Throwing a baby shower

Can anyone throw a baby shower?

Usually someone who’s not a relative throws the shower to avoid giving the impression that the family is asking for presents. Practically speaking, this means anyone except the mum-to-be and dad-to-be. However, often it’s less clear-cut than that.

The best advice is to go with what feels right. You or any relative, close friend or work colleague should feel perfectly happy about planning your baby shower.

When should the baby shower happen?

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Three Keys to Staying Present with Your Child

We all want to be more available, less distracted, more tuned in to our children. We know it helps them and it helps us. Being present is really at the heart of choosing parenting methods that are considered more “conscious”, more “AP”, but many of us notice that we can’t just apply attachment parenting methods and be done with it. It takes more to be deeply connected and reliably responsive to our children. It takes real presence.

It seems we all have differing levels of ability to be present. Some of us are more heavily resourced than others, financially, physically, emotionally. I know moms who have full-time housekeepers and husbands with high-paid jobs, and still express a sense of failure at not being present enough with their children. I know others who run from day job to night school with no financial support and only the childcare that comes from public school and paid daycare programs. They want to be more present with their children, too, and not just physically. I am a work-at-home expat mother breadwinner, myself, and I am striving to be ever more present with my toddler while keeping house, keeping up with my freelance work, being involved in my community and figuring out how the heck I’m going to handle a second child, and so on. I know I’m not alone.

Here, I offer up the three keys to being present with my child, skills and habits I’m strengthening as I go. I’ve learned the power of these directly, and through my mama community. May they be helpful to you, no matter your life circumstance or current level of presence.

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10 Mistakes New Parents Make

All parents make mistakes. Don’t believe it? Just think about your own parents. You will no doubt come up with a laundry list of things they did wrong.

The truth is no one is infallible — especially new parents. But if you know the 10 most common parenting mistakes, maybe you can keep from making them yourself. So here they are, along with tips to help you avoid making them.

New-parent mistake No. 1: Panicking over anything and everything.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Buying Educational Toys

Your young child’s playtime is his first real learning experience, and toys can act as catalysts in your child’s growth. The benefits of educational toys are many and varied, and by choosing the right toys, you create an environment that is fun and conducive to learning vital skills.

But currently it is hard to find what you need if you do not know what you are looking for. With a million toys on the market today, it is tough to pick out the best combinations of fun and learning. However, every beneficial toy should be fun, safe, and help the child develop and exercise some skill. When faced with so many choices, asking yourself some simple questions about your child’s development can help you make the best selection.

The following is a list of characteristics you should look for in a good, educational toy:

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Where’s the Water?

Abstract: This fun science experience integrates writing, math, and science in a four-stage process. Students work in teams of two or three learners using peer interaction and writing to understand the concept.

Keywords: freshwater, saltwater, groundwater, water distribution, water conservation, water supply, glacier water consumption, direct water consumption

Lesson Plan Grade Level: fifth through ninth grade

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