A Chance for a Home

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” – Johann von Goethe Home. Family. Backyard cookouts. A table laden with more than we can eat on Thanksgiving day. These things ground us, offer us stability, and give us an environment where we can learn, explore, grow, and even self-actualize. Yet for 210 million children, these basic human needs will never be met because most of these children will come of age in an institution, never knowing a family, never experiencing the warmth, joy and acceptance of a home environment. These children are orphans. And for them, finding a family is like winning a lottery. It is a dream come true, when all the pieces …

101 Uses for Dirty Diapers

As the father of a toddler, I am an expert on dirty diapers. I know exactly what to do with them: throw them out! But along comes a New York waste company and a town in California who want me to do something else with my dirty diapers. Like cover my roof with them. Or walk on them. Or build a doghouse with them, perhaps. Does this sound nuts? Well, it’s not. In fact, this project just won the world’s top happiness award: the 2003 Happy Guy Award . A few months ago, we lived in a “vertical community”. When The Little Lady was born, we wanted to expand our home to make room for her, but our neighbors below …

10 Ways to Make Toilet Training Fun & Exciting

Blue & Yellow Make Green – Put a few drops of blue food coloring in the toilet and show your child that the color turns green when he or she pees in the potty! Toilet Targets – Purchase or make toilet targets to teach your child to aim. Musical Potty Chair – Musical potty chairs, such as the Tinkle Toonz, play a tune when your child uses the potty! Potty training Doll – Anatomically correct drink & wet dolls, such as the Corolle or Aquini dolls, help make toilet training fun and easy. This method is recommended by Dr. Phil. Potty training Watch – Make potty time reminders fun and exciting with the VibraLite toilet training watch. The VibraLite watch, …

How to Make a Lovely Baby Shower Cake

Baby shower cakes are terrific centerpieces for showers. Guests always laugh when they see one and the expectant mom is thrilled to receive a very useful gift. They’re also called diaper cakes because diapers are the main ingredient. It is quite easy to make one. Check out the detailed instructions below. The ingredients for your baby shower cake Here’s the list of items you need for your cake: Naturally, you’ll need disposable diapers. How many? Assuming you want to make a medium size diaper cake, you’ll need around 45 — 55. You can’t be sure of exactly how many until you make the cake. Any diapers left over can always be handed over to mommy-to-be. Your baby shower cake needs …

How to Make a Diaper Cake

Hosting a baby shower or looking for a great gift for a new mom? A diaper cake makes a fantastic centerpiece for any baby shower and is also a very nice gift that the new mom will find useful. Here are the basics on how to make your own diaper cake: 1) First, you must decide how big you want the diaper cake. The size of the cake will determine how many diapers you need. Here are some general guidelines: Top tier – 5-6 diapers 2nd Tier – 15 diapers 3rd Tier – 30 diapers 2) Roll the diapers vertically into cylinders and use scotch tape or rubber bands to hold the shape. Make the bottom tiers first by attaching …

How To Grow A Zen Child (Growing Happy, Healthy Children Naturally)

When children are raised naturally, in keeping with their own true hearts, there is nothing that we need to teach them about Zen. In fact, the children then become our teachers, reminding us of what is important and expressing themselves naturally. To grow a Zen child, means to raise a healthy, expressive, creative child–a child easily in touch with who they truly are. This child is naturally curious about life, experiencing each day as an adventure, going to sleep happy at night. This is a child to whom sharing comes naturally, who can laugh when things are funny and cry when they’re sad, who is not terrified of the consequences of their behavior or focused unnecessarily upon reactions of adults. …

How To Choose the Right Baby Stroller

New parents struggle with the decision of which baby stroller they should buy when they are expecting an addition to the family. There are so many different models on the market, all with attractive features, that the choices parents are faced with when they start shopping are staggering. Many of them rely on advice from family and friends and many turn to reviews of different strollers through Internet sites. Even so, they may like the look of one stroller better than another. They so want something safe, but yet a stroller that looks fashionable and stylish. Some tips to help you get the right stroller are: * Think about whether you intend to have more than one child. If you …

How to Choose a Baby Gate

Once your baby is out of their crib and playpen, you’re going to need some way of ensuring their safety. That’s why learning how to choose a baby gate can be one of the most important things you’ll do while baby-proofing the house. The first place you’ll want to install a baby gate, is at the top, and bottom of any stairway the baby may have access to. Gates installed at the top of stairways should always be done with hardware mountings, and not expandable pressure bars. This is for those rare instances when the bar can be jiggled loose and give way, allowing the baby to fall down the stairs. The pressure gates can be used at the bottom …

How ADD Affects Families

Typically, there is a lot of blame and frustration associated with Attention Deficit Disorder. Depending on how long the problem has gone before being diagnosed, there may be serious mental and emotional scars as family members and the child dealt with issues associated with ADD. This disorder is not only difficult for parents, but also the child with ADD and other siblings in the family. The obvious victim of ADD is the child it affects. Being accustomed to negativity, these children usually suffer from very low self-esteem. Although they want to behave well, they have impulsive actions that typically result in constant punishment. Parents and teachers of an ADD child often are not aware or do not accept that the …

Adjusting To Elderly Parents

Parents do an amazing amount of work for their children to ensure that they grow up to be healthy and well-balanced individuals. As one makes the transition into adulthood, they begin to realize the extent that their parents worked, as well as how they can finally have the opportunity to give back. There are certain things you should do to improve the quality of life you have as a family. There are many practices you should avoid in order to become more useful for your family by bringing all the members of the family closer. Parenting is a full time responsibility. When you have kids you have lots of responsibilities which you are supposed to complete. If you have parents …

Adoption: Laughter and Tears

If you ever walk through an orphanage, it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Witnessing children in poverty, children discarded, children stunted both physically and emotionally, will stir your heart beyond belief. And adopting a child is a joy as great as witnessing the first sharp intake of breath by your very own newborn infant. The suffering of orphans vary from country to country, but even in the US, where conditions are as good as they get outside of Western Europe, less than 20% of those that age out of the foster care system are completely self-sufficient as young adults. The conditions elsewhere are sad and sadder, and the need for families to take these children home is dire, …

5 Ways to Deal With ADHD

With an increasing number of our youths suffering ADHD, stress syndromes, unemployment, depression, drug use, crime and higher rates of youth suicide than ever before, today’s parents and teachers are finding their roles more and more difficult. According to renowned family relationships specialist, Marguerite Clancy, there are no overnight solutions for issues such as ADHD, but there are a few quick things struggling parents can do now to start dealing with it: 1) Get into a routine and stick to it (try to include fun times and laughter) 2) Set up a punching bag or get your child playing a sport 3) Be consistent with discipline and offer rewards where appropriate 4) Use positive language, keep directions short, maintain calm …

5 Popular Home-Based Business Ideas

Since receiving child support payments and back-child support payments for over twenty years, it’s no secret how that support has helped to provide for my child’s well-being. Fortunately I was able to use a portion of my child support funds to make more money by starting a small business. If you really give it some thought I am sure you too can come up with a home-based business idea that will help you provide a little something extra for your family. It’s no secret that these are difficult economic times for many parents but particularly for parents who have only one income. Today everyone appears to need several streams of income and in this volatile and often unpredictable economy operating …

5 Best Free Child Games for Your Preschooler

There seems to be more and more pressure on parents these days to enrol their pre school children in all sorts of innovative learning programs. There are music and swimming classes, craft centres and activities to promote movement, motor skills or sporting ability. Did you know some of the best learning tools for your kids are right at your fingertips, literally! We as parents are the primary carers and therefore the first teachers of our children before they start school. Without all the classes and activities that we could pay for them to do, just playing simple free child games, your kids will get all the stimulation and encouragement that they need to get the best start. By providing them …

3 Major Divorce Parenting Mistakes And Learn How To Avoid Them

What 3 major divorce parenting mistakes that surely lead to unhappy, unhealthy and unsuccessful children? Parents know these for your children seek. 1. Failure To Act According To Child’s Best Interest This divorce parenting mistake stem from not knowing what exactly these interest are. Experts do agree on two factors that can be said to be the foundation for a child’s true best interest: Maintain familial ties that were meaningful and important to your children prior to the divorce. Provide a generally supportive and cooperative in-between parent relationships. Act according to child’s best interest. 2. Failure To Let Go The Hurt’s Of One’s Divorce Let go of grudges you may hold against your former spouse. Holding onto feelings of anger …

7 Stages of Potty Training

There are seven stages of potty training. They begin with showing signs of potty training readiness and conclude with being able to use the toilet away from home. Signs of Readiness – The first stage of potty training begins when your child shows the following signs of potty training readiness: Expresses an interest in using the potty Irritated when diapers are wet Pull pants up and down by him or her self Stays dry for about two hours at a time Expresses the need to go potty (or indicate that he/she just has) Expresses an interest in cotton underwear Has predictable bowel movements Tries to imitate other family members Introduction to the Idea of Potty Training – When your child …