Helping your kids master their first major friendship

Your kid’s first major friendship might have an impact on his mental and physical health, and according to research, the relationship between two kids can help boost social and emotional skills, eliminate stress, and promote a sense of belonging. There are so many amazing benefits to childhood friendships that it only seems natural that we, as the parents, should want to help nurture those special relationships. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at how you can help your kid make the most of his or her first major friendship. Discuss feelings Kids between the ages of three and six are just getting their heads around the idea that other people have thoughts and feelings that differ from theirs, which is why they learn to care for and comfort their friends. Whenever we discuss feelings with our kids, our kids understand better and better how others feel on a different level. Help your child understand that his or her new friend might not always feel the same way, but that re…
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Benefits of blended families: Why it’s awesome

Roughly six million families have stepparents involved in the mix, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So what are the benefits of blended families? Read on to learn more about the positives of these family situations   Benefits of blended families Stepkids are truthful Stepkids are more likely, to be honest about what’s wrong with your parenting style than your biological kids. If you take the time to listen to them, they might help you find ways to be a more effective parent. Although this is one of the benefits of blended families, it isn’t always great to hear that you’re kind of lacking in one aspect of parenting. But one day you’ll look back at it and be thankful for their remarks.   The second marriage can be a better model Your kids have seen what a divorce looks like, and they’ve definitely learned a thing or two from the experience. it might not have been positive all the way, and perhaps they saw intimate relationships in a bad light due to the …
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Happy second marriage secrets you need to know about

Finding love again after a divorce is tough, and even more so if you’ve both got kids from previous marriages. But it can be successful if you deploy these second marriage secrets, which will help maintain harmony in your home. Here are our top tips:   Second marriage secrets Always find a way to make it work According to the National Center for Health Statistics, second marriages are much more likely to fail than first marriages. Which is a sucky statistic, but luckily it’s not all doom and gloom. The centre also states that older couples who get married again have a better chance than younger couples of staying together.  Perhaps it’s because both nests are more likely to be empty, because in all honesty, making a blended family work is HARD work.   Put effort into making your partner happy This is one of the second marriage secrets that isn’t always so easy to do, but it is essential for success. Most people abandon their courtship behaviour the second t…
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How parents ruin trust their kids have in them

Although love and respect between a parent and child are beautiful, the real gold lies in the level of trust a kid has in his or her parents. But there are quite a few ways in which parents ruin trust with their kids. Here’s what NOT to say and do if you want your kid to trust you…   Ways parents ruin trust Giving ultimatums without following through on them Kids know how far they can push their parents, and they’re aware when their parents lose control and start making impossible ultimatums. This is just one of the ways in which parents ruin trust with their kids. Threatening to ground them for like is kid-code for “never going to happen” and a sign that you can’t always be taken at your word. It’s essential to communicate firm boundaries and use consequences to actually enforce those boundaries.   Threats of physical punishment Instead of making any kind of threats, even if you don’t plan on following through with them, talk to your kids as people and lis…
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What to remember about your mother in law

If you’re on a mission to build a better relationship with the mother of your man, here are some things to remember about your mother in law. She’d love to tell these things to your face, but she just doesn’t have the right words explain herself…   Your mother in law wants you to know: She’s being downsized, and it hurts Your mother in law spent a couple of decades being the leading lady of your husband’s life, but now she’s just an extra in his life. Yes, he is your husband now, but he is still her son.   You don’t seem very confident to her You take every comment she makes and sees it as criticism. So she’s super careful about what she says around you. She sends you a birthday present every year, but you never take a minute to thank her for it.   She really just wants the best for both of you Mothers teach their kids that all they want for them is to be happy. And they mean it. But they fail to mention that they would like to be happy too. &n…
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How to strengthen your relationship after kids

It’s hard to strengthen your relationship with kids in the mix. When you consider the words marriage and parenting, they’re supposed to go so well together. But in reality, the two often seem opposite of one another. They’re kind of antonyms to one another. Parenting brings with it so much pressure, insanity, and often, loneliness. Unless you choose it a different way and grow together instead of apart. Here are some nuggets of wisdom that might help you grow closer to your partner once you have kids.   Tips to strengthen your relationship 1. Understand that your kids belong to both of you. Not just one of you. When one parent has to bear the weight of raising the kids alone, it will always damage the relationship. In a bid to try and strengthen your relationship after kids, you have to accept that both of you are equally responsible for raising the kids. If dad works full time while mom stays at home with the kids, he should never see his time with the kids as “baby…
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How to plan an epic babymoon

Before your baby is born, you’ll have a few months to spend quality time with your partner. Alone. Without crying kids in the background. And that’s exactly why you need a babymoon. A.k.a an epic time where you’ll get to have a child-free vacation. Here are some tips on how to plan and have the best one ever!   Planning a babymoon 1. Start by picking the best location Pick a place that appeals to you and your partner so you can both relax and enjoy your time together. Avoid destinations that are too exotic because you don’t want to have to deal with vaccines or stomach bugs right now.   2. Get the timing right Now that you’re expecting, your body has changed a lot and will continue to do so until your baby is born. One of the best times for a babymoon is during the second trimester when you’re in your most comfortable phase. The first trimester isn’t great because there’s a lot of nausea involved. And the third, well things get pretty uncomfortable then. …
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Wonderful date night ideas for parents with hectic schedules

In between wiping poopy bottoms, dealing with boogers, and raising happy kids, it can be hard to keep the romance alive between parents. After keeping the kids alive for a day, your nerves are frazzled, your clothes look like dirty tissues, and you feel like hitting the sack by 8 PM. The truth is that date night ideas for parents don’t even resemble the thoughts you had about them before you became a parent.  Before your relationship gets lost under the rabble of toys scattered across the living room floor, please read this. It is now more important than ever to nurture your relationship, and here’s how to get it done:   Date night ideas for parents that have no time or energy Take a walk together Spend some time with your loved one in the great outdoors. It’s absolutely free, and you don’t even need to get all dolled up for it. Whether you choose to spend a day walking through the countryside or just enjoying a moonlit stroll, it can really do wonders for the both o…
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Discipline for stefamilies

Blending a family together can be hard work. But the idea of discipline for stepfamilies can be even more intimidating. Who makes the rules? Who enforced the law? And who is really in charge? Let’s take a look at who’s responsible for what in a mixed family setup.   The basics of discipline for stepfamilies Here are some tips that can help you figure out discipline and your role in it with your stepfamily. Connect before correcting Kids tend to take discipline more serious when it comes from someone they’re connected with and have a close bond with. So although there might be a few elements necessary for discipline in stepfamily setups, the connection is the most important. During the first year or so of your new family life, your role as a stepparent will be to form a warm and caring bond with your stepchildren. Focusing too much on discipline will stall your attempts at establishing a relationship with your stepchild. Look for positive ways to connect. S…
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Kid-free vacations: Here’s why all couples need them in their lives

Leaving your kids with family while you and your spouse go off on vacation might have you feeling guilty, but just think it through for a minute. Kid-free vacations give you and your partner an opportunity to re-connect so that you can be a team of healthy, happy parents your kids deserve. And hell, you and your partner deserve to be happy and healthy too!   Top reasons why you need kid-free vacations with your partner 1. Hotel sex If there’s one thing you know about living with kids, it is that sex becomes a little scarce. And hotel sex is the best. You’ll have no kids interrupting you. No baby monitor constantly going off. No dogs scratching at the door. And best of all. No inhibitions. It can do magical things for your sex life, really.   2. Relaxation As a mom, you’re probably always waiting for the next crisis back at home. The next injury rejected meal, or poop-filled diaper. Life as a mom rarely includes a soak in the tub. It definitely is not glamor…
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