Jul 24

According to a new study, children of working mothers do not suffer anymore emotional damage than children of mothers who stay home.  The study, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, looked at children whose mothers worked during the first year of their life.  To learn more about the study, check out Children Fare OK if Mom Works, Study Finds.


Jul 24

Being a parent is amazing, but many people often find themselves reflecting back on their lives, wishing they would have done one thing before giving birth or adopting.  The Bump asked its readers what they would have done, and answers ranged from honeymoons to buying a house.  If you could go back and do one thing before becoming a mom or dad, what would it be?


Jul 24

Looking for some apps to help you organize the everyday tasks and trials of parenting? The BreezyMama website asked its own resident app guru to come up with apps that have been tried and tested by real parents.  From iPhone to iPad, take a look at some of the best apps for parents.


Jul 23

There are very few places across the country where temperatures are not well into the 90′s, if not the 100′s.  Unfortunately, this can be a very dangerous, especially for your children.  If you need some ideas for keeping cool (and safe) during this heat wave, check out the Chicago Tribune’s professional advice.


Jul 22

If you’re looking to have some fun this weekend, check out Paula Deen’s homemade play dough recipe.  All you need are a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and some time for fun!


Jul 22

Should tell your daughter she’s pretty?  Seems like an easy question, but a new book from CBS’s Lisa Bloom says that constantly telling a little girl she’s pretty undermines her other abilities and tells her that looks are number one.  What do you think?  Does telling your daughter she’s pretty hurt or help her?  Does Bloom make a point about self-esteem or is this just a case of people over-analyzing a simple gesture?


Jul 22

When it’s time to choose a babysitter or nanny for your child, picking the right one can be a daunting task.  Whether it’s the teenage neighbor from down the street or someone from an agency, there are some questions that every parent should ask.  From “Will you answer your cell phone?”  to  “Do you know CPR?,” here is a look at 10 questions every parent should ask before entrusting their child with a babysitter.


Jul 21

It may not come as too much of a surprise, but dads with kids tend to work more than those without kids.  As a matter of fact, 42% of dads with kids under 18 work over 50 hours a week.  But are dads working more to avoid the responsibilities of home life or are they working more because of the pressure to support their families?  Read more about the study from the Families and Work Institute and what one Atlanta dad has to say about it to find out. 


Jul 21

Today’s world is much different than it was in decades past, especially when it comes to where our children play.  Playgrounds have traded in monkey bars and big swing-sets for sandboxes and slides that barely rise off the ground.  But are we taking cautionary measures too far?  Henry Stern, New York’s City’ Parks Commissioner thinks so, as do several psychologists.  It turns out the precautions may very well be hurting children more than than helping.


Jul 20

Bodybuilding for little boys? It may seem silly, but you’d be surprised; the of number six- to eleven-year-olds joining gyms in the last few years is up, and those kids aren’t joining up to get exercise.  The desire to get bigger biceps and washboard abs is what’s driving our little ones to pump iron.  Is that healthy?  One doctor says it is… to some extent.


Jul 20

According to a new study from Stony Brook University, it’s OK to let your toddler sleep in your bed. About 1/3 of all parents (according to the study) believe it’s OK to sleep with your child, while 1/3 are opposed and 1/3 do not believe it matters.  But no matter how parents feel, the study found that developmental problems were not an issue with those who slept with their parents at a young age.


Jul 19

Traveling accommodations are easy when your children are small.  Kids can sleep with parents, you can bring in sleeping bags or cots, and more people fit in the same room.  But what happens when your family of four becomes a family of five or six?  What happens when kids get older and take up more space?  What happens when kids and parents need privacy?  Cool Mom Picks explains how to travel as a family when you’ve outgrown your hotel room.


Jul 19

Don’t think you can have your child potty trained in one day?  Guess again! According to BabyZone, if you follow these steps, you’ll be saying good-bye to diapers in just 24 hours.


Jul 18

It’s an age-old debate: which sex is easier to parent?  Boys have been stereotyped as wild and physically demanding, while girls can be demanding and emotionally draining.   But is that always the case?  Are those really stereotypes or just the way of nature?  Breezy Mama takes a look at which gender is easier to raise.


Jul 18

Being a mom can be rough.  While many look at motherhood as a life of leisure, parents know that raising a child is anything but easy.   All privacy and time to yourself goes right out the window.   With that in mind, Jennifer Houck of Momformation explains seven reasons why moms need a night off. 


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