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Getting ready for another shopping session with the kids? Make sure this one goes well with a little pre-planning. There’s plenty of things to do before you leave the house that ensure errand success…and prevent you from having a midday meltdown. Check out what to do and enjoy a much more streamlined experience: Pre-Pack Your …

Want to throw a family playdate event everyone will talk about for the next few weeks? Of course you do! Use the following tips and tricks to ensure your upcoming playdate event is a huge success: Numerous Activities Prevent boredom from occurring during your playdate event by offering a wide variety of activities. Provide indoor …

Make parenting a little easier by getting the diaper bag situation down pat. There’s numerous diaper bag hacks out there, all of which are designed to get you out the door that much sooner. Check out a mere few and breathe a sigh of relief: The Bag In terms of the bag itself, make sure …

Birthday books are fun ways to get your children excited about their birthdays…and reading in general. If one of your little ‘uns has a birthday coming up, review the following books and perhaps select one or two for pre-bedtime reading: Big Birthday Big Birthday by Kate Hosford is a lovely story about a young girl …

Maintaining a clean, organized home often seems like a pointless, thankless task when you have children. Yet there is light at the end of the home organization tunnel, as there’s lots of little things you can do to prevent your house from looking like several bombs hit it. Use the following tips from real moms …

Babies are active little humans, and rightfully so! They’re attempting to explore the very-new world around them, so help them out with activities ideal for active babies. They’re simple and give your baby exactly what’s needed in regards to active play. Head Turning Try this activity when your baby is on her back. Jingle keys …

Are time-outs not working with your children, or not as effective as you’d like them to be? Rather than feeling as though the situation is hopeless (which it definitely isn’t!), avoid continual power struggles and try any or all of the following time-out alternatives. Ignoring your children, taking things away, and putting them in the …

Monster books for kids are fun options for not only getting your child excited about reading, but helping him or her get over any “monster under the bed”-related fears. Check out the following excellent monster books and enjoy spending time reading with your little ‘un: Monster Mess Monster Mess is a goofy rhyming book by …

Toddlers get into anything and everything when left unsupervised, even if for a few seconds or minutes. Deal with this effectively by finding new and inventive ways to distract your toddler at any given interval. It’s possible to survive ‘toddler time,’ or when these new humans have learned to walk and are curious about the …

Since there’s no such thing as too many parenting hacks, use the following to help you navigate the strange and wonderful world of parenthood. There’s tons of little tips and tricks that make life as a parent easier! Ice Cream Assistance Do your little ‘uns get ice cream all over the darn place whenever they …

Want to ensure your toddler always listens to you? Teaching the child to listen to you now sets the foundation for the coming years, and helps ensure you have a well-behaved kid who actually does what you say. Use the following tips and tricks to raise a youngling who respects your word: Talk At Eye-Level …

Keep your toddler entertained when stuck inside, whether due to weather or any other reason. A bored toddler is a rambunctious toddler, so sidestep disaster with a series of awesome activities. Your little ‘un will be super-tired by the end of the day! Foil Crown Activity Turn your youngling into a prince or princess by …

Maintaining an organized home doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. There’s plenty of little hacks and tricks that make keeping a clutter-free house very possible! Check out the following tips and enjoy a much more organized household that doesn’t include daily complaints about where your keys are: Drawer Organizers Avoid mystery drawers full of …

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 …