Parenting teenagers is really awesome, and here’s why!

A lot of people think that parenting gets scarier as your kids get older. We’ve all been there and thought that. We feared the idea of parenting teenagers, wildly afraid of the unknown. But all the negative stuff we hear about teenagers from the moment we announce we’re pregnant is unfair, uncalled for, and almost morbid.   In order to make the most of it, you need to be there for your teens when they need you most. And you can’t be emotionally “there” for them when you’re scared of the experience. It’s when stuff gets confusing when their hearts get bruised, when life gets real, that you need to be there to guide them.   Here are some of the hilarious, wonderful, and beautiful reasons why parenting teenagers is really the coolest part of the parenting journey!   Why you’ll love parenting teenagers You get to sleep in again It’s a glorious day when you realise you don’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to pour your kid some cereal and sw…
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Common parenting questions about raising infants and toddlers

Since there’s no official rule book when it comes to parenting, the right response to the tricky scenarios of raising infants and toddlers is up for debate. Here are some of the most frequently asked parenting questions with answers from parenting experts.   FAQ about raising infants and toddlers Is it ever okay to let your baby cry it out? This is a very hard question to answer and varies from one family with infants and toddlers to the next. It’s important not to try and sleep train infants until they’re four or six months old. Babies that cry try to communicate their needs to their parents. Sleep training allows babies to soothe themselves, so they’re able to fall back asleep if they wake up in the middle of the night.   Should parents co-sleep with their infants and toddlers? According to the experts, bed-sharing isn’t ideal for babies. They recommend that babies should only be brought into the parents’ bed for the purposes of feeding or comfort. The ma…
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What it’s really like to raise tweens (all the FAQ)

To raise tweens isn’t only challenging; it’s also super fun and can add a whole new dimension to the parenting game. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about raising teens and tweens and answering them with the most practical advice. FAQ – how to raise tweens When should kids get phones? This is a sensitive topic for parents that raise tweens. It’s always best to consider your kid’s personality and maturity before the phone enters the scene. If and when you decide to give them a phone, parental guidance is an absolute must. Phones with limited internet access and restricted messaging features can also help keep younger kids safe.   Should I limit screen time? Kids can develop sleeping problems and start performing poorly in school if all they do all day is stare at a screen. It’s always advisable to limit screen time, but this isn’t something that all parents approach equally.   When should teens go to …
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Tips for raising school-aged kids: The FAQ and some helpful answers

Raising school-aged kids isn’t the same game than raising toddlers. It’s miles away from dealing with teens, yet it still has its own unique challenges. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this parenting stage, and how to deal with them.   Help with raising school-aged kids 1. When is the best time to put a pre-schooler to bed? According to the experts, 5-year-olds need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep per night. If you’re raising school-aged kids, they still need anywhere between 9 and 12 hours per night. If you wake your kid up at 7 a.m for school, he needs to be in bed by 9 p.m at the latest.   2. How do I deal with a picky eater? The parenting pros advise against making separate meals for picky eaters. But the real key is how you, as a parent, react to your kid’s picky eating antics. Stay as calm as possible and don’t make threats or dish out punishment. The last thing you want to do is to increase stress and create ne…
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Make school nights easier by doing these things every Sunday

It’s easier said than done to make school nights easier, but with a little smart planning, it can be done. Here are a few 5-minute tasks that can totally transform the rest of your week!   Tips to make school nights easier 1. Plan outfits for the week Make the schlep of getting dressed easier in the mornings by having everything ready to go. On a Sunday night, hang out outfits for you and the kids for each day of the week. This saves you a lot of time in the mornings.   2. Post the week’s menu Planning and displaying your weekly menu can genuinely make school nights easier. It’ll also help deter complaining since the kids can see what’s for dinner.   3. Go through the backpacks If there are day care forms or permission slips that need to be filled it, it’s best done on a Sunday night. This definitely isn’t something you want to discover at 6:50 a.m on a Monday morning.   4. Write your weekly to-do list Sit down and map out your top five …
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C-section moms probably all want the world to know that…

It seems like Caesarean section birth is the de facto way to go these days with more and more doctors using the method. Did you know that in the private sector, 6 out of 10 C-sections moms opted not to give birth naturally? SA’s C-section scene is skyrocketing! It’s a trend that seems to be growing, but here are some golden nuggets of wisdom from moms that have been through it.   Truths from C-sections moms 1. A C-section is really a big deal C-section moms will agree that the op isn’t as minor as the public makes it out to be. It’s a straight up, slice-open-your-abdomen-and-dig-out-your-baby surgery. You’ll get stitched (or stapled) up, fitted with a catheter, and probably kitted out with weird booties to prevent blood clots. No solid foods until you can pass gas or pee on your own. Oh yeah, and then you might also get a spinal headache, which is a side effect from the spinal block they administer. Now consider the fact that you’ll have to deal with ALL of that whil…
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Air travel with a baby – what it feels like for parents

Back before you had kids, babies on a plane were the most annoying thing ever. Now that you’re a parent, it’s still the most annoying thing. The only difference is that you’re doing air travel with a baby. This is your circus, and those are your monkeys. Here’s a look at what kind of thoughts parents have when flying with their babies.

Stages of air travel with a baby 1. Dear Lord, do I really have to get on a plane with my baby?

Honestly, air travel with a baby shouldn’t even be a thing. It’s 2019 already. Why aren’t we able to teleport yet? You consider the idea of driving to your destination. No wait, the idea of 14 hours on the road with a baby sounds terrible.

2. Okay, the flight is booked. I am officially doing this. But I’m terrified!

What if your baby has an Exorcist-style meltdown and you get ki…

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Things that make a mom…including epic failures

Every mom has secrets about her parenting that she’d never share with anyone else. But our failures, our unique twists, our brilliant comebacks…they are what makes a mom. Being a mom is not always glamorous. Actually, it’s a hot mess most of the time. But it’s still bloody awesome. If you can relate to any of these, you’re one of the realest moms out there…   Things that make a mom Feeding your kids baked beans for dinner because everything else takes way too long to cook Hungry toddlers don’t sit around patiently waiting for food. Also, they kind of love baked beans. This is perfectly okay. So is cereal and 2-minute noodles. If it’s gotta be fast, it won’t be fancy. The great thing here is that toddlers love anything that you didn’t cook. Even if you spent hours slaving away behind the stove, they’d still be much happier with a can of beans than they are with roasted veggies and meat.   Skipping pages of the book when reading to your kids at bedtime Once 7…
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Mom confessions you’ll relate to

Sometimes, we moms have bad days when we feel like we just can’t cope. We’re all hot messes. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others. Here are a few mom confessions, collected from the web, that proves we’re okay with being not-so-perfect moms.   Mom confessions we love 1. “I smelled the poo, but waited until my husband smelled it. That’s the one time I didn’t have to change the diaper.” It’s super hard to miss THAT smell. Mom is on duty all day and has to deal with nappy explosions on the daily. Dad can cope with one, right? There’s nothing wrong with allowing 10 minutes to pass, but if it extends past 10 minutes, you have to assume he’s playing the same game.   2. “Sometimes, I fantasise about getting in my car and driving off into the sunset. Or at least just going to get Mc Nuggets.” Some days, everyone wakes up cranky, and everyone is annoyed for no reason whatsoever. The baby won’t stop crying. The toddler is breaking down the house. And y…
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What you need to know about your friend, the new dad

For the new dad, life is awesome, and parenthood is a wild adventure that’s super-fulfilling. But it’s also stealing his sanity, and you don’t understand why. Here’s what you really need to know about your friend that recently became a dad.

Understanding the new dad (a.k.a your mate) 1. Photos of his kid will flood your newsfeed

Before he entered the village of fatherhood, the new dad would post the funniest, most random things on social media. But now, it’s a selfie of him and his kid. He’s ridiculously proud of keeping his kid alive. If social media is the canvas, his baby is the paint.

2. He won’t answer your text as quickly as he used to

In fact, it might even take him days to reply. Why? Because when you’re expecting him to respond, he’s either dodging his baby’s fluids or trying to figure out why t…

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