And You Will Have Kids

One of the most difficult, yet important things to do during your baby’s early days of life is to get a routine for the day.  Having a routine actually helps to decrease crying episodes and helps your infant begin to anticipate what “comes next”. This sense of familiarity or routine is calming for most babies and, in turn, results in less bouts of crying and fussiness.

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Dear “And You Will Have Kids”:

My husband and I are expecting our first child.  He will be deployed for most of the pregnancy and also for the birth of our baby.  The unit is due back when our child is a few months old.

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Depending upon where you live, your children may be back in school, or they may be starting school tomorrow.  At any rate, it’s never to late to encourage your child to make this the best school year ever. (more…)

Divorce is not a pretty thing.  Most times, divorcing parents are eventually able to form a post divorce relationship where they put aside the conflict for the sake of their children.  Some divorcing parents never get to this point for a variety of reasons. 

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Perhaps you’ve been invited to a baby shower and you have no clue what to buy for the parents-to-be for their new baby.  Here are some great practical suggestions. (more…)

I’m amazed at the things that my children are learning in school these days!  It seems they are learning advanced concepts several grades early than I did.  It also seems that I don’t remember the concepts as well as I did 25 years ago.  What do you do when your child needs help with his homework and you have no clue how to help him?  You search for homework help sites online.  Here are some help sites that we’ve used. (more…)

For many autistic children, the start of school can be a challenge.  Most autistic children don’t do well with a change in routine, and the start of school is a huge change.  Here are some tips that can help make the start of school a little less daunting for your autistic child. 

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One of the things I most dislike about the start of school is the mounds of paperwork that accompany the event.  When you multiply lots of kids and lots of paperwork, it can become overwhelming to keep everything in order.  The bottom line is that you need a way to make sure papers get signed, important dates get recorded, etc.

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I remember when a school lunch cost 50 cents!  I am dating myself, but during the 1970’s and for most of the 1980’s in our rural area in America, that was what lunch cost.  I had to purchase my lunch at school every day simply because it was a “good deal”. I suppose it was.

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After the birth of a child, most women need to take some time off from work to recover.  In the United States, this is known as maternity leave.  Usually, maternity leave lasts for 6 weeks after birth.  If you’ve had a complicated birth, maternity leave may last for 8 weeks.  If your company meets certain criteria, you’ll be allowed to take a 12 week leave of absence.  This is usually an unpaid leave however. 

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It’s no surprise that most kids are NOT looking forward to the start of school, unlike most parents.  What do you do to help your child begin to associate the beginning of school with positive events?  There are many things. (more…)

Dear “And You Will Have Kids”:

I recently had a baby.  Due to some health issues I have, and medications I need to take, I will not be able to nurse our baby.

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