Sometimes as a parent it can feel like you are constantly bombarded with new guidelines about how to raise healthy and happy children. It can be so overwhelming and often leaves you feeling like a failure of a parent. Here's a round-up of some great websites and blogs that encourage good habits and routines, without giving you that feeling of judgement.
Kelley was previously a highflying sports writer for Sports Illustrated before she traded it in to pursue a more balanced work and family life. Her website has a great mixture of articles and strives to help parents feel confident in what they are doing. She writes that every parent's wish is just for their child to be healthy and happy. We couldn't agree more with that! Her advice is that overall wellness, including well-being, is the key to a successful child. Take a look at her site for an inviting balance of expert advice and everyday Mom hacks.
2. Kids Health
If your looking for more formal advice about all things child health related, this is the place to head. What we love about this site is that it also has sections for kids and teens on the website. Here your kids can explore different ways to stay healthy and happy through reading or listening to articles, taking quizzes, playing games, and watching movies. Sometimes we neglect to educate our children on subjects like how to stay clean or how to get enough sleep. Instead we opt for the 'just telling them how to do it' option. Why not get your kids more involved and let them explore this website.
From dietary guidelines for kids, to how to avoid rude behavior from your teens, this extensive website has all the bases covered. We like the vast range of articles on this site, as well as the fact that not all of them are totally serious. It's a realistic outlook on parenting that is there to support, not to judge.
4. Scary Mommy
We all need a bit of humor in our lives and the Scary Mommy blog definitely gives us a giggle! Amongst the many hilarious and relatable parenting pictures and quotes, there are also some very informative articles that will enlighten your outlook on parenting. Started by Jill Smockler in 2008, Scary Mommy was simply a chronicle of her stay at home Mama days. Now it is a multi-million parent community who share the simple mantra- parenting doesn't have to be perfect.
Whether you are new to parenting or a seasoned pro, ahaparenting.com has you covered. It is a well organized site, with advice sorted into age categories. We like that it deals with serious child health and happiness concerns, as well as addressing the realistic challenges that parents face (such as excessive toddler whining!).
Whether you are in need of dietary advice for your child, or you have concerns over their behavior, keeping in touch with the above blogs and websites is sure to build your parenting confidence. Just remember, parenting is not easy! As long as you are doing the best you can, you are doing a great job.
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