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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 »

Tips to Teach Kids Organization

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Some kids are born with a natural bent for order and routine, some kids are born with a free spirit and need some coaching to find systems to help their lives run more smoothly. Learning organizational skills can help family life run more smoothly and reduce friction when it comes time to do homework or keep their rooms clean. Below you’ll find 10 tips to help your kids become more organized and responsible with their time. Read More »

Summertime Fun With Your Kids

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As summer break quickly approaches, moms and dads, grandparents, and caregivers everywhere are getting nervous brainstorming ideas for fun and inexpensive ways to keep kids busy all summer long. Over my many years of parenting, I’ve learned a few things about kids and summer fun. First, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have fun with your kids. Secondly, it usually involves something you can find in your own home. Kids really do enjoy the simplest of activities, especially when they get to do with you. Here are a few tried and true activities I’ve enjoyed with my kids through the years Read More »

Keeping Your Teen Away From Drugs & Alcohol

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It’s not easy being a parent to a teenager these days. It’s almost impossible to keep track of everything you need to be aware of. Danger seems to be lurking around every corner. One of those dangers continues to be drugs and alcohol. That’s why we’ve put together some ways to help parents raise healthy and drug free kids. Read More »