Five Reasons Egg Freezing May Benefit Your Present and Your Future

Many people question whether egg freezing is the right option for them. It’s not a question that can be answered objectively, since each individual’s situation is different. But here are some things to take into consideration when answering this question for yourself. You could be receiving medical treatment that may jeopardize your fertility. You may be career-oriented and want to wait to start a family. Your biological clock may be ticking, but you haven't found the right partner … [Read more...]

APRIL Celebrates National Child Abuse Prevention!

National Child Abuse Prevention Month takes place every April in the USA. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote … [Read more...]

2014 Partners’ Forum – Johannesburg, (June 30/July1)

Violence against Women Intimate partner and sexual violence against women Introduction The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Intimate partner violence refers to behavior by an intimate partner or ex-partner that … [Read more...]

Conscious Motherhood

Harmony 'A woman in harmony her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination, prepared to be herself and only herself'. ~ Maya Angelou When a woman approaches each stage of her transition into motherhood consciously – allowing herself to listen to her body’s wisdom and slow down enough during pregnancy to express her fears, talk about her expectations, grieve the loss of the old life, and prepare spiritually for labor – she … [Read more...]

“Pre-Birth Milestones to Track”

The nine months leading up to birth are the first interactions you have with your new baby, and whether it’s your first pregnancy or your fifth, each pregnancy you experience will have unique facets to it. Utilizing an online baby journal is a great way to document your pregnancy experience, and allows you to look back over each pregnancy and see how much your body, mind and life changed throughout it. As you document your pregnancy, keep an eye out for these different pre-birth milestones … [Read more...]

Making Bathtime Fun Again, Dr. Tanya Altman

Many parents agree that bath time is the hardest part of the day. Even the sweetest of kids can turn into a raging screamer after seeing a tub filled with water, and most parents don’t understand why their children feel that way. Kids, however, can despise cleaning up after a long day because of everything from the temperature of the water to the slipperiness of the tub and even the lack of fun they have in the water. Those dealing with troublesome children should identify why the child dislikes … [Read more...]

Encourage Your Nanny to Host/Attend Play Dates

Play dates can be a hot-button issue for parents and their nannies, with both parties often falling on opposite sides of the fence. As a nanny employer, you may want to think twice before you forbid play dates outright or choose not to encourage your nanny to host or attend them with your child. There are a host of benefits that can come with participation in a play group, both for your child and his nanny. These are ten of the reasons why it may be smarter for you to provide your nanny … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Reconsider Naming Your Kid Something Awkward

When you bring a new life into the world, you’re charged with a host of very serious responsibilities that will impact the happiness and well-being of that child well into the future. One of the first and arguably most important of those tasks in the earliest moments of your little one’s life is the choosing of her name. You’ll want something that’s unique enough to allow her to be an individual, but common enough that she won’t be forced to answer a laundry list of questions about the origin … [Read more...]

Celebrating a Boy! Catherine gave birth to future heir

The 'birth of an heir' in a family is enough to cause even the most mild mannered members to have their say and throw a hissy fit, imagine if the child is to be the third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom? This is where the hard work really starts, and we are wondering how will Kate fare as Royal Mother and not just Royal oven? Photo Credits: Alison Jackson Though William and Kate were hoping for their first born to be welcomed in a more “bourgeois” way, (Kate’s influence … [Read more...]

World Population Day 2013, celebration on July 11

2013 Theme: Focus is on Adolescent Pregnancy   As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention … [Read more...]

Melissa Gambrill, Marketing Manager from Britax Child Safety, Inc.

Expert Insights on Choosing the Best Double Stroller with Melissa Gambrill, Marketing Manager from Britax Child Safety, Inc. When it comes to baby gear, choosing the right products for your family is essential. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Britax brand and was pleased to have the opportunity to connect with Melissa Gambrill, marketing manager for Britax, and pick her brain about what parents should consider when choosing the best double stroller for their family. If you’re wondering … [Read more...]

Women & Childcare, 50 Tips for Setting Babysitting Rates

50 Tips for Setting Babysitting Rates   As a babysitter, your most important job is watching and entertaining children. This is no small task; children are full of energy, and even a job that lasts only two hours can be exhausting. IMAGE Unfortunately, babysitters are not always paid what they feel they deserve, or even what they truly deserve. So, how do you determine what to charge for your services? Tips on Rates by Area Consider the area of the country you are living in and … [Read more...]

Helping a New Mom Feel Confident in Her Caregiving Skills

How to Help a New Mom Feel Confident in Her Caregiving Skills Working as a nanny is a rewarding and exciting career choice, but it’s not just the children under your care that will need some assistance from time to time. Becoming a new parent for the first time is overwhelming for many women, especially those who are reassured that the mysteries of parenting will magically reveal themselves upon childbirth and a “mother’s instincts” will kick in to make the process as effortless as breathing. … [Read more...]

Global Mom Relay is passing the baton to Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

    Thank you for joining us in the first part of the Global Mom Relay! It’s been filled with true wisdom, that has inspired tangible action. Stories from Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Melinda Gates, and others have highlighted the urgent need to improve the health of women and children around the globe. Every time you shared one of these stories through Facebook, Twitter or email, Johnson & Johnson and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $5 to Girl … [Read more...]

Why Breastfeeding Your Baby is Better, Amanda Carlson

Why Breastfeeding Your Baby is Better Breastfeeding your babies is something that many new mothers struggle with. Should you or shouldn’t you? Is formula better? How long should you breastfeed? Is it better for the baby or not? But why? What benefits does breastfeeding your child have? While breastfeeding your child is a personal choice that new mothers have to make based on their child’s needs, many experts agree that breastfeeding your baby is better for them. A … [Read more...]

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