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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...

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7 Easy Steps to Handling Temper Tantrums

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Parenting Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Unless your toddler is a freak of nature, they will throw tantrums. Lots of tantrums. Depending on how you handle a tantruming toddler will have an effect on the noise level, duration, and frequency of future tantrums. So close Facebook, put the coffee down and lets figure out how to handle a temper tantrums like a champ. How to handle temper tantrums like a champ Remove the child from situation. She’ll be kicking and screaming so protective gear is recommended but optional. Protect your vital assets, you know, eyes, throat, manhood. Give your child a chance to rethink their tantrum. Warn her that her excessive behavior will not be tolerated. Give her the choice to stop now, or face the pit…err appropriate disciplinary measure. Now your child is at a crossroad. She can take the sunny path back to...

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6 Crucial Tips For Getting Rid of the Pacifier… Forever!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in Parenting Tips | 0 comments

Ah, the pacifier (or as I tend to call it, the scream plug). I owe my sanity to this little hunk of plastic. But with toddlers and parents so dependent on it, how do you get rid of the pacifier without a fuss? Notice how I mentioned parents? We are pacifier junkies just like our toddlers. From this point forward there will never be an anti whining mechanism so effective until maybe their first cell phone… So how do we wean our toddlers off of using a pacifier? The even bigger question is how do you do it while keeping your sanity? Start making rules as to when and where your toddler can have their pacifier. Most smokers won’t quite cold turkey, so why treat your pacifier junkie any different? What we’ve started with Little A is that there...

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Parenting Tips | 1 comment

Sound familiar? I’m pretty sure it was my dad’s favorite saying. I remember the feeling of injustice that only a kid can experience! What do you mean it’s bedtime?! You get to stay up as late as you want! Now as a father raising two daughters, I can see where my dad was coming from. Sometimes there is just no reasoning with kids. But how do you handle the situations where ‘do as I say, not as I do’ doesn’t work? How do I teach my kids the importance of reading when I haven’t read a book since I was in school? How do I raise my kids to be smart, and study hard in school when I was the kid more interested in video games and goofing off? Lead by example. Kids are extremely impressionable. Even at a...

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9 Tips for Dining Out With Your Kids

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Parenting Tips | 1 comment

If you’re reading this, you probably fit into 1 of 2 categories: You’re a parent who avoids any attempt to eat out with your kids. Or You’re a parent who has attempted to eat out with your kids and failed miserably. Or if you’re like me, you fit into both simultaneously. Dining out with your kids doesn’t have to be a battle. No really, it can actually be a pleasant experience if you plan ahead. When dining out with your kids, especially young kids, you need a plan. A plan that will turn your potato throwing, cup spilling little monster into a well behaved (or at least a slightly better behaved) dinner guest. To help you achieve dining bliss, here are 9 tips for dining out with your kids. Pick an appropriate restaurant. You’re only shooting yourself in the...

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Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Children

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Parenting Tips | 28 comments

I have a deep voice that gets loud while in hulk smash mode. A couple weeks ago CleverMom was trying to grab hold of Little Miss so she could put on her pajamas. Little Miss refused to listen and ran around like a lunatic. Finally I snapped. I stood up, put on my mean face and yelled. “Knock it off, RIGHT NOW!” Little Miss jumped out of her skin and crumbled to the floor as if my words smacked her in the face. She cried “Daddy scared me.” and my heart was instantly shattered. How could I do that to my little girl? Did I really accomplish anything besides scaring the shit out her? Yelling teaches kids to yell back How many times have you yelled at your kids to stop yelling? I’m guilty of this. Seems silly when...

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