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What Is the Best Way to Potty Train a Boy?

Babies Toddler
Having kids is a wonderful experience for parents from all around the world, which can leave some pleasant memories, but perhaps, one of the most unpleasant is changing dirty diapers. This is surely an activity that no parent enjoys, and finding a way to teach your son to use the potty can turn out to be quite difficult, especially if you don't have a strategy in mind.Today, we'll take a look at a couple of ways on how to potty train a boy to make sure that he understands everything well and is willing to use the potty. As I have been in the child care industry for years, teaching my son to go to the potty and knowing when to start potty training wasn't an issue for me at all. There are many potty training methods, but choosing the right one depends on your child and whether he is willing ...

Why Companion Care May Be A Good Option

Elder Care
No one really enjoys making the decisions that become necessary when a parent or loved one gets to a certain age. When it becomes obvious that a senior cannot be completely in charge of their own well-being, there are a lot of options to consider. Is a nursing home the best option or an assisted living facility? One option that many people overlook is companion care. What exactly is companion care? It's primarily emotional support and companionship for seniors that are overall healthy and want to maintain their independence in their homes. It can, however, also include a range of non-medical services that make your loved one's life more manageable. Though companion care focuses on seniors living at home, it can also be provided to those living in facilities.These personal care assistants' ...

What Is a Day Off, Really?

Home and Family
I'm not one who gets excited about holidays. If up to me there would be one holiday per month, and that's it.The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage loves holidays, no matter what it is. For her it is a time to have a "Day Off." If anybody knows how to celebrate a day off it is her.By January, she has all the holidays noted on her calendar and what she is going to do on those holidays.I do not even want to celebrate my birthday. With all my birthdays, you would think I would get tired of celebrating them. And, I have. The birthday just reminds you are getting older. I do not need that kind of reminder; the pain in my body does that for me.The problem with my birthday is it is two days before my wife's birthday. I am not quite sure how I planned that, but if I had to do it over again, I am n...

Skin Care Tips For Babies

Babies Toddler
IntroductionAlmost all of us know the fact that the skin of babies is very much sensitive in nature. There are several products such as soaps as well as laundry detergents that can help a lot to prevent skin problems in babies. The most common skin problems associated with babies are diaper rashes and eczema. Both of these are extremely common in the case of newborn babies. Well, some of the problems have quite long names that are hard to say and often sound scary.Often we may notice a few marks on the skin of our babies. They may be pimples and these often occur in babies on their noses, cheeks, and foreheads. This acne in the babies often becomes prominent during the first few weeks after birth but they disappear in a few months. Baby acne has nothing to do with whether your child will h...

Nursing Home Vs Assisted Living: What Is the Difference?

Elder Care
Individuals who no longer can safely live alone should consider searching for a new home that offers the care they need. When it comes to finding the right place, there is a question that pops up in the minds of many. Should you choose an assisted living facility or a nursing home and what's the difference?Assisted LivingAssisted living is not the same thing as a nursing home. These types of facilities first appeared in the early 1990s. They were an alternative to the skilled healthcare facilities available to the elderly at the time. More elderly were still able to care for themselves, yet they needed help with things like cooking and housekeeping.In an assisted living facility, you have more independence. You may have a room or small apartment with private bath and some appliances. These...

3 Easy Steps for Making Your Home A Sanctuary

Home and Family
People everywhere are beginning to feel more and more stress in their daily lives from the fast-moving pace of modern technology, rapid changing workforce, overload of information, and an unstable economy. As a result, it is becoming more and more important for your physical, emotional, and psychological/mental health to have a home you can retire to each day that allows you to de-stress your nervous system, to relax & release tensions in your body, and to recharge yourself with peaceful, restful sleep before going back out into the world the next day, to do it all over again.The problem is, that many folks are so submersed in the fast paced cycle of work, stress, and self medicate with unhealthy habits, that they aren't aware how easily they could stop the cycle long enough and get the ge...

Preparing Your Child For Reading

Early Childhood Education
The primary goal of reading instruction is not simply the recognition of letters and their sounds but understanding the relationship of the words to their meanings.It's clear that literacy is a process that involves a long period of conditioning and practice and is best served by introducing a child to reading long before formal schooling begins. Development of strong vocabulary and an awareness of narrative are evident in children who have experienced the stimulation of being read to by someone, from an early age. Both subtle and sophisticated concepts of language such as phoneme awareness, diction and pronunciation are more easily absorbed by children who are frequently read to, starting when they are quite young.Studies have also shown that when a parent takes the time to sit with their...

What Time Is It Really?

Home and Family
Time is a strange thing, if you ask me. Even though I wear a wristwatch every day, most of the time I do not know what time it really is. And for that matter, how important is time?It came to me in a strange way this past week. I went to bed as normal in the evening. Once we had the grandchildren over and I discovered the difference between grandchildren and grandparents. Grandchildren try to come up with as many excuses not to go to bed while grandparents come up with excuses to go to bed early.I thought I was having a wonderful time sleeping when all of a sudden I began hearing strange noises and I could not figure out what it was. I thought I was just dreaming. Then there was an explosion in the bedroom and I jumped out of bed and noticed it was the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage wh...

Exceptional Baby Gift Ideas to Consider

Baby Showers
If you are close to an expectant mother, you can tactfully find out what her list of baby items are. You might even discover that there is no trace of uniqueness in her gift idea registry! Now it's time for you to start making plans on how to get exceptional gift ideas for the forth-coming infant's gift.Shower Gifts For The BabyHere are some tips on how to get exceptional baby gift ideas for the shower event. Consider making an arrangement for a gift basket as this is one of the most appreciated gifts for the shower. It will be a great idea to include some items for the mother in the gift basket. Such items that you can include in the basket for the benefit of the mother are maternity wears. But if you decide to make the gift basket exclusively for the newborn, then you can include items i...

Homemade Baby Quilts Carry On Tradition

Babies Toddler
When you're choosing that most important gift for the special baby in your life, you want it to be spectacular, and you hope it will have a unique quality that makes it stand out from all the other gifts. Homemade baby quilts for girls and boys are what you're looking for. Not only are they beautiful to look at and a source of soothing comfort for the little ones, but handmade baby quilts are continuing a tradition that is thousands of years old.Origin is AncientIf you think Europeans invented the quilting process, think again. Tombs in China dating from 770 B.C. contained quilts, and there is said to be an ivory statue of an Egyptian Pharaoh wearing a quilted garment. It is believed that the Crusaders returning from the Middle East introduced quilting to Europeans in the 11th century. The...