Getting pregnant is one of the most joyous times of many women's lives, but carrying an eight pound baby doesn't come without its share of wear and tear on your body. Your feet go up half a size to one size, you swell up all over, and stretch marks usually set in wherever your skin is overstretched.
The best way to teach your children good manners is to have good manners yourself, and model them in front of your children. This mother of three goes over several of her favorite strategies for raising a well-mannered and polite child.
Toddlers can be difficult to manage in a public setting. This mother of three shows how you can get even a very young child to behave and have good manners when you're in a place like a restaurant or other public place.
Children hate going to bed, but they certainly need their sleep. How can you get a toddler to accept that it's bedtime without having to deal with a temper tantrum? Here are a few good stratgies for getting a toddler to go to bed peacefully.
You don't need an expensive ice cream maker to make your own ice cream! All you need is a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag, milk, sugar and vanilla flavoring. Once you've put your ingredients in the bag, mix it up and then freeze it!
Make a fashion purse for your little princess! You'll need four squares of fabric in two separate colors (one for the outside and one for the lining), beads for decoration, a shoelace to use as a strap, needle and thread (or a craft sewing machine) and a pair of scissors.
Here's a fun and eco-friendly activity that will let you make some clever bubble wands out of recycled wire. All you need is the colored wire (you can use old hanger wire) and a few BBQ sticks. Then bend into the shape you want!
Diapering. It's one of those things which you can't avoid. This video shows you a few useful techniques for changing the diapers for your new baby, including how to avoid things like diaper rash - or how to treat diaper rash if your child develops it.
A little worried about giving your newborn infant a bath? This tutorial shows you how to not only give your baby a bath, but make bathtime a fun time and have your child look forward to the playtime. Also included are some good safety tips for putting your baby in the bath.
Babies sleep best when they have a reliable sleep routine, and this also helps the new parents get enough sleep themselves. This tutorial shows you how to give your baby a good routine to make sure they sleep as much through the night as possible.
Baby hair can usually be extra fine, and baby skin is also sensitive to harsh shampoo. Detangling can also be a challenging. This tutorial shows you how to take care of your child's hair, and still let them express themselves.
Bathing a baby means not only keeping them clean, but also taking care of their skin. This video shows you how to keep your child's skin soft and well moisturized. Make sure your baby doesn't continually suffer from dry skin, and always moisturize after a bath.
What's better than building a fort out of couch cushions, blankets and chairs? Not much, if you're a kid! This tutorial shows you how to build a stable couch fort, that can repel the assault of even the most determined playmate.
This craft is for pre-K children, and is useful if you want to teach them about shapes. By using circles, you can craft them to make a cute little baby carriage. All you need is some glue and scissors, and maybe some stickers or other decorations.
Teach your young child about shapes! This tutorial shows you how to make a teacup out of rectangle shapes - both perfect and trapezoidal. All you need is some colored paper, glue and safety scissors (and markers or colored pencils to decorate your tea cup)
Traditionally, cutting the umbilical cord is done by the new father - and while many dads to be might be excited by the opportunity, it can also be a little scary. This video will hopefully assuage your fears and show you the right way to cut the cord.
This is a simple craft you can make with a child who loves to play dress-up. You'll need cardboard or posterboard, aluminum foil or reflective paper, glitter pencils, a circular trace, a paper puncher, markers or colored pencils, glue and safety scissors.
Help your child decorate their room! This tutorial shows you how to use craft foam to construct a curtain of flowers. In addition to the foam, you will also need a glitter pencil, decorative ribbon and a pair of kid safe craft scissors.
Teach your children responsibility by having them do chores. But sometimes, the stress of getting your children to do their chores seems more than it's worth. Here's a useful tutorial to set up a chore matrix or chore chart and get your children to do their chores.
Here's a great way to recycle old socks into clever puppets for your kids! This tutorial shows you how to turn an old green sock into a snake pupet using googly eyes, a bit of red felt, some cardboard, fabric glue and scissors (and some yarn if you want your puppet to have hair).
Turn a left over wooden block into a sailboat! To make this craft, you'll need four rectangular wooden blocks and one triangle, three foam leaves, a BBQ or bamboo skewer, glue or a glue gun and scissors (and paint, if you want to paint your blocks a different color).
Make a beautiful box for your child to keep their jewelry or precious possessions in. You'll need a small plastic or metal container, strands of thread with small beads on them, plastic gems or rhinestones, a hot glue gun and a kid-friendly pair of scissors.
Teach your child how to tie shoelaces, and have fun at the same time! You can make a pair of paper shoes with laces by using recycled cardboard, foam leaves, a glue gun, a hole punch, scissors and, of course, a pair of shoelaces!
This is a fun craft to do with your child which teaches them how to make a Turkish-style pair of slippers. All you'll need is some colored cardboard, decorative ribbon, glue, scissors, colored markers and a few decorations to put on the shoes.
Make family movie night extra special by holding it outdoors! If your backyard is big enough and the weather where you live lets you, you can set up your own home theater in the backyard! All you need is a screen, projector, DVD player and a sound system.
Dealing with a teething baby is probably the worst time of raising a child. This video shows parents how to manage teething and help your child through a painful period in their life. A few good strategies involving food and medicine are laid out for desperate parents.
Is your kid begging for a cell phone? Are you worried about giving them that much responsibility? Here's how to decide if your child should have a cell phone, and how to manage talk time and other aspects of kids with cell phones.
You'll need to assemble a good team if you want to pull off double dutch. This video comes from competitive jump ropers, but you can use the strategies and techniques outlined for your own leisure or playtime jump rope games.
When is the right age to teach your child how to swim? How can you teach your child about water safety when they're young? This tutorial shows you how to teach your child, even an infant, how to swim or at least handle themselves in the water.
Make a fun little toy swing! This video gives you the plans to make a swing for your dolls or other toys. You'll need to assemble five pink rods, two red rods, one green rod, two blue spools, four yellow spools and four orange washers to make this item.
Make a paper carrot and fill it with candy! To make this craft, you'll need green crepe paper, orange construction paper, glue, candies, and a pair of kid-safe scissors. Once you make the paper shell, you can fill it with candy (or anything else you want)!
Perfect for a 4th of July craft, this tutorial shows you how to make an easy beaded bracelet with a patriotic touch. You'll need some copper wire (or jewelry wire), red, white and blue beads, a pencil and a pair of safety scissors.
This is a fun craft for a child of any age, which teaches how to make an octopus out of yarn. All you need besides the yarn is a pair of googly eyes, glue and scissors. And a few decorations, like a pom pom or foam flower, if you want.
Easter is over, and what to do with all the plastic eggs that hold candy? You can always recycle them and turn them into a bumble bee! This craft requires 2 googly eyes, one black pipe cleaner, one white, gold or silver pipe cleaner, a stick and some glue.
Here's a fun rainy day craft, good for especially young children. Make your own porcupine or hedgehog out of construction paper. You'll need yellow and brown origami paper, one black marker, one popsicle stick, two googly eyes, a stapler, glue and a pair of safety scissors.
Here's an easy craft you can do with your children to make a patriotic Fourth of July paper hanger. All you need is some construction paper in red, white and blue, a pipe cleaner to serve as the hanger, a stapler or hot glue gun, and some scissors.
Newly pregnant couples have yet another thing to worry about - how the pregnancy and subsequent child might affect their sex life. In most cases, it's perfectly safe to have sex - and pregnancy may even help improve sex between the couple!
An ultrasound is the first photograph of your baby, but sometimes it can be difficult to understand. This video shows you what an ultrasound is, how you can interpret the photgraph and what you can expect when you go in for yours.
Flexion exercises are a popular method to flatten a stomach after pregnancy. But always make sure that you give your body time to heal after becoming a new mother. Avoid these Flexion exercises until you're sure that your body has returned to normal.
Keeping your baby on a schedule is important for their development, and also for establishing early on a reliable sleeping pattern. This tutorial shows you how to get a good bedtime or nighttime routine going so you can easily put your child to bed and have them sleep through the night.