10 Things Kids Will Never Forget

An amazing childhood… That elusive thing that some children don’t get to experience, but others do. These 10 Things Kids Will Never Forget are a great step to make sure that your child’s early memories are positive and sweet!

You don’t need a lot of money or tons of toys to make sure your child will have a positive childhood. Many of those things don’t last and it isn’t what people remember as they grow. Creating sweet memories are all about the simple things in life!

1. Read To Them

The 36th Avenue discussed how a magical thing happens when you read with your child. Books create an entirely new world for your kids and you all get to be a part of it together! No matter how old they are, make sure you read to them and build their imaginations!

2. Listen To Them

We all know how easy it is to ask your child to wait a second until you finish whatever it is that you’re working on. There never seems to be enough time! But sometimes you never can get that moment back. If it’s something important to them, let’s make it important to us!

Stop and know that whatever we are doing will be there when our child’s moment of triumph is over. Give our children the gift of knowing they can count on us whenever they may need it, no matter what we may be doing at the time!

3. Hug Them

We all need a hug once in awhile! The 36th Avenue talks about how it’s important to give our kids affection when they are looking for it. Even when our kids get older and it may seem like the biggest embarrassment!

Even if you have to tell them that YOU are the one that needs a hug, it’s a symbol of love, reassurance, happiness and protection!

4. Create Family Traditions

Family traditions are so much fun! Even if it’s something as easy a a family movie night. It creates time together as a family and everyone gets to incorporate their favorite treat, too! Who doesn’t love a fun movie with some homemade popcorn!

Sharing blankets and snuggling up together, figure out what can be your fun family tradition and start incorporating some fun time together as a family!

5. Share A Meal

Creating a safe space for meal with your family can be something that never will be forgotten as your child grows. It can be a treasured time, as discussed by The 36th Avenue.

Even if one of the members of your family is gone for the night, it doesn’t mean that everyone else should forgo the family meal! What a big blessing, even if there is always the rush of life and a lack of time. If it’s the one time your family can get together to decompress and share your life with the rest of your family.

It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be dinner! Even if you meet for breakfast before everyone goes off on their daily adventures, it’s a wonderful thing to do together!

6. You Are My Favorite

While we should never have a ‘favorite’ when it comes to our kids, it is important to make sure that you treat your children as your favorite, no matter what age they are! Every child should be made to feel special in an individual way.

The 36th Avenue talks about how with her own mom, she always knew that she was her mom’s favorite 10 year old, 15 year old, and even now, her favorite 37 year old. It’s not about picking a favorite between your children, it’s about letting them know that they are your favorite “age”, no matter what it is!

7. Celebrate

All kids are different and they succeed in many different ways. Some may be good at reading, while others excel in sports. The important thing, though, it to make sure that they all feel successful from their parents, no matter what that accomplishment is!

Believe in your child, be their biggest fan and always tell them how proud you are of them!

8. Play

Kids naturally love to play! Make sure you give them the chance to just be kids and enjoy the fun that they deserve!

Make sure you play with them, though! Give your child the gift of knowing that they will always have time to spend with their parents, playing! Whether it’s a game the entire family enjoys, or playing a sport in the backyard, get down and dirty with them and let them see how much you love spending time with them!

Have fun together!

9. Remember

No matter how little the event may seem to you, it is the highlight of your child’s day! Make sure you don’t let those little moments pass you by. All of the rehearsals, sports games, parent teacher conferences. Make sure your parents know that you were always there for them, no matter what!

Take pride in all of their little accomplishments. They are so excited and when we see their excitement, it’s contagious!

10. Love Them

For many, this is as easy as breathing. Loving our children comes naturally and wholly. But show your children you love them! Make sure they never doubt, not even for a second, that even if they need a bit of discipline, they are truly loved.

Build up your children and work hard not to break them down. Offer guidance and positive reassurance and make sure that love is freely given!

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Tips to Unspoil Your Kids

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No matter how great your kids may be, there always comes a time when they go from their best behavior to a total meltdown in less than thirty seconds. The most put-together parents can lose it, as well, when this happens! But if it’s a pattern, red flags may be up all over and it may be time to look into Tips to Unspoil Your Kids.

Thanks to Living Well Spending Less, there are five great tips that can help parents feel like they are doing the best they can for their kids. To make sure they are being respectful, behaved and appreciative of all things they receive. It can hurt when our kids act spoiled, so turning around that behavior is imperative, no matter if it can be a long process!

Luckily, kids often respond well to kindness, empathy and unselfish acts! We just know how to push them in the right direction!

  1. Engage Your Kids in Regular Discussion

A great way to help our children be unselfish is to talk to them about it on a regular basis! Us parents are far from perfect, too, but when talking about the idea of charity and giving to others, you’d be surprised how they suddenly have ideas and wisdom to contribute!

Living Well Spending Less suggested discussing charity drives, food or coat collections or other charity items that you can get involved in with your children. It’s important to let our kids know that other kids in our area, not just even in far away countries, may not be able to afford many of the things that we take for granted every day. By having them help to go through their things to donate, they learn how giving can impact those around them. It’s not always about what they receive!

2. Set Goals and Delay Gratification

How many of you remember saving for that VERY important thing when you were a kid? Whether you saved your holiday and birthday money, or saved money from a part-time job, once you were finally able to buy that special item, it meant the world to you! THIS is what we need to incorporate in our kids’ lives more!

Living Well Spending Less talks about how kids lose the sense of what something is worth when things are given to them often and freely. By teaching our kids that earning a reward brings satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, it helps to unspoil our children!

Next time your child asks for something, hold strong and talk about a plan for what they can do to earn the item! Discuss how much the item costs and that it isn’t in the budget for the family, but if you can think of a plan together, they would be able to earn it sooner rather than later! Have them help to think about what they can do to earn enough money to purchase their heart’s desire!

On the flip side, it can also teach an amazing lesson when you need to take a toy away from your child if they are acting up and need to lose a privilege. But don’t think this will be easy! You’ll face an adjustment period and you may have some severe pushback! Stand firm, however, and you’ll soon see that working towards a goal will help them feel successful and proud. This, in turn, is going to improve behavior and entitlement!

3. Help Your Child Be Grateful

Regularly showing gratitude can help change not only your child’s mindset, but your entire family’s views! By writing thank you notes for items they receive, it helps them be gracious. Living Well Spending Less talks about how this isn’t just a matter of etiquette, but because it teaches kids to be thankful for the positive things in the life from the people who they love. It helps them reflect on the kind actions of others! And don’t forget to do it yourself, as kids notice what their parents do, as well!

Another fun idea… how about making a daily routine of asking your kids what they were the most grateful for? Whether it’s on the way home from school, or around the family dinner table, it helps them reflect on the positive things in their life and to put even the smallest things in perspective!

4. Encourage Positive Outlets and Expressions

A great reminder from Living Well Spending Less is that kids can struggle with dealing with their emotions at times. We’ve seen how quickly our child can change their tune from one moment to another, but many times it’s because they just don’t understand how to express their emotions in a positive way.

Help to teach your children how to count to ten, take a deep breath and take a minute before responding to something that may be completely overruling their little world. It helps to give them coping tools that help them to feel that the energy and choices that they make are in their control! By finding a resolution that is positive, it helps them to identify emotions and do so in a healthy way.

5. Lead by Example

We all know that some days are better than others. We can struggle to deal with our own emotions, so it can be hard to work with our child to positively express their own. But it is exactly what we need to do in order to be a great role model for our children!

Parents set the tone for their household, so by approaching life with a positive attitude, it will hopefully lead our children to do the same. Whether it’s with chores, emotions, hard times and fun times, kids will respond quickly and may even teach us a thing or two, as well!

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6 Values To Help Teach Boys to Become Great Men

We all want our little boys to be as successful as they can be, but we may need to remember that success isn’t necessarily measured by money, wealth, or material possessions. That’s right, it can be about what kind of man they turn into! So take a peek at these 6 Values To Help Teach Boys to Become Great Men!

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The Mom behind What’s Up Fagans shared her 6 important values that she is raising her sons with. She talked about how sometimes the world can be such a scary place, you may not want to let your kids out of your sight for one second! It can be scary to hear the things that young kids talk about these days!

But we all know that there comes a time when our kids will leave the nest. This is when the values that we’ve worked on instilling in them become as important as ever! That’s why What’s Up Fagans shared six things that they feel parents can do to raise young boys well in today’s society.

6 Values for Raising Sons to Become Great Men Someday

1. Love And Respect Is So Important!

So many of us may shower our kids with the words “I Love You” 50 times a day, but sometimes telling them just isn’t enough! What’s Up Fagans talks about how parents can show their kids that they are loved, as well! By giving them examples of this, you’ll teach them, in turn, to reach out with love to those around them!

2. Teach Them A Strong Work Ethic

It can be hard in today’s world to make sure your kids are able to take care of themselves well. So many people in our society have become so entitled! By giving them chores to do and things around the home that they are responsible for, it’s going to teach them a strong work ethic. They will soon learn how to be responsible for big things around them as they grow, including their own actions!

3. Keep the Positives In Sight

We’re not great at everything we do, so why would we expect our kids to be great at everything?! What’s Up Fagans talks about how to focus on the positive when it comes to our kids. It will help them to feel good about what they are doing and help their strengths sore even more! Make sure to praise their efforts at new things and to not compare them to other siblings or kids their age! They are their own unique individuals!

Always make sure that your kids know that you are proud of them, because all kids want to make their parents proud! By showing your kids that there is good in this world, they’ll be able to keep a positive approach to life when they are faced with the negatives that they are bound to come across. Helping our kids find the good in the world is a great thing for them to take well into adulthood!

4. Teach Self Worth

How many times do kids question their self worth? By not having the coolest clothes, the best possessions, or not being the smartest in their class or doing well in sports, they suddenly feel like they aren’t worth of anything and give up.

What’s Up Fagans talks about how parents need to really work with our kids so they don’t fall down this slippery slope of not believing they have self-worth! Focusing on their individual gifts and talents will help to propel them into the future so much better than having the latest material possession!

5. Set Boundaries and Give Consequences

Don’t let your child break the rules without having them know that there will be consequences. But more importantly, follow through! We know how hard it can be to have your child upset when you’re the “bad guy”, but it will help them as they grow into young men!

Kids need to know that they need to abide by a certain set of rules so they don’t continue to push the limits. By doing this, they will learn respect not only for your rules, but also for the other rules that they will inevitably come across during the lifetime!

6. Don’t Live Afraid

Aren’t parents always afraid of the worst happening when it comes to their children? What’s Up Fagans knows that it’s a big fact for many parents! We all fear the worst is going to happen!

But it’s not something that we should do because it’s something we may inadvertently pass on to our boys! We want our kids to grow up knowing that despite the bad, there is still a lot of good in the world, as well. Which means that even if they make mistakes and make a wrong decision, by letting them do things for themselves, it will only help their confidence and ability to make decisions later in life!

We all know that there is no way to parent perfectly, but by applying these concepts, it may make the chance of raising a little boy into a great man a bit easier!

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5 Ways Parents Give Up Authority and How to Fix It

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It can be really hard at times to assert your authority over your children! Sometimes, we just want to take the easy route, but in the long-run, it only makes things more difficult. These 5 Ways Parents Give Up Authority and How to Fix It will help to get the required authority back in your hands, regardless of what is happening in your household!

Mom But Not A Mom had great tips to make sure that authority was something that a child didn’t take away from a parent. But it’s always important to remember that there is a difference between your child being empowered to make specific decisions and giving children complete authority over what they are going to do!

All parents want to make sure that children are comfortable with a growing level of independence through empowering them. It promotes life skills they need as they grow and helps them become successful. But giving a child authority over parents is when kids can be put at risk with the decisions they are making! It’s not healthy or safe!

So how do parents mistakenly put authority into their children’s hands? These 5 ways show how a parent can undermine their own authority and lead to problems in the parent-child relationship later.

1. Failing to follow through with Discipline

Who hasn’t let this slip a time or two on their parenting journey?! It can be really difficult to always follow through with all of the rules and consequences we lay out, but as Mom But Not A Mom states, without following through, we start to give up the authority we have over our kids. It tells them that we don’t actually have the power to do what we say we will!

Discipline isn’t fun, there is no way around it. But it does guide our kids into becoming successful adults with a positive compass to follow. So can you maintain consistency?

  • Keep yourself and your spouse accountable. You both need to be on the same page and follow through with why you say you will and administer the necessary consequences when necessary!
  • Ease up on the Rules, which is definitely easier said than done! Pretty soon, if you try to make a rule for every single thing, you’re going to forget what you said and everyone will forget the consequences for breaking a rule, as well! So make sure you don’t sweat the small stuff and keep rules for the big items that you don’t want to waver on!
  • Don’t make empty threats with your kids and don’t follow through! If you say you’re going to throw away something your child wants because they aren’t listening, but than don’t do it, your kids are going to know that you don’t mean what you say. And before you know it, you’ve lost your authority!

2. Never Letting Them Cry

While this may seem a little controversial, Mom But Not A Mom has a great point! Never letting them cry isn’t fair! They aren’t able to deal with their emotions in a healthy way and they don’t learn how to handle issues that lead to them crying. But how does it undermine parental authority?

Because if your child is never crying about things going on around them, it more than likely means they have you wrapped around your finger! You’re catering to their every need and soon they will see you as a servant, not an authority figure! Don’t let them test boundaries to the point where you are always making sure they are happy and content, with no reason to cry. They don’t always get the toy they want or the ice cream they ask for!

3. Conforming to Slow Obedience

As the old saying goes, “slow obedience is disobedience”. Every child is going to rebel at times and test your limits, but you are the one making the rules, not your child. Don’t let them tell you that they will do what you ask of them AFTER they are done doing something else that they are doing. Like playing the game, watching the TV, reading their favorite magazine, etc.

Don’t let them get distracted! Instead, ask them to take a break in what they are doing and they will be able to finish it after chores are done, homework is finished, or whatever they are being asked to do.

4. Tolerate Laziness In Your Children

Do you seem to find that you are assigning a chore to your children and suddenly, you’re busy picking up after them because they did everything BUT their chores? Mom But Not A Mom sure does!

Enforcing responsibility is such an important thing to do in order to teach your children responsibility! When you don’t enforce the rules, you are compromising your own authority! All your children see is that you asked them to do something, they didn’t, and you ended up doing it for them.

And suddenly your kids are in charge! It’s not easy, but put in that extra effort to follow-through and before long, your kids will be given more responsibility, and earn respect, as they get older!

5. Ignoring Disrespect

One thing that Mom But Not A Mom doesn’t tolerate is disrespect! This includes things like backtalk, bossiness, rudeness, hitting, kicking, spitting, willful disobedience, name calling and the silent treatment.

All you’re doing when you allow this type of behavior is giving them permission to take all of the authority away from you, as a parent and disrespect any form of authority in their life.

That being said, children learn by example! Teach them how respect you, as well as others, by making yourself a parent who is worthy of respect!

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How do you make sure that you aren’t compromising your authority in your home? Are their other ways that you see the children taking things over in your home? How do you plan on getting it back?

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Great Ways to Banish Mom Burnout

Many moms go through the “right of passage” called “mom burnout”. It starts right away after you have a baby! Delivery can be physically exhausting. Than you don’t get a lot of sleep. Before you know it, it snowballs and evolves as you have more children and they get older and enter the phase of countless activities! So what are some Great Ways to Banish Mom Burnout?

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My Joy Filled Life has some amazing tips to conquer the Mommy Burnout. Even if you feel better physically, we know that moms experience emotional, mental and spiritual exhaustion, as well! These tips will help you move in the right direction and be the best mom you can be!

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a working mother, we all experience a level of exhaustion that motherhood brings. We get caught up with our children’s commitments, as well as commitments of our own! Before you know it,  you are taking your frustrations out on your family, regardless of how much you love them. How can you make it through the day more constructively?

My Joy Filled Life talks about how not every mom experiences burnout in the same way, which is such an important thing to remember! Whatever your experience, it may be time to reevaluate how to get through your days!

So what is your attitude towards motherhood? No matter what stage of parenthood you are at, it only takes some practical tools to help refocus your time and energy into positive ways!

  1. Love Who You Are

As a mother, it’s almost a given that you compare yourself to other moms and feel like you have fallen short. Why do we do this to ourselves? My Joy Filled Life talks about how women are created as social, relational beings, which helps to keep us grounded. But while this helps in some ways, it can start bringing up the wrong questions of how you compare to other moms!

Some may also consider themselves perfectionists, and feel failure when they fall short of what they thought they needed to do. This can lead us to stop trying before we potentially fail again!

But these are all lies! When you step back and see that you need to focus on the goals of you and your own family and stop comparing your family to others, you begin embracing who you really are. That can be so freeing and it feels amazing! My Joy Filled Life talks about how great it is to let that negativity go. Stop filling up your life with unnecessary stress, just to try to prove your worth!

2. Embrace the Passions and Talents You Have

My Joy Filled Life talks about the importance of writing a “Life Statement”. Identify the things that you’re good at and what you’re passionate about. This can be so valuable because you see in writing what you should be spending your time and energy on! What is in your life that is sucking up your time, but not valuable to you?

By doing this, you’ll start spending more time on the things you love, which in turn, will help you avoid the burnout that comes with doing things that deplete you. And don’t forget… just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can’t focus on the gifts that you have been given in life that give you energy!

3. Let Go and Say No

We all know that there are times when things come at you over and over again and before you know it, you’re drowning in the details and juggling all of the things that you said “yes” to! There comes a time when you have to learn to say no without the guilt!

It can be hard to feel like you are disappointing anyone by saying no. But if it doesn’t fit well into your current lifestyle or objectives on how to be spending your time (or if it’s something you’re just not passionate about!), you don’t have to do it!

The great thing about that means that someone else, who may be passionate about the things that you are saying no to, may be a great fit and will have the chance to step up and offer their talents!

What are some things that you would change to make sure that you have more breathing room in your life? What have you implemented to make sure you don’t suffer from burnout? Comment below and let us know!

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5 Tips for Raising Creative Kids

5 Tips for Raising Creative Kids

All children should be given opportunities to develop their creative thinking in order to be as successful as possible later in life. We were lucky to come across these great suggestions by HandMade Kids Art, which discussed great ways to make sure parents do everything they can to instill creative thinking in their children!

Who says teaching your kids to be creative has to be expensive or full of special supplies? You don’t necessarily need all of the fancy materials in order to help your child.

These 5 tips will help you move in the right direction when it comes to teaching your children about creative outlets that they can pursue!

  1. Ask open-ended questions, which will help to develop your child’s critical thinking skills.

Handmade Kids Art had great questions that you can ask your child, specifically about their art work! Open-ended questions will help your child feel supported and appreciated, more than just giving them a complement. An added bonus? It’s always fun to hear their answers to see what they’re thinking! So what are these magic questions you can ask?

  • What can you tell me about your picture?
  • What materials did you use?
  • Where did you get the idea?
  • What is your favorite part of the project?
  • What is the name of your picture?
  • If you were going to do it again, what would you change, if anything?
  • Why did you use the specific colors you used?
  • What if you would have used other colors?
  • How did you decide on the colors/shapes/lines?
  • If you would have had more time, what would you have added?

By encouraging your child to elaborate on specific areas of their picture, it helps them to tell a story and develop critical thinking. What a great way to show interest and support them!

2. Create high engagement with your family’s toys by setting up a toy rotation schedule.

Do your kids tend to get bored with their toys and does clean up take forever? Handmade Kids Art talked about how toy rotation was a saving grace in the home.

One night after the kids were in bed, it was time to reorganize! All of the sudden, the next day, creativity reached a fevered pitch again with the kids because they suddenly had “new” toys again that they had completely forgotten about. What a great way to keep things fresh!

This is also a great time to do a little sweep through the pile of toy upon toy upon toy to get rid of the ones that are outdated, broken, or that you may just want gone! So what is the best way to do this?

  • Dump all the toys on the floor! Once you see what you have, you’ll know what you’re working with and what can be purchased or saved.
  • Group toys into similar piles, like cars, blocks, dolls, etc.
  • Start purging! It’s so freeing to go through all of those piles and remove the ones that just aren’t working out anymore! Don’t forget to think about what your children love or what they have grown out of.
  • Now you have your finalized piles of various toys! How many storage boxes does it look like you need? Find boxes for the amount of piles that you have.
  • Fill the boxes! Now to be clear, you won’t be filling each box with each separate toy. You’ll be picking one of each from the various piles and filling each box. Make sure you have a good variety of toys for each box for everyone!
  • You may also want to make sure there are a few favorite toys for your kids in each box. This will evenly distribute all of those favorites and make sure everything gets played with often.
  • Label the boxes! You may want to add a little description about what is in each box so you’ll remember when it’s time to rotate.

Just like that, once a month, once a quarter, or how ever often you see fit, you’ll be able to change up the toys that your kids are playing with so their creative juices stay fresh. We just love this idea from Handmade Kids Art!

3. Utilize Simple Ways to Add Creativity to your Child’s Life

Because creative thinking skills help to develop intrinsic motivation, as well as encourages your child to continue learning their entire life, it’s important to find opportunities for your kids to experiment with new ideas and experiences! Nothing is better than teaching them to ask questions and investigate things around them to help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills!

  • Ask open-ended questions that require ore than a yes or no answer. Things like “How else could we do this…?”, “What would happen if…”, “What should we do next?” are great ways to start.
  • Offer choices. By allowing them to work on making their own decisions you help your child learn how to be independent. Just make sure you’re OK with the choices you’re offering them!
  • Incorporate creativity into everyday experiences. For example, let them draw pictures when you’re out to dinner with the family!
  • Allow dramatic play to use their imagination. Kids love to act like their favorite animal or dress-up and pretend they are creating their own story!
  • Let your child become an inventor! Use a regular household item and ask your child what else it could be used as. By challenging them, they are creating new and fun ways that they could use the object.
  • Make sure you allow for mistakes. They can be used as opportunities to learn, so make sure that you let your child view them as that, instead of something that didn’t work and was unsuccessful.
  • Play music and dance! Get your kids into creating a rhythm and making up a dance and have fun!
  • Read poetry. By changing up your reading habits and mixing in poetry once in awhile, it introduces them to different styles of literature and new thoughts that come with it.
  • Draw! It’s a great way for your child to communicate their feelings, even before they are able to fully read and write! Better yet? Ask them to tell the story that goes along with their drawing!

4. Paint With Your Young Artist!

Handmade Kids Art knows that it can be a little cringe-worthy when you think about letting your child paint. The mess! The clean-up! Ahhhh! By using a few great tips, though, there is no need to be afraid anymore!

  • Make sure the kids have adult supervision! If you give your little artist your full attention while they are painting, they will be more likely to keep things a little more clean and will use the tools right that they have at their disposal!
  • Pour the paint yourself! Set up a specific area for the painting and have everything ready before they even sit down. This way, they have less of a chance to make a mess by “helping” when you are setting everything up!
  • Limit the number of color choices. While your child may not love this, it helps to keep them from feeling overwhelmed. It will also give them more success and will actually be able to decipher what they are trying to paint instead of that lovely brownish color that happens when they just end up mixing everything together!
  • 1 brush per color! This helps to keep the colors separated out for their masterpiece and helps them learn more about color matching since they have to put the brush back!
  • Keep a wet paper towel or rag handy. There will more than likely be some kind of mess, so you might as well be prepared!
  • Tape down the paper so it doesn’t slip and slide as your little artist is creating their masterpiece! It’s so much easier!
  • Use paper plates as a paint/mixing palette. It gives your kids plenty of space to mix colors and also provides super easy clean-up!
  • You may want to consider using some type of drop cloth underneath the table you’ll be painting on. An old shower curtain, old tablecloth or old sheet (even newspaper) is a great way to catch those messes!

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5. Keep Paper Clutter Under Control and Document/Store Your Child’s Artwork Easily

Do you feel like you are overwhelmed with paper clutter, but don’t want to throw away one little thing your child has created? What is a parent to do? Handmade Kids Art has some great recommendations about how to control the clutter!

One of the big things you can do to get rid of that clutter is to start using your phone camera to document all of your little one’s school papers and artwork! Who knew?! Your camera phone will automatically date it and than you can sync it to your computer.

What next? You can eventually make a photo book of the saved artwork through many of the different online tools out there today and voila! You have everything you need, without the mess of papers!

That being said, what parent doesn’t like to keep those exceptional pieces of work?! Those you can store in a file box which you can categorize by school year. Bam! Your paper clutter is gone!

We just love these great tips on how to raise creative kids. What a great gift to give your parent and all of them will also help to keep your home and space more organized and clean, as well! Enjoy!

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15 Ways Parenting Toddlers Always Surprises Us

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Anyone who has parented toddlers knows how incredibly sweet and innocent they can be.   But they can bring about a wide range of emotions you didn’t even know were coming, too! These 15 Ways Parenting Toddlers Always Surprises Us will give you the heads’ up on the moments you need to know. We’re here to tell you!

  1. Don’t worry about dressing them.

Toddlers seem to have the innate ability to know just how to create the most laundry possible in a 24 hour period. It seems like they have to change their outfits at least 2-4 times a day! Not only that, but they will be sure to dress in their summer finest in the middle of winter, or insist on pajamas just as you’re getting ready to head out to the store. It’s uncanny!

2. Prepare to take your child to the potty at the worst possible times and places!

There is no doubt… once potty training is over, life changes for the better when it comes to parenthood! But when you’re in the middle of it, it will seem like the Worst. Thing. Ever. Forget trying to go out to get errands accomplished without having to take at least one trip to the bathroom with your toddler. And it ALWAYS happens at the worst possible time!

3. Impatience. It’s their #1 characteristic right now!

Patience isn’t exactly the best quality of a toddler. It takes time and, well… patience as a parent to work through this challenge! They just don’t have any clue what it means to wait their turn or why you can’t be at their beck and call every second of every day! They want everything NOW!

4. Don’t feel bad if they are better at working your smartphone than you are!

5. Because of the above point, it will only be a matter of time before they call or text the worst person ever at the worst possible time! Have fun explaining that!

6. They tend to be the most independent creatures in the world.

They will want to do EVERYTHING on their own! While it can be super cute and endearing, it can also be a bit too much at times! Like when they HAVE to pour the milk themselves and half of it ends up on the floor….

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7. Their moods change on the drop of a dime!

They’ll be giggling and excited one minute, crying and having a tantrum the next. Don’t worry… this is all perfectly normal behavior for a toddler! Their personalities are still just trying to work out who they are and it’s all part of the roller coaster of being a toddler! Buckle up.

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8. They won’t eat what you make them, but will pick up anything on the ground and put it in their mouths.

When your child was a baby, you had no issues getting them to try a variety of new foods. And they loved it! But now? They won’t try that thing on their plate they used to eat with no problem for anything in the world! What gives? However, when you’re out at the park, they have no problem picking up the piece of chewed gum on the bottom of a park bench.

9. They have no filter when it comes to telling you things.

On the one hand, at least they aren’t afraid to tell you if you have a booger in your nose or don’t like the way you did your hair that day! You’ll have an unfiltered opinion of whatever is going on around you at all times! And at least they aren’t lying… yet!

10. Give them more credit

Those little toddlers of ours are smarter than they would lead us to believe! They seem to pick up on things right away that you never would have thought they’d understand. Like, how your little tricks to get them to do things are just that… tricks. And how they suddenly know where that missing thing in the house is that you’ve been looking for days for!

11. If they are being way too quiet, it generally means you’re going to walk in on a huge mess.

12. The weirdest things on YouTube will make them giggle like the innocent children they are!

Like a woman opening present after present. Or a large hand opening an egg with a prize inside. The more boring the video to you, the funnier they will think it is!

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13. They are like a cute, little walking tornado!

Seriously… don’t even attempt to clean the house until they are asleep. Because whatever you do is going to destroyed about 30 seconds after you clean it up! But it’s OK! Play is a good thing and it will instill a love of creativity that will serve them well in the future!

14. Don’t take toddlers shopping unless you want to fight with them over not buying everything they want.

Toddlers can be just a tad difficult when you are out shopping! They will want every single little thing they can get those cute little hands on, and will cause the biggest commotion when you don’t comply! Tantrums in stores are something that you better get used to if your toddler goes shopping with you! However, when you cave (because you will cave at least once) they will suddenly have zero interest in the item as soon as you get it home. Always.

15. Toddlers don’t have any sense of time or urgency.

Toddlers don’t know that you have to get to a certain place by a certain time. When you are in a rush and need to get out the door at a specific point, that will inevitably be the time they need to go potty, grab a snack or suddenly forgot how to use their legs. Now is the time when you learn that starting to leave the house 15 minutes before you actually have to is going to be your new normal!

This all being said, toddlers really are the sweetest. It is so endearing to watch their little minds soak up everything around them and to watch them learn new things everyday! The good far outweighs the bad, so enjoy the wild ride called parenting!

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