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Step Parenting: A Job for Two!

Step Parenting
Step parenting ultimately means being a step away from being a parent. Even if you have no intention of parenting, at the very least you are expected to step in when the real parent is absent. Like it or not, in a blended family you will do some parenting.Step parenting takes both, you and the biological parent. This relationship has to be solid unit. While it may take time to earn the respect of stepchildren, you nevertheless need the complete support of the biological parent. Your relationship will be on the display table and stepchildren take their cues from the strength of this relationship. If this relationship is weak and characterized by arguments, you the stepparent will be viewed as the weak link in this household. Not only do you and the real parent need to be a unified front, yo...

Using Educational Activities to Help Children Learn

Early Childhood Education
A wide range of educational activities are available to children of all ages to help the process of learning. Most of the more-effective toys are designed to focus on certain learning areas that are able to spark a child's interests. Educational toys are perfect in a variety of situations, but are certain to help those children that are hoping to overcome certain learning disabilities.Here are several of the most-effective options for encouraging the little ones to learn at home -Books - One of the most beneficial options to help children practice the reading and writing skills is with a book. Books are certain to help at all skill levels and can range from high school down to preschool. An engaging children's book with words and images is sure to help with stimulating the senses and able ...

The Lessons of a Little League Coach

Early Childhood Education
For ten years I coached Little League baseball and softball, not to mention being an umpire and serving on the local board of directors. I cannot lay claim to being the greatest coach, nor the worse. I certainly didn't suffer under the illusion this was the big leagues, nor that my kids would go on to play pro ball, even though a handful made it to the college level. Instead, I wanted to teach the mechanics of the game (how it is played), sportsmanship, and the general love of the game. My kids are all grown up now and if I made the slightest impression on them, that I somehow shaped their perspective on the game, than I consider myself lucky. There were only two things I asked of them; that they try their hardest, and maintain their grades in school.Baseball is a game; something you are s...

Will Wholesale Baby Boutique Items Be the Right Choice?

Baby Showers
With shops like Gymboree and Babies"R"Us worth millions of dollars, it is no surprise the toddler apparel industry is worth an estimated $10 billion. Even with the slumping economy, it is estimated that over four million babies were born in the United States last year. What is particularly interesting to entrepreneurs is that women are now waiting longer before having their first child. The average age of first time mothers is up from twenty-one in the 60s to twenty-five today. The reason for this is that, because of the economy, parents are spending time improving their financial standing before attempting to start a family. This means that once they finally have kids, they have more money to spend on baby items. So, how might an industrious entrepreneur take advantage of this trend? The ...

Tips on Coming Up With a Personalized Baby Gift

Baby Showers
If you are looking for something unique to give to your friend, colleague or family member at a baby shower event, then a personalized baby gift will be a good idea. However, you should know the name and the gender of the baby to add to the uniqueness of the gift when it's personalized.But if the parents are not aware of the gender and haven't yet decided on a name to be given to the baby, then a personalized baby gift might not be a good idea. Because most of the time, parents choose to wait for the baby's birth before they hold a shower party. In this way, it will also help their family and friends decide on a more suitable gift they can give. Because even the doctors themselves cannot be totally relied on when it comes to determination of a baby's gender while inside the mother's womb.T...

Choosing the Right Party Favors for a Baby Shower

Baby Showers
If you have ever been tasked with planning a baby shower, then you may be familiar with the dizzying variety of options available for today's party planner. Once you have ironed out your projected baby shower budget, you are now confronted with the daunting task of keeping every detail absolutely perfect.After deciding on your date, venue, theme, decorations and menu, next comes deciding on the right baby shower party favors for the job. By this point you may find yourself so wiped out from the planning process that you may dismiss the choice of party favors as little more than an afterthought. This can be a big mistake for party planners, and can easily put a damper on the baby shower in unexpected ways.To get a good idea of why it matters to choose your favors wisely, it helps to conside...

What Is the Best Way to Potty Train a Girl?

Babies Toddler
As a childminder, I always told parents that potty training success strongly depends on whether your daughter is ready and motivated to start going to the potty or not. Most children age and develop differently, but once they are ready, it shouldn't be too hard for you to teach them bathroom etiquette.In fact, research has shown that some girls may start as young as 17-18 months, whereas others might not be ready until they are four years old. So, if you want to know when to start potty training, you should keep in mind the fact that most parents choose to start when their girls are between 2 and 3 years of age, which should be the age you start at as well. Additionally, experience has thought me that girls can usually be potty trained faster than boys, and most are ready around three mont...

Step Parent: When a Grown Step Child Won’t Leave Home

Step Parenting
Step Parent Question and AnswerI have a twenty-three year old step son who moved back home a year ago. He has a job, but refuses to help out or even try to find a place of his own, and I know he's trying to cause problems between his father and I. What can I do?As a step parent, the first thing you need to do is have a heart-to-heart talk with your husband. Rather than focusing on your fears, focus on the opportunities presented by this situation. Start off by telling your husband that you love him very much and that you know how much his son means to him. Since he cares for him so much, he needs to help him grow into a man who can take care of himself and his family, rather than enabling him.In order for this to happen, suggest that he establish firm ground rules that encourage a sense o...

Finding Day Care Services

Early Childhood Education
Locate Day Care ServicesIf at a stage in the future you think you might need to find day care services for your young child, then now is the time to start researching and looking. The best services may not be the closest to your home, work or where your other children are attending school. The one you eventually select may not have a vacancy in the room of your child's age group at the time you suddenly decide to look. If you decide to use other than long daycare or family daycare then again it would require booking in advance.Most Important Years If you are going to use day care services it will be one of the most important decisions you have to make in regards to the early years development of your child.The first five years of a child's brain development are by far the most important in...

Caring For an Aging Parent: Part I

Elder Care
Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. This means that, at some point, most of these retirees will need assistance. Whether it is from the government, from family and friends or from caregivers. People are living longer and they also want to remain in their own homes. For the family caregiver, which is usually the eldest daughter, this can become stressful because she not only has to ensure that her parent is taken care of, but she also has to ensure that her family is taken care. This means she could possibly be responsible for her mother, father, husband, children and herself. This doesn't even include the upkeep of both households.When the son or daughter becomes the caregiver new demands are placed on that individual. They are now given responsibilities that don't ...