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5 of the Best Positive Parenting Books

No one told you there would be homework when it came to parenting, but with these 5 parenting books, you will feel like an expert in no time!

Parenting Books

They say kids don’t come with instruction manuals, but they kind of do. A simple Amazon search of “parenting books” yields 228,572 results. My local library: 1681 results! The resources for parents are out there. It’s the sorting through them that is daunting and, at times, discouraging. Today I am sharing 5 parenting books I absolutely love and highly recommend. read more

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6 Simple Words that will Change your Parenting

I love a good life hack. Whether it’s a million and one uses for binder clips or the markdown schedule at Target, I adore anything that makes my life easier. Parenting is no exception, and there are certain “hacks” I have learned to make our lives as Mom and Dad infinitely easier.

Jo Frost or “Supernanny” helped us emensily with this when our kids were younger. Teaching our kids to freeze the second we yelled STOP was a game changer. It allowed them freedom while we were out and about but we were still able to keep them safe. read more

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10 Christmas Gift Giving Traditions

Christmas shopping for kids is made so much easier by having Christmas gift traditions in place. Click here for 10 Christmas gift giving ideas!

I have a feeling Charlie Brown might be my spirit animal. Sarcastic with a touch of humor and insight. For example: “Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?”
“I’ve killed it. Oh! Everything I touch gets ruined.”
“I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”
But my favorite is probably “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters, it’s who’s around it.” All the presents in the world underneath the tree don’t mean anything if you don’t have people to share the holidays with, which is why it is important to make the gifts you do give count. read more

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10 Ways for Kids to Help with the Baby

A newborn in the house is tough task, especially with older kids. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Have your older kids with the baby! Read more here.

This mama is done having babies, but I am proud aunt to twin boys. I had the honor and pleasure of babysitting them for about a month when they were less than 6 months old.

Watching the twins, plus trying to keep my two girls occupied was a challenge. However, my kids love their cousins so much and were eager to help out while I was babysitting. But how do you have older kids help with the baby?

Fofo is a natural born helper. She always wants to help with the twins, and at times I was at a loss for what she should do, she was 5 at the time. But after our babysitting experience, I had a nice list of things she could do to help me. read more

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Road Trip Survival Guide

Check out these 10 road trip tips to make your next family vacation a breeze!

Traveling with your kids? Road trips are a family tradition. Check out this post for road trip tips and, specifically, road trip tips with kids.

The family road trip. Hitting the road in the family truckster for a good old-fashioned family vacation. Sounds fun right?! You plan your destination, you plan your route, and you plan stops along the way. You pack your suitcases, you pack up the car, and get ready to hit the road. Not so fast. You need to keep those kids entertained from point A to point B. How on earth do you do that?! My husband and I have a lot of experience riding in the car with kids. Our family and friends live 3-4 hours away so any trip to see them is a long one. I have come up with 10 family road trip tips. read more