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Don’t let a rainy day get your kids too down! Enjoy more rainy day activity ideas in Part Two of this series to ensure plenty of fun the whole day through. Do Puzzles Get out any puzzles you have to provide kids with a fun and stimulating activity. Make a display of puzzles, such as …

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, …

If it’s a rainy day and your kids are sad they can’t go out and play, use it as an excuse to teach “indoor fun.” Review the following ideas as fantastic inspiration for rainy day activities you and your children can enjoy anytime the weather is less than ideal. Have A Dance Party Throw on …

Enjoy fostering feelings of love and togetherness with your family by engaging in fun family activities every month. Create a list or simply brainstorm with fun things to do together. Use the following ideas as inspiration to get you started on a year full of great family times.   January Build snowmen Write thank-you notes …

Welcome to Part 2 of this series! Check out more fantastic family movies to enjoy with those closest to you. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone The first installment of the movie versions of Harry Potter does not disappoint. Harry learns he is no ordinary boy, but a wizard invited to learn at the prestigious …

Spending time together as a family doesn’t always have to mean engaging in sports play, going to museums, visiting relatives, cooking and baking, etc. There are also times when everyone is exhausted and zoning out in front of the television is a tantalizing idea. Relax and still spend time together by picking from the following …

Limiting screentime is easy when you make a few “rules” about it. Your kids might not even realize they’re missing time away from the television and computer when you implement the following! Keep a list on your fridge for kids to use prior to watching favorite shows or playing internet games. Reading Encourage reading by …

Use this simple yet super-fun sensory activity to keep your toddlers busy. It’s easy to set up and provides hours of fun, as kids will love getting their farm animal toys “dirty” and then scrubbing them clean. Enjoy making this activity pop: What You Need Plastic washing bin featuring two distinct sections Coffee grounds Plastic …

“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 …

Teaching your kids about finance is invaluable, as it as it sets them up to make great money decisions when they’re older. Money is always a touchy subject, and is one of the main points of contention between married couples. Help your children avoid such problems via the following tips. Talk About Where Money Comes …

  Welcome to Part 2 of this series! Check out more fun and goofy holidays to celebrate with your kids–there’s plenty to choose from every month! May The 4th Be With You Celebrate May The 4th Be With You on–you guessed it–May 4th. If your kids are huge Star Wars fans, they will loovvvve celebrating …

Keeping children occupied while waiting for a table or your meal in a restaurant doesn’t have to be difficult! There’s plenty of things you can do to distract your little ‘uns and subsequently prevent fussy meltdowns. Use the following ideas the next time you don’t feel like cooking and want to go out to eat. …

Home organization may seem like an impossible dream when you have children, but know it IS possible. Utilize the following hacks to organize your home and avoid frantic searches for that belt, your child’s sock, your other child’s hairbrush, etc. Laundry Room Build or add a shelf to your laundry room. Place it next to …

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 …

  Let’s face it, the dads in our lives do so much for us. Whether it’s our own fathers, grandfathers, husbands, brothers, or friends, they all try their hardest to make our lives easier and happier. They may work long hours to provide for their families, help cook, clean, and take care of the kids, …

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter—these may be the major holidays, but there’s dozens upon dozens of goofy holidays to celebrate every month! Check out some of the seemingly-endless “holidays” to choose from–kids will love it! Trivia Day Play trivia games on January 4th, or Trivia Day. Dig out Trivial Pursuit and any other trivia games you …

Winter may be a dreary time, but if there’s plenty of snow on the ground, there’s lots of opportunities for your kids to have fun. Use the following ideas to plan snow-tastic days for the younglings–just make sure they bundle up! Sea Of Snowmen Encourage the kids to make not just one, but a glittering-white …

Promote the importance of kindness to your children by encouraging them to be “randomly” kind. Try any of the following ideas, and feel free to use them as inspiration for other acts of kindness! Vending Machine Give your children spare change from the bottom of your purse to put in vending machines. Tell them doing …

Forts are a childhood pastime, whether indoors or out. If your children have shown signs of wanting to play in a fort or have flat-out asked you for “building materials,” use the following ideas to inspire your DIY efforts. Lit-Up Cardboard Box Use a hole punch or knife to make holes in the top of …

Your kids are off for the Christmas holiday, but that doesn’t mean all rules have to fly out the frosty window! Use the following ideas to keep kids from spending their entire school holiday in front of the television or computer. Morning Rituals Allow kids to play with the iPad or their favorite video games …

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 …

Whether you’re flying home for the holidays or taking a trip with the kids any other time of year, a checklist is a very helpful thing. Very. Helpful. Use the following as your ultimate packing checklist. Make adjustments as needed to ensure you don’t forget anything! Clothing & Footwear Shirts Shoes Pants/Shorts Rain boots (if …

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 …

The Best Black Friday Deals in Toys & Games I’ll admit that I am a bit of a planner. I like to have all my holiday shopping done by early December, including all my kids Christmas presents. It is a tall task. I’ll also admit that I don’t love going out to the mall to …

10 Epic, Awesome and Downright Fun Toys for this Holiday Season There is nothing like the holiday season. Watching my children unwrap presents on Christmas morning is one my favorite things in the world. Like most kids, my children look forward to that one toy they’ve been wishing for, that their friends talk about at school and …

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 …

Inspire creative efforts early on while also keeping your 2-year-old entertained via simple craft ideas. The following options delight the senses and put your little ‘un on the path to creative success later in life. Rain Paint Craft Help your 2-year-old place kid-friendly paint globs on pieces of white paper on a rainy day. Use …

Create healthy lunches for your kids in four easy steps (thanks Pinterest!) Break the lunch down into four sections and choose what your little ‘uns will eat for lunch that day–it’s easy-peasy and lets you relax knowing your children are eating nutritious lunches. First Step: The Main Course Pick a “main course” for the day’s …

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 …

Help yourself be the best mom possible with little “fixes” that show your kids how much you love and cherish them. Little moments go a long way in the life of a child, and they will undoubtedly remember those times that you made them feel better, regardless of cause. Take a look at some of …