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Instead of constantly saying “Don’t do this,” “Don’t do that,” and “No” to your child, learn how say no to the little ‘un without actually saying the words. Choosing your words in a more careful, thoughtful way makes it easier to set boundaries without feeling like the bad guy all the time. Besides, constantly saying …

If you’re a young mom, you probably feel a little overwhelmed…or a lot overwhelmed. Don’t panic, rather take it one day at a time and keep the following tips in mind. You might find you are a much better mom than you thought you would be! Listen to Them Listen to what your children say, …

Get your child used to helping out around the house from an early age with kid-friendly chores. The following chores are ideal for 4 and 5-year-olds. Pick a few for your child to do every week to establish a routine. Make the Bed Okay, your 4 or 5-year-old probably isn’t going to make his/her bed …

Many first-time moms make assumptions about parenting that simply aren’t true. Don’t feel bad if you are one of these moms, as parenting is a learning process and mistakes are inevitable. However, there’s plenty you are do to lessen the number of mistakes you make so you raise happy, healthy, functional children. Use the following …

Some kids go through childhood not fearing the “monster” under their beds or in their closets, while others develop a crippling fear of the dark. If your child belongs to the latter group, use the following tips to quell nighttime fears so you little ‘un sleeps soundly every night. Determine the Cause Determine the cause …

Crying is your baby’s way of communicating! The five “universal needs” of babies are as follows: sleep, food, burping assistance, gas release assistance, and comfort. It will take awhile to learn what each cry means, but fear not, as you will get the hang of it. Remember that babies never cry for no reason and …

Help yourself raise grateful, courteous children instead of the opposite by utilizing the following tips. Be a good example and feel free to pat yourself on the back when you realize what awesome kiddies you have raised! Say “Thank You” To Your Kids And Let Them Hear You Say It Say thank you when your …

Potty training is not an overnight thing, as each child is different. What works for one will not necessarily do anything for another, and while your first child may have picked up potty training in a week, your second child could be struggling or vice versa. Nighttime potty training is a different animal than its …

Some babies are great sleepers, while others are, um, less than great. If your baby is a fussy sleeper, help yourself make it through the first year of parenthood with the following tips for first-time ‘rents. Baby Sleep Is Complex No two baby sleeping patterns are alike, and unfortunately there is no magic solution that …

Entertain your toddler using any or all of the following materials. Each option is cheap (which is always nice) and provides your toddler with the stimulation his or her growing brain needs. Read on, and be enlightened: Pom Poms Fuzzy pom poms in an array of colors are a great toy for toddlers. Use them …

Show off your savvy parenting skills with any of the following super-nifty gadgets. They function as parenting “hacks” of sorts and otherwise make life a new mom or dad a little easier. See if any of the following products appeal to you: La La Lunch Get creative with your kids’ lunches using this helpful app. …

Raising happy, healthy children who contribute to society instead of taking away from it is certainly something to strive for as a parent. While there’s no one way to raise children correctly, there are numerous things successful parents do. Let’s review some of these things to boost your parenting IQ. Talk To Your Kids Some …

Make organization fun! Use any of the following clever ways to organize your kids toys. They will love the results and learn a little something about organization in the process. Garden Window Baskets Obtain garden window baskets of varying sizes and attach them to the wall with sturdy screws. Fill them with stuffed toys–just be …

Raise well-behaved children by staying consistent about discipline. Keep the following “discipline don’ts” in mind to prevent serious problems as your children get older. Discipline Don’t #1: Yelling Avoid screaming and yelling at your kids. All this does is let them know it’s okay for them to “go insane” when they are mad too. Discipline …

Raising honest children starts from the time they are little. If you do not instill a sense of what’s correct and the importance of integrity when they are very young, what do you think they will be like as teenagers? You’re going to make mistakes as a new parent, and that’s okay. Rather than panicking, …

“Quiet time” activities for toddlers are ideal when you need to take care of the baby, write some emails, make dinner, spend a few minutes with your partner, etc. Fill a box with quiet time activities that you can pull from whenever you need to! Use the following ideas to inspire you. Puzzles Provide the …

Help your toddler develop speech skills by putting the following tips into practice. A silent home isn’t one that will help your little ‘un’s speech development, after all! Describe Everything Talk about everything with your toddler! (Well, maybe not everything, but you get the idea.) Explain what you’re doing, where you are, what’s around, and …

As exciting introducing a newborn baby to your fold is, it might prove a challenging time for your toddler. There’s a new baby in town, and while your toddler is likely very interested in the little human, don’t be surprised if the older child seems a little blue or sad. Help your toddler welcome his …

Need to keep your toddler occupied? Make a whole bunch of “busy bags” to give the child something to do when you need to work, cook, spend time with friends, clean the bathroom, etc. Use the following ideas as starting points and feel free to add to them or adjust them as you wish. Sponges …

Help yourself be the best parent you can be by keeping the following tips in mind. These tips are ones every parent needs to raise happy, healthy younglings. Use them and see if you don’t notice results sooner rather than later. Be A Good Listener Let your children know you want to learn about what …

Help your toddler form excellent speech habits by putting the following tips into practice. Staying silent around your baby/toddler isn’t going to help anything–it doesn’t matter that the child cannot talk yet! Children absorb everything, and a house with chatty parents is definitely a great thing. With that being said, read on! Describe Everything Describe …

Help yourself enjoy a healthy and happy pregnancy with the following meal and snack ideas. Your baby eats what you eat, so the healthier choices you make, the better your pregnancy will go and the stronger your baby will be when it comes time to leave the womb. Breakfast Try the following healthy breakfast ideas: …

If you’re expecting a baby in the near future, learn some interesting and little-known facts about newborns to help ease yourself through this big transition. You might be surprised! Bone Number Babies are born with 300 bones, but no kneecaps. In comparison, adults have 208 bones (and both kneecaps). Natal Teeth Natal teeth, or teeth …

It’s your baby’s first Christmas, and even though the child is too young to understand the concept of Santa or anything else about the holiday season, you can still create a special stocking all about the little ‘un. Check out the following stocking stuffer ideas for baby’s first Christmas to enhance your holiday this year. …

Help your newborn baby grow up healthy and strong by avoiding certain foods while you’re breastfeeding. Heck, you’ll help yourself too! Make a list of the following foods to tack on your fridge as a reminder. High-Mercury Fish Keep high-mercury fish out of your house, such as swordfish, king mackerel, and shark. Fish containing high …

The psychologists form CureJoy.com rounded up their best parented tips and created an infographic that’s been shared plenty of times on Pinterest. Review some of their most celebrated tips to keep in mind as you sail along on the Sea of Parenthood. Intentional Disruption If your child intentionally disturbs or disrupts you, it’s because you …

Being a mom for the first time is understandably a bit daunting! Remember to breathe and know you’ll figure it out. Use the following “unconventional” tips for first-time moms to help yourself navigate the waters of parenthood. Don’t Beat Yourself Up Parenting is not a competitive sport. The old saying “Comparisons are odious” is true …

Tired of picking up after the kids, or stepping on LEGOS or other toys that end in injury? Stop the madness now. Use the following tips to get your kids to pick up their toys every day…it IS possible! Make It A Game Set a timer to make a timed game out of toy pick-up. …

Babies cry for a reason! There’s no such thing as a baby crying just to “annoy” you–it’s a baby, after all! Crying is one of the main ways a baby communicates with you, so if the child is crying, you can be sure there’s an very good reason. Use the following tips to calm and …

Want to improve communication with your children? Of course you do. Help yourself be a better parent and help your children grow up great by talking to them using non-threatening language. Keep the following examples in mind to promote better lines of communication. Lunch Example Don’t Say: “If you don’t finish your lunch, we aren’t …

Navigating the turbulent waters of emotion is often challenging for children, as they continually experience new feelings. Not knowing how to handle these feelings is a common issue children have as they grow up. If your child has a more difficult time regulating his or her emotions than others, check out the following tips for …

As a parent, there’s plenty of things you’re going to teach your kids. This naturally includes assorted life skills necessary to becoming functioning, well-adjusted adults. Review some of the numerous essential life skills you absolutely need to impart so your kiddies contribute to the world instead of the other thing. Cooking Help your children learn …

Whether you’re an expecting mom or simply want to come up with a fantastic reading list for you and your kiddies, look to the following suggestions. Many are considered some of the greatest children’s books of all time, and allow you to share classic stories with your little shavers. Where The Wild Things Are The …

Teach your child to communicate by example. While raising your voice is sometimes necessary, it is hardly something you need to do on a daily basis. Review a few ways to get a tired/fussy/grumpy child to do what you want without using an angry tone. Lean In Lean in close to your child and put …

Is there such thing as too many parenting hacks? We certainly don’t think so. Every parent could use help that saves time, money, and energy. With that in mind check out a few more excellent parenting hacks to help you on days where you feel like you’re insane: Lunch “Freezes” Tired of making lunch every …

Wondering how to keep your precious baby occupied? It’s not as tricky as you think. There’s lots of ways to keep the tiny human busy…and subsequently save yourself from insanity. Review a mere few of the many options available for ensuring ze bae-bae is distracted and happy instead of crying and miserable: Get Out And …

Instilling good tooth brushing habits in your toddler is one of the keys to a lifetime of optimal dental health. Oral health is something that starts in infancy and must be maintained every day of a person’s life, as failure to keep up with dental health leads to a slew of problems. Such problems include …

Many advantages come with establishing a bedtime routine for your baby. You’ll save time, improve morning and evening planning, teach your baby that bedtime is “big sleep” time, and more. Establishing a bedtime routine can easily result in your baby falling right to sleep the minute it is placed in the crib, allowing you to …

Unfortunately, many parents make the mistake of responding to bad behavior. Rather than adding yourself to this less-than-awesome list, learn to deal with not-great behavior in a positive way that ultimately teaches your kids to behave in the future. It might be difficult at times, but it is definitely worth the effort. Check out a …

Raise your boys to be gentlemen! The world always needs a few good men, so doing your part certainly helps. Keep the following tips in mind and enjoy watching your boys become the gentlemen you know they can be! Listen Emphasize the importance of listening to your sons. Let them know they need to listen …