Archive for April, 2007

Choosing the Right Preschool Program

Summer is approaching, kids are getting anxious for school to dismiss for the year, and mothers and fathers with toddlers are thinking about a preschool program.

Choosing the right preschool can be a long and difficult process that involves many important factors. Once you feel that your child is ready to start a preschool program, it is important to decide what you are looking for in a school.

We interviewed several mothers to find out what was at the top of their list when looking for a preschool for their child to attend. Their answers varied widely. One mother was looking for a school that provided mostly a social atmosphere for her child who did not have any siblings at home. Another was looking for a full time preschool that was close to her office. A large number of mothers were looking for an accelerated school that would help their child be very prepared for kindergarten, or possibly help them to skip a grade in the future.

By: Vanessa LeeVisit our website for this Choosing a Preschool article and more parenting tips at childnparent.com

Add comment April 24th, 2007

Morning Sickness Relief

It can strike at any time, day or night. For the lucky, it’s a mild irritation. For the rest of us gals, it brings us to our knees. It’s the first foe we face in pregnancy, morning sickness.
Most doctors (but no mothers) see morning sickness as a good thing. It is caused by an increase in estrogen and other hormonal changes that are present in a healthy pregnancy. For some women these changes cause nausea and vomiting. Morning sickness usually lasts from about the 6th to 12th week of pregnancy, but for some can go on longer.
Though there are some medications your doctor can prescribe for morning sickness, most recommend using natural remedies because your baby is very vulnerable during the first trimester.

Use this article and our other helpful articles on morning sickness and pregnancy questions at childnparent.com.
By: Megan Wallgren

Add comment April 19th, 2007

Extra, Extra – Baby on the Way

Sharing the good news with family and friends is one of the most enjoyable parts about pregnancy. My brother called me at work minutes after his wife took a positive pregnancy test when they were expecting their first child. He couldn’t wait to tell someone. My neighbor Tina, on the other hand, didn’t start spreading her pregnancy news abroad until she was seven months along — and could no longer hide the bulge.
There is no right when or how, to share the news. Some people like to wait until after the first trimester when they’ve already seen their doctor and there is less chance of miscarriage. If becoming pregnant is going to keep you from regular activities, such as a job that requires lots of heavy lifting, or exposure to strong chemicals, you’ll want to let those involved know right away.
Read the full article, click Baby on the Way.
How and when did you break the news? Share your story with childnparent readers.

See great articles on pregnancy questions at www.childnparent.com.

By: Megan C. Wallgren

Add comment April 11th, 2007

Child Car Seat Safety Tips

Recent child car seat safety testing mix ups by Consumer Reports magazine has many parents questioning the safety of their children in the car seats. Despite the comparison results, any child car seat always offers greater protection to children than leaving them unrestrained or holding them on an adult’s lap.
When choosing a car safety seat, remember, a seat that is easy to install and use will be the best for you and your child. You can find ease of use ratings for seats at nhtsa.gov.
Avoid used car seats. You don’t know if the seat has been recalled or damaged in an accident. Most used seats do not come with manuals, which are essential to ensuring you use the seat correctly.
See this quick-read, Child N Parent child safety article at Car Seat Safety

We have more on child safety, child day care, child health and parenting tips at childnparent.com.

By Megan C. Wallgren

Add comment April 5th, 2007


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