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I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. The Harper household sure has been busy these past few weeks preparing for Alleigh to start her first year of kindergarten and adjusting to life with a new daily schedule. I am sure many of my readers have found themselves in the same spot as well. It has definitely been a bitter sweet time. As happy as I am for her to take this next step in her … …..
I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I am so excited that the warm weather has arrived and that summer break is right around the corner. Looking back on the school year I can’t believe how much knowledge my little five year old has been filled with while attending prekindergarten. She knows all of her letters in both uppercase and lowercase. Can write her name. Can count to about 40. Has learned about rhyming words. … …..
A few days ago I went and registered Alleigh for kindergarten. It was sad, exciting, and stressful all at once. Sad because my baby is growing up. Exciting because she is thrilled to go to school, learn new things, and make new friends. And stressful because I’m already worried about bullying. I will be honest in saying that I am not only worried that my child may be bullied, but that in some cases she may be the bully. I have decided to take a proactive approach to bullying by talking with Alleigh about it before she ever has to … …..
There are two things that I am overly cautious of when it comes to my kiddos – car seat safety and sleep safety. If you’ve been following along with my Watch Willow Grow updates then you know we co-sleep, but it’s important to know that there are safe and unsafe ways to co-sleep just as there are safe and unsafe ways for baby to sleep in a crib. One of the most important things is that there should be no soft bedding or toys in babies sleep area. So if you can’t cover baby up with a traditional blanket how … …..
When I became a parent I went crazy baby and child proofing our house long before Alleigh could even crawl. I made sure there were covers on all the outlets, baby gates blocking the stairs, replaced the coffee table with a soft ottoman, made sure there were locks on all cabinets and drawers with harmful substances like household cleaners and medicines in them amongst lots of other precautions. If you’re a parent of an infant, toddler, or young child I bet that sounds pretty familiar. And though I believe the vast majority of parents do their best to baby and … …..
Did you know that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, affects two-thirds of all infants by age one and almost 100% of babies by age two? I’ll be honest with ya… I had no clue the statistics were that high until Willow contracted the virus. Alleigh and Kaelyn were rarely sick as young babies, but now I realize that is because they didn’t have much contact with other children when they were wee little since I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom. It’s estimated that 82% of U.S. children, aged six weeks to six … …..
I was never a person to get all worked up about cough and cold season. For me it was just another part of the year we had to deal with that would pass quickly. But then Willow was diagnosed with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and over night I became super paranoid about germs and keeping them away from our family as much as possible. And let’s face it…with Alleigh attending pre-kindergarten three days a week she comes in contact with more than enough germs. One thing I have learned in my almost five years of being a mom is that … …..
Keeping their family safe is at the top of every parents priority list and we try the best we can, but sometimes there are products and even foods in our homes that can pose a danger to our children. Why would we let these things into our homes? The answer is simple – because we don’t know they are a danger! In fact in 2011 there were 121 recalls for children’s products in the United States, which accounted for 11.63 million units of product – 11.63 million times something could have potentially went tragically wrong. To be a tad more … …..
Even though my little ones aren’t old enough to use the computer by themselves yet that day isn’t very far away. But when that time does get here it’s important to keep them safe while surfing the internet and that responsibility falls on me and Dustin. The infographic below is full of helpful tips for keeping kids and teens safe while surfing the internet. Check it out! Illustration source: Lexero Internet Lawyers Want to add this illustration to your site too? Get the code here.
November 17th was World Prematurity Day. Even though that day has come and gone on our calendars it doesn’t change the fact that preemie awareness is a very important issue. Every year 13 MILLION babies worldwide are born premature with more than 1/2 a million premature births occurring in the United States. And even scarier is the fact that premature births are the leading cause of neonatal death – yet so many people are still lacking awareness concerning such an important matter. For instance, 3 in 10 mothers of preemies weren’t aware of the possibility of a premature birth until … …..