Priceless Christmas Gifts for Parents

I smile every time I see the sign that reads: “Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.” You can usually catch the tongue-in-cheek threat hanging in stores, doctors’ offices and auto repair shops. I love kids to pieces and I firmly believe a baby is one of the best gifts a person can receive during the holiday season… or any time of the year. However, the cute creatures aren’t problem-free. They enter the world following the shedding of blood, sweat and tears, and the work that goes into raising them doesn’t miraculously dwindle when they reach … Continue reading

Caring for Your Aging Parent

Watching your parents grow older can be heart wrenching at times. They not only change physically, but their personalities may change as well. Many will develop health problems. You may notice that their eyesight or that their mental sharpness is declining as well. Our parents took care of us and guided us when we were young and now it is our turn to be there for them. Being a caregiver to your aging parent can be stressful at times. If you are in the position of being the sole caregiver it is especially trying. If you have other family members … Continue reading

Assisting Learning Disabled Kids with Homework

Children with learning disabilities may struggle with homework for obvious reasons. They might have retention problems or have difficulty with decoding words or calculating mathematical equations. They may lack focus or have negative associations with homework because they already see themselves as “the slow kid” in the class. At home, homework can become a source of arguments and stress as parents attempt to intervene and offer support. Here are a few guidelines which might help: Start out by making sure distractions in the home are at a minimum. Turn off televisions, electronic gadgets, and find a good study zone. Complete … Continue reading

Children and Aging Parents–Are You Caring for Both?

Increasingly, some adults are finding themselves stuck in the middle as part of the “sandwich club”–caring both for their own young children and their aging parents or grandparents. With the responsibility for managing a household, often working full time, and caring for the generations on either side of them, these people can be overwhelmed, over stressed, and stretched so thinly, they could snap! Many of these individuals in the sandwich club are older parents–adults who waited to have their own children until they were in their late thirties or early forties, or perhaps they themselves were born to older parents. … Continue reading

Oranges and Ball Machines: My Training in Caring for My Son’s Diabetes

In the lobby of the Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego there used to be a rather fantastic ball machine. After arriving with his suitcase packed, a somewhat bewildered Garrett stopped to watch the balls in the machine as they rolled around the mini-tracks, up and down, activating spinners and gadgets. It was difficult pulling him away from it. But we checked in, and Garrett was given a patient wrist band. We were directed to his room, which was ready and waiting. A nurse met us and drew Garrett’s blood, much to his displeasure. We tried to situate … Continue reading

The Family Home

The home belongs, at least in part, to each member of the family. Since this is true, every member has a certain amount of responsibility toward caring for the home and making sure it is a comfortable and comforting refuge for the entire family. Because each member is an important part of the unit, each one should be taught that he or she is a needed, valued, contributor to the family’s well-being. By encouraging every person in the household to contribute to its upkeep, our spouses and children learn that the family is not complete without them. When one person’s … Continue reading

Summer Jobs For Your Teen

It’s almost summer time and for our teenagers that means summer jobs. As a single mother the decision to allow your child to get a summer job is a big one. If you need their help at home with younger siblings it may be out of the question, but is that fair? One of the huge expenses of all parents but particularly single parents is daycare so when you have a child old enough to take care of their younger siblings while you work, it can seem like a financial boon. The downside to that is that your older child … Continue reading

Help For the Single Mother

The costs of raising our precious children are staggering. Over the years it has increased a great deal and this will only become more monumental in the years ahead. A two-income parent family is almost a necessity these days for most families. The two-parent family that has only one parent working outside the home is rare these days. You will usually find the other parent doing something anyway from home to contribute in some financial aspect when this is the case. You can then imagine how difficult it is to survive on one income as most single parents do. You … Continue reading

Toddler Language Development

Language development explodes during toddlerhood, with new words being acquired daily. For example when your your reaches eighteen months, his or her vocabulary should increase up to five times the amount that it was when he or she was only fifteen months old. First words The first words that a baby says are usually mama and dada. We see this across cultural lines, and it isn’t surprising that these first words are usually reserved for the baby’s parents. After that, the first word could be anyone’s guess. The word “more” is a popular first word, as is the name of … Continue reading

Start a Baby Book Club

If you are looking for a fun play date activity for the little kids, then this might be your idea. Start up a baby book club. Not only will the kids (and the adults) have a great time, but there will also be a lot of learning going on. A baby book club is a great way to introduce children to the love of reading, logical thinking, and some socialization, too. 1. First determine who will be in the club. Ideally, children should be near the same developmental level. You can start a club for children that are as young … Continue reading