Explaining A Job Layoff To Your Child

When a child hears that their parent has been laid off from a job, they respond with fear and anxiety. Read on to learn how to explain the realities of the situation to your son or daughter.

If your child is very young, try explaining a layoff with easy-to-understand words; simply tell the child that “Mom is going to be home for awhile”, or that “Dad is on a break from his job”.

Layoffs can be harder to explain to older children, however. When approaching your preteen or teenager about a layoff, frankly explain the realities of Continue reading

Traveling On A Plane With An Infant

While traveling by airplane is the quickest and most convenient way to get to a far away destination, just the thought of getting on an airplane with your infant can tempt you to stay home. Here are some tips to help you both get through the trip.

Decide whether you and your baby would be more comfortable with the space an extra seat provides. Most airlines allow children under the age of 2 to have their own set or sit in their child’s lap. While it can be cheaper to hold your baby for the entire trip, Continue reading

Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Child

Summer camps provide the perfect opportunity for children to explore interests, make new friends, expand knowledge, and create lasting memories. When choosing a summer camp for your child, there are several main factors to keep in mind. Carefully consider the age, maturity level, personality, and preferences of your son or daughter. You may want to narrow the choices down to a few and then invite input from your child before making a final choice.

Camps are available in various time increments. If your child is Continue reading

New Mom Tips: Feeling Safer About Baby

You worry. You’re a new parent so it’s natural but odds are you worry way, way too much. There are a few things you can do while your child is very young to ensure you’re setting them up for success and also keeping you from losing your mind:

Secure Your Home:
Babyproofing your home will make you feel leaps and bounds better and it’s good for your kid, too. Research home alarms on sites like homessecurity.com/ and get together with your neighborhood watch if you want to feel even safer.

Find a Pediatrician:
Talk to other new (and old) moms in your area to get a recommendation for a quality physician. Having your baby immunized early is a good way to keep him or her safe, too.

Let Them Learn:
Actually letting your child experience a few bumps and bruises is a good way to keep them safer in the long run. They’ll learn from their mistakes and you won’t have to be such a helicopter parent over time!

How To Parent A Teenager With Autism

Autism is difficult for the entire family, not just the one diagnosed. It becomes even harder when you toss adolescence in the mix. If you’re a parent struggling with your teenager’s autism, here are three ways to make it a little easier.

3: Don’t Blame The Autism

Puberty is an universally unpleasant experience. In this, autistic teenagers aren’t that different from neurotypical teenagers. They’re all going to be moody, defiant, and wholly unpredictable, so before you drag your child to be poked and prodded and re-evaluated, make sure you aren’t confusing autistic symptoms for normal teenage Continue reading

How To Parent A Middle School Child With Autism

Having a child with autism can be a challenge for any parent depending on the degree of autism your child has. When a child reaches the dreaded and loved teenage years, it is both a blessing and heartbreak for parents. It means your baby is growing into a young adult, and while you look forward to this you also know that with the teenage years comes puberty and that in itself can cause heartache. Going through raging hormones with a teen can almost make you wish back the terrible two’s almost. Depending on Continue reading

How To Parent A Preschool Child With Autism

Early intervention is vital when dealing with an autistic child. In fact, it is recommended that parents of autistic preschool aged children implement at least 20 to 40 hours of structured learning every week. This time is made up mostly of applied behavioral analysis and intensive behavioral intervention. Many parents try to provide this education themselves, but considering a program outside of the home will help to reinforce the lessons learned in the home as well as introduce socializing to preschoolers with autism.

The early and intense intervention is very important. But how should parents go about implementing such Continue reading

Planning And Growing A Garden With Your Children

Planning and growing a garden with your children is a great way to interact and bond with your kids, and it’s also a great way to get them off of the couch and to go outside on pretty days. A garden can also help to teach your children about the entire planting and growing process, and your kids will be excited to see the fruits of their hard labor.

First, you must determine if you want to grow a flower or Continue reading

Teaching Your Teenager About Internet Safety

With most teenagers having their own computers or laptops, this is where they spend a lot of their free time. Many parents have no idea what their teens are doing on the computer or who they’re talking to. Before giving them their own computer, it is important to have a discussion with them about internet safety and what information should never be given out to strangers.

Social networking websites are one of the most popularly visited types of sites among teenagers across the world. Through here, they can meet people from other schools, towns, Continue reading