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Ways to Keep your Parenting Life a Little Less Stressful

Being a new parent is hard!  I can’t imagine doing it alone.  So here are some ways to keep your parenting life a little less stressful, have a happier family, and continue to be the best parents you can be.   1. Tag team whenever possible, make sure to take turns for any daily tasks/chores (bath time, dishes, diaper changes, laundry, etc.). 2. Date night This is sooo important to your relationship.  If your...

Parenting Tip of the Day for 2013

Lauren and I will be posting a Parenting Tip of the Day for each day this year. As our daughter approaches her second birthday, we've started to put together a list of tips we can offer other parents for getting through those first couple years of parenting. Some may also warrant more elaboration in a full blog post. We've created a new page for these tips, Parenting Tip of the Day, and encourage you to stop by each day for the new tip. Some will have a lighter side to them, but we hope all will be helpful. And if you would like to share a tip for our readers, you can either email us with your tip(s) or post them as comments on the page. Enjoy!

Baby Sign Language Tips for Ordinary Parents

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I read a lot about teaching sign language to your baby in order to help them communicate. Until I researched it, I thought that it could be a bad thing because it would prevent her from learning to say the words and she would be less vocal, but everything I found said the opposite. Research shows that children will have a higher vocabulary and will speak earlier when they learn sign language. So I decided I would teach it to my daughter.

Social Media For Parents: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What's been really interesting is to watch how facebook posts have changed from students complaining about professors and exams, to parents bragging on our children and posting family picture albums for all to see. And since I've started blogging I've also gotten involved with Twitter @OrdinaryParent and Pinterest. After blogging and using these sites for the first year of my parenthood, I've come up with my interpretations of how parents use these sites. I'm definitely making fun of myself in these, so if you take offense then please lighten up. As a parent on Facebook i've been defriended by some acquaintences who could care less about my parenting tales, and that's okay. My daughter and my family are much more important. :)

A Parent’s Definition Of Parenting

A little while back I asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers to provide me with their own definition of parenting. I was looking to see how other parents define their role in the life of their child(ren). As a relatively new parent myself, I find it interesting to see what people come up with when you ask them this question. Several of you responded with your definition and I’ve posted most of the responses below.
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