Before my daughter learned to speak she learned to sign, and the first sign she mastered was “more”. More meant more — as in, “Give me more milk before I scream-cry in 5-4-3-2-1...” — but for her, it also meant “again”. Sing that song again. Push the toy cash register button again. Make that funny sound with your armpit again, again, again.
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As anyone who works in a school or childcare centre will attest, Australian parents come up with some pretty weird names for their offspring - including Google, Tron and Hippo. While most names are reluctantly approved by the state or territory's Registry of Births, there are a few that you just can't get away with.
Is it OK to put a boy and a girl in the bathtub together? What should you do if a classmate from your kid’s preschool comes over for a play date and you find the two of them “playing doctor” from the waist down? And what if your child asks to examine your private parts and that makes you feel weird?
I lose my keys often. I text the words "Running 10 minutes late" more than I should. I fail to bring in all the bags of random kid crap from my car each night, so I'm constantly grabbing new bags and filling them with more random kid crap. I eat stuff that makes me feel lousy afterward. I overestimate the amount groceries we consume and am constantly tossing out food.
When you're a parent of young children, it's not a matter of if they will see you naked, but how many times it will happen in a day. My four-year-old daughter has always skittered in and out of my bathroom as she pleases. If I'm on the toilet, she might decide it's a good time to stand on her step stool and put on a one-girl-production of Annie. If I'm in the shower, she'll beg please, please, please, mama, can you press your butt against the glass door again? And then she'll giggle maniacally every single time.
A good podcast can turn mundane activities, such as cleaning, running errands and commuting, into time spent learning about something new or just being entertained. Here are podcasts focused on parenting, ones you can listen to with your kids (and not be bored), and ones that are great for your kids to listen to on their own.
Money is a complicated, intimidating topic for most people, and that includes parents. If your parents need financial help, it can be a tricky subject to approach. I asked a few money experts for their opinion on how to talk about the topic delicately.
Dear Lifehacker, I had a child 18 months ago, and I am having extreme difficulty getting back into the workforce. I was wondering who can help me find a job? I have tried casual, part-time and full-time positions across multiple industries but keep getting knocked back. I am by no means picky, but I feel unemployable. I am receiving no government benefits and we have bills to pay. I would really appreciate any advice.
When you head home to visit family, tons of childhood memories will come rushing back, along with some old family dynamics too. Some dynamics, like inside jokes or age-old traditions, are comforting and great. But others, like teasing, babying, or people not taking you seriously -- not so much. You may be a full-grown adult now, but parents and siblings can make you feel like you're eight-years-old all over again.
Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them with an alternative.
There are a lot of benefits that go along with being a stay-at-home parent, but it can take a big toll on your finances, if you're not careful. The more tuned in you are to where you're at with your savings, spending and debt, the easier it is to make the transition. If you're contemplating becoming a stay-at-home parent, here are some things you need to do, financially.