To Invite or not to Invite the Dad to the ShowerWritten by Randy Wilson
Do you invite dad to baby shower? As per old tradition, baby showers are “ladies only” celebrations and generally dad did not attend them. However, he would arrive at end of baby shower to greet and thank all baby shower guests and hostess.
But these days, it's becoming more and more common to include men in baby showers along with friends, spouses, and relatives. Again it is a personal choice. Only hostess needs to decide whether you want a traditional “ladies only” shower with lots of “girly talks” and personal pregnancy stories. Or whether you're looking for a more non-traditional baby shower. Nothing is either wrong or right. But rather it is all about everyone enjoying themselves no matter what type of shower you want to host. If you do plan on inviting dad-to-be, it would be a good idea to know him better, his personality type, what food he likes, beverages, what his friends are like, availability etc. There are a few men who get pale by mere thought of being around so many women. Especially knowing this is traditionally an all female event.
If you do decide to invite father-to-be. Then it would be a kind gesture to also invite several of his male friends. You might also have some nice "manly" type food and beverages to make them more comfortable. After all, it takes a rather daring man to come to what is traditionally an all female event. It would also be a good idea to include some games that men and women both would enjoy.
Toddlers Are People TooWritten by Cori Sachais Swidorsky
It’s humorous and sad at same time that our child’s first word learned is usually “no”. I started to wonder myself if I knew any other word besides “no” when it came to talking to my child. I don’t recall ever hearing stories of children needing therapy because all they heard is no as a child. So let’s not feel so bad about having to say no a lot during those crucial curious years. Toddlers are mini adults in making, what a wonderful time to start molding them. Why not start teaching them about making choices and decisions? Instead of always saying “no”, maybe we need to explain to them consequences of their actions, or maybe let them do something you normally wouldn’t let them do. Of course as long as its nothing that could harm them or someone else. Instead of saying “no, don’t touch that candle”, what if we said “ that candle is very hot, you could burn yourself, you don’t want to hurt yourself do you”? What if you said yes to finger painting instead of worrying about them getting messy, isn’t that fun of finger painting to begin with?