Are You An Overprotective Parent? 4 Ways To Let Go And Let Your Child Grow

Good parents want to be involved in their children’s lives, but for years educators and psychologists have been asking the question: How much parental involvement is too much? When does trying to help your children in school, sports, and myriad other ways go too far, hurt their development, and become over-protective?
The explosive college admissions scandal seemed to answer that question. Television actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to jail for paying $15,000 to influence the boosting of her daughter’s SAT score. Fourteen other parents in the probe have also pleaded guilty.
While most parents don’t cross that legal line, early education expert Christine Kyriakakos Martin says too much parental involvement can be harmful in a variety of ways, sometimes leading to children becoming ill-prepared for the challenges of adulthood.
“The consequences of being an overprotective parent is that your child will lack self-confidence to make decisions and take risks,” says Martin (www.youvegotthisparenting.com), author of You’ve Got This! Keys To Effective Parenting For The Early Years. “They’ll lack the coping skills to get up when they fall down from a bad experience and try again.”
Martin offers four ways for parents to stop being overprotective and promote more strength and independence in their children:
Stop teaching fear. While there are non-negotiables when it comes to teaching your child safety — for example: wearing a helmet when biking, no talking to strangers, no texting when driving — Martin says sometimes parents overprotect when they create too many boundaries, which in turn may teach children to live fearfully. “When you don’t allow them to play outside much, you’re impeding their freedom,” Martin says. “Play develops the imagination and self-confidence. Overprotective parents don’t want their children to fall down, and getting back up and brushing themselves off is a necessary component for healthy growth and development.”

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5 Things Foster Parents Should Know About Navigating The Court System

The important role foster parents have in a child’s life expands significantly when they go to court.
To make decisions in a child’s best interest, judges need good information, and foster parents ideally can provide that. Thus, foster parents having a complete understanding of how to participate in court goes a long way toward ensuring a safe, loving home for the child.
Here is a priority list foster parents should know in advance of a court appearance.
  • Be prepared. Foster parents are the voice for the child and must do everything they can to ensure that the child is heard in court. Do not come to court unprepared. The more information you bring, the better.
The judge largely depends on the foster parents’ testimony to decide what’s in the child’s best interest. The idea is to have enough information so you can answer the judge’s questions in a clear and beneficial way. To prevent being overwhelmed with documents days before court or scrambling for information, the best way to prepare is to begin keeping a journal well in advance. Taking notes about what happens in your foster child’s life creates an organized record, showing progress, behavior patterns and how they express themselves in different situations. Include school records and doctor’s appointments as well as notes about interactions between the child and their birth parents. Include highpoints, lowpoints, and milestones in the child’s development while in your care.
  • Know your rights as a foster parent. Foster parents should receive notices of all hearings. If you are not getting them, contact your social worker and/or a juvenile department clerk.
Foster parents also have a legal right to attend review hearings, usually held every six months, until the foster child receives permanency or the case is closed. They also have a right to attend permanency hearings and post-termination of parental rights (TPR) hearings. Permanency hearings have to be held before a child reaches one year in foster care, then every six months. Post-TPR hearings are held every six months until the child is in a permanent home.

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How to Choose Children’s Clothing

Today we have Emma to write a guest post for us. Emma is the CEO at Kimi Dog, the wholesale children’s clothing company. She knows everything about children’s clothing.

Hi, I’m Emma Today I’m going to talk about how to choose children’s clothing.

When you have a baby, it seems that your baby is the most important thing in your life. You need to feed your baby, change your baby’s diapers, and your baby doesn’t seem to have a break for 24 hours. For many years to come, your child may be the most important thing in your life. Also, you need to buy a lot of things for your child. One of them is children’s clothing.

Your children’s clothes are different from your own, so you need to know how to choose clothes for your children.

You’ll know how to choose and how to save money on children’s clothing after reading this article. 

Let’s get started!

Comfort is the most important

For Kids, comfort is the priority. Your children will look great in slim shirts, but they also suffer from stiff collars. When choosing clothes for your children, choose loose casual clothes or activewear. These clothes not only comfortable but also meet the needs of children’s activities. Leggings are also a good choice for girls. They are tight but comfortable. 

What fabric should you choose

Choosing the right fabrics is not only about comfort but also about durability. Most kids love activities or sports. So think about what fabrics to choose for them to wear during activities and games. Parents all like natural fabrics, there is no problem with it. However, I wouldn’t say the synthetic fabric is a bad choice. What natural fabrics are suitable for children’s clothing? Cotton, linen, wool, and so on. These fabrics are natural and comfortable. If you want something more natural, you can go organic, but it’s also more expensive. Sometimes, though, synthetic fabrics are a good choice. Synthetic fabrics have many advantages that natural materials don’t have. So for some clothes such as hardshell jackets and jerseys, synthetic fabrics must be the better choice. Blended fabrics are also something you need to know. They are the best of both worlds. For example, Cotton/Polyester blends. With the breathability of cotton and the durability of polyester. And because of polyester is blended, it’s cheaper. In short, choose different fabrics for different purposes.
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Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby

 

The following is a guest post. The opinions are those of the author and do not  represent those of this website.

 

If you are here today, the chances are that this is the first time that you are dealing with a newborn. Or in simpler words, you are just about to become a parent for the first time and you are confused about particular things like feeding the baby, etc. Well, if that’s the case and if you really are worried then first we’ll ask you to stop panicking and stay easy and calm. Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to panic at all because it’s not that difficult. After all, everyone becomes a parent sooner or later in his life, so think about it? If it was that difficult, would everyone have babies? 

 

Now, coming back to the topic of today, if you want to know how to feed your baby or if you are looking for some tips to feed a newborn then you are at the right place, reading the right article. Today we are going to jot down some of the best tips and suggestions from the pro moms who have been excellent when it comes to dealing with a newborn. 

 

1- Stick With Breast Milk 

You don’t use any fluids other than breast milk or infant formula when it comes to newborns. Especially if you want your baby to be healthy and strong, then the wiser thing to do is to stick with breast milk. A lot of mothers out there use infant formulas to feed their babies which isn’t wrong, but if you have the breast milk and if there’s no problem with it then this should be your first priority. Infant formulas don’t have the nutrition and vitamins etc that your little one needs and this is something every doctor will tell you too. 
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Best tips meant to help new reborn parents

Did you just buy your first reborn baby and don’t know what to do with it? Don’t worry; we got you covered! Today our special guests are the guys from the newest Reborn baby store in Brazil – Bebe Reborn Original who have 5 tips that will make you a better parent of your doll.

Being a reborn parent can be a real choir from time to time. You have to learn a lot of valuable lessons otherwise, there is a real chance you will damage your favorite baby. Luckily for you, there is nothing complex there and most things can be learned from a short article such as this.

So, don’t waste any time and start learning about the best ways of handling your baby!

 

  1. Think about the clothing

When you buy a reborn doll, in most cases you will get a set of clothing. These outfits are often generic with little to no charm to them. This can be really deflating as you want your babies to be presentable. This is especially true if you have a large collection or if you keep your babies in a cupboard. Of course, there is always an option of swapping clothes from time to time which is another reason why you need to increase your collection. Make sure to separate between boy and girl clothing as this is something that people will notice

  1. Be careful when cleaning the baby

Some women tend to go overboard when it comes to their reborn babies and their cleanliness. We strongly suggest against it. Unlike a real baby, there are some consequences if you overdo it with cleanliness. The paint is especially problematic as it can be affected by almost anything. Babies also have sensitive body made of cloth; if you soak it too much, it will start getting moldy which is the last thing you need. Strong chemicals can also be troublesome so make sure to simply wipe your baby with a clean tissue with a minimal amount of water being used
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10 Backyard Must-Haves For Summer

Who doesn’t love summer? The days are longer and warmer, family camping and adventures are in full swing, and we finally get to feel the warmth of the sun on our face. But if you have a backyard that’s less than prepared for the long, sunny days ahead, you may find yourself spending more time indoors than taking advantage of the gorgeous weather outside.

Rather than secluding yourself to your living room all summer, consider adding these 10 backyard must-haves to encourage your family and guests to spend a little time in the great outdoors.

1. Laid Back Ambient Lighting

And when the sun goes down, rather than retreating to the indoors, consider adding some solar lights to keep the party going for just a little bit longer. Solar string lights are easy to install and don’t require any extra electricity.

Solar path lights will illuminate the way and make getting in and out of the backyard safer and easier. Not to mention, solar lights, in general, add a soft, comforting ambiance to your backyard space that your guests will love.

2. Cool Down Zone

Some days in the summer it’s so hot that a shady area still isn’t enough. Rather than sweating it out, think about building a kid-friendly cool down zone that the whole family can enjoy!

You can really make this project whatever you want it to be, but some clever ideas include setting up a “kid car wash”, adding a DIY splash pad, and for the adults, Target is now selling what they call the first “designer inflatable pool”. Whether you think that’s silly or not, you’re totally going to love it when the temperature gets up into the high 90s.

3. Outdoor Movie Setup

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor movies. But for many of us, drive-in movie theatres are either a thing of the past or the closest one is still too far away to go to it regularly. Why not replicate that nostalgia in your own backyard?

 

Once you invest in a movie projector, the rest of your outdoor movie setup will come together pretty affordably. Find a nice white sheet, attach it to the side of the house, add a bunch of comfy chairs, pillows, and blankets, and kick back and relax with the whole family.

4. Welcome Feathered Friends

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Laser Hair Removal: Hair Goes, Everything Else Stays

 

The following is a guest post. It reflects the author’s thoughts and experiences.

 

I’m not too proud to admit that I was a bit nervous about getting laser hair removal. I mean, even the title is a bit intimidating: hair, removed by a laser. I don’t know a whole lot about lasers, but I know they’re powerful. I know they’ve been used as weapons in a million movies and TV shows, so I feel like it’s OK to be nervous about using a laser to remove hair. I searched around southern California, looking for somewhere that had this service and made me feel right. That’s what brought me to Divante.

Why I Needed Laser Hair Removal

I think people, no matter what gender they are, know what it’s like to struggle to get rid of a hair they’re shaving. Whether it’s on your chin, legs or anywhere else, there are certain hairs that, for whatever reason, require tweezers, undivided concentration, and more. The problem becomes when you have hairs that there’s literally no way to get rid of. I’ve had plenty of those. These seemingly “invincible” hairs have been a pain for as long as I can remember having hairs. Trimming them, when it’s done, seems to make them only more resolute about growing in the same place. Divante, when I looked at them had, had a permanent hair removal solution that sounded fantastic to me.
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Metro Vein Centers Dr. Kent Johnson Gives a Low Down on the Symptoms Varicose Veins

Kent Johnson MD, with over 25 years of experience in the practice of Medicine, gives a low down on the symptoms of varicose veins. He is a leading vein doctor working at the Texas branch of the Metro Vein Centers, whose primary goal is to help alleviate the pain of varicose veins. These are unsightly bulges due to weakened valves that cause blood to pool in an area. These can occur in any part of the body, but they are most commonly seen in your legs.

 

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem, but it is a pressing issue that has the potential to affect people’s quality of lives. Thus, it is imperative that you consult a doctor in a vein center to get the right imaging diagnostic tests to assess the severity problem and to receive the proper treatment to prevent the re-canalization of these veins. It is important to seek someone you trust, like the specialists at the Metro Vein Centers located in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and New York, so you can be assured that the proper procedure is chosen for your case because varicose veins come with different levels of severity. Here are the symptoms of varicose veins that you should keep an eye on: 

 

Bulging Veins

 

There are bulging veins on your legs that are often twisted and look like cords. At times, they can also look like discolored spider webs coming in the hues of blue and purple. There are some minor cases when they just look ugly, but do not cause any pain nor discomfort. But don’t wait before these veins get any bigger to consult your doctor. The bigger it gets, the harder it becomes to treat and eliminate.
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