Samantha Babister

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7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners

Yes, those good old p's and q's still matter--but teaching them calls for a creative approach. Read on for fun ways to get your kids schooled in the essentials of etiquette. You'll thank us!<p>Despite what your kids might think, the point of manners is not to provide parents with opportunities to …

I Want To Say This To Stay-At-Home-Moms

"If I get to stay home, the house will always be clean, and I can learn to cook such great food," I said to my husband, Scott, at some point in the distant past. This was before I even got pregnant. So, like, back when I was a perfect mother.<p>We weren't sure I would be able to stay home with our …

10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

These everyday phrases may actually do more harm than good.<p>You probably wouldn't use old-school phrases like "Wait until your father gets home" or "I wish you were more like your sister" with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and yours.<p><b>1.</b> …

What I Wish I'd Known About Breastfeeding

"Just give it two weeks," my mother told me, as I sat on my bed, desperate and fumbling to get my new baby, Charlie, to latch onto my breast. "I can't do this," I said through tears, worrying that I was going to starve him somehow. I'd learned in a breastfeeding class before his birth that a …

10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids

<b>By Michelle Crouch from Parents Magazine</b><p><b>Illustration by Jenny Bowers</b><p>You probably wouldn't use old-school phrases like "Wait until your father gets home" or "I wish you were more like your sister" with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and …

Raising a Woman

The room was cheery, with bright sunshine coming through the windows. There were colorful pictures on the wall and a circle of carpet squares on the floor. I felt the grip of the little hand in mine tighten as we walked through the door.<p>Her little face looked up at me as she gave the teacher a …

4 Creative Ways to Bond With Your Kids

<i>By Dr. Robyn Silverman for KnowMore.tv</i><p>We all get busy with our kids. We drop off. We pick up. We go to play-dates, birthday parties and school plays. With so much time with our children, you'd think we'd feel fully connected everyday. But all time spent isn't quality time.<p>With all this running …

Kids

Simple Meals the Whole Family Loves

Another week, another meal plan. The kids are having fun coming up with their contribution each week, and honestly we are still loving dinner more …

Allow Your Children to Create a Secure World

In two previous posts on the topic of raising secure children, I discussed the importance of your children developing a secure attachment with you and a sense of security within themselves.<p>The third message of security gains increasing importance as your children achieve full mobility, move beyond …

My House Is Messy -- and I Don't Care

The other day, I finally stole some time and vacuumed out my minivan. I was starting to live in fear of someone asking me for a ride.<p>Not only was there garbage, random hats, a broken umbrella and tracked-in leaves on the floor, there were bits of pretzels and popcorn and some unidentifiable foods …

Babies Learn Many Important Lessons In One Adorable Video

Ah, to be young... when <i>everything</i> in the world is exciting and new.<p>Us old geezers can't relive our first licks of ice cream or glances in the mirror, so instead, we'll watch these babies do those things and bask in their adorable reactions.<p><i>(Hat Tip: Buzzfeed)</i>

Bringing a Family Together: Nature's Blueprint Part 4, 'Parent with Principles'

Since we parents are imperfect, we don't want our shortcomings to help define who our children become. A giant step in accomplishing this is to constantly emphasize "principles over personalities" while parenting. Since we are imperfect, we must teach our children that our principles are their …

11 Secrets Our Kids Have Shared That Will Make You Cringe

I recently wrote a piece about how embarrassing we become as our kids get older (even though we're clearly awesome) and it dawned on me that our kids sometimes embarrass us even more. My children, over the years, have blurted out some very personal secrets to teachers, doctors, the person who gives …

Parenting

Give Kids Room to Try New Foods and They Just Might Surprise You

An ongoing reel of memories seems to be part and parcel to raising kids. It's kind of like living with little ghosts. I see their taut limbs draped across bedclothes while they sleep and flash back to a pair of chunky thighs curled up in a bassinet. I hear heavy footsteps coming down the hall and …

The Rap Ode To Muffin Tops You Didn't Know You Needed

Erin Keaney has message for moms and their muffin tops: "Embrace your mother load!"<p>The lyrics of her rap video are funny, but the intention behind her words is very important. “I wanted my girls to know that I love my body,“ the mom of two told TODAY Moms.<p>She hopes the video will give a more …

This Powerful Video Will Change How You Parent In 60 Seconds

"Children see. Children Do." That's the description, and overall message of this one-minute film that's meant to open parents' eyes. The video, created by NAPCAN, shows kids mimicking common adult behavior -- smoking, littering, yelling at other drivers. The images are quite jarring, but they're …

How to Raise a Confident Child

I must be the last person in the world to hear about 10-year-old football sensation Samantha Gordon, but really, it's my children's fault. I almost never go on YouTube unless they direct me to something, and thus far, they had missed her electrifying "Highlights" reel. No longer. By a happy …

Anger Management in Families Made Easier

Did you know that anger and aggression are programmed into us? In nature, might makes right, and our early survival depended on our ability to destroy or scare away the enemy. Anger is the emotional drive to defeat someone who opposes us. Aggression is an attempt to intimidate the enemy. Signs of …

Self-help

Be Like Mike? 5 Things to Consider When You Decide to Have Kids Later in life

What do Holly Hunter, Madonna, Salma Hayek, Michael Jordan and Cheryl Tiegs have in common besides fame? They all had children after their 40th birthdays. Holly Hunter gave birth to twins at age 47. Cheryl Tiegs became a mother again to twins at age 52. Michael Jordan celebrated his 51st birthday …

Retirement

The One Word That Keeps Me From Yelling at My Kids

I've unofficially nick-named my 2-year-old daughter "Old Yeller." She yells all the time and I have no idea why. She yells when she's mad or impatient or frustrated or I can't understand what her little 2-year-old tongue has tried to tell me 10 times already (<i>You want to... Eat a lolly? Find your</i> …

Parenting

Changing Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day

The doctor gave me one year. I either lowered my cholesterol or I was starting medication.<p>Unquestionably, I needed to get my act together. So I began the process of eating less. Eating healthy. Working out. And hoping that it would make a difference. With genetics against me, I knew I could do …

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