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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Flying with children can be challenging, but it’s hardly impossible. If you don’t want to be one of those parents everyone else is giving the evil eye to because your kid won’t calm down, keep the following tips in mind. It might be a long flight, but it doesn’t have to be a painful one. …

If you’re concerned about what to do with the family this winter that doesn’t include sitting in front of the television or computer screen, welcome to Part 2 of this series. There’s plenty of fun indoor options the whole family will enjoy. Take a look at a mere few possibilities to inspire your cold weather …

Welcome to Part Two of this series! Find more outstanding children’s book suggestions to add to your growing reading list. Instill a lifelong love of reading in your kids by sitting down with a classic story every night. Harold And The Purple Crayon A little boy named Harold explores worlds of his own making with …

If you don’t want to spend another winter in front of the television or computer screen while your family does the same, do not worry. Plenty of fantastic indoor activities for the whole family are out there, all of which allow you to say a temporary goodbye to technology and focus on having fun as …

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 …

Welcome to Part 2 of Kiddie Boredom Busters! Experiment with the following ideas so you never have to hear the kids whine about how bored they are ever again. Basketball Fun Teach the kids to shoot hoops, play PIG or HORSE, or find other fun basketball-related games to play. Sundae Station Have fun setting up …

Are your kids bored? Whether they’re finished their homework and have down time before dinner, are wondering what to do on the weekends, or need holiday break activities, review the following ideas. You will never have to hear “Mom, I’m BORED!” ever again! Explore Nature Explore the backyard, nearby park, or other natural area together …

Help your preschool or kindergarten-age child learn the alphabet by engaging the little ‘un in assorted letter activities. The internet is full of fantastic activity options that help each letter of the alphabet resonate with your kiddie. Take a look at a mere few of the many creative ideas available. Alphabet Animals Start a project …

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 …

If keeping your toddler occupied is an increasingly difficult task, don’t fret. Review a few fantastic options for keeping the lil tot busy for at least 10 minutes at a time. As a mom, you know 10 minutes is actually a pretty long time to get things done! Window Mosaic Provide your little ‘un with …

Raising confident children is something every parent should prioritize. There’s lots of ways to build up your kiddies’ self-esteem without inflating their egos. Let’s review a few of the very best tips for raising confident little ‘uns to help ensure your kids appreciate themselves and know what they’re good at: Ask What They Love About …

Need more “date night” ideas where your kids are concerned? Who doesn’t? Review the following ideas and enjoy spending fun nights out (or in) with the younglings: Bowling Let’s face it: those who don’t love bowling are few and far between. It may surprise you to find even little kids get into the idea of …

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 …

Separation anxiety is a common problem for little children, as they’re being placed in daycare, preschool, or kindergarten away from Mom and Dad. If separation anxiety is an issue with your child, review the following tips for relieving this anxiety and helping your youngling adjust to life without you, even if it is only a …