It can be awkward to talk to kids about drugs and alcohol. You don’t want to mess up their innocence. You might be afraid that if they know about these things, they’ll be more likely to try them. The opposite is actually true—children who are informed are less likely to experiment with and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. It is one of those difficult but necessary … [Read more...] about How to Talk to Kids about Drugs and Alcohol
The holidays can be complicated for families in general. This can be compounded when there are foster and newly adopted children. How do we help our new family members celebrate? How do we welcome them in without making things too difficult? How do we help them without overwhelming them? Here are 10 tips to help in celebrating the holidays with foster and newly adopted … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Holidays with Foster and Newly Adopted Children
Many people experience depression, anxiety, emotional and/or physical pain and a host of other mental health struggles. Coping with these is not easy, and without a support system, many can turn to substance use to manage the pain. Use can lead to abuse, a condition that without treatment, can put lives at stake. So how do you know when to get help? According … [Read more...] about Getting Help with Substance Abuse: Drugs and Alcohol
Your mental health is important, regardless of the time of year. An important part of self-care is knowing your limits and staying within them. It’s okay to say “no,” if someone asks too much from you even when Santa’s on his way. Care for yourself and others by respecting boundaries this holiday season. Boundaries are there to help relationships grow and keep everyone … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Setting Boundaries During the Holidays
If you are pregnant, planning to have a family, or find yourself the main support for one or more children, choosing a profitable career path becomes a priority. However, time might seem to be your enemy. One way to streamline your route to a worthwhile job is through an apprenticeship. At a basic level, being an apprentice means learning while on the job. Although sometimes … [Read more...] about Is an Apprenticeship a Good Option for You?
Adoption is a choice that must be considered in depth, with regard to what is best for birthparents, adoptive parents, and children. Whether closed, semi-open, or open adoption is the best choice for your family, contact a qualified adoption agency. For further support, please look at these links: For birthmothers: On Your Feet Foundation is a group dedicated to empowering … [Read more...] about Best Resources Regarding Adoption
There are several good options when it comes to adoption. If you are not comfortable with either a closed or an open adoption, you may consider choosing a semi-open adoption. Semi-open adoptions allow birthparents to maintain contact with their child through a mediator, thus maintaining the privacy of both the birthparents and the adoptive family. This relationship allows for … [Read more...] about What is Semi-Open Adoption?
When it comes to adoption, you have options. While in the past, closed adoptions were a popular method, today, open and semi-open adoptions are more and more common. For birthmothers or birthfathers who do not want the complete separation a closed adoption would bring, open adoption might be the best path. Open adoptions allow birthparents to maintain contact with their child’s … [Read more...] about Pros and Cons of Open Adoption
Adoption is a choice often offered if a mother cannot care for her baby in the way she desires to. Many adoptions are open or semi-open and those are good and legitimate choices. But if a mother decides that the best thing for her child would be complete separation, closed adoption might be the best option. This is a difficult decision, with many facets, and there can be no … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Closed Adoption
Did you know your skin is your biggest organ? Your skin protects you and is the first thing people see when they look at you. So it is your responsibility to protect it. The cold, often dry, air of winter can hurt it, leaving you very uncomfortable. Here are 10 ways you can protect it through the winter months. Moisturize daily. Use a petroleum or cream-based moisturizer as … [Read more...] about How to Care for Your Skin in Winter
Living in fear of another person potentially harming you (or your children) can cause an enormous amount of stress and disrupt your life. But how do you know when the fear is caused by the criminal act of stalking? According to the Victim Connect Center, a program of the Office for Victims of Crimes, stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would … [Read more...] about What to do if You are Stalked
Coming up with the tuition money for your college degree can seem like an impossible task, especially for parents and working adults. Fortunately, there are lots of resources available to help make that college bill more affordable! Here are some important steps you can take to find and secure scholarships. Step 1: When to begin? It is a good idea to begin your search … [Read more...] about How to Apply for a College Scholarship
Looking for options to buy a house? Are you worried about being able to afford a new house and know someone with a VA or FHA loan that needs to get out of their house loan? Assuming a mortgage might be a good solution for you. What is an Assumable Mortgage? An Assumable Mortgage is a mortgage in which a person can assume another person’s FHA or VA mortgage, often with … [Read more...] about Is an Assumable Loan Right for You?
It can be one of the most stressful things about parenting. You get up in the morning, expecting the day to go like normal, but your kid is warm to the touch or in the bathroom sick. How do you know when to keep your child home from school or daycare? How do you deal with your employer or looking for someone to watch them? When to keep your child home Every school and day … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Child Home When Sick
As much as you may want to, you likely will not be able to spend every waking moment with your child. This may mean hiring a babysitter to fill in from time to time. But how to choose the perfect one? Here are some tips to find a good babysitter: Ask around. Your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or pediatrician may have recommendations or know someone looking for work.Check … [Read more...] about How to Choose a Babysitter
Have you had trouble with a landlord? Has your landlord been unresponsive or evicted you improperly—even though you have followed your lease agreement? Did they raise your rent suddenly and drastically? You have a new tool in your tool kit to address these problems! Tenant unions are a relatively new phenomenon where tenants from a particular building, neighborhood, or … [Read more...] about What are Tenant Unions and How Can They Help You
Due to natural disasters and man-made disasters alike, knowing the air quality is as essential as knowing the temperature. There are several ways to protect yourself and other vulnerable people from poor air quality: Stay indoors or limit your time outdoors to the morning.Avoid busy roads and highways where particulate matter is usually worse because of emissions from … [Read more...] about Breathe Easy: Tips to Handle Poor Air Quality
Of all the changes that come with the beginning of a new school year, perhaps one of the hardest is to adjust to the new schedule. Your child may have to get up early. They may have to adjust to eating regular meals rather than snacking all day. How can we adjust to the coming schedule rather than having a sudden shock when school starts again? Adjust bedtime … [Read more...] about How to Adjust to the School Schedule
To signal the end of the summer, students all over the United States get their list of supplies for the next school year. The list can be quite daunting and it can easily get very expensive. There are many tips and tricks to bring that bill down. Here are a few: Buy a year ahead. If you have any idea what your child will need next year, buy what you can when school supplies … [Read more...] about How to Save on School Supplies
One of the biggest challenges as a child grows can be what to bring for lunch at school. Your child wants something tasty, often expensive. On social media, you’ll see beautiful, vegetable-rich meals that probably took an hour to make. In reality, moms just want something healthy, cheap, and easy to make that their kid will actually eat. Here are some ideas to make sack lunches … [Read more...] about Cheap, Healthy Sack Lunches
Managing the Cost of Air Conditioning During intense heat waves, and in some parts of the country, air conditioning is a necessity. It can also be expensive! Know that for lower income households, you may qualify for a free air conditioner. Contact your local department of social services, United Way, or Community Action and ask about available energy assistance … [Read more...] about Cool Ways to Keep Cool
Sometimes a pregnant woman or someone who has just given birth needs some help to get her job done. This can be a difficult conversation. You may feel nervous asking for help. In comes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which goes into effect on June 27, 2023. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act gives workers a right to appropriate and reasonable … [Read more...] about What does the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act mean to you?
Nursing can be difficult for any mother, doubly so for working mothers who have to worry about spending long periods of time away from their baby and have to pump at work. In December 2022, the federal government responded with the PUMP (Providing Urgent Maternal Protections) for Nursing Mothers Act. The act went into effect on April 28, 2023. How does this act help … [Read more...] about What does the PUMP Act mean to you?
It helps with language and literacy skills. Reading with your children is proven to drastically improve speech, vocabulary, writing, story comprehension, and reading skills. This is a great way to supplement your child’s schooling at-home, especially after COVID-19 delayed many students’ learning progression timelines. It encourages a natural love of learning. Allowing … [Read more...] about Catch Up Kids in Class: The Benefits of Reading with Children
No matter why your child has been out of school — whether because of an injury, illness, or school shutdown — or maybe she or he is just behind in a certain subject, parents are asking, “What can I do about my child being behind?” First and foremost, remember that almost all of the children are behind. You are not a failure and your child isn’t the only student in this … [Read more...] about Catch Up Kids in Class: 10 Tips
Many students have found themselves falling behind or losing skills due to illness, lockdowns, and other unforeseen reasons. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your child’s skills back on track! Here are a few simple ideas for restoring the mathematics literacy of your children at home. 1. Check out Khan Academy. Khan Academy is an incredible free resource used … [Read more...] about Catch Up Kids in Class: Math Basics
Old habits die hard, but good habits can live longer. The ways to improve our lifestyle are endless. They come up in our conversations, in our internet searches, in the media we scroll through — we find good habits everywhere! Thus, the real struggle comes after the discovery of these golden nuggets: How do we make them stick? Once we find a good habit we want to put into … [Read more...] about How to Make Good Habits Stick
Driving in winter brings new challenges with snow and ice. Sometimes it can be hard — or even dangerous — trying to get from point A to point B in the winter months. These are some tips to help you be prepared to drive in the winter. Before you get stuck or stranded in snow and ice: Maintain your car, including tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and fluid. Be sure to have … [Read more...] about How to Prepare for Driving in Winter Weather
Winter is cold. That is one universal fact. Sometimes, it can be a struggle to keep the cold out and keep the warmth in. It’s hard to go about your day when your house is freezing. Here are 21 tips (most of which are cheap or free) to keep your home warm during the winter months. Reverse the fans. Your fans need to be going clockwise to push the warm air from the ceiling … [Read more...] about 21 Ways to Keep Your Home Warm in Winter
Staying warm in the winter or cool in the summer is a basic human need. Often, when money gets tight, we tend to focus on shelter and food and forget how important utilities are. Or, we simply don’t know where to turn for help, and many suffer in the cold (or without cooling in extreme heat). However, there is help! The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a … [Read more...] about How to Obtain Fuel Assistance Before Hot or Cold Weather
Every season has its own challenges that come with it. Winter is certainly no different. If you own or rent a house, there are some things that you need to keep in mind to make your winter easier and keep your house warm. Here are 7 steps to making and keeping your house ready for winter. Keep in mind your pipes and hoses. Water freezes, and it can do lots of damage. Never … [Read more...] about 7 Steps to Keep Your Home Winterproof
One of the biggest annoyances even on a good day is a power outage. When there’s snow and ice outside, it can feel even worse. Here are some ideas to get through a power outage. Stock up in advance. Items to buy include: Flashlights and batteriesNon-perishable food items that do not require cooking, for example: peanut butter, canned meats, and canned fruits.If you have … [Read more...] about What to Do in a Power Outage
Purpose statements aren’t only for the benefit of companies, churches, schools, and other organizations. They’re not only for CEOs or successful business owners. They can be used for the benefit of anyone — including you. Why write a purpose statement? Writing one personalized to your life might sound a bit silly. Furthermore, it may seem tedious to summarize your life goals … [Read more...] about How to Create a Life Purpose Statement
When it comes to adoption, there are several myths that the average person might mistakenly believe. Although this list is not exhaustive, here are some myths surrounding adoption and the truth to clarify them all: 1. Adoption takes years and years to complete. While there are several factors that play into the timeline of each adoption process, the truth is, 70% of U.S. … [Read more...] about Common Adoption Myths Debunked
Juggling pregnancy and parenting while still in school is definitely a challenge, but with support and resources, it is possible! It can be daunting to know what resources are available to you, or even where to begin looking. Hopefully the following tips can give you some inspiration as to where you can go to fulfill your needs and thrive as a pregnant and/or parenting … [Read more...] about Finding Resources and Support As a Pregnant or Parenting Student
Patience is hard. We know in our heads that it's the right thing, but it’s hard to incorporate the attribute in our daily actions, especially with our children. With our patience getting tested every day, how can we make sure that it “never runs out?” How do we create a habit of choosing patience instead of a short temper? Here are 6 tips that can help lead you into becoming a … [Read more...] about 6 Tips for Patient Parenting
Does your child struggle with homework or classwork? Has a teacher said your child needs tutoring, isn’t paying attention, or has behavior issues? Does your child have a medical condition affecting her or his ability to function in or access the classroom? Federal laws offer students with disabilities ways to get educational support. However, parents often have to take … [Read more...] about Help at School for Children with Disabilities
Did you know that low-income consumers may be eligible for help with the cost of phone and internet service? The Lifeline program provides eligible low-income consumers a discount on qualifying monthly telephone service, broadband internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages. The consumer has to purchase services from participating wireline or wireless … [Read more...] about Need Help with Phone and Internet Costs?
You can’t watch the news without hearing about scary news. If we can’t get away from the news, neither can our kids. It can be worrisome to talk to your kids about things like this when you are anxious yourself and don’t have all the answers. Here is the best advice we could find from the CDC and experts: Take care of yourself. Do what you need to do to be calm for your … [Read more...] about 7 Tips on How to Talk to Your Child About Scary News
Maybe you don’t have a baby anymore, but your heart is broken hearing about a formula shortage on the news. You may wonder how you can help make sure babies are fed. Here are a few ways you can help: Have you breastfed recently? If you are a formerly breastfeeding mom, you can start to pump again and donate your milk to milk banks. If it hasn’t been more than a year or so … [Read more...] about How Can You Help with the Formula Shortage?
For a number of different reasons, sometimes it is difficult to find your child’s preferred formula. It can be stressful and heart-wrenching after getting used to one formula and having trouble finding it. Some kids are picky about their formula. Some kids because of various health issues can only have certain kinds of formula. There are things you can do to get your child … [Read more...] about What Do You Do When You Can’t Find Your Infant Formula?
Recently, my parenting focus has been on discovering peaceful responses to juvenile spats. Whether your children have only seen a safe home environment or are recovering from parenting trauma, finding ways to teach self-regulation and emotional intelligence can be very challenging. Here are a few suggestions that have helped me. 1. When my children are fighting, we … [Read more...] about Peaceful Parenting
In order to save money on everything from clothes, to cars, to furniture, to appliances, to food, it’s important to know when the best sales are. By knowing when and where to get the deals you love, you end up saving tons of money. Sign up for email alerts from your local grocery store. These alerts will let you know what items will be on sale in the next week or two. … [Read more...] about Shop Smart & Save All Year Long!
Struggling families and savvy shoppers will appreciate these cost-effective strategies that also provide nutritious meals for families. By Elizabeth HardtThe author wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Cheryl Blake, Editor-in-Chief Serrin M. Foster, Colette Moran, and Molly Pannell. … [Read more...] about Frugal Food Strategies
Finding inexpensive and convenient ways to get from location to location can be a struggle, but in today’s modern society there are many options for any setting. The City Life In the city, taking the bus can be the simplest and cheapest way to get around, as you refill your card each time and can go far in one ride. Despite these assets, buses are also at the mercy of … [Read more...] about Getting Around for Less Money
Are you a mother or father seeking out how to best give your kids a proper education? Do you want to give homeschooling a test drive before you commit? If so, keep reading for 11 great tips. Break up your day. Just because your kids no longer have sports, clubs, or other extracurricular activities to attend, does not mean that they will want to work for the whole day. … [Read more...] about Help for Homeschoolers
In a military family, raising children, especially when relocating, can be challenging. It can disrupt the children's academics, social networks, health care, and sports activities. Today's military spouses who tend to be under 35 and largely female are often in an unfamiliar location without a support network. Being informed and utilizing the available resources, whether it … [Read more...] about Family Resource Centers on Military Bases
Divorce, child custody, and child support issues can be difficult and confusing. Family law issues are covered by state law. Here are some basics about these types of cases. Editor’s Note: This is general information and not legal advice. Please consult with a lawyer licensed in your state for legal advice. By Susan Schoppa, J.D. … [Read more...] about Family Law Basics
Unemployment benefits are for eligible people who are unemployed through no fault of their own. An eligible person receives a cash payment through the unemployment insurance program. Each state administers its own program, but all states must follow federal law guidelines. Who Is Eligible? Generally, you must meet both work and wage requirements. The state agency that … [Read more...] about Learn the Basics of Unemployment Benefits
First things first: Don’t panic! There is help out there. Consider your options: As you apply for jobs, keep in mind the process can be tedious — don’t give up, and stay in touch with the potential employer. If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, there are grants to pay for schooling or vocational training, on-the-job training, job placement, and other … [Read more...] about Find Help When You Can’t Find a Job
Are you struggling to pay your rent or mortgage? Are you worried about losing your home? Here is some information about what could happen if you can’t pay all of your rent or mortgage. If you haven’t paid your rent, your landlord may try to evict you. An eviction is a lawsuit for a landlord to get a court order to make you (the tenant) move out of a rental unit, such as a … [Read more...] about How to Find Legal Help for Evictions and Foreclosures
I remember one morning getting a call from the local medical examiner. He was asking for medical history and information on one of my 2-month-old patients. After obtaining proper consent, we spoke at length and learned that my precious little patient had passed. He was wanting to obtain any medical and laboratory information about my patient that might give him a medical cause … [Read more...] about SIDS: A Contemporary and Preventable Nightmare
One of the most challenging things about living at a distance and social distancing in general right now is communicating with children via a screen. Small children just don’t pay attention to chatting with grandparents through a screen. They don’t understand not being able to touch them, and they bore easily. Here are 10 tips on how to communicate with children … [Read more...] about 11 Ways to Communicate with Children Online
Winter is the time of year for cabin fever: It’s the time of year that gave cabin fever its name. This is particularly true for growing bodies that just want to move! Playing outdoors in winter comes with its own set of safety concerns to keep in mind to keep everyone safe and healthy. Here are 10 tips for keeping safe when playing outdoors in winter. Make sure they are … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Stay Safe When Playing Outside in Winter
With all of the difficulties of learning from home, there has been a growing concern that some children who have or have had to learn remotely are falling behind. If this is true for your family, you and your child are not alone! There are some things you can do to help this situation: Keep up with your child’s online learning. Read and respond to any emails you get from the … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Keep Your Child from Falling Behind
It is difficult not being able to see friends in person, and it can be scary when you learn that someone you know is sick at home and very infectious. You want to help, but you also don’t want to fall ill yourself. Here are 7 ways you can help a friend who's sick at home, including some ideas on what you can send in a care package if you have a friend who is sick who lives a … [Read more...] about How to Help a Friend Who’s Sick at Home
’Tis the season for celebrations! Bright lights, fun activities, and pretty decorations — no one wants this joyous time of year to be complicated by injuries and hospital visits. Here are our 6 top tips on how to keep safe this holiday season. Don’t overload light sockets. So many of the prettiest things this time of year require electricity to run. Get a power strip with a … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Stay Safe While Celebrating the Holidays
We understand that many people need someone to care for them at some point. Perhaps you have a spouse, parent, grandparents, or other relative who is an veteran, and s/he requires some assistance. Or maybe that vet is you. You want to care for you and yours as best as you can, but perhaps you need some help. What resources can you rely on if you find yourself … [Read more...] about How to Find Help for Veterans
Tired of the usual spooky or, worse, “sexy” costume choices? We did the research for you to share some affordable new ideas! These costumes can be made from stuff around your house or things picked up at the thrift stores, and parts of them can be used once the holiday is over, as well for everyday or dress-up wear. Can’t beat that! Susan B. Anthony- Her favorite color to … [Read more...] about 11 Fun Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas
In the vast majority of cases, you will not be able to bring your baby home without proving to the hospital that you have a car seat and you know how to use it. A car seat is often one of the first expensive purchases that new parents make, but they are very important if you plan to ever put your child in a car. They are so important, many localities and nonprofits … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Get a Free Car Seat
Trick-or-treating is not the only way to celebrate Halloween. For any number of reasons, trick-or-treating might not be ideal for your family. But there is always more than one way to celebrate! Here are 10 ideas to have fun this Halloween! There are many ways to celebrate Halloween. Don't limit yourself to trick-or-treat. By Bethanie Ryan … [Read more...] about 10 Ideas to Celebrate Halloween Safely
School has started again, and for many, that means online learning this year. This is very difficult for some families who can’t get an internet connection due to financial difficulties. School districts are struggling to fill in the gaps. In the meantime, here are six ways to get your child online when you don’t have an internet provider. Public Wi-Fi: This one might be … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Get Wi-Fi When You Don’t Have Internet
Asking for an adequate wage may feel awkward, but you are owed an income proportional to your education, skills, experience, and the area you live in. Being prepared for your interview — or follow-up interview — can make a gigantic difference in your compensation. What is compensation? Essentially, it’s a salary or hourly wage. The word “compensation” makes very clear … [Read more...] about How to Ask About Compensation
Where there is a challenge, there are also opportunities. You have no limits. For many more articles on WORK, go here: By Serrin M. FosterEditor-in-Chief … [Read more...] about How to Find a Job Despite Crisis and Chaos!
1.It’s important to have “me” time. Employed mom Donna shares that since she spends time away from her kids working, she often felt guilty about separating from them beyond what was necessary. However, she realized that her identity was not solely in her motherhood, and she found ways to be a mom AND the woman she was before becoming a mom. She encourages other working moms … [Read more...] about Employed Mom Tips and Tricks: Moms to Moms
Why should employers offer women the means to breastfeed while working? The benefits truly outweigh the costs for both mother and employer. What do lactating working mothers need? The lactation essentials at work include: A private space with a door that locks (not a bathroom)Breast milk is food and should be prepared with appropriate care.There could be a designated … [Read more...] about The Business Case for Breastfeeding
While you are pregnant: Keep a journal.Save the positive pregnancy test.Ask for ultrasound pictures.Videotape the ultrasound.Record the baby’s heartbeat.Take pictures of your belly, or even make an imprint.Knit, sew, or buy a hat for your baby.And if you learn you are losing your baby while pregnant, knit, sew, or buy two blankets for your baby: one you’ll use while your … [Read more...] about Preparing to Say Goodbye to a Baby
The news of an adverse prenatal diagnosis can leave many parents shocked and bereaved. It’s normal to feel lost and in need of guidance during what promises to be a very emotional journey. What might your birth plan look like now? Parents who find themselves in this situation understandably need support as they contemplate how to move forward. It’s normal to feel … [Read more...] about Choosing Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care After an Adverse Diagnosis
If you’re pregnant on campus, you are probably feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do, but know that you are not alone. Your college or university must follow Title IX guidelines: The school cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, which includes pregnancy and parenting. There is guidance for faculty and staff about how they have to ensure the rights of pregnant and … [Read more...] about Talking to Your College Counselors About Being Pregnant
Going away to school presents a fun, fresh start to your young adult life. Whether you are living on a traditional college or university campus or at a boarding school, this may be the first time you’ve lived away from home. It can be exciting to leave one chapter of your youth behind in exchange for another one. But while you’re building the skills necessary for a future … [Read more...] about Self-Care When You’re Away at School
On December 14, 2019, four months before the due date of her twin girls, Laura Freedland went to the hospital with what she thought were Braxton-Hicks contractions. Though only 22 weeks pregnant, she quickly realized she was in active labor. After 16 hours, little Vivienne entered the world 17 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound, 4 ounces. Her sister, Margot, remained in utero … [Read more...] about Tiny Babies, Big Miracles: A NICU Wonder in a Time of Coronavirus
Every person has memories of childhood checkups, and mostly, they consist of stressful shots ending with rewards of stickers and suckers. For parents, however, when these visits are packed into busy schedules, it’s common to feel unprepared. Read on for pointers on what to expect from your kids’ wellness exams. Childhood wellness exams start soon after birth, in order to … [Read more...] about How to Prepare for Child Wellness Exams
Do you not know how to get better, or do you simply not want to get better because you don’t want to gain weight or because your eating disorder allows you to feel in control? I don’t ask this to shame anyone because I, myself, would answer “yes” to all three. Although I don’t feel qualified to guide others on a journey that I haven’t yet completed, there are some tricks I have … [Read more...] about Living with Anorexia
In the midst of the Black Lives Matter uprising, the disparity between my light skin tone and my son’s dark skin tone has never been more pronounced. I first noticed our difference when in the year of his birth, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed youth, was shot and killed. As I was reading the horrific news, my older boy walked in wearing a hoodie, as he often does, and the hood was … [Read more...] about Teaching About Race — from the Inside Out
If you are a caretaker of an elderly person, help is here. Learn where help is available:The Administration on Aging offers many services such as fall prevention, aging and disability programs, brain, oral, and behavioral health programs, elder abuse prevention, legal assistance, and retirement planning, and has chapters in most of the U.S. Find AoA services in your area.The … [Read more...] about Practical Tips When Caring for Our Elders
How and what you want to feed your baby is a personal decision. You, as a mother, deserve to know all the facts of the various options without feeling ashamed or guilty about your decision. Nutritional possibilities for your baby’s first few months include breastfeeding (temporarily or long term) and formula feeding. Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is often considered … [Read more...] about Postpartum Options: Breastfeeding, Formula, and Weaning
Cicely Saunders, the founder of the first hospice facility, St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, said to her patients, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” Is your loved one a candidate for hospice? Just because the hospital recommended hospice for … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Hospice
Shelter-in-place measurements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can also increase the likelihood of women and men being trapped in domestic and/or sexual abuse situations at home. Despite the threat of the virus itself, stay-at-home orders and the suspension of community rituals and events have been attributed to a rise in domestic and sexual abuse in both rural Native … [Read more...] about American Indian Women and Men: Know Where to Seek Help in a Crisis
Health insurance is essential — even if you feel healthy, accidents and sudden illnesses can happen. The first step has to be to check through your parents, employer, or school — wherever you can qualify for insurance now. See what they cover and don’t cover. Are your pregnancy costs covered? Which pregnancy costs? Is your child covered? What will insurance cover for your … [Read more...] about Find the Best Health Care (When You Can’t Afford It)
What’s the difference between guardianship and kinship care? Guardianship is a legal process that allows a designated person to have responsibility for a child and the authority to make decisions on her or his behalf. Kinship is when the guardian is a relative or, in some cases, a close family friend. The guardian in both of these options is responsible for the well-being … [Read more...] about Your Guide to Guardianship and Kinship Care
Especially during the summer, children and their families frequent beaches and pools. While swimming is enjoyable for people of all ages, it can also be a source of anxiety for mothers. The water can be dangerous, but with a healthy level of caution and awareness, moms can help prevent disasters from occurring. Keeping your child safe near water begins with you. Simply … [Read more...] about Keep Your Child Safe While Swimming
Shopping for a new baby can often feel overwhelming and confusing, especially when there is so much to consider. However, babies don’t need the fanciest or newest products to thrive. Below are a few things you should expect to use in caring for a baby: Diapers: You might choose to use disposable or cloth diapers, and neither option is better or worse. Brand does not matter. … [Read more...] about What Does Baby Really Need?
Workers across industries know this proverb to be true: “It’s not what you know, it’s whom you know.” The key to building a great career is networking, or growing the circle of people in your field of work who can help you find a job. Although your skills and qualifications do matter, here is why networking may matter even more: Recommendations. Words on paper … [Read more...] about How to Network and Build Your Personal Support System
Did you know that women, and disproportionately women of color, are on the front lines during every respiratory virus season? According to the Center for Economic Policy and Research, nearly two-thirds of frontline workers are women and people of color, who are overrepresented in industries such as: We know these workers are at risk, but what if they are … [Read more...] about Pregnancy & Contagious Illness: Know Your Rights in the Workplace!
During a time of isolation, feelings of rejection heighten. If you’ve dealt with a messy breakup, been abandoned, or experienced major death loss, the chaos of world events might bring you full circle to Stage 1 of grief, which you thought had passed. Add to that children in your face, fingers under the bathroom door, and tweenage attitudes about school assignments, and these … [Read more...] about Dealing with Dejection
Everybody told you to save for a rainy day. You didn’t. How can you start now? Here are some ideas for where to start and how to save. Short-term savings plans – your “rainy day” fund Everyone should have three to six months’ salary in an account in case of emergency. There are old-fashioned savings accounts at banks, and there are many new “fintech” plans online. If you … [Read more...] about How to Fund Your Savings Plan
I’m going to respond to some comments I’m receiving during this shutdown. As a former homeschooling mum with previous homeschool support experience, I have some words of affirmation for the parents trying to maintain academic consistency at home. “My child refuses to participate.” I’m sure many parents trying to follow the distance learning programs coming in by the … [Read more...] about Shutdown Parenting: Protect Your Child’s Education
In addition to not shaking hands, wearing gloves and masks, self-quarantining, etc., here are other things you can do to stay safe and not bring disease home to at-risk family members, including the elderly (especially those who have other risk factors such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory issues), and those with compromised immunities: Wear protective eye gear — even … [Read more...] about Extra Measures to Protect the Highly Vulnerable
The Mayo Clinic defines abuse as “any intentional harm or mistreatment to a child under 18 years old.” Abuse takes many forms: emotional, physical, sexual, medical and neglect. All community members are responsible for protecting the most defenseless among them. Children may not speak up and they certainly cannot protect themselves, but you can be their voice and you can … [Read more...] about What Do You Do When You Suspect Child Abuse?
Whether because of a snow day or some other unforeseen crisis, sometimes, your child's school needs to switch to more of a homeschooling format to keep the learning going through this unplanned time off. So now, parents like you who have previously sent their kids to school are finding themselves needing to act as their children’s teachers. Here are some tips from someone who … [Read more...] about 11 Tips for Homeschooling Temporarily
The elderly, especially those with preexisting conditions (heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory issues including asthma and COPD, etc.) are at highest risk of dying from infectious disease. When they have to go into isolation, they still need regular contact with their family and friends. Here are ideas to keep up their spirits while you are separated. … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Keep in Touch with Elderly Loved Ones When You Can’t See Them in Person
Raising children and supporting parents is a community job. A babysitting co-op is a group of parents who babysit for each other. It helps the children to socialize, and it gives the parents the peace of mind of knowing the person who is watching their child. It helps to build the community that is so important in raising a child. 1. Start small. Ask around in your group of … [Read more...] about How to Start a Babysitting Co-Op
Many professionals are learning that their jobs can be done from home right now. This is likely a position you may have dreamed about but never thought possible. This is certainly a position you never thought you’d be in. Here are some tips from a work-from-home veteran of nearly a decade: Make sure you have everything you need to do your job. Sit down and make a list of … [Read more...] about Surprise! You’re Working from Home: 7 Tips to Make the Transition
Leaving the house and being social is often suggested as a way to stay mentally healthy, but sometimes, that is not possible. What is someone with depression or anxiety to do when she has to take social distancing measures? Here are 14 tips to help you get through these challenging times: Go outside. If the weather is nice, take a walk around the block or to a park. Just … [Read more...] about 14 Tips to Take Care of Your Own Mental Health
Here is what I have been telling my patients: There is a lot we do not know about COVID-19, but it seems to be similar to the flu in many respects. Precautions that pregnant women should take include avoiding travel by plane, avoiding crowds, and avoiding exposure to people who are ill. Frequent handwashing is important as the virus may reside on inanimate objects, such as … [Read more...] about Are My Unborn Baby and I at Risk from COVID-19?
Many parents are being placed in the difficult position of trying to find someone to watch their child so they can go to work. If you are in this position, there are resources for you. First, the best thing for you and your child would be for you to calm down and list out all of the people you know. The simplest solution may be right under your nose with an unemployed … [Read more...] about Where Can You Find Emergency Babysitting?
Watch a movie with a new snack. Pick up some weird flavor of popcorn or some other new snack and pop in a movie.Candlelight dinner for two under your own roof. Buy something special at the grocery store and put the kids to bed early. Cook it together for some extra fun.Have a game night! Break out your favorite board game or just a deck of cards and look up the instructions for … [Read more...] about 16 Ideas for Stay-at-Home Dates
Dentistry care can be expensive and is therefore put on the backburner. Some employers don’t even offer dental insurance, and when they do, it can seem to cost too much. But dental care is foundational to health care. Your dental health affects your overall health, and setting a good foundation for dental care can help your child for a lifetime. Here are 8 ways to find … [Read more...] about 8 Ways to Get Affordable Dentistry Care
Dates don’t have to be expensive. No rule says it has to be at a fancy restaurant or pricey theater. Any quality time spent with the one you love can be a date. Here are 50 ideas for dates that won’t break the bank: Hang out someplace that is cheap or free, like the library or a high school sports game.Watch a movie with a new snack. Pick up some weird flavor of popcorn or … [Read more...] about 50 Cheap Date Night Ideas