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Just about every parent dreads the day their child stops napping. As much as we love our children and the joy they bring to our lives, there’s no denying that we need a break from each other every now and then. And it’s not just the parents that need the break, but so do the children. For me, when my preschooler doesn’t nap, the witching hour, which begins around 4 PM in my house, tends to be way worse when a nap is not had thus making it tough for both my daughter and I. Suffice it to say, I do all I can to make sure she gets a nap in, though it doesn’t always happen despite my best efforts.
New research suggests, though, that naps for preschoolers are more than just to help quell all the moodiness, but rather regular napping helps these preschool aged children learn better. It’s not just about being well-rested to deal with the day’s tasks, but rather getting enough slumber actually helps preschoolers to absorb more information as their day progresses.
Dads can be particularly apprehensive about the potty training experience, and they can end up taking a secondary role to mom. But it doesn’t need to be that way. On the contrary, there are many reasons why dads should be excited and eager to enter into the potty training process with their child, and take a leading role.
Our babies go through so much in such a short period of time. Check out what goes on during each developmental leap to better understand The Wonder Weeks.
My husband and I coincidentally arrived home from work this evening at the same time. We walked in the door to be greeted by our 16-month-old daughter, Stella, who was in the babysitter’s arms, all smiles. She squealed in excitement and reached out her arms. My husband, glowing with adoration towards his baby girl, reached his arms out to get her. You could just feel his daddy pride. I saw it in slow motion and set it to a touching instrumental version of “My Girl” in my head. But then suddenly Stella did some form of sharp karate chop down and blocked her dad’s arms. “NO,” she said sharply and proceeded to reach and squirm to get to me. She gave me a warm, welcoming smile, after just having sprayed her daddy with daggers. Of course, I was happy to receive her, but I felt sorry for my husband who was slowly lowering his arms, his smile fading into a look of confusion, daddy glow departing and slowly being replaced with an Eeyore gray.
Even though you may be a working mom, spending many of your hours away from home, you can still bond with your toddler in a meaningful way. Sure, you wish you could have more time during the week to be with your little peanut, but try to focus on the quality of your time spent together, not the quantity. When you make your child feel loved and secure, she will feel closer, more bonded to you. Here are some ways to bond with your toddler when you are a working mom.
The Affordable Care Act has sparked endless political debate, but now that Obamacare is officially the law of the land, how has health insurance coverage changed for moms and moms-to-be?
As a mom to a young toddler, I do all the normal, every day parenting things that other parents do… for the most part. I abide by most of the widely accepted parenting rules. I care for my daughter. I show her love. I keep her safe. But I admit that I sometimes do some quirky things and bend some rules when no one is around.
It’s late and one of the kids has a fever or you suspect they are sick because something just seems “off.” You can’t call your doctor’s office and doing a Google-search just scared the crap out of you. Here are 7 helpful alternate ways to get answers to your questions. Please note these suggestions are ideal for non-emergency situations.