Life is unpredictable, which makes it exciting... but also sometimes frightening. And when you have kids, even a little disturbance to their world can seem like a great upheaval. Which is why when big life changes come along -- a move, divorce, or illness -- it's important to prepare your child. But what is the best way? Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog asks, "How do you help your child adjust to big life changes?"
You're having a little shindig with pals at your home. As friends arrive, you and your family greet them at the door. Do you encourage your kids to give out free hugs to your friends? Or do you allow your children to decide whether to embrace "Uncle Bill?" Karen Walrond of chookooloonks asks, "Do you make your kids hug your friends?"
Meal planning for an entire year? One lady did it; mom bloggers talk about it. Most parents are lucky if they can plan out the dinner meal for a week. One mom, who was sick of her sky-high grocery bills, decided to plan out her dinners... for an entire year. Crazy talk...or sheer brillance? How do our panelists approach meal planning? Karen Walrond of chookooloonks wants to know.
Seems like a no brainer, right? Ha! Before you had children, you thought that babies slept in cribs, toddlers slept in their beds, and teens slept...all the time. But after you had kids? Whole different (bedtime) story. Kids'll sleep in your bed, on the floor, on the couch, or (the dreaded) not at all. Yep, kids can have really wacky sleep habits that you have to discern and then deal with. So what are the sleeping arrangements at your house? Dana Loesch of Mamalogues asks, "Where (and how) do your children sleep?"
If toddlers can throw temper tantrums, then why can't moms? After all, there's a lot of frustration that comes from raising kids who have very definite opinions on such things as the proper time for going to bed (never) and what constitutes a good dinner (ice cream). And though we all try our hardest to maintain an even keel, sometimes a mom can't help having a good ol' fashioned freakout. Guest Sarah Burns of The Ohana Mama asks, "Are moms allowed to have temper tantrums?"
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