Friday, December 31, 2010

Family Movie Night...

Parents come together as a family and make it a movie night. What I mean by movie night; I don’t mean take your children out to the movies once a week, that can become very pricey very quickly. Make it a movie night at home, make that be your special time to spend with your children. Pick out a movie that everyone will enjoy from your local movie rental store what ever is easiest for you. It’s really nice when you do this once a week , and try to make it the same time each week. Put a blanket down on the floor right in front of the TV. Have the children help you pop some popcorn and get some drinks, and don’t forget to silence your cellphones before the movie starts. This is a budget friendly thing that you can do as a family.

One thing is for sure your children will always remember family movie night. You want your children to remember those special times that they spent with their parents. So make it special and fun for the whole family.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

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More and More mommies are breastfeeding now a days. If you are an expecting mom to be, and you want to be successful breastfeeding your baby.

I would recommend : That you ask your OBGYN, or if you have already established a pediatrician, ask how long should you breastfeed. Most will say you should exclusively breastfeed your newborn until they are at least six months old.

Keep in mind: The longer you breastfeed your baby the more you will be passing on your protective antibodies. Your antibodies will help to protect your baby from infection caused by the flu.

Breastfeeding is just as rewarding to your baby as it is to you. Did you know breastfeeding can decrease the risk to breast and ovarian cancers. Now keep in mind lower risk does not mean no risk.

Happy Baby, Happy Mommy!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

10 Second Time-Out Rule for Parents...

You have no more patience’s. You are really getting upset. You are yelling and screaming at your child(ren). You feel you are about to lose it.

Parent Time-Out - You need a time-out. I know personally being a parent is not easy by any means. You need to go and take a time out and breath. There will be some days you are going to think your child(ren) has turned off their listening ears. Compared to other days; when you feel they are acting like complete angels. There are days when you feel you have done everything you can think of, when you put your child or children on a time-out, you need to also put yourself on a time out. You don’t ever want to feel that you could probably lose it. Go to a quite place in your house, and take some slow deep breathes, count to ten when you are taking those slow deep breathes, and then count backwards. Always try to keep calm, if you are starting to feel yourself really getting upset and the only thing you want to do is scream at your child, because your patience went right out the window (You Need A Break). We all know once you start to scream at your children they will more than likely tune us out or get upset. You really never want to scream at your children. Try to keep calm, and talk to your child. Let them know what they are doing is wrong, and that if they keep showing bad behavior; that you are not going to give them any warning, you will put them on a time out and start to take their privileges away from them. Until they understand that they need to listen to you the first time, not the second, or third time.

Remember to always stay true to what you say to your children. So they know you mean what you say.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Home Remedy for Post Nasal Drip...

Note: Always consult your pediatrician first.
Not recommended to children 5 years of age or younger...

Does your child(ren) keep coughing in the middle of the night due to having post nasal drip? You might of heard about this simple home remedy that you can do. This will help to dry or thin out the mucus in the nasal passage, that is causing the post nasal drip to occur.

All you need is: Water & White Distilled Vinegar

Put a pot of water on to boil. Once the water comes to a boil, put one cup of White Distilled Vinegar in the boiling pot of water. Turn the pot of water with the White Vinegar off. Pour the combination of water and white vinegar into a bowl (be careful not to burn yourself or your child(ren) in the process). While you are holding onto the bowl (never leave your child(ren) unsupervised). Have your child(ren) breath through their nose the vapors that are coming up through the steam (have them do this for a least 10 to 15 minutes). Again this will help to dry or thin out the mucus, that is causing the post nasal drip.

You will want to repeat this about every four hours...

Friday, November 19, 2010

No More Slips or Falls...

This is for all you parents, that like doing a little Arts and Crafts.

Your toddler’s little feet keep slipping out from under them. Those darn socks; what is a parent to do? You can go to your local arts and crafts store and pick up a product called Puffy Paint. Then go and buy a packet of socks. Put the puffy paint on the bottom of the socks. There is no limit to what you can come up with; when you start putting the puffy paint on the bottom of the socks. You can make it into different themes for different occasions and so on. Now also make sure that you try to find puffy paint that will not bleed onto other clothes; when you go to do the laundry. I would recommend you wash the socks separately from your other clothes no matter what. Overall this is a fun little Arts and Crafts project that you can do with your child, depending on how old they are.

At the end of the day when the Puffy Paint is dry your toddler will not be slipping as much as they were before.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Your Child(ren) will Not Sleep by Themselves...

What is a parent to do? When we first got started that was a battle; our little ones were not going to go to bed without a fight. We asked our pediatrician to give us some suggestions on what we could do.

Because between the two little guys; my husband and I were not getting any sleep. The pediatrician told us, and you have probably heard this before. “Just put them in their rooms; tuck them in and walk away, and let them cry themselves to sleep”.

Now let me make something really clear; I'm not saying don’t listen to your pediatrician, they do have some good advice. I just personally couldn’t do that; I was one of those mommies that hated to hear my baby’s cry.

So I sat down one morning and tried to think of something that we could do. I put some steps down on a piece of paper; hoping and praying it would work.

Simple Example:

Step 1: Bath time - to get them to relax and wind down for the night.

Step 2: Bedtime story - reading a cute little story to them each and every night.

Step 3: Night Light - No sleeping in the dark

Step 4: Teddy bears: Giving them a teddy bear or a stuffed animal of their choice to have in bed with them to make them feel safe or in some cases; feel that they were not sleeping alone.

Step 5: This step is optional, this might not work for some child(ren) - (Right outside their door) Let your child(ren) know you will be right outside their door until they fall asleep. Our children felt comfort in knowing that we were very close by.

Let me tell you it was hard work to do that each and every night. It took my husband and I a good month or so to get these little ones in a routine. But we were pleasantly surprised that keeping to this routine each and every night finally did pay off.

I’m not going to sugarcoat anything, we did go through a lot; our children at first did put up a fight, I’m not going to sit back and say that it was a piece of cake once we put these steps into place it took a lot of hard work and dedication.

Parents you are probably going through a lot, and are not getting enough sleep at night because one of you is sleeping with one of your child(ren); just so they will sleep through the night. Or maybe your child(ren) are sleeping in your bed between you and your spouse.

Now how crowded can that be? I know that you are not getting a good night sleep at all. You are probably waking up the next morning with a arm in your face and a foot in your side.

Or your about to fall out of the bed because your child is laying across your bed, and there is no more room for you; and lets not forget that your body is killing you from laying in the same position all night long.

Parents I have been there, and I can tell you we were a mess; we couldn’t even think straight. I have given you some suggestions that worked for us. But the bottom line is you owe it to yourselves, and your child(ren) to get into a routine and stick with it.

By the end of the day you will look back at all of the things you went through; and realize that sticking with the routine that you came up with was well worth all of the hard work.

Your child(ren) will now know when you say it is bedtime; that means it is time to stop playing and rest their eyes. When that day comes; that will be the happiest day for you and your spouse.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Number Recognition...

This is a fun little activity that you can play with your preschooler. This activity will help to keep your child(ren) thinking about what number comes next.

Have your child(ren) stand in front of you with their back facing you. You are going to trace with your index finger on their back a number of your choice.

When your child(ren) think they know what the number might be. Have them say the number out load to you.

Start out simple at first:
Then up your number selection the further you go.

Remember don’t go too fast, do it slowly so that your child(ren) has time to think about what number you are tracing on their back. Your child needs to look straight ahead, no peeking...

Number Recognition Game:
If this number activity is becoming too easy for your child(ren). Make it challenging, add a timer to the mix. Get a piece of scrap paper, so you can keep a tally. Start the timer, and see how many your child(ren) can get right, before the timer goes off.

Tally up the numbers...

Make it a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Child(ren)’s Tooth Decay...

Parents were you aware that juice can and will; start eating away at your child(ren)’s teeth enamel?

This is due to the fact that orange juice and other kinds of juices out there have acid in them, and acid is known to eat away teeth enamel.

Here are some suggestions that you can do to help prevent your child(ren) from having any tooth decay problems:

Of course you don’t want to stop giving your child(ren) juice; because it is good for them. So what I recommend is have your child(ren) drink their juice through a straw. If your child(ren) drinks from a straw, this is known to slow down the process.

The juice will bypass your child(ren)’s teeth; unlike if they were drinking it directly from their sippy cup or from a regular cup. You can also buy those sippy cups that have the straw already built in.

Does your toddler still use a bottle for a pacifier? I would suggest that you start ASAP; putting plain water in their bottle especially right before bedtime. Parents you don’t want that acid or sugar sitting on their teeth all night long.

You can also water down their juice; half juice, half water.

Always remember to brush your child(ren)’s teeth after every major meal; or at least twice a day...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Your Newborn will Not Stop Crying...

First thing I would recommend; is if you feel that your newborn is crying more than normal. You need to get in touch with your pediatrician, and let them know what is going on; to see if your baby needs to be seen. Now after you have done that first step and all is well, in which it should be. You can see if this works for your baby. This is a little trick that just fell into our laps.

If you feel that you have tried everything you can think of. While having your baby in your arms turn on your tap water. Your newborn will calm down when they hear the water running. We asked our pediatrician why does the baby calm down when they hear the water running. He told us; the sound of the water running is close to the same sound that the baby was used to when they are inside the womb.

So try this when your baby starts crying and you can’t seem to calm he or her down. Go turn on your tap water, and see if they calm down when they hear it. If the sound of your tap water doesn’t work very well. Then go to your shower and turn it on, it makes a louder noise than your tap water running. It will more than likely put them right to sleep.

Now if you don’t want to waste water. Just record the sound of the water running, and push the play button.

Just a simple home remedy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Steps To: Potty Training Your Toddler...

This Potty Training Method worked for our little guys. I hope this will help all you frustrated mommies out there....

Step 1. The first thing you need to do is go out and buy some underwear for your toddler; let your toddler pick out what kind of underwear they want. Buy a couple of packets or more of underwear; trust me you will need them. You don’t want to feel you are spending more time in the laundry room than you are with your toddler in the bathroom. You will feel that way if you only buy one pack of underwear. Because the first day, even going into the second day you will be taking a lot of messy underwear off of them, so you need a lot of back up.

Step 2. When at your Favorite Store. Take your toddler over to the potty chairs; let your toddler pick out what kind of potty chair they want to use, and of course show them a price range of items that you can afford.

Step 3. Next have your toddler pick out a pack of stickers. When your toddler successfully starts to potty in their potty chair; this is what you are going to use for your reward system.

You need to start first thing in the morning, pretty much don’t go anywhere for a good couple of days, devote your time and energy towards your child.

Step 4. You will need to make up a Potty Chart. You need to have it finished before you start the potty training with your toddler. The potty chart plays a big part in the potty training. You are going to make up a homemade Potty Chart. Just get out a plain piece of paper, put your son or daughter’s name at the top, and then state the days of the week below the title on your potty chart.

Step 5. Show your toddler the Potty Chart and let them know that after they have completely filled the whole Potty Chart with stickers. They can go pick out a special toy at the toy store, for doing a job well done. Now, parents this step is completely optional. But from are experience this extra step is a good one.

Step 6. Show your toddler their stickers; let your toddler know that every time they go potty in their potty chair, they can pick a sticker from their sticker packet and put it on the Potty Chart.

Step 7. This next step is optional. But this worked really well with our toddlers. You will need to get one of their special stuffed animals, and tell your toddler that their special stuffed animal is going to learn how to use the potty. By putting on one of your toddler’s new underwear on the stuffed animal.

Step 8. Put your toddler’s potty chart up where your toddler can see it. You will then need to get their big kid underwear. Put the underwear on them, and tell them that they need to keep them dry, like how they are right now.

Step 9. Start the clock; get into a routine. This is from our personal experience, and also from other parents stories. You will need to take your toddler to the potty pretty much every fifteen to twenty minutes. Watch your toddlers expression. You know your toddler; if they look like they are concentrating too hard, run them to the potty. If you decided to included the stuffed animal, you need to take the stuffed animal with you also and make the stuffed animal look like it is going to the potty.

Step 10. Make this whole experience for your toddler a joyful one. This is going to be a lot of hard work; stay consistent and stay positive. Get excited when they start using the potty. When you show them how happy and excited you are every time they go to the potty. Your toddler will start to get really excited also. Then all of a sudden they want to keep doing it over and over again, because they get a sticker to put on their potty chart. But they will also start getting excited when they see mommy and daddy so excited, when they use the potty.

Stay consistent I cannot stress this enough!

If you have a Potty Training story or tip. Please leave a comment below...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tip Of The Day...

Cold and Cough Tip: Do you want to sooth your little ones cough? Before giving your child(ren) cough medicine, try this simple little home remedy. Starting off by giving them a 1/2 teaspoon of Honey. This will help to coat, and sooth their little throat...

Now keep in mind your child(ren) have to be at least a year old. When given this home remedy.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Going Grocery Shopping??? Put Your Child(ren) to Work

Going grocery shopping with your child(ren); for some of you mommies can be a big headache at times, and is probably not the most exciting thing on your to do list (right)...

Well, we here at Woman and Mom have a small but simple idea that you can involve your child(ren) once you step foot into the store.

While you are on your way to the grocery store. Let your child(ren) know that they are going to become mommies little helper once you get to the grocery store.

Get your child(ren) excited. Remember to try to say it with a lot of enthusiasm in your voice...

Once you get to the store; have your child(ren) be in charge of the grocery list. Make them feel important; like they are holding the golden ticket.

Depending on their age; while holding on to the grocery list aka golden ticket. Have your child(ren) help you pick out the items that are on the list, and put it in the cart.

Of course if you have more than one child. You can create different job duties that each one will have. One could be in charge of the grocery list; while the other is putting the items from the list in the cart etc.

This will hopefully help to keep your child(ren) out of Mischief; while at the grocery store.

Make it Fun Happy Shopping...

Monday, May 31, 2010

Mommies Magic Kisses...

Does your child(ren) say that they are afraid of a monster in their closet or under their bed? Or they want you to sleep with them, because they are scared of having a bad dream...

Mommies Magic Kisses:

Monster’s Beware...

While you are tucking your child(ren) into bed (make it a routine). Tell your child(ren) that your good night kiss is magical, and once you give them (your child(ren) ) their good night kiss. The monsters will magically disappear, because your child(ren) have mommies magical kiss, that will scare them away, and the monsters don’t like to be scared ...

Bye Bye Bad Dreams...

Same goes for Bad Dreams. If your child(ren) has a bad dream every now and then (make it a routine). After tucking them in; tell your child(ren) that by kissing each of their eyelids with mommies magic kisses. It will help to keep the bad dreams away...

This will hopefully help your child(ren) to be able to over come their fears. When it’s time for night nights...