Only parents can relate and know this cold hard truth. Parenting is hard! Sometimes you wonder if you are even doing it right. Sometimes you wonder if you are already a failure as a parent. Even though we are all aware of this truth, there are still some parenting topics that gets parents from all over the country heated! Here are some sensitive topics that always seem to cause a debate and gets many parents to sound off!
To spank or not to spank is the question of the day! Many parents have said they spank their toddlers because it reminds the child not to repeat the same bad behavior but does it really work? There have been numerous debates and studies about this. Some experts says it helps and others highly disagree.
Do you spank your toddler?
2. Giving kids allowance to do chores
Some parents feel it necessary to give their kids allowance to do chores around the house. This way, they feel it helps them get a sense of the real world because in order to eat, you need to work to earn money. Others feel it is a slippery slope when you do this because then, your child will want to get paid for every single thing you ask them to do. Some believe chores should be kept separate from allowance. Chores needs to be done to teach them responsibility.
What do you think? Would you or do you give your kids allowance for chores around the house?
3. The crying it out method
Okay, here’s where it gets really serious. We all know babies cry sometimes not because they are hungry, but because they simply want to be held. The crying it out method is when you let a baby cry for a few minutes up to an hour. Some parents let their babies cry it out to teach them to sleep through the night and allow them to get used to not being held every time they cry. Others say it’s cruel and inhumane to let your baby cry when all he/she needs is just to be cuddled. Some experts believe they are better ways to help babies learn how to sooth themselves to help them sleep through the night.
What are your thoughts on the crying it out method?
There is always a huge debate surrounding this topic. Many parents share their bed with their children because they feel it helps with bonding and reduces sleep disruption throughout the night. Many other parents say it’s dangerous because there have been many cases of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Do you co-sleep with your baby or are you against it?
5. Disposable vs. Cloth Diaper
Parents sound off when it comes to this topic. Not really sure why people get so sensitive about this because I believe it all comes down to preference. To each his own. Some feel disposable diapers are wasteful, expensive, disgusting and harmful to the earth. On the other hand, others feel disposable diaper is quick and effortless.
Are you team cloth diaper or disposable diaper?
To immunize or not to immunize? There has been so much debate surrounding this hot topic for many years. It’s not about seeing or hearing your child’s piercing cry of despair at the poke of a needle, many parents believe that exposing your child to vaccines is as dangerous as the disease you are trying to prevent them from. They fear those who have been immunized are the most susceptible to that same disease. For those who choose to vaccinate their children, there’s also a debate on whether or not you should delay the immunization schedule or go with the medical recommendation.
Do you and will you immunize your kids or would you skip it?
7. Piercing Ears
Ooooo! Many parents feel it is best to pierce your child’s ear when they are born or do it within the 1st year of their lives. Others feel it is more appropriate to let this be the child’s decision when they are old enough to make decisions on their own.
Did you wait to let your child make her own decision or did you pierce her ear as a baby ?
8. When to take a new born out in public
Okay, when do you think it’s appropriate to take a new born out in public? Some parents feel waiting to take your baby out in public is best because their immune system is still so fragile. Also, they say it’s best to avoid big crowds and closed spaces until the baby is about 6-8 weeks old. Many others say they do not see the big deal in the matter. In fact, they say it is important to build your baby’s immune system as much as you can and give they fresh air.
How soon did you take your new born out in public?
Magic is what a woman experiences and feels when she’s expecting. Most women want to document their ever growing bump every step of the way because she knows she won’t stay pregnant forever. Well, you’ve got 9 months to show off your gorgeous bump in front of the camera but sometimes, you wonder what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to doing a maternity photo shoot. The type of clothing you choose to wear obviously depends on how far along you are, the theme and how you want the pictures to look. Without further ado, here are some cool ideas for your maternity photo shoots.
1. Go Naked
I think seeing a naked woman with a beautiful baby bump is the most beautiful sight when done tastefully. Now I’ve seen some that were not well thought out and it looked, well…let’s just say tacky!
2. A Fabulous Flowy Gown
Flowy gowns makes everything look and feel like a fairy tale. It’s beautiful, it’s chic and certainly puts a artsy feel to your shoot.
3. Form Fitting Maxi Dresses
Tight fitted maxi dresses look so good on a preggo mama with a full round bump. This way, you get to showcase your bump and look stunning at the same time.
4. A form Fitted Dress
Form fitted dresses not only puts a spotlight on your bump, it gives you a classy and edgy look.
5. A Pair of Fab Jeans
It may sound odd but you can keep it simple and laid back with a pair of jeans and a cute shirt. This picture above goes on to show you that you don’t really need to go over and beyond to take a beautiful maternity photo.
6. A Cute Skirt With A Sweater
Although a skirt may seem a little too professional for a maternity shoot, you can totally make it look chic and fresh with a cute top and a super cute jacket. Oh…you can’t forget to accessorize with jewelry to make everything pop.
7. Playful Dress
Being playful with your outfit gives your shoot a playful and youthful look. You can never go wrong with wearing something playful to lift up your spirits along with that of the entire shoot.
What did you wear for your maternity shoot? Did you keep it elegant and chic or did you go for cute and simple?
Once in a while, all we want to do is put our swollen feet up on the table after a long day and sip a glass of alcoholic beverage to unwind. Well, when you are pregnant, that’s not really an option right? All you can do is stare at the champagne bottle and day dream about drinking it. Yeah…I know. Such a BUMMER but I’ve got news for you! Mojitos, magaritas and other tasty alcoholic beverage taste oh so good without any alcohol. Don’t believe me? Here are 7 delicious mocktails to help you get the edge off.
1. Kiwi Mojito
No cucumber or rum needed for this delicious recipe. All you need…lime, kiwi and club soda for this fruity heavenly deliciousness! Yum!
Pick out your favorite orange juice and swap out the champagne with sparkling cidar. Voila! You got yourself a virgin mimosa.
3. Virgin red or white sangria
For red sangria, select the juice of your choice and use pomegranate or grape juice. For the white version, white grape or apple should do it. Now we all know sangria is super delicious with a bunch of different fruits inside. So select whatever fruits you want in it and let it sit in the fridge for a bit. BOOM! You got your cocktail…just without the alcholic kick! Enjoy!
4. Bloody Mary
Okay, Bloody Mary is one of my all time favs and when you are preggers, you can still make it fun and well…delicious. Alright, you need…4 ounces of tomato juice, 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice, a pinch of hot sauce, pepper, celery salt and salt with 1/2 a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce. Oh and lots of ice! There…your virgin Blood Mary is served.
5. Moscow Mule
So we all know the moscow mule is supposed to be drank with lots of vodka and gingle ale but I am going to have to ask you to slowly step away from the vodka and grab molasses to sub in for the vodka. This is a great source of iron! Just grab 1 teaspoon of molasses (not blackstrap) in hot water and just add one lime. Allow it to cool then top it up with ginger ale and garnish with mint.
6. The Watermelon Mocktail On The Rocks
Oh-la-la! Who doesn’t love watermelon? This refreshing 10 minute mocktail will surely boost your immune system. All you need for this delish recipe is 1/2 a cup of watermelon (blended, shaken or muddled), 1/4 of grape juice, 1/4 of tonic water, 1 orange wedge and 1 watermelon wedge for garnish which is optional.
7. Mango Margarita
This drink is sure to keep nausea at bay! Pump up the volume in your taste buds with this morning sickness remedy. You need 1/4 cup of mango juice, 1/4 cup of grape juice, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 2 strawberries or 4-6 raspberries and granola for garnish. Granola is optional choice.
What are some favorite mocktails you enjoy?
Being pregnant is one of the most miraculous things that can ever happen to any woman. Yes! You will gain a little weight in unexpected places and you might get stuck sleeping on your side for a long while but don’t fret! There are some awesome perks that comes with being pregnant. Don’t believe me? I’ve compiled 12 unexpected things you’ll love while you are pregnant.
1. Your nesting instinct will go through the roof!
Da-Da-Da-Dummm!!! When you’re pregnant, you’ll feel like a happy bride with a wedding day fast approaching but this time, you’ll find yourself cleaning, prepping a room for your little one and you’ll be doing lots of shopping. You will find yourself constantly planning for the arrival of your bundle of joy.
2. Your “twin” girls will increase in size
Va-Va-Vroom!!! Thanks to the increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, Your breasts will increase in size as your baby grows inside you. Yep! That means your cleavage in that little black dress will look better than it’s ever looked before. Might as well enjoy it for the next 9 months right? LOL
3. You will experience the “glow” phenomenon
We’ve all heard people say “Your are glowing!” Well mamas…it’s ain’t a lie! During pregnancy, hormonal changes causes your skin to stretch and it increases your blood volume which brings more blood to the skin, hence, giving you the pregnancy glow.
4. You get to eat more!
Nom! Nom! Nom! You get to enjoy more calorie intake and for once, you won’t care if you gain a little bit of weight. Okay…slow it down now mama. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you get to overeat but do enjoy eating more than you normally would and feel free to indulge every once in a while. After all, you are eating for two aren’t you?
5. Being pampered
Oh hell yeah! Being pampered is exactly what every woman wants and while preggers, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Even when you go out in public, complete strangers tend to cater to you. When you’re home, your hubby and friends will take care of you. Hell! Enjoy it while you can. After all, you’ll be sleep deprived after the baby is born, so milk every minute of being preggo!
6. Healthy hair and nails
Whoop! Whoop! Flaunt it while you got it! Increased hormones during pregnancy helps your hair grow. It actually gets thicker, fuller and it looks healthy. Your nails also gets longer and stronger too.
Leggings are the most comfortable things a pregnant woman can wear. From the time you open your eyes to the time you go to sleep at night, you can wear them all day and they are super duper comfy and the best part…no one will judge! Just buy some in different colors and you are good to go for the next nine months:-)
8. You will never feel alone
When you are preggers, you never have to be alone because you won’t ever be. You will always feel like you have someone with you. With your little one kicking, you will always feel like you have a side kick with ya! LITERALLY!!!
9. You will always have an excuse
Oh don’t worry about looking like you’ve lost your mind. You know those days you’ve said to yourself “Where did I park? I swear I just had my keys? Where are they?” No worries! You can always blame it on having “preggo brain.” Really! It happens! Pregnant women seem to be a little bit more forgetful.
10. Who cares if your clothes don’t fit right?
If your clothes don’t fit, don’t sweat it! I mean..hello??? You are preggo! You are allowed to have a few tight clothes because well…you will get bigger as your bundle of joy grows so don’t freak out! It’s all normal and healthy!
What were some things you absolutely loved while you were pregnant? Sound off in the comment box below.
Did you know that nearly half of mothers around the globe stop breastfeeding way before they want to because of insufficient milk production? Yeah…that’s definitely a bummer! I mean…it is a devastating fact that still plagues mothers everywhere. A mother’s priority is to make sure her child is adequately fed with her breast milk but what can she do to help boost her milk production you ask? Well, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 top super foods that will help any mama make more milk. Let’s go down the list shall we?