Proecting Children From Dangerous Websites

  Image by Steve Rhode via Flickr Recently there has been a lot of news coverage about children setting up their own Facebook accounts without getting permission from their parents. We all know that there are dangers online that could harm our children. Whether its deranged pornographic images or online stalkers, parents need to know how they can protect children from dangers that lurk on the Internet. Only Have One Computer in the House Many children convince their parents to give them all kinds of electronics, including smart phones and computers, well before they are old … [Read more...]

How to Maintain a Healthy Love Life

It really is the first step into any relationship: it's called trust. The utter sadness is this: most people get into relationships that end up destructive, faulty, messy, and just plain worthless. Really, the only 'worth' behind such connections is nothing other than sex -- a physical partnership, which to be honest ends up bad anyway. Why is trust so important in any love life? Well, it brings out rewards in the long run. Think of it as a click to your favorite online casino site, logging in for a day of gambling at the computer. What's cool about most of those sites is the fact that you … [Read more...]

The Importance of Date Nights

In all the hustle and bustle of raising kids, it can be very easy for parents to forget that they were a couple first. Regular date nights can help them remember this and recapture some of the romance that was present when they first met and married. You can fit date nights into your budget. If you start putting aside money for your date night in advance, this can help cut down on the budget strain. Make it a point to put away $5 or $10 every week. If you cannot spare it from the paycheck, look for other places in the budget that you may be able to get it from like clothing … [Read more...]

Learn to Deal with Your Child’s Curiosity

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Protecting your child’s innocence amongst all the media frenzy is a daunting task. You may be working hard to do this, but the other children might not be that well protected. Children are the most impressionable and susceptible to beliefs within their friend circle rather than their parents. So, it often becomes a tough task to decide what to disclose and what to hide. Apart from regularly monitoring the child’s television and Internet time, it is important for you to become a person who can satisfy his curiosity well. The trick is to let the … [Read more...]

Giving Your Teen an Allowance

Many parents choose to give allowance money to their children, sometimes as payment for doing chores. This can help teach the value of money, and how to budget and save for a special item or event. It is one of the first steps that children can take toward becoming financially independent. One financial expert and author wrote a book detailing the pros and cons of providing an allowance to children. Learning good financial habits is necessary for these children to understand how to spend money. This will also provide limits, which provides boundaries. Some teenagers are given money whenever … [Read more...]

Bridging the Generation Gap

Image via Wikipedia Traditional values are always threatened by the growing generation gap between parents and children, and the tussle that follows is a very complicated one that needs delicate handling. If managed rightly, it can be taken as a beautiful learning period for both the generations. To begin with, a willingness to understand each other is a must and the first of many steps that need to be conquered. Parents need to understand the importance of peer group for the younger generation. An adult sees a social life as a distraction, whereas the younger generation thrives on … [Read more...]

Setting Aside Time for Yourself

Young moms need to socialize and have fun. Having a child doesn’t change that. It does, however, make it much more difficult for you to find the time to go out on the town with your girlfriends. These tips can help you find a few spare hours that you can set aside just for you. Find a Babysitter Someone needs to watch your kids while you are enjoying yourself. Make sure your husband is pulling his weight around the house. If he hasn’t stayed in with the kids lately, then now is the time to call in a favor so that you can enjoy a bit of “me time.” If both of you want to get away from … [Read more...]

Prepare Your Child to Stay Away from Comfort of Home

Image by Herschelle O. via Flickr Preparing your child to stay away from home is an important (and tough) task considering higher studies are generally pursued in bigger towns and cities. Making a child self-sufficient is something that might be difficult to instill in the beginning, but something your son or daughter will thank you with undying gratitude as they learn about life.  If a child has been brought up well, it reflects in every tiny behavior of his/her. In some cases, your child might need to stay with a relative. If he has been taught to help around the house, the child is … [Read more...]

It’s Okay to Say No

There are many facets to being a responsible parent, or rather a parent that raises a responsible child. We all want our children to have every possible advantage for a happy life. Unfortunately all too often we forget the one word that we absolutely must say now and then - no. This is especially true when children do what they do best - nag, whine and look at you with those sad puppy-dog eyes and adorable pout, all in an effort to get what they want. Giving into a child all the time, or even the majority of the time, is a really good way to groom them into being materialistic. A better … [Read more...]

Dealing with Your Teen’s Pregnancy

Supporting your teenager can be stressful and difficult during a pregnancy. Of course it is generally accepted that teenagers should wait to become pregnant and start a family. However, as a mother, it is important to look beyond flaws and become supportive for your daughter and future grandson or granddaughter. Familiarize yourself with the pregnancy week by week. It may have been awhile since you’ve gone through the stages or been around someone who is pregnant. After all, sometimes the best way to support someone is to listen and understand; being aware of the stages — or just … [Read more...]