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Are Party Favors Important For Your Child’s Party?

It’s usually custom to have party favors at a birthday party for your child. Who knows how long this custom goes back, but every child’s party you attend, you’ll get a bag of candy and small toys as party favors. But are these party favors really necessary for a party? Do they elevate your guests’ experience or are they simply a waste of money and resources.

In Defense of Party Favors

Some might say it’s not a kid’s party without the party favors. Kid aren’t dumb and know that if they go to a birthday party, they’re going home with a bag full of goodies! Party guests look forward to the moment you pass out the gift bags, ferociously digging into them moment it gets in their hand. So for these people, a birthday party is not a party without party favors. Why withhold that little joy from a child looking forward to the bag when the party is all about making kids happy?

The Problem With Party Favors

Those on the other side of the argument think party favors are a waste of money. To them, bags are filled with small little toys that get thrown in the trash a week later. Or, the bags are filled with candy that will never get eaten. Some parents see party favors as a nuisance and just more stuff they’ll end up throwing away.

Should You Have Party Favors?

It’s really a personal preference. If you feel like your party needs them, then by all means, have them. But if you’re going to pass them out, why not make them more enticing? Many parents are now ditching the party favor bags and instead giving away a single party favor. One simple favor that’s related to the theme of the party is perfect! Children and parents still love things like crayons, sidewalk chalk, ice cream gift cards for $2 and up, Play-Doh, bubbles and the like.

Don’t feel as if you NEED to pass out party favors. But if you still want to, just make sure to give out things that won’t end up in a junk


Infant Adoption Costs And What To Be Prepared For

Adoption is a wonderful thing! But sadly, there are a lot of costs associated with infant adoption. But if adoption is something you’ve set you’re heart on, don’t let money deter your decision. There are plenty of ways to try to come up with the fees child adoption takes. Before you start fundraising, you’ll first need to know what the costs will be and how to better prepare for the financial obligations. This way, you’ll be able to check your finances and beforehand and weigh your options for adoption resources.

The Many Factors

An adoption can vary from costing $0 all the way into the thousands, depending on a lot of factors. The biggest factor is the type of adoption. There are foster care adoptions that can cost zero up to $2,500, which are the cheapest. Then there are more expensive adoptions, including independent and facilitated/unlicensed adoptions. Intercountry adoptions can range from $7K to $30K, while licensed private agency adoptions start at $5k all the way up to $40K and more. Everyone who adopts a child have to pay universal expenses. These include things like home study expenses and court costs. The age of the child also is a huge cost factor. It costs more to adopt infants than it does an older child.

How To Create An Adoption Budget

Because there are so many factors in adopting a child, it’s best that you create an adoption budget. This way, you can see your finances and where you can save for the fees. A budget will also help see how long it’ll take you to raise the money and if you need to supplement with any fundraising efforts. An adoption budget is also helpful since you’ll need to show your income for the home study portion of the adoption process. Adoption grants will also require that you prove your income estimates and a budget is helpful with this, too.

To set a budget, figure out what sort of adoption you’ll undergo and meet with the right agencies. From there, you’ll get an estimate of how much you’ll need and then you’ll be able to adjust your finances each month to help you save.


No Child Left Behind: What It Means For Parents

When it comes your children’s education, you need to be as informed as possible. For those not familiar with The No Child Left Behind Act, here is some helpful info! You’ll have a better understanding on what the landmark education reform law is about

Improving Academic Performance

 

The No Child Left Behind Act aims to improve academic performance and close the achievement gap. Disadvantaged children, minority students and disabled kids are treated differently from peers. The law aims to make education equal in the richest neighborhoods to the poorest. This way so all children have a chance at a better education.

The law measures student performance in order to see what children are falling behind. It then aims to provide extra attention and resources to those who might be falling behind no matter their background. Under this act, schools get federal money that will help teach these disadvantaged kids. The school also has an “Adequate Yearly Progress” in a variety of subjects, including math and reading arts.

But if a school doesn’t reach its goals, it will get more help and another chance to succeed. A school is labeled “in need of improvement” if goals aren’t reached. Then, after the is school evaluated, more resources are sent to help improve the education of its disadvantaged students.

Parent Need To Be Aware Of Their School’s Standings

The public gets a list of underachieving schools each year. Parents should pay attention to the list to see their school’s standings. If their school is on the list, parents can check about free tutoring or after-school classes that their children could be eligible for. Or they might even be able to transfer their children to a better performing school if desired.

Parents can also be more active in their child’s education by enforcing attendance, supervising after school homework and creating educational goals. This way, parents are always in the know regarding their children’s education. They’ll also be less likely to see their kids left behind in school.

Although The No Child Left Behind Act is a step in the right direction for our children’s education, parents need to do their part, too. It’s ultimately up to the parents to play a larger role in the educational success of their children.


Baby Clothes and Money Saving Shopping Tips For New Parents

Kids aren’t cheap. There are diapers to buy, clothes, baby essentials and the like and if you’re not careful, the expenses can really add up. But that doesn’t mean you can find great steals and budget friendly options when it comes to baby gear – you just need to know where to look! Buying baby clothes isn’t as easy as finding the lowest price possible, and you should be aware of a few things in order to get the most from your hard earned money. Apply these tips on how to shop for baby clothes and you’ll score big!

  1. Always shop the sale or clearance section first

Whenever you head to the store or look online, always look at the sale or clearance section before you go to the regular styles. You never know what sort of amazing deals you’ll find in these sections. You’ll most likely find similar items you’re looking for! And the great thing is that they’re less expensive that what you would have paid otherwise, allowing your dollar to go much further.

 

  1. Check out consignment and second-hand shops

If you really want a great deal on baby clothes and don’t want to spend a lot, consignment and second hand stores will have everything you need at great prices. These clothes are gently worn and are still in very good condition. You’ll pay a quarter of the price if you were to buy new, so you’ll be able to buy more pieces.

 

  1. Facebook marketplace

You’d be surprised at just what amazing deals and finds there are on Facebook’s marketplace features. You can literally find anything on here, including lots of baby clothes. Many parents sell their old baby clothes for cheap, allowing you to score some amazing finds at affordable prices.

 

  1. Facebook buy/sell/trade groups

The latest thing on Facebook is buy/sell/trade (b/s/t) groups. There are groups for a variety of clothing brands and all you have to do is join the ones you like. From there, parents will post their baby clothes for sale and you simply claim by leaving your email address that associated with your PayPal account. They’ll then ship the items in the mail after you’ve paid.


Baby Proof Your Home – Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you have a baby, your job is to keep him/her safe at all times! It’s a parent’s greatest responsibility and their biggest concerns. Your home has many dangerous places for a baby and you have to know all of them. You don’t want to overlook anything when it comes to your baby’s safety. Here are a few ways to baby proof your home to guarantee your baby remains safe!

  1. Where to place your baby’s crib

It’s best that you place the crib away from windows and blinds. The strings can become a hazard, especially when baby starts to stand up and grab things. Babies have been known to choke with the strings of blinds. Also, you want to keep the crib away due to the chances of the glass shattering.

 

  1. Have both a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm

You should make sure that you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and room of your home. This is especially true in any bedrooms or where children play. Test the alarms regularly to ensure that they work.

 

  1. Cover electrical outlets

Your baby will get very curious when they start to crawl and walk. To keep them safe from harm, cover all visible electrical outlets with those baby covers. This will prevent them from placing anything inside the outlets.

 

  1. A safe crib

Getting your crib safely setup for baby is important. Don’t use crib bumpers or buy drop-side cribs. Skip fluffy bedding sets with lots of pillows or stuffed animals. When your baby starts to stand up, make sure the mattress is in the lowest position possible. Also, don’t leave toys in the crib when baby is sleeping.

 

  1. Use door holders and doorstops

Protect baby’s fingers by using door holders and doorstops in rooms they will frequent.

 

  1. Stair blocks

If you have a two-story home, use stair rails on the top and bottom of the stairs. This will prevent baby from crawling up or down, which can be a huge risk for a dangerous fall.

 

  1. Use cabinet protectors

Keep baby out of cabinets with harmful things like cleaning products. Use cabinet protectors that keep them shut from baby. These include door locks and knob covers.

 

  1. Protect against sharp edges

If you have furniture with sharp edges, it’s a good idea to attach corner and edge guards. Baby won’t be able to hurt yourself when mobile.


A Nanny Cam Can Save The Life of Your Child

Leaving your kids with a nanny, babysitter or even a friend or family member can be nerve-wracking. Your kids are your life and leaving them with anyone but yourself can cause any parent to worry and panic…it’s only natural. In order to ease your worry and anxiousness, it’s best if you invest in a nanny cam. No matter how much you trust someone with your kids, you should go the extra mile and have a nanny cam in your home.

Trust Is Not Enough

Even though you vetted your babysitter or nanny, a nanny cam is still seeded. A lot could go wrong at any moment so it’s better to be safe than sorry. No matter how nice your babysitter is or how amazing she seems, you never want to chance anything. After all, you don’t know how they’ll act with your children when you’re not there. They can get unnerved when your kids act up and act in the moment, harming your children. Without a nanny cam, you won’t catch any of it!

An Added Sense of Comfort

A nanny cam provides an added sense of comfort when leaving your kids with babysitters. You’ll be able to go out to work, date night or any other event much more confident knowing that you’ll be able to keep on eye on everything that is happening at home. Nanny cams allow you to view footage of things when you’re not there and might even feature real-time feed to see things as they happen at home. You’ll feel better about leaving thanks to a nanny camera at home.

Place The Camera In Clear Sight

Find a place where the children will often be like the living room or kitchen to place the camera. You want to make sure it’s in clear sight so that it records everything that’s happening with your kids. You’ll be able to keep an eye out on various things, such as their tone with your kids, if they abuse them or if they have others over when they’re not supposed to.

A Nanny Cam Protects Your Kids

You’ll be shocked to hear about the ugly stories of children being physically and sexually abused from people they trusted and knew. Babysitter can not only neglect your children, but also traumatize them. But you’ll be able to catch it all thanks to a nanny camera.


All About A Montessori Room

Some are familiar with Montessori ways of raising a child. It’s appealing to many parents because it fosters some autonomy in a child, teaching them human basics at a very young age. Developed by Maria Montessori, the method recognizes that children are naturally eager for knowledge. The method recognizes that they are capable of initiating learning in a supportive and prepared learning environment. It fosters the development of the child as a whole; focusing on their social, cognitive, physical and emotional needs.

Benefits of Montessori

There are many benefits to Montessori, including teaching children how to work collaboratively, think critically and more. Each child knows their value as a unique individual and at an early age. Students also develop coordination, order, concentration and independence. Children are given the freedom to ask questions and probe the world around them thanks to this method. They are able to start making connections that will help them when they are adults.

A Montessori Room

To support the Montessori method of teaching children, parents often design and set up their child’s bedroom to follow Montessori practices. A parent would start setting up a Montessori room when the child is a toddler. It’s during this time that they can easily learn to be more independent and aware of their surroundings.

A Montessori room is a room where everything is set up to be within your child’s reach. The room is designed to cater and foster their personal growth. Everything is at eye level for them; they’ll be able to get their clothes, toys anything else themselves.

How To Create A Montessori Room

To create a special Montessori room for your child, you’ll need to de-clutter the room. Simplicity is a trait of Montessori. You’ll also need to set up the room without a lot of toys, bulky furniture pieces or clutter. Instead of a crib, you place a mattress directly on the floor. This way, children can get in and out of bed themselves without needing you to do it for them.

Next, you’ll want to keep everything at eye level for them. This gives your child easy access and allows them to pick out their own toys. They’ll also put them away on their own terms. You’ll also want to think about using natural fibers and materials like cotton and wool inside the room, as well as providing the room with as much natural light as possible.


It Wasn’t My Idea – Don’t Let Your Kids Make The Decisions

Parenting is walking a fine line. There is all these rules and recommendations when it comes to raising children, but ultimately what works best for one kid or family, won’t work well for the next. You have to figure out what works for you and then go with it! These days, it’s all about giving kids their independence and allowing them to make their own decisions. While this is great to a certain extent, some parents are letting their kids make all the decisions. Some things shouldn’t be left up to kids to decide. Sometimes the best that we can do as parents is not give them choices.

Parents Should Exercise Their Authority

Being a parent is a hard job, and even though we want our kids to think of us as a friend, when it comes down to it, we are still their parents. And as a parent that means exercising a certain degree of authority. You as a parent know what’s best and as long as you exert your authority in a healthy manner, kids should follow suite.

Being stern with your children isn’t being mean, but a way of showing them how much you love them. Giving them too much autonomy and the power to make too many of their own decisions can backfire on you later on when you really put your foot down. Instead of listening to you and what you say, they’ll fight you on it because they’re used to making their own decisions.

Offer Your Children Choices

Instead of letting your child make their own decisions, offer them choices. This way they think they are making their own decision but they are only choosing one of two choices you already made for them. It’s sort of a mind game that allows children some sense of independence and gives parents a peace of mind knowing that their kids are still making decisions based on what’s good for them. This can help with power struggles children usually have when they want to make their own decisions.

In the end, it’s a fine balance being a parent. You have to know when to let your child make decisions and when to assert your authority!


5 Tips For A Winning Parent-Teacher Relationship

It’s time to go back to school! As you prepare your kids for a successful school year, their teachers are also doing the same. The relationship with your child’s teacher is just as important as their relationship with your child. In fact, students will perform better in school when they have parents that are actively involved. This means having a good relationship with their teacher. So as you begin a new school year with a new teacher for your children, keep in mind these five tips for a winning parent-teacher relationship:

  1. Check in regularly

The easiest way to keep up the relationship with your child’s teacher is to check in with them on a regular basis. Make it a point to meet with them at least once a month to see how your children are doing in school. You can email them or set up a time to meet with them after school. This allows you to be proactive about your child’s education and behavior. You’ll be able to fix any challenges or problems before they escalate.

 

  1. Go to school events

In order to be active in your child’s education, make it a point to go to school events. This includes any assemblies, sporting events, back to school nights and even going into the classroom to help out.

 

  1. Get to know school employees

Make it a habit to try and meet as many of the school employees as you can.  You’ll show the school your support by establishing a relationship with staff members. This will only help your child’s education as they continue to move up in grades at the same school.

 

  1. Volunteer

Not only should you go to school event, but you should also make the time to volunteer. Ask the school what they could use help in and then do it! Or ask your teacher if there is anything you can do to help in the classroom.

 

  1. Keep Lines Of Communication Open

Get to know other parents who have kids attending the same school or are in the same class. This way you know the school staff and other parents, which will only enrich your relationship with your child’s educational experience. You’ll be able to create support groups in order to work on problems as they arise.


Baby Expenses – When Money Is Tight and Baby Is On The Way

Everyone knows kids are expensive. In fact, it’s estimated that parents will spend up to $200K on each of their children before they reach 18. While many would like to wait until they’ve saved up enough money or at a better place financially to have a baby, the truth is, there’s never a right time to have a child financially. But just because kids are expensive, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them or have to spend a fortune. When money is tight, there are still many ways to have a baby on a budget. Here are some ways to budget for baby when money is tight:

  1. Breastfeed

You’ve heard many times before that breast is best, but it’s also very cheap! You’ll save hundreds of money not having to buy formula if you can breastfeed. If you can breastfeed, stick it out and do it. Not only is it good for baby, but it’s also good on your wallet. Plus, it can also help decrease your chances of developing breast cancer. But if you can’t breastfeed, don’t feel bad because a fed baby is best. If you need help with formula, you can apply for assistance via WIC, which is a federal program that helps families with formula and food.

 

  1. Health insurance assistance

Having a baby will rack up hefty hospital bills, so you want to make sure that you have adequate health insurance to lessen the burden. There are many different insurance options for every budget. Just make sure that you do your research to find the best health plan that fits your needs and finances.

 

  1. Budget diapers

There are tons of different diaper brands out there, some more expensive than others. If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to look into budget diapers that will save you lots of money over name brand options. Or you can opt to use cloth diapers instead, which you will have to wash to reuse after they are soiled. There is a lot more work involved with cloth diapers, but it will save tons of money if you go this route.

 

  1. Gently used baby clothing

There’s nothing wrong with buying gently used baby clothing from a second hand store! No one will notice that baby is wearing hand-me-downs! Babies are cute no matter what they wear, so don’t waste your money on brand name items. The same goes with toys!