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Hullooo, Heroes! Today is the day we publish the monthly parenting link roundup. I’ve had so many terrific articles submitted! The list is long, but completely worthy of your attention. Let me know which article was your favorite in the comments, won’t you?

Welcome to the May 25, 2012 edition of parenting link roundup. Pamela Jorrick presents What Ever Happened to Childhood? posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Molly Cunningham presents 10 Common Reasons Kids Are Afraid of the Dark posted at Live-In Nanny, saying, “Fear of the dark is very common among children, and also quite natural. The fear may stem from any number of causes, real or imagined, but in any case should be addressed by the parent with reason and respect. We should never treat such fears as ‘just being silly’.”

Hannah Anderson presents 10 Signs Mom is Getting Burnt Out on Kids posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “Staying at home with the kids year after year can lead to burn out. Sometimes, it may take only a few months for this malady to develop. If you know the signs of burn out, you can seek help or make necessary changes before things get too out of hand.”

Paul Taylor presents 10 Cool Ways to Use Building Blocks for Kids posted at Babysitting Jobs, saying, “How many of you think that blocks are just for building and stacking? A good many of you I would bet. And those are the most common ways. However this is a place to think outside the box – or block as the case may be.”

Abby Nelson presents How to Identify Heat Stroke in Children posted at Nanny Classifieds, saying, “As summer time and warmer weather approaches it’s time to get educated on all things related to kids and heat. In proportion to adults, kids have more body fluids and they also can dehydrate faster than adult.”

Beach House Love presents Beach House Love: My top ten can’t live without toddler foods. posted at Beach House Love.

William Barnett presents Splitting posted at Billy’s Christian Counseling Blog, saying, “This is an article about how children attempt to take advantage of the communication differences between their parents.”

Theresa Torres presents Browsers for children posted at Internet:Media & Medium, saying, “The internet has a lot to offer today’s youngsters but it also expose kids to inappropriate content. One thing that can help parents with this problem is to look for web browsers that are kid-friendly. Check out these top five options.”

Jessica Jackson presents 10 Plants Your Kids Should Learn to Avoid posted at Summer Nanny Jobs, saying, “No one wants their child to get hurt or worse yet, poisoned. As a parent you think your child would be smart enough not to try to eat a random plant that’s inside or outside, but they aren’t. This is a learned skill and one that you have to teach them. See 10 plants your kids should learn to avoid.”

Lindsay Samuels presents 10 Ways Parents Can Conceal Nanny Cams posted at Nanny Background Check, saying, “Most working parents worry about the quality of care that their children are receiving. Usually, there is nothing to worry about.However, there can be times when that worry turns into outright concern.”

Jacqui Barrie presents 10 Types of Kids Almost Impossible to Find an Au pair For posted at Aupair Jobs, saying, “No one wants to think of their kids as being difficult to deal with, but sometimes that is the reality. When au pairs are looking for work they are more often than not looking for kids that are easy to take care of. Some may be willing to watch different children, but it is more difficult to find that kind of au pair.”

Jessica Jackson presents 10 Signs Your Local Daycare is Overcrowded posted at Nanny Agencies, saying, “Finding a good daycare facility is always a concern for working parents. There are strict rules for licensed daycares to follow and the best ones are almost always full to capacity or strapped with a long waiting list to get in. In their search for a daycare that has openings available, parents may get distracted by finding one with an opening and possibly overlook some subtle problems.”

Tina Marconi presents Babysitters.net posted at 10 Physical Contact Rules for Babysitters, saying, “Establishing the the rules regarding physical contact for a babysitter is one of the most important things to clarify from the beginning, especially if the sitter in question is young and relatively inexperienced. Drawing clear lines between acceptable contact and that which crosses the lines can help to keep your children safe and eliminate any confusion on the part of the sitter.”

Roxanne Porter presents 10 Different Ways to Get Kids to Sleep in Their Own Beds posted at Nanny Jobs, saying, “Getting a child accustomed to sleeping in his own bed can be a long, frustrating process. It can make for some long nights and heated arguments, so it’s useful to keep a few tips in mind when you’re in the midst of this epic struggle for mattress control and a good night’s sleep.”

Nancy Parker presents 10 Ways to Keep Children Learning During Summer Break posted at eNannySource, saying, “Your kids don’t have to lose ground this summer due to the break. They can keep right on learning while having fun and you can plan activities to maintain or enhance the things they learned during the school year.”

Sonny Giffin presents Top 5 Sites for Comparing Nanny Agency Pricing posted at Nanny Websites, saying, “All savvy consumers do comparison shopping for big ticket items and for costly services. You will definitely want to do some serious shopping around if you are looking for a nanny agency. There are some sites online that will aid you in your search for the right agency for your family.”

Carol Watson         presents 10 Ways to Prepare for Your Child’s First Haircut posted at National Nannies, saying, “If your child is like most kids, he’s probably not going to be too keen on the idea of sitting still for a haircut, so you’ll need to make some preparations for that first haircut. We’ve collected some ideas that could come in handy to get you both ready to take the plunge.”

Christie Storms presents Which Takes Longer: Paying Bills or 2nd Grade Math Worksheet? posted at Actual Times May Vary, saying, “The newer elementary school math curriculum is NOTHING like how we parents learned it growing up. Seriously, kids now need an “algorithm” to find a simple sum? Does it have to be this complicated? I also describe how getting your kid to actually DO his math homework can be comedic on its own…”

Karl Johnson presents A Father’s Blog posted at Not the Momma, saying, “This is a first time blog. I Have a few posts, but really looking forward to adding more and moving the ball forward.”


Suzanne Cullen presents 10 Facts About Cereal Companies Putting Toys in the Box posted at aupair.org, saying, “One of the things we miss most about childhood is the prizes we used to get in cereal boxes. It was a genuine thrill to open up a box, pour out some of that sweet breakfast treat, and out would come a toy. There were all sorts of prizes packaged into the boxes over they years, and we’ve probably gotten most of them at some time or another.”

Debbie Denard presents 10 Reasons to not LET Your Child Win a Game posted at Nanny, saying, “I think everyone does it at some point. Your little one is trying so hard and you don’t want them to get discouraged so you let them win at games so they feel great about themselves. How can that be a bad thing? In today’s society telling a child that they lost or that their team lost seems to be frowned upon. In soccer they don’t keep score for years because it’s just a recreation league not a competitive one so scores don’t matter.”

Emma Roberts presents 10 Ways to Keep Your Child Hydrated in the Summer posted at Summer Nanny, saying, “Summertime for most kids is the best time of the year. With all the outdoor activities that kids participate in this time of year and the heat of summer, it’s critical that they stay hydrated. Proportionately, kids have more body fluids than adults and they can get dehydrated faster. Fluids lost in sweat need to be replaced right away in order to stay healthy. By the time they say they are thirsty, dehydration has already begun.”

Sandra McAubre presents 10 Ways Kids Make a Decision posted at hireananny.com, saying, “It’s great to be a kid. All of life’s most pressing, earth-shattering decisions – like who gets to play shortstop – can be made with a simple flick of the wrist or toss of a coin. No board meetings or conference calls – unless of course you consider congregating on a see-saw a ‘board’ meeting, or talking into tin cans connected by string a conference call. No, kids get to make their decisions in much more fun and colorful ways”

Maryanne Williams presents 10 Kids Games to Exercise the Mind posted at Share a Nanny, saying, “With fitness experts so up in arms about how kids today just sit around playing games, it’s nice to think about how beneficial games can be. Not just any games, but those that stretch their silly putty.”

Meghan Welker presents 10 Ways to Get Kids to Share a Bathroom Peacefully posted at Babysitting, saying, “When you have more kids than bathrooms, you will eventually run into trouble, unless you are one of the lucky few parents who have already established some ground rules and bathroom sharing etiquette. Don’t despair; there are some simple things you can do to make bathroom sharing less challenging and more peaceful.”

Laura Edgar presents Traveling with Kids: 10 Tips for Making Everyone Happy posted at NerdWallet | Travel, saying, “Whether you’re new to the game or have already braved countless voyages with rugrats in tow, we’ve assembled a list of essential tips for making the most of your family vacation.”

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