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8 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Take a Break & Have Some Quiet Time

“Are your kids bouncing off the walls? Here’s how to encourage them to take a break and have some much needed quiet time.”

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What Should Children Be Allowed to Read?

Photo: Annie Spratt via Unsplash
When I was a child, there was no way my parents could censor my reading. I simply read too fast and too much for them to keep up.
Once, though, I got hold of a…

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Tickle Your Funny Bone: 20 Jokes for Bay Area Kids

Get ready for some roll-on-the-floor belly laughs!

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20 Hilarious Things Our Kids Have Said because We All Need a Laugh

Take a break from the news and grab a giggle or two.

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Parenting, aka- The Perfect Puzzle

Recently I was talking to my friend who was struggling with her sons new habit. Screaming at the top of his lungs. What do I do, she asked me? So I suggested squirting him with a water bottle every time…

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4 Tips for Setting Family Goals

“Make the most of the New Year by making resolutions as a family. Involve your kids in the process—it could be so successful this could become your next family tradition!”

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6 Ways to Build Unbreakable Sibling Bonds

Building strong sibling relationships among your children not only brings peace of mind to parents, but it also yields adults who understand how to compromise and work as a team with almost anyone. Here are six ways you can positively facilitate that process.

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I’ve Never Put My Child in a Time Out. Here’s How We Get By without Punishments

My daughter is now four-and-a-half and I’ve never punished her. 

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11 Positive Parenting Tactics to Try First—Before You Lose Your Cool

Positive parenting helps to create children who have a healthy self-esteem, are less aggressive and who tend to have better family bonds.

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This 6-Year Old Went on a Totally Sneaky $350 Amazon Shopping Spree

When your 6-year-old figures out 1-Click Ordering, you’re gonna have a bad time.

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This Dad Found Out His Son Was a Bully & His Son’s Punishment Has Gone Viral

When this dad found out his son was bullying others, he wanted to ensure his son would never repeat the behavior again.

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The 15 Funniest Moms on Twitter to Follow in 2018

These 15 moms are absolutely killing it on Twitter in 2018.

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How Mom And Dad’s Different Personalities Made Me the Man I am Today

I’m a person that was blessed enough to have a great relationship with both my mom and my dad. The amount of love, lessons and wisdom they poured into my life inform my parenthood strategies and outlook to this day.…

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This Is How You Know When It’s Time for a Time Out

Disciplining kids: parents, babysitters and teachers don’t want to do it, but we must. We don’t expect perfect little adults, but we want to grow happy little people who can cope with the world around them. Believe it or not,…

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Help Your Children Achieve Their Dreams

Parents play the most important role in their children’s life. They need to support and motivate them at all times. This universe is vast, complicated and full of different obstacles. And do you know what we all need in order…

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How We’re Using Middle Ground to Manage Our Tweens and Their Screens

With a large blended family, we have four boys in the tween years–and screen time rules. I find myself amazed and disconcerted by the hold that pixels have on the children’s attention. Some parents I’ve talked to set very few…

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Our Favorite New Parenting Books to Read Right Now

Whether you need a new parenting tactic or just a really good laugh, we’ve gathered the best reads to get the job done.

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10 Easy Ways My Camp Counselors Use Connection before Correction

Photo: Gold Arrow Camp
Today concludes 10 intense days of training with our counselors at Gold Arrow Camp to prepare them to work with campers this summer. We’ve prepared through discussion, reading, brainstorming, and role-playing; we’ve watched videos, reviewed procedures,…

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The Most Important Skills Your Teens Need to Live Richer Lives

We are hearing a lot about empathy these days. Empathy is the ability to recognize and understand the feelings of someone else. While sympathy may make us feel badly for those who are suffering in some way, it’s empathy that…

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3 Common Parenting Mistakes and What To Do Instead

Photo: Chance Agrella
There are several mistakes I see parents making over and over when they respond to their child’s big emotions and challenging behaviors. Some of these I have intimate experiences with…meaning yeah – I’ve totally made these mistakes…

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No More Good Doggie: How Rewards and Praise Hurt Students

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One afternoon, my son came home from school and unpacked three certificates of academic achievement printed out on cheerful purple and orange cardstock. He seemed mildly pleased with his awards, but something was bothering him: Every…

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How to Keep Your Sanity While Arguing With Your Teen

Photo: Tyler Jacobson
Raising teenagers is the hardest stage of parenting. All you want for your teen is to be happy, safe, and smart. The only problem is that you and your child have vast differences of opinion when it…

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Parenting Advice for Step-Parents: Handling the Gray Areas without “The Manual”

Whether the kids are his, hers or ours, when two parents make a household, communication is the key! My mother used to tell me she never received a manual from the hospital, and step-parenting is no different. My husband was…

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The Sugar Cereal Shakedown

Grocery shopping must be one of the least enjoyable activities people are required to do. Based on people’s expressions, you would think that they were waiting in line at the DMV instead of buying apples and milk. A majority of…

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5 Tips for Getting Your Kids to Read (and Love!) Books

Summertime is here, TGIS!  Time to enjoy longer days, looser schedules and hopefully your kids engaged in great books.  Reading in the summer maintains skills developed in the previous school year and prepares your child for the upcoming fall.  But…

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I Lost My Heart When I Became a Mom

Everyone always talks about how life changes when you become a parent. Heck, I’ve written several articles about it (click here to see my favorite one). But I have yet to talk about my heart problem. I’ve scoured the Internet…

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W Is for Washington: 8 Awesome Things About the First U.S. President

He may not have chopped down a cherry tree but he did a lot of other cool things.

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