Motherhood changes many things – “Nothing will ever be the same,” as people say – but while it may be obvious on a superficial level, it hasn’t always been obvious that this is true on a physiological level as well.
According to recent studies at the universities of Montreal, Oregon and elsewhere, the brain chemistry of a woman undergoes changes both during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child.
The studies found that the following major changes occur as a woman transitions into motherhood:
Homemade Mother’s Day gifts are an ideal way to get your children involved and to add a personal touch that any mother, aunt or grandparent will undoubtedly love.
The three Mother’s Day gift ideas below mostly involve steps that children can complete, but some steps will require adult assistance. Make sure that a parent is present to guide children through the process, and to help when necessary.
Most parents don’t use the same parenting style to raise their children. Different strokes, after all. You may have developed your parenting style from a combination of sources: information you’ve read or heard, advice you’ve received from relatives and other parents, lessons you were taught while growing up, and your parental instinct.
Which of four basic kinds of parenting style are you using? Take our quiz to find out:
If expensive vacation trips are out of the cards, opting for a vacation that’s close to home — a “staycation” — might be a perfect fit for your family. Plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy await within driving distance of your home.
Here are some family ”staycation” ideas:
Youths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape. However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.
Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves: