A Weighted Blanket Saved Bedtime in Our House

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Using a weighted blanket at bedtime has dramatically improved sleep in our house. Here’s how, and some safety tips for using weighted blankets with kids.    Our bedtime routine with my oldest (now 7) has always gone a little something like this: Typical bedtime routine (bath, teeth, pjs, books, etc). Cuddle. Talk. Ask a million […]

Teaching Accountability and Responsibility to Kids

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Teaching accountability to kids is possible with these simple tips and ideas. Positively parent your way to a culture of responsibility in your household.   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 […]

Validate the feelings and emotions of your child, even if you don’t agree

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“But this isn’t the right shirt!!” your child violently exclaims as you beg her to get dressed for school.  “It doesn’t matter, just put it on, it’s the only thing you have right now.” (screaming and crying) “But is isn’t the RIGHT one!!” (more tears) “It isn’t that big of a deal, why are you […]

8 Ways Kids Can Calm Down Anywhere PLUS a Printable Mini Book

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Calming tools are really wonderful for kids who are quick to anger or have a difficult time calming down when upset. In my post about tips for helping an angry child calm down, I added an infographic at the end with some ways kids can calm down anywhere, those tools were so popular I wanted […]