It’s very possible to make potty training a streamlined process so long as you’re patient and use the right tips. Get through this essential training period using the following advice and give yourself a lil pat on the back when it’s over: Early Is Best Place the training potty in your bathroom long before your …

  Teaching your kids to do their own laundry: it IS possible! Get them used to doing laundry from an early age and help foster responsibility among other good stuff. Review the following tips and enjoy a more functional household in regards to chores: Laminated Instructions Make it easy for children and teens to do …

Make your kids laugh and teach them about the value of a good gaffaw with assorted funny books for children. There’s plenty to pick from and all (or at least most) will have your younglings rolling in the proverbial aisles. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More This book by Karen Beaumont is an entertaining option …

Is your child’s birthday coming up, but you’re sapped of energy? Low on funds? Out of time? Fear not. There’s plenty of last-minute, low-cost birthday ideas that won’t cause you to collapse from exhaustion. Review the following options and ensure your child’s birthday is a rockin’ good time: Special Night Out Allow your child to …

Can’t seem to get your toddler to eat dinner every night? Picky eaters are common problems for many parents, and rather than allowing pickiness to become a lifelong problem, deal with the issue now. There’s plenty of little ways to encourage your toddler to eat what’s on his or her plate without using threats. Review …

Ensuring your children eat healthy breakfasts before taking off for school is important for many reasons. First, the little ‘uns need healthy foods to grow up big and strong. Second, a good breakfast gives them the energy they need until lunchtime rolls around. Third, full tummies prevent hunger-related distractions that might result in poor school …

Starting a new year of school is challenging for both kids and parents, and that’s okay! Help your kids ease into their new school settings…and help yourself get used to the change. Use the following tips to make the process a whole lot more streamlined: Take A Tour Take a tour of the school whenever …

“Fine.” “Good.” These responses to “How was school today?” are quite typical, however they tell you virtually nothing about what actually happened to your children while in class, at recess, lunch, etc. If you want to extract at least one full sentence from your children about how their school days are going, try the following …

Is there such thing as too many organization ideas? Doubtful! The ‘back to school’ period is always a bit chaotic, and with that in mind enjoy a few more organization tips to help you survive this hectic time. The more you get everything organized now, the fewer problems you will have when school actually starts! …

Much like wondering what you are going to have for dinner, wondering what the heck to put in the kids’ lunchboxes gets old fast. Save yourself from agonizing over what healthy foods to pack and how to pack them by utilizing the following hacks. They will definitely help you sidestep “What on Earth am I …

Buying back-to-school clothes do not have to cost you a small fortune. Purchasing new clothes every single year gets tiring, especially if your kids are on the smaller side and outgrow things quickly. Use the following tips to make back-to-school clothes shopping easy…and much less expensive. Cull First Go through what you already have with …

Potty training doesn’t have to be a super-challenging process. As long as your child is ready for such training, you’ll be in excellent shape. Trying to train a child to use the bathroom before the time is right is the usual reason for porcelain throne failure. Review the following potty training success secrets and make …

It is often challenging for both children and parents to get back into the school routine, especially if everyone has enjoyed a particularly lazy summer. A chore chart is a way to help your younglings get back to into the school-tastic swing of things and subsequently remove any “speed bumps” interfering with a smooth summer-to-school …

It’s that time of year again: the younglings are returning to school. Before the book learnin’ and the related craziness begins, do yourself a solid and perform a few organizational tasks. You will be grateful you made this decision, as once the school year starts it’s not long before Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Use the …

Instilling a good work ethic in children is something every parent should strive for, as it makes for competent, responsible adults. Review the following tips for ensuring your children grow up understanding the importance of a hard day’s work: Start Early Get your children used to performing chores and being responsible from a young age. …

Love treating your family to dinners out, but want to make certain the children stay well-behaved throughout the evening? Keeping children entertained doesn’t have to be challenging, as there’s many ways to distract them, whether waiting for a table or the food to arrive. Review a few options and enjoy peaceful nights out to dinner: …

Looking for ways to maintain a better-organized home and otherwise improve time management? Consider doing the following five things at the beginning of each month and enjoy a more organized, more productive four weeks: Review Your Budget Take a half hour or so to review your budget for the month. Are there any new expenses …

Getting your baby to sleep through the night is a challenge every parent faces, and while you may have more than a few sleepless nights in your future, there’s plenty of sleep tips that will help your lil bundle remain unconscious until morning. Review the following tips and enjoy much longer bouts of rest: Comfort …

Your backyard is a sanctuary, and one that presents a world of wonder for children. Encourage their creative sides by setting up your backyard in such a way they’ll want to spend hours playing outside instead of inside in front of the television or computer screen. Secret Garden Construct your very own secret garden for …

Getting back into school mode is difficult for almost everybody, as school schedules are extremely different from their summer counterparts! Shake off the last few days of summer and start the school year off the right way via the following tips: Obtain The Right Supplies Your teachers will let you know what you need for …

Back-to-school shopping is more expensive than ever. However, there are plenty of little tips and tricks that help you avoid spending gobs of cash on pencils, erasers, notebooks, folders, etc. Check out a few of the best money-saving tips and make the school year a raging success: Take Inventory At Home Clean out the closets, …

It’s that time of year again: the kids are going back to school. Make certain the school year starts the right way by keeping the following tips in mind: Establish A Bedtime And Wake-Up Routine Have the kiddies been sleeping till noon all summer? Now is the perfect time to establish a new routine. Start …

Are you writing out the annual back-to-school shopping list? Many teachers ask parents to pitch in with school supplies, as it is a way to minimize out-of-pocket costs. A number of “surprising” items frequently appear on teacher-to-parent shopping lists, and with that in mind check out the following to make your supply runs easier: Cleaning …

Getting the kids ready for school in the morning does not have to be like something out of a horror movie. Ensuring the kiddies get out of bed, eat breakfast, brush their teeth, pack their backpacks, etc. goes much smoother when you keep the following tips in mind…and allows you to enjoy a nice rather …

The thought of back-to-school clothes shopping is one that sends chills down many parents’ spines. Rather than dreading clothes shopping this year and feeling super-stressed as it is happening, use the following tips to make the process easier on yourself. Your schedule and your wallet will thank you! Look Through The Closets Look through your …

Help your kids learn to laugh by teaching them a few jokes. There’s plenty of kid-friendly jokes floating around the internet, all of which are sure to at least make your little ‘uns smile. Review the following and start laughing! Animal Jokes Why are frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them. Why did the …

Being a mom is hardly an easy job, as you’re rearing little ‘uns to be welcome additions to society rather than drains. This doesn’t mean you can’t utilize “mom hacks” every now and then, all of which make life a little easier. Check out the following super-genius mom hacks and try a few of them …

The kiddies are going back to school soon, meaning it is once again time to pack lunches. Rather than agonizing over what to pack every darn day, review some fantastically-healthy options that contribute to diet variety. The following possibilities are healthy and yummy: Hard-Boiled Eggs With Zucchini Bread And Blueberries If your younglings are all …

The last few weeks of summer are upon us, meaning it will soon be time to see the kids off to school. The school year is hectic for most families, as there’s schoolwork, activities, and sports, as well as your own to-do list. Rather than feeling like you’re insane every day, keep the following hacks …

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent. Every parent makes mistakes, though hopefully not too many! Discipline is one of the areas parents have trouble with most, and if you’re having issues with your kids, review the following common discipline mistakes and what to do instead: Losing Your Temper Screaming at your kids isn’t …

Want to be the “fun mom” that your kids brag about to their friends? Being a fun mom doesn’t mean you have to forgo all household “regulations,” rather it’s about being yourself and making time for your kids. Let’s check out a few ways to be the one mom that rules them all: Relax Remember, …

If you’re a mother to one or more daughters, there’s probably a few things you know for certain you want to teach them. However, sometimes the right words escape you at the right time! Prevent this from happening by keeping a list of things you definitely want to impress upon your female spawn, and to …

There’s no such thing as too many kids birthday party ideas! Any of the following are sure to be beloved by your younglings, though it’s still a good idea to consult them and ensure what you’re planning is what they want. Check out the following themes and ideas…and have a great time! Carnival Turn your …

Paper crafts are a fun way for kids to spend a rainy afternoon, and help encourage recycling and reusing. Review the following most-excellent paper craft ideas that will keep your children busy for hours and allow you some much-needed rest time: Toilet Roll Animals Toilet paper rolls offer plenty of paper craft ideas, including animal …

Helping your children learn healthy habits is one of the most important things you can do as a parent along with teaching them to be kind, respectful, and confident. Instilling healthy habits in kids from a young age sets them up for a lifetime of radiant health, something they’ll thank you for when they’re 40 …

Chores are something to get children used to from a young age, as it teaches them responsibility and helps prevent problems associated with “being spoiled.” Review the following chore suggestions and enjoy teaching your kids to be responsible…and giving yourself a break from the dishes: Chores For Toddlers There’s plenty of little things toddlers can …

When the weather outside is all kinds of frightful and you and your family are confined to the indoors, there’s plenty of options for having fun. Spend your time indulging in a variety of indoor games and activities designed to keep everyone enthralled for hours: Mad Libs The classic game of missing words equals lots …

Instill a love of books in your children early by reading to them regularly. There’s plenty of classic children’s books to pick from, all of which feature memorable characters and lessons younglings will take with them always. Check out a few top picks before creating your reading list: Where The Wild Things Are No list of …

There’s plenty of moments when distracting a toddler is very necessary. Grocery stores, retail stores, planes, restaurants…the list goes on. Distracting your toddler is the best way to maintain the peace and avoid public screaming matches and threats that damage your child’s psyche. Check out a few options for keeping your toddler distracted and enjoy …

Every parent has less-than-stellar moments, and that’s okay–you are human, after all! However, there’s still some phrases you should never, ever say to your children. Ever. Check out the following and if you’ve already said them, apologize to your younglings and make a point of avoiding such language in the future: “What’s Wrong With You?” …