Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free Book For Your Child With Borders Summer Reading Program

What a great way to encourage Summer reading with your children and they will get a Free Book by just reading 10!

Check out the Borders Double-Dog Dare Summer Reading Program. It's free for children 12 and under to participate and it has already begun. The program dates for 2010 are May 4-August 26. Participation is simple and a great way to motivate the kids to read more this Summer.


All your child has to do to qualify for their Free Book is:

Read 10 books and list them on the form from Borders which you can download above.

Take that completed form to any Borders store and redeem it for their Free Book before August 26, 2010.

Here's to fun and reading this Summer and hope your children enjoy their Free Book!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Manly Art Of Baby Care - Just In Time For Father's Day

Just in time for Father's Day, the CityMommy blog featured a great post about "The Manly Art Of Baby Care" by Blythe Lipman of Baby Instructions.

Here's what she says:

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a new Dad and his baby. In this day and age, fathers play a much more active role with their babies than ever before. Years ago the husband took his laboring wife to the hospital and she was whisked away to deliver their baby while he was left pacing in the waiting room until the nurse came to tell him he had a new boy or girl! Not so today…men become involved in the birthing process the minute the little blue line says Pregnant! These days extended families are few and far between. Grandma doesn’t live around the block anymore to help or give advice. Most new parents are left on their own.But what could be better than being an actively involved new Dad! Doing everything from diapering, feeding, bathing, and their favorite thing, playing!

Sometimes new Dads are a little awkward and scared at first. After all, they have never done this before. Their new little bundle is so tiny and they are so big. With a little help from mom and a few how-to tips….Dad will be a Pro before he knows it!

The following tips will help any new Dad learn the ropes of baby care.

•Don’t be afraid to hold your tiny baby. Pretend you are gently cradling a football. Those big, strong but gentle hands make baby feel secure.

•There is nothing more comforting than the sound of the beating heart. So hold your baby close to your heart.

•During diaper changing, if your baby is four months or older, give him something to hold. Those little hands are quicker than you think and you don’t want him grabbing things down south.

•Remember to keep the baby’s diaper area covered when you are changing him. And keep your face at a distance. The law of gravity and a little boy’s aim will have you sprinkled in an instant!

•If you are going to give baby a bath, make sure to have everything you need before you place him in the water. Make a check-list for yourself; washcloth, towel, shampoo, diaper, clothes, and anything else you might need. And NEVER, EVER LEAVE THE BABY UNATTENDED. If the phone or doorbell rings, forget about it until you are finished bathing the baby. Nothing is more important than your baby’s safety.

•Don’t be appalled if your baby urinates in the bath. This is very normal as warm water is the perfect catalyst for total relaxation. Kind of like being back in the womb.

•If you are going to use powder, shake it in your hand then gently rub it on the baby. Never shake powder or anything else directly on the baby.

•If you’re not sure what to do in a situation with your baby, (feeding, burping, etc.), don’t be afraid to ask. Babies don’t come with instructions.

•When you’re out with your guy friends, ask them about their experiences with their babies. You don’t have to hug or call it a men’s group…just a guy’s night out. And they may share some tips you never thought of.

•Don’t be afraid to take your baby on an outing. Babies are very portable. It’s great stimulation and think of all the attention you’ll get!

•If you have to do errands with the baby, don’t plan too many stops. Things always seem to take longer when there is a baby involved.

•Don’t forget to take the baby bag when you go out. Packed with a change of clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, burp cloths, toys and an extra shirt for you, just in case!

•If you are on a tight schedule, make sure to leave some wiggle room for an unexpected diaper change or extra feeding.

•If you are on carpool duty and your baby is sick, please don’t take him to school. Tylenol wears off in four hours and you will get that dreaded phone call to come and get him. Save yourself the aggravation and the fight with your wife. Keep him home. Meetings can always be re-scheduled.

•If your baby is having a cranky day and you are too, ask to be relieved from baby duty. If you can’t find someone to help, put him in the stroller or pack, go outside and take some deep breaths until you feel better. There is nothing wrong with taking a break.

•If a medical issue arises, calmly call the pediatrician. Babies are sturdier than you think.

•Don’t be afraid to act silly. Sing songs, dance, play games. The sillier the better. Your baby will love it and so will you!

•Please take good care of yourself. Being a healthy Daddy is the greatest gift you can give your family.And most of all, be proud of your new role as a Dad. Marvel at this wonderful miracle you’ve created and take the time to enjoy each minute. Babies grow up fast and before you know it, the bus will be pulling up to take your “baby” to Kindergarten.

Happy Father’s Day!

You can read the post at the CityMommy blog HERE.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Super Parent Trap

Parenting and perfection sometimes seem like polar opposites, especially on those frustrating days. As a multi-tasking Mom, it's oh-so-easy to be ultra hard on yourself. I often find myself summarizing my day thinking of the things I should have done, didn't get done etc. which can be self-defeating and it's a habit I am working to break.

This was a great short read online that sums up how you can break the cycle of The Super Parent Trap. I wanted to pass it along:

Perfection and parenting don't mix. But that doesn't keep us parents from worrying all the time about what we've done wrong. The reality, though, is that children are very forgiving and actually learn a lot from seeing their moms and dads make mistakes. So, let's examine why we fall so often into the SuperParenting trap.

1. We worry about others judging us. Somehow we think other families have it all figured out. Nothing can be further from the truth. Once you admit you are concerned say, about your child's aggression, most parents will not only be sympathetic, but they'll dive in with their own examples.

2. We over-schedule ourselves. There are only 24 hours in a day, but sometimes families try to pack in too much. Our kids need to learn that it is better to go slowly and value the experience than to rush from one thing to the next.

3. We think more is better. Children pick up on this message early on. Try to avoid comparing your family with others in terms of material goods. Instead, teach your children to be grateful for what they already have.

4. We don't like to admit our mistakes. If we don't communicate that it's okay to mess up, how do we expect our kids to get the message that they don't have to be perfect? If we really want them to explore and try new things, we need to show them that no one is good at everything.
It is because we are so passionate about our children that we get caught up in this concept of SuperParenting. We need to keep our expectations reasonable, show love and respect, and start fresh each day. In fact, we are actually doing our kids a favor when we point out that in real families, things hardly ever go perfectly.

Maureen O’Brien, PhD is a developmental psychologist, parenting coach and mother of twins. She founded and is the author of Watch Me Grow: I’m One-Two-Three (available here: Watch Me Grow: I'm One-Two-Three: A Parent's Essential Guide to the Extraordinary Toddler to Preschool Years).

See it online here: