Four years ago you gave me some advice regarding my then-fiancé’s stepfather, George, who was inappropriately physical towards me. I thought you might like to know what has happened since then. I currently belong to a support group for expectant first-time moms. A couple of weeks ago we decided that each of us would write a “gratitude journal,” and share it with each other.
Road trips offer a lot of time for bonding, but if you don’t plan ahead, things can go awry fast. There are a few tricks to pulling off a successful family car trip, but it all comes down to planning. Don’t think you’re just going to hop into the car and the kids will magically stay out of trouble for the next four hours. It just won’t happen.
Postpartum Depression a misunderstood condition that can be cripplingly debilitative, sending new mothers into a deep despair during what should be one of the happiest times of their life. If you think you might be suffering from postpartum depression or are worried about a loved one, look out for the following signs:
It can be TOUGH – especially when you have to be somewhere – to let kids DO on their own, but making the time for accomplishments in independence is so important. Kids learn by doing, they gain self-esteem by doing, and they become problem solvers by doing.
We live in a time where a lot of us drive almost everywhere: to the store, to school, to activities, to Grandma’s house. Keeping kids, and the whole family, safe in and around cars is essential.
Your instincts as a parent help keep your kids secure and content. But, childproofing a home is more complicated than you might expect.
It’s why the old saying: “If you want to get something done, ask a busy mom” is tried and true. It also tends to mean that, in order of priority, moms tend to put themselves last. So while everyone else’s needs are taken care of, day in and day out, theirs tend to fall by the wayside.
From the moment you bring baby home, you need to think differently about safety, even within the friendly environment that is your home. You’ve probably always thought of your home as a warm, comforting and welcoming space. But with a baby or small child, there could in fact be hazards that never crossed your mind before.