The Truth About Kids Getting Paid for Doing Chores

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions on should kids get paid to do chores and otherwise are my own. The other day we went to the grocery store and my 6-year-old daughter Alison brought her purse with her. As I'm loading up the vehicle to go home, she pulled out a $1 bill and offered it to me, to help pay for the groceries. While the offer was extremely sweet and kind, I didn't take my daughter's money. As the parent, I don't think it's my child's obligation or responsibility to help me pay for food for her and the rest of our family. That's my and my husband's job to provide. This same daughter has also been known to ...

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Avoid Dinner Time Battles with Toddlers Using These 2 Critical Steps

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If your child refuses to eat, it may be time to take the following advice from my guest poster and blog friend Dr. Orlena Kerek when it comes to dinner time battles and struggles. I would love to tell you that my children had perfect table manners, ate everything they were given and cleared away the dishes without even being asked. I have four kids aged 8, 6 and twins of 4. (One of them is the toddler who won’t eat anything other than bread, bread, and bread.) As much as I’d like to tell you how perfect they are, I suspect you wouldn’t believe me. But there is one area of conflict that is missing from our family meal table ...

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The True Cost of Cloth Diapers and How Much You’ll Save

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Cloth Diapers Cost:  Can You Really Save 50% or more versus using disposable diapers? When I had my first child about six years ago, I had no idea what I needed to purchase for my newborn.  Some things were obvious, such as a crib, bottles, and of course – diapers.   Being the frugal savvy woman I am, I had no idea there was an alternative to the disposable diapers we find in every store and see on television commercials. I was first introduced to cloth diapers by my neighbor.  She's a huge eco-friendly person and was like me – she wanted to save money.  Being naive,  I thought cloth diapers would be a pain in the butt, a ...

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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season & Prevent Viruses from Ravaging Your Family

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Sure, Fall comes with its beautiful colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, fun holidays, and cooler sweater weather, but it also welcomes us to the less-than desirable cold and flu season. Even as a homeschool family, we are not immune to the spread of germs, viruses, and diseases this time of year. And it is the pits. We are currently on week two of croup in our home with the most recent victim my 14 month old daughter, who I was praying would be spared as it went from one person in our family to the next. My son had croup as a baby, at like 16 months of age, and had to be hospitalized overnight. It was not fun and I did not ...

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How to Get Even Stubborn Children to Smile Authentically for Pictures

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This post is brought to you in partnerships with Orajel. All opinions are my own. There is nothing that makes me enjoy motherhood more than my child giving me a big, fat, cheesy, whole-face smile. The one where their eyes turn almond shaped and sparkle with pure joy. The smile where you just want to pinch their adorable baby cheeks. Accompany it with their real laugh, and my heart has just melted into a puddle on the floor. How did I create such a beautiful, happy, child with a smile for days? A smile that is freely shared with me dozens of times each day? Some days, my child's smile is all I need to turn my grumpy, sad ...

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5 Tips for Getting Your Children Stoked to Go to Church

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Great Christian parenting tip for keeping children going to church week after week! You really need to explain the why.

It doesn't matter how awesome your church is: someday your child won't want to go. Keeping children going to church week after week, year after year is a daunting task if your child hates it or would rather do something else on Sunday mornings. It takes work to teach kids about church and why it is important in their life and their salvation. Simply attending church every week with your children will not magically teach them to like it, value it, or to even one day want to go on their own. As parents, we need to help our children going to church by explaining the “why.”  The "Whys?" Children Having About Going to ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop a Tantrum Before It Starts

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One minute you're having a great day; things are going super-smoothly for you, your kids are behaving and it seems like it might just be a peaceful day after all. And then, out of the blue, your toddler throws a crying, screaming temper tantrum of epic proportions, and it seems like there's nothing you can do to calm him down except ride it out and hope for the best. I don't know about you, but my kids' favorite time to throw an atom-bomb-sized temper tantrum is when we're shopping. I've quickly learned how to expertly avoid the sugary cereal aisle in an attempt to ward off the begging and crying for their favorite colorful ...

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How to Keep the Semblance of a Bedtime Routine When Out Late

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Summertime bedtime routines get out of whack when you're keeping the kids up late! Great tips for managing bed time with different ages of kids - babies, toddlers, and gradeschoolers.

This post on summer bedtime routines is sponsored by Orajel but the opinions are 100% my own. Summer is the best season ever. Well, if you asked me my opinion. Even in hot Texas I love being outside, swimming, playing, tubing, eating Popsicles, going for walks, and letting my kids catch fireflies after dark. Add in the fireworks on the 4th of July, movies in the park after dark, travel, vacations, family reunions, and extra time spent with friends, and summer is the bomb!Unfortunately, these explosively fun and awesome activities often turn our little children into ticking time bombs as their sleep schedules are thrown off and ...

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12 Essentials for an Epic Trip to the River with Kids

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Thank you Tampico Beverages for sponsoring this discussion. All opinions are my own. One of the greatest things about moving to Texas is the river running through our town. It's a spring-fed, crystal clear, 72 degree, river that is perfect for swimming, tubing, wading, or kayaking. Oh, and it's free to play in. However, taking multiple kids to the river, can be tricky, scary, and stressful. There are spots where the river flows fast and gets deep quickly. Due to spring rains this year, it's higher than normal too. There are no lifeguards either. But I am not one to avoid something just because it appears "hard." And what ...

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8 Reasons Public Restrooms are a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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Public restrooms are terrible when you are a parent. The stuff of nightmares. Chances are that before having kids you never thought very hard about the restroom you frequented when out in public. Your worst fear often was that a stall wouldn't have toilet paper, or someone hadn't flushed the toilet, or that you had to stand in line. But, once you have a child, you realize how terribly designed and poorly thought out a vast majority of restrooms are for small children and babies. In fact, many are downright cruel. One of the less-talked about parts of potty training is the fact that you have to teach your child how to use a ...

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What to Do When Your Kids Chew on Everything

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My twins chewed on everything! Even furniture! Guess I'll have to try this parenting tip to stop it.

When my twins were babies and toddlers they chewed on everything. Even after they were done with the baby teething stage, we would find teeth marks on things you wouldn't normally think a human would chew and bite. But, sure enough we'd find teeth marks on all sorts of objects around our home! Some were especially frustrating to find because they were on brand new furniture!  Like most babies our twins chewed on: Crib railings Board Books Regular Books Toothbrushes Paper Bibs Pens Pencils each other (here's how to stop twins from hitting and biting) shirts (which is why it's important to know how to ...

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