Steps to Encourage a Child's Regularity + Pedia-Lax® Giveaway

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Caring for your comes with a lot of concerns. When my daughter was a baby, I breastfed her and we were worried about constipation. Turns out we were wrong, but knowing the signs and knowing how to avoid it are key. Staying regular isn't always easy, but these simple steps help support good gastrointestinal health so your kids can be #1 at going #2.

Ways to Encourage Your Baby to Speak

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Parenting can be exciting, but it can be challenging as well. Parents influence most of the things their young ones do. When it comes to behavior with your children - whether we would like it to be or not - it usually is a "monkey see, monkey do" type situation. The same applies with speech. Some babies may speak earlier while it may take time for others to start speaking. We did some research and here are some of the ways to help your child to start talking.

Parents...Give Stock Instead of Toys with BusyKid

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I don't know about your kids, but mine have enough toys. We have a playroom full and now they are starting to take over their bedrooms and this is after donating a ton! I honestly don't know how they get so many; we are just very fortunate to have a lot of people in our lives that buy for them. But I have been thinking of moving to something different this year instead of toys. What if there was a way to help them learn to invest instead of cluttering our home with more stuff they don't need?

I have been trying to teach my daughter about earning her own money. Right now in the US, only 7 states require high school students to pass a basic finance test in order to graduate. The lack of financial education in schools are the major reason young Americans aren’t prepared to invest in their futures. But 89% of parents say tying allowance to chores is good training for the real world.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Family Vehicle

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At the end of last year we decided it was time to trade in our old mini van. We were having trouble with the air conditioning and the transmission was even starting to go out. It was a great vehicle, but the repairs would cost more than the car was worth. So we were on the hunt for the perfect family vehicle.

We have actually learned a lot along the way and I wanted to share some of my tips for finding the perfect family vehicle.

Too Many Chores? {Not So Wordless Wednesday + LINKY}

So if you follow me on SnapChat, then you saw a picture that I sent out asking, "Does this sound like too many chores for a 6 year old?" I didn't really expect any response, but I wanted to put it out there on a platform where I can actually get responses if you care to chime in.

Chore Chart

So I decided Wednesday of last week that I wanted my daughter to start helping with more chores. She is 6 now and needs to learn responsibility. She also needs to learn how to do household chores so she knows how to take care of herself one day. If you're interested, I printed the Chore Chart found HERE.

I have seen that meme shared MULTIPLE times (including by close family) that says "Hey Millennial Parents, if your kids knows how to work an iPad then they know how to work a washing machine!" I felt this statement had a lot of truth to it, but

How I Manage Busy Mom Life

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It is the end of the school year time. And my daughter has something (if not multiple) events at school every week this month. Plus she has recently started tumbling. On top of that, I also signed my son up for pre-school, I have multiple errands, I go to the gym, I volunteer at my daughter's school, I have house work, and I work from home. Life can feel like it is stacking up sometimes, but I manage with a few super mom life hacks I have learned along the way and today I want to help you manage your busy mom life too.

Tips for Kid Safe Streaming

I am one of those parents that thinks watching television is good thing for your family. I actually think it can be educational and a unique teaching tool. We have even used shows to help my daughter deal with bullying. And we love our family movie nights. But I do like to know what my daughter is watching because I don't want her to watch something that she is too young to understand or something that will give her nightmares. So I have created my tips for kid safe streaming.

My Tot Clock Review & Giveaway

It's 4:45 am, do you know where your kids are? That's right! You have a toddler and it's Saturday, but they think it's time to wake up for the day! Oh joy. Routine is key with children, in fact they thrive on it. They also say it takes a village to raise a child. In the age of technology, we have My Tot Clock.

My Tot Clock is the perfect all-in-one toddler clock for tiny tots and their sleepy parents. It includes a sleep clock, alarm clock, nightlight, timeout timer, and activity timer in one! The magic of My Tot Clock is that it changes colors to teach little ones when it's time to sleep (blue light) and when it's okay to wake (yellow light). Parents set the routine! My Tot Clock, with analog and digital clock displays, also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, fun wake-up music, and even white noise to make the traditionally stressful bedtime and morning routines more enjoyable.

Potty Training Preparedness 101

Potty Training. I said once the new year hit, we were going to buckle down and get it done. But how do you teach an unwilling student? Seriously. I am researching and trying every trick in the book. In all my searching, the number one tip is to be prepared! Be prepared that they'll have accidents, be prepared to clean up, and be prepared to reward as well. So I have compiled a list of products that make potty training easier and help make you more prepared.

Potty Training Advice

Tough Topic? There's an Ep for That!

How do you handle tough topics with your children? My kids are still small enough that sometimes a conversation can be hard for them to understand. My daughter just "graduated" pre-school, but she was having some trouble with the little girls in her class. There is always "the leader" and she tells her little followers how to act or treat another person. One day they would want to play with my daughter, the next they wouldn't. It was very frustrating for me as a parent because I had no control about what happens at school. Of course I talked to my daughter's teachers and of course I talked to my daughter. But I felt that wasn't enough.

Learning About Friendship

Tips to Help Your Baby with Colic

Colic. The hours and hours of crying that you just can't seem to ease. It's rough. My daughter had colic. I had never experienced it with another baby before. When I was a nanny, their daughter had colic, but she would only cry at night after I had gone home. But my daughter was a different story and I remember the long days of bouncing and rocking and burping. Baby colic is quite common: In fact, 3 out of every 10 babies may suffer from it at some point. Baby colic usually starts in the first 6 weeks of life and may continue for 3 to 4 months (or longer). So I decided to share what worked for us to relieve our baby's discomfort and hopefully you can find some relief too.

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Common Childhood Allergies to Watch Out For

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If you’ve noticed that your child is coughing and sneezing a lot, often complains of a poorly tummy, always seems to break out in sore rashes and spots, or often can’t see for watery eyes, they may be one of the unlucky 1 in 13 to suffer from a food allergy. Unfortunately, the most common childhood allergies also tend to be things that can be found in abundance around the average home, and you may not even realize the allergy exists until the symptoms are already there. If the allergy is particularly severe, you may find yourself shocked if you aren't already in the know.

Our Formula for Happiness

When I was pregnant with my son, I was worried how a new little person would fit into our family. Newborns need so much attention and I was worried how my toddler would feel. But as soon as we came home from the hospital, my little man fit into our family. We have a system set up and it has helped us find our formula for happiness.

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When Children Need Extra Vitamins

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When Children Need Extra Vitamins
As your children grow up, you need to make sure they’re getting the vitamins and minerals they need to develop healthy and strong bodies and minds. Indeed, there’s a wealth of information dedicated to the subject of children’s nutrition. Knowing where and when to get the necessary vitamins for children who need extra minerals is something parents should learn, in order to give their kids the best chance in life as they can.

How to Throw a Potty Training Party + Giveaway

I'm teaming up with Kandoo to share a fun way to celebrate the potty training process, plus a chance to win one of 50 Potty Training Prize Packs. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win one of 50 Potty Prize Kits from Kandoo!
As every parent can attest, potty training can be a process. We're here to make your job easier. Follow these four tips for potty training success, and you'll be doing the potty dance in no time.
Hosting your own potty training party is easy! Whether you're getting your little one excited to start using the potty or you're celebrating a big success, a potty training party can add some fun and excitement to the potty training experience.

Pediatric Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms: When to Use One Over the Other

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The matter of children’s health is a source of stress for many parents, especially considering how frequently kids seem to get ill or injured. Much of the time, little accidents can be dealt with at home, with nothing more needed than a comforting kiss on the boo-boo and a bandage. However, there may come the odd occasion where more serious action is required, which may involve a trip to the hospital in some form or another.

Oh The Places You’ll Go: Travel Safety This Summer By Safety1st

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School’s out and the question everyone asks is – where will you go this summer? According to AAA road trips top the list this year. This Memorial Day Weekend was marked as the highest travel volume in 10 years…and that was just to kick-off the season. 

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With many families hitting the road this summer and the upcoming 4th of July holiday, Safety 1st wants to make sure parents and children have a safe summer while on the go. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.

Uses of Coconut Oil for Baby

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I was recently introduced to coconut oil by my sister-in-law as a treatment for diaper rash and then I started doing a little research and found that there are SO MANY uses of coconut oil for natural remedies. I recently had the opportunity to review some and so I decided to share the many uses I have found.


Tips to Relieve Stress Naturally #StressLess2BMyBest

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

I have two kiddos, a busy husband, a noisy dog, a hectic schedule, and a part time job blogging. Life can get chaotic and stressful at times. That's normal, that's life. Stress is something everyone deals with. And we all have different ways that we go about relieving it.

Here are some tips I think help relieve stress and please feel free to share some ways that help you in the comments below.

Coping With Bedwetting #WalmartTRUFIT #IC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

This post is about nocturnal enuresis. Or bedwetting. Bedwetting is a natural, fairly common condition. But unfortunately bedwetting is something that many parents (43% according to a GoodNites® brand study) believe children can be "trained" out of, which is just not the case. Bedwetting is something that can't be controlled. But there are solutions to help your child feel confident, even at night, so they can still have fun.