There is so much media targeted toward our children – and more importantly at us as parents as we’re the decision makers in the household.
When you can’t be reading to your child or teaching them something on your own, what kind of television is okay to put on and sit them in front of?
There are plenty of interactive systems and movies that promise that they are the best choice for teaching your child. But what is the best show to plop them down in front of? You don’t want them consuming garbage, but you don’t want them watching some boring show that some pseudo-child psychologist champions as the best program for children. You need them to watch something educational and fun!
In my opinion, there is nothing better than the classics, so that’s why I think that Sesame Street is the best TV show out there for your kids. And here’s a few reasons why:
One of the best parts about this show is the diverse cast. You want your child to be familiar with people of different colors, backgrounds, and ages! This will help prevent awkward moments with your child when they see someone different for the first time. Plus, this allows your child to develop curiosity and interest in other people different than them, rather than a dislike or discomfort.
This show shows children what the world is actually like. There are tons of other people different than them; this show will teach them that!
The Little Spanish Sheep!
Speaking of people who are different than us, wouldn’t you like to learn how to speak another language? Learning languages is one of the best ways to get your kid to start developing a healthy brain. Sesame Street has a character, a lamb, who speaks Spanish with her pal!
One of the best ways to learn a new language is to watch people speak on TV! This is how a lot of people who are learning a language learn colloquialisms and slang that they wouldn’t otherwise be taught in a language class.
Having your child watch a show that introduces them to another language early on will help them start to think about language differently. Plus, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the US and being bilingual looks great on college (and job) applications!
Sesame Street isn’t just teaching your child book smarts, but social intelligence too!
There are plenty of scenarios in the show that give children great examples of communication, empathy, and conflict resolution. Having your child watch a show with real people communicating and solving problems effectively will give them a great example to model themselves after.
Characters You Know and Love
No more weird characters and quirky cartoons with this show. With this show, you’ll watch your child grow and learn with characters that you recognize from your own childhood! Your 2-year-old will never accost you for getting their favorite character’s name wrong when it’s Big Bird!!!
Lastly… It’s Bareable!!!
Kid’s shows are so annoying now. I can hardly be in the same room with my toddler while they watch Teen Titans GO! I can’t do it. I just can’t. Their voices make my brain melt.
But when my kid is watching sesame street, I can’t help but sing along with the songs and feel sentimental when Oscar pops up out of his trash can.
Birth control is a personal choice that every woman makes, especially when it comes to having children.
If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve probably already had a baby (or are about to have one)! So, this probably means that you’d given up birth control in favor of having a child or had a happy accident. But what are you supposed to do after having a baby when it comes to birth control? How are you supposed to make a decision about taking it? And when can you start taking it after giving birth?
Well, here are a few important questions that you need to ask yourself before you start looking at birth control options post-baby.
How has your body changed?
Pregnancy is an insane journey that your body goes on to create another little person. After pregnancy, you can expect your body to behave differently. Not only is your body forever changed after giving birth, but your body will go through a lot of hormonal changes as you adjust to a life as a new mother. Your body may not respond well to the kind of birth control you’ve previously used!
Since your hormones have changed and gone through a rollercoaster of fluctuating levels, hormonal birth-control that you’re used to taking may have different effects on your skin, body, and mood.
And if you’ve used rings, IUDs, or other kinds of implants, you will need to wait until your body heals before you can look into those options again. This may not be something your partner is particularly thrilled with because that might mean using condoms (which you may have forgone while you were pregnant).
Think about your future plans for your family
When thinking about birth control options, you may want to think about what your plans are for your family. You’re already a baby deep, so the next thing you need to decide is if and when you want to have more children.
If you’re not looking to have a child for a while, then I would recommend looking into options that are longer lasting (like implants or IUDs). These can always be removed if you change your mind and want to have children, but spontaneously changing your mind isn’t something you’ll be able to do. You’ll have to make an appointment to get it removed.
If you’re looking to have a child again soon, pills or condom usage paired with another form of birth control (like withdrawal or cycle-tracking) can be a great option. This way if you do decide that you want to have more kids, you can toss the pills and get busy making a baby!
What are you comfortable with?
When it comes down to it, birth control is a personal choice. Birth control is something closely tied with female identity, power, and decision. Ultimately, whatever you feel comfortable with doing to your body is what you should do.
If you want to have kids sooner rather than later, why even bother buying pills? But if you want to wait or have unprotected sex with a partner without the fear of pregnancy, a more permanent option or pills may be the solution.
Examine what your goals are and what you’re comfortable with and keep in mind that what has always worked for you may not work the same for your post-baby body and mind.
You might not remember it, but your mother probably read to you every single day when you were a baby. It’s essential to teach your baby the English language – as well as giving them much-needed bonding time.
If you want to read your baby the best stories you possibly can, come with me and let’s explore which children’s stories are sure to have your little angel begging for more.
“Guess How Much I Love You”
My mother often read me this classic when I was a baby, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. It’s a wonderful piece by Sam Mcbratney called Guess How Much I Love You, and it’s an award-winning bestseller that every kid seems to enjoy. I mean, who doesn’t like hearing their mother tell you how much she loves you?
“Guess How Much I Love You” is a heart-warming tale about two bunny rabbits that are trying to prove how much each one loves the other – and it gets pretty ridiculous. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just leave you to your own devices to find out the rest.
Everyone knows how important it is to tell your baby how much you love them every day, so this is the perfect book to read your baby before bed. Not only will you get the chance to tell your baby how much you love them, but you also get to watch them fall asleep to the sweet sound of your own nurturing voice. They are going to love this book.
The Giving Tree
“The Giving Tree” is easily one of the most popular children’s books of all time, but not a lot of people know how enriching it can be for your newborn baby. the writer of this book (Shel Silverstein) is a world-renowned author who just so happens to be a mother herself.
Her book “The Giving Tree” is all about the bond between a young boy and a tree that feeds him apples. This fan-favorite is not only a beautiful story about the struggles of change and time. It also happens to be a word-heavy children’s book that should help your infant get comfortable with your voice.
My mother often read this to me, and I never really understood what it was about until I picked it up around the age of 18. It’s really a masterpiece since people of all ages can enjoy its message. Nothing gold can stay.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
This book is the perfect selection for anybody trying to make their baby laugh for the very first time. It’s not so much of a story, as it is a performance. When you’re reading to your baby, it’s not really important what you say – it’s important how you say it.
Calming tones will put your baby to sleep, while “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” will have them laughing their baby socks off. I know this because (surprise) my mother sang it to me as a child. This title is very eccentric, and the story inside matches.
Next time you’re at your local book store, think about getting you and your baby a whole mess of great new books to read! They’ll love them, and you will have those memories to cherish forever.
Trying to figure out which lullabies your baby enjoys can be troublesome for a number of reasons, but I think I have finally cracked the code.
Most babies don’t really care which song you sing to them, as long as it’s a song. However, I’ve found that my nephew has taken an interest in some songs more than others – so I decided to find out why. Also, I tested a few more on him to see which ones make his little baby-face light up.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
The fact that I have “Baa Baa Black Sheep” at the number one spot on my list shouldn’t come as a surprise. This lullaby has been a huge part of every American child’s early years. It’s a song with a gentle rhythm and an even softer message.
If you want to hear the song, just click here. I’m sure that you have a good grasp of what this song is about, so I won’t go into detail explaining it. Most nursery rhymes are pretty obscure, to begin with, but “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is pretty black and white.
It might as well be a collection of sounds and noises that babies like to hear, but it’ll get the job done. I’ve put my nephew to sleep while reading this so many times; I can’t even count them. I’ve also put him to bed in the same way. You’d be surprised to see what the human voice can do to a baby.
Toora Loora Loora
This classic is actually a fan-favorite among Irish babies, and it’s a wonderful lullaby to sing to your child if they’ve been up for hours with no visible signs of sleepiness. The melody is calming enough to evoke sleep, and your baby is sure to recognize that.
The words are a bit confusing, but after you google some of the rhythmic videos, you’ll have a good enough grasp on it to read it to your baby – and whoever else might be interested in hearing it.
I guess the biggest learning curve that comes with this song would be the fact that you have to literally sing it to them. Not like how you sing “Happy Birthday.” More like how you sing a beautifully written Irish melody. If you’re already skeptical about this one, then you might want to check out this next one instead.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a song known by virtually everyone in North America – and for a good reason. The song is pretty basic in terms of lyrics, but the most important thing to remember is the melody.
You have to get the melody down right because the more you baby learns this song, the easier it might be for them to learn their ABC’s later on down the road.
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” has the same exact melody as the ABC’s song, and probably a large number of other important learning songs as well. It’s important to teach them while they’re young and full of learning new things easily.