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100 Conversation Starters for Kids

Sometimes, as parents, we get into a monotonous and very robotic way of interacting with our kids.  You want them to feel loved and connected, but are out of creative things to talk about.  You ask the same, old questions and they give you the same, old answers. ...

A Happy Home: What it REALLY Takes

When I started to think about writing a 31-day series on household happiness ( 31 Days to Household Happiness), I had to brainstorm what my idea of a happy home was.  I came up with a list of things that I believe contribute to a happy and peaceful home. The series...

Coping Skills for Kids: Simple Ways to Help Kids Manage Emotions

There are so many articles outlining what parents should and shouldn’t do when it comes to improving coping skills for kids.  It can be overwhelming and tiring to sift through all of the advice out there. There are doodle pads and worksheets to help kids manage their...

Best Parenting Books

Parenting is often a juggling act.  You question if you're doing the right thing, at the right time, while maintaining a good connection and relationship with your child.  One thing that I have learned is that I benefit from reading about parenting for inspiration and...

99 Activities to Do With Kids

One of the best things about having kids is that they can bring out the child in us.  Doing fun things together builds a strong bond and a connection that is important for kids and parents to have.  There are a variety of activities to do with kids and this list is...

Raising Whole Kids in a Broken World

It's past 9 p.m. as I watch my kids sleeping soundly.  It's been a long day, but the silence and peacefulness in this moment doesn't tell that story.  I realize that my kids are my greatest blessing.  Even the crazy days can't blur that fact for me.  I do a quick...

How to Stop Temper Tantrums Before They Start

Temper tantrums are a fact of life when it comes to raising kids.  Call it a "fit", "meltdown", or whatever you will, but they exist and they can be overwhelming for both kids and their parents.  Figuring out how to stop temper tantrums is often a topic of...

Parenting Skills: What Does It Take to Be a Good Parent?

Before I had kids I was an absolute parenting expert.  I had a clear cut way that I would handle different situations as a teacher in my classroom, and I planned on using the same skills when I had my own kids.  But then I had my own kids and parenting skills weren't...

6 Sneaky Nutrition Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

It's meal time... AGAIN. Cue the dread. Cue the worrying about whether or not your kid is actually going to eat this meal, or if you will feel like a failure, yet again. You go to bed another night worrying about whether or not your child is getting the proper...