Why Fathers Are Important

why fathers are important

Fathers Day is this weekend and we want to take some time to appreciate all the dads out there. This year more than $23 billion was spent on Mother’s Day, compared to only $15 billion on Father’s Day. Dad, we want you to know that you’re important, too. Little ones need their fathers just as much as they need their mothers, and here’s why:

Dads are the yin to mom’s yang. There is a reason that there are two parents. Moms and dads naturally balance one another out. We’re not just talking about traditional gender roles since both parents can essentially “do” all of the same things. We tend to be attracted to a mate who provides balance to our own lives, and this extends to our children as well. One parent may be more organized and the other may be more free-spirited. Parenting takes teamwork. By maximizing one another’s strengths, you can both parent more effectively.

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Five Apps to Help Make Parenting Easier for First-Timers

first time parenting apps

Becoming a parent for the first time can be an exciting time, but, as The Child Whisperer notes, most new parents often also feel overwhelmed, thinking about how they’ll juggle the many new aspects of parenting alongside all their other responsibilities. Fortunately, Pregnant Pauses explains that there are numerous apps that can help make the journey of parenting a smoother one.

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Spring Cleaning: A “Nesting” Mommy’s Dream

Spring cleaning

It is springtime almost!  There’s just something about spring that makes an expecting mommy want to jump up and clean (and clean, and clean), especially when it’s Spring Cleaning time. The weather is warming; the air is fresh and crisp; so it’s a great time to prep your home for your little bundle of joy. Here are some items to scrub and spaces to organize that will bring you instant joy (and the instant satisfaction of crossing items off of your long to-do list).

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Prioritize Your Relationship for Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Date Night

When you have kids, date nights can be few and far between. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to prioritize your relationship and go out for date night. If you haven’t made plans yet, or Valentine’s crowds stress you out, no worries! There is no rule that you have to celebrate ON February 14. And given the current world state with COVID, why not pick another day!

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8 Items You Absolutely Need in Your Hospital Bag

What to pack for the hospital

If you scan online pregnancy sites and popular baby retailers’ blogs; they will make you feel pretty stressed out about packing a hospital bag. Why? They absolutely over exaggerate just how much you need to bring with you on D-day. Take it from me-I packed way too much and spent more money than I needed to when packing my bag. After all, was said and done, here are the things I feel are most important to have with you at the hospital!

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Contingency Birth Plans for a Snow Emergency

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What to do in an emergency?  At one time or another during pregnancy, most women wonder about what will happen should they not be able to make it to the hospital on time.  Given the nature of our world now, the thought of COVID and if the hospital will be taking patients is also a concern.  These concerns hit home even more for the moms-to-be who are due during the winter months. With a snowstorm around every corner, black ice, and sleet impeding their path to the hospital, what would a mother in labor do in the event that she couldn’t get to the hospital to birth her baby?

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Staying Organized Before, During and After Christmas

staying organized

If you’re like a lot of Americans, “Santa” is going overboard at your house this year…again!  Did you shop ahead in an effort to save money, but then forget about some of your purchases? Or, the “hottest” toys are currently in stores, and you are buying more than you thought.  Or, Amazon is just calling your name during the pandemic.

Once you factor in friends and family buying gifts as well, it can be overwhelming to think about all the toys and gifts that will be in your home in the next month. Get ahead now and have a plan for the New Year!

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5 thoughtful gift ideas for the expectant dad

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and every year a whole new batch guys have moved out of the Dude Zone and into the Dad Zone and are celebrating this day of recognition for the very first time. However, I think that we should also start to make some extra efforts to include expectant father’s into this tradition too. Even though most of those guys probably think that they aren’t really a Father until Baby gets here, the fact of the matter is that parenthood starts with that positive pregnancy test. Here are 5 thoughtful gift ideas for the expectant Dad that say “Welcome To Fatherhood” and better prepare him for the adventures ahead.

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Reducing Mom Stress

dealing with mom stress

Let’s just go ahead and say it: Mom-ing is stressful. Everyone has stress, but mom stress is on a whole other level. Being a mother is possibly the most amazing, fulfilling thing you’ll ever experience, but it’s also likely the most stressful. Here you are, suddenly in charge of another human’s life; in charge of caring for them around the clock as you shape them into a productive member of society.

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Kids Clothes : Save Money

Children's clothes

A great way to save money on your kids clothes is to shop in the off season. So at the end of Spring and Summer when you would usually be buying for Fall and Winter, you go ahead and stock up on clothes for next year. By purchasing off season, you can save 40-75% off of retail prices.  That adds up to huge savings when you are trying to support a family.

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