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What Kids Want in a Babysitter

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I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to babysitters, most kids would rather just have mom and dad stay at home. That is unless you find that rare gem of a babysitter—the one your kids adore, beg to have them come, and can’t wait for you to leave. However, these gems can be hard to find. With years of finding babysitters for my 7 kids, I’ve had my share of finding that modern day Mary Poppins. To help with the search, here are a few key things kids are actually wanting (whether they know it or not) in that perfect babysitter. Read More »

How Single Parents Can Help and Support One Another

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Did you know that 1 in 4 kids are raised in a single parent home? Many single parents struggle with loss, abandonment, budget shortfalls and work/life balance issues. Even though the road of single parenthood is often paved with challenges, there are plenty of ways to find support and encouragement along the way. Below are some practical ways that single parents can offer help and support to each other. Read More »

Stay Calm, It’s Just the ER

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Picture this: It is an easy-going Friday afternoon. Work is done for the week and on the agenda for the weekend are lots of fun activities for the kids and some alone time with the hubby. In the meantime, the kids are playing, giggling; life is good. Then, BOOM. A curious, climbing toddler makes one false move, slips, and knocks out his front tooth. Suddenly, the happy giggly world that was a reality only moments prior is now a distant memory, replaced by bleeding gums, a screaming kid and a hysterical mom. Read More »

Tips to Teach Kids About Family Finances

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Teaching kids about family finances can be easy and fun. Learning about money helps kids learn how to be responsible, generous and conscious of spending choices. It’s never too early to teach kids about the family's finances. Having a grasp of what it takes to run a household teaches kids the value of money at an early age. Here are a few tips to introduce the idea of money and budgeting to kids. Read More »

Healthy Praise for Kids

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According to a recent study at the University of Iowa, an average two year old hears more than 430 negative statements a day and only about 30 words of encouragement. Words of praise go a long way in developing a positive self-esteem in kids. Give kids genuine sincere praise should focus on a child’s efforts and not the outcome of their endeavors. Below you will find some great reasons to continue giving your kids praise. Read More »

3 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Be the Perfect Parent

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Every parent strives to be a “perfect parent,” but it’s just not a realistic goal and you’ll make yourself crazy trying to attain the unattainable, Perfect Parent Status. Instead, strive to do your best and try to be a great parent – mistakes and all! Just in case you’re not sold on the idea of lowering the bar (ever so slightly), I’ve compiled a list of three reasons why being the perfect parent is overrated. Read More »