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Victim Assistance for Women
Here are 21 resources for women's self-defense training, victim assistance, stalking, domestic violence, and advocacy to reduce violence against women. These resources assist victims of violence and crime through hotlines, referrals, criminal and civil justice processes, victim's rights, and support groups. Begin the healing process by calling a hotline and/or talking with someone who is professionally trained to assist you. read more

Divorce and Your Health
According to research completed at Iowa State University, divorce can lead to poor psychological and physical health in women. This recent research shows that divorced women have a higher susceptibility to chronic illness, especially over a period of time, compared with married women. read more

The U.S. Mom Market and How Companies Market to Us
Moms are powerful and influential consumers in United States households today. By taking a look at demographics, marketplace trends and products we can see how companies market to Moms and how Moms purchase items. read more

Commentary: 3 Reasons Moms Should Have A Hobby
Moms these days are busy, but we're more stressed than ever before and in need of lifestyle choices that help us be happier. Having a hobby may be just the ticket. It can relieve stress, allow you to parent better, and provide a refreshing change from the routine. read more

(Editorial) Activities are Stealing Summer From Kids
This is a timely Editorial by Paulette Rappa, a mom and english teacher from Southern New Jersey. She asks what are we doing with our kids during the summer these days. It has changed from when we were kids. What happened to the family vacation? There is no longer spontaneity or imagination. Instead, there are schedules and deadlines and car polls. Do the kids have time to relax? read more

(Editorial) The Work and Family Balance:It's Time to Work Together
The lack of family-friendly policies is felt by both full-time Moms and employed Moms. Learn Why. read more

Considering Adoption: The complicated journey has many considerations and rewards.
The reality of adoption is that adoption will take longer, be more expensive and create significant stress in prospective parents' lives--even before the children arrive. The important thing is to be as prepared as possible and feel free to reach out to those who have already done this. The adoption community is very supportive. read more

Two Tales of Motherhood
(Editorial) We look around in our neighborhoods, at playdates, and workplaces and we see many different kinds of Moms. This Mother's Day SearchMothers.com looks at commentary from two moms who we see represent two rapidly growing groups of moms in the U.S. ---Work-At-Home Moms and Non-Custodial Moms. read more

Supporting Mothers and Their Babies in Public Nursing
(Editorial) Read this editorial by Chris Mulford, RN, Over the last few years many words have been spoken and written about nursing in public. I think this is good. Better to work out this problem of competing rights through civil dialogue and not in confrontations between a stressed mother whose child is crying. read more

Let's Really Value Motherhood
(Editorial) Read this editorial by Martha Burk, Ph.D., Chair of the "National Council of Women's Organizations" from 2001-2005, and Author of Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It. She addresses the Mommy wars issue (work vs stay home moms) and how motherhood is valued in America. read more

Choosing Motherhood
(Editorial) Nurturing a child is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. It's exciting to witness how a newborn learns to recognize faces, objects, and sounds, or how an infant comes to bond to those who love and care for him. It's exhilarating to share in the growth and development of a young child, helping them make connections so that life's puzzles begin to fall into place for them. read more

Furthering Your Education as a Mother
Many mothers are waiting for their children to grow up before they will go back to school or return to work. Balancing a career, an education, or even both with the demands of family life can be extremely difficult if not impossible. No doubt your children have a plethora of daily activities: soccer practice, band rehearsal, girl/boy scouts, etc. Or maybe they're still too young for school so you're home with them all day. Although Baby Einstein stimulates the mind, you're probably looking for something a slightly more substantial for yourself. Either way, it's hard to find time for yourself, let alone time to earn that degree you've always wanted. However, there is a solution that could be perfect for your circumstances: gain your degree online. read more

The Mother's Day Gift That Keeps on Giving - Giving Children Hope
If mothers could work together and could see other chldren as their own would this help promote world peace? Many have had this plan. Through the interaction of women and children there is a common bond. Mothers try to make a better world for their children, but we can make better children for our world. read more

10 Tips for Making Resolutions That Last!
It's that time of year again. If you like the idea of making a fresh start, but are tired of enduring the frustrations of broken resolutions, try these simple tips for starting new habits that really last! read more

20 Secrets to Successful Single Motherhood
If you decide to take up the challenge of being a successful single mother, you will soon find that your life has changed dramatically. The only person who can determine the outcome in you life is you. Trust that, by following the process of self improvement and success, you will come out ahead in life. It is the best example that you can set for your children.read more

Mothers Day Gift Suggestions
Looking for great gifts for your Mom or Grandma for Mothers Day? Stop searching - we have put together great Mothers Days gift ideas that you can use for your Mom and Grandma. read more

Custodial Mothering

Setting The Scene For Success In Divorce
A court can grant leave or permission to a person who has custody of a minor child to remove the minor child from the current jurisdiction to live in another jurisdiction.Learn about the difficulty for the custodial or non-custodial parent.read more

Deadbeat Parents and Pizza Boxes
Editorial - Deadbeat Parent, Deadbeat Dads, Deadbeat Moms. The term Deadbeat Dads refer to men that have fathered a child, but fail to pay child support ordered by a family law court or a Child Support Agency. Similarly, Deadbeat Moms refer to the like---women failing to pay child support. Read about the efforts to find the “deadbeat parent” and more. read more

Setting The Scene For Success In Divorce
As difficult and bad as things seem to be during the litigation of a family law case, the real battle or the real conflicts, are yet to be realized if it is contested. After a Judge determines contested issues, if there are one or more minor children, or any financial support matters over which the Court has retained jurisdiction, an odyssey of struggle and conflict will surely ensue for as long as the Court has jurisdiction over the matters. read more

Considerations when choosing a Lawyer
One thing to look for in a lawyer is if there expertise matches what you are looking for. If you are looking for a divorce lawyer it is safe to say that you will want to find somebody who has experience in that field. This will suit you much better than searching for lawyers who concentrate on personal injury. When you find a lawyer that is experienced in what you are interested in, you will then be able to move forward with confidence. read more

Virtual Visitation
This article provides answers to your Virtual Visitation questions. Basically, each parent needs a computer with Internet access and a digital camera connected to their computers to send live video images over the Internet. Typically a webcam is used. Webcams range in price from $25 to $400. read more

What is the Child Support Tax Intercept Program?
Federal law allows for offsets of federal income tax refunds on past due support owed. The Federal Tax Refund Offset Program collects past due child support from the tax refunds of parents who have been ordered to pay child support. This program is a cooperative effort between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), and the State’s child support office, the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). read more

Tips for Winning at Custody
Winning at Custody is one of the most difficult issues Moms confront in divorce. In many cases, both parents want custody and are willing to spend whatever it takes to win. Custody is all about what is best for the children - and that involves proving that you are the best parent - i.e. that the other parent is not as good a parent as you and/or that the other parent is just simply not good at parenting. read more

Who Decides Interstate Custody Disputes?
We live in an increasingly more mobile society and a society with a divorce rate that exceeds 50%. As a result, there are more custody disputes, and they have frequently become interstate custody disputes. read more

Step-Parent Adoption: When He Wants to Adopt your Child
Before and after the marriage to a spouse with a child, a man may like to step into the role of parent. In the United States to be eligible to adopt as a step-parent, he must be eighteen years of age or above and presently be married to a consenting biological or adoptive parent. Also, both biological parents must consent or if there is a contestment--the non-consenting parental rights must be terminated. read more

Helping Kids with Divorce
There are many situations where divorce is necessary; but the fact is, there is no agreement among the experts on how bad a situation must be for a child to benefit from divorce. Understandably, the biggest worry and the greatest heartache for divorcing moms is how it will affect the kids. Read some considerations for children at various ages. read more

Custody Cases - Protecting Children from Abuse
When allegations of child sexual abuse arise during a custody case, unfortunately, the professionals who are involved often look first to question the motives and veracity of the protective parent rather than to what they can do to protect the child. Most people think that making allegations of sexual abuse is a sure way for the protective parent to win the custody case. Nothing could be further from the truth. read more

Preparing Children for a Move
Every year, one out of five American families move. One of the most important issues to anyone with kids is their reaction to the news that they're moving, and their adjustment to the new home. Being informed is very important to children. One of the worst mistakes we can make as adults is to assume that kids don't care or won't understand the details. Keeping them "in the loop," consulting them about choices whenever possible, and including them in the family game plan will work wonders toward their adjustment. read more

Child Support Enforcement
All states run a child support enforcement program, either in the human services department or department of revenue, often with the help of district attorneys and other law enforcement agencies and officials of family or domestic relations courts. Families seeking child support services must apply directly through their state or local agency which is running the program. Almost $18 billion in child support is distributed to a caseload of about 17 million. read more

Steps To Collecting Child Support
The first step if a child was born out of wedlock, is to establish paternity - or make a legal determination of who fathered the child. read more

Creating A Blended Family: The Do’s and Don’ts
Are you contemplating blending two families together? Are you planning on marrying someone else with children? If so, check out the ideas in this article. They just may help you create a more satisfying and nurturing blended family. read more

Protecting your Credit Before the Divorce
A looming divorce can be stressful on anyone and in the heat of the moment. People who once shared love and respect can do terrible hurtful things to each other. If care is not taken during this stressful time, divorcees can find themselves in hot water later on down the track, worse still it is possible that serious damage can be done to an individual's credit rating. It is in your best interest to make sure that your credit and good name are protected before, during and after divorce. read more

Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: Interview with Rosanna Hertz
SearchMothers.com interviewed Dr. Rosanna Hertz, author of Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family. In her book, Dr. Rosanna Hertz, Sociologist, Professor and Author, offers a researched account of one of the fastest-growing phenomenon among middle class women. She looks at the unorthodox path taken and how these women have managed to make single parenthood work in their lives. read more

Relationships

7 Anger Management Techniques
Anger can destroy your life. It can ruin your relationship with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your co-workers.read more

Top 10 Ways To Catch a Cheating Man
With infidelity on the rise, Stephany Alexander, founder of WomanSavers.com has sorted out the top 10 ways on how to catch a cheating man without hiring a costly detective. read more

How To Deal With Your Ex-husband's New Girlfriend
Many men and women find a new mate immediately after divorce. Your ex-husband may be one of them. This can be hard on you emotionally. With divorce new people enter your life, some not by choice. You must find a way to deal with your ex's new love. This is difficult if you are not currently in a relationship yourself. Why him, but not me? You ask over and over. read more

Giving Love, Getting Love
Love. We need it from the moment we are born to thrive. We might survive but we do not thrive without abundant love. No wonder we work so hard to get it. No wonder we try to be perfect and do everything right to have control over getting love. No wonder we get anxious, angry or depressed when we do not get the love we need. Read about the art of giving and getting love by Margaret Paul, Ph.D., best-selling author of "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" read more

Break-Ups And Doubts
After life reaches a stage where living together becomes very painful, one begins thinking of break-up. But the doubts can be overwhelming sometimes. They can mar judgment and confuse your thinking. This makes life further trouble for some. What is the way out? read more

Best Romantic Fall Get-Aways
The weather outside is sultry and warm, still suitable for swim attire in some states. But Fall vacation plans are well underway in households nationwide. With school back in session, Autumn is a great opportunity to take a weekend off to enjoy the serene, Autumn air, glowing foliage and pre-winter preparations. read more

When Stresses In Your Marriage Take Their Toll
What do you do when the stresses of your marriage start to become a problem? Many couples get mad and argue at one another. This will not do anything except make the problem worse. As a result, here are some ways to deal with your stresses in your marriage. read more

Traditional Dating and Internet Dating: The Pros and Cons
If you are currently a single mom and you want to position yourself for the dating circuit, you must first reflect on what type of dating you prefer to attempt. In this contemporary and technological age, there are two styles of dating to choose from. Traditional dating and internet dating. read more

Useful Lessons from Failed Marriages
A recent study is revealing that marriage is very predictable. Over 1,000 experienced adults ranging between from ages 26 to 80 years old were interviewed. Among these interviewed adults were the successfully married, the unsuccessfully married, the adult singles who had quit looking for a lover, those who were still trying to find their mates, and a few who had completely changed their sexual behaviors to escape the deep pain. This study revealed information that has been missing. read more

Marriage & Infidelity: Cheating Spouses Can't Hide Their Extramarital Affairs
Few events cause as much turmoil in a marriage as infidelity, which can reduce a marriage to rubble, shatter trust and create a breeding ground for insecurity, mistrust and resentment. Most of us have witnessed affairs among people we know, and some of us even have had affairs ourselves. This kind of thing happens in the real world, and it happens all the time. One third of all married couples admit to having cheated on their mates. Let's not be naïve. That's quite a large number of people taking risks! read more

Unmarried With Children: The Challenges of Dating after Divorce
Divorced mothers who date must learn to care for their children's emotional needs while not neglecting their own. But, one of the biggest challenges for divorced women is simply meeting a man willing to date someone with children. read more

Stress Management for Kids
Many children suffer from various forms of stress and this article provides insights on how parents can help their child during these periods. Their stress can cause them to have nightmares and to lose their self-confidence. read more

How to Have a Happy Marriage When You're Busy Being Parents
Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let's face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship. read more

Top Ten Ways to Support Someone in Being Their Best
With everything we say and do, we're influencing positively or negatively the people we care about. The ideal is to do this with consideration and intention. Here are ten ways you can help your family members realize the best that's within them. read more

The "Non-Divorce" Divorce
A new phenomenon in which a married couple remains together, in almost every sense of the word, despite the fact that both desire a divorce is being referred to as the "non-divorce" divorce. Supposedly, this trend is gaining popularity as the solution to a failed marriage. The "non-divorce" divorce is a mutual verbal agreement between two married individuals who want to keep their marriage in tact, but fully accept that the relationship is over. The goal is to feel divorced while continuing to live together and not get a divorce. They live in the same family home as roommates, participate in their children's lives as they had before they wanted a divorce, and maintain/preserve the marital estate. read more

Healthy Living

How to Look 10 Years Younger in Ten Minutes
Want to look Fabulous after 40, but not sure how? Here are 5 simple fashion and beauty tips guaranteed to make you look 10 years younger in 10 minutes. Deborah Boland and Jo Jami Tyler are Image and Style Experts specializing in helping women 40 plus look and feel fabulous.read more

Women, Weight Training, And Metabolism
When most women think about losing weight they usually attempt one of two options. The first is to go on a diet which involves eating fewer calories over the course of the day. The second option normally involves some form of aerobic exercise, whether it be jogging, bike riding or... read more

Weight Loss with Water
If you think there is no easy way to lose weight - think again. The easiest weight loss method could have been staring you right in the face all this time. Here it goes: stop drinking soft drinks. Drink water instead. Dumping the soft drinks from your diet will result in dropping some serious pounds. read more

Organic Agriculture and Farming
Over the years, it has become commonplace to understand and define organic agriculture as farming without synthetic pesticides and conventional fertilizers. This should not be considered a definition but a characteristic — only one characteristic of a socially and environmentally conscious approach to agriculture that is currently experiencing rapid growth in the U.S. read more

Smoking: 4 Reasons Why You Should Quit
Knowing the reasons of why you want to quit is an important fist step. Being clear about your reasons, can be a very powerful tool. You have probably seen many articles, telling you how to quit smoking, but without a proper motivation, they are useless. That is why instead of telling you what to do, this author will tell you why you should do it and after that, it will be up to you to find the right way. read more

Easy Summer Salads. Lighter foods for a Brighter Summer
Easy summer salads are the way to go, now that the warm weather is here. The best salads are light, bright and easy to prepare. After all who wants to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen when friends are around for lunch, the garden is in bloom and the wine is chilled and ready to pour. read more

Are Your Cosmetics Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin?
We all have times when our skin looks less than gorgeous. At those moments we inevitably reach for the miracle products -foundations, concealers, powders-we rely on to cover up the flaws we'd like to hide. Yes, makeup is a great temporary fix, and it's a wonderful tool for enhancing our best features. But depending on cosmetics to cover over your troubled complexion could actually be making the problem even worse. read more

Picky Eaters
My child wants to eat only his two favorite foods: cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He eats tiny amounts of any other food and complains about what's put in front of him. What can I do about this? read more

Eat Together. Eat Well
Wegman's Senior Vice President of Consumer Affairs, Mary Ellen Burris found some interesting research showing clear links between frequency of meals eaten together as a family and emotional health, healthy eating, and cost of meals. One of the five principles of Wegman's "Eat Well, Live Well" approach is to Share The Preparation and Pleasure of Great Meals. read more

Easter Egg Decorating
Planning to eat hard-boilded eggs on Easter morning? Remember those hard-boiled wonders are not only for eating. Decorated eggs are an outstanding way to create family heirlooms or beautiful Easter centerpieces for your dining table or special party function. For Egg Decorating with your kids this month find out your options here. read more

Causes of Childhood Obesity
Obesity in children leads to many risk factors. It is the leading cause of pediatric hypertension. It increases the risk of childhood cardiac disease, type2 Diabetes Mellitus, and the risk of painful joints. But the most important is the amount of psychological and social pressure that a child has to undergo among his peers which may eventually make him susceptible to depression. read more

The Scoop on Soup
Soup may be the first course of a meal or it can be the whole meal. A steaming hot bowl of soup is wonderful to warm up to on a cold winter day, while a bowl of chilled gazpacho or fruit soup can be perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Soup. read more

Top Tips For Good Nutrition This Thanksgiving
To many, good nutrition and thanksgiving dinner seem to cancel each other out. However it should be possible and even easy to make a nutritious meal that is a pleasure to share with friends and family. Here are a few tips to help you make your Thanksgiving holiday meal a healthy one too. read more

Pregnancy

Preparing for Your C-Section
Almost 30% of all births result in a C Section. Most C sections are planned due to medical conditions; some C sections are even a choice women make in avoiding childbirth pain, however many occur in the wake of complications during labor, and these are the pregnancies that catch moms off guard.read more

Pregnancy And Your Children
There are few things in life as exciting as telling everyone the news of your being pregnant. Part of that excitement is sharing your pregnancy with your children. While older children will immediately know what being pregnant means, small children may not, leaving you with some work in explaining everything.read more

Girls Baby Names
Choosing a baby name is the most important gift you can give a child. The right girl baby name can contribute to personal and professional success. We have compiled an extensive list of girl baby names to choose from! We also have a pregnancy calendar, pregnancy and parenting articles and more! read more

Common Pregnancy Problems
Most pregnant women will agree that the first few months of pregnancy are unpleasant, to say the least. You may experience morning sickness, swelling in the legs and ankles, abdominal pains and cramps, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, bladder problems, and a myriad of problems in between. Here is an article to help you with these issues and feel better. read more

Childbearing and Procreation
With increasing population pressure and modern independent lifestyles (unlike the family farm where children were almost a necessity), procreation has become an option that is increasingly declined or at least significantly restricted. But with these choices women take themselves out of a natural biological role. read more

Making the Decision When you are Pregnant: On Being Your Own Boss
If you are pregnant or thinking of having children, and are looking for a new job, you might be considering self-employment. This is a growing option in the past decade. Companies are much more willing to hire outside consultants and advisors, because it is often easier for them than having you on their payroll. Before you launch yourself into a new business venture, there are a few things to consider. read more

Commentary on Breastfeeding in Public
A nurse's perspective: Over the past few years many words have been spoken and written about nursing in public. In the basic "public nursing" problem scenario there are three roles: a child, the child's breastfeeding mother, and an observer. The child indicates a need. The mother responds to the need by giving the child her breast to suck. The observer complains. read more

A New Mom's Guide To The Organic Food Label
If you are a new mother and you are wondering if your baby is getting the best food possible, food labels can provide a clue. Today mothers are searching the food aisles for organic food products for their babies. Products labeled "100 percent organic" must contain only organically produced ingredients. read more

Helping Your Gassy Breastfed Baby
If your breastfed baby seems to have excess gas, it can be disconcerting because you're wondering if s/he is in pain. Surprisingly, some babies seem to have no problems and don't mind being "gassy". But if the baby seems to be in some discomfort, try these tips to help with excess gas. read more

Nature vs Nurture
Your child's personality. It is 'scientific' to ask how it comes into being. Is it inheritable? Is it natural? Is it outcome of environment? Have you any will to change their behaviors or are bound to follow what dictates? Nature vs nurture theories focus upon these issues. The new discoveries in genome and quantum physics have revived the debate. But the abstraction continues to intensify. read more

Choosing a Pediatrician
Choosing your baby's doctor several months before your expected arrival is a good idea. This way, you won't feel rushed and can take the time to make the right decision. During the first few years of life, your baby will have frequent visits for routine checkups and illness; so selecting a healthcare professional you trust is important. read more

A Mom's Guide to: Understanding Your Husband or Partner's Feelings About Being a New Father
At some point not long after the baby is born, just about every new father gets hit with a sharp jolt of reality: he's a father--with new responsibilities, new pressures, new expectations to live up to. For some of them, this seemingly basic little epiphany comes early, before they leave the hospital. But for others, reality may not hit for a few days. Sooner or later, though, they all come to realize that their lives have changed forever. Sometimes the changes are subtle, sometimes not so subtle. But they're almost always surprising. For mothers it is important to remember a few things: read more

Teenage Pregnancy
Is teen pregnancy an issue in your community? If you think it can happen in your family find out about a smart plan to confront it. Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy taking place on May 3, 2006 (and thereafter for several weeks). It is equally important to talk to boys and girls about preventing teen pregnancy. Sex has consequences for both a boy and a girl – both emotional and physical. read more

Breastfeeding in Public
In many parts of the world, the sight of a nursing mother is an ordinary aspect of daily life. In our society, however, some people are still uncomfortable seeing a mother breastfeed in public. Slowly but surely, though, people are coming to see breastfeeding as the natural, normal way of feeding a baby that it is. And thanks to public education campaigns, people are becoming more knowledgeable about the many benefits of breastfeeding. read more

Baby Names
Irish names typically consist of a first name, middle name and a family name. In Ireland people can have an English name and an Irish name. For Example: Abigail Barbara Lawrence or Abigeál Baibín Labhrás. read more

PostPartum Reality Check
The postpartum experience is one of peaks and valleys. As in any transition, there will be losses as well as gains, especially in a transition to motherhood. At times you may question your ability to mother well. Your relationships with friends and significant others will likely change. You may feel very isolated and you may miss some aspects of life before baby's arrival. read more

Top Ten Comfort Measures for Labor
There are a number of methods for managing pain and providing comfort during labor. Not all strategies will be helpful for all women, but “having the tools in the toolbox” before you’re laboring eases anxiety and builds confidence in your body’s innate ability to give birth. When labor begins, you’ll have in mind several options and can use what feels good. read more

Infant Care
Caring the infant is not an easy task and requires special care and attention. They have no means of communicating except their cries. An Infant has to be given a balanced diet in all stages of their growth to enable them to be healthy and strong. They should be vaccinated in time to prevent them from viral attacks, which make them fall sick. There are many recognized Child Care centers across the world, which provides infant care services to cater to the needs of single working parents. read more

Parenting

Finding a job in healthcare
Stepping up the rungs of the healthcare career ladder begins with that crucial cornerstone: finding your first job. Whether you're a recent high school grad or a senior who's exploring career options, one out of every five jobs created from now until 2014 will be in the healthcare field, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.read more

Getting Children Back to Nature
Outdoor play is becoming increasingly rare among children both in the U.S. and the U.K., even in rural areas. Children are intimately familiar with complex virtual worlds and all their characters, yet no longer learn the names of the creatures that inhabit their back yards. This has far-reaching implications for emotional and physical development and for family life. Closeness to nature can even be a powerful antidote to attention deficit and other disorders.read more

Five Ways to Get Your Kids Outdoors
The key to making the thought of spending time outdoors more attractive to kids is enticing them with fun activities they can't do indoors. Can't think of any good ones? Here are some ideas you can try:read more

Our Boys
With recent articles and blogs about Time Magazine's The Myth About Boys where do we go from here? Are books like The Minds of Boys by Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens still worthwhile to read? Yes. Read the Belated Book Review and Commentary. read more

Fixed versus Growth Intelligence Mindsets
According to psychology professor Carol Dweck, people's self-theories about intelligence have a profound influence on their motivation to learn. Students who hold a "fixed" theory are mainly concerned with how smart they are—they prefer tasks they can already do well and avoid ones on which they may make mistakes and not look smart. In contrast, she said, people who believe in an "expandable" or "growth" theory of intelligence want to challenge themselves to increase their abilities, even if they fail at first. read more

Mothers Finding A New Meaning for Mentoring
Mentoring is a word with many meanings. In business mentoring is used to groom up-and-coming employees deemed to have the potential to move up into leadership roles. For children who are having social problems mentoring is seen as a solution to bring them back into the straight and narrow. What if Mothers found a new meaning for mentoring and it was something every mother could use. read more

Parents: Have You Forgiven Yourself?
Do you allow your children to blame you for their current problems? Do you feel responsible for the choices they are making? Perhaps it is time to consider forgiving yourself for not being a perfect parent. From the time my first child was born, I wanted to be a wonderful parent. I read book after book on parenting and tried to learn all I could about being a great parent. read more

Martial Arts for The Kids and You
Today, martial arts training is accessible to everyone almost everywhere. If Moms can find the time to join a class, at the same time their child attends class, or on their own time, it is a worthwhile activity to get and stay healthy. Moms can find a martial art suited to their own style of physical activity. Martial arts training involves paced amounts of physical training. Martial arts training also involves intercepting or redirecting an opponent's punch. read more

Motivation To Succeed Develops In Early Childhood
Have you ever heard about a child whom parents or teachers describe as lazy, unenthusiastic, and non-interested in any school subject or social activity? If yes, have you ever thought why this child is so low motivated, when he or she needs to do something demanding assiduity, diligence, patience, attention, tenacity, self-control and other important personal qualities? read more

An Overview of Single Parenting
Single Parenting has been on the rise dramatically over the past 3 decades; and it's still on the increase. Once upon a time it was often looked down at as a matter of limited values, and on occasion as the result of romantic tragedy. Today society sees it a lot more realistically, and acknowledges that regardless of the cause; it's just as important to be sure children have the best start on life that they can receive. read more

Are Computers Harming Our Children?
More and more parents are becoming concerned about the amount of time their children are spending on computers. Kids are playing computer games, researching their homework and chatting to friends on their computers. read more

Tips For Parents and Children Living with ADD / ADHD
Yes, we all hate structure. If the world was perfect place we would not need it. But, when we don't have enough structure we lose track of the world around us. We also need the correct amount of structure in our lives. Too much makes us rebel or feel trapped. A schedule works well for both children and adults with ADD. Make a plan for each day. Make sure you give yourself or child "free time" or "self time" in that schedule. Children need at least an hour a day of uninterrupted play. read more

How to Teach your Children Right from Wrong
Read how to teach your children right from wrong at every stage: 0-1, 2-4, 4-6, 5-8, 8-11, 12-17, 18 and over. read more

The Potty Training Readiness Quiz
Potty training is easier and happens faster if your child is truly ready in all three areas: physical, cognitive and social. But the big question is: how do you know when your child is ready? If you have never traveled this road before, you likely don't even know what signs to look for. Take this quiz to find out where your child is on the readiness spectrum. read more

Warning Signs of Teen Drug Use
Schools out for Summer and it's prime time for teen drug use. Raising a teenager is a difficult task. There are many things to worry about, and one subject many parents are concerned about is teen drug abuse. Parents who discover that their teens are drinking or using drugs are often not surprised, as they noticed many changes in their teenager. The difficulty is in telling which changes in behavior mean your teen is using drugs, and which are just the normal result of teenage hormones. These can also be signs that your child is ill. read more

Raising a Boy: For the Single Mom
According to family therapist Michael Gurian, "A mom with a father involved in the boy's life typically does not have to do too much to extend out beyond who she already is. If she is alone in raising her son, however, then she has to hold onto her own identity as a woman and try to extend toward the masculine." read more

Bilingual Education
MYTH - "A child should learn one language properly first; then you can start teaching the other." This is an old myth or belief based on flawed research. Children who learn two languages in a loving, supportive environment learn them both well. Children who learn two languages in a challenging environment may have language development issues, but so will children learning only one langauge in that same sort of environment. read more

How to Raise a Well-Balanced Child on Your Own
It is a daunting task for any couple to raise a healthy, well-balanced child. It can be even more challenging for a single parent, since there is no solid partner available to help alleviate stress, play "good cop, bad cop" in matters of discipline and enforcement, and provide a child with two different sets of skills, perspectives, and networks of family and friends. read more

Stop the Diaper Changing Battles
Babies are little bundles of energy! They don't want to lie still to have their diapers changed. They cry, fuss, or even crawl away. A simple issue can turn into a major tug-of-war between parent and baby. read more

How to Teach Your Baby Sign Language
The word is spreading. Sign language is a great way to communicate with pre-verbal babies and toddler. New moms everywhere are grabbing American Sign Language books and absorbing them feverishly. Pregnancy classes are full of moms teaching each other basic sign language and day care centers across the country are training their teachers in sign language. read more

Quiz on Parenting Style: What Type Of Parent Are You?
We invite you to think about how we all react to everyday situations. This questionnaire is designed to help us think about what kind of parents we are. At the end of the questionnaire, you will find a key to help evaluate the results. read more

Anger: Aggression, Assertion and your Adolescent
Anger is an emotion that alerts us that we are feeling discontent resulting from what we perceive to be a mistreatment or opposition to ourselves. It usually shows itself in a desire to fight back at the cause of this feeling. Anger is the same whether a parent is feeling/expressing anger or your adolescent is expressing it. Anger is not a bad emotion; it is a gauge that allows us to understand what we are feeling. However there are reactions to anger that make anger much more explosive. read more

Valentines Day for the Frugal Family
At one time, I would have never wanted to share my frugal Valentine Day ideas with anyone. My reason for keeping it to myself? At one time I thought that no one would be interested. After all, we were the only couple not buying each other jewelry, roses, big boxes of chocolates, and lingerie on Valentine's Day, right? Reality check! I have grown up a lot over these last 10 years and I have learned that I am not the only one clipping coupons and cutting my children's hair myself. There are lots of other families out there just like my husband and I, who have to watch our spending. read more

Valentine's Day On A Dime
Using a little imagination, you can make your Valentine's day a little more fun and a lot less expensive. If you want to add a little personalized romance or if you don't have the time or money to buy all the pre-made things in the store, here are some ideas. read more

Childrens' Sleeping Needs
Several surveys show that over 20 percent of children have sleep problems at some point in their early lives. Determining how to get children to sleep better and longer is important not just because parents need their rest, but because lack of sleep cause problems later or in some cases, sleep apnea, which affects about 2 percent of children, can cause heart problems. read more

The School Bully Can Take a Toll on Your Child's Mental Health
Ask any child what a bully looks like, and he or she is likely to describe someone who is bigger and stronger. Yet, while bullies certainly are known for their ability to overpower others physically, mental bullying can be just as damaging to children. read more

10 Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips
Along with Spring comes thoughts of crisp, fresh air, newly budding flowers, singing birds and a sense of renewal. Getting organized and doing a bit of spring cleaning, helps to bring that wonderful fresh feeling into your home and office. Here are tips to help you start the season off right. read more

Balancing Youth Sports and Family Life
Raising sports active kids is difficult, perhaps more today than ever before. Parents feel pressure to help their kids succeed. They want to keep up with other parents in an increasingly winner-take-all society. Too often, parents just like you feel that if they don't do everything for their child, they are bad parents. read more

The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Parenting Book Profile
Nearly all mothers acknowledge that while raising children can be the best and most rewarding job of your life, their discipline is often the most complicated, challenging and frustrating aspect of parenthood. But how do you promote good behavior? We are happy to profile a new book by Elizabeth Pantley, the author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears. read more

What Triggers Your Anger with Your Kids?
Family life is complicated and unpredictable. Day-to-day expectations and responsibilities can create angry emotions in both parents and children. No matter how skilled you are at parenting, no matter how wonderful your children are, you cannot eliminate or avoid the unpleasant situations that occur in all families. However, once you understand where the anger comes from you can modify the situation and learn ways to control your reactions, so that anger can occupy a smaller place in your home. read more

Childcare

How to Reduce Childcare Costs
Childcare cost is an expensive expenditure of household budget, it worth to put your effort in working a good financial planning to down the childcare cost without compromising the quality of care. Cost effective childcare may mean a happier solution for you, your child and your piggy bank. read more

Childcare Business Finances
While some moms may take their kids to childcare or leave them with a relative, others have ventured to watch not only their kids, but others people's kids in their home. This article addresses those moms or dads who have childcare businesses at their home. read more

Get Creative With Child Care While Working From Home
As an entrepreneurial parent, you juggle the roles of head chef, chauffer, nurse, janitor and more. Being there for your kids may be the very reason you have a home-based business, yet this myriad of roles makes carving time out for your business challenging at best. By developing a wide variety of cost-effective childcare options, you can achieve a balance between spending time with your children and building your business. read more

Back To School Readiness
Many American children are starting back to school this month, and no matter how young or old they may be: There is always a long list of items that must be purchased in preparation. This list is an overview of the basic stuff most kids need - whether they're starting kindergarten or college. read more

The Childcare Dilemma Facing Most Young Families
In our modern society most families have both parents working. In single parent families the lone parent has no option but to work. But...who looks after the kids? Parents looking for day care for their children have very few options: read more

Considering Audio Books for Children
In considering the audio book format and its effects on education, many parents and teachers find relief in that there are so many benefits. The use of audio books in the classroom increases the success of beginning readers in general-and also serves as an excellent aide to those who struggle with reading. The following is just a handful of reasons why audio books are used, and ought certainly to be used, by teachers or childcare providers. read more

5 Must Ask Questions for Anyone Potty Training A Toddler
If you are thinking about starting to potty train your toddler, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you begin potty training. Being well prepared for this challenging transition from diapers to potty is one of the best things you can do to make this as easy as possible on your child. read more

Are Your Kids Home for the Summer? Here are Some Great Summer Activities To Try
If you are a Mom you are either thrilled or panicking that June is here and your kids are now out of school or will soon be out of school this month. Here is a list of suggestions for mothers out there who are in need of some great ideas for things to do with the kids this Summer. read more

How To Manage Morning Madness
Are your mornings rushed and disorganized before the drop off at daycare? Well don't let it be. It's time to get control and make morning a good start to a wonderful day. When your morning activities run smoothly, and you're out the door on time it can make your and your child's whole day better. To create a peaceful morning routine, follow these steps: read more

Childcare Centers: Staffing Requirements by Age Group
Grouped according to ages: The maximum numbers of children and the minimum staff required for childcare centers vary slightly across the U.S., but are approximately: read more

Taking a Road Trip with Your Baby
There's no question: Marathon car trips with a baby on board take a good amount of planning and organization. But it can be done --- and yes, it can even be fun! read more

Hiring A Nanny: For the Single Mom
For a single mom to have the loving and reliable childcare she desires, the nanny needs to be happy with her job. Nannies will frequently talk to each other about what is normal or customary in nanny jobs, and a positive experience is sometimes driven by perceptions. As a single mom you must be committed to having the nanny achieve a win-win working relationship. Following these guidelines will help insure a positive experience for both you and the nanny. read more

Types of Childcare
There are basically five forms of child care: Center-based or group care, Family daycare, In-home Nanny care, Relative care, and when parents provide the care themselves. read more

Childcare Centers
Child care is regulated differently in every state, and sometimes even in different parts of the state. Licensed facilities are inspected on the average of once a year to be certain they continue to meet requirements. read more

Work and Career

Get a Life Campaign: Interview with Tyeese Gaines Rei
SearchMothers.com provides a Q&A with Dr. Tyeese Gaines Reid, author of the book "Get a Life Campaign". Dr. Reid, Physician and Author, offers a easy to use pocket guide for busy mothers who are determined to get their lives back in order and balance work and family. Each chapter teaches women how to make more time for themselves and use it wisely. It takes an upbeat look at ways to avoid the rut, squeeze the most out of busy schedules, and help busy Moms get the lives they deserve. read more

Ways to Find a Work/Life Balance
Many people I speak with feel overwhelmed by work. They feel they don't have time to get everything done, and still have the time and energy to enjoy other aspects of their lives. The truth is, we are often so busy working, worrying, and feeling frustrated, that we don't take the time to stop and really look at what is going on with us, and what needs to shift to allow us to live happier, healthier lives.read more

Five Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your Time
Are You one of those women who is always wondering (or at least sometime wondering) ''where did the time fly?'' And you think about it.. and are ''still'' wondering! Well you can actually get control of time and still have time left over for yourself..read on. read more

Women Establishing Credibility in Business
In today’s business world, women are a growing part of the domestic and global workforce. It is estimated that worldwide about 70% of all working-age women now work outside of the home. Despite this, discrimination in the workforce continues to be a problem for women worldwide. Discrimination takes the form of job segregation, unequal pay, lack of training, lack of advancement, and exclusion from certain fields that are considered “masculine.” Working mothers are particularly disadvantaged since, due to lack of child care facilities, they are often forced to put their careers on hold or accept lower paying jobs. read more

Health Insurance and Women: Are Your Birth Control Pills Covered?
There are certain health needs that women look for in health insurance policies. Women are interested in health insurance polices that cover health issues specific to women. Child birth, as well as the many months that come before and linger after the birth; health care regarding female reproductive organs including pap smears and ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancer screenings; and regular mammograms are just a few of the health concerns and health care needs of women's interest. read more

5 Reasons Why Blogging is an Effective Marketing Tool
Blogging is a concept that started in late 90s. It used to be a way to comment in an existing webpage, an opportunity for visitors and readers to react or voice out one's opinion on the said page. What started as a single-sentence commentary has evolved into pages of personal take on just about anything and everything under the sun. As it continues to move forward, online advertising has tapped into the blog's potential. Here are 5 reasons why you should use blogging as an Internet marketing tool whether you are a work-at-home Mom or a work in the office mom. read more

How To Get Into One of The Top 10 Companies for Mothers
Recently, the magazine Working Mothers selected the top 100 companies for working mothers. For many mothers who have reached the point in their job or career where they have had enough of a non-family-friendly atmosphere, the reality of going to one of these companies is a dream come true. read more

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?
Many of us have probably wondered throughout the years why we celebrate Labor Day, though we have not made any concentrated effort to find out. It is a tradition that we accept with no questions asked. Some may not even be aware that Labor Day is more than just the end of summer activities. read more

Re-plan Your Goals Every 6 Months
There was a time when five-year plans were all the rage. But that was when workers can still count on signing up with a company for life. In the warp-speed world of technology, five years is an eternity. So how is one supposed to map out one`s career when the business landscape is always changing? Firstly, a plan is useless but planning is still essential. Instead of a five-year plan, try formulating a five-year vision. In that way, workers can chart a course they would like to follow. read more

In a Rut? Ready for a Career Change?
Are you unhappy at work? Tired and lacking energy and drive? Don't worry, you are not alone! Studies in the US show that up to 70 percent of the workforce is unhappy with their job at any given time. We all feel dissatisfied and frustrated with our jobs at times. So, how do you know when the feeling of dissatisfaction and frustration means it is time for a career change? read more

Online Networking Using Social Networking Software
How can you continue to leverage the power of networking online and still find clients, get leads on job openings and develop joint ventures, all while keeping yourself interested in using these websites? You need to develop your expert status using advanced tips so that business and jobs fall into your virtual lap. read more

Top Ten Frugal Ways To Market Your Small Business
Most, if not all, small businesses are built on a budget. Available funds must be used to buy technology, additional phone lines and marketing materials such as business cards. In this article you will find ten low cost or no cost tips that will help you get your first customer and build your business. read more

The Financially Challenging Single Life
Whether living alone or with a partner, single people face their own set of financial challenges. But, don't worry, you are not alone. The U.S. Census Bureau says that almost half of the adult American population (86 million) siphon into this category. read more

Legal Considerations for Your Home Freelance Business
So you are ready to set up your freelance business in your home? There are a few legal regulations that you should keep in mind. read more

Top Ten Companies for a Mom To Work For
This year we are starting a new trend. We are providing a list of what we feel are family-friendly companies to work for. These companies are on our 2005 Top 10 List of Family-Friendly companies because of their actions and their attempts at building responsiveness to women. Telecommuting, flexible schedules, job sharing and other programs are critical offerings that make companies labeled as responsive to family needs. read more

What Is Your Work Worth? Chronicles of a Work-At-Home Mom
This month SeachMothers.com is chronicling the work-life experiences of a work-at-home-mom. This month it is Marie Feazell, a Mom to two, and the owner of 'Work At Home Mom Help' and online business consultant. read more

Money Matters

Great Recommendation Letters - Win Big Scholarship Bucks
Your scholarship application is due in ten days. It must have three recommendation letters attached, and, so far, you haven't gotten any back from your teachers. A note to each of them last week hasn't gotten any results. Talk about strained nerves. All the work to get the application ready, and now letters are halting the process.read more

Your Kids and Money - Teach them today or live with them tomorrow
Are you concerned about your kids moving back home after college because they’re in debt up to their eyeballs? You should be! There’s talk that more kids leave college these days for financial reasons than academic reasons. Even the ones that do graduate often large amounts of credit card debt and school loans following them into their new careers. Luckily, this situation is completely preventable. read more

How to Organize Your Home on a Budget
Everyone at one point or another has thought about power organizing their home. It is possible to organize your home on a reasonable budget which in the long-run might bring you money back. Especially if we listen to Suze Orman, who says that one of the first steps to financial freedom is "organizing" your home. read more

Teaching Children The Value Of A Dollar
As children we were hopefully all taught the value of a dollar; that the amount of work we put in will determine our reward. But in a day and age where children seem more materialistic than ever, it can be increasingly difficult to instill the proper values in our children. There are several parenting tips that experts agree will go a long way to ensuring your child has an appropriate and healthy attitude towards money. read more

The Importance of Your Credit Report
One of the many uses of people's credit report is to review how well organized their finances are and also show their quality of the credit life because every economical detail goes to this report and stays there for many years; even more so when it is a critical issue like a debt or bankruptcy. Many financial companies just look for this report and base their judgments on it. read more

Teaching Your Child About Money At An Early Age
By teaching your child about money at an early age you are doing them a huge favor. You have a better chance of your child being a well-rounded and responsible with an appreciation of the value and uses of money if you begin teaching them about money at an early age. Some parents might not understand where or how to begin teaching their child about money so they don't start this process until they are older. read more

Health Insurance Tips Guide
Sound health is an indispensable feature of every individual’s life. No targets and success can be achieved if we or our kids are physically unwell. In order to safeguard this central aspect of our life, health insurance is the need of the hour. Health insurance as we all know is the best way to secure your health against all expected and unexpected problems. Due to this almost every individual seeks to acquire a health insurance policy. read more

Single Mothers On a Budget
As a single mother you might groan at the thought of putting together a household budget with all your expenses, but its easy to do and will also help you become very financially organized. Shaping up your finances is important if you are experiencing a life altering experience such as a marriage, divorce, new baby or any other event that changes your finances dramatically. read more

Debt Free Living
Living a debt free life is not easy, but it is one that we can all have with some discipline and effort on our part. Here are some quick tips on how to get out from under that mountain of debt in your life and begin to get on the road to a debt free lifestyle. read more

Children's Allowance: A Mom's Perspective
Children will need access to their own stash of cash when they reach a certain age. Kids develop this need around age 8 or 9 and it grows into the monster it will become by about age 15 or 16 ... they do get more expensive with age, don’t they? read more

Saving For College
College tuition continues to increase. It is hard for parents to put away money for their child's tuition on a short and long term basis. This article provides valuable tips on saving for your children's college tuition. read more

Fuel Efficient Vehicles
Have you ever been in the tough position of owning a vehicle that is not worth too much money but that needs an expensive repair? Maybe you have recently even dumped some pretty good change into the vehicle for items like new tires, a battery, a muffler, etc. And now it needs a major repair! read more

Tips to Make your Vehicle Go the Distance
If you are on a tight budget, or even on an unlimited budget, you know how important it is to make the most of what you have. Here are some tips that will help you to get more miles out of your vehicle. read more

How to Avoid Investment Mistakes
Smart people sometimes make dumb mistakes when it comes to investing. Part of the reason for this, I guess, is that most people don’t have the time to learn what they need to know to make good decisions. Another reason is that oftentimes when you make a dumb mistake, somebody else—an investment salesperson, for example—makes money. Fortunately, you can save yourself lots of money and a bunch of headaches by not making bad investment decisions. read more



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