Children need a balance of activities, including lots of physical play and movement, non-screen-based learning and reading; and healthy routines for eating, sleeping and hygiene, along with age-appropriate, education-focused screen time with adult oversight and monitoring.
I escaped the cage and found freedom from the wood pellets and stale feeder food. Maybe certain people tried to look for me; maybe they didn't. I didn't care. I was a hamster with a plan. I came to a fork, took the road less traveled and began running like my life depended on it (and hey, maybe it did).
All of those reasons we're overwhelmed are all the reasons that we moms may need it more than anyone else. We mamas need to know about some of amazing effects of meditation. Things that can help us with all of our stress and overwhelm.
Here's my advice to those well-meaning "experienced" moms who just want to shake me when they see me frazzled in the grocery store, not exactly appreciating every moment.
On one worksheet, the students were supposed to use the vocabulary words they had studied in a sentence. My daughter, however, chose to write a sentence on her own, using none of the required words. The sentence stopped me in my tracks.
I asked if we could just take my kids and she doesn't want to go if my nephews don't come. I'm guessing that means she wants me to help her take my nephews on a trip. I've tried talking to her about this issue and she thinks I am being selfish.
The audience is expected to act, too. Their role is to pretend like they are in charge of the show, but everyone will know they are just acting.
If you act like a friend or a cool parent, then you are essentially giving up your role as an authority figure. This is not a good role to part with. Teens not only need authority figures in their lives, but they thrive when they have parents who set limits, boundaries and structure.
What if we replace guilt with faith? Faith that we can exist in a world where we work hard, take care of our kids but also take care of ourselves and trust that they will be ok.
I made a promise to myself that if I ever had a child with a learning challenge, I would do everything in my power to make sure that they never had to feel lost in the world. If I could spare my own kids the pain and frustration I went through then everything I endured would be worth it.
The morning I gave up my cell, I, too, was anxious as I adjusted to going about my day device-free. Then it got easier. Once Eric brought it home, however, my feelings were mixed. On the one hand, I was thrilled to have that rectangular little lifeline back in my paws. At the same time, I noticed that after spending the day unplugged, I didn't much feel like plugging back in.
In the last decade or so I've dreamt of becoming an FBI agent, author, astronaut, rock star, horse trainer and food truck owner. And as of this moment, I am none of those things.
My son said the most frightening moment he has ever had was when an airline manager in Denver told us, "If you think he's going to die, don't get on the plane."
On the off chance that denial is ineffective, once in a while (immediately after listening to NPR), I blurt out my expectations for teenage behavior: "DO NOT EVER TRY HEROIN! IT CAN KILL YOU THE VERY FIRST TIME!"
My girls are the light of my life and so very, very worth everything I do for them. But on Tax Day, I get a bit more appreciative of how much they mean to me.
Too often, we focus on the needs of mama and baby and forget that new dads need love and support too. For many, they are the glue bonding new families together, carrying out silent acts of tenderness between the seams.