Saturday, July 9, 2011
Vacationing with friends and family can deal with the issue of children sharing toys
To share or not to share? Vacationing with friends and family can be a lot of fun: your children get to spend some time with their cousins and/or dearest friends while the adults are able to relax and possibly even finish a conversation. However, all this closeness brings about a new issue . . . sharing toys. On a regular basis my children fight over toys and sharing space with other children has brought this issue to the forefront of my mind once again. I usually let my children figure it out on their own unless they start to get physical with each other. They are siblings and need to learn to solve conflicts on their own because I will not always be there and they need to learn how to solve conflicts in an appropriate way. If they …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Suggestions for parents to beat summer boredom
"No more books and no more teachers' dirty looks" Kids always look forward to the end of the school year and a break from homework. Parents enjoy the break from their homework too; i.e., ensuring children complete their work, sign papers, pack lunches, etc. However, many parents find it difficult at one point or another to occupy their children all summer long. Parents who work full time need to find full time childcare for elementary age children. Fortunately, the Lansdale area has many options such as the local Y's summer camp or the many day care centers that offer full day summer camps for children up to age 12. Then, there are many moms (and dads) who are "off" in the summer or who stay home with their children year round that …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Losing weight for bathing suit season doesn't mean dreading your summer.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and brings to mind barbecues, vacation, summer camp, and lazy days at the pool. However, for many of us women, especially those who have had children, the thought of summer also fills us with dread because it is bathing suit season. Magazines are filled with articles on how to find the best suit for your body or how to lose 10 pounds this month. Having gained 40 pounds during each pregnancy, I can relate to the panic many women feel at this time of year and have perused those magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store. However, after Christmas, I decided I was tired of carrying around the extra baby weight. I am not usually one to make New Year's resolutions, but this year…
Friday, May 6, 2011
What will you do for mom on Sunday?
This Sunday is the day of the year dedicated to celebrating us: it's Mother's Day! We as mothers strive to give every ounce of ourselves to our children and our families. So much so, that sometimes we forget to take the time to reward ourselves. Take the time this and every Mother's Day to soak up the love and appreciation your children show you in their own special ways. We would like to hear how each of you plans to spend your special day. How do your kids and husbands or partners celebrate you? And how will you celebrate your mothers, grandmothers and if you are so lucky, your great-grandmothers? How will you take the time to remember all of the mothers before us who are no longer with us, but leaves in each of us her love and…
Friday, April 29, 2011
While summertime brings on allergies caused by pollen, food allergies are a year-round threat.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Beth Fox
Friday, April 29, 2011
Watery, itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezes, and itchy throats . . . yes, it is that time of year again—allergy season! Every day, I check the news for the tree pollen count for myself, and then I check my medicine cabinet to ensure I have enough of everyone's medications to get us through yet another season of sneezes and runny noses. My children are a bit more irritable during this season, as some days their eyes itch so badly that they cannot stop rubbing them, and their poor noses keep running. Fortunately, their animal/seasonal allergies are pretty much managed through proper medication, and they only suffer when tree pollen counts are extremely high or they are exposed to the dander of the animals to which they are allergic. My …