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My Children and I Were Silent for Five Minutes. Here's What Happened When We Began to Practice Mindfulness

Mindful child

A house full of children is a house full of chaos. With our tablets and phones, Netflix and Minecraft, with our Amazon Echo, our radios and TVs, with a barking dog and sibling squabbles we are constantly in a state of massive over-stimulation. One day last month, it became abundantly clear to me that I had simply had ENOUGH.

Why my kids will watch R Rated movies

movie tickets

When the weekends come in my household, it’s usually a time when we can all play catch up. Whether its homework, chores, or work. When we all get a break, it can almost be considered a miracle, and when these little miracles come along, we like enjoying it by watching a movie or two. Sometimes we will watch a ‘Kids’ movie, and sometimes we will decide to watch a movie that is at a higher rating. The question is though, how do we decide what is considered appropriate and not appropriate for children.

10 Fun Water Play Ideas to Entertain Your Children This Summer on a Budget

Summer Fan Ideas

Summer is my favorite time of year. Lounging around by the water is one of my favorite summer pass times. Whether it be the pool, a lake, or the beach, being around water is so relaxing. Having young children, however, is the polar-opposite of relaxing when near water. Below, you’ll find a list of frugal, fun ways to cool off without the hassle of loading the kids up to go to the beach or the pool. This list of 10 fun water play ideas is sure to make your children’s summer enjoyable while being completely budget friendly too!

How To Stand Your Ground When Your Child Doesn’t Want Dinner

Pasta Dinner

With my Spouse working full time and me being a stay at home mom, it’s crucial to make every bit of resources count, especially when it comes to food. When I prepare meals, it’s important to me that nothing goes to waste, but what’s also important to me is that everything I make is flavorful and filling. While my spouse and I love trying new recipes, my stepdaughters can be skeptical when trying new foods, especially when those foods don’t fit into the sweets category. Because of this, it can cause some friction when it comes to dinner time. No matter the friction, I believe it is important to always stand your ground and have children eat what’s for dinner, even if it may take some work.

Loneliness in the Wakes of Traditional Motherhood and How to Cope

Motherhood and family

Life as a mom can be incredibly tough. You are responsible for not just the physical wellbeing of your children, but the emotional as well. There are a million decisions we, as moms, need to make daily for the sake of our families. So, where do those of us who choose traditional motherhood fit into today’s society?

Why I Love Being a Baseball Mom: How the Love of the Game Has Brought Us Closer Together

Baseball mom

Every Spring, Moms throughout the country begin making plans—plans for a summer of late nights under bright lights, hours scrubbing grass stains from the knees of white pants, and scorching Saturday sunburns from too many hours on the bleachers. That’s right. It’s baseball season!

You CAN Homeschool: All HomeSchooling Questions Addressed

Homeschooling children

Summer break is here, and the kids are home from school! Some of your friends may be complaining about having their kids home all day long, but perhaps you find yourself already dreading the end of summer. Maybe you wish you had MORE time together as a family than the traditional school year allows. If so, perhaps it's time to consider homeschooling as an alternative for your family.

What To Get For Father’s Day

Father's Day

I didn’t exactly have "World’s #1 Dad." Instead, my grandpa filled that role for me, and that’s where all my Father’s Day arts and crafts went. I love my grandpa more than I could explain, but I was very aware of the fact that I didn’t have what I considered a normal father/daughter relationship. With this being the first Father’s Day with my spouse, I have been ecstatic to find the “perfect gift” for Father’s Day. I would scroll through my Pinterest just looking for a DIY project to complete with my stepdaughter even possibly signing get my baby’s name who is still in my belly (A girl!). Although, that all changed this past week.

Weighing The Pros and Cons of Public vs Private or Parochial School

Private vs public schools

Parents naturally want the best for kids so they may consider sending them to private school, even if it’s out of their budget, neighborhood or even city, or if doing so may adversely affect the entire family. Sometimes trying to have what they think is the best for their child isn’t what’s best for the child. As a parent and grandparent I’ll be weighing in on the pros and cons of public school versus private or parochial school.

Summer Vacation is not a Burden for Children and Dreaded For Parents

Happy Summer Vacation

It happens every year. It's one of the more popular jokes amongst parents. Summer vacation is dreaded. I mean think about it: you're stuck with your kids all summer! Just about every waking moment of your life is consumed by snacks and play time. God forbid it's a rainy day! Then you have to have a movie marathon. But then the children will fight about who is picking and blah blah blah. It's enough to drive a woman mad.

Giving Your Kids Soda and French Fries at Age 1 Is Pretty Much Sealing Their Fate

Negative effects of soda drinks for babies

Do not say it's generic when your child is obese, but look at the negative effects of soda and french fries on the baby. Ask yourself, "is it bad for babies to drink soda," before you give them any Pepsi or Coca Cola drinks. Listen to these parents and their stories why they don't give sugar drinks to their toddlers. Teach your children healthy eating habits. Don't give them health problems.

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