Category: Parenting

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How I Prepared My Kids Emotionally for a Cross-Country Move!

We just moved across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast. Yes, that is a huge move for us. When we first thought about moving back in August, I knew that we needed to start preparing my kids with the idea of moving. Especially my oldest who is almost 8. She really does not like change. It is hard on her. I know all children are different, but for my oldest, she really needs time to think about and absorb what is going on to make it less upsetting for her. So, we started preparing the kids...

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Moving is a Family Adventure!

We are planning on moving across the country soon. It will definitely be an adventure! Ever since we have been actively looking for new jobs, we’ve been already preparing the kids for a move, since we are planning to hopefully move within the year. I have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old who are perfectly happy with wherever we go and do.  My 6-year-old son is very excited about the thought of moving. He asks “Mom, are we going to move next week?” “No, it might be a while, we are just planning for moving and thinking about it right now.”...

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My 2nd Baby’s Pregnancy and Birth Story

Today, I wanted to share my pregnancy and birth story of my 2nd child and my only son. Yes, he is surrounded by 3 sisters but they all love each other and get along really well most of the time. Honestly, getting pregnant with James was a surprise. My oldest was only 13 months old and I hadn’t even had a period yet since I had my oldest. Yes, I knew there is a chance to get pregnant before you have your first period after having a baby. The internet made it sound like that wasn’t likely to happen and...

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Why I Had to (Practically) Cold-Turkey Stop Breastfeeding My 1-Year-Old

I am a big fan of Baby-led weaning for breastfeeding. Really, I am. It worked great for my 3 older kids. One stopped breastfeeding around 16-17 months (and honestly, I wish I had done it a touch more baby-led and not for societal pressure, but that’s a story for another day. She was still happy and fine). My 2nd went the longest and stopped feeding at 22 months old. He’s a lot like my 4th, but baby-led weaning still worked. My 3rd breastfed until 20 months old. With all three, I found out I was pregnant before they were weaned...

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Our 12 Days of Christmas Family Activities

One year, a few years ago, my mom made us a long garland with Christmas themed fabric bags tied on, and little ornaments for decorations. There were 12 bags to be exact.  She filled up with such fun little toys and candies that year for us to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. It was so much fun and the kids loved it! The garland expands the whole length of our living room and I love it as a decoration. Every year since then we have filled it up and enjoyed doing the 12 days of Christmas. This year, we...

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Make a Gratitude Thanksgiving Resolution and Teach Kids to be Grateful and have a Positive Mindset

Thanksgiving is a time of giving. A time to think of all the things we are grateful for. To be more aware of the blessings in our lives and to notice the kindness of others. As we sit around the table at Thanksgiving, we will be saying things we are thankful for and talking about it. I love this tradition because it reminds us of the blessings, family, and goodness in our lives. So, let’s do that every day. Don’t just wait until Thanksgiving. Every night at dinner or before bed we can talk about what we are grateful for...

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Teaching My Kids Boundaries by Playing with Me, Their Mom!

My kids think I am a Jungle Gym that they can climb on and jump on. No really, they do! They seem to have no concept of boundaries, at least not of mine, their mom. The younger ones especially struggle with this. Every time I sit down, they think it is an invitation to jump on me, sit on me, or climb on me. Sometimes I don’t mind too much, until they hurt me by accident. I especially don’t mind them sitting nicely with me and snuggling while we read a book or talk. Or even wanting to play Patty...

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13 Ways to Practice Self-Care when you are Grumpy in Front of Your Kids

If we want our kids to learn to handle their emotions in a positive way, then we need to be an example of that. We need to analyze how we act during different situations. If we are having a bad day, do we storm around the house getting mad at the smallest things? All while our kids are watching us. Or do realize “Hey, I am really in a bad mood, what can I do to help myself feel better and snap at the kids less?”  Maybe we can take a break and lay on the bed for a few...

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7 Thoughtful Ways Parents can Help Kids Calm Down

Sometimes it can be really hard to get a child to calm down and tell you why they are upset. They are crying or screaming in distress and having a hard time. Sometimes because they are frustrated, or got hurt, or feel upset, or sad. They are little after all and are learning how to deal with all the different feelings that come with being human. They watch us very closely to see how we react to them and how we react to other things in our life. They are learning by example how to deal with their emotions. So,...

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What 12-18 Month Old Baby’s Love

I love the 12-18 month baby/toddler stage, I really do. I have to say though that I am a big fan of all the stages so far. I love watching them learn, explore, and grow. Since I have a 12-18-month-old daughter. I wanted to share some of the things that 12-18-month-old’s love. 12- 18-month-old babies are so cute and fun. They are becoming so active and have such big personalities that are shining through. They love to walk. They will try and try and try until they get walking down, no matter how many times they fall, they will get...