Working Together: Active Parenting in Foster Families and Stepfamilies

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This is a guest post written on behalf of Active Parenting. I think their suggestions for providing open communication and support to children in times of transition are very valuable. Active Parenting in Foster Families and Stepfamilies The number of single foster parents and stepfamilies in the United States is growing substantially. According to the […]

Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child

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I am so excited to bring this post to you, courtesy of Anna Crowe Bates of Noodle, about choosing the right preschool for your child. Noodle is the leading website helping parents and students make better education decisions. Using our interactive search tools, families can find the right kindergarten, liberal arts college, French tutor, or any […]

Teaching Accountability to Kids

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Accountability is a really hard concept for kids to grasp. The idea that you are responsible for your own actions, and then have to accept that responsibility is quite the undertaking for a child. However, by setting the precedent and with these few tips, your kids will be on the road to accepting responsibility and […]

Co-Sleeping to Crib Sleeping Transition Tips

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I’ve always co-slept with my kids for their first year (and beyond in some cases). I’m all for it and love the ease of nighttime feedings and cuddles. But inevitably, there comes a point where I want my bed back, I want to wean the feedings, and I want to really sleep without the subconscious […]

20 Hopes for My Spirited Child 

Do you have a spirited child? We all have big dreams for our kids, here are some hopes I have for mine, it includes the patience for those who don't always understand him.

Being the mother of a spirited child is not always easy. Sometimes it’s challenging, often exhausting, and always rewarding. When others see snippets of my boy’s spirited nature they might quip that he’s ‘too loud’, ‘talks too much’, ‘interrupts’ or ‘doesn’t listen’. What they don’t always see, is that he is highly inquisitive, very analytical, […]

Why Saying “Calm Down” To Your Kids Doesn’t Actually Work

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It’s something I have written about a lot on here. Spirited kids, difficult kids, intense kids…helping them calm down, teaching them tactics to calm themselves.  It’s something that we all understand as parents, what it means to calm down. But guess who doesn’t? Our kiddos. I know for me, and I’m willing to bet for […]