There are a million things moms can run short on -- time, money, space, patience, the know-how to make important decisions in a snap. Here's how to save on all of the above, in the areas of your life where you need it the most.
If your preschooler isn't getting the recommended 10-12 hours of total sleep daily, he should be. Research shows that even a one-hour deficit for children 3 and under might cause long-lasting behavioral and cognitive problems when they start elementary school. "Parents need to pay as much attention to sleep as they do to nutrition and other health issues," says Parents adviser Judith Owens, M.D., coauthor of Take Charge of Your Child's Sleep. Here's how skimping on sleep affects preschool success.
Tired of hearing "I'll do it later"? For older kids, procrastination often becomes a problem as they start to have more responsibilities and more power over their own time. Happily, you can nip it in the bud before it becomes a lifelong habit by thinking about what's behind the behavior, and trying these strategies.
When you're a mom, it's tough to find time to exercise. But with a little creativity, you can squeeze in a workout without overhauling your busy schedule. Don't believe us? Check out these brilliant suggestions.