I'm a nurse by trade and currently a stay at home, homeschooling mom. I've got two boys, ages 4.5 and 5. I want to share any knowledge I've gained raising two completely different personalities. My goal is to share my experiences and favorite things for my family. I love a good bargain so I hope by sharing ideas I can help other moms discover amazing products too! I'll also be sharing crafts I've attempted, recipes I've tweeked, and family friendly ideas I try out.
Webpages and References
Classes & Webcasts
For nitty gritty, hands on, birthing education I totally recommend the Best Birth. Sarah McMoyler is a veteran Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse out of California, who will educate you better than any birthing class you've ever imagined. Forget the hospital "classes", Sarah will teach you AND your partner what to expect and what to do at the right time. I invested in the DVD I got so much out of the webcast. I'm using it for baby #2 and any thereafter.
American Sign Language for babies and families to foster communication before speaking. Rachel Coleman learned her daughter Leah was deaf at 14 months and started teaching her ASL. She quickly found that Leah's vocabulary surpassed her peers. When Rachel's sister Emilie started her family, they too learned sign language to communicate with Leah. From there a community was born. Join Rachel, Leah, Alex, and Hopkins in learning ASL with song and dance. For children from birth to 3 years, start with Baby Signing Time and progress to Signing Time Series 1 and Series 2. There are also resources for families with special needs.
An educational preschool series from the creators of Signing Time. The shows use the CORI method of teaching. The first 6 episodes were funded solely by parents and education supporters through Kickstarter.
Messageboards and Communities
Sign up for weekly emails during pregnancy and first 9 years of your child's life. Helpful tips, videos, and blogs. Messageboards for topics and birth clubs are available for interacting with moms who have children the age of yours.
Information and goodies for moms from pregnancy through big kids. Recipes, crafts, and parenting ideas that are also available in email newsletters. They frequently have photo contests and giveaways.
Picking a Name
Make your own favorite names list for free and invite family, friends, and strangers to vote on your names. Very good collection of names from many different cultures. Also has a blog and themed name lists compiled from other users.
Disclaimer **Some of these books are biased regarding breastfeeding, sleep methods, and discipline. I do not recommend using one book as the go-to-guide but rather as a reference for what options are out there. I use a combination of websites, family, friends, books, and my own instinct to raise my children. These are the books I've read and used to form my own opinions and methods.** Amazon made it easy to find and purchase these books directly from my blog :)