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Your Baby Shower is a Time For Everybody To Rejoice!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The birth of a baby is certainly a thrilling time and a time for celebration but it is also generally an anxious time with you rushing around ensuring that you have everything that you need and stressing about whether or not you will be able to cope. Naturally, this is especially true if you are first-time parents.

The idea for the baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to get together before the arrival of the baby and to assist in meeting the financial burden on the proud parents-to-be by giving them many of the accessories and furnishings that they will need as soon as the baby is born.

Although today many people like to break away from the traditional mold when it comes to a baby shower, on the whole these events still adhere largely to traditional guidelines. Almost certainly one of the most noticeable changes to the baby shower format is that they are no longer exclusively for women and lots of men make it onto today’s guest list and are happy to join in. Although they might not play all of the baby shower games, men do get pleasure from the chance to give their regards to the expectant parents.Interestingly enough however in certain cultures baby showers are thought to be a sign of bad luck and so, if there is a chance that the expectant mother might feel this way, then you should be sure to check before having a baby shower.

In some countries the baby shower is in fact held after the arrival of the baby while it others it is organized before the birth. In many ways it makes sense to hold the shower after the birth because a baby shower is after all a celebration of arrival of the new baby and guests enjoy actually seeing the focal figure of the celebration. It is also much easier to select gender-appropriate gifts and colors and, should the gift needs engraving, then your guests will have all the details that they require.

Even though having the baby shower after the birth of the baby makes sense it is an extremely busy time for new parents and many of the baby items that the require are required as soon as the baby arrives home. That is why holding the baby shower prior to the birth of the baby is becoming a more common option.

The baby shower itself is traditional and most showers involve the same sort of planning and activities. A guest list will need to be drawn up, a venue chosen and invitations mailed out. The shower venue then has to be decorated and the drink, food and games organized. Finally, as this is a special event, you might want to think about having a magician or other performer taking part in the festivities and a photographer to record the day.

A baby shower can become a big affair with a lot of things to organize that are going to cost a lot of money. For this reason it is sensible to put together a budget for the event before you start and then ensure that you stick to it.

Running a memorable baby shower does not take special talent but it does take a carefully thought out plan that includes both a timeline and a budget.

Good Parenting Advice For You To Be A Parent

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Parenting is the hardest, most important job most people will encounter and now there is no licence required, no training required, and no 24/7 hotline. This is rather short-sighted on the part of society as the cost of bad parenting is broad. While no training is required for new parents, it is very easy for parents to learn the ways of good parents as well as the traps of bad parents. All it takes for parents to study more about parenting is to watch, listen, and learn.

Watching is a key element to learning more about parenting. Watch the parents around you and you can learn all sorts of lessons about how to interact with your child, how to discipline your child, and how to teach your child. Almost everywhere you take your child there will be other parents and their children. Watching means observing but also listening. Hear the tone of voice as well as the words those parents use. Some parents use the right words but their tone and physical manner contradicts those words. Watch the children to note their response. Some children respond more readily to their parents. Why? What is different about that parent-child relationship? What can you take away for your own parent-child relationship?

Listen to advice. You don’t need to take every piece of advice that is offered to you. After all, there are many people who are free with advice and yet have clearly demonstrated they are in no position to offer it. However, there is often some really good advice shared by people you know and trust as well as good advice offered by passing strangers in the supermarket checkout line or in the stands at a soccer game. Be a sponge. Keep your ears open. You don’t have to take that advice but keeping your options open gives you the chance to sort out the jewels and benefit from them.

Be an active learner. Seek out information when you face a parenting challenge. Perhaps your child is acting out in a new way and your old discipline technique isn’t working. Search the internet, flip through parenting books, and ask some experts in your circle of friends. Sometimes great advice will come to you but other times you will need to seek it out. The more proactive you are about finding solutions to your parenting problems then the better parent you will become.

Parenting is a challenging matter. Some times parents are forced in a hard unpopular position but in the end good parenting comes with its own awards. Those awards include a happy, successful child and a warm, loving relationship that will extend long past childhood and span the rest of your life. By watching, listening, and learning, you can be the parent you want to be and your child deserves.