What is Your Six Month Old Up To?

My little guy is 6 months old today! Six months!! To me, it seems like yesterday that he was born, and now, he’s been a part of our family for half a year. This stage is so much fun. As far as mobility, he has mastered rolling over, and loves to bounce his legs. When you hold him on your lap, he just wants to stand up and bounce. This is the stage where the bouncy chair comes in very handy! He can easily get any object into his mouth, and he is quick. So, he has been nicknamed grabby … Continue reading

Encouraging Your Child to Keep Going

We sign our children up for activities and sports because of the fun and the education. Often we allow the child to pick a sport or instrument to gage their interests. Some parents get discouraged when a child seems to have a lack of interest in any extra-curricular activities. The reason is simple. A child does not have the experience or knowledge to know what he may like. The same way we make them try different foods or know the right Christmas gift even when the child gave no direction is how we guide extra-curricular activities. Yes, you simply pick … Continue reading

How to Cope With Your Child’s Diagnosis

Your child has just been diagnosed with a developmental disorder, or with a mental disorder, or with a serious health condition. This is going to be a traumatic experience for any parent to go through. Here are some suggestions about how to cope with this knowledge. Perhaps you always had a “feeling” that something was “different” about your child. Maybe you have taken your child to see doctors and specialists, in order to confirm or deny your suspicion. You might have visited with a psychologist or other mental health practitioner who observed your child. After all this, you finally get … Continue reading

Does Arthritis Run in Your Family?

When genealogists put together their medical family tree, they tend to include information that points out which ancestors had certain kinds of cancer, or who had heart issues. You might also want to make a note of relatives who have arthritis. If it runs in your family, CNN has a quiz you can take that will help determine how likely it is that you have it. Arthritis is something that seems to run in my family. I can remember my grandmother telling me when her arthritis was bothering her. As far as I can tell, it seems to have affected … Continue reading

Keys To Start-Up Success

If you are thinking about starting your own business so that you can work from home, there is something that you should know. The work involved with getting a home-based business up and running will be the most difficult part of your home-based business venture. If you are able to roll up your sleeves and put in the required effort at the beginning, you will find that things get easier after a while. The same holds true for any business, if you think about it. There is a certain critical mass of hard work that must be done before the … Continue reading

Gearing Up for Your First Home Schooling Year

So, you decided to make the big leap and home school your children? As significant as this decision was, you will be faced with many more as you embark on this journey. Here are some basic advice to guide you through the first questions and decisions you will face. Of course, things are not always this simple, but it’s best to keep our perspective and not get too overwhelmed. Home schooling is a learning experience for the parent as much as the child. What curriculum should I use? This is the question mainly asked by new home schooling parents. What … Continue reading

Update Your “Job Description”

One of the realities of running our own home businesses is that we do not get to claim that something is “not in my job description” – one of the mainstays of the corporate world. When you are part of a department or a large company or organization, there is almost always someone else who can step up and take on the part of the job that is not yours. At the same token, what you thought your job was going to look like in your home business operation may have morphed and changed since the beginning stages and now … Continue reading

More Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Vacation

In my previous blog I told you about a new series I’m starting called “Saving Money on Your Summer Vacation.” With the economy faltering some families are considering giving up their annual family vacations in order to spare the household’s bottom line. However, as you saw in my last blog with a little planning there are ways you can explore the nation’s top tourist spots without going bankrupt in the process. This week I am turning the spotlight on San Diego. Now that you know what attractions you can get into for free here’s a list of some of the … Continue reading

When You Miss Your Kids

We often talk about how to cope with the demands of all the time constraints and responsibilities of single parenthood, but for many of us there are those times when our children are not with us. Whether we have to let them go for a weekend, a week or several months, dealing with the ache of missing our kids can be incredibly tough for a single parent… When I was first divorced, I found being away from my kids for more than a day to be extremely hard. I had spent so much time as the primary parent and my … Continue reading

Keeping Track of Everyone Without Losing Your Mind

If you are single parent like me with multiple children (and even those of you who may only have one child, but also have work, house, family, and other obligations to juggle), there may be those days when you think it is absolutely impossible to keep track of everyone. As children get older and head off in all sorts of different directions, just keeping a tally on who is where, which permission slips you have to sign, and the phone numbers for all the friends’ houses can seem like a full time job! I think the sooner you can put … Continue reading