Parenting Hacks

Whether you are a first-time parent or you’ve done this before, there is always more to learn! Discuss things like tips for weaning your little one off of the pacifier, potty training hacks, and how to put a child in time-out.

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TOUGH TOPICS

My 5-year-old is sick. How do I keep him from infecting our infant?

We have a 5-year-old at home and are expecting a baby girl next month. Our son is excited to be a big brother, but I’m worried about keeping those kindergarten colds and germs from our newborn. I didn’t go out and about to many public places with our son when he was a young infant for the same reason. Tips on how to handle without upsetting big brother or worse, getting baby sick?

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TOUGH TOPICS

How do I get ready when I have little kids?!

Any tips on how to make mornings with little ones less stressful? I just returned to work last month after being a stay-at-home mom for three years, so our 3-year-old started daycare. The shift has been tough on all of us. He’s having tantrums, a hard time with wake-ups, issues with eating his breakfast, you name it.

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CHILDCARE

What is the difference between daycare and preschool? And which is better?

I’m looking for childcare for my 2-year-old and am getting frustrated. I can’t swing the cost of many and others have laughable waitlists. Plus, everyone tells me something different about what to pick. What’s the difference between preschool and daycare? Which is better?

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THINGS TO DO

What are the best family restaurants to take my kids to?

Long Beach fams, I need your help asap! I am so sick of taking my family to the SAME THREE RESTAURANTS every time we go out. Please give me some suggestions for more restaurants that will make me happy and keep my little ones happy too!

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CHILDCARE

How does part-time daycare work?

I’m a SAHM and I work remotely from home part-time. Now that my daughter is a toddler and very mobile, it’s hard to set aside uninterrupted work time. I also worry that she’s not getting enough social interaction with other kids. Should I consider part-time daycare? A nanny? I feel torn (and a bit guilty), but need to find a solution.

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LEARNING & EDUCATION

What questions should I ask during daycare/preschool interviews?

My husband and I just started the process of picking a preschool for our daughter. We’ve toured a few and we’re having a hard time deciding - what questions should we be asking the teachers to help narrow down the best option?

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TODDLERS

How do I deal with the terrible twos? It is the worst!!

When I heard other parents complaining about the terrible twos, I thought our toddler was just a sweet exception to the rule. Now that she’s nearing two and a half, I finally get it. We are in a LOUD, public tantrum phase. ISO the best soothing methods, stat.

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THINGS TO DO

What are the best kid birthday parties you've been to?

Has anyone had any amazing children’s birthday parties in the Long Beach area? We didn’t throw a party for my son’s first birthday, and for his second birthday we had a little party at our home, but it was too stressful having it at home. This year I want to have it somewhere. Any ideas? Thank you so so much. I just have no clue where to even look!

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INFANTS

Tips for my son's first haircut? Thank you!!

It’s time for my son’s first haircut! Inglewood parents, where should I take him? I want someone who knows how to cut hair, but I also want to obviously take him somewhere that’s not going to scare him - getting your hair cut (especially for boys) for the first time can be so scary! Help please! Any suggestions or ideas you have are welcome :)

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THINGS TO DO

Parks with playgrounds and trees?

Moms! I’m looking for some suggestions for parks with good playgrounds with LOTS OF SHADE. We have a park pretty close to our house, but there are no trees and it makes taking the kids to the park a totally not fun experience. Our family lives in the Moreno Valley area. Moms and dads, what parks do you all like best? And ones with shade pretty please!!

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