Being a parent is rewarding, but it isn’t easy. Parenting a child is a long-term commitment and along the way, you’ll experience many challenges.
Some of those challenges will be harder than others, so here are some tips to help you manage some of the biggest ones.
Reach out for help
As a parent, you’re going to need help periodically, and although it can be difficult to ask, try to get past that and ask anyway. Asking for help with some things will be easier than others.
For instance, if you’re experiencing challenges with breastfeeding and you need advice about pumping or even formula, you might feel frustrated and unsure about talking to others about your situation. Many people don’t understand that breastfeeding isn’t always easy and it’s not just a matter of “just doing it.”
Instead of asking your friends for help, get professional lactation support. For instance, IBCLCs from The Lactation Network work with your insurance to provide in-home, in-office, or telehealth appointments and will understand your struggles and feeding challenges. Lactation consultants will actually come to your home for a consultation to find out exactly what you need and make sure you feel comfortable and confident.
With professional breastfeeding support, you won’t feel so alone.
Learn how to prevent meltdowns
Toddlers will have meltdowns in public, whether you like it or not. However, you can have more control over their meltdowns than you think. Although you can’t prevent them completely, you can sometimes prevent and/or modulate them.
First, you need to understand how a meltdown works. The anatomy of a meltdown isn’t that obvious. On the surface it seems like a child just randomly loses their mind and explodes. However, there’s always a build-up to this point and when you can spot the signs, you can deflect and sometimes even prevent the meltdown.
A meltdown is usually triggered by something specific that seems rather small, like telling your child they can’t walk in the middle of the street or making them wear their shoes in the grocery store. However, just because something small is the trigger doesn’t mean it’s the cause. The cause is usually a build-up of other things like unexpected schedule changes, stress absorbed from adults, and unknown expectations for the situation. You can help prevent and thwart a meltdown by doing the following:
- Don’t run errands with your child unless they’re well-rested and well-fed.
- Keep calm when your child has a meltdown. It’s not intentional, and they don’t understand the concept of humiliation. Instead of getting angry, deflect the situation with humor and empathy. Also, don’t hesitate to negotiate.
- Tell your child what they can expect when you leave the house. Tell them where you’re going and how long you’ll be at each stop. This will help prevent the overwhelm of unexpected situations.
- Reward your child by giving them one-on-one time with you after you’ve completed your outing.
Not all meltdowns can be prevented, but you can certainly use these tactics to lessen the impact and help them get through it easier.
Teach your child to earn expensive clothing
You work hard for your money so it can be shocking when your child asks you to buy expensive, name brand clothing. Clothes naturally get more expensive as time goes on, but it’s different when your child asks you to buy them a $200 pair of jeans or a $75 t-shirt.
Before you say no, remember what it was like to be a kid and want to fit in with your peers. Part of fitting in means wearing certain clothing, and although it seems trivial as an adult, it’s everything to a child.
The best way to handle this situation is to have your child earn the money to pay for the designer clothing they want. Whether they earn the money, save their allowance, or mow neighborhood lawns, make them earn it somehow. You can contribute to the fund, but make them finance the majority of the purchase.
Teaching your child to earn the money to buy something expensive will teach them the value of hard work and it won’t make you the bad guy. If they can’t earn the money, they can’t get the clothing, but that will be on them – not you.
Set and enforce strict rules for your teens
When you set rules for your teen, always follow through with enforcement. For instance, if you don’t want your kids getting into a car with other teens, don’t let them go anywhere without knowing the other child’s parent will be driving. If you can’t get confirmation, don’t let them go with their friends. It only takes one accident to cause devastation.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Nobody will blame you if you struggle as a parent. When you’re challenged to your core, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just like your kids, you’re only human.
Web3 and Work: A Brave New World
If you’ve been paying attention for the last century, then you know the internet is the single greatest changemaker of our times. Since the turn of the century, the world wide web has gone from a wild west of read-only information to a tightly structured hierarchy regulated and owned by business. While effective organization has benefitted all users, the jump from Web 1.0 to 2.0 cost us collective ownership of the online space. One of the ways Web 3.0 developers are fixing this issue is by actively contributing to open source projects. The spread and transformation of the internet has made the self-sovereign work revolution possible.
Web and the future of work are synonymous. Not only are new digital roles seeing triple digit demand surges, but more people than ever are able to work for themselves, setting their own hours and retaining a greater portion of their revenues. By 2028, 90 million people may be self-employed. Even for those who are not, flexible schedules and remote work have become normalized thanks in large part to advances in digital technology. In 2021, 2 in 3 people considered quitting their jobs because they saw more flexible or remote opportunities.
Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?
If you have a child, you might wonder whether the grandparents of that child have legally sound visitation rights. Are grandparents legally entitled to visit their grandchildren?
The short answer is yes, but only in specific conditions – at least in most states.
Why It’s Important to Talk to a Lawyer
First, understand that this article is meant to provide some introductory information to the topic of grandparent visitation rights. If you are a grandparent seeking visitation rights for your grandchild, or if you’re a parent considering whether you’re legally obligated to allow the child’s grandparents to visit them, it’s important to talk to a family law lawyer.
Visitation rights are a somewhat complex legal topic, especially considering the fact that laws vary from state to state. Visitation rights in Florida aren’t the same as visitation rights in New York, and even within those states, it’s difficult for people without professional education and training to understand the full extent of the laws that apply to them. A family lawyer will help you sort these issues out and decide on your next best course of action.
Grandparent Visitation Rights
Grandparent visitation rights are a relatively recent legal development. A few decades ago, visitation rights only existed for parents, with no visitation rights extended to any other family member. However, these days, every state in the country has specific statutes in place to dictate visitation rights of many non-parents, including grandparents, foster parents, step parents, and other caregivers.
Most states have laws on the books that belong to one of two categories: restrictive visitation statutes and permissive visitation statutes. In states with restrictive visitation laws, grandparents are only allowed to seek visitation rights under certain conditions, like if the parents have divorced or if one or both parents have died. In states with permissive visitation laws, grandparents may be able to seek visitation rights even when both parents are alive and still together, assuming the visitation is in the best interest of the child.
Grandparent visitation rights have been explored by the Supreme court in the past. In Troxel v. Granville, grandparents of a child sought visitation rights after being restricted to visiting only once per month. According to FindLaw.com, “The U.S. Supreme Court decided that the application of the Washington statute violated Granville’s right as a parent to make decisions regarding the “care, custody, and control” of her children. The Court, though, did not make a finding on whether all non-parent visitation statutes violate the constitution; it restricted its decision to the Washington statute in question.”
In effect, this decision didn’t rule that visitation laws are unconstitutional; third party petitioners are still allowed to seek visitation rights in most states. However, parents of sound mind who are fit to raise children are generally given precedence in deciding what is best for their children.
When Is It Appropriate to Seek Grandparent Visitation Rights?
When would it be appropriate for a grandparent to seek visitation rights?
First, it’s important to understand that you may or may not be able to seek visitation rights depending on where you live and the current situation. It’s important to understand the laws in your state before taking any kind of action. A family lawyer can help you explore these laws and choose the best course of action for your circumstances.
Generally, in permissive states, grandparents can seek visitation rights under specific circumstances like:
- Death and divorce. If one parent has died, or if the parents have separated, grandparents may have more leverage for seeking visitation rights. If both parents have died, extended family members typically have the opportunity to become caregivers for the children – though there are some legal hurdles to jump through in order to achieve this.
- Dangerous situations. If a grandparent suspects that their grandchild is in a dangerous situation, they may also be granted visitation rights. This is usually a byproduct of a troubled household, and abusive parent, or parents who are struggling with mental health conditions.
- Unhealthy situations. The grandchild doesn’t need to be in immediate danger for a grandparent to be granted visitation rights. If the grandchild is being raised in an unhealthy way that compromises the child’s best interests, a grandparent may similarly step in.
Also, if Child Protective Services (CPS) removes a child from the home, extended family members like grandparents may have the potential to become that child’s foster parents or guardians. Again, there are several steps to go through to achieve this.
The Bottom Line
In most areas throughout the country, parents are able to make decisions for their children without interference from outside parties, including the state. If you decide you don’t want your child to be visited by their grandparents, you have that right.
However, under certain circumstances and in certain locations, grandparents can pursue visitation rights.
How to Register a Car in California: Tips for New Residents
Making a major change in your life can be overwhelming. Moving to a new state and updating your personal and financial information is just part of the process. Things like updating your vehicle registration can seem daunting and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, and these steps are vital if you ever need the aid of a Bay Area auto injury lawyer in the future.
It might seem complicated, especially when you have to pay fees, transfer titles, and do lots of paperwork. However, if you follow the steps and check them off as you go it becomes much less overwhelming.
Where Are You From?
Depending on if you are registering a vehicle from out-of-state or registering a vehicle from in-state, the steps you take will look different. New residents will have to take a few extra steps, while the process for current residents is a little simpler.
Registering a Vehicle as a New California Resident
As a new resident, the first thing you will need to do is go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish residency. When you go to register a vehicle, you will need this proof of residency as well as proof of car insurance.
Once you’ve established your California residency, you can submit an application for the vehicle title registration. You will need to have proof of vehicle insurance coverage and the current out-of-state title and registration in order to do the transfer.
In California, a smog certification is also required. If your vehicle hasn’t had this test, there will be additional fees to see if your car passes. Vehicles that don’t pass the smog test will not qualify for registration until they pass the test, or you could be charged a penalty.
You will also have to pay the registration fees, which go up the longer you wait to register your vehicle past 20 days of establishing residency. If you buy a vehicle from a third-party and need to register the car, it must be done within 10 days of purchase.
Registering a Vehicle as a Current Resident of California
If you’re already a registered resident of California the process will be a bit easier for you, especially if you are purchasing the vehicle from a dealership. They should handle the paperwork for you and provide you with a temporary registration until the official one comes in.
If you are purchasing the car from a private party, you have 10 days to register the vehicle. When you buy a car from a private seller, be sure it comes with the owner’s manual, certifications, and has a current smog test in order to make the process easier.
Gather the vehicle title, vehicle registration number (VIN), mileage, smog certification, and the application for registration, as well as money for the fees and taxes on the transfer. If everything goes smoothly, the car is yours and is registered in the state of California by the Secretary of State Office.
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