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6 Ways to Minimize Kid Clutter

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Parenting Tips | 0 comments

It seems like just yesterday you were bringing your little ones home from the hospital, and now, the in-house toy inventory is so extensive that you can’t really remember whether your living room even had furniture. Whether you have one child or four, the clutter can quickly seem insurmountable. Stimulation is important for children to learn and develop, but so is accessibility and order. Minimize the kid clutter in your home with these handy tips. 1. Seasonal Rotations If you took a detailed inventory of the clutter in your home, you’d probably realize that a good percentage is made up of items you’re currently not using. During the summer you’ll want bikes, trikes, and wiffle bats readily accessible.  During the winter you’ll want shovels and sleds at the ready. When items are out of season store them out of the way in attics, basements, storage units or garages. Resist the temptation to just thr ow stuff in a box and put it away; if you won’t use it within a year the chances are you don’t need to keep it at all. Being thoughtful as you pack will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the long run. As you make this a regular practice in your home, your children should naturally...

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4 Great Mom & Dad Blog Posts – Weekly Link Roundup (May 24, 2012)

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Weekly Roundup | 0 comments

I follow almost 30 mom and dad blogs. Every day my RSS reader is stuffed full of awesome posts. Some of them are informative, and others thought provoking or just down right hilarious. So I’ve decided to start a weekly roundup posts that I’ve found helpful or entertaining. Every friday I will dig through Google Reader and highlight posts from other mom or dad bloggers. Lets take a look at what our friends on other great parenting blogs have been working on for the past week. Here are 4 links that caught my eye, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I did! 10 People Who Make Parenting Harder – As if being a parent isn’t hard enough, there is always someone out there looking to foil your plans! How to Commit the Perfect Toy Murder – Every parent has that one toy that they loathe. Make it ‘disappear’ with the perfect plan. Today I Thought Twice About Killing – A dad gets a new love for our creepy, crawling, little friends. Bra Shopping With Daddy – If you have a daughter, this will be you. How to handle the challenges of raising daughters like a pro. So what are you waiting for? Why are you still reading this? Go on, check them out! You won’t be disappointed!...

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Life as a Dad: 4 Jobs We All Share

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Dad Tips | 4 comments

Have you ever stopped to think about how many different roles we have as dads? Some are fun, and some are serious. But in the end, they are all important and being a dad means we are more than happy to do these jobs… even if they pay stinks. Architect Once Little A was old enough to play with lego, I became lead designer and builder of towers, bridges, and whatever else popped into her little mind. This is...

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Being a Dad Isn’t All Smiles

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Dad Tips | 2 comments

A couple weeks ago at work I received a call. It was Little A. This wasn’t out of the ordinary as my wife usually lets her call me once in a while. Usually the phone call consisted of Little A rambling on about what she had for breakfast or where the cat was sleeping. But not this time. I picked up the phone. “Hello?” There was no happy, go lucky two and a half year old voice on the...

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Awesomely Simple Tips on Preventing Temper Tantrums

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Behavior Tips | 3 comments

Its been 45 minutes of constant kicking and screaming. Your angry, frustrated, and about 5 minutes away from your own meltdown. You’ve handled your fair share of temper tantrums, but this time takes the cake. Why? Because you told your two and half year old that if she sticks her fork down her pants at the dinner table one more time, you are going to take it away. (I wish I was making this up…) Could this temper tantrum...

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Mother’s Day Advice Every Husband Should Know

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Married Life | 0 comments

I came across quite the blog post from Andra at The Domestic Project. Andra proves that Mother’s Day is more than just jewellery, flowers, and over priced cards. A quote from the post: the reason I’m struggling with this decision is because what I really want, what would truly fill my soul are things that are impossible to buy. And no, I’m not talking about “world peace”. I’m talking about real, pressing, important matters that any mother would kill...

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Sophie the Giraffe: Review

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

I decided to do a review on the worlds most famous teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe. Why? Well Sophie and I have a bit of a special bond. Yup. She was one of the first toys bought for Little A two and half years ago and has been around for my entire fatherhood career. We go way back! Being over 50 years old, this little french giraffe has been stuffed in more drooly mouths then I even want to...

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