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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 »

10 Secrets Every New Dad Needs to Know

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The birth of your first baby equates to the birth of a new you—the new dad! As most of the attention is on mom during the nine month preparation period, dad often gets left behind in learning about and preparing for his new life. Having a family, and the birth of your first child, will forever change your lifestyle, environment, and thought process. Dads need to be prepared to embrace this change. Trust me, the rewards will be plentiful. Just wait until your new baby smiles at you for the first time—or the first time they call you dad! 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 »

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 »

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 »

5 Parenting Changes You Can Make This Year

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Don’t you wish your child came with a manual? Parenting is an ever evolving game of trial and error. Adjusting your parenting style to work with your child’s bent is essential for positive parenting practices. That’s why I developed five positive parenting changes that allow me to focus on my relationship with my son vs. on all the other stuff that can often seem oh so important. Join me and commit to making a few positive adjustments to your parenting strategy like embracing the chaos and living in the moment. Read More »