How to Help an Angry Child Calm Down PLUS 8 Calming Tools to do ANYWHERE

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Regulating emotions can be difficult for any child, those with more of a natural inclination to anger can have an especially difficult time. It is our job as parents to find ways to not only help them calm down when becoming upset, but to help them learn to calm down anywhere and in any given situation. […]

Spring Clean Your Relationship with 5 Steps

Why Spring Clean Your Relationship? Spring is here! It’s that time of year when everyone cleans crumbs out of the back of the pantry, dust bunnies out from under the bed, and scrubs the grime from little hands from all of the doorways in the house. Spring cleaning your home is important, but have you […]

5 Potty Training Essentials for Quick Success

Potty-training. UGH. If you are a parent, you’ve been there. My kids were fairly easy to potty train, and still, all I can say is UGH. It’s a rite of passage for parents and toddlers alike. Potty-training success adds a badge to motherhood and promotes the toddler to ‘big-kid’ status. It’s an exciting accomplishment, but one […]

LEGO Hack for a Mess-Free Building Experience

Do you have a mini Lego lover in your house? My son loves to build with Legos, and I like to encourage any kind of play that involves building, creative thinking and problem solving; but I have two major problems with Lego sets (aside from the expense), 1) the little pieces get EVERYWHERE which is […]

5 Steps to Reconnecting with Your Kids After Yelling

I believe in gentle parenting. I do not believe in yelling at, or shaming my children. That said…nobody is perfect. I definitely lose my cool at times, and I yell. I would love to tell you that it never happens and that my parenting is right out of a child psychology textbook, but that would […]

10 Reasons I Love My Husband More as The Father of My Children 

How can you really know what your husband will be like as a dad? You can have countless discussions about how you will raise children, what you will name them, whether or not they will be allowed to watch cartoons containing violence, etc. The truth is, you never really know. I don’t even know if I […]

3 Ways Parenting a Spirited Child Can Bring You Joy

 Spirited, intense, even difficult, call it what you wish, it all boils down to the same personality type. The one that can make you want to scream with frustration and giggle with delight, pound your head against the wall with exhaustion then melt into a warm and welcome embrace, or explode with sadness and burst […]

5 Tips for Easing Toddler Transitions

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ATracker by Wonderapps for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Transitions can be the source of many toddler meltdowns. If you’re a parent of a toddler, you’ve been there. Often giving up a desired object or activity for a sometimes less desirable activity (i.e. […]

Life With a 4 Year Old: When You Never Know What They Will Say Next…

One of my favorite things to post to my personal Facebook page is mini conversations with my 4 year old. I find them to be generally hilarious and highly entertaining, now clearly I’m biased, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless. My son turned 4 in 2015, and with that came a whole host of new […]

10 Ways to Become a More Positive and Present Parent in 2016

There are days where I feel like I have this parenting thing under my belt…and then there are days where it just completely gets the best of me. Ironically, those days actually have very little to do with my children and are more a product of outside stressors wearing on my patience, or a severe lack […]