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25 Doable Ways to Volunteer at Your Kid’s School

One of the biggest regrets that parents can have is not spending enough time with their kids.  This article is going to offer some great ideas for parents volunteers  and be active at their kid’s school.

We know you can’t finagle a day off for every field trip to the museum. Or your shift work prevents you from committing to a regular volunteering gig. We get that it’s tough to make it to school council meetings with a new baby or toddler at home. But with a new year starting, the pressure will be on to donate at least some of your time or talent to your kid’s school.


It’s not that you don’t want to be involved; after all, getting to know the staff and your kid’s friends gives you the inside scoop into his world. But sometimes it feels like you’re asked to do a zillion things, and you just can’t swing it all. Cue the busy-parent guilt and aversion to raising your hand.

This year, take some time before the flood of volunteer notices starts to figure out what type of involvement you’re interested in, so you’ll know which opportunities to jump on and which ones to leave for another keener.

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5 Signs That You Are A Toxic Parent

When you relate lovingly with your child you provide your child with the finest natural and spiritual influence. With practice, you will find that you can gradually develop your ability to direct and correct your child’s behavior without breaking your deeply loving connection with your child.

You really are trying to do your best. Parenting didn’t come with a manual and if it did, you surely didn’t get a copy. Chances are, you are probably raising your child either the way you were raised OR you are trying to not raise them like that at all and doing a complete 360 of how your parents raised you. Either way, you think you are doing a darn good job. But are you? Could it possibly be that you might be a toxic parent without even realizing it?

Check these signs below and see if you fit in there anywhere. If you do, fear not, there is time to tweak your methods and improve your parenting skills.

toxic_parent1. Gossiping in front of the children.

First of all, gossiping is bad anyway, but when your children hear you talking about the neighbour Betty or if they hear you talking about one of their classmate’s parents, well, guess what? They are listening and can hear every word you say. They are also paying attention and you can be sure they will be repeating every word and forming a new habit. When we think our children are playing games and not paying attention is when they really are paying attention. Don’t assume they can’t hear you. They hear you loud and clear.

2. Fighting, name calling and disrespecting each other in front of the children (for those in relationships).

You should never do this in front of the children. Th is is not only toxic but very frightening for them. Take note of how you feel when you’re fighting and multiply this by a million. That’s how the children feel when you two are fighting. Not only that, name calling isn’t something you want your children to pick up on. Another toxic thing you don’t want them to do. If it’s ok for you, then why wouldn’t it be ok for them? You are their teachers, remember.


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Constipation in babies

Preventing constipation in babies is something that most parents will encounter. Constipation can be a relatively common problem for babies. There are several clues to watch for in determining if your baby is constipated.


How can I tell if my baby is constipated?

First, consider what’s normal for your baby. She may have a bowel movement after every feeding, or she may wait a day or more in between. Your baby’s individual pattern depends on what she eats and drinks, how active she is, and how quickly she digests food.

If your baby drinks formula or eats solid food, she’ll probably have a regular bowel movement at least once a day. If your baby is breastfed, there’s no “normal” number or schedule – only what’s typical for your baby. It’s not unheard of for breastfed babies to have one bowel movement a week.

After a while, you’ll be tuned in to your baby’s unique habits. If you’re concerned that your baby may be constipated, watch for these signs:

  • Less frequent bowel movements than usual, especially if your baby hasn’t had one for three or more days and is obviously uncomfortable when she does
  • Hard, dry stools that are difficult for her to pass – no matter how frequently


Why is my baby getting constipated?

There are several possible causes:

Solid food. Don’t be surprised if your baby becomes mildly constipated as he eats more solid food. That’s often because rice cereal – a common first food – is low in fiber. Constipation can also happen when you wean your baby from breast milk because this sometimes leads to dehydration.

Formula. Babies who breastfeed exclusively are rarely constipated. Breast milk has the perfect balance of fat and protein, so it produces stools that are almost always soft – even if your baby hasn’t had one for several days.

If your baby is on formula, it’s possible that something in his formula is making him constipated. It’s not uncommon for the protein component in different formulas to cause constipation. Ask your baby’s doctor about switching brands.

(Despite what you may have heard, the amount of iron in formula doesn’t cause constipation.)

Dehydration. If your baby becomes dehydrated, his system will respond by absorbing more fluid from whatever he eats or drinks – and also from the waste in his bowels. The result is hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.

Illness or a medical condition. Although it’s uncommon, constipation can be caused by an underlying medical condition such as hypothyroidism, botulism, and certain food allergies and metabolic disorders. Rarely, constipation is caused by Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition caused by a birth defect that prevents a baby’s gut from functioning properly.


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