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    July 23, 2015
    The Positive Side Of Tantrums

    When your kid throws a screaming fit in the middle of the grocery store, or in the car, or in a crowded restaurant, there is no way that you could ever think that a tantrum could be a good thing. Kiddie meltdowns are one of the most challenging parts of being a parent, and it can be difficult knowing how to handle them. The important thing is to remain calm, don’t yell, and stick to your guns. The point is, tantrums are harrowing for all involved- you, your kid, and innocent bystanders. But, they are a normal part of childhood and growing up. It doesn’t mean you have a bad kid, or that you are a bad parent- they are just learning how to experience rage, disappointment, and other negative emotions. For more reasons why tantrums are actually a good thing, read this post by Rachel at A Mother Far From Home:

    -It means you’ve set a boundary- You need to risk making your child angry because you know what is best for them. Three brownies before bed is not a good idea!

    -It may mean that they’re testing you- They want to know if you mean what you say.

    -It gives opportunity to train your kids how to handle their emotions

    -It gives opportunity to show love after conflict.

    Photo Credit: Joel Kramer 

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    July 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Now That’s What I Call A Stroller

    Photo from Baby Gizmo

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    July 20, 2015
    How To Make “Cloud Dough”

    I love activities where kids can get messy and have fun! That’s why anything sensory-related is usually a sure bet. These kinds of activities let kids experience the world with all five senses- sight, sound, touch, smell, and sometimes taste. Anything hands-on is always a big plus. That’s why I really like this post by Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures, where she shares her recipe for super fluffy “cloud dough”. Kids will have a blast playing with the messy material. You can even incorporate a science lesson into the activity for older kids:

    -Cloud Dough SHOULD Be: Light, Airy, Silky, Smooth, and Moldable

    -Everyone seems to agree that a good ratio is 8 parts Flour to 1 part Oil

    -1 Cup Flour
    2-5 Tablespoons Liquid (Oil, Syrup or Lotion)
    Mix , Repeat.

    -Our Personal Favorite was the Baby Oil and Flour!

    Photo Credit: Patty’s Photos 

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    July 17, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Kids, Do NOT Try This At Home

    Stunt family travels together performing. This is crazy! I can’t imagine letting my kid light herself on fire, or jump over a bus on a motorcycle. No thank you!

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    July 16, 2015
    Phone Numbers Your Teenager Needs

    We try to help our kids with every problem they have, but sometimes its not enough. Sometimes, your teenager may be struggling with something that you have absolutely no clue about. It’s unpleasant to think about, but it’s the ugly truth. Many times, a parent is the last one to know if their teen is struggling with depression, bullying, an eating disorder, or an abusive relationship. It’s important to talk to your kids about difficult topics like that, but it also helps if they can reach out to someone else. That’s why numbers like these at Bargain Briana can help. Make sure your child has these programmed into his or her phone, and that they know they can use them whenever they feel that they can’t talk to anyone else. They may also have friends who need to use them. It may save a life.

    1-800-799-SAFE – Domestic Violence Helpline

    1-800- 621-4000 – National Runaway Switchboard

    1-800-SUICIDE – National Hopeline Network

    1-866-488-7386 – The Trevor Helpline

    1-800-422-4453 – Child Abuse Hotline

    Photo Credit: Jhaymesisvip Photography 

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    July 15, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Bed Nook Fit For A Princess

    Photo from The Lovely Side 

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    July 14, 2015
    Free Summer Activities For Kids

    A lot of summer activities for kids are really fun, but require lots of money. Theme parks, carnivals, zoos, etc. can cost hundreds of dollars for the whole family to enjoy. But, your kids can have a blast this summer without you taking out a second mortgage on your home. Check out these ideas by Lisa Aberle at the Get Rich Slowly blog for free things to do with your kids, all without leaving your home:

    -Make your own paint from cornstarch, water, and food coloring

    -Try out some home science experiments! Do the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano to explain chemical reactions, go on a nature hike, or let kids measure out cooking ingredients for you

    -Play with chalk

    -Have a puppet show! Decorate socks, paper plates, or tongue depressors

    Photo Credit: Eden, Janine, and Jim 

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    July 10, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Me In The Morning

    Hahaha! I think this is how we all feel on Mondays. TGIF!

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    July 9, 2015
    Refuse To Have A Short Fuse: Being A Patient Parent

    Let’s face it- kids are the most frustrating creatures on the face of the planet. When they are screeching, getting into things they shouldn’t be into, throwing food, and throwing fits, it can be extremely easy to just blow up at them- especially if you are trying to get stuff done. Being a parent is very demanding, and will always test the limits of your patience, unless you are some kind of yogi pacifist supermom, in which case, this article isn’t for you. For tips on keeping your cool and becoming a more patient parent (and person in general), read this post by Alison at Pint Sized Treasures. She has six kids and is somehow still sane, so take stock in her advice :)

    -Don’t sweat the small stuff.-  Though we may feel frustration and even anger, we need to ask ourselves this question, “Is this REALLY going to impact the rest of my life?” No. No it isn’t. 

    -Take a breather- Take five or ten minutes to regroup, and don’t act out of knee-jerk anger.

    -Play with your kids!  If your little ones tend to make mess, draw on walls or just create havoc, why not make some havoc of your own together? 

    Photo Credit: Take Back Your Health Conference 

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    July 8, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Reading Nook Perfection

    Photo from Octavia and Vicky

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