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Have you ever been in a grocery store with young children, and for whatever reason, they have a total meltdown? Or do you have older kids who lose their minds when you tell them to turn off the game console? If not, congratulations, you won the offspring lottery and should write a book! But we’ve likely all experienced tricky situations in which we needed to help our children calm down. Kids are full of energy, and more than ever, we need to help teach them how to direct that energy in appropriate ways.  We live in a fast-paced, highly digitalized technological world. Between cell phones, smart devices, and social media, we are constantly communicating and trying to keep up with all the technological changes. As a result, we often find ourselves and our children in stressful situations. Stress can cause a variety of emotional responses. As we get older, we…

Are you looking to decorate your little girl’s bedroom at a low cost? Do you need some great inspiration for toddler girl bedroom ideas? Well, look no further. Whether you have a lot of space to work with or need some functional ideas for small rooms, we’ve listed some of the best ways to decorate your little girl’s room while spending little money.  A toddler’s room is a special personal space where not only the essential things like sleep happen but also where the fun happens. A kid’s room is a great place to create a colorful and imaginative play area without spending a lot of money. Kids’ rooms are also a perfect place for learning and exploring. In this article, we walk through all of the ways you can make your child’s bedroom a magical, functional, flexible space that will grow with them from their toddler years to their…

Knock Knock… Who’s there? A Mom… A Mom who? A Mom looking to make her kids laugh and have a little fun each day.  That was not the best punch line, but who doesn’t love some good knock-knock jokes? There are so many studies out there that describe how humor is an excellent benefit to children’s development. Humor helps with self-esteem and creativity and is also a great way to help reduce stress. What better way than to add a little humor to your children’s lunchtime and at a time when they may need it most? How about putting a little joke or special note in their lunch while they are at school? Below are some great ideas for adding funny jokes to your children’s lunchbox.  Many websites offer free printable lunch box jokes, or you can create your own with white cardstock. Finding free lunch box jokes is the…

Kids Bathroom Ideas Bathrooms, restrooms, lavatories, the loo. No matter where you are from or how old you are, we are all very familiar with THE bathroom. How much time do you spend in the bathroom? And how much time do you spend in your kids’ bathroom helping them with all the routines like tooth brushing, bathing, and potty training? As your children grow, you want to help them become more independent, especially regarding bathroom routines. Do your kids get easily distracted in the mornings while getting ready for school? Do they fight over the sink or towels or toilet time? What better way to help them become more independent and focused than to create a fun, kid-friendly bathroom? And you can achieve this without having to go through an expensive bathroom renovation. Whether you have small children or older children in their teen years, we have some great ideas…

Being a single mother is the hardest work, a journey that requires tremendous hard work, courage, resiliency, and steadfast resolve. It’s a route where fatigue and exhaustion frequently become close friends, often exacerbated by the ongoing demands of parenting, work, and the persistent challenge of sleep deprivation. From providing for the family to fostering emotional well-being, dedication is the only thing that keeps a single good mother moving forward. Almost every day is rife with difficulties and duties. Finding moments of inspiration and motivation can be a source of crucial assistance while performing these hard responsibilities. The journey is marked by a unique and special place in the hearts of those who navigate it. This compilation of “Inspirational Quotes for Tired, Exhausted Single Moms” pays homage to the extraordinary women who handle the challenges of life during their bad days with dignity, bravery, and compassion. These sayings provide single mothers with a well-earned moment of contemplation by reassuring…

Are you planning a fun road trip with your family but feeling a little nervous about the long car ride with little children? Are you looking to minimize tablet screen time? Well, don’t worry! After having done several long trips with my young children (both alone and with my husband), I have some great options that will help keep your little ones occupied.  TLDR: You’re a mom and very busy, so if you do not have time to read this article, go and order the LCD sketch screens and a bunch of water coloring books from Amazon right now. If you need to add another item to get the same-day delivery, throw a busy board in your cart.  Different activities such as sensory toys, reusable stickers, and dry-erase boards are the best travel toys. I also love magnetic puzzles, busy books, and any small, manageable, mess-free activity. Sometimes, even a roll of blue painter’s tape and…

Child development, which we refer to as the biological, psychological, and emotional changes that occur in the life span of every person from birth to the end of adolescence. Its main aspects include physical growth, social and emotional advancements, cognitive development, language acquisition,  and identity and personality establishment. Child development is a fundamental, dynamic, and complex process influenced by genetics, environment, and cultural factors. As a parent of two young children, I aim to be the best mom that I can be. I am a parent molded from each great book I read about parenting. Raising kids can be a hard time but there are an infinite number of reasons to make it fulfilling. For every parent who undergoes day-to-day struggles in parenting, here are the best books to be a better parent. No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind A…

According to Miss Universe contestant, Miss Sushmita Sen, when she was asked, “What for you is the essence of being a woman?” She then replied, “Being a woman is like a gift given by God that each must appreciate. A mother is from whom a child originated, who is a woman. She then shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving aspects are all about. And that is the essence of being a woman.” A developing baby in the womb is an absolute opportunity and the greatest gift for a new mother! My first pregnancy made me realize that children are our most precious treasures that no one could ever steal. In my early motherhood, postpartum depression became my worst enemy. To combat this, I helped myself out by making my mental health stable. I made myself busy, I tried plenty of things like working out, writing content, cooking, trying…

As a parent to younger children, do you ever find yourself needing a little bit of quiet time to finish a project or meet a deadline for work but it’s a Saturday morning at home? Maybe you have a 5-year-old that you would like to find some fun independent activities for them to enjoy during solitary play times. We have created a list of our favorite independent activities that help with a child’s development and in becoming independent learners.  During school days, young children are spending time learning and socializing in the classroom. However, during the evenings and weekends, it is hard to watch a young age child strobe out of the house participating in sports or other activities with friends while parents are sometimes consumed with adult responsibilities, even if it’s just taking a break for their mental health. Therefore, raising self-sufficient kids is a benefit to both young…

The Christmas season is now truly approaching. We faintly hear the caroling of the younger kids down the street, drop the candy canes inside the socks that are placed near the chimney, and see the colorful Christmas tree that is the actual representation of the holiday spirit. Nowadays, Christmas decorations can be made in a fun way as DIY projects. Projects where you can grab a pair of scissors, and a sheet of construction paper to create your own Christmas decor linked by the hot glue with the help of the little hands. To be honest, my children are more interested in edible crafts which is a better way to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. The quality time from this is one of the most rewarding ideas ever. Easy edible Christmas crafts are a great way to celebrate the holiday season. With the perfect yummy supplies, the most wonderful time of…