ll discuss both and you can see what works best for your family/child! Both are excellent options and can grow with your child.
This clock turns green in the morning at a time that you select - Green means GO! Teaches them to stay in bed until it changes color.
It has the option of a “soft glow” in the evening to comfort small children. Has time teaching games and announces the time.
This is a “photo alarm” with pre-programmed images of “awake” and “asleep” photo options that help your child know when it’s the appropriate time to stay in bed or get up.
You program when the images come up. You can also add your own photos to personalize the clock, even adding pictures of your child so they’re the star!
Music and audio book capabilities.
Your TV, radio, and newspaper are full of advertisements for deals on new sneakers, lunchboxes, and bright-colored binders. Everywhere you turn, stores scream “Buy more! Buy now! Buy extras!” If you don’t plan ahead, you’re likely to find yourself over budget and exhausted before the school year even begins.
So once you’ve made a list of all the books, pens, and binders for your kids, take a moment to think through what to get this fall for yourself.
Find my top 10 “grown-up” essentials on my latest Huff Po Parents blog. You’re really going to like these, with items like wine and tax-free sale days ;)
This is pretty cool news! Michelle Obama is trying a new approach to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign… She’s putting out a rap album!
The First Lady launched Let’s Move a year ago and is now using this rap album to inspire people to eat healthier and live more active lives.
It’s all part of her nationwide campaign, which teams with Partnership for a Healthier America.
The 19 track album on the topic of healthy eating, features Jordan Sparks, Ashanti, Doug E Fresh and many other artists.
Some of the songs include “Everybody,” which she has a speaking role in, “U R What You Eat” and “Veggie Luv.”
Pretty cute! Go Michelle!
Did you know only 4 countries have no national law mandating paid time off for new parents?? Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland & the US.
The US is the only developed nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave for new mothers!
In my latest article for the Huff Post Parents blog, I discuss how countries around the world support new moms.
Read the full article here [excerpt below]. Please share your experience with parental benefits in your country in the comments. I’d love to compare.
As a nanny and baby consultant who has worked across the U.S. and Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how different places support new mums and dads. Whether they’re single or married, working or staying at home, healthy moms and their babies are in the best interest of every country — but there are a variety of ideas about how to help them. From baby boxes to paternity leave, tax breaks to birthing classes, here are some of the most interesting systems in place in the countries where I’ve worked as a nanny.
I originally wrote this article for the Huff Post Parents blog.
Parents, child development experts, and journalists alike have been buzzing with opinions about a new study in the journal Pediatrics that shows sibling-on-sibling bullying affects children in the same ways bullying in school does, increasing rates of depression and anxiety.
The most quoted part of the study found that sibling aggression “independently and uniquely predicted worsened mental health,” and recommended that parents and others “treat sibling aggression as potentially harmful and something not to be dismissed.”
As a longtime advocate of allowing children to work out problems by themselves, I was surprised by the summaries I heard of the study. Did it really say that parents should step in to sort out their children’s conflicts, lest children fall victim to serious emotional harm?
After reading the original journal article, I can say: it’s a little more complicated than that.
First, the study didn’t observe children interacting with their siblings; it relied on phone interviews with children ages 10+, and parents of younger children who answered for them. Second, it didn’t inquire about the intention or context of the aggression; it couldn’t distinguish between twin kindergartners punching each other in the back seat and a 12-year-old slugging his sleeping 3-year-old sister.
Nevertheless, the study is valuable, as long as parents understand what it really says and refrain from using it to excuse over-parenting.
Follow this link to the rest of the article (via Huff Post Parents blog), detailing the following: