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A Dad’s Guide to Sharing the Pregnancy Experience

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You’ve just found out your partner is pregnant. Congratulations! Although you can’t fully partake in the pregnancy, most future dads want a front row seat. No, we don’t understand morning sickness or get to feel the first movements, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to experience everything we actually can during the pregnancy. Yes, it is hard for us to totally grasp what our partner is going through, but we’re trying! Here are a few ways dads-to-be can play an integral part of the pregnancy experience. Read More »

Should You Parent Differently Based on Birth Order?

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How many times have you heard someone say that their two children are completely different? Experts believe that birth order is closely linked to everything from general temperament, to career preferences, to the way children make friends. And while kids are certainly born with unique personalities, the way we parent them can definitely shape, refine and reinforce that personality. So, should we parent differently based on birth order? Read More »

5 Tips to Potty Train Your Child

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For most parents, potty training is a daunting task (whether it’s kid #1 or #7, like me). We stress, bribe, beg and pray it goes quick and easy. But the fact of the matter is it’s different for each child and there’s not one prescription for perfect potty training. There are, however, tried and true tips that you can put into action to help the process along. Here are a few tips that have worked great for our family. Read More »

How To Get Rid Of The Mom Guilt

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There are those moms who make everything look easy, like they have it all pulled together. And then there's us, or so we think. We run around frazzled feeling guilty because we didn’t get everything done on our To-Do List today. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink after dinner somehow makes us feel less than perfect when it comes to parenting. We may even ask ourselves, “How does SHE do it?” Every woman has unique gifts and talents. The key is to recognize what you do well and not magnify what you perceive others do better than you. Today, I challenge you to celebrate all of the magnificent ways you keep all of the balls in the air that are uniquely you, and remember that we’re all busy moms doing the best we can! Check out these tips to free walk away from burnout and guilt once and for all. Read More »

Why Kids Should Help Out With Chores

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Even though doing things yourself around the house may be faster, giving kids chores can teach them valuable life lessons. Helping out with everyday chores can help your child grow developmentally and give them a sense of belonging in your family. Here are a few ways to get started. Read More »

How To Avoid Being A Helicopter Parent

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A parent’s first priority is to protect their kids from harm. No parent wants to see their child experience disappointment, failure or pain. As a result, parents sometimes become a helicopter mom or dad and hover over their child’s every move. Kids need involved and active parents in order for them to successfully mature. However, if parents constantly hover and prevent them from failing at every turn, kids never have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Read More »

How to Successfully Co-Parent

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Divorce is hard enough to go through as an adult, however, when kids are involved the struggle can reach a whole new level. I’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts that will make co-parenting a little bit easier, so that you and your ex are able to focus on being the best parents you can be. Read More »

Disciplining: Thinking Outside the Box

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By Daddy Nickell As a parent I know that for every bit of fun and enjoyment to be had with children around, there’s always the possibility of consequences and necessary discipline, too. It’s the parent’s responsibility to teach their children right from wrong, as well, as how to behave, how to treat others, etc. – I know, it’s a BIG ... Read More »