Mom Forum

When I became a mom, I felt an instant connection to other moms I meet, whether online or offline. I know that we have a common interest, no matter where in the world we are, and that's to do what is best for our children.

And while some people think that working online can be lonesome, but in my case I don't find it so, because I was lucky to find a couple of awesome forums that share the same interest (earning online), and at the same time the members are mostly moms.

In my everyday discussions with the members I have learned a lot about pregnancy, baby, parenting and relationship, but most importantly, in them I found several women that's already close to my heart, and for that I am forever grateful.

One of the sites I'm talking about is mom forum, and I am partial to this group because in them I felt that I truly belonged, that I can share every and all concern that's bugging me. I have been a member for almost a year, and there's never a single day that I felt left out, that I felt like I can't post what's on my mind.

In today's world where technology is already an important factor in parenting, I am thankful for fellow moms in mom forum who seem to have the correct answer for everything. From knowing how much time I should let my kid play on her iPad, to how old should I let her start using Facebook, I was enlightened by the ideas shared by moms from around the globe, most of which I tend to agree to.

So if you're a mom, whether old or new, and want to belong to a community of moms who are smart and warm, don't hesitate to visit us at mom forum and start sharing immediately. I hope that like me, you will find the online companionship of fellow moms around the world entertaining and enlightening, a true a breath of fresh air.

How To Properly Combine Work And Childcare

First: It’s important to remember that working home is NOT a replacement to childcare
Caring for children is a full-time job in itself so if you already have another full-time job, you should not expect to do each one. While working from home does mean less time spent commuting, working while your children are asleep or napping really isn't effective. To combat this you should find a suitable in- home or nearby daycare that works for you. This will allow you to focus on work when you need to and give your kids your undivided attention the rest of the time.

Second: Mark out a place in your home as a designated ‘office’If you're working from home full or part-time, it is best to have a dedicated work space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money extending your home to fit your office, but you should have at least some sort of desk space. This space should be in a place where you can focus, whether for work or phone calls. However, you should see this as an opportunity to make an office you could actually do work in. You can do it quite affrodably by combining sites like eBay and Craigslist with online transportation marketplaces, like uShip, who always have reliable transporters looking for courier jobs.

Third: Specify the times you are at ‘work’ and when you are free. The major advantage of working from home is that you can be flexible. However, it is best practice to set a schedule, just like you would do if you were in the office. One of the greatest difficulties of working from home is telling yourself when to stop. In this case, it is best to define when the work day starts and finishes. This will give you, your office colleagues and your family structure to your day and ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to both work and home life.  

Total division of work and life is very difficult to achieve. Working from home can be a useful way of enabling you to both spend more time with your family and "at work." In order to successfully manage personal and professional commitments however, you do need to be proactive in your approach.

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Choosing the Right Chores for Your Children

One of the many great things parents of small children have to look forward to as their tots grow older is the ability to put them to work around the house. Considering they make the majority of the messes, it only makes sense. But in addition, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Administration for Children & Families points out, it's an important part of a kid's acceptance and appreciation of personal responsibility and self-worth . Chores help build character in a kid, and can be issued out to children as young as two.

While sending your 10-year-old on an evening bike errand to remote self storage Olathe residents would even say is in the middle of nowhere is obviously a bad call, you may be underestimating your child's abilities to handle certain responsibilities. I went ahead and cross referenced the aforementioned Administration for Children & Families' endorsed list of age-appropriate chores for children with a similar breakdown available on WebMD, to provide you with a starting list you can feel confident with:

Ages 2-3
Put toys and other items away.

Ages 4-5
Help with light yard work, such as pulling weeds.

Ages 6-7
Clear the table after meals.

Ages 8-9
Mop the floor.

Ages 10 and older
Mow the lawn.

These only represent what two respectable online sources agreed on, and serve as base lines for what most children in certain age groups are capable of. But keep in mind that such lists are not absolute, no matter where they come from online. Chances are you've assigned one or two “high maturity” chores to your children who were too young, according to these and other sources, without any undesirable results. Don't hinder your kid's development by adhering too strongly to any particular authority - you are the ultimate judge of your child's capabilities and level of maturity.

With that said, do not ignore the potential for danger in seemingly safe situations when assigning chores to children. Faucets can get incredibly hot when hands aren't used to tempering the knobs, cleaning chemicals can cause irritation in those unfamiliar with how to avoid hazardous contact, and heavy things can fall on small people. Take the time to think through your chore assignments, then take advantage of the free labor while it lasts.

Svet's Friends, The Sqwishies

One of Svet's favorite things to play lately are the Sqwishies we received last year. I'm still in the process of finding all of them, as in the past months, she and her cousin Elijah did not seem to like playing with them as much as they do now. I am looking at every nook and cranny whenever I can to find Svet's little friends, and when I do find one she adds it to a small bag where she keeps all the others we've already found.

Svet's little army of animal friends
Every morning, she wakes up and looks for her small bag containing the Sqwishies, which is more often than not found beside her. Yes, she sleeps beside them now. Jessie the cowgirl, which used to be her favorite bedtime friend, now lays unloved in the cabinet. LOL. Svet would lovingly take out the Sqwishies one by one in her small table, line them up like in the picture, and just stare at them for as long as the attention-span of a three-year old would allow her.

For the rest of the day we would play "Identify the Sqwishy" from time to time, or she would make them talk to each other in her high, little girly voice. This is one of those times when I wish she had a baby brother or sister. LOL. I wish I could find all those lost Sqwishies soon, so our little boss would have more playmates to play with.