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Baby Prep for Soon-To-Be Parents with Disabilities

Possibly one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life is the decision to become a parent. Once your baby is on the way, much preparation is required, including announcing to the world that your family is growing. Today’s Parent notes that one way to do this is creating a website for the baby, an information portal that can be used to share your gift registry, milestones, and announcements. You may even want to make a standout logo; much like a family crest, it can be used on the site and on social media to identify the baby’s arrival. And don’t fret, there are free logo design options available online. There are also a number of things you have to prepare to ensure your baby can grow up safely and securely. It’s...

Simple and Budget-Friendly Tips for Better Sleep

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is--it’s always a good time for families to save money. Pinching pennies and saving them for a rainy day can make all the difference in the world if an emergency comes up. Whether you have little ones keeping you up or health issues that result in sleep deprivation, without a solid eight hours every night, parents and children both can suffer from a slew of mental and physical health problems. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to get better sleep. Here are some helpful tips to get you on the right track. The Routine RegularsWhen you have a steady bedtime routine you do night after night,even on weekends, your body trains itself to wind down and feel drowsy on its own. Getting the...

How to Start Your Business While Welcoming a Newborn

Welcoming a baby while starting your business means balancing responsibilities daily. On one hand, you need to ensure your business is working smoothly. While on the other hand, you're catering to your baby’s needs. In this article, Online Parenting Programs explores five useful tips you can follow to balance time, finances, and wellbeing between your family and business. Set Achievable GoalsA common reason for failure among small businesses is inefficient planning. While making your business plan set realistic timelines, funding requirements, and revenue projections. While it’s good to be ambitious, chasing unrealistic goals will set you up for failure. Additionally, take into account that during infancy, babies need...

Tips for Working from Home with Your Toddler or Baby

Maybe you're choosing to work from home to ensure you and your family have two incomes. On the other hand, maybe you had no other choice because your employer required it right now. Either way, if you have a toddler or baby, working from home is no easy feat. However, with these tips from OnlineParentingPrograms.com, you can make the most of it.  Naptime Is a SaviorWhen your child is young, they tend to nap at least twice a day. Use those times to work on any projects or responsibilities that require your undivided attention.  Forget the Normal 9-to-5 ScheduleIf you have a job that gives you the flexibility or you are a freelancer, throw the traditional 9-to-5 schedule out the window. Instead, plan to work around your child...

Nature Is Good for Children!

You probably want what is best for your children.  You try to feed them right, give them a good home life, support their education, and give them fun things to do. There is one activity that is usually free and has been shown by research to be a wonderful support for children’s development. It is making sure they have some time outside to interact with nature.  Spending time in nature has many benefits for children. Compared to children who spend most of their time inside, children who spend more time in nature have: higher self-esteem, increased cognitive abilities (that means better thinking skills), higher ability to reflect on life, stronger sense of empathy (that means a better understanding how...

“Me Time” – A Way to Deal with Stress

Parenting can be rewarding and wonderful. You might feel blessed and joyful. However, it can also be stressful at times. The demands on parents include many challenges and problems to be solved. Sometimes those challenges appear minutes after the joys. You can feel overwhelmed and out of control.  There are several possible choices when you are stressed. One is to take “me time.” That means that you step away from parenting for a short time to catch your breath and take care of yourself. First, you make sure your children are safe and that someone is caring for them. Then you recharge your resources. This is important for not only you but your children as well.  Being a parent requires taking care of someone else 24/7....

The Lullaby Effect: Music & Sleep

There’s a reason singing a lullaby will put most babies to sleep. Music promotes relaxation because it directly affects the brain’s rest system, otherwise known as the parasympathetic nervous system. The measured beat of a musical rhythm can slow your breathing and heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and may trigger a release of chemicals in the brain that just plain make us feel good. The National Sleep Foundation reports that adults who listen to relaxing music for 45 minutes before bedtime fall asleep faster, sleep longer, wake up less often, and wake up feeling more rested. Babies and children also benefit, which makes music, even singing a lullaby, a good go-to for parents at bedtime and naptime too. Music has incredibly...

Food, Mood & Behavior

The connections between food, mood and behavior continue to develop, and many families could benefit from exploring how children, especially, are affected by diet. Mayo Clinic suggests that the ingredients in food affect behavior and the American Psychological Association says kids who have healthy diets are better able to regulate emotions and cope with stress. Much recent research seems to validate what many parents and teachers have known for years: “A well fed brain is more likely to lead to good mood, behavior and learning” (Rex, 2017). What can we do? As parents, there are steps we can take to ensure our children are getting the most out of the food they eat and that what they are eating doesn’t alter their moods or...

Being a Mindful Parent

It’s a word that’s recently come into the mainstream: mindfulness. It sounds impressive, but what is it? Mindfulness is touted as a way to improve our health and well-being by purposely paying attention and staying in the moment. It allows you to regulate your emotions and quiet your mind. In a fast-paced world full of stress, these are valuable skills to have. Mindfulness is nothing new, really, but lately it’s emerged as an effective treatment for everything from ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other behavioral disorders. And research has shown that, with or without these issues, learning to practice mindfulness in parenting can be of great benefit for our kids, improving not just our health and well-being but theirs too....

Stress Isn’t All Bad

We live in a world where it’s tempting for parents to try and “work everything out” for our children, shielding them from all forms of stress. However, it’s becoming clear that there may be real benefit to our children when we resist that temptation. Sound strange? It’s true. When we allow our children to face appropriate struggles and challenges, we are actually helping them develop an important life skill called resilience. And experts at the Child Mind Institute tell us that resilience is fostered as a result of dealing with obstacles and even stress. And resilience is a very good thing. Resilience at its core is the ability to adapt positively when life throws you a curve ball. It means you can overcome obstacles and keep...

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