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When I met my husband, I was blown away. “He is perfect.” I told my mom. There are a couple of other things you need to know though. He is divorced, has 3 kids, and is 10 years older than me…I know. A lot to swallow especially coming from her 18 year old daughter. Needless to say, she was speechless and my dad was not happy at all.This guy was so perfect, I didn’t care at all. In fact, a week after meeting him I moved from Texas to Washington D.C. So I became insta-mom. FAST.

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作为一个继母没有块蛋糕。我们很难rk. It is probably the most challenging thing I have ever experienced. I don’t think any woman ever dreams up a fairy tale of being a stepmom. The same goes for marriage. Nobody gets married with the intention of it ending in divorce. It has been almost 7 years since we met and here are some key points I have learned during my time so far as being a stepmom to 3 kids.

  • 把纪律留给他们的父亲。这很难学习和尊重。我永远不会成为他们的“妈妈”,我不应该试图成为。当我们第一次见面时,我会试图训练孩子们,结果是可笑的。你是谁训练我?我们刚见到你了!Believe me when I say this, Leave it to their dad! If something comes up where the kids need discipline, tell the dad and let him handle it. (At least in the beginning.) Once your relationship grows, the kids will learn to respect you and your rules.(more…)

关于日间护理的考虑

For many moms, there comes a time when when choosing a day care is part of the parenting process. Whatever the reason, it is not an easy decision. It can be a very stressful time because you are choosing the place where your sweet child will spend the better part of many days. As a former infant/toddler, twos, and preschool teacher, I have found myself giving friends and family advice when they are on their quest to find the best center for their child. There are a few things I always stress when having this talk and I would like to share some of those things with you in this article.

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震惊大多数新父母的一件事是儿童保育的高贴纸价格。婴儿和幼儿特别昂贵。它令人诱人的是,以获得最优惠的价格,但是当您选择更便宜的日托时,您可能会造成牺牲。收取较少的中心有较小的预算来运营他们的业务。毕竟,由于这是一个企业,您会发现这些设施达到巨大的长度,以降低成本,以使其业务有利可图。这并不意味着它必须是一个不好的地方,但你会发现他们最有可能努力满足法律要求,而不是更多。

For example, an infant/toddler ratio is four babies to one teacher/caregiver. Two-year-old children have a legal ratio of one teacher to twelve students. Depending on your experience with children, you may or may not realize that these legal requirements are quite a bare minimum. Twelve two-year-olds are A LOT of two-year-olds! As are four infants to one caregiver. I am not claiming it is an impossible situation, but when you consider the type of care and attention your child gets when they are one-on-one with mom and dad, they are definitely going to get less personalized care when the ratio goes up.

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Embracing Your Child’s Personality

by Michelle on March 25, 2013
类别:1 – 3 year (toddler),3 - 5年(学龄前儿童)

上周我在公园里和我的孩子,当我topped for a moment, I took a look at each of my children. My two-year old was climbing the rock wall, and my five-year old was playing quietly in the sand. It was at that moment, that I realized how different, yet, alike my children are.

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My first born is now five. She was a very quite baby, I could hold her and rock her all night long. She loved to cuddle, she was always so happy and content. She ate extremely well. Even at a very young age she always liked her vegetables.

我记得有人问我们,“你晚上睡了很多吗?”当然,开玩笑,因为通常父母不会用新生儿睡觉。具有讽刺意味的是,我们会说“是的,我们是......一个完整的八个小时”,她睡了一个婴儿。

As first time parents, we were in heaven. We thought that if this is what having kids was like, we got this in the bag. Fast forward five years, and she is now in Kindergarten, extremely independent, very competitive, excels in all her courses with school, and yet she still loves her quite time to read, play with her ponies, and even puts herself down for a nap.

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回收很有趣!

by Tara on March 11, 2013
类别:1 – 3 year (toddler),3 - 5年(学龄前儿童)

感觉像你的孩子厌倦了他每天看到的玩具?寻找方法来改变他的游戏常规,但不想花一堆玩具,他会厌倦地厌倦?我有解决方案!一个成年人的垃圾可以是一个幼儿的宝藏,有一点重新用家居用品。以下是汇编我最成功的一些循环项目活动。这些东西很容易制作,并保证与您的TOT提供有趣的播放日。

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  • Water bottles and pop cans make wonderful musical instruments! For this activity, I like to use a variety of recycled bottles and cans of different shape and sizes. Then I add whatever dry food I have on hand, like beans, rice, pasta, peas etc. With a little duct tape ingenuity you can easily cover the holes in a can or secure a lid on a bottle. Now you have an array of musical shakers for some music and movement time with your toddler. Show your child how they work and then have fun, the sillier you are the better!
  • 我们都有几件衣服围着我们不能穿的衣服,不能捐赠。这些为自制豆袋制作完美的面料选择!是的,这将需要一些缝纫,但是当你看到你的孩子在折腾它们时,这是值得的。只需切出旧衣服的几个方块。将贴片折叠成两半,打印侧并缝制两个边缘。将织物右侧翻出来并用豆子填充袋子。缝起三边,现在你有一个豆包!游戏与此可以像扔在空中一样简单,试图抓住它们。您还可以从施工纸或报纸中切出形状并将它们放在地板上,然后要求孩子帮助您将袋子扔到不同的形状,现在我们也在学习形状!你可以像你或你的孩子一样多的游戏可以想象。
  • This is a super simple way to keep your child entertained and all you need is an old magazine. Start by clearing your play space of all other toys. Then rip about 20-30 pages and crumple them into balls. Now you have a ton of house-safe balls to throw all around the room. Put a box in the center of the room and try to make throw them inside. Throw them all around the room and see how fast your little one can get them all back in the box. After your child is tired of all that running, they will be happy to sit and shred the paper balls. They will be happy to crumple, tear, and taste until it is clean up time!

我希望你的家人发现这些活动和我们一样有趣!

有一些自己的回收有趣的想法?张贴他们来我们尝试!

Finding the Right Cleats for Young Children

Finding the Right Cleats for Young Children

每个人都知道孩子们迅速增长,右鞋是有助于保护他们的脚,而是让他们能够尽最大努力发挥自己的选择。这是一些提示保持它们安全并找到合适的设备。

Tennis Shoes

Many kids choose a sport and lose interest after a few short games. This makes many parents skeptical because they don’t want to invest a lot of money into something the child may not enjoy doing. Luckily, kids can play the sport in tennis shoes until you decide that they are dedicated enough to invest a bit of money into the sport. You should purchase a pair of tennis shoes for them to use specifically for soccer, though. These shoes will get grass stains and dirty, so they shouldn’t use their good pair of tennis shoes for it.soccer

Turf Cleats

Soccer is a popular game throughout the world. In the past decade, the sport has越来越受欢迎within the states, and many young people are choosing this as the sport of choice over others.足球草皮夹板在传统的夹板和网球鞋之间有点杂交。底部没有尖头,在播放外面但对于幼儿来说,这是一个劣势,这通常是它们被允许使用的唯一夹板。

这些防滑钉专门用于在草皮上玩室内足球。在这种环境中不允许经典夹板,因此玩家必须使用草皮夹板。它们更坚固而且不像网球鞋那么笨重,这意味着他们会更长时间。此外,底部缺乏叉子让他们更安全地参加比较年轻的孩子。

Classic Cleats

These cleats are used by the majority of soccer players around the world. They are cleats in every sense of the word. You will find prongs on the bottom of these shoes that help you get traction when running across the field. These classic soccer cleats make it easy to change directions quickly because the prongs dig into the ground.

It also makes playing in wet conditions a whole lot easier. If you were running around in turf cleats or tennis shoes, the lack of prongs on the bottom would leave you slipping and sliding all over the place.

If you’re worried that you child may not enjoy the sport, regardless of your encouragement, it’s wise to let them play a few seasons using tennis shoes. As young kids, you may find it safer for them to play in turf cleats until they reallylearn the gameto avoid injury from the prongs on the bottom of the classic cleats.

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