February “Heart A Day” Valentine’s Idea | 28+ Compliments to Give Your Kid!

I remember Valentine’s Day when I was a kid.  My mom would place hearts with messages on them all over the house for everyone – on our bedroom doors, on the bathroom mirrors, on the cereal boxes so we’d find them when we made our breakfast, in backpacks, lunchboxes and briefcases. I decided to take …
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“Cheers to the Diaper Years” Book Review | Perfect for Every Mom – Great Baby Shower or Christmas Gift

If you are a mom, I need to tell you about this book. If you know a mom, I need to tell you about this book. If you need a GIFT for a mom, I need to tell you about this book. Being a mom is super-duper hard.  And those early years can feel overwhelming.  And …
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TeenSafe: 2016 List of Blacklisted Apps for Teens | See which apps should NOT be on their devices

With teens spending more and more time on their mobile phones, every parent should know about the new trends in mobile apps that pose serious dangers and many times go under the radar. Although many already have rules in place about Internet and mobile safety, TeenSafe, the first and most popular parental smartphone monitoring and management …
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Teaching Children to Memorize Scripture | Even a Toddler Can Start Learning

You have no idea how long this post has been in the making.  It’s been a really long time.   And when I planned it, I had no idea I would be starting a homeschool blog years down the road.  So this is part one of a two part post.   The second part of …
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Our New Morning Routine – Off the Map Devotions (+ $25 Family Christian GC Giveaway!)

This summer, we started something that was very important to me to start – morning devotions over breakfast.  This was met with a little resistance as Bug was used to morning cartoons over breakfast.  And, truthfully, it takes a little more effort from me because it means I have be up (awake, coherent, dressed and caffeinated) …
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Kids in the Kitchen – 4 Reasons Why it’s a GOOD Thing

  First off, can I say, that boy in that picture right there gets cuter every day.  Oh my goodness.  Okay, enough sidebar. Kids in the Kitchen: 4 Reasons why it’s a GOOD thing! My little Bug is a helper.  Always has been.  As a toddler, I heard all the time, “I help, Mama.  I help.” …
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Motivate Your Child Action Plan Book Review #HeartParenting

You don’t have to look far to see examples of bad parenting.  My Facebook feed is usually full of news stories of parents who have harmed or killed their children.  Teens and young adults who are products of bad parenting (or no parenting at all) that now commit atrocious crimes. And we tell ourselves that …
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My Son Wants This for Christmas… Would you buy it for yours?

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Let me start out by saying my little guy is as rough and tumble as little boys come.  Trucks, trains, dirt, we’re all about it.  Soccer, karate, and jumping off things like we’re Superman – check.  Pirates, Captain America, and Batman are the costumes of choice for a normal day around here. But there is …
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5 Things to Give Your 2-5 Year Old Child to Make them Better 6-10 Year Olds

  You know what I’ve observed in 12 years as an early childhood teacher and 6 years as a parent? Kids are smart.  Kids are inherently smart. They’re tiny super-absorbent dry sponges just begging to be filled with water. But you know who has to pour the water in?  We do. But in a lot of cases, …
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On my Reading List: Motherless Mothers – How Losing a Mother Shapes the Parent You Become

I don’t get much time for reading but I saw this book and I knew I had to make time to read it.  If you’ve been a reader of the blog for long, you’ve probably read about my mom.  I lost my mom on April 24, 2008 – just 6 months before my son was born. …
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Why We Should Teach Our Little Boys How to Wear Suits (and other tips for raising a gentleman)

Why We Should Teach Our Little Boys How to Wear Suits and other tips for raising a gentleman… There are few things cuter than a little boy in a suit.  Except maybe a little boy that likes being in a suit.  I’m very blessed that it doesn’t take any negotiating to get Bug in a …
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FREE Kindle Book: Raising Godly Kids ($5.99 value)

I just downloaded a (free!) book that I’m excited about reading! You can get it for FREE too! Right now, download Raising Godly Kids (Let’s Get Real) for free! It’s a $5.99 book regularly and I don’t know how long it will be free, so download it now if you want it! Don’t have a …
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Tuesday’s Treat – Make Discipline Fun!

Thanks to Mom on Dealz for sharing her great, educational, frugal craft ideas with us!Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, frugal, and educational! This week I chose to share one that can help with discipline. As an early childhood educator I believe very strongly in positive reinforcement. Some …

FREE Positive Parenting webinar – Get your Kids to Listen without Nagging…

Heather at Living on Love and Cents wanted me to make this big announcement to let as manypeople as possible know about this great opportunity!I am so excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, to offer a FREE LIVE training webinar on Thursday, March 17th from 9-10 PM EASTERN Time/ 8 …
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Common Sense Media – Know what your kids are watching

I recently learned my lesson about checking what’s in a movie before letting my son watch it.It never occurred to me that the movie Happy Feet was a PG movie.  I thought it was a cute little movie about a dancing penguin.We were about 20 minutes into the movie when I became concerned …

Is it OK for Kids?

I just signed up for CommonSense.org.  It’s a site that helps parents determine which movies, books, TV shows, video games and more are appropriate for their children.I was glad to find out that I’m not the only parent who thinks SpongeBob Squarepants is HIGHLY inappropriate for little kids.  CommonSense.org gave it an “iffy” rating for …
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