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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Great Nonprofit YouTube Channels For 2022

YouTube can be an extremely powerful platform. While many people may think of it as a place to watch funny videos or clips from your favorite movie or TV show, it can also be used to do immense good, such as for charity. Many organizations in the nonprofit sector have their own Youtube channels which they not only use to educate others on the value of nonprofits but to raise funds for those who are in need. If you’re interested in learning more about some of the best nonprofit YouTube channels, look no further.

RSPCA

The RSPCA makes its YouTube channel extremely user-friendly, with well-designed thumbnails that are color-coded in order to let you know what series the video is a part of, as well as images that tell you exactly who or what the video is about. This helps make their content more appealing to a wider audience. Aside from these, the organization additionally has a variety of videos that are geared toward helping people find a good pet. Most of the videos that the organization has released are very emotional, which is very good because it lets people connect with their cause. One of their most recent videos is about Peggy the Pug, which shows how sad these animals’ stories are. But if you’re worried it’ll be too sad to watch, fear not because they usually have happy endings.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

It’s hard for people to understand how their donations can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Through their YouTube channel, Ronald McDonald House Charities can show the faces of the people who they help every day. They don’t just use their channel to show the difference they make either. The organization also uses its YouTube channel to distribute thank-you videos to the individuals who help keep the Ronald McDonald Houses operational.

Rainforest Alliance

The people at The Rainforest Alliance don’t talk about themselves in their videos, instead, they let the people who help them do the talking. In these videos, they interview individuals from all around the world who talk about how their training with the organization can improve their quality of life. When they’re not interviewing those who work with them, the people at The Rainforest Alliance make engaging videos that show how their donations can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need. Their channel has a variety of videos that highlight their impact and encourage people to get involved.

Greenpeace

Unlike the other organizations on this list, Greenpeace is focused more on activism. This means that their content has a distinct tone from other nonprofits. In addition to being able to show the people who are passionate about fighting for the environment, the organization also has its logo in each of its videos, which helps people immediately recognize them. Their videos are powerful and uplifting, showing footage of people from all around the world fighting against the effects of climate change.

This article was originally published on Jennifer Power’s Medium!

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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Great TED Talks In The Nonprofit Sector

TED Talks believe in using the power of ideas to transform lives and the world. This is very common for professionals and nonprofits in the social sector who operate with the same mindset. Through its inspirational talks, TED aims to inspire and motivate individuals and organizations to make a lasting impact. If you’re running a nonprofit and need some inspiration, or you want to learn more about how you can make a lasting change in our world, check out some of these TED Talks.

The Antidote To Apathy – Dave Meslin

According to Dave Meslin, the main reason why people don’t get involved with nonprofits is not apathy, but rather seven barriers that prevent people from taking action. These seven barriers can keep people from making a difference in the world, regardless of their level of commitment.

As you work to connect with supporters, ask yourself what barriers are holding them back from becoming involved. These are the things that you should be aware of so that you can remove them before they become a problem. Having a clear and concise mission statement is very important, as well as having a variety of calls to action are also very important.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Coca-Cola – Melinda Gates

Coca-Cola has a global network of distributors and marketers who ensure that their products reach even the most remote regions. In her talk, Melinda Gates talked about how they’ve been able to use various marketing techniques to reach out to communities around the world. This model is very applicable to nonprofits, as it allows them to distribute their products on a large scale.

To effectively reach out to the communities that you serve, identify individuals who can help you educate others about your organization and its cause. You should also be bold enough to offer a variety of marketing messages that are not only relevant to your target audience, but also help them make informed decisions. Finally, develop a data-driven mindset that will allow you to make informed decisions.

The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong – Dan Pallotta

Many professionals and nonprofits in the social sector are familiar with the subject of the “overhead” discussion. In his TED Talk, Dan discussed the idea that while nonprofits are often rewarded for reducing their overhead, they are also not always given the same recognition for their work. He encourages everyone to ask their organizations what their goals are instead of what their current rate of return is.

To improve the status quo, start by asking yourself and your team what your biggest dreams are. Then, take a deep look at how you can measure and make progress toward these goals. You should also be able to identify the resources that will allow you to reach these goals.

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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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Great Nonprofit Podcasts To Check Out In 2022

We live busy lives, which can sometimes make learning new information difficult. It often feels like we’re constantly on the go, so how do we learn more about different subjects? Well, a great way to do so would be to listen to podcasts. You can listen to podcasts while you’re driving, while you’re cleaning the house, and while you’re working. You can listen to them practically wherever. The nonprofit sector in particular has a lot of great podcasts available which can help you learn more about philanthropy, charity, and everything that encompasses the nonprofit subject. Here are a few of the best nonprofit podcasts worth checking out in 2022.

The Business Of Giving

The Business of Giving is a weekly program hosted by Denver Frederick, who is a veteran of the philanthropy world. He talks about the various solutions that can be found to today’s social problems, such as global poverty, clean drinking water, and affordable housing. Each week, Frederick interviews prominent individuals and organizations.

The program has a total of 378 episodes, and the latest one was released in February 2022. In one of the recent interviews, Denver was able to connect with the CEO of LavaMaeX, Kris Kepler, who discussed how the organization is helping the homeless. Nonprofits can also benefit from these discussions as they can learn more about other great platforms that can help them reach their goals.

First Day Podcast

The First Day Podcast from The Fund Raising School is a weekly program that focuses on the advancement of ethical fundraising. It features a variety of topics that are related to this subject. Some of the topics that are frequently discussed on the program include major-donor fundraising, self-care for a fundraiser, and how to manage your funds.

The Fund Raising School currently has a total of over 200 episodes. None of these are more than 20 minutes long, and they cover the latest developments in fundraising and technology. One of the episodes that they released recently hit over 19k plays on SoundCloud. If you’re interested in getting the latest updates about nonprofits, follow this channel.

Nonprofits Are Messy

Joan Garry, a professor and a leading figure in the nonprofit world, is the host of Nonprofits Are Messy, and she covers a variety of topics related to fundraising and leadership. The program takes a look at real-life scenarios that organizations might face, and she breaks down the various aspects of running a nonprofit into easy-to-understand pieces. Whether you’re a board of directors or a marketing and communications professional, this is a must-listen for anyone who’s interested in learning more about fundraising.

The program has a total of 150 episodes, and each of them has an average run-time of around 50 minutes. One of the most recent episodes discussed the secrets of a successful board of directors. This is a must-listen for anyone who’s interested in learning more about fundraising and leadership. In addition to this, the program also features other topics that are geared toward helping senior nonprofit professionals improve their skills and knowledge.

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.