There are some situations that seem to set off your little one more than others. Don't avoid them -- instead, learn how to avoid a meltdown or defuse it before it gets out of hand.
By Linda DiProperzio
The Car Seat
No matter how hard your child fights you, this is one area where just you can't cave, for both legal and safety reasons. The good news is that most of the time the child is already strapped in when the tantrum starts, says Marni Axelrad, Ph.D., a child psychologist at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. "If the tantrum doesn't involve aggression toward others, the best approach is to ignore it. Turn your music up, sing yourself a little song, and concentrate on the road." If you can't concentrate, pull over, but keep ignoring until the tantrum stops. The moment it does, find something to say about the positive behavior being displayed ("Look at you sitting in your car seat so nicely!"). You can also play some simple games with him in the car, such as "I Spy," so that
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There are some situations that seem to set off your little one more than others. Don't avoid them -- instead, learn how to avoid a meltdown or defuse it before it gets out of hand.Read More »from The Top Toddler Tantrum Spots
Parents.com blogger and mom, Jill Cordes, shares why she chose to take antidepressants while pregnant with her first child and why she's continuing taking them during her second pregnancy.Read More »from Taking Antidepressants When Pregnant
By Jill Cordes
I take antidepressants.
I will continue to take them through my pregnancy.
I took them while pregnant with Fia.
I can't believe what you just revealed. Hurry. Duck and run for cover!!
No. I'm not going to. It's time to get this conversation on the table.
You sure? You will be nailed to the cross on this one. Judged and deemed unfit for motherhood.
I don't believe that. I think women are terrified of talking about this. I think many will feel relief that I'm admitting my own dirty little secret. They may carry the same secret. And it's okay.
Do what you will but don't say I didn't warn you…..
Alright, it's out there. And I'm not shying away from it. It is my truth.
In my post about my dying mother, I mentioned her bipolar disorder. I breathe a
Send your child to the head of the class with these A+ book bags and lunch supplies.Read More »from Best Back-to-School Supplies of 2011
By Kourtney Eidam
Guaranteed to get your child noticed from across the playground, this spiky book bag is eye-catchingly wild. (2 years+, $46; madpax.com)
Fold up some fun for your child's next meal! Origami Napkins have the instructions printed on them so you don't have to be a pro. ($8; perpetualkid.com)
Made from recycled plastic bottles, the Little Peace Eco Pack is earth-friendly and durable. (2 to 5 years, $46; beatrixny.com)
Do the Robot with this futuristic friend. It has wheels and an extendable handle in case the bag gets too heavy. (2 years+, $35; stephenjosephgifts.com)
Finger Food Eating with your hands takes on a new meaning with these little spoons that fit on top of your child's finger. ($8; spoonsisters.com)
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In this first-ever special for Parents, we bring you the ultimate list of mom-beauty must-haves.Read More »from Mom Knows Best Beauty Awards
By Tracy Perez
Moms demand a lot from their beauty buys. In addition to living up to label claims, the goods need to be easy to use and offer exceptional value. We asked more than 200 women with kids under 10 to test nearly 250 recently launched makeup, hair, and skin-care products. We also had a group of eight beauty pros (all busy moms themselves) weigh in on the nominees. Happy shopping!
Survey says: These shampoos, conditioners, and stylers meet your needs the most.
1. Best Curl Enhancer: Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep "It's the only product I've tried that kept my curls bouncy after undoing a ponytail," said one of our curly-haired Parents staffers, Amanda Kingloff. $24; aveda.com
2. Best Straightener: It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
A true multitasker: Moms loved how this product provided -- you guessed it -- ten benefits, including heat protection,
Say goodbye to summer and get your kids ready to go back to school with a few playful ways to ease the first-day jitters.Read More »from Get Your Child Excited for School!
By Amanda Kingloff
Dressing to Impress
Let the kids make their own T-shirts to wear to school. Dip a pencil eraser or a carrot cut into a square into fabric paint and stamp to make cool mosaic patterns.
Make a countdown calendar for the week before the first day. Hang up a clipboard with seven numbered pages and have your child remove one per day.
Prepare a special A-B-C breakfast schedule for the first week of school. On Monday, serve apple oatmeal; on Tuesday, banana pancakes; on Wednesday, cinnamon muffins; and so on.
Encourage your student to keep a scrapbook updated throughout the year with notes, photos, and artwork. Download a cool customizable scrapbook cover.
I swore I wouldn't be this way, but now that I have a child there's no end to the things that freak me out.Read More »from Confession: I'm a Neurotic Mom
By Jancee Dunn
Before I had a baby, I had breezily assumed I'd be an easygoing parent. I became pregnant for the first time at 42 and figured that my advanced age, as well as two decades of closely observing my friends and family raise their children, would make me the sort of restrained, wise mother I had always admired. In my house, visitors would not be required to don a hazmat suit to avoid spreading germs to the baby. Instead, I would smile fondly as she rolled around on the floor and calmly remark that a little dirt builds up her immune system.
Then I actually gave birth. My daughter, Sylvie, has been the joy of my life. However, I now find that I am wracked with fears, some reasonable (ear infections), some loony (a marauding squirrel is going to attack the baby as we sit on our terrace! Violent news footage on television will imprint on her brain and send her straight
Parents.com blogger and new dad, Nick Shell, shares just one of the many fears he has about raising his son.Read More »from The Fear of Messing This Thing Up
By Nick Shell
As a dad, I have fears. Something I have learned in life is that when I say my fears out loud (or "type them out loud"), I can get a better handle on them, putting them into their proper perspective. It's my way of controlling my fears instead of them controlling me.
I've written before on The Dadabase about my fear of not being able to financially provide for my family, as well as my fear of being responsible for my son being seriously injured or killed. But today, instead of focusing on a financial or physical issue, my featured fear is a psychological one: It's my fear that I will somehow "mess up" my son.
I get it. No parent is perfect or has this whole parenting thing all figured out, so I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I know; part of what helps us mature and have realistic expectations in life is when we are forced to be strong. And of course, any parent
Now that you have a newborn, you may have to censor some of your behavior.Read More »from R-Rated Moments: Not in Front of the Baby!
By Amanda Clothier
R-Rated Event: You thought your roommate was sound asleep when you and your partner decided to heat it up under the covers. Just as things start to get hot and heavy, you hear an epic cry. Busted! And it's not by your college roomie -- it's by your own baby. Don't worry, you don't have to sign your infant up for therapy. "Seeing or hearing sex at an early age is unlikely to have any lasting effects, but any loud noises or vigorous movements may seem scary to young children," says Jennifer Shu, M.D., Parents advisor and coauthor of Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality.
Make it G-Rated: Some couples find it difficult to get comfortable with the idea of having sex with a baby in earshot, even if she's not sharing your bedroom. But don't give up too easily. When the baby is asleep, get creative about finding absolute privacy. You'll solve two problems at once:
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The first day of class is just around the corner, and your child's getting excited -- and nervous. Our timeline will make sure she gets off to a great start.Read More »from Countdown to School: A Timeline for Getting Ready for the Big Day
By Jeannette Moninger
1 Month Before
Visit the grounds. Ideally, you and your child had a chance to tour his future school last spring. Now is another good time to visit. "Being familiar with the school is the key to a successful first day," says Allana Elovson, Ph.D., author of The Kindergarten Survival Handbook. Walk around inside the building, if you're allowed. Peer at the classrooms, check out the bathrooms, and have him try out the playground. Also, make sure to show your child where you'll pick him up at the end of the day.
Have a little class. To help her son, Nathan, get used to the idea of school and homework, Julie Baron, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, held mock classes in the summer. "We'd take turns being the teacher and student," Baron says. At the end of each week, Nathan received a reward, such as getting to pick
Now that you're pregnant, your health is doubly important -- you're taking care of two now. Keep safety rules straight, find ways to de-stress, choose the right foods to eat, learn safe workouts, and more with our favorite apps for a healthy pregnancy.Read More »from 16 Must-Have Apps for a Healthy Pregnancy
By Corinne Garcia
Foods to Avoid When Pregnant
Not the most creative name, but a pretty handy guide to exactly that: foods you may want to avoid. If you're craving a California roll or blue cheese, you can check the app to see whether it falls on the unsafe lists of cheeses, sauces, deli meats, and other edibles you must skip until your baby arrives. In addition, this app gives you guidelines for foods that need to be cooked to proper temperatures and/or pasteurized for prenatal consumption. Foods are broken down into categories (meat and eggs, cheese and dairy, vegetables, etc.) and sub-categories that make it easy to do a quick search on your phone while you're at the grocery store or at a restaurant. Get the app!