Relationship Modeling 101: Why Your Relationship Is a Role Model For Your Kids

Bella Breakdown In any relationship article, video or book that you read, the expert will explain that your marriage is the foundation of your family. Of course your children are also an important part of your family unit, but without a strong base, the rest can’t be stable. Our relationship with our spouse is typically the one that is the most frequent model for our children. With the divorce rate being so high, it is even more important that we demonstrate what it means to have a strong, healthy bonded relationship with our spouse or partner. While I knew this...

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Old-School Parenting Tips That Still Work Today

Bella Breakdown Though times are a-changing and parenting is following suit, there are some old-school parenting techniques that still work today. Just because we have realized that overly-strict parenting is not the answer, that doesn’t mean overly-lax parenting needs to take center stage. It’s a balance of order and play that will allow your child the best opportunity to becoming a happy adult. Most of us strive to do better than our parents did, but try implementing these ‘old-school’ parenting techniques and see what happens! 1. Eat meals together: Dinner is often the easiest meal to eat as a...

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Taming The Madness Of Your Minis: How To Raise Good Listeners

Bella Breakdown Do you feel like you repeat yourself hundreds of times each day? Do you find yourself ready to tear your hair out because each day you say the same thing (“Please put your jammies in the laundry basket.”), only to have to repeat it again and again and again each day? Me, too! I had been feeling especially frustrated by my 3 kids not listening. Part of being a parent is teaching the skill of listening, but I didn’t seem to be doing a very good job. That’s when I decided to do a bit of research...

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Breastfeeding Tips From New App “The Breastfeeding Friend”

Bella Breakdown Almost three-quarters of women start breastfeeding when their child is born; however by 6-8 weeks, this drops to just 44%. This makes breastfeeding rates in England among the lowest in the world. A new survey of 1,000 mothers of young children commissioned by Public Health England revealed that in hindsight, mothers wished they had been better prepared for breastfeeding. Before the birth of their first child, mums’ biggest priorities were buying baby equipment (66%), preparing for labour (49%) and buying baby clothes (40%). However, post birth, nearly a quarter (24%) wished they had read about and were...

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Children And Smartphones: To Allow, Or Not To Allow

Bella Breakdown We wish we could say this was an ‘age-old’ dilemma, but that wouldn’t be too accurate. Smartphones have only recently come on to the scene, within the last 15 years or so, but their impact has been astounding. Not just with advancements in communication between adults, smartphones have now made their way into the hands of adolescents and children, bringing up a valid conundrum for parents every where: should I allow my child to have and/or use a smartphone? See, the problem is, once they go off to school, many of the other kids will more than...

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