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The Benefits Of Having A Family Routine

What does your typical day look like? If it follows a familiar pattern, you’re doing it right. 

The Benefits Of Having A Family Routine

People are largely creatures of habit. Establishing daily rituals lends meaning to life while letting you attend to pesky pragmatic details — like that need to shower. Here are the benefits of having a family routine and tips for establishing a positive one.   [Read more…]

9 Fun Birthday Party Themes For Your Child

If your child is like most kids their age, they’ve probably been anticipating their birthday since last year, which means there’s a lot of pressure to plan the perfect party. Thus, choosing a theme can be rather difficult. 

9 Fun Birthday Party Themes For Your Child

Luckily, there are plenty of novel ideas to make this year’s bash the best one yet. 

1. Woodland Wonderland 

Whether your child loves fairies, insects or owls, a woodland-themed birthday party is an excellent choice. This idea is rather versatile because you can tailor the decorations and food to suit your little one’s interests. If they’re into creepy crawlies, make ladybug cupcakes and real insect party favors. Got an avid birder on your hands? Fill the day with bird calls, feathers and interesting factoids about all kinds of fowl.  [Read more…]

8 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Holiday Season This Year

This year’s holiday season might look a bit merrier than the last. However, some things still might not be back to normal. Whether your grandparents can’t make Christmas dinner or you’re hosting a virtual holiday gathering, some festivities are bound to look and feel a little different.

8 Fun Ways To Celebrate The Holiday Season This Year

But different doesn’t have to mean sad or lonely. In fact, now’s the perfect time to branch out and celebrate the season in a fun, new way. Make lasting memories with your loved ones and try incorporating a few of the following traditions into your annual celebrations.  [Read more…]

7 Behavior Management Tips For Every Parent

Children are not born good or evil, but they don’t know how to behave, either. Their instincts often conflict with the rules. And you need to teach them how to live within the rules and do what is best, years before they can understand the reasons why they need to do this. The solution is behavior management. You want to encourage good behavior and discourage bad behavior. Here are 7 behavior management tips for every parent. 

7 Behavior Management Tips For Every Parent

Have Clear Expectations 

Set clear expectations for your child. These expectations should be realistic. For example, you can require a toddler to pick up their toys at put them in the toy box at the end of the day but not to clean the kitchen. You can have simple lists and even checklists of what you expect the child to do. These rules can include saying please and thank you, cleaning up messes they make, and taking care of themselves. Have preschoolers learn that the bedtime routine consists of a bath, brushing their teeth, reading the bedtime story and going to bed. If they fight taking the bath or won’t brush their teeth, you might read one book at bedtime instead of two. For older children, use chore charts. Make sure they know what you expect them to do on a daily and weekly basis.  [Read more…]