It’s the “Hour of Power”—that opportunity when the kids are taken care of and you’re free to escape for some much-needed alone time. But finding a place to escape to is kind of like choosing a movie. I can have a mental list of all the movies I want to see, but when it’s actually time to sit back and order a movie, I can’t think of one. Next time you’re presented with an opportunity to escape alone for some restorative time, instead of driving around with no place to go, here are nine great ideas for “Me Time” escapes.
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Dressing your little dude for the summer can be pretty stylish and super affordable! Here are 13 looks for $20 or less.
Sure, she’s only 18 months old and I’m, um, well into my adult years, but you’d be surprised at how much my toddler and I have in common.
Ah, the relief I would feel at the end of a long day teaching when I could come home and plop my mama-to-be body on the couch, elevate my (very swollen) feet, and flip on my DVR-ed stash of Real Housewives episodes. Towards the end of pregnancy, I would stay right there on the couch for most of the evening, eating whatever take-out my husband decided to order. My alarm clock went off at 5 AM every day and I got plenty of activity running around after my students. By the time 4 PM rolled around, I was exhausted. It was like every instinct I had was telling me it was okay, just this once, to go into couch potato mode.
But were my instincts wrong? In a new study that seems straight from the “mommy guilt” files, television watching during pregnancy may predict—of all things—your baby’s risk for become obese during childhood.
If you moved like your toddler moved, you’d be in the best shape of your life! Check out this awesome toddler exercise routine… for adults.
I have to admit, as much as I love city life, there is a distinct advantage to opening up the back door and saying to your child, “Have fun! See ya later!
Mommy’s making herself a cocktail!” I do actually live in an apartment building where there is outdoor space, but that is a rare treat in New York City. And even so, I would never let the girls out the door unsupervised at their age, nor anytime soon for that matter. But when you have a back door and a fenced-in backyard (aka the ‘burbs), summer days are a little easier, I suspect. Here are some of the fun water toys/games/sprinklers I’ve discovered are great for suburban living, but not so much for the sidewalks of NYC.
Many working parents are at a loss when school ends for the year and they need someone to watch their child during summer vacation. While camps and fun activities can fill some of the time, a responsible adult is still needed to handle transportation and entertainment during the child’s downtime. Here are five tips for finding that perfect person to watch over your little one while you’re at work:
Tip #1: Word of mouth
Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is probably the best way to find the right person to babysit over the summer. Encourage friends and colleagues to spread the word at cocktail parties, PTA meetings, local school events, and even walking their dog. Also, nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.
Think hard. What 11 values do you want to instill in your children? Independence? Religious faith? Imagination? Responsibility? And how would you rank those values? Is saving money more important than self-expression?
According to the 2010-2014 World Values Survey, how you answer the questions above reveals not only who you are but where you might live. The survey asks participants in all countries to select 11 qualities most important for children to learn, whether the respondents have children or not. The researchers behind the study then aggregate the data to get a better idea of the moral make up of the country. PBS NewsHour reports, “For example, tolerance was the most-mentioned quality by people in Sweden—82.5 percent named it as one of the qualities they thought was important to teach children at home. About 72 percent of Americans mentioned tolerance, while just over 19 percent chose the same in Nigeria.”
You don’t need to break the bank when shopping for beach gear for your little girl this summer. Here are 19 affordable and adorable options for $20 or less!