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    August 29, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Adorable Baby and Puppy

    This is SO CUTE! Remember, always closely supervise pets around young children.

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    August 28, 2014

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    August 27, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: No Shoes, Still Better Dressed Than You

    Photo from Swag Babies Tumblr

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    August 26, 2014
    Anxious Kids And What To Do About Them

    When I was a child, I was extremely outgoing. I would talk to anyone about anything. I was confident and loud and I didn’t care what anyone thought of me! Then, sometime after puberty, everything changed. Maybe it was because we moved into a new state where I knew no one, but I became extremely withdrawn and self conscious. Or maybe it’s just because that’s part of growing up. I still struggle with being shy today. Either way, I know how it is to be around (and BE) an outgoing kid, and also a shy, anxious one. As a parent, it can be like pulling teeth to get your introverted child to engage in social situations. My advice? Don’t force anything, and only make them do what they’re comfortable with. For more help on dealing with anxious little ones, read this post by Kristina at Toddler Approved. Heck, most of them can even be applied to shy adults:

    -Stay in close proximity when around new people. 

    -Have low expectations and allow for choices… recognizing child is just trying to hold herself together. 

    -Recognize that the new faces, routines, situations can be uncomfortable/stressful/scary and acknowledge that verbally and offer emotional support. 

    -Encourage people to give child space and wait for him/her to come to them/initiate interactions with them.

    Photo Credit: Billy Rowlinson 

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    August 25, 2014
    Writing With Preschoolers

    Do you want to give your kids the “write” start before Kindergarten? Start them writing as early as possible! No, they won’t be cranking out novels and poetry, but teaching them how to communicate through words is absolutely essential. For the ultimate post on helping beginning writers, look no further than this amazing guide by Anna Geiger at The Measured Mom:

    -Provide appealing materials: sketchbooks and markers are perfect for little hands

    -We want children to learn that they communicate through their writing. If your child draws or scribbles, ask what the writing says. This may be hard for him at first. Model it

    -Understand the beginning stages of writing, from scribbling to shapes to actual letters.

    -Establish a routine!

    Photo Credit: Carissa Rogers

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    August 22, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: “Apparently” This Kid Is Adorable

    This kid absolutely kills me! My friends and I quote him all the time, hahahaha.

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    August 21, 2014
    Books For New Siblings

    Adding a new member to the family can be an emotional time for kids you already have. They’ll experience a wide range of feelings: excitement, joy, maybe even fear, or uncertainty. Maybe jealousy. There are plenty of ways to prepare the older sibling for the transition from only child to big brother / sister. One of my favorite ways to cope with life changing events is through books! It can help to know that another person has gone through what you’ve gone through (even if they’re fictional). Check out this post by Lauren Wayne at Hobo Mama for her favorite “big sibling books to prepare for baby,” as well as reviews for each book:

    What Baby Needs

    (written by William Sears, Martha Sears, & Christie Watts Kelly; illustrated by Renée Andriani)

    I’m a Big Brother

    (written by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Rosalinda Knightley)(There’s a companion book called I’m a Big Sister.) 

    On Mother’s Lap

    (written by Ann Herbert Scott; illustrated by Glo Coalson)

    Sophie and the New Baby

    (written by Catherine Anholt; illustrated by Laurence Anholt)

    Photo Credit: Jencu

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    August 20, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Maternity Shoot- From Above

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    August 19, 2014
    Simple Parenting Hacks

    Teaching kids good habits is much harder than it looks. When I was younger, I hated eating veggies, and refused to clean my room or help with chores. My parents tried all the tricks in the book: they tried grounding me, taking away privileges, giving rewards, and setting ultimatums. Usually, it worked. Now I eat a little healthier (only because I know it’s for my own good now; I STILL hate veggies), and I pick up after myself like a real adult! However, I know my parents would have had an easier time if they had seen some of these Buzzfeed hacks:

    -Hide healthy vegetables in desserts and smoothies. Try spinach brownies or zucchini crisp.

    -Teach saving habits early with a compartmentalized piggy bank. (seen in picture)

    -Change the wifi password and make them do chores in exchange for it

    -ANY chore can become a game. Get creative!

    Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

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    August 18, 2014
    Photography Apps For Parents

    Unless you’re a serious photographer, chances are, you take all of your photos with a smartphone. And chances are, if you have a child, you’re taking a lot of photos. We all do it. You’re annoyed at the new parents who do nothing but post pictures of their babies on Facebook…and then you have your own, and suddenly, you understand. I have about 3,000 photos of my nephew already, and he’s 6 months old. So, how do you make sure you’re getting the best photos possible? There are tons of photography apps out there…which ones are best? Check out this post by Gretchen Bossio at Baby Gizmo:

    -Diptic- for fabulous collages

    -VSCO CAM- for professional quality editing

    -A Beautiful Mess- comes with stickers, frames, and other scrapbook-worthy decorations

    -Artkive- stores your child’s own artwork

    -PostalPix- instant photo sharing with family and friends

    Photo Credit: Phillipe Put

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