Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-Home Dad + Dad’s Search for the Meaning of Life + Nutrition Deficit Disorder

[amazon asin=0451413334&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Adrian Kulp, author of Dad or Alive.
Confessions of a stay-at-home dad.
Issues: One man’s hilarious journey from bringing home the bacon to frying it–along with assembling the crib, learning how to “accessorize” his daughter, flying with an infant for the first time, booze-free baby showers, and navigating a farmer’s market with a baby–and a loaded diaper–strapped to his chest.

[amazon asin=1602396493&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Joe Kita, author of The Father’s Guide to the Meaning of Life.
What being a dad teaches about hope, love, patience, pride, and everyday wonder.
Issues: The life lessons parents learn—that would remain secrets if they didn’t have children; essential reading for fathers; the importance of play (and not just for the kids); what our children teach us about ourselves and how they make us better people.

[amazon asin=0316043443&template=thumbleft&chan=default]William Sears, author of The NDD Book.
Nutritional Deficit Disorder.
Issues: Identifying NDD; understanding how NDD affects children’s learning, behavior, and health—and what we can do about it; overcoming NDD without drugs; how to fit a healthy, fresh-food diet into today’s busy lifestyle.

Dads Parent Just As Well As Moms

dads care just as good as mothers

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m seeing news stories all the time about how stay-at-home dads are becoming more common, and how fathers of all kinds are taking on a greater share of the parenting workload. While that sounds like it should be a good thing, I’m worried about how the kids will do. I have nothing against fathers, but after all, mothers are naturally better parents than fathers, aren’t they? So doesn’t it follow that they’d do better in life if they were raised primarily by their mothers?
A: In a word. “No.” In two words, “Hell, No.” I’ve been doing research and writing about fathers for nearly 20 years and I can assure you that there’s no scientific evidence to support the claim that women are naturally better at parenting than men No question, they’re better at being pregnant, giving birth, and breastfeeding, but when it comes to actually caring for children, the most important factor is not the sex of the parent, but the amount of time the parent spends with the child.
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Save Time and Money + Be a Parent not a Friend + From Parenting Chaos to Harmony

[amazon asin=0800721446&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Mary Hunt, author of Cheaper, Better, Faster
The best advice you’ve ever heard to save time and money every day.
Issues: How to make everyday life less hectic and more enjoyable.

[amazon asin=0785228101&template=thumbnail&chan=default]E.D. Hill, author of I’m Not Your Friend, I’m Your Parent
Helping your children set the boundaries they need…and really want
Issues: Why manners is job one and the concept of  “dressing for success” is not dead.

[amazon asin=0415989345&template=thumbnail&chan=default]Theresa Kellam, author of The Parent Survival Guide
From chaos to harmony in ten weeks or less.
Issues: Making a loving connection, finding windows into your child’s inner world, speaking the language of play, promoting your child’s emotional maturity.

Here’s Looking at (and Listening to) You, Baby

Long gone are the days when mom and dad had to lie sleepless wondering whether they heard a cry or whimper from baby’s room down the hall. Today’s parents have a variety of technology to keep an eye—and an ear on baby from the next room or even from the office across town. For this column, we reviewed several Internet-enabled monitors, most of which work on private WIFI networks so there’s no fear of broadcasting your lives around the neighborhood to parents with similar devices. None of these monitors are cheap, but you’ll be able to get your money’s worth by using them as security monitors or nannycams after your baby gets older.


Peek Plus Internet Baby Monitor System

peek plus monitor parents@play

The Peek Plus has all the features you want. You can carry the included video monitor on your belt and watch it all over the. Or you can access video on your phone or Internet while Grandpa and Grandma (up to three viewers) see the same thing on a password-protected network. The only drawback here is the required bridge unit (included) that connects to your Ethernet network to make the WiFi work. This means another set of wires to deal with, though the bridge unit can be kept away from the camera.


Withings Smart Baby Monitor

withings monitor parents@playA screenless monitor with a simple, clean design. The monitor itself looks like a white jewelry box that unfolds to reveal a simple 3MP lens. On the back, you’ll find just two plugs, Ethernet and mini-USB for recharging the battery. This is one of the few monitors that includes a bracket to attach the monitor on the side of a crib. It also plays lullabies and has a night light, two features that can both be controlled using the app from anywhere in the world. You can even take photos with the monitor with a 4X zoom and 90 degree pan that works with just a pinch or swipe of the finger.


Samsung SNH 1010 Smart Cam Monitor

samsung monitor parents@playThis is the monitor of choice for the social media-connected. It will send a tweet or email when there’s movement or sound from the baby’s room. It will also post motion- or sound-activated video and stills directly to YouTube and Picasa so you can quickly share with friends and the world. It runs on AC power and connects to the Internet via Ethernet or wirelessly. Up to 10 users can access the camera at the same time and an unlimited number of cameras can be added to the network. The SmartCam has night vision and even includes small speakers for two-way talk.


IZON 2.0 WIFI Video Monitor

izon parents@playWe love the sleek look of the IZON, which has the look and feel of an Apple product and sets it apart from the rest of the crowd. This is a monitor for design lovers. It was easy to set up using a simple QR code that collects information on your local network. It was simple to use on our iPad and iPhone, and allows you to add multiple IZON cameras and view them at the same time. The IZON has motion and sound alerts, and can record up to 100 events for free to a designated cloud storage area. Sound and video are crisp, though not HD. However—and this is a big however—we can recommend the IZON only if your baby’s room always has a light on, since the monitor has neither LED nor infrared technology.

Four Ways Parents Can Capitalize on Pre-School


how parents can make the best of preschoolMany parents send their children to pre-schools and other learning institutions to help their child develop and hopefully prepare to do well as a student and later as an adult. While selecting the right pre-school is a good first step, there are ways parents can continue at home what educators do at school to help their child get the most out of the process.

1. Find out What Your Child is Learning

Request a copy of your child’s curriculum from the school and talk with your child and your child’s teacher about what they are learning. That way as you are planning trips with your child, selecting library books or simply talking before bed you can incorporate some of the things your child is learning about. For example, if your child is learning about trees, take them to a park, national forest or even your back yard and talk about the things your child has learned. Encourage questions and exploring when doing this to enhance what the child is learning at school through new connections and discovery.

2. Work with the Teachers

Teachers may often notice things about their students learning habits that parents may not pick up on. By talking with and working with teachers to help your child learn, you are given a professional second opinion on what may help your child. Talk with your child’s teachers often to develop a relationship and be open to hear new ideas. On the other side, share with teachers any concerns or issues you have noticed. If your child has a particular form of discipline they respond to or any health issues, talk openly and frankly with teachers about how to manage those issues. The more you are able to talk openly with teachers the less frustrated you and the teacher will be, and your child will start getting the support he or she needs more quickly.

3. Create a Routine

While teachers can create and live by a routine while teaching school, they can’t control the schedule at home. As parents, creating a schedule for your child to go to bed on time, do their homework if they have any and even to eat meals is important for the child’s progress at school and physical development. Routine creates a sense of security for a child and helps him or her to relate to the world. Create a bed time routine and stick to it every night at a certain time. Complete homework or other assignments at the same time everyday and keep meal times as consistent as possible.

4. Read to Your Child

This is not a new idea, but it is still important. Reading to your child can open many opportunities both for learning and bonding. Along with obvious benefits of learning about whatever the book is about, reading can also teach the importance of learning, aid in developing speech patterns and word recognition and develop empathy and moral values. If your child is learning about letters or phonics, have the child point out letters or sounds he or she knows. Talk about what happens in the book and what the child learned from it. Reading at bed time is a good way to form a reading habit.

Kristen Thomas is an avid blogger and contributor to, a leading day care provider with quality child care centers in Texas.

Becoming a Child Whisperer + Army Chaplains + Mentoring Female Servicemembers and Vets

[amazon asin=B00A6HR884&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1:Carol Tuttle, author of The Child Whisperer.
Topic: The ultimate guide for raising happy, successful, cooperative children.
Issues:Have a happier, more cooperative child using less discipline; repair troubled parent/teen relationships; know exactly how to best motivate your child; foster more natural confidence and success in your child.

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