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Age by Age Guide to the Best Books for Your Child

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Reading is a skill that will take your kid wherever they want to go in life, and providing your kid with a wide range of books written for their age level is the best way to stimulate an interest in literacy. Yet, it can be hard to know where to start with picking out the right book when there are so many from which to choose. As you stock your child’s library, use these titles as inspiration to find the perfect age-appropriate books to enjoy as a family.

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Enjoy Summer Fun That Keeps Your Child’s Mind Active

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While schools across the country may close for summer vacation, there’s no reason that learning should stop. Do you want to keep your child’s mind active and their learning skills sharp? It’s easy to do. There are plenty of activities that are both fun and educational.

Hit the Stores
Whether it’s at a souvenir shop while you’re on vacation or the grocery store while you’re picking up a few necessities, a shopping trip offers countless opportunities for children of all ages to hone their skills. Younger children can practice colors, shapes or directional words as they help you hunt for the items that you need on the shelves of the stores. Older children can work on math skills by helping you determine the best buy or keeping a tally of prices.

Get Cooking
Are your kids pizza fanatics? Do they scream for ice cream cake? Learning to fix their own versions at home is a great way to practice following directions, and dealing with the necessary measuring keeps their math skills fresh. Food can also be a great way to explore different cultures or time periods. Recipes of varying complexity are readily available on the internet, and selecting the one you’d like to experiment with can be part of the fun.

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Set Up a Bedtime Routine for Less Frustration at Night

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Getting a child to go to sleep at night can be one of the most frustrating parts of parenting. Setting up a bedtime routine that is consistently followed will help your children know what to expect each night, helping them to get the sleep they need for their growing bodies and easing your stress and frustration.

1. Set an Appropriate Bedtime for Your Child

Often parents let a child stay up later because he or she doesn’t seem tired. Once a child is over-tired, however, the body releases cortisol. This hormone can make it more difficult for your child to fall asleep and increase the likelihood of him or her waking up during the night and early in the morning. Sleep experts say that children need to following amounts of sleep as they age:

  • Children ages one to three need 12 to 14 hours of sleep each day.
  • Children ages three to six need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day.
  • Children ages seven to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.
  • Teenagers ages 13 to 18 need eight to nine hours of sleep each night.

Use your child’s age and nap schedule as a guideline to adjust their bedtime accordingly.

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How to Identify Autism in Your Child

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Autism symptoms can vary significantly from one child to another, which can make it hard for parents to detect. Yet, early identification is essential for ensuring the best possible outcome. If your child is exhibiting symptoms that concern you, then here is what you need to know about identifying whether or not autism is the cause.

Know the Risk Factors

Although the true cause of autism has not been found, it is known that certain factors place children at risk for developing the disorder. These include the following:

• Advanced maternal and paternal age
• Nutritional deficiencies (particularly folic acid)
• Low birth weight
• Neonatal anemia
• Exposure to chemicals during pregnancy

It is important to note, however, that many children develop autism with no known risk factors.

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Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling Will Make the Transition Smoother

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A new sibling can evoke feelings of happiness, confusion, jealousy and excitement in your other children. Depending on their age and maturity levels, there are different ways to approach the topic. Having the patience and making the effort to help your children adjust to the transition will make for a happier home and family.

Don’t Tell Younger Children Too Early

Children who are pre-school age and younger may have difficulty grasping the concept of time. Telling them too far in advance of the due date will be confusing. Wait until the due date is closer to tell them. Children in elementary school have a better idea of time, so it’s okay to tell them once you are out of the first trimester.

Involve Them in Preparations

Buying a new car seat, having a baby shower or preparing a room are all exciting preparations for your new child. Get other children in on the excitement by letting them be involved in the preparations. Allowing them to choose an outfit or toy may help increase their excitement.

Stick to Routines

Many children feel jealous or scared because a new sibling can interrupt their own routine. Stick to the same routine as much as possible by being organized. Find someone to care for your children while you are in the hospital, organize rides so after-school activities can still be attended, make sure favorite snacks are in the cupboard and ensure babysitters stick to your regular schedule.

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Are You a Mother to Be? Here Are Some Helpful Tips!

Preparing for a New Baby | Love Parenting LA

Having a baby can be a very rewarding experience. However, it also comes with its own set of unique challenges. Many mothers who are prepared to deliver the baby, often are unprepared when it actually arrives. This is often due to lack of information or misinformation from the sources around them. There are many key things to keep in mind when having a baby, and preparation has to start right at the beginning in order to ensure proper care. Luckily, there are many ways to do this and none set in stone. Caring for your child is ultimately up to how much research and preparation you are willing to put in.

The basic necessities should be a primary focus. Many people set up special rooms for their newborns not only to provide them enough space and comfort but also to create a bit of sound cushioning, due to the fact that newborns are notorious for breaking the sound barrier. Often, this room will also be used for storing toys and other necessary items. Many parents also choose to construct a crib for their newborn. It is important to choose a crib that is a good fit for a new child.

One of the other important facets of preparing for a new baby is nutrition. Many mothers grapple with the decision to breastfeed or use formula. There have been many studies on this subject and it would benefit the entire family greatly if the mother or father did research beforehand. Keeping your child’s nutrition in mind is just as important as providing a safe, comfortable living space. If you are someone who is expecting their first child or even another addition to the family, preparation can seem like a monumental task. All of the work and effort that is put in by the parents will pay off in time and there is nothing quite like seeing a child grow up to become a great adult. With a little bit of research, any parent can be prepared to welcome a new bundle of joy home.

3 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Children

Holiday Gifts for Children

Wondering what you should buy for your children during the holiday season? If they already have several electronics and other items they want, you may not know what to get for them. There are several great gifts that are suitable for children of nearly any age, whether you have toddlers or teenagers. Continue reading

How to Find Baby Clothing for Cheap

Baby clothes

If you have a baby, then you know just how quickly those cuties can grow. This can be an exciting time, but finding new clothes for your kiddo every few months can be a financially exhausting endeavor. The good news is that there are ways to dress your child throughout their younger years that won’t break the bank.

Gently Used Clothing

If you know any other parents, then it might be a worthwhile idea to host a clothing swap. These fun events give parents an opportunity to get rid of the clothing that their children have outgrown in exchange for ones that will actually fit them. This is a great way to get rid of clutter, help out other parents in the community and, of course, obtain new clothing for your child at no price!

If you have any thrift stores in your area, they would be worth looking into. Thrift stores often have baby clothing available, and usually at very reasonable prices. Although thrift stores tend to be donation only, if you find a second-hand store that specializes in baby clothing, it is very possible they would be willing to pay to take your gently used baby clothing off your hands. Continue reading

Parent Solace: Common Behavioral Issues in Children

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Children often exhibit behavioral issues that may confound or even frustrate their parents. Take heart, parents, because a lot of these behavioral problems are overwhelmingly common, and as such there has been an overwhelming amount of research done on these issues. Much is now known about disorders that regularly afflict young children, the studies of which can help parents understand what their children are going through and how best to help them.

3 Common Disorders

Naturally there are more than three disorders causing behavioral issues in young children worldwide, but these are prominent among the many and may answer some questions you have about your child’s particular behavior.

  1. Psychosocial Disorders

This type of disorder manifests itself as negative functioning in a child physically, emotionally, or mentally. Children may show signs of anxiety, depression, aggression, psychogenic disorders, or problems at school. Many of the issues arising from psychosocial disorders may find their origins in family problems, including marital issues or neglect. Bereavement and separation can also be causes of this type of disorder. Continue reading

The Most Popular Baby Names in 2015

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New babies are so precious, but it can be tricky trying to figure out what to name them. Do you go with a classic, traditional name? Do you honor a family member and dig through the genealogy files to find a relative whose name you admire? Do you forge your own path and choose something out of the ordinary? For babies born in 2015, the most common baby names show a strong trend of traditional names, some of which have kept their rank as among the top ten baby names for the past decade. Take a look at some of 2015’s most named names.

Girl Names

Emma has been in the top five of most popular baby girl names in the United States since 2002. This classic, simple favorite has climbed to number one in 2008 and again in 2014 and 2015. Interestingly, the name Emma was among the top ten baby girl names throughout the 1880s as well. So, though the popularity of this name may wane a bit in the decade to come, it will possibly follow the trend and be a big hit again in another hundred years or so. Olivia and Sophia continue to be popular girl names as well, holding in the top three most popular US names for more than two years in a row.

Most Popular Girl Names

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Amelia
  9. Emily
  10. Madison

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