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Parenting News Recap Roundup #44

Posted on February 2nd, 2017

* Are you debating whether or not you should give your child a cellphone? Are you weighing the pros & cons (and yes, there are several, for both sides) and still can’t decide what falls under “proper parenting”? This article covers the connected-kids debate in a clear and useful way, including tips from parents & experts alike.

* Raising girls and raising boys is two totally different things. If you don’t agree, just take a look at this list of 11 things that only parents of boys will understand

* Parenting can be difficult enough as two, even more so as one, but as two ones…?? Well, that’s a whole different ball game – check out these 14 tips to healthy co-parenting with your former spouse.

* Have you ever wondered what happens when an introvert becomes a parent? Or perhaps you yourself are an introverted mom? Here are 5 excellent tips to dealing with the personal hardships of being an introverted mother.

* It’s not easy, but it’s advisable to limit your child’s screen time on a daily basis. The American Academy of Pediatricians offers an excellent media planning tool for children of all ages and stages so they get plenty of other healthy input aside from television, video games and mobile phones. The planner is found on their site which includes a wealth of information for raising your children in a happy and healthy environment.


Parenting News Recap Roundup #43

Posted on January 12th, 2017

* Eating Disorders are a difficult issue, and parents of teens especially (though today these illnesses seem to start at earlier and earlier ages) should be aware of the signs and symptoms that a child or teen would display, plus know of the possible treatment options available for the entire family as a whole. Read more about this important topic in this guide, offering eating disorder help for parents and family members.

* Have you checked out the “YouTube Kids” app yet? YouTube launched their new tailored-for-kids app for both Apple & Android devices, and it features a lot of useful special settings, like a timer and extra parental controls. Kids using the app can access only pre-curated content, selected especially for children, and if they try to search for topics that sound non-age appropriate, they’ll get a friendly “no access” message… Read all about the pros & cons of YouTube Kids here.

* Here’s an interesting article about narcissistic children – do parents who treat their kids as though they’re super-duper-extra special actually instill the seeds of narcissism in them?

* We’re guessing that some of our mommy readers probably grew up with Melissa Joan Hart, aka Clarissa, as in “Clarissa Explains It All” (or Sabrina, as in The Teenage Witch…) So we think you’ll get a kick out of this article featuring 10 best parenting hacks by MJH – today a 38 year old mother of three. (And even if you don’t remember or know this child star from not-so-long-ago, you’ll still enjoy these hacks! Trust us.)

* Are you planning a birthday party for your kid/s? Here is a useful list of tips for planning successful birthday parties. (And just remember that the most important thing is to have fun!)

* Have you always wanted to bake with your children but weren’t sure how to do it and survive the adventure? These 15 tips from expert moms will ensure a healthy, cheerful baking experience for everyone involved.


Parenting News Recap Roundup #42

Posted on January 5th, 2017

The PTTV team is back and we’ve been catching up on the most noteworthy parenting news across the web!

Here are our hand-picked, interesting & informative parenting must-read’s for this edition of our Parenting News Recap Roundup – we hope you enjoy them. 🙂

* Early potty training is also known as “elimination communication” and it’s ignited a storm of controversy among parents and health professionals. Should we or shouldn’t we use this technique. So here are two articles that offer both sides of the coin. This early potty training experience describes how first-time parents easily made the adjustment to it, but includes includes comments from parents who’ve had a hard time with it. While this article by a pediatric urologist offers quite compelling evidence that early potty training is not a healthy option.

* From straw carrying toothbrush cases to ice-pop crayon trays and pizza pan magnet boards – we love this list of creative uses of Dollar-store finds for parents!

* A temper tantrum is very difficult to deal with, but as parents we’re duty bound to find a way to diffuse them without losing our temper. Temper tantrums are not just for toddlers, but affect children of all ages. It’s important to have strategies to help us deal with them now, before the outbursts begin. The doctors at Empowering Parents offer expert tips on dealing with temper tantrums of all ages.

* One of the toughest parts of parenting is gaining your kids’ respect while remaining the “annoying” authority figure that “bugs them” about cleaning their room, doing their homework, watching their manners, etc… (the list is long, but we’re sure you get the picture and know exactly what we’re talking about.) So here are three tips on how to win your child’s respect.

* We love this fun and humorously accurate list of 10 facts all parents hide from their kids – it’s bound to bringing a knowing smile to every good parent’s face.. 😉

* Viral Mommy Video Alert! >> In case you missed it >> an amusing & cute video of a mom’s hard day around the house explains quite simply why moms never get things done

* It’s about time someone listed trend predictions for 2015, don’t you think? So here you have it – from the sandwich sitter to the multilingual nanny – here are some parenting trends you’ll be seeing more of in 2015.

* This article is long but worth reading (even if you take your time and read it in segments) as it has some very useful pointers and smart insights on parenting. Five parenting experts gave five tips & techniques each, to compile this list of 25 tips on how to raise your child right.

* For newbie expecting parents, here’s a nice breakdown of things you will need to prepare for the new baby – broken down to what you should buy now, what you can borrow from friends and what you can get second hand…

Parenting News Recap Roundup #41

Posted on January 8th, 2015

This is our first Parenting News Recap Roundup of 2015, and we just wanted to let you know that we’re psyched about the new year ahead! 🙂 May everyone’s new year be filled with love, quality family time and parenting wisdom. ❤

* Here are four great parenting goals to set for yourself for the new year.

* Of course you love your spouse, and your kids (double of course!), but every now and then, we all need a night off! Here is a nice write-up rounding up all the logical reasons that will help you let go and explain to yourself why you don’t just deserve – but also *need* – a good night out.

* Here is a list of 8 amazing entrepreneurial kids who prove that the sky is *not* the limit.. Teach your kids that they too can shoot for the stars & beyond! 🙂

* Some resolutions were meant to be broken.. but all of them?? 😉 We enjoyed this mom’s humorous approach to the 2015 New Year resolution she made (which she acknowledges will definitely be broken.)

* Do you know that feeling you sometimes get as a parent, a feeling that takes you back in your mind to your own childhood, and to your parents struggling with you as a child, and you suddenly get this realization & understanding, and all you want to do is pick up the phone, call your mom and say “thank you! I get it now!” – that feeling. Well, this list of 17 things I’d like to tell my parents after becoming a parent” sums that feeling up very nicely.

* Here’s an interesting thought piece we came across – should kids these days address adults by their first names, or go the old fashioned route of “Mr.” and “Mrs.”? This mommy blogger gives some food for thought.

* We found this article’s headline to be very accurate (by not being accurate, that is..) So, these “might” be the most popular baby names for 2015.. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

* We all love those “life hacks” making their way around the Internet, not to mention the numerous “parenting hacks” found on Pinterest… But are all hacks good hacks, or are some just cool/funny ideas that eventually don’t really cut it in real life..? Here’s a list of 10 parenting hacks that should be avoided at all cost. (Seriously, some of these are downright dangerous.. so please take notice & take care!)

* Knowing how to apologize is a great attribute – teach your kids how to be adult about such important issues, starting with these 6 steps to a proper apology.

* The flu season is already well-underway this time of year – here are some important pointers for parents for keeping kids healthy throughout the school year.


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Parenting News Recap Roundup #40 *Holiday Edition*

Posted on December 18th, 2014
HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all parents, children, extended families & loved one, from all of us here at Parenthood Today TV 🙂

And here’s some great parenting content we’ve rounded up for you for this holiday season… Enjoy!

* A book is a wonderful gift for a child – here are the best picture books of 2014 and a look at the recommended children’s books for 2015.

* This touching story of a widowed mom and her project to ‘pay it forward’ during Christmas will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.

* Holidays mean a lot of quality family time, so you best be prepared for anything and everything… Here are some tips for dealing with mother-in-laws. Just in case anyone needs it 😉

* Children’s eyes light up when they hear the word “gifts” this time of year, but it’s very important to make sure they understand the concept of *giving* in addition to *getting*… Here’s a good article with tips for teaching your kids about generosity during the holiday season.

* For parents of teens & college kids, here are some helpful tips for the holiday time at home.

* And here are some tips for parents of babies who will be meeting their extended families for the first time this holiday season.

* We don’t want to be party-poopers, but… a recent study shows that giving your kids too many Christmas presents may not be such a healthy thing. Hmmm. Here’s the article that explains it all.

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Parenting News Recap Roundup #39

Posted on December 4th, 2014

* “Spreadsheet parenting” and “friend-parents” are said to be leading children into ill-equipped lives, lacking the tools to decide for themselves what they really want… Do you agree with the observations in this article?

* If 19 (yes, you heard us – 19!) kids doesn’t spell experience, we don’t know what does… Which is why Michelle Duggar’s blog (from the show “19 Kids and Counting”) is such a great resourceful read!

* Everyone’s been talking about the REAL reason baby onesies have flaps, so – in case you missed this video revelation – here is the baby vest epiphany.

* Love has no limits and this caring home has no child capping… We love truly inspiring stories like this one, of a couple who decided to open their home as a foster care unit, and wound up adopting eight brothers.

* Do your kids “have to have!!” the “it toy” of the season..? As parents, it is important we teach our children perspective and the value of good heartwarming holiday cheer (versus holidays that are all about the gifts/toys/gadgets..) Here are 7 ways to give your children proper gift-giving values.

* Are you a working parent? Or a pregnant soon-to-be working mom? Then you should definitely check out Babygate – the site that lists all your rights as a working mom (including laws and regulations per state.)

* No one’s perfect (yes, that’s right, not even you! or us!!) and when a parent is only human, it can have an effect on the kids… Here are 5 mistakes that we all make as parents.

* And while we’re on the topic of only-human imperfect parents, are you guilty of these 9 parenting cliches? Or have you told any of these 15 lies about your parenting skills?

* Looking for a short & easy video to explain Christmas to your young ones? Look no further – we’ve got you covered with our video about the Origins of Christmas. 🙂


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Parenting News Recap Roundup #38

Posted on November 20th, 2014

* Is your teenager or pre-college kid turning into a couch potato right before your eyes..? Your kid is still your kid – at any age – so here’s some expert advice for parents tackling that “zombie zone”.

* The holiday season is the most hectic time of year, and when parents are separated or divorced, time-management challenges can become even greater. Here are 5 tips for managing your co-parenting time during the holidays.

* As a parent, how much of your social media sharing may be considered as inappropriate or “over-sharing”? Here are a few good thoughts & pointers to consider when posting pictures of your children online. (And if you are going to share images openly, have you ever thought of watermarking your pictures? Here’s one mom’s story, explaining why you should consider it before your baby becomes a viral meme sensation…)

* Planning a family getaway over the holidays? Then you’ll thank us for t his one! Here are some good tips for flying with small children.

* Here’s a beautiful parenting “aha! moment” from parents who gave a pep talk to their kid after discovering he was being bullied at school – we enjoyed reading about it and thought you might enjoy it too… 🙂

* Having a hard time getting through to your kids? Try these 7 steps to get your kid to listen the first time without yelling or nagging.

* Toddlers are like sponges, everything you say resonates (and sticks) so choose your words wisely. Here are 10 things parents shouldn’t say to their toddlers.

* When you become a mom, you need a certain type of “audience” to listen to your woes.. Here is a list of 10 types of friends every mom needs. 😉

* If you’re looking for truly deep & profound parenting tips, look no further! You’ll find them here, in these three parenting quotes to remember.

* And we’ll leave you with one last list for today, some food for thought – from parenting in the public eye to the overflow of overbearing information – here are 14 ugly truths about parenting today that we all have to deal with.


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Parenting News Recap Roundup #37

Posted on November 6th, 2014

* There’s no clear one-set-of-rules-fits-all parenting handbook, but we definitely liked this short list of 5 parenting lessons from a mom – it’s a good one to go by!

* Here’s an interesting piece of parenting trivia… Did you know why parents are called “mom” and “dad”? Read all about it here.

* “5 Ways to Improve the Parent/Service Instructor Relationship” is a great piece for parents of children with autism, but we also think that all parents, in general, can find a useful tip or two on this list. It’s an interesting read for all.

* Here’s a topic we don’t read much about, but could be relevant to many of you parents out there – birthmarks! Read all about the different types of birthmarks and their causes.

* Parenting is the hardest job in the world… so be thankful that we found this list of sneaky parenting tricks to help you through the task! 😉

* Kids have to do chores. But kids hate doing chores. So whatcha gonna do about it?! Here are 5 great tips to get your children to complete their chores.

* With so many parenting styles out there, are we still surprised when a new one pops up..? Ummm yes! And still – here’s all you need to know about “no rescue” parenting (*kind of “the anti helicopter” parenting…)

* And on a lighter note.. here’s a funny (yet not far from the truth!) list of 11 lessons learned over 8 years of parenting.

And how can we not conclude with the BEST post-Halloween video of the week..? Jimmy Kimmel asks parents to tell their kids they ate all their candy.. again.. 😉 This is becoming an annual tradition, and this year the kids are truly awesome! Watch the video here. Enjoy. 🙂

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Parenting News Recap Roundup #36 *Halloween Edition!*

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

It’s time for our latest bi-weekly roundup of interesting noteworthy parenting news PLUS our annual roundup of fun Halloween costumes for kids! We’re counting the days until we all get ghoulish..! 😛

* Getting your baby to sleep through the night is a big issue among parents of newborns.. Here are two informative & insightful articles we recently read on the matter: 6 guidelines on getting your baby to sleep through the night & 3 essential parenting sleeping tips.

* Remember CliffsNotes from school? 😉 Well, we do… and that’s why we loved this article – it gives us a great overview of the book “Parenting in the Present Moment”, pinpointing the 4 important lessons to be learned. (We’re not saying you shouldn’t read the book, but we’re just saying thank you on behalf of all the super-busy parents out there, who greatly appreciate a good summary ..;))

* This parent tells it like it is! Here are 9 great tips for survival parenting.

* Looking for some great DYI tip and tricks for turning old household items into fun stuff for your kids? Look no further! It’s all in here.

And now to our holiday portion (yeay!) >> Halloween is almost here and we’re super excited for this fiendishly fun time of year! 😀 here are some tips & tricks for the upcoming holiday…

* From Disney movie characters to superheroes – check out this year’s top 10 Halloween costumes for boys & girls.

* For the DIY’ers – here are some great cheap & easy-to-make homemade Halloween costumes for kids:
Homemade Halloween costumes any parent can make
10 free Halloween costumes you already have at home
9 truly easy homemade costume ideas you can make for your kids
Quick Halloween costume ideas for kids
25 awesome Halloween costumes made by kids with wild imaginations
9 truly adorable Halloween costumes for babies

* If you’re planning a Halloween party for your kids, here are some great Halloween activity resources to check out – full of games, treats and party decorations:
10 so-fiendish-they’re-pure-fun(!) Halloween party games
Halloween game ideas to entertain all age groups
10 games to keep little monsters entertained this Halloween
Learn how to plan the perfect Halloween party with your kids – start to finish!
Tricky Halloween treats & games for all ages
Fun-tastic ideas for a kid-friendly Halloween party
Halloween decorations, party ideas & party themes for kids
Easy ideas for parents for a fun Halloween party for the family
13 handmade Halloween decoration ideas
Awesome ideas for Halloween luminary decorations
DIY Halloween decorations: mason jar luminaries

* And last but not least… A {very} long list of Halloween party decoration ideas, no-sew costumes, upcycled Halloween decorations, and Halloween party snack & drink ideas!

Enjoy & have a BOO-tiful time! 😛

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