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Stop the Homework Battles

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By: Carolina Pichardo Whether your child is a straight-A student or struggling with a subject or two, it seems that all parents will experience, at some point or another, the much dreaded homework battles. How can you help your child complete their assignment without the fight? Your child’s academic success is closely aligned with how they take to their schoolwork and to their homework assignments. Are they
Minding the Age Gap

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By: Carolina Pichardo Now with two kids, life has become—interesting. For many moms, this is the case when they choose to “start over” with raising young children all over again, after having done so years, sometimes decades, ago. How can parents nurture both younger and older children as individuals, and also foster their relationship as siblings? Earlier this week, reality television star Evelyn Lozada announced she’s
When the Angel Hits Puberty

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By: Amy Gentry What happens when your daughter suddenly starts talking back, rolling her eyes, and arguing about everything you have to say? Amy Gentry shares her best comeback. [caption id="attachment_7005" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Courtesy of Jesse Therrien"][/caption] When I was a teenager, my mother used to say, “I hope you have a daughter and I hope she’s just like you.” Mind you, this was not her way
6 Tips for Young Moms on Disciplining Your Child

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By: Carolina Pichardo Who says you have to go overboard with the discipline techniques, tactics or extra rules? Here are some disciplining tips for every young mom When it comes to disciplining my daughter, I've used every technique in the book: time out, spanking, talking it out. There's even the Tiger Mom method and (who could forget) Helicopter Parenting. I've learned something from each of these, and
Seattle Contributor: The Never-Stayed-At-Home Mom

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By: Amy Gentry Meet our new YUM contributor, Amy Gentry! She's a new stay-at-home mom just trying to balance it all out In the last year, I bought a house and moved my family of five across town, I lost two jobs and my father passed away suddenly. This all happened within a span of 8 months. I know stress. I’m able to compartmentalize quite well in order
Reflections on Getting – Older

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By: Carolina Pichardo As a young, urban mom, I always get the same question: "So when do you stop considering yourself young?" Truth is - never As a young, urban mom, I always get the same question: "So when do you consider yourself not young?" Even now, as a newly-minted 30 year old. Truth is, whether we're 25 or 80, being a young mom is a state of mind
Find the Silver Lining in Parenting

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By: Staff Report Dr. Mark Seery, from the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo, discusses with Young Urban Moms how to always find the silver lining in parenting Protecting our children is what we – as parents – should be doing best. We want to make sure they’re childhood is free of any pain, fear or harm. It’s the reason why we go to great
Growing Up, Letting Go

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By: Carolina Pichardo Get young mother tips on how to grow with your child as they age During one of my frenzied periods of reading nothing but parenting books, I remember finding this quote: "Parenting is a long goodbye." I don't remember where I read it, or what exactly was the topic, but it stuck to me through the many years ahead. When my daughter took her first few
YUM Editorial: Spoiler Alert

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By: Carolina Pichardo Check out our Mom Blog for the story of a Young Urban Mom with a diva of a daughter So I have a diva of a daughter. She's sassy, active and loud. Most importantly, she's healthy and sharp. Because of her personality, I've been accused of everything in the book. I give her too much. I give her too little. I'm too overprotective. I shouldn't be
Step-Parenting: Path Worth Taking for the Family You Want

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By: Edward Almonte While it can be a challenge, when creating a family with the right young mom, being a step-parent is worth the effort Being a step father wasn’t something that I aspired to do. In my late teens and early twenties, my mother warned me to not get involved with someone who already had children, as it complicates every relationship. Taking into account the fact