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Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling Over Summer Break

Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling Over Summer Break

Summer break is around the corner. Before it begins, I tend to romanticize summer break with daydreams of playing in the sprinkler, bike rides, and trips to the lake.  The truth is, this extended togetherness often leads to a lot of parenting frustration. Tired of the yelling?  Tired of the whining?  Tired of being tired? […]

Hug More. Shout Less.

Hug More. Shout Less.

Inspired by Soul Pancake & An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President.

Spring Book List + Kids Craft: Egg Carton Daffodils

Spring Book List + Kids Craft: Egg Carton Daffodils

It has been a a long winter in the Midwest. While friends and family across the nation share photos of spring blooms, my yard is still covered in two-feet of snow. We are ready for daffodils and a warm spring breeze. A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up, whether or no […]

5 Tips for Celebrating Siblings’ Individual Talents

5 Tips for Celebrating Siblings’ Individual Talents

Learn more about the All-New Tinker Bell Movie, The Pirate Fairy and order a copy on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD April 1. Striking the right balance when encouraging talents and recognizing accomplishments among siblings can be challenging. As parents, we certainly want to foster and celebrate our children’s individual gifts. And we want to do […]

7 Ways to Bring Art Into Your Everyday Life

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7 Ways to Bring Art Into Your Everyday Life

This creative collection of ideas for Capturing Childhood are brought to you by Melissa & Doug and Shutterfly. Do you have non-stop stream of artwork flowing through your home? My ladies love to paint, we’ve got random doodles from around the house, and then there are the projects coming in from school. We are drowning […]

Say Thank You to Your Child’s Teacher in the Most Memorable Way

Say Thank You to Your Child’s Teacher in the Most Memorable Way

Today we warmly welcome contributor Carey Pace to share tips and tricks for creating a one of a kind teacher gift. I’m sure you remember having one or two over the course of your educational career:  a really great teacher.  He wasn’t there because it was his job.  She wasn’t up there speaking to pass […]

5 Spring Drawing Tutorials For Kids With Kids

5 Spring Drawing Tutorials For Kids With Kids

Spring is around the corner and despite the snow on the ground, we’ve been daydreaming of tulips and daffodils at our house. Earlier this year, we stumbled upon the most amazing resource for kids: ArtForKidsHub.com. We’ve been drawing all month [Instagram]. We *adore* this site. Below are five our our favorite spring drawing tutorials. Grab […]

Spring Bucket List: 50 Family-Friendly Activities

Spring Bucket List: 50 Family-Friendly Activities

The vernal equinox is around the corner. However, you may have already experienced  your FIRST SPRING DAY depending on where your family lives: The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke It’s time to […]

Parenting Discussion: Should allowance be tied to chores?

Parenting Discussion: Should allowance be tied to chores?

As of January 2014, the average credit card debt of an American household is $15,270 [source]. Ouch. Over the last four years my family made drastic changes in our lifestyle.  We are finally out of credit card debt. Instead of looking back at our struggles, I want to look forward to our children’s future. How […]

Sing it with Me Friends: Money Mondays

Sing it with Me Friends: Money Mondays

Allowance. It seems so simple and yet, there are 101 different ways you can approach the parenting opportunity: What age do you start? How often do you give allowance? How much do you give? Do you require your child to save or tithe? Do you put limits on what your child can use the money […]