Great YouTube Channels For New Parents In 2022

YouTube has become a popular platform for people to go to when they’re looking to learn more about something. Many people, whether they be professionals or amateurs, have taken it upon themselves to go online and try to teach people how to do things, or share their advice on situations. One topic that I find particularly useful is parenting. There are many YouTube channels dedicated to sharing parenting advice out there, and they’ve helped many first-time parents determine how to approach tough situations they might otherwise struggle with. Here are a few of the best parenting YouTube channels out there.

Smart Parenting

Smart Parenting, which started as a magazine, has since become a popular YouTube channel that focuses on helping parents raise happy and healthy kids. If you’re a parent, you might end up spending a lot of time watching videos about parenting just to keep up with the latest content. Besides being able to provide parents with fun food and crafts ideas, Smart Parenting also has a variety of educational videos that are designed to help moms become more effective parents.

WhatsUpMoms

The channel features a variety of videos that are designed to help moms get their confidence up. Each of these videos has been created with the help of some of the best comedic actors in the world. They’re also filled with parodies that will likely make you cry due to how relatable they are. There are also educational videos that are designed to help moms learn how to budget for their kids and get the most out of their baby gear. With over a billion views, WhatsUpMoms has something to prove.

The Parenting Junkie

The Parenting Junkie is a YouTube channel created by Avital, who believes that peaceful parenting is a style that’s appropriate for raising children in today’s world. She aims to help parents raise their kids in a way that’s respectful, simple, and gentle. This channel is perfect for moms who want to raise their kids without the use of punishment, toys, and sticker charts. The Parenting Junkie features a variety of videos that are designed to help parents overcome parenting anxiety, avoid making some of the most common parenting mistakes, and so much more.

The Parenting Channel

If you’re a creative mom who would like to be able to share her creative abilities with her kids, then The Parenting Channel is the account for you. It’s created by Emmy-winning artist and T.V. host, Vida Urbonas, and it features a variety of videos that are designed to help parents raise their kids in a fun and creative way. You’ll find many videos featuring fun and healthy meals, interesting kids’ crafts, fun hairstyle tutorials and so much more.

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Great Summertime Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

With summer in full swing, you might be trying to figure out fun activities that you can do with your family while the nice weather is here and the kids don’t have to go to school. While there are always a few obvious answers, you may find yourself struggling to figure out new and exciting things you can all enjoy together, especially with how exhausting being a parent tends to be. Luckily, you don’t have to look any further. Here are a few great activities you can easily enjoy with your family this summer.

Go Hiking

A great activity that often slips parents’ minds is to bring kids on a hike. Depending on where you live, there are likely several great hiking trails nearby that you might have overlooked. These don’t need to be hardcore hikes either. They can be something as simple as an outdoor walking trail that brings kids through beautiful wooded areas where they can become a little closer to nature. Of course, be sure to pack the bug spray and sunscreen in order to keep everyone safe!

Make Homemade Ice Cream

A more uncommon yet extremely fun activity that the family can enjoy is making homemade ice cream. You’re probably wondering why you’d want to do this when you can easily go out and buy some from the store, aren’t you? Well, making ice cream at home is extremely easy, and can be a rewarding experience. You don’t need many supplies, and it’s possible for families of all ages to take part in the experience. Once it’s all done, you’ll get a delicious and icy cold treat to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Make a Garden

Another great family activity that can be rewarding is planting a garden in your backyard. Creating a garden is a great way to teach your children about the benefits of hard work, and they’ll get tangible results right in front of their eyes once your flowers or vegetables begin to grow. While planting a garden does take some time, it’s something you and the family can enjoy and work together on a little bit every day. This makes a wonderful activity that can last all summer long, and maybe even get your children into a new hobby.

Camp In The Backyard

Camping is a great activity, and if you’re looking for a simpler alternative than going out to a campground, try doing it in your backyard! Camping is great because it combines many different activities all in one, such as stargazing, roasting marshmallows and so much more. You can easily set up a tent in your backyard and have a fun night under the stars with the whole family. What’s great about camping in the backyard is that you’re never far away from things like your bathroom, your bed, and anything else you might need. If the kids decide they don’t want to sleep outside, or if the weather gets bad, you can just go back into your house and adapt accordingly.

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Back To School Tips For Parents In 2022

While it may still be the middle of July, summer will be over before you know it. That means you’ll soon have to start preparing your children for the start of another school year. This is often a difficult process for parents, as kids spend the summer having fun, staying up late, and thinking about anything other than school. If you’re worried about preparing your kids for another year of education, look no further. Here are a few tips to help make it easier than ever.

Start Bedtime Routines Early

Two weeks before school begins, it’s important that parents start preparing their kids for an earlier bedtime. Oftentimes, parents will allow their kids to stay up later in the summertime. If they don’t start enforcing an earlier bedtime until the night before school begins, it’s likely they won’t be able to sleep that night and will be exhausted for their first day. Your kids should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night, if not more. So if they wake up for school at 7 AM, make sure they’re in bed by 10 PM. If they’re younger, you may want them in bed even earlier.

Meet Their New Teacher

One of the biggest concerns of kids about a new school year is the new teacher. Having a good relationship with the new teacher can help ease some of their fears. During open houses or back-to-school nights, you can meet the new teacher and get to know them a little bit. Some teachers also welcome e-mails and phone calls. If you’re not able to contact the new teacher, try searching the school’s website or yearbook for his or her picture. If the teacher makes a welcome letter, make sure to read it together.

Connect Your Child With Their Friends

Another great way to ease your child’s back-to-school anxiety is to find out if any of their friends are in their class this year. If you know their friend’s parents, give them a call and see who their teacher is this year. Social media makes this even easier nowadays. If your child hasn’t seen one of these friends all summer, try getting them together before school starts so they can become reacquainted. Not only will this likely ease any worries your child might have about school, but it’ll also probably make them more excited about going back.

Buy Supplies As Soon As Possible

One of the most important things you’ll need to do is pick up school supplies for the new year. Notebooks, pencils, crayons, backpacks, you name it. These are all important, and you want your child to be as prepared as possible. The earlier you can get this out of the way, the better. Many stores start putting out supplies in the middle of the summer, and many often have sales as well so you can save some money. While you may not always know what your child needs for the year at this point, it’s still great to beat the start of the school year rush.

Do’s and Don’ts When Raising A Child With ADHD

Raising a child with ADHD can be challenging, as its severity and type can make it nearly impossible to set regular household rules. It’s totally normal to become frustrated with your child, but there are also things you should and shouldn’t do in order to make both your child and your lives a little easier. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for raising a child that struggles with ADHD.

Do’s

Create A Routine

Make a routine for your child, and stick to it every day. Having consistent routines can help keep your child’s attention focused on the things that are important to him or her. For instance, having your child put away their clothes for the next day can help provide structure.

Limit Distractions

Children with ADHD are prone to developing impulsive behaviors when they are exposed to various types of media, such as video games and television. Limiting their exposure to these types of distractions can help prevent them from developing an energy imbalance.

Believe In Your Child

It’s also important to remember that your child doesn’t realize how much stress they can be putting on themselves due to their condition. Being positive and encouraging can help keep them focused on the positive. Having confidence in yourself and your child can help prevent them from developing negative habits.

Don’ts

Don’t Sweat The Small Things

If your child has completed two of the three tasks that you assigned them, consider making some concessions in order to accommodate their needs. At the end of the day, this is all a learning process for them and it may help them move closer to the goal of completing all of the assigned tasks over time.

Don’t Lose Control

You are the parent, and you have a responsibility to set the rules for your child’s behavior. Being patient and nurturing can help keep you from being intimidated or bullied by your child’s actions.

Don’t Be Negative

It can be very simplistic, but take a day at a time and remember to focus on the positive. There will be times when you will feel better and things will get easier.

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Books on Nonprofits To Read In 2022

Reading books is wonderful. They can transport you to different times and places, as well as places you could never dream of. They also have the ability to teach and inspire us. Books about the nonprofit sector in particular are extremely good at this. Some teach us about how to effectively run a nonprofit, while others may take a look at philanthropy and charity and how we can improve these things in order to make more lasting change. Here are some of the best books on nonprofits you can read in 2022.

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need — Ellen Karsh

One of the most popular books about fundraising is The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need. This guide explains the various types of grants, as well as the application process, and provides readers with practical advice on how to apply. The author also debunks common myths about grants and gives readers an accurate idea of what to expect when it comes to applying.

The book’s second half breaks down the writing process into simple steps, and it also provides readers with strategies and tips to increase their chances of getting funding. This is the most comprehensive guide on grant-writing that’s out there.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits — Leslie Crutchfield

The book, which is a collection of six practices that make high-impact organizations successful, is a must-read for anyone who’s looking to build a successful nonprofit. It features case studies and examples from some of the country’s most prominent organizations, such as The Heritage Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. The authors also talk about the importance of sharing leadership duties and nurturing networks.

Fundraising for Social Change — Kim Klein

Written for non-profit professionals, this book covers the ins and outs of finding financial support for their organizations. It also provides strategies and tips on how to raise money for their missions. Some of these include using multi-channel fundraising, diversifying donor bases, and crafting captivating appeals.

The book also tackles various concepts such as budgeting and how to work with fundraising consultants. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s looking to build a successful nonprofit. It additionally provides a wealth of information on how to raise money for your organization.

The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout — Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman

In the nonprofit sector, burnout is an epidemic that affects both the leaders and the staff members of organizations. It’s often caused by a mission-driven culture that demands continuous performance. In The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of the various signs of burnout and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. They also recommend strategies to improve employee well-being.

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The Best Parenting Books For 2022

Parenting isn’t easy, and some people never perfect it. Being a parent is a constant learning process, and it can be difficult figuring out how to approach each new and unique challenge that comes your way. A great way to learn more about being a parent is to read a good book on the subject. There are hundreds of awesome parenting books out there that are dedicated to not only giving helpful advice but sometimes also entertaining you. With so many great parenting books out there, I decided I’d talk about a few great ones, so you’d have someplace to start. Here are some of the best parenting books worth your time in 2022.

Positive Discipline – Jane Nelsen

Positive discipline is a parenting principle that focuses on having mutual respect and encouraging positive guidance. It doesn’t involve punishment and instead encourages learning.

Nelsen works with parents and teachers to make sure that their kids are both kind and firm. She believes that this type of discipline can help children develop their creativity and self-discipline.

No Bad Kids – Janet Lansbury

Lansbury’s approach to parenting is focused on treating children with respect, and she doesn’t use a time-out approach. She also values interactions with kids and uses gentle and caring responses to manage situations.

The title of her book suggests that everything she talks about is focused on avoiding shaming kids. No Bad Kids will teach parents how to discipline their kids in a way that doesn’t involve harsh words and emotional reactions.

The book covers a wide range of topics, such as punishment, cooperation, testing, hitting, and more. It’s a great guide for kids in the early stages of development who are expected to test their limits.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids – Dr. Laura Markham

Dr. Laura Markham is a popular and highly recommended parenting expert. Her book, which is called Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, aims to help parents develop strong relationships with their kids.

In her book, she talks about how the mental state of parents can affect their kids. For example, if you’re angry at your child, expect that they’ll respond by shouting. Parents need to work on themselves first to develop a more positive relationship with their kids.

The book will walk you through some of the most common parenting situations, such as not following directions or not listening to your child. It will also help you develop a better understanding of how kids behave.

How to Defuse Tantrums

There are no perfect, “right” ways to deal with a toddler’s tantrums, but most experts agree that hitting and shouting are the most ineffective strategies. Short-term solutions such as begging and bribing are also not ideal. Giving in can also lead to more tantrums.

When kids know that “no” means “no,” they are less likely to act out, which can help parents and kids feel more in control. It’s important to focus on the behavior of the child instead of the emotional attack. This might sound challenging, but in perspective, it’s not unrealistic to refrain from shouting at your coworkers. We have to treat our kids the same way we treat our colleagues but at a developmentally appropriate level.

If your child has been having tantrums, here are some helpful strategies to help calm them down.

1. Don’t Respond

If your child is throwing a tantrum, try not to respond to them unless they’re physically threatening themselves or others. Instead, walk away from the room and set a timer to check on them.

2. Address Dangerous Behavior

If your child is having a serious meltdown including biting, kicking, or other dangerous behaviors, immediately stop them and make it clear that they are not allowed to hurt others. However, if they are still hurting others, take away their privileges and put them in a time-out.

3. Remain Calm

Remember that you are their role model when it comes to handling anger. If you are tempted to respond in anger, try to remember that they are feeling sad or frustrated and find a calm but firm way to help them work through it.

4. Redirect

Children have short attention spans, which makes them easy to divert. For instance, if your child is about to lose it at the grocery store because you won’t buy their favorite cereal, try saying something positive instead of negative and direct their attention elsewhere. Ask them to help you pick out crackers, or make plans together to stop somewhere fun on the way home!

5. Set Expectations

Getting ready for potential tantrums is also important, as it can help defuse the situation early on and give the child a sense of control. For instance, if you’re getting ready to leave the park, tell them that they can ride their scooters two more times before they have to go home instead of expecting them to stop playing immediately. They might still be upset about having to leave, but having a few minutes of warning can help them respond more positively.

6. Don’t Give In

Follow through with the original request. If your child gets angry because you told them to clean up their toys, then they should still pick them up once they are calm. If the tantrum was triggered because you turned down a request for a sweet treat, don’t reward them for calming down with a sweet treat. Kids thrive on predictability, so even when it’s tough, try to stick to your word and set expectations.

7. Don’t Take It Personally

You don’t want to feel guilty or out of control when your child has a breakdown. Kids can say hurtful things in the midst of a tantrum, and it can make parents question their parenting abilities. However, it’s important to remember that their actions are not directed at you, they are still learning to respond to frustration and disappointment. 

How do Parents Affect their Child’s Mental Health?

Several different things can affect a child’s mental health. Some are out of parents’ control, such as economic and social factors, but some factors such as parental care and support may impact the child’s mental health significantly. This post will explore some possible ways in which parents may affect their children’s mental health.

Being a Victim of Violence, Neglect, or Abuse at Home.

It can be difficult for children to talk about what happens at home. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility for children to be told to be quiet or ignored by their parents. This can have a significant impact on their mental health.

Parents Being Divorced or Separated.

A child may suffer anxiety and depression due to their parents being divorced or separated. The parent they live with may not have the time or energy to cater to all of the child’s needs. They may be taken out of clubs that they loved because their other parent could not afford to pay for them, leaving the child to feel rejected by at least one parent. A relationship breakdown can have a big impact on a child’s mental health and, therefore, should be avoided if at all possible.

Biological Factors.

Biological factors can play a role in mental health as well. For example, the child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or have learning difficulties due to having been born with certain conditions such as dyslexia. They may require special help at school, which could cause them to feel isolated or bullied by their peers if they are not receiving the proper support. These factors could lead to anxiety and depression, continuing into adulthood if not identified and treated early enough.

In conclusion, although many different aspects of a child’s life can affect their mental health, it’s important to remember that parents and the environment in which the child lives can make a difference. If parents can see to all of the needs of their children and make sure that they are cared for properly, then they may be able to get a better grasp on their child’s mental health issues.

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How to Parent a Defiant Child

At some point, your perfect children can start to become defiant. This can be frustrating for parents, as it can lead to more stress in the household. There are ways to manage this issue before you seek help from a professional. Below are some tips for parents dealing with defiant children

Determine if There Are Underlying Issues

There are many reasons why children become defiant. Some of these include wanting to control their lives or get attention. Others are affected by hormonal changes that can trigger defiant behavior. It is essential to find the root cause of the behavior to find ways to treat it.

At children’s psychological clinics, they can help parents identify the underlying cause of deviant behavior by carrying out psychological testing. This can help determine if the behavior is related to an underlying condition or is a learned behavior.

Calm Down Before Giving a Punishment

It can be tempting to yell out punishment in the heat of the moment when your child is acting out. When dealing with defiant behavior, however, don’t punish the child immediately. Instead, tell him that you are disappointed and will talk about the consequences later. This will give him time to think about what they did wrong. When you punish right away, the child focuses more on the consequences instead of their actions.

Stay Consistent With Discipline

If you say no, mean it. This will help set a positive example for the child and show him that you mean what you say. It can also help set a precedent for the future. Consistent parenting is crucial in all aspects. 

Celebrate All Accomplishments, Big and Small

If your child constantly refuses to follow your directions, try taking away the negative responses of bad behavior and instead celebrate his or her achievements. Instead of dwelling on the past, try lifting their spirits by saying thank you for taking the trash out or making their bed.

Make Family Time a Priority

Family activities can help build a more positive relationship between parents and children. They can also help prevent defiant behavior. Having a positive flow of communication can help children feel more comfortable talking to their parents. During family time, keep distractions such as televisions and cell phones out of the room. 

There are many strategies for helping defiant children change their behaviors. It boils down to consistency and love. It is also important to keep in mind that it’s ok for parents to ask for help when they need it.

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How to Peacefully Parent Your Strong-willed Child

If you’re a parent of a strong-willed child, you know that things can often be a little bit harder than with other kids. These children can be more stubborn and determined, making it difficult to get them to do what they want. However, there are ways to effectively parent your strong-willed child and maintain peace in your home. Here are some tips.

Avoid Power Struggles

Power struggles are a common occurrence between parents and strong-willed children. These can be frustrating and exhausting for both parties involved. To avoid power struggles, try to use positive reinforcement instead of punishment. This means rewarding your child for good behavior instead of punishing them for bad behavior. 

You can also avoid arguing with your child and instead offer them choices. For example, you can say, “Would you like to wear a blue or green shirt?” This lets your child feel like they have some control while still getting them to do what you want.

Be Consistent

It’s important to be consistent when parenting a strong-willed child. This means having the same rules and expectations for your child. If you’re inconsistent, your child will likely try to take advantage of the situation. They may test boundaries and see what they can get away with. 

Be sure to follow through with your threats and promises to avoid this. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. This will help your child know that you mean what you say and that they can’t take advantage of the situation.

Pick Your Battles

With a strong-willed child, you may not be able to win every battle. It’s important to pick your battles and choose the most important ones to you. There will be times when it’s not worth arguing with your child over something small. Let them have their way on these occasions and save your energy for the bigger things. Some kids may try to take advantage of this, but as long as you’re consistent with the bigger things, they’ll eventually learn.

These are just a few tips for parenting a strong-willed child. Every child is different, so you may have to adapt these tips to fit your child’s specific needs. But if you use these tips, you’ll be able to parent your strong-willed child more peacefully.