Growing up in the ‘70s, one of my favorite TV shows was Sanford & Son. To me it was hilarious when Fred was having a “Big One,” clutching his heart and telling his dear-departed wife, Elizabeth, he was coming to join her. Fast-forward more years than I care to admit and I have learned that heart conditions are no laughing matter. Several weeks ago my husband underwent open-heart surgery ... although his surgery was not the result of a “Big One,” it was the biggest thing we’ve faced.
I'm not the only one who loves the iPad, my 7-year old stepson loves it too. We have found many free, educational (or just plain fun), Daulton-approved apps that we can enjoy together. And I've discovered some helpful ways to childproof your device’s security settings.
So whether you are considering an iPad as a holiday gift, or your family already has one, here are my tips for helping your kids (and whole family) enjoy it even more:
Halloween is literally monster-size these days. Come August each year, every retail store has tons of things for you to purchase – party decorations, home décor, pumpkins, costumes, candy and more. More candy, that is … to the tune of 598 million pounds each year!
Ask anyone what keeps their family healthy and happy, and you will get a variety of answers. For my family and me, it’s a calendar. Maintaining a calendar with every date and appointment listed has become absolutely essential. I wish I could say I realized the value of the family calendar from day one, but like most life experiences, I learned it the hard way. We had gotten to the point where we were tired of being late, stressed out, and feeling unprepared that we had to make a change. Here is how I keep us organized and on track:
When I was pregnant, I wanted to breastfeed but knew I was returning to work. Pumping allowed me to supply milk for my baby while we were apart. Even if you stay home, there are many times you’ll need to pump and/or store breastmilk. I returned to work after 6 weeks of maternity leave and exclusively breastfeed my son until 15 months while working full-time. At times it was tough, but it was worth it! As a “proud pumper”, here are my tips to help you on your breastfeeding journey ...
Summer is in full swing, and many of us are planning fun, relaxing days with family under clear blue skies. Then I remember the getting there. Because many of those fun summer activities require a car ride. And a car ride often results in carsickness. Carsickness is caused when there is a discrepancy between what you see and what you feel. The visual of the still inside of the car confuses your brain because the body knows it is actually moving. In the end, you feel sick.
If you’re considering breastfeeding or are already nursing, I’m here to encourage you! And don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing either, you can breastfeed part-time too. There are many ways to work, travel, and play while managing milk-making and nursing. I loved nursing my son and was able to for over a year. Stellar support was my key to success. Whatever your breastfeeding goal may be, here are some tips to help: