How To Help Your Child Overcome Sudden Fear Of Water

A child's behavior is usually described as irrational, hence the random meltdowns, when battling internal struggles and developing fears. It is very common for young children, such as infants and toddlers, to develop a sudden and irrational fear of water. This article will help you determine the cause of this sudden fear of water and help your child overcome it. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. A Child's Fear of Water When…

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Finding The Best Gifts For Four Year Olds

This summer, my oldest baby turned four- cue the tears! Inspired by my kids and their favorite things, this is a list of best gifts for four year olds.As parents, we love to spoil our kids on their birthdays. Some of us like celebrating for a full week or month and some of us like giving them an awesome gift or experience we know they'll love. I'm the type that does both or as much as possible. This year, we had three birthday celebrations between friends and family amongst the course of a week, each with a buttload of gifts- definitely spoiling…

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The Truth About Tinkergarten, Our Favorite Mommy and Me Activity

We recently discovered Tinkergarten and have fallen in love. Tinkergarten is a program for educating children in the natural environment through outdoor play-based activities. Initially, I signed up for a free trial class with the kids and it was so much fun. It was wonderful being part of a tight-knit community, getting dirty and exploring nature with the well-designed activities.  So we signed up for Tinkergarten's summer session. At our first class, I started to realize how much we are benefiting as a family from this program. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name…

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Best Potty Training Tips: A Guide For Parents of Toddlers

Potty training is a huge milestone for both parent and child. But how do you know if your child is ready and what are the best ways to go about it? Each child and situation is different so its important to be informed. Next, you'll need time and patience. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Less diapering, but is your child ready? Determining readiness can be a little tricky. Some…

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Raising a Polite Toddler: How to Teach Manners

Manners take a lifetime of learning because there are always more ways to apply them. That's why it's important to teach manners to children while they're young, so that they can develop them with time. When To Teach Manners The best time to start teaching manners is within the toddler stage. At this stage, children can follow simple directions and are more eager to please adults. It is also the time when they develop habits and patterns, and you'll want them to pick up on good ones. The toddler stage is when children begin to understand the meaning of right…

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DIY Days of the Week Wooden Peg People

Hey everyone, I have another treat for you! This wonderful article was written by my friend Kinga from KingasCorner.com especially for you. Leave us a comment to share your thoughts on this wonderful DIY project.​ I don't know about you but I absolutely love these little wooden peg people. I started making them for my 22-month-old a few months ago and I just can't stop making them :) Wooden toys can get a little expensive so why not making them yourself? If your child is old enough, you can even make them together and it'll be an amazing rainy day…

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50 Creative Pool Noodle Uses for Toddler Activities

Living in the 21st century, pool noodles are no longer as exciting for their intended use. People have gotten more creative with this amazing invention, particular for use in fun toddler activities. There are tons of creative ideas for pool noodles nowadays. They're so affordable and easy to find in the summer, only $1 at the dollar store or in bulk online. When cut into smaller strips, the opportunities for their use become endless. With one main tool, the pool noodle, we can have loads of fun with exciting and educational toddler activities. In this post, I've included a list…

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Struggling To Accept That My Kid Needs To Go To Preschool

With my son turning four this year he becomes eligible for a free program called VPK, or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. I’ve been resisting the idea for months.I found out, in some more detail, about this program back in December. Basically any child that meets the age requirement can attain a VPK voucher, in which they can use towards any accepting preschool for three hours a day. I've come to the realization that I need to accept that my kid needs to go to school sooner and I cannot delay it any longer. It's time for me to start researching preschools. Deciding Whether…

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Age-Appropriate “Chores” for Toddlers and Preschoolers

As a stay-at-home-mom, I'm responsible for maintaining our home while taking care of our children. Some don't realize that just these two tasks are full-time jobs.  I often feel guilty when my kid asks me to play with them and I have to say "Maybe later, right now I have to clean the floors." Or fold the laundry, or clean the bathrooms, or do the dishes, or cook. There's always something.  When my kids started walking they wanted to copy everything I did.   They would bend over and clean a little water spill on the floor and be all proud…

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Educational Printable for Kids – Easter Theme

For this post, I've teamed up with Education.com to provide you with a great set of educational resources for Pre-K through 5th graders. Their website is full of printable worksheets, online games, lesson plans and more for parents and teachers. A lot of their resources are totally free but they offer a lot more with their monthly, annual, and lifetime membership options. They provided me with this awesome free worksheet for young toddlers to match words to images with an awesome Easter theme. They send me the free download to share with you guys as well! How cool is that? Download Printable…

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Where’d The PACI Go?

Sometimes when it's quiet and I feel a bit of boredom I grab my phone and browse through my most recent pictures. I do this for many reasons, mainly to absorb these moments but also to remind me of my blessings- my beautiful family. The other day I stumbled upon a picture I posted on Instagram a few months back, of my daughter playing peekaboo with her pacifier on her face. I decided to repost it and got carried away writing a caption that turned into the story behind her bond with that pacifier.This isn't your average pacifier addiction story,…

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Valentine’s Day with Kids + Printables

Our Valentine's Week so far So far we've had plenty of Valentine's Day fun.Last week we attended a cute little Tot Time in our area where there was an open play full of toys and costumes as well as a little crafting area. My kids loved the simple craft of using stamps and putting foam stickers on paper. We had a lovely and calm morning.Over the weekend we spent quality time as a family. My husband captured some great moments on our camera of me baking with the kids. We made some yummy heart cookies. I had my son help me…

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DIY Chalkboard Fun for Kids

Chalkboards can be a lot of fun. They're perfect for any playroom, bedroom, or nursery design. Chalkboards are so versatile that they make awesome room decor as well, it's up to you how you paint the wall or draw on the chalkboard.My husband and I decided to turn one wall in our son's room into a fun chalkboard art wall for the kids. But chalkboards aren't just for walls, there are a lot of ways to do a DIY chalkboard project and it can be fairly easy. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Chalk Surface There are many cool ways to have…

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Mom-Approved​ Feeding Favorites for Baby and Toddler

Having the right tools makes a huge difference in the way we do things. Feeding your baby can be such an exciting milestone. So having the right feeding tools for your baby at the right stage is essential.Kids are a huge market for products. Some of those products are amazing, some are decent, and some are complete garbage. Make sure you're checking ratings and reviews before buying anything!This is a basic list I've compiled of some of my favorite mom-approved products and tools for feeding our children within the baby and toddler stages.Side Tip: Quality is always better than Quantity. You…

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Toddler Development & Gift Guide for 2 Year Olds

Turning 2 is such a big deal, for both parents and children. From 18 months to 24 months our kids develop so much and for the next year there will be so much more change as they become independent little two-nagers and three-nagers (if you've met one you'll know why they're coined teenagers). * This post includes Affiliate Links.My little girl just turned 2 and I'm seeing her grow so much in so many ways just within these past few weeks. She's quickly catching up to her 3 year old brother.In this post, I've compiled some of the best kinds…

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Kid-Approved Hidden Veggie Meatloaf or Meatballs Recipe

One of the biggest issues for feeding children is usually getting them to eat their vegetables. While this is not entirely the case for me, I like giving them blended foods so that they get the proper nutrients.I'm super lazy when it comes to the kitchen and preparing meals so I don't often cook meals from scratch. But since having kids I want to make sure I'm feeding them right so I try to make an effort here and there. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library  …

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Potty Training Struggles and Tips + Free Printable

Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. Potty training my first child has always terrified me. I put it off because I had a feeling it would be really tricky with my stubborn boy.We went through a lot of struggles through our potty training process but I managed to pick up some good tips and tricks. I even made several homemade potty charts to try to motivate my boy. * This post includes Affiliate Links.In this post I'll cover topics like:Determining potty training readinessPotty training boys versus girlsBeginning to potty trainThe poop strugglePotty training regressionHow…

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Why Celebrate Halloween with Toddlers

Realizing Some People Do Not Celebrate This Halloween season I've been seeing some back and forth as to why people do or do not celebrate the holiday. In the past, I've always thought that not celebrating was because of cultural differences and for not condoning such a marketed holiday. Because I do not follow any religious affiliation, I wasn't fully attentive to those who do not celebrate or may even be outraged by the holiday due to religious reasons and "celebrating life and death" or "the devil." Having it Both Ways While I respect all points of view, please respect…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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Beating the Heat with the Best Small Cooling Fans

Living in South Florida, we get extra heat during summertime. To survive the summer with kids I decided to purchase a few small fans that I could carry in my diaper bag.I've fallen in love with these products and have decided to write a mini review. They've been perfect on day trips to the Zoo and planned a weekend trip to Disney World with the whole family.Not everyone needs to carry around a small fan, but when you reach temperatures over the mid 90s with children, you'll do anything to protect them and these options are very affordable and useful at…

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15 Things to Know Before Going To Disney – Top Tips to Plan Your Trip

My family and I planned a trip to Magic Kingdom over the summer that was extremely exciting, yet very overwhelming.If you're interested in our story, you can read it here. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. 1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance If you plan on buying at the park, that's an extra line you don't want to be in that day. If you purchase online in advance you can reserve FastPasses a minimum of 30 days in…

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Celebrating Our Son’s 3rd Birthday

This week our son turned 3. We celebrated the weekend before with a trip to Disney World and on his birthday we had a full day of excitement! Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Last month, my husband and I decided we would skip having a party this year and go to Disney for the first time with the kids. We live in South Florida so the drive to Orlando isn't too bad. We drove up with…

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A Day at Disney World With Toddlers

For our son's 3rd birthday we planned a family trip to Magic Kingdom for one day as a family of 7. This post is how I planned for our trip for 5 adults and 2 toddlers under the age of 3 and how our day actually went. Also see: 15 Things to Know Before Going to Disney -as I have recently split this post into two. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Our History With…

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Toddler Birthday Parties

My little guy (our oldest) is turning 3 soon and I’ve been reminiscing. I just came across some pictures from his birthday last year and figured I’d put it together in a post. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. His birthday falls in July, which is when the weather is the most random because its horribly hot and randomly rainy. I had intended to throw him a casual playground party to keep…

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Toddler Gift Guide for 1 Year Olds

As a child nears the end of infancy they start to develop a lot more interest in objects and toys. So much changes for children between 12-18 months and 18-24 months. With the right set of toys they can explore and learn things on their own. They go from crawling to walking, or straight to running, while developing all new skills and abilities. Your child may still seem young for some of these at first but their brain development grows so much by the time that they are 2 that you will soon find yourself looking for more ways to entertain them. Free Resource…

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Easy DIY Toddler Bed Rail Bumper – Solution for Kids Falling Out of Bed

Our son is about to turn three and for his birthday we wanted to upgrade him from a crib with toddler rail to an adult sized (twin) bed. He's outgrowing his crib and we were lucky his came with a toddler rail so its definitely time for the upgrade. Besides cost, our biggest concern was him falling off a much larger and higher bed.I figured I'd try a simple little DIY solution to help ease our boy's transition to a big boy bed using a few cheap pool noodles to create a toddler bed rail bumper. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free…

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Baby Approved Banana Muffins Recipe

Who doesn't love muffins!?I love making mini muffins so once I find a great recipe for me and the kids I stick to it.I've made these banana muffins many times for several toddler gatherings. Both the kids and adults love them so much that I decided to share here with you guys.This recipe is baby, toddler, and adult approved. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. I'm no chef by any means, but…

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Baby & Toddler Water Gear

It's Summertime, which means most of us are trying to survive this heat by spending time by the pool or water. Here are some Baby and Toddler Essentials for pool and water activities. Swimwear You can find baby & toddler sizes for swimwear anywhere you buy children's clothing, however I personally prefer ones with more coverage so I opt for rash guards. My daughter has very white and sensitive skin so her first bathing suit covered from her neck to her ankles. You can still find these, with our without hoods, for toddlers and young children but they also sell…

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Toddler Nap Struggles

Journal Entry about convincing my toddler to go to sleep at nap time. Introduction With my son being almost 3 he's become a little more complicated to put down for a nap because he wants to play all day. Today I tried something new and he was dozing off before I could leave the room, which never happens and probably won't work as well again! Babies and toddlers go through different patterns of their daily schedules in relation to meal times and sleeping times mixed with playtime and daily activities/outings. For a while I've established a pattern for us (me…

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My Daughter’s Silly Baby Hair

At a year and a half old my daughter's hair has been growing from the back of her cowlick at her crown all the way to her eyes, making it a little difficult to manage. If you're not familiar with a cowlick, its like a hurricane swirl that directs hair in different directions, it's a chunk of hair that has a life of its own. They are usually on the crown of one's scalp, although sometimes on the forehead or back of the neck. They cannot be removed, only somewhat managed, although children's cowlicks are said to mature on their…

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DIY Non-Slip Socks

When our babies start to stand up, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue.I didn't like the idea of my kids being barefoot all the time so I adapted their socks to be non-slip.I expected to only do this for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it.Toddlers are runners, and they're always distracted. Non-slip socks make our lives a little easier, especially if you have slippery floors.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst…

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Benefits of Toddlers Helping around the House

There's been a lot of back and forth about kids doing chores around the house. Some say it takes away from letting a kid be a kid while others say it teaches responsibility. I think the real concern is, how it's enforced. Of course it's essential that a child does not grow up in prison-like conditions, where they are forced to do hard labor. But do you want your child to grow up to the opposite extreme of having no clue how to care for themselves or do basic things like cook and clean!? The key is: know your limits. There are great…

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Toddler Screen Time

Hi, I'm Paula. I'm a stay at home mom of two children and I abuse screen time. If you do too, welcome to Screen Time's Anonymous! * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get access to download all my freebies all at once. EmailFirst NameFree Resource Library Free Resource Library   Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Mom's Addiction to Toddler Screen Time For me, the addiction started when my second child was born. I started putting the TV on for my one year old to keep him distracted so that I could keep an eye on him while…

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