We See You, New Dad

Bella Breakdown New moms definitely get a lot of attention, as they should. Hello, they just grew and birthed an entire human being, and they feed them. From their own bodies! However, let us not forget that with every new mom, there’s a new dad waiting in the wings for when they can finally be of use. The new dad, especially the new modern dad, knows that he is equally as much of a parent as the mother of his child is. Dads know that they have a very large role to play in this child’s life. It’s a...

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Finding the Balance Between “Helicopter Mom” and “Free Range Parenting”

Bella Breakdown We have all seen the parents who hover around their children, doing everything for them and jumping in before their child even gets to try something on his own. I even used to have a student whose mom would come to school and organize her daughter’s messy desk once a week before I politely asked her to stop. I reminded her that she would never learn how to do it by herself otherwise. On the other end of the spectrum are the parents who are more “free range”, allowing children to be unsupervised and unmonitored, often left...

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Taking Care of Mom and Dad: How to Prevent and Tackle Colds and the Flu

Parents, Don’t Let the Yucky Flu Get You Down!! Our job as parents is full time, 24-7. We can’t call in sick or coast through the day with our head down on the desk. We don’t have time to be sick! So what do WE do to both prevent getting sick, and to feel better as quickly as possible when we do? How To Fend Off the Flu The first, and most obvious goal is to not get sick in the first place. The best way to prevent the transfer of germs is to wash your hands. The CDC recommends scrubbing your...

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Mommy, I Don’t Feel Well! Strategies For Flu Season

Bella Breakdown Last February, I woke up at 5 am one morning, and I thought I was going to pass out. I had no voice, alternating sweats and chills, and a spinning head. I know what you’re all thinking – she was hung over! Nope, I had the FLU! I am someone who always gets the flu shot, but I was one of the many unfortunate people for whom the vaccination didn’t work. (The CDC recommends a flu shot for every one 6 months and older starting now.) Flu Fighters That Makes a Difference When it comes to “flu season”, the first step...

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The Big Family Switch: Dad Takes On Mom’s Role

Mom & Dad Swap Roles, Things Get Interesting It’s a classic family dynamic; dad works late hours in the city and mom takes on all the household and childcare responsibilities. This is how the Johnson family currently lives their lives, in fact, when mom, Michelle, was asked what percentage of the household work falls onto her she shoulders, she answered with a whopping 80%. Well, during this week’s Big Family Switch, mom is taking time off to spend in the garden while dad gets the joy of tackling all of the household chores. How will he hold up? Let’s...

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