Preserve Your Family History by Writing Your Family Stories

Preserve Your Family History by Writing Family Stories “Everyone has a story to tell.” It seems like a cliche—but it’s true. After working as a newspaper reporter for more than eight years, I know that everyone does, indeed, have a story to tell. But even before I started working as a journalist, I knew that life experiences make interesting stories. Consider my parents. My mother was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, and her grandfather homesteaded our dairy farm in Wisconsin in the late 1800s. My father was the son of German and Scottish immigrants. When Dad was a little boy, his parents worked as cooks in a lumber camp in northern Wisconsin. As I was growing up, Mom and Dad …

Preparing The Perfect Birthday – How To Make Planning Quick And Easy

(NC)-Birthdays rank as the most important date of the year for many young children. Besides the cake and the presents, it’s a day when families communicate that a child is special and loved. For a parent, this can mean a whole lot of pressure and money. Statistics Canada hasn’t yet studied the birthday party economy, but with 5.5 million kids 13 and under…that can add up to some serious dollars and serious stress in planning. Across Canada, time-starved parents may find it extremely difficult to fit birthday party planning into their busy lives, especially when they want it to be a memorable party for their child. But there are quick and easy ways to plan parties that will leave parents …

Preparing For the Holidays: Ho Ho Ho… or Bah Humbug!

Some of my clients dread the holiday season because it often represents stress, pressure, expectations, guilt, disappointment, pain, loneliness, exhaustion… and the list goes on. This is a choice. We choose who we spend time with. We choose what activities we say yes and no to. We choose where we go. Your holiday season can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make it, and it can be a lot of fun if you plan accordingly. Take some time this week to think about what’s most important to you this season, and then do a little planning. Here are some suggestions to help. ==> Create a list of holiday rituals that are important to you. Seek your …

Preparing For Safe Cottage Life

(NC)-Cottage living is home away from home to Canadians and life at the cottage boasts campfires, fireworks and hearty eating. In fact, Canadians love their cottages and feel more at home there than anywhere else, according to a 1998 Royal Bank survey. But as with primary homes, cottages require regular upkeep to protect against hazards, and fire safety is especially a key issue at the cottage. However, owners taking a few simple precautions will go a long way in protecting their family and cottage. According to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), first and foremost, it is extremely important that owners maintain fuse boxes, heaters, wiring, stove and other possible heat sources as they would in their primary homes. …

Preparing for Baby- Birth Announcements

Pregnancy and birth is such an exciting time, for expectant mothers and fathers, and grandparents too. It is a time in the parents life when everything is about to change forever. Many parents choose to welcome this time with announcing to friends and family of the newest addition to their lives. Birth announcements are the best way for new parents to share their baby’s arrival. Depending on the couple, the birth announcement can be any type of style. Some choose gender specific announcements if the sex of the baby is known. Others choose to send a more generic baby birth announcement. The baby birth announcement should reflect the personality of the parents as well. If it is a family just …

Prepare Your Child For Potty Training

When your child shows most of the signs of potty training readiness, you can start introducing him to the idea. Potty Training Books, Videos, & DVDs – Potty training books, videos, and DVDs provide a great opportunity to introduce the potty to your child. Read a book as a bedtime story or watch a video together. Your child will surely have questions and be delighted when he finds a potty chair of his own! Potty Chair or Seat – As you begin introducing the potty to your child, be sure to put a potty chair in the bathroom. Children love to imitate other family members and your child will probably sit on it when he sees you use the bathroom. …

Pregnancy Photos

During my pregancy I didn’t really have the desire to have my pregnancy-photos taken, I really wish I would have made more time to get them done. If you’re anything like me, you’re usually the one holding the camera. Make sure to give the camera to hubbie so he can get the shots you can’t. Here is what I believe are the best pregnancy-photos that you need to have done. Ok, some may sound a little strange, but believe me you will love looking back on even the silly ones! Read my list of must have pictures! Photo #1 Of course the day you found out you were pregnant! There are lots of women who keep the actual pregnancy test… …

Potty Training Techniques That Don’t Work

Your attitude and actions have a huge impact on your child’s potty training success. The following potty training techniques don’t work and should never be done: Punishing your child for accidents Making your child wear soiled diapers or underwear Making your child sit on the potty for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time Making your child “hold it” if he or she needs to go Making your child sit on the potty when he or she is crying Try to make potty training fun and exciting for your child. Positive reinforcement generates better results than negative reinforcement. Browse our selection of potty training products to choose the right product to use with your chosen potty training technique.

Potty Training Battle of the Wills

Some children practically potty train themselves, while others struggle and resist against the potty. Potty training should never turn into the battle of the wills. If it does, both you and your child will loose. When dealing with strong-willed child, it’s best to turn potty training into a game. Use the following suggestions to make potty training fun and exciting for you and your child: Musical Potty Chairs – Musical potty chairs, like the Tinkle Toonz, use positive reinforcement by playing a tune to reward your child for a job well done. Potty Training Dolls – Dr. Phil recommends that parents purchase an anatomically correct drink & wet doll for potty training. Both the Corolle and Aquini potty training dolls …

Potty Training At Daycare and Preschool

With 61% of children between the ages of birth and 6 years in daycare, it’s important that parents work closely with their child’s care professional while potty training. When you child is ready for potty training, the right potty training guidance and supplies can make all the difference. Be Sure Your Child Is Ready – Before you begin potty training, make sure your child is ready. Your child should show the following signs of potty training readiness: Expresses an interest in the potty Tries to imitate family members Stays dry for two hours Express the need to go potty or indicates that he or she just has Able to pull pants up and down Irritated when diapers are wet Expresses …

Potty Training After a Divorce or Separation

Many parents share custody of their children, which presents a unique problem when it comes to potty training. It’s best to discuss potty training and agree on a strategy before you start. Both parents need to be informed about potty training and have the necessary potty training aids. Potty Training Aids – To maintain consistency throughout the potty training process, it’s best if both parents either share the potty training aids or purchase the same aids. This way your child will have a potty seat she is comfortable with at each parent’s home. Potty Training Methods – Both parents need to use similar potty training methods so your child doesn’t get confused. Make sure you are both informed and decide …

Porcelain Dolls – Not Just For Children Any More

Doll collecting is the second most popular hobby in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. Porcelain Dolls transport us back to our childhood and evoke memories that no other toy can match. We remember our first doll, our favorite doll, the doll we loved to pieces and the beautiful doll we kept on a high shelf. We remember the comfort and love our dolls gave us and the first time we realized we were too old for our dolls. But were we really? Consider porcelain dolls, they’re the perfect collectible doll. With delicate faces and hands, they remind us of why we loved dolls so much in the first place. There are tiny, precious newborn porcelain dolls, child-like …

Popular Ways to Congratulate the New Grad

Gifts for the Graduate Besides the traditional rites of spring, spring flowers blooming, baseball starting, grass sprouting, there is the celebration of a child’s high school graduation. Shopping for a gift for the graduate is never easy, and depends on what they are doing after high school. Many times a son or daughter is off to college, or the military, while many may be entering the workforce or getting ready for marriage. You will see parents hurrying to the malls to find just the right gift to celebrate this important step. The chore is even more difficult if a child has no strong interest or hobbies. Here are some ideas for the perfect gift for the graduate. The old fashioned …

Popular Celtic Jewelry Items

While Celtic jewelry may be most popular among individuals of Irish decent, anyone is free to love and enjoy this enchanting jewelry and many do. Frequently Celtic wedding bands are selected as an alternative to more traditional wedding rings. In many cases owners of Celtic jewelry choose to have their ring engraved. This style of Celtic wedding band is often referred to as a Claddagh ring. Claddagh rings will generally have two holding hands, a crown, and a heart on the band. The heart is said to symbolize love, the crown stands for loyalty, and the hands symbolize friendship. All of which are important components of a marriage. Most bridal Claddagh wedding rings will have a stone inlaid. You have …

Playing Baby Computer Games – The New Parent-Child Tradition?

Imagine cuddling up with your small child to look at a picture book together that is interactive, musical, responsive and talks to you? This is the experience that people are having who are engaged in that relatively new pastime – playing computer games with babies. JumpStart’s Knowledge Adventure calls it “lapware”, Kiddies Games’ logo is “Hop on the lap and tap”, and Sesame Street’s “Baby and Me” opens with an animation of a baby monster hopping onto the lap of a Daddy monster to play the computer. Playing computer games with your baby is being promoted as a fun activity that a child and their caregiver can share together. And rightly so, because whatever the activity, physical, loving closeness is …

Play Clay Recipes – Home Made Clay Made Simple

Shaping, molding, rolling and creating with clay appeals to kids of all ages. Whip up a few batches for creative fun using these simple homemade play clay recipes and a few simple household ingredients. Even very small children will delight in the squishy pleasure of play clay! This quick basic recipe is very easy to make and to use. It is soft and pliable for little hands to work with ease. Color, scent, and even glitter can be added to the recipe to make more interesting clay creations. BASIC PLAY CLAY RECIPE 1 cup flour 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup water 1/2 cup salt 2 tsp. cream of tartar Heat, stirring constantly, until ball forms. Knead. Store in airtight …