5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don’t taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it’s an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying “no” or jumping in when a baby discovers a new space. An Open for Adventure survey from Babyganics found a majority of parents (69 percent) believe a child can learn to be more confident if he or she is allowed to explore freely as a baby. However, letting go doesn’t always come naturally to parents. …

Building Babies’ Brains

3 indoor activities to encourage fun and education (Family Features) Being stuck inside with a baby during the colder months can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling a bit stir-crazy. Consider these activity ideas from Ann Fisher, an award-winning teacher at KinderCare, that you and your baby can do together no matter the weather or where you’re traveling. Because these ideas involve materials you likely already have at home, that means you can entertain baby without going out to buy new toys or materials. “The important thing is to show your baby how excited you are to teach them …

Bullying prevention: 5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation

(BPT) – If you’re a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health? For parents, it can sometimes seem difficult to monitor and gauge a child’s emotional well-being, which is affected by a number of things that parents and children may not discuss. Having conversations around these issues is the best way to keep them in check. One issue that is of particular concern is bullying. Bullying is a …

6 little-known facts about the history of jigsaw puzzles

(BPT) – Just try to walk by an unfinished jigsaw puzzle without stopping. It’s almost impossible and in fact, nearly half of all Americans puzzle for fun, to relax or to relieve stress. Families puzzle together as a winter tradition. Millennials puzzle to connect with each other and disconnect from a hyper-digital lifestyle while seniors puzzle for a brain boost. It may feel like puzzling is one of the many retro activities made vogue again, but it has always been in fashion. In celebration of National Puzzle Month, which takes place each January and not coincidentally in the winter when …

The Dinos Collection

What little boy doesn’t love dinosaurs? Our Dinos are a bold and quirky take on a classic. A sharp color combination of navy and mustard gives a nod to the South West, and will brighten any day. Adding whimsy to “boyish” themes can be difficult, but we think this collection will make an asteroid-sized bang. Finn and Emma

How to Survive Traveling with Toddlers

Now that the holidays have come and gone, Spring Break is right around the corner! Traveling with kids is never easy; most of the time, it’s a parent’s nightmare! With Easter and Spring Break coming up parents will need all the help they can get to make sure their kids are entertained and engaged. LilGadgets headphones are a quality brand of headphones made especially for kids that are a must for kids travel bags. The headphones are perfect to use on a long road trip or flight. The LilGadgets are made with kid-safe technology offering volume limitations and passive noise …

Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child

  (Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don’t taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it’s an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying “no” or jumping in when baby discovers a new space. An Open for Adventure survey from Babyganics found a majority of parents (69 percent) believe a child can learn to be more confident if he or she is allowed to explore freely as a baby. However, letting go doesn’t always come naturally for parents. …

Hug More, Stress Less

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness. As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by “The Guardian.” Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety. However, according to the article, hugs are on the decline. Among the reasons for this decline in hugging are busy schedules and the prevalence …

Transitioning Back to Work After Baby

  (Family Features) Just when you were getting the hang of having a baby at home, it’s time to go back to work. Beyond the expected changes such as picking work tasks back up and catching up on things you’ve missed, your priorities have most likely shifted now that you’re a parent. It’s normal for parents to feel anxious about transitioning back to work after having a baby, but they don’t have to do it alone. Most new parents have built-in support systems of friends and family, but if their child will be attending daycare, that structure can provide additional …

Registration Open for JPMA Show

Registration is now open for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) Show: Built for Baby. This year’s show is scheduled April 10-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to attract  4,600 attendees, 90%+ of the industry’s buying power, and thousands of new and expecting parents. In addition, manufacturers can enter products in the JPMA Innovation Awards competition until February 11. This long-standing and widely respected contest is judged a committee comprised of industry buyers, consumer and trade media, safety experts, and industry partners. The products are judged on their innovation and other qualities. For …