parenting

Saying Yes – A Parenting Experiment

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I don’t like disciplining my kids. I do it, of course. As parents we need to set limits, boundaries, and teach our kids…. But that doesn’t mean I like it.
That means I say “no” a lot. Or otherwise use a negative phrase when I need to get

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Decorating for a Kid’s Valentine’s Day Party

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I love holiday parties. I especially love throwing kids parties…. I get a kick out of planning everything! I’m a party person! You know what else I am? A cheap person. I am always try to be thrifty while planning out my parties! Why throw a party that you’ll

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Tips for Creating Family Fun Nights

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As I child I was never into “forced fun.” My mom and dad might make my sister and I tag along with them to the local nature park. Or go see some local art exhibit…. Or some activity at the local community center. All these things were well intentioned.

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The Classics: Getting a Head Start on Children’s Literature

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Every parent wants to make sure their children have the best start in school, and when it comes to reading, one great way to give them a head-start is through the classics …of children’s literature. The great authors of literature wrote stories that can capture the imagination of any

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Healthy Eating Tips for Picky Eaters

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I know that many moms struggle with feeding their children. Particularly if one, or more, of those children is considered a picky eater. I know because I fight this battle every.single.day. and have for the past 5 years. My 5 1/2 year old is the pickiest eater I know. I…

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Praise: Three Steps for Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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Imagine your child’s self-esteem as a house. It doesn’t appear simply because you want it to, but rather is constructed over time. Its strength depends on the foundation that you build day in and day out, through simple acts of love and care. Consider that every time you offer sincere…

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How to Teach Our Children Emotional Literacy

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The ability to label and understand our emotions and appropriately express our feelings… is an important skill that needs to be learned in childhood. Children are not born with this ability and must be taught how to identify and express their emotions.  Emotional literacy is the ability to recognize, understand

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DIY Holiday Teacher Gifts – Nail Polish Mug

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When kids enter preschool and elementary school, it’s time for teacher gifts.  And if you have more than one kid…that could add up to lots of gifts!  I wanted to think of something a little unique, yet still functional.  And something that wouldn’t break the bank.  Then I thought, wouldn’t…

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Christmas Countdown Ornaments as a DIY Advent Calendar

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I distinctly remember my mom buying my sister and me those advent calendars with the boxes you punch out, revealing a candy piece each day.  I LOVED those calendars.  I was always so excited for Christmas and could not wait to punch out one of those boxes every morning.
I…

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3 Ways to Make Learning Fun + Giveaway

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As a parent you might have trouble making learning seem fun for your younger kids. If you tailor your child’s learning experience to their interests and present it in entertaining formats, you can usually help your children associate learning with fun. The earlier you start the better, but it is…

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