Posted by Lacy Stroessner
Over the summer, my husband and I became very frustrated with our parenting. We were experiences lots of the symptoms of the “terrible twos” – whining, fits, hitting, not sharing, etc. As much as we tried to work on these behaviors with Ingrid, it felt like we were just harping on her all the time. We decided we needed to give her some positive reinforcment. We needed to let her know when she was doing the RIGHT thing. We needed to encourage and reward her for her good behavior.
We came up with our Happy and Helpful Chart, a visual way for our toddler to be reminded of her good behaviors. To introduce it, we talked about the things that always help us have a good day. We all agreed that we had better days when we were all happy and helpful, and that there were a few things that helped us to be that way. Those things were sharing, listening, cleaning up after ourselves, riding safely in the car, and staying in our beds at night.
Posted by Lauren Jimeson
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I am so excited to be hosting this year for family and friends. It’s the first holiday in our new house, so I am even more excited to cook and decorate for all to see.
Because we are having many guests, we don’t have much room for the kids to sit at the table, so I am making a special table just for them. When I mentioned it to my oldest daughter, she wasn’t as thrilled as I was to sit at a table with just the kids. Little did she know that I had a great table planned for her that she is going to be so excited to sit at because it will be so much fun.
Here’s how I’m making sure my little ones have fun at the kids table this Thanksgiving.
Posted by Tiffany Thornton
We all know how busy Thanksgiving Day can get, especially when you are a mommy! And the last thing you want to do on a holiday is spend all of your day cleaning.
Here are some items that can help you keep your babies as mess-free as possible, not just on Thanksgiving, but any day of the year.
Posted by Kristel Acevedo
Having children really increases the workload around the house. All of a sudden, there is more laundry to be washed, dishes to be cleaned, and toys everywhere. It can be overwhelming for parents. It’s difficult to keep up with all the chores — but the good news is that once kids get to a certain age, they can (and many argue that they should) start helping out around the house.
So when is the appropriate age to start chores? This can be difficult to answer and may vary from child to child, but I think children can start handling simple chores even at one year old.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started, consider these three chores:
Posted by Lauren Jimeson
We are so excited to celebrate Macks’ first Thanksgiving next week. I’m even more excited that he can join in on eating at the table with us. Since Macks started solids at six months, I’ve had so much fun making his baby food and trying out different combinations of flavors.
Every Saturday morning, I get all of the fruits and vegetables prepared to make Macks’ baby food for the week. It’s a time for me that I can relax on my own. It’s really easy and really fun.
With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to create something for Macks that he could enjoy with us. I know he’d love all of the food that we have at the table, but he’s not quite old enough to enjoy it all. As I thought about the dishes I was preparing, I knew I was going to make countless casseroles for our menu, and I wanted to do the same for Macks. Using some of the food items we will enjoy on Thursday, I blended them together for Macks’ very own Thanksgiving “casserole.”
If you’ve got a little one celebrating their first Thanksgiving, make this for them to enjoy along side with you at the table.