Being a parent can be hard at times! Here is my collection of best parenting advice and tips. I'll start with newborn and work my way up.
Pregnancy and newborns
If you're expecting a newborn, you might be wondering whether to have your mom, mother-in-law, stepmom or other person come to stay with you to help out. This can be a much-needed source of help but on the other hand, it's important that your helper house guest is actually going to be truly helpful to you during this rewarding yet exhausting time. They should be there to help you, not the other way around. For those with this dilemma, my article on whether to have house guest visitors with a newborn is a must-read. It'll help you decide when to say "yes please!" to offers of help, or a polite "no thank you". The article equips you with all the information and skills you need for that decision.
You may have also noticed there are a lot of baby products out there. Some of them are really not so essential at all, while others are well worth getting. Here I cover the baby products on Amazon that you actually need.
The toddler years
Parenting toddlers, in my opinion, is the hardest phase of all when you're in it, but it's also so rewarding to see glimpses of your child's personality as he or she grows. If you have kids spaced closely together, you'll want to take a look at how to potty train two kids at the same time (I did it and you can too!) On the other hand, if you have a toddler and are soon expecting a newborn sibling, you'll want to read these 10 tips on how to raise a toddler and newborn at the same time.
For a young toddler, for example 1 - 2 years old, I noticed that it can be hard to find toys for that age, especially educational toys that will help your child's development. Most often, toys are designed for 2 and 3 years old and up. You may like to take a look at my list of the best educational toys for toddlers (age 1 to 2) here.
Preschoolers and early elementary school age
This is the age where you feel like you're constantly preparing snacks for your preschoolers, school age kids and their friends! It's fun for the kiddos to gain social skills through playdates, but snack costs can go up quickly especially if you're feeding multiple kids. Yet you still want the kids to have healthy snacks offered that even picky eaters will enjoy. Problem solved: put together any of these healthy yet cheap snack ideas for kids.
Stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids for entertainment? Try any of these 23 free or cheap summer activities!
Older elementary and middle school
Your child probably has reading lists for book projects. But you don't want to break the bank, so here's where to get affordable books online for your child. There is no need to immediately buy books new from Amazon! There are plenty of other alternatives for price comparison, both new and used.
If your child needs glasses, here is how YOU can make sure your child has an easier time with his or her first pair of glasses. There is a ton you can do to help your child feel better about needing glasses, but most parents don't do any of these things, yet they're all easy things to do. This was written from my experience needing glasses as a kid, so you know these tips are kid-approved!
Sometimes it feels like everything costs so much, no matter what age your kids are at. Here is my list of tips for how a family can save money, starting with groceries and moving on to school supplies and more.
OK, I've finally covered the best parenting advice I have in one place. These are things I wish I'd known ahead of time, and I hope it's helpful for you and your family too.