‘Intensive Parenting’ has become the norm during the past few decades, with mothers over-exerting themselves to be the best moms for their kids. They read all sorts of parenting books and follow them diligently, in fact too strictly and it is not making them any happier. They believe they are doing it for their kids, which although an admirable trait among loving mothers, experts are starting to think that it is becoming a serious problem as these ‘intensive parenting’ moms have been found to become more and more depressed in taking every child responsibility to themselves.
These unhappy ‘super moms’ think that “mother is best” and would limit getting any kind of child care or parenting help, even from their own mothers and husbands. And it is almost impossible to influence them to do things in moderation, for instance in providing enough stimulation to their kids, despite the advice of specialists to provide some downtime as well, not just for the children, but for themselves as well. While there has not yet been any proofs (yet) that (over-) engaging your kids would be indeed good for them as they grow up, it could not be too obvious that a depressed mother could also affect the child in a negative way.
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If you’re like most moms across the country, you probably clip coupons to save money on everything from snacks to diapers. But keeping up with all those little slips of paper can be a hassle. Check out Breezy Mama’s article on Best Way to Organize Coupons. It even includes some ideas of where to get your coupons beyond the Sunday paper.
Do you love Gwen Stefani’s eclectic look or Jennifer Garner’s classic style? If you find yourself wishing you could look like some of the most popular celebrity moms, you can – at least you can take some tips from their wardrobe. Take a look at this guide that shows you How to Mimic Celebrity Mom Style.
Mother’s come in all shapes, sizes, and types, but what kind of mother are you? Check out this fun quiz: what’s your mothering style and find out how you stack up against other moms.
If you’re a mom, you know the meaning of stress better than almost anyone. And you probably don’t have enough time (or money) to run out and spend a day at the spa every week. If you need some quick stress relief ideas, check these out from Parent Connect. You can do them anywhere at any time.
Babies and exercise aren’t exactly two things that go together, but they can with this stroller burn workout from BabyZone. You’ll walk, jog, lift, and lunge your way to a great body!
As a mom, you try to find healthy snacks for yourself that are both delicious and easy to grab when you have a rare moment between changing diapers and driving the kids to school. Being a celebrity doesn’t change that. Check out these famous moms’ favorite healthy snack ideas.
The world is changing in many ways, including who stays home with the kids. According to this New York Times article, stay-at-home dads aren’t as rare as they once were, and males are no longer the family breadwinners.
Do you spend too much on baby products? A new study says you do. Turns out pregnant and first-time moms are spending way too much on their babies. What do you think?
Let’s face it: there comes a time when you do something that you never would have done before, and it makes you realize you are officially a mom. Whether you’re squealing in the middle of the grocery store at the sight of goldfish shaped bread or you’re having random conversations about poop, take a look at these “you know you’re a mom when…” admissions.
By the time your kids go to bed, you’re probably exhausted, but you’re dying to check out Facebook or look up a few recipes. Unfortunately, many moms and dads fall asleep before they can even pull out the laptop, but there is a way to blend your family time with computer time, and you can do it no matter what age your kids are.
I know what you’re thinking: it’s too cold for a bathing suit right now, but this time of year, many people choose to take a vacation to somewhere warm to escape the cold weather. If you’re pregnant and are planning such a trip, here are some great maternity bathing suits you can buy right now. (Because, let’s face it, you won’t find any in the stores right now.)
Are you thinking about having a baby or adding to your family? Wondering if you’re too young or too old to have another baby? Deciding when to have a child is never easy, but MSN addresses this with moms across the country in What’s the Best Age to Have a Baby?
If you’re pregnant, you may want to listen up. January is officially here, which means the weather is about to start getting colder, but could it be healthy for you and your baby? According to one study it is.
Tomorrow is the start of a new year. What will 2012 bring for you? If you need some inspiration, check out these New Year’s resolutions for moms. They’ll help you get the new year off to a great start.