Whether going back to work was a choice for your personal fulfillment or based on the financial needs of your family, the transition is going to be hard on your whole family for a time. Stay-at-home parents do a lot throughout the week, and as you head back to work, some of the things you used to take responsibility for may now fall on your kids’ shoulders. This can be an extra-difficult time for them to make the transition to doing more for themselves because they’re also dealing with the emotional transition of having less of your time throughout the day. However, with some planning and communication, you can not only make it easy for your family to make this transition together, but you can also use it as a teaching opportunity to set your kids up for more success in their lives.
Being a parent—especially a parent of a baby—is all about finding the balance between convenience and frugality. Babies cost a lot of money, so it’s important to save as much money as you can. But they’re also demanding, so you have to save that money without spending a lot of extra time doing things yourself. One place this debate is especially relevant is when deciding whether to purchase baby food or make it yourself. Purchasing baby food is the most convenient way to do things. However, it’s also expensive and can mean your child is eating a lot of preservatives and added sugars that you don’t necessarily want them to have so early in life. If you’re interested in making your own baby food, here are 5 quick and easy foods you can have at your disposal.
One of the best things about homeschooling your children is the variety brought to the conversation by having multiple age groups working together in the same room. But it can also be a challenge. Coming up with a homeschool unit that makes sense for all the age groups you’re representing in your home can be a massive stretch to your creativity. Depending on the age span of your children, you may always have to do some level of independent teaching, but the more that you can bring them together for their lessons, the more that you promote them working together and stretching their understanding of the subject matter. It’s also easier for you to teach one unit than five, which will save you time and sanity. With that in mind, here are some homeschool unit ideas that work great for multiple age groups.
With the taste of spring in the air and the mourning doves singing at your window, you know that summer break is just around the corner. Of course, just because your kids have the summer off from school doesn’t mean that you have the same luxury. The decision of what to do with your kids over the summer is a big one. Summer learning loss is a big issue, and to prevent that with your children, it’s necessary to engage them in activities that stimulate their minds and thinking over the course of the summer. For a lot of families, that includes some sort of summer camp. But as your kids come home with packets of information about summer camps—and as you realize that there are twice that many places they could go to camp that aren’t advertising through the schools—the paradox of choice can leave both you and your child unable to make a decision. Here’s how to help your kid pick a summer camp this year.
Easter is such a fun time of year. But like so many holidays, it can also be packed with sugar, especially for children. When you have a community Easter egg hunt with candy-filled eggs followed by a lunch at grandma’s with tons of sugary desserts, the last thing you want to give your kids is more sugar. Unfortunately, store aisles are filled with tons of different candies to stuff into your kids’ Easter baskets, and there can be a lot of pressure to pack your kid’s Easter baskets with sugar. If you’re committed to creating a candy-free Easter basket that your kids will love, here are some tips and tricks.
You’ve always known that time is a commodity, but never has that felt as true as in the first few months after you have a baby. Babies eat so often that you feel like your day is broken into 2-3-hour chunks. You’re tied to your watch, and the day can seem to drag, but it can also feel like you had no time to finish anything important. So how do you “get it all done” as a new parent? The truth is, no parent gets it all done, but with these time-saving parenting hacks, you can get more done than you think.