Hair Brushing Battle With Kids: Don’t Get Tangled Up in Knots

Hair Brushing Battle With Kids: Don’t Get Tangled Up in Knots

Owwww. Ouch. You’re hurting me. Then come the tears. The drama. The pulling away. Brushing hair can be a dreadful morning task. Can I share a little secret with you? A simple solution to this hair bushing battle? My daughter has been blessed with beautiful curly thick hair. It is truly gorgeous, but also has […]

Knowledge is Not Enough For Our Kids to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World

Knowledge is Not Enough For Our Kids to Succeed in Tomorrow’s World

The people who succeed in tomorrow’s job market are the ones who are able to take the info available and color outside of the lines. Raising creative thinkers starts now. A quick note about our sponsor: I am thrilled to be working with Seedling because their products and kits are not ‘paint by number’ but […]

Be Careful About What You Say: Your Daughter is Listening

Be Careful About What You Say: Your Daughter is Listening

A box arrives from Zulily carrying a beautiful navy polka-dot dress. I excitedly open it. Smiles. Joy. The package has arrived just in time for a business conference I am attending. I feel the dress material in my hand, it is perfect. Comfortable. Professional. Beautiful. An a-line dress, tailored just-so, can make that baby tire […]

10 Ways to Keep Your House Clean WITH KIDS

10 Ways to Keep Your House Clean WITH KIDS

These tips on how to keep your house clean with kids are brought to you by the Dyson DC59 Motorhead. I hold this motto close to my heart. Yet… The chaos of a cluttered home can be exhausting. Before you read through this list, know the first step to maintaining a clean home is to talk […]

Must Try Summer Schedule for Kids: Stress Free Routine

Must Try Summer Schedule for Kids: Stress Free Routine

Summer Schedule for Kids: An approach inspired by the NEW 101 Kids Activities book! Sometimes I smile at my kids and think about how lucky I am to be able to spend lazy, relaxing summer days with them. Other times, I feel … simply overwhelmed by the lack of routine. Switching from a daily schedule […]

How To Stop Yelling: Family Commitment Jar

How To Stop Yelling: Family Commitment Jar

How to stop yelling… Where do you begin? Seriously? Is the answer ice-cream? I grew up in a home with yelling. Serious YELLING. Yelling has been woven into the fabric of my life. It is who I am. I am a yeller. How do you begin to reset such an inherent parenting response? This recent […]

Fostering Independence at the Farmer’s Market with Kids

Fostering Independence at the Farmer’s Market with Kids

Check out these 5 easy tips for fostering independence at the farmer’s market with kids! Heading to the farmer’s market with kids has, in the past, has been either AWESOME fun or a disaster. Over the years, we’ve perfected this weekly trip. Below are five tips for fostering independence at the farmer’s market with kids. […]

5 Ways to Connect with Your Kids TOMORROW Morning

5 Ways to Connect with Your Kids TOMORROW Morning

This collection of tips is sponsored by Cheerios and The Family Breakfast Project. Hurry up! We’re going to be late. Come ON! Does this sound familiar? I often find myself yelling these phrases at my girls as we fly out the door in the morning — rush, rush, rushing to school. Sadly, this often leads […]

A Letter from the Tooth Fairy

A Letter from the Tooth Fairy

Oh, that gap! Teeth have been falling out left and right, every other day. My little lady stopped me one night amidst the chaos of after dinner clean-up and asked… Is the tooth fairy real? I was caught completely off guard. She had just tucked away her LAST baby tooth for safe keeping that evening. […]

7 Tips for FUN Family Biking Adventures with Kids

7 Tips for FUN Family Biking Adventures with Kids

When I was a child, learning to ride your bike meant FREEDOM. It meant being able to go to the local pool, playground, or library without an adult. Learning to ride was a right of passage. You went from being a child, to a big kid who could seek your own adventures. In today’s world, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

7+ Tips for Avoiding Child (and Parent!) Meltdowns

7+ Tips for Avoiding Child (and Parent!) Meltdowns

You know you’ve been there  . . . That moment when you’re ready to melt down. It only lasts a second, but some days that’s all it takes. Whether it’s fueled by hunger, physical exhaustion, or you’re just having “one of those moments,” a meltdown is something you could surely live without. We’re over on […]

Practicing Being an Introvert’s Mama

Practicing Being an Introvert’s Mama

Being a parent is not at all what I expected. In my mind, the plan was to raise the kids as I’d been raised. Simple. Then you meet your children. One of my daughters is an introvert. Many people assume an introvert is shy or anti-social. She is neither. A good friend sent me the […]

5 Tips for Talking about Divorce with Kids

5 Tips for Talking about Divorce with Kids

“Mom?” she whispered. Then my daughter paused. A long pause. The kind of drawn out pause that alerts a parent, THIS is going to be an important conversation. It was 5:55am and she had just climbed under the covers to snuggle. I tried to snap myself awake, sensing the depth of the conversation. I gathered […]

Build Trust with a “Binding Contract” with Your Child

Build Trust with a “Binding Contract” with Your Child

*Today we are honored to have Erica of What Do We Do All Day? sharing a helpful parenting story. Enjoy! There are few things more disheartening than hearing your child cry, “I don’t believe you!” with disappointment in his eyes because of a promise you failed to keep. Sadly, this is exactly what occurred with […]

The Missing Part of the Sharing Equation

The Missing Part of the Sharing Equation

Does “sharing” often go sour at your house? Many of us have only been taught one part of the “Sharing Equation.” I know from reading 101 parenting articles that when my daughter comes to me tattling, “She won’t share,” that I needed to redirect her back to her sister. I ship her back into the […]

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