NURTURE

Dads Don’t Babysit. It’s Called Parenting.

DADS DON’T BABYSIT. IT’S CALLED PARENTING By Libby Hudson Lydecker “A modern more evolved dad needs to see that the children are equally his and that co-parenting does not just mean stepping in like a babysitter when mom cannot.” Parenting a toddler is one of the most difficult hurdles in humility and patience for many new parents. Suddenly you feel under the rule of a little tyrant with unreasonable demands and ever increasingly difficult methods of manipulation. You are now in charge of a little person who is no longer the docile infant who slept on and off throughout...

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How to Socialize the Anti-social: TODDLER PLAYDATES

How to Socialize the Anti-social: TODDLER PLAYDATES By Libby Hudson Lydecker Toddlers. The terrible two’s. Our tiny bosses from hell. Those adorable bundles of chaos and love in non stop motion. Take the energy of a puppy, the patience of a monkey combined with the communication skills of a moody cat and you have a handful on wheels. And when a mom friend suggests you get your two little people together for a social interaction in the form of a playdate, you think, “What could go wrong?” Anyone who has ever endured a toddler playdate from hell will tell you:...

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Smart Ways to Help Our Kids With their First Crush

SMART WAYS TO HELP OUR KIDS WITH THEIR FIRST CRUSH By Libby Hudson Lydecker The 10-year-old in the movie Love, Actually describes being in love as “total agony,” and he’s not wrong, especially when it comes to the First Crush. A first crush is aptly named for the crushing effect it often has on hearts and self esteem. Here are some ideas to help our kiddos with this rite of passage. 1 Don’t embarrass them! Any teasing or cajoling of information, even when seemingly light-hearted, can cause already confusing adolescent feelings to feel even darker. 2 Give your kids some...

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Independence Daze- (I Can Do it Myself Mama)

Independence Daze By Jen Scott “Handing your toddler a pair of pants and watching her attempt to put them on can be excruciating. Sweet? Yes. Hilarious? Very. In most cases, however, it hurts to see our kids struggle with the simplest of tasks. ” Handing your toddler a pair of pants and watching her attempt to put them on can be excruciating. Sweet? Yes. Hilarious? Very. In most cases, however, it hurts to see our kids struggle with the simplest of tasks. Failure is especially hard to witness when their sticky little faces scrunch up in frustration. Every parental...

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My Daughter Pits Me Against My Husband- Ask Ali- REAL MOM DAILY

Send in your questions for our resident family counselor to AskAli@RealMomDaily.com Dear Ali, My daughter is six. She is really smart and stubborn. She plays me against my husband, and it’s a problem. She will ask for something and I will say no. Then she goes to find Daddy, and he says yes. Sometimes, he says yes KNOWING that I’ve already said no. Like I said, she’s smart, so she plays us. How can I stop this? How can I make my husband understand how I feel? Frustrated Mom     Dear Frustrated Mom, I don’t blame you for...

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