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The Dos and Don’ts of Fighting in Front of Your Kids

You’d be hard pressed to find a couple who has never had an argument in front of their kids. While constant fighting in the presence of your kids is not good for their development, an occasional heated discussion, if done properly, has some true value. We’re sharing the dos and don’ts of fighting in front of your kids to help you navigate sensitive issues in a responsible and appropriate manner.

Do realize that your kids are watching and listening much more than you think. You actually may wish they followed directions you give them as much as they follow spirited conversations you have with your spouse. Children who are surrounded by frequent fighting tend to be less self-confident, prone to sadness and stress and may have anxiety in social situations.

The Dos and Don’ts of Fighting in Front of Your KidsDon’t think that babies and toddlers are immune to your fighting just because they cannot yet understand all of your words. Babies as young as six months old can decipher tone and stress within conversations. You are their sense of security so fighting in front of your little ones can be frightening and challenges that safety net.

Do show your kids that even the happiest, most loving couples disagree sometimes. Never allowing them to witness a respectful argument may make them think that they should hold in their feelings of anger and frustration all the time. Rather, as they watch and listen to you and your spouse discuss and resolve conflict, they will learn the best way to handle their feelings now and in the future.

Don’t pretend you are not fighting when you really are. If your children notice or even comment on your fight, tell them that mommy and daddy are having a disagreement and you are talking through it to come up with a solution. Make sure your kids know you love each other and them very much and they’ve done nothing to cause the argument.

Do fight respectfully since you are setting an example after all. Remove words like “always” and “never” and stick to the one issue at hand. Try to keep your voice calm and your gestures to a minimum. Also, never use curse words or say mean things about your spouse in front of your children.

Don’t forget to make up at the end of the fight. Apologize for your contribution to the conflict and give a hug or kiss to show that the issue is over and everything is OK. It is important for your children to know that mommy and daddy love each other even when they quarrel.

Do watch for signs that fighting in front of your kids is causing emotional problems such as acting out, sadness, academic decline or other changes to their behavior. If this happens, talk to them about how they are feeling and work to cut back on arguments in front of them.

Don’t let fights escalate in front of your kids. If you find that you’re not able to control your emotions during a fight, have a hand signal that indicates the issue needs to be addressed later because you’re too upset to deal with it right then. Time may even help you resolve the fight faster as you and your spouse will have a chance to cool off.

Do avoid certain topics in front of your children such as issues you’re having with them, your sex life, money problems, potential large life changes such as a move, or major parenting decisions.

Don’t think you’re the only couple in the world that fights. Everyone has issues once in awhile and your kids will learn that tiffs are part of normal, healthy relationships.

Sources: The Huffington Post and Parents Magazine

Paternal Instinct: The Real Father’s Day Gift

For all those new dads out there who are feelin’ the love for their babies just as much as moms, there’s science behind your devotion to fatherhood. As you probably know, there is a lot of talk about maternal instinct as it relates to carrying a baby for around nine months, giving birth, breastfeeding and all of the hormones involved in the process. But you may be surprised to learn that fathers also have hormonal shifts that contribute to paternal instinct.

Paternal Instinct: The Real Father’s Day GiftLike maternal instinct, paternal instinct is triggered by a change in hormones including estrogen, prolactin and oxytocin. You may not realize that men also have these hormones in their bodies, albeit in different proportions to women. Because dads don’t have the same physical bond from the prenatal period as moms, a dad’s paternal instinct is usually activated when spending time caring for his baby. The more time dads spend with their babies, the stronger their paternal instinct. And studies show it’s certain types of quality time that makes a difference.

According to research from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, Dads tend to get hormonal boosts that contribute to paternal instinct from more active play and interaction with their babies such as helping their babies explore, moving their babies’ bodies, or trying to elicit smiles. Mothers, on the other hand, often get their hormonal lift from “affectionate parenting” like touching, talking and watching their babies.

Interestingly, babies more often prefer to play with dads and seek comfort from moms, perhaps because this is where parents find the most enjoyment in parenting. And hormones that push maternal and paternal instincts to bond with, love and protect babies correlate during these times as well.

The study also found that mothers and fathers tend to sync oxytocin levels. During times when mothers experienced high oxytocin levels, fathers did too, and vice versa. This may be why postpartum depression also affects father.

As we head into Father’s Day weekend, just take a look at the beautiful bond between your baby and your husband and you’ll know that paternal instinct is alive and well. Let’s celebrate the real gifts of fatherhood: the experience-based paternal instinct that is activated between babies and their dads.

Sources: Aha Parenting, Live Science and Science Magazine

8 Clever and Meaningful DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Like moms, dads enjoy gifts from the heart. Before you bust out your wallet and spend gobs of money of a Father’s Day present, consider making special DIY Father’s Day gifts. Today we’re sharing some clever and meaningful gift ideas for you and your kiddos to work on together that dads will cherish.

8 Clever and Meaningful DIY Father’s Day GiftsFill-in Questionnaire or Mad-Libs: Write a list of questions or a fill-in-the-blank story about dad and have your kids give you answers. They’ll have fun creating a one-of-a-kind description of dad that may turn out particularly silly or sweet.

Design Your Own Mug: Using permanent ceramic markers, have your kids draw pictures on an inexpensive mug (available at dollar stores). Dad will have a new favorite coffee mug designed especially for him.

Anagram Artwork: Spell out DAD or FATHER on a canvas and ask your kids to come up with a word or phrase that describes your guy using each letter. Frame the canvas for a meaningful Father’s Day keepsake.

Matching T-shirts: Proud dads love their kids artwork so let your children design a t-shirt that they can both wear. Have your kids draw their design on a piece of paper and scan it into your computer. A screen printer can create the matching t-shirts.

Dad’s Favorite Things: Let your kids decorate a bucket or shoe box to represent dad. Then brainstorm all of dad’s favorite things such as his favorite snack foods, beverages, sports, hobbies, games, people, etc…and place a representative item in the container for dad to enjoy on Father’s Day.

Pun Cards: Make your own Father’s Day cards and enjoy a fun art project at the same time. Get clever with your dad puns and ways to represent them. Some ideas include: a card in the shape of a saw that says “Greatest Dad I Ever Saw.” A card in the shape of a lawn mower that says “A Cut Above the Rest.” A card with a mustache on it that says “If you Really Mustache, You’re the Best Dad Ever.”

Coin Jar: If you’ve got a dad with a lot of pocket change, make him a coin jar where he can collect daily deposits. You can use almost any type of container including a mason jar, tin can, mint box, empty food canisters, or whatever else you may have around the house. Decorate it with art supplies. Make sure there’s a slit at the top where dad can insert his coins.

Nature Picture Frame: Take the kids outside for a treasure hunt to find items in nature that you can use to make a picture frame. Using a simple wooden or plastic frame, glue your natural treasures to the frame. You can stick with a theme, such as rocks or sticks, or got eclectic. Finish it up by placing a family photo in the frame.

We hope your family has a wonderful and special Father’s Day!

Sources: Country Living, Dodo Burd, and The Parenting Place

Tips for Taking your Baby to the Beach

A visit to the beach is an exciting summer trip, especially if it is your baby’s first time. Beach vacations with a new little one will certainly feel different than relaxing beach trips of the past. But with a good attitude, some preparation and our tips for taking your baby to the beach, you’ll be all set to enjoy your summer vacation.

Tips for Taking your Baby to the BeachDress for Success: Tussling with a baby to put on sunscreen is no fun for anyone. Try to cover your baby in SPF swim gear as much as possible and then apply sunscreen to whatever skin is still exposed. Bring along a wide-brimmed hat to shade your baby’s face and neck and, if your baby is walking, pack water shoes in case the sand is hot. Of course don’t forget plenty of swim diapers as well.

Oceanside Dining: For babies who are still exclusively breastfeeding, having an oceanside feeding may be relaxing, enjoyable and a welcome change of scenery. Feed often to keep your baby hydrated. But be prepared for some backlash in case it’s not the luxurious experience you had hoped it would be by having some pumped milk handy. If your baby can eat solids, pack plenty of snacks and lots of water for hydration.

Baby-Safe Play Space: The beach is basically one big playroom, which hopefully your baby will find awing and thrilling. If you feel the wide openness of the beach is a bit much for your little one (and you), create a safe play space by pitching a tent, which also offers shade, or brining an inflatable kiddie pool. You can also carve out a play pen in the sand by digging a ditch and covering it with a blanket. Or try the fitted sheet trick where you stretch out the sheet and hold it in place with heavy objects (like coolers, towels, etc…) and enjoy an open-aired yet somewhat enclosed space.

Baby Beach Toys: You really don’t need much in the way of toys for babies to have a blast at the beach. If it floats your boat, bring along a few traditional buckets and shovels. Sometimes makeshift toys work better, like plastic cups, water bottles measuring cups and spoons, squirt bottles, large paint brushes and some plastic toy animals (think bath toys). Your baby can use all of these items to dig in the sand or splash in the water for a merry old time.

Floatation Devices: If you plan to hold your little one and walk out into the ocean, always make sure the water is calm and go no further than where you can stand comfortably. Put a life vest on your baby in case she gets antsy or some rough water creeps up on you. Always put your baby in a life jacket on a boat. If the water at your favorite beach is calm, you can bring a raft and enjoy some time snuggling together on the water.

Sand No More: When it’s time to come in from the beach, getting the sand off yourself and your baby can be a pain. If you freeze a bag of water and use it to keep food cold in your cooler, you can use that water to rinse your bodies before heading indoors. Corn starch also works wonders at removing sand from small baby parts. (Some people use baby powder but corn starch is generally safer.) Be careful not to let your baby eat sand. An accidental curious taste is probably not too harmful but consuming lots of sand is not good for your baby’s system and may cause diaper rash when it works its way out of her body.

Beach-Side Games: Once you’ve exhausted regular sand play and taking a dip, try these fun games: Hold your baby’s hands and pick her up to jump over the waves. Chase seagulls or other birds on the beach. Make drizzle castles right at the tide line. Collect seashells and bring a few of them home for a memory jar. Draw pictures in the sand with a stick. Make new friends among other beach goes.

We hope these tips for taking your baby to the beach help you have an awesome family vacation this summer!

Sources: Mom365, Red Tricycle and Nate and Rachel

Unusual Signs of Labor

Unusual Signs of LaborYou’ve been preparing for the arrival of your baby for practically 9 months, maybe more. When labor finally begins, will you even know it’s happening? Maybe not! There are actually some lesser known rather unusual signs of labor that are quite common.

Contractions, spotting (also known as bloody show), your water breaking and dilation are all obvious signs of labor. When any of these occur, you’re probably b-lining for the hospital or at the very least on the phone with your OB. But not all signs of labor are so transparent. We’re sharing unusual signs of labor today so you’ll know your precious sweet baby is coming soon.

You can Breathe Again: As your baby “drops” and begins her decent through the birth canal, you may feel a load has been taken off your respiratory system. Your baby was causing all of your organs to squish together, which often makes it hard to breathe. When your baby is close to her debut, you may finally be able to take a full breath of fresh air. Good thing because you’ll probably need it for pushing!

You are Emotional and Moody: At the very end of your pregnancy your hormones are shifting to prepare your body for childbirth and then breastfeeding. You may be an emotional wreck or very temperamental as your baby’s birth day draws near. Try to take a breath (now that you actually can!) and know that everything will be OK. Hopefully your loved ones will give you a pass for any misguided behavior during this extremely excitable time.

You have Diarrhea: Your body is relaxing in preparation for pushing your baby through the birth canal and into the world. Your joints, muscles and bowels will all feel loser, which may lead to diarrhea. Not so pleasant but all for a good cause.

You Can’t Sleep and when you do, you Dream of Labor: You’re probably hoping to store up some zzz’s before you head into one of the biggest events in your life but that’s usually not the case. Between being in the uncomfortable state of extreme pregnancy, the excitement of the impending arrival of your new family member, and worries you may have about becoming a mom (for the first time or again), sleep may be hard to come by. And when you do drift off to sleep you may actually dream about labor in very intense and realistic ways.

You Feel Sick: As labor gets nearer, some mothers report flu-like symptoms without the fever and others get an upset stomach. Whatever the “off” feeling is, it could mean labor is around the corner.

You Lose Weight: During pregnancy you retained water and fat to help your developing baby and protect your body. As hormones change towards the end of your third trimester, you may let go of that water weight and a little stored fat. Plus, you may not have much of an appetite due to a queasy stomach or your rather large baby squishing up your stomach to the point it cannot hold much food.

You have Back Pain: Of course back pain is a side-effect of pregnancy as your bump grows larger but it can also be an unusual sign of labor especially if it radiates down your thighs. Back pain that comes in waves may be contractions in disguise so don’t ignore them.

You are a Bubble of Energy and have a Need to Nest: Some mothers experience extreme energy for the few days before going into labor and they put it to good use by cleaning and organizing to prepare for baby. If you find your nesting just escalated 12 notches, your baby may be on the way.

As your due date draws closer, remember these unusual signs of labor that may be a sneaky indication your little one is making her grand entrance very soon.

Sources: Babygaga and What to Expect

Prepare for Your Week on Sundays – Part 2


Prepare for Your Week on Sundays – Part 2The weekend is just hours away and surely you’re ready for a little relaxation and fun. As you get excited for the weekend ahead, keep these tips in mind to prepare for your week on Sundays so next week is a little easier to chew.

Conversation Starters

Send emails with questions or information you have for the upcoming days. Getting conversations started on Sundays can help jumpstart your week. Even if others don’t respond until Monday morning, you’ll be able to process and get to work pretty quickly as your week revs up. So go ahead and plan that play date or ask your co-worker for their take on something on Sunday, but don’t get annoyed if you don’t hear back until the next day.

Have Family Time

Sunday evenings are splendid for family dinners, game nights or a family meeting. It’s a great way to seal a fun-filled weekend and connect before the week sends everyone in a million directions. This special time can be something you all look forward to after working hard to prepare for your week on Sundays.

Make Goals

Take a moment to think about what you want to accomplish during the week. These can be small goals, like organizing a drawer, or larger goals like advancing to the next level in your workout routine. You may want to think about goals for your little ones too – is someone growing out of their clothes? Is there a seasonal craft you want to try with the kids? Is it time for a fun baking project? Plan to achieve one exciting goal in every aspect of your life each week.

Get Inspired

Do one thing that will warm your soul and provide inspiration for your week. It can be anything from listening to uplifting music, reading a book or looking at inspirational photos, to taking a walk or talking to a positive friend. As you prepare your home, your family, your schedule and your food for the week, take the time to prepare your spirit as well.

Head to Bed Early

Starting your week rested is one of the best ways to ensure a happy and productive week. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get to bed at a decent hour. You’ll be so grateful that you did come Monday morning!

Sources: Bustle, Inc and BuzzFeed


Prepare for Your Week on Sundays – Part 1

Prepare for Your Week on Sundays – Part 1Weekends are a time for freedom and fun compared to the structure and chaos of your weekdays. But spending a little time to prepare for your week on Sundays can be a game changer for the rest of your week. Designating one or two hours on Sundays for organization and prep can take loads of stress and chores off your plate when you truly don’t have time or energy for them. Check out our list of ways to prepare for your week on Sundays and we bet you’ll agree that the trade-off is worth it.

Review the Week Ahead

Give your calendar a glance to determine what lies ahead for your week. This can help you mentally and physically prepare for your hectic schedule. For example, if your neighborhood pot luck dinner is Tuesday night and it’s pajama day at school on Thursday, you’ll know to grocery shop for your ingredients and make sure you wash and save your kids’ favorite PJs for the special day.

Tidy the House

Not every Sunday calls for a deep house cleaning but straightening up can really change your outlook for the week. Involve the kids in a few chores like collecting the trash, putting away the piles of “stuff” the builds up around doorways and on tabletops and arrange the couch pillows. When you walk into these spaces on Monday morning, you’ll feel good about how your house looks and be in a better mood because of it.

Do the Laundry

Having all the clothes washed and put away by Sunday night is a big feat but one that can make your week so much easier. Work on washing and drying clothes in-between activities throughout the weekend and then fold everything quickly before bedtime. Sundays are a great day to wash the towels and sheets as well. Nothing feels better than jumping into freshly laundered sheets and drifting off to dream land before the start of a busy week.

Grocery Shop and Meal Prep

Doing a big food shop on the weekend will ensure you have most of what you need for the week. Sure, you may run out of strawberries and milk mid-week and you can pop into a store quickly to get what you need. But having the bulk of your list covered before Monday is super helpful for chaotic weekday mornings and evenings. It will also help you food prep. Make a meal or two to get your week started, and then do the chopping and portioning for the rest of your meals. While you’re at it, prepare some easy-to-store healthy snacks as well, like fruit cups or veggies with humus that you can grab after school or on-the-go. And don’t forget to throw away old leftovers and expired items in your fridge.

Clean the Kitchen

After you shop and meal prep, sanitize your kitchen so you’re starting with a clean slate for the week. Especially with little paws – both kids and pets – around, your kitchen can harbor some serious germs. Do a thorough wipe-down of your countertops, tables, floor, stove and sink. Make sure all the dishes are put away or in the dishwasher and clean any backlog of breast milk bottles that may have built-up.

Pack Your Bags

Hopefully you’ve gone through backpacks on Friday afternoon to make sure you’ve found all the schoolwork and treasures your kids may have brought home. On Sundays load it back up with jackets, snacks and whatever else the kiddos may need for school that week. Do the same with your bags. Sundays are great for cleaning out purses and work bags. If you’re pumping at work, make sure your pump is clean and ready to go and you have extra bottles, caps and a cooler bag in place for Monday.

That’s not all we’ve got to help you prepare for your week on Sundays. Stick around for part 2 of our series later this week.

Sources: Bustle, Inc and BuzzFeed

Nutritional Supplements for Kids – Part 2

Nutritional Supplements for Kids – Part 2Not all children need nutritional supplements, especially if they are getting a well-rounded diet. However, if your kids’ diet is lacking or if they have specific physical, behavioral or neurological issues you want to address, some out of the ordinary nutritional supplements for kids may be a good choice for your family. Check out these off the beaten path nutritional supplements for kids and be sure to consult your pediatrician before starting any new supplements.

Gelatin: It may sound weird that the ingredient in Jell-O and gummy candies, gelatin, is a nutritional supplement for kids. When it’s not surrounded by all that sugar, gelatin is marvelous for your kids’ digestive system and supports strong skin, hair and nails. You can add it to almost any drink and works particularly well in smoothies.

Probiotics:  If your child struggles with GI issues, a probiotics may be the first step in trying to heal the gut. Probiotics help populate the gastrointestinal tract with healthy flora and combat some of the harmful bacteria that enter our bodies. Probiotics aid the immune system that resides in the gut too.

Magnesium: Sleep issues have their own set of nutritional supplements for kids to help balance the sleep-wake cycle. Magnesium is terrific for soothing kids to sleep. It comes as a traditional capsule or you can get a spray-on version that absorbs directly into the skin. Epsom salt baths contain a good deal of magnesium and are another option for getting this restful nutrient.

Melatonin: Another great sleep aid that you may have heard of for adults is Melatonin. It is a hormone your body naturally produces but your child may need more of it if her sleep patterns are out of whack. It can also help curb defiant, aggressive and hyperactive behavior.

Cod Liver Oil: Your kids may not like this one but it’s actually amazing for their health. Cod Liver Oil, the oil extracted from cod, is a tremendous source of omega-3 fatty acids and also boasts a good deal of Vitamin A and D. It is known to enhance moods and support cognition. If a spoonful isn’t a hit in your house, try blending it into food or spreading it on a sweet snack.

Zinc: Zinc offers stellar neurological and behavioral benefits for children including counteraction of the urge for hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It also reduces copper in the brain that can lead to unwanted behavior and attention deficient issues. Zinc is naturally found in dairy products, meat, chicken and shellfish.

Sources: Wellness Mama, LiveStrong, Medical News Today, WebMD, ChildrensMD and Mayo Clinic

Nutritional Supplements for Kids – Part 1

Nutritional Supplements for Kids – Part 1Nutritional supplements for kids are a highly debated topic. While ideally children get all the body-loving vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, phyto-nutrients, and essential fatty acids from their wholesome, well-balanced non-toxic diet, we all know that’s not always the case. Between our grab-n-go meal plans and increasingly picky eaters, kids don’t always eat the way we wish they did. And let’s face it, we don’t always offer the healthiest choices either. That’s when nutritional supplements for kids can be useful.

This week we’re reviewing the leading traditional nutritional supplements for kids as well as some off-the-beaten-path options you may want to consider.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

Keep in mind that your child may not need a nutritional supplement at all. If you’re unsure, consult your pediatrician as your doctor may want to test for deficiencies before you begin a new supplement regimen. However, if your child is on a restrictive diet due to allergies or personal lifestyle choices (like vegetarianism, veganism or dairy-free), has physical growth issues, or has a chronic disease, a daily supplement is probably a good choice. Also, parents of kids who don’t consume a well-balanced diet, eat lots of fast food, or drink carbonated sodas that strip away nutrients should consider supplements as well.

Traditional Nutritional Supplements for Kids

If you plan to implement a nutritional supplement for your kiddos, a multi-vitamin is a good choice. Alternatively you can pick and choose the supplements you want for your kids by going for one-ingredient capsules, powders, gels or oils. The most common traditional nutritional supplements for kids include:

  • Vitamin A: This antioxidant supports the immune system and promotes healthy eyes and skin, in addition to normal bodily functions. Vitamin A is found in eggs, dairy products and many bright yellow and orange vegetables.
  • Vitamins B: The B-complex vitamins are crucial for the metabolism, nervous system and circulatory system. Kids usually get Vitamin B from all types of meat, eggs, beans and nuts.
  • Vitamin C: Another important antioxidant immune booster, Vitamin C is also needed for skin, tissue and muscle growth. It is common in citrus fruits, tomatoes and green vegetables.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D goes hand in hand with calcium to support bone development and it helps with the absorption of other essential nutrients. It is found in fatty fish, diary products and sunlight.
  • Calcium: Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Children ages 1 to 18 should get 2 to 4 servings of calcium daily, depending on their age. Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, as well as soy products.
  • Iron: Iron is critical for the production of red blood cells and muscle growth. Your kids can get iron from beef, turkey, beans, spinach and prunes.
  • DHA: DHA is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that supports cognition, focus and proper organ function. DHA is naturally found in fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines.

Stick around later this week as we share less common nutritional supplements for kids.

Sources: Wellness Mama, LiveStrong, Medical News Today, WebMD, ChildrensMD and Mayo Clinic

Family Road Trip Hacks 3

Parents with babies may be especially anxious about taking a family road trip. Between navigating naps, feedings and “restless car seat syndrome,” you may be dreading hours in the car with your baby. We’re here to help make things a little easier with our family road trip hacks specific to babies.

Baby-Specific Family Road Trip Hacks

Family Road Trip Hacks 3Your tiniest family member may need some extra preparation to ensure a smooth ride on your family vacation. Try to spend a bit of time in the back seat playing with your baby. The stimulation may help pass the time. Here are some ideas to help out when you can’t be front and center:

Strategic Planning: Surely your diaper bag will be stocked for your trip but have you thought about planning around your baby’s schedule? Experienced moms recommend stopping around 30 minutes before a usual nap time to change, feed and stretch your baby. With a fresh diaper, full belly and a little mommy time, your baby may have an easier time napping in the car. Encourage everyone to rest while baby is sleeping (except the driver of course) so that no one wakes her. Some parents even put on a second diaper to ensure babies don’t leak during long car trips.

Sippy and Snack Cup Lasso: If your little one is able to drink from a sippy cup and pop snacks in her mouth, tether cups to her car seat or her seat’s handle or door so she can easily retrieve them if they are tossed about.

Cookie Sheet Activity Tray: Much like the game board idea for older kids, you can create a magnetic tabletop for your baby as well. Add magnets to blocks, shapes and other fun objects your baby enjoys and let her play away during your family road trip. You can even secure the tray to your baby’s seat with Velcro straps.

Tissue Box: As you know, your baby loves pulling things out of a box. (Hopefully she enjoys putting them back as well.) Give her a box of tissues and let her pull them out one by one for a safe and quiet activity.

Best and the Brightest: Buy a few new toys and bring along your baby’s absolute favorites for the road trip. This is the time to bust out your best stuff. Consider taping fun pictures to the seat in front of your baby or string items from the ceiling of your car that your baby can enjoy. Just make sure nothing heavy will fall on your baby and avoid any objects where she may get tangled.

Pom Pom Stuff: Grab a bag of colorful craft pom poms and a container with a small hole. Your baby will enjoy putting the pom poms in the hole and pushing them down. A clear container will allow her to see her work.

Sibling Play: Engage your older kids to help out with the baby. Provide puppets, books, and other fun toys that your bigs can show your little one. Although the play time may only last a few minutes, it can be just the distraction your baby needs to snap out of a fussy mood.

Music Class: Babies particularly motivated by music may enjoy a family sing-a-long. Make a list of songs everyone can sing together and have a music session whenever your baby starts getting fussy. Around family no one cares if you sing out of tune!

We hope these family road trip hacks are helpful as you hit the road this summer!

Sources: Life Hack, Your Modern Family, Kids Activities Blog, Momtastic, Choose to Thrive, Life Through My Eyes, Huffington Post, Moms 365, Child Development Institute, and What to Expect

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