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Do you look at some parents and wonder how they do it? You’re not the only one. Before putting yourself down over your parenting skills again, take a look at the habits of highly-effective parents and make adjustments as needed. Remember, everyone is doing the best they can, and there’s no one correct method for …

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 …

Teaching your daughters to be good friends to others (and to each other) is something you do not want to skip. Start as early as possible to create a solid foundation they will use for the rest of their lives. Review the following tips to get started! Don’t Stir The Pot Encourage your daughters not …

Getting ready to travel with your baby for the first time? Don’t panic, as it is possible to travel with an infant without ruining your trip or making a plane full of people hate you. Keep the following tips in mind as you prepare for your vacation and remember to relax and enjoy: Equipment Rental …

Want to promote creativity in your children? Of course you do. Even if you believe the creativity train left the station before you got on, it is still an excellent idea to encourage it in your kiddies. Take a moment to review the following tips–who knows, you may be the mother of the next Van …

Need to find new and exciting ways to keep your kids distracted at restaurants? You are hardly alone. Try any and all of the following tried-and-true options for entertaining little ‘uns while waiting for a table…or waiting for anything, actually. ISpy Play an old-fashioned game of ISpy! This is a particularly great idea at a …

Saying “Good job” to your kids all the time can start to seem…hollow. If it’s the only thing you ever say to them when they do well in school, score the winning goal, help around the house, etc., they might eventually think it doesn’t mean much. Avoid this issue permanently by using the following alternatives …

Tucking your child into bed is a familiar routine, and frequently includes bedtime stories or simply chatting for a few minutes. Asking your child three simple questions every night before they drift into slumber is beneficial for a number of reasons. Let’s review what these questions are and why they are so important to your …

If you increasingly feel like your food budget is out of control, don’t stress. Plenty of little tips and tricks exist for saving money on your food budget without starving yourself or your family. Check out a few ideas to put into practice. Check Grocery Ads Take a look at the week’s grocery ads before …

Welcome to Part Two of this article! Use it to help you raise an incredibly confident, amazing daughter who will rule the world. Ensure She’s Media-Literate Watch television and movies with your daughter, and talk about how women are portrayed. Are the women strong and powerful? Meek? Nagging harpies who constantly say disparaging things to …

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 …

Desperate for more mom-kid “fun day” ideas? Such excursions give you the opportunity to connect and bond with your younglings one-on-one. Check out the following ideas and get inspired! Play Find a child-friendly play happening in your area and take one of your kids to a performance. This is an especially fun “date” if the …

Kids tend to make life a wee bit chaotic. This is part of the fun of having them, however if you feel like your life is increasingly out of control, take advantage of technological innovations to get a handle the chaos. Use the following ideas to enjoy a more organized home life: Make Checklists–With The …

Whether your daughter is an adolescent, tween, or teen, it is important to look after the most sensitive part of her: her heart. Being a woman in today’s world is hardly easy, making it very necessary to be the most positive influence in her life. Use the following tips to ensure your daughter grows up …

Help your kids have an amazing time with their dad by suggesting one awesome backyard project after another. Most aren’t exactly weather-proof, but provide hours of entertainment for your kids…and the kid inside your husband. Check out the following ideas for the kids and dad (and you). Cardboard Maze Have an assortment of cardboard boxes …

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 …

Want to ensure your daughter grows up to be a strong, confident adult? Of course you do. Example is one of the main ways you do this, however plenty of other tips and tricks exist for ensuring your female spawn grows up to be the powerful woman you want her to be. 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 …

Working from home while juggling motherhood is a challenge for any woman, with mornings especially hectic. You’re waking the kids for school, ensuring they have everything they need for that day and aren’t dressed like clown rejects, feeding them, making lunches, not to mention answering emails and starting your own work day. Help from your …

Are you guilty of bad parenting habits? No parent is perfect, and everyone makes a mistake every now and then. However, making bad parenting a habit…well, it’s not going to do you or your kids any favors. Review the following bad parenting habits to let go of right meow, er, now: Tech Addictions Do you …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …