Wicked Step-Mother or Privileged Position?

step mother(Written by Sarah Aiono) I became a Mum when my son was 4 and a half years old.  I moved in with my (now) husband and took on the responsibility and role of Step-Mum to my gorgeous son.  Prior to this, my experience with children had only been as a fairly new primary school teacher.  At first, I was very cautious as to my role as we initially had shared contact arrangements with his biological mother.  I treated the relationship as if I were in his biological mother’s shoes.  I respected the fact that I was not his mother, and that I did not have the relationship that I presumed they had.  I reiterated to him and to her that I was his ‘other mother’ – there for him to do the ‘Mum stuff’ when she was not around.  I saw their relationship through my eyes – the way I would expect any relationship of mine to be with my future biological children.  This would be how I would view a step-mother arriving on the scene should I be so unfortunate as to be separated from my children’s father.  But as her behaviour and lack of responsibility deteriorated, and my contact with my son increased to the point of being his full-time caregiver alongside my husband, my first lesson as a step parent was learned.  Other parents don’t parent how we do.  Mothers come in all shades of grey.  And my son’s biological mother was on the slippery slope to damaging their relationship permanently. [Read more…]

10 Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Money

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Reference From mrsprinceandco.com

(Written by Tara Blair edited by Elle Yi)  Teaching about money for kids is one of the most valuable life lessons they will ever receive. Instilling good spending and saving habits within your children, from a young age, is paving the road for a successful financial future. For some great ideas on how to teach your kids about money, check out our guide below.

  • Embrace Technology

Most children are better at using smart phones than their parents, so why not embrace technology and find some fun apps for teaching your children about money? With the app store home to millions of different apps, you’re sure to find one that’s both educational and that your children will enjoy. You could also have them sit with you as you use your personal finance software on your computer. [Read more…]

How to Make a Framed Child’s Silhouette

kids silhouettes(Written by Elle Yi) Silhouettes are simple, affordable, and timelessly classy in kids’ playroom and living room. Also, silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood to the viewers of your photos and often stand out in an album because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey. A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake and makes a thoughtful Christmas, birthday or Mother’s Day gift. A digital camera, craft knife, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap. Classic and sweet, each of unique hand cut silhouettes is made just for your families! Designed off of your photos, silhouettes are the perfect decorations to adorn any room.   [Read more…]

Simply Prepare Your Home for Thanksgiving Food & Guests

Games-and-Activities(Written by Margaret Thasson) Thanksgiving is right around the corner, sending moms in a frenzy prepping for family to come. The meal alone is plenty to stress about, let alone the guests that may stay the week of the holiday. If you have people coming over for turkey day this year, the tips below should help you prepare for their arrival.

Here are some simple ways to prepare your home for guests.

  • Preparing the Food

You can cook some portions of your Thanksgiving food ahead of time and then just reheat them on the big day. In fact, you could actually make everything but the bread in advance if you wanted to. Some Golden Corral locations offer a Thanksgiving dinner package, where they make the turkey, several sides, and two pies for $70, and then you just need to pick it up the day before Thanksgiving.

You could either do that or make everything on your own. Then get the turkey heating early in the morning and fix everything else about an hour before you eat. If you time it our right, you won’t have to worry about getting the whole meal together all at once. [Read more…]

Ideas For Thanksgiving Party

ideas for thanksgivingThis month, family and friends across America will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Tradition dictates that it’s a time of the year when people like to throw a dinner party – so here are a few hints and tips if you’re planning one to make sure it’s a success.

  • Make a great first impression

First impressions mean everything when you’re throwing a dinner party.

Go the extra mile to make your guests feel at home – and that means greeting them at your front door in the right manner. Take their coats and ensure you give proper introductions if people who have never met each other before are dining together. [Read more…]

3 Tips and Tricks For Birthday Cake Ideas For Your Kid

birthday cake ideas(Written by Elle Yi and David Wilson) Most parents often want to make sure that their children’s birthdays are memorable. When trying to do this, you have to remember that the cake is a central part of such a birthday, especially when your child is young. This means that if you are to organize the best birthday for them, you would need to make sure that the cake is one that will make a great impression. You would need to do a few things to make sure that the one you end up getting is impressive by their standards. To do this, you would need to follow a few steps, including:

  • Find out what kind of flavor they like

The first thing you need to do is find out what kind of cake flavor your child would like. Most parents may have this information already, so they can simply head over to the bakery and order one to be made. However, if you are not sure about this, you can try to find out from them. Since you do not want to spoil the surprise, you would need to get this information surreptitiously. For instance, you can try to ask them about what kind of cake flavor they like during casual conversation. You should not make it obvious that you are trying to fish for information so that they get a hint of what you are doing. [Read more…]

The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling For Kids

homeschooling pros and cons(Written by Irene Kovalyova) Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular among parents in US these days. Research conducted in last few years showed a significant increase in the number of children, who are homeschooled, from 1.7% in 1998 to 2.9% in 2007. What for some is a question of choice, for others is a necessity.

Many children, who live in remote, rural areas or frequently travel and relocate have no other choice but to be homeschooled by their parents or professional tutors. However, in the vast group of homeschooled children there are some families, which deliberately made the decision to refrain from sending the children to public or private schools. What are the benefits and disadvantages of this decision? Is homeschooling better or worse than typical school education? [Read more…]

5 Back-to-School Tips For Parents Of Children With Disabilities

parenting  quotes(Written by Leslie Mason) Back-to-school season is stressful enough for any parent, especially if it’s a child’s first year at school. No parent feels this more than the parent of a child (or multiple children) with disabilities.

If you’re a parent with a disabled child and this is your first time sending a child to school, letting them out of your home where you can’t protect them is probably scaring you to bits.  However, if you know what to do, you can give them a good school-time experience, even if you’re not there every minute. Here are 5 back to school tips you can do to make your child’s life easier for them, and for you. [Read more…]

How To Play Safe In The Sun | Safety Tips For Summer

safety tips for summer(Written by Beth Stubbings) When the sun is shining, everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. With most families making the most of their gardens and getting plenty of play equipment for their children to use, it is important that parents make sure that their children are safe when they’re having fun.  Make sure that your children stay safe in the garden throughout the summer by following these handy safety tips.

Powerful Parenting Quotes for Father’s Day

fathers day quotes(Written by Elle Yi) Parenting quotes could be the essential guidelines of being a parent. These include something that is learned from one generation to another. All quotes are excellent reminders that parents need to lead by example.

The provoking parenting quotes can be very powerful resources for raising a child. It may also advise us what our kids actually need

Enjoy powerful parenting quotes for father’s day to have inspiration to be the best dad and discover new parenting approaches. [Read more…]