A Strong Marriage is the Healthiest thing you can give your Kids

A Strong Marriage is the Healthiest thing you can give your Kids

As parents, you want to give your children the best gift possible. In many ways, the healthiest thing you can give your children is the example of a strong marriage. How you and your partner communicate, problem-solve, and handle your parental responsibilities are important to your children's growth. Your healthy marriage can affect nearly every aspect of their lives as adults. A strong marriage benefits your children's lives in many ways. Many children who are in a married-parent household are less likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. They are more likely to stay in school and will have…
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Top 5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Explore Outdoor Life

Top 5 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Explore Outdoor Life

Growing up in the 80's, I basically lived outdoors.  I spent anytime I could learning about the environment around me.  Now as a mom, I am constantly reminding my children that they need to get outside and play.  With all these electronics they now have access to, it is easy for them to forget all about the world around them. Today's guest post by our friend Angelica Murdock is about ways to encourage your child to explore outdoor life.  These five great tips will have you and your child exploring the outdoors in no time! Top 5 Ways to Encourage Your…
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5 Tірѕ to Rеduсе Single Parent Strеѕѕ | Abоlіѕh “Guіlt” From Yоur Vосаb

5 Tірѕ to Rеduсе Single Parent Strеѕѕ | Abоlіѕh “Guіlt” From Yоur Vосаb

Being a parent is the most amazing job in the world.  With great joy comes great responsibility.  We all strive to raise happy, healthy children into adulthood the best possible ways we can.  So when you have to do that journey along, single parent stress can really kick in!  Learning how to abolish guilt from your vocabulary is the best way to become the best parent you can be! Today, we are going to find out some amazing ways to get you back where you need to be! Our friend Jason Phillips compiled some awesome tips to help reduce that…
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How to Make the Internet a Safer Place for your Child

How to Make the Internet a Safer Place for your Child

Raising children in today's world is much different than it was even a decade ago.  Access to the internet starts at such an early age.  With tablets, phones, computers, and even chatting through game system, the internet is actually at their finger tips at any given time! So how do you make the internet a safer place for your child? Today's guest poster, Hannah George, shares some of her best tips for being a parent in the 21st century! Make Internet a Safer Place for Your Child Agreed, the internet is a remarkable source of education for our kids but…
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3 Simple Secrets To Become A Better Parent

3 Simple Secrets To Become A Better Parent

Having four children, one could say I am quiet experienced in the parenting department.  I have seen many dirty diapers, preschool graduations, and several high school dramas! Though there are many ups and downs, being a parent is the most rewarding role you will ever have. Every family will experience their own different ways of parenting.  One thing all parents strive for is to be the best parent they can be.  We want to make sure our children have everything they need (and want, well sometimes lol). We want them to feel loved, safe, and happy. Today, our friend Erica…
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The Day We Lost Cutie – A story of Autism, Lovies, and Target

The Day We Lost Cutie – A story of Autism, Lovies, and Target

Our youngest two children are both autistic.  Like any other child, they have their special toy that many refer to as a lovey.  All four our children have had a lovies (and all still have theirs).  Though the love for these dolls is shared by all our children, the loss of a lovie is amplified by ten for our autistic children. Tonight, Bean lost her lovie while we were out shopping.  I had no clue that she had even taken her doll Cutie out of the van when we had gone into Target to shop.  So you can imagine the…
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Keeping your kids safe by scheduling a free Car Seat Check

Keeping your kids safe by scheduling a free Car Seat Check

Little man is not so little, but having him safe is a must!   Just because he is 43 lbs at just three years old, he needs to be in a car seat that keeps him safe and secure.  When we finally found a car seat that would fit him we decided to have a car seat check done. Apparently, I did not have it installed correctly on my own.  The new car seat came with the Latch System, but I had never used it before.  When I was shown just how it works, I realized how much easier it was to…
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6 Helpful Tips for a Comfortable Pregnancy

6 Helpful Tips for a Comfortable Pregnancy

  Pregnancy is a beautiful time filled with excitement!  Preparing for a little one to come can be overwhelming at time, but such a joy! One thing that is not as joyful is the physical tolls pregnancy can cause on your body.  Thankfully, there are few ways to relieve some of those pains while waiting for your bundle of joy to arrive.  Our friend Veronica Mitchell from MyParentingJourney.com  has been gracious enough to give us her top 6 helpful tips for a comfortable pregnancy.       6 Helpful Tips for a Comfortable Pregnancy     Every woman wants to feel that…
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What Items Should You Purchase for Baby’s Nursery?

What Items Should You Purchase for Baby’s Nursery?

When you become a new parent, there is so much to learn!  Bringing baby home is just the first step!  I know when I brought my oldest home for the first time I was so lost!  Then, when little man came home (4th kid, many years after the girls) I had to try to remember everything I did and didn't need! Thankfully, our friend Ivy from Mommasbaby.com has given us a complete list of essentials needed for baby's nursery!  Thanks Ivy! What Items Should You Purchase for Baby’s Nursery? Having a baby is a huge undertaking. Not only are you…
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How to Wash Baby Clothes – Parenting 101

How to Wash Baby Clothes – Parenting 101

  Laundry never seems to end in our home.  I thought it was bad enough with having three girls in the home.  With dress-up clothes and changing their minds, there always seems to be a little too much laundry in that basket.  Then, little man came along and really threw our laundry for whirlwind! It had been seven years since we had a baby in the home. I realized quickly that I had forgotten how to wash baby clothes!   Thanks to a little bit of google and prior experience, I figured it back out. That didn’t change the amount of…
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End the Morning Struggles! Make Mornings Great Again!

End the Morning Struggles! Make Mornings Great Again!

A morning routine can be a struggle for any household. Having four children, two with autism, morning can be rather hectic around here. Most morning, something will happen. Beds aren't made, someone didn't brush their teeth, or someone was late to school. It never seems to fail! There had to be a solution to the morning routine struggle! Over the years, we have developed routines that help a lot. We have a magnetic chore chart for each child to move their morning routines to the done side. We lay out clothes the night before and set book bags by the…
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15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature

15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature

I had to laugh the other day when my husband told me that my school vacation was about to end.  Summer break is upon us!  Our kid's school got out mid May due to the lack of snow days.  This means three whole months of summer.  I am excited to be able to spend a ton of time with them doing summer activities! Summer means tons of outdoor adventures, pools, water fights, giggles, and (gasp!) BOREDOM! Though my kids love playing outside, they still have a tendency to want to sit and veg out in front of electronics.  Since sitting down…
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How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without Whining

How to Get Kids to Do Chores Without Whining

      With four children, my house can quickly become a disaster! Between all the therapies, doctors visits, sport, work, and every thing else, I just cannot clean it all up on my own!  I have four little helpers to get the job done. That being said, boy do they whine about it!  Thankfully, our friend Sury  (founder of The Only Canister Vacuum) has offered up some awesome solutions to that problem!  So I will let her take it from here!   Every mom dreams of having help with the household chores. But many times, it’s easier to do…
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Pregnancy Survival Tips – The top 3 tips for surviving pregnancy

Pregnancy Survival Tips – The top 3 tips for surviving pregnancy

    It seems to be that time again when so many of my friends are becoming parents.  Many of these gals for the first time. As I have had several rounds being pregnant, I am often asked for advice.  Parenting advice is always in that list, but by the end of the first trimester, I am asked more about pregnancy survival!   When it comes to pregnancy survival tips, there is one main thing I remind moms-to-be.  Take care of you first!  You cannot provide for a child (in or out of you) if you are not taking care…
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