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A positive pregnancy test is not always cause for celebration. In fact, many women–especially “first timers”–are overwhelmed with a sense of panic and a myriad of unanswered questions. Will I be a good mom? Can I afford to provide for a baby? Or, how in the heck do you change a diaper? After all, a child is a huge responsibility and it is natural to have fears. But, how do you know if your worries are the normal type that will come to pass or if you, in fact, are not ready to be a mom? And, if it’s the latter,...

You could be forgiven for assuming that the world is more dangerous than ever before – especially for children. It seems that every day we are assailed with images and stories of children coming to harm. Child safety has become so pressing a concern that it’s now common for parents to prohibit their children from licking cake batter off spoons, for fear that the uncooked eggs might cause them to contract salmonella. There is a great deal, it seems, to be worried about. There are a number of reasons to doubt this narrative, however....

Editor’s Note: Author Kimerley Laws can be followed at The Embiggens Project. As a surrogate mother, your friend has done an amazing thing. She has helped to bring a new life into the world, and she has provided a childless couple with the opportunity to become parents. You thought she would be happy, but instead, she seems withdrawn, moody, exhausted, and almost always on the brink of tears. Your friend is suffering from Postpartum Depression. Postpartum Depression tends to begin within four weeks of having the baby and, according...

You’ve heard the sayings. “Knowledge is power.” “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” And, of course, in the wise words of Doctor Seuss–“The more that you know, the more places you’ll go.” If these adages are true, a lack of knowledge could prove a dangerous thing, rendering you powerless, collecting little interest, and going nowhere. Thankfully, there is no shortage of purveyors of knowledge offering a course in just about any subject. And thanks to a myriad of schooling...

If you try to go to university without bag, you will soon realize that you are in a need for a good bag. You don’t know how many stuff you actually need for classes till the moment you try to put them all in your pockets. Remember, you are grown up now, act like it. If you don’t want to look like a homeless person on your classes, you will buy a bag. If you don’t trust your sense of style, now is the time to call out for some female supervision. There is nothing girls like as much as shopping, so you will have no problem trying...

Do you show any interest when choosing the school uniform or do you let you mum make all decisions? If in the morning you just put the uniform your mom has prepared, you are making huge mistake. You wear your school uniform for eight hours in a day and you should care how you look in it. Your school uniform should get as much attention as rest of your clothes, or even more. Actually it’s not hard to look good in your school uniform. There are couple of easy rules and advices that you should follow which will make you life easier. These...

Literacy is incredibly important in young children. The sooner your children learn to read, the sooner they gain access to the huge wealth of knowledge contained in books, or in any other form of material that uses written language as a medium. Reading regularly can reduce stress, improves literacy levels, and in very young children, reading to them and encouraging them to read will put them at an advantage when it comes to starting school and tackling written problems. Recognising the Alphabet Patience is the key with most forms of learning...

Childhood is a wonderful stage in a person’s life, not just because of the absence of responsibilities, but because during these years, our propensity for happiness, belief, wonder and trust seems immense. We are curious about things and are not scared by novelty. Your child is now in that wonderful stage and is looking for novelty and excitement. Infuse some of this into her life by decorating her sacred sanctuary (her room) creatively. The secret to finding a brilliant, creative idea is let your imagination run wild, just like a child,...

Adapting to the role of a new mother is quite an interesting and challenging phase in one’s life. You would naturally want to give your child the best of everything – the food, clothes and needless to say, the toys. A child takes an immediate interest in a toy, regardless of the form and size. If you just consider toys to be a source of entertainment, you may want to rethink as toys have a great role to play in the overall development of a child. Here are some tips on how to choose the best toys to help in your child’s development. Room...

Fairies, mermaids and princesses… when it comes to girls’ parties, we think that it is all about glitz and glam. But, is it indeed so? Or do you need to beef up your imagination while thinking of a nice theme for your girl child’s birthday party? Well read on to get some superb ideas on party themes that add glamour to the occasion.  #1 Cinderella Add a note of fantasy by arranging a Cinderella themed birthday party.  The stores are full of accessories and party supplies that go with this theme, so you’ll get lots of stuffs...