Super Cute Tissue Paper Shark Craft for Preschool Kids That Will Make You Smile

Kids love sharks and kids love crafts. For this activity, we did a shark craft! This shark craft requires some fine motor skills but is great for preschool-aged kids as well as big kids. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Learning While Crafting and Playing You might be surprised to find that crafting and playing are some of the most important ways young kids learn. A preschool-aged child is still developing various skills in their fine motor development, logic and reasoning, patience, and creative expression. Crafting and playing not only boosts mood but it helps children develop these skills. That…

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30+ Sensational & Mom-Approved Educational TV Shows for Toddlers

As a stay-at-home mom, I've come to realize that screen time isn't all that bad. For starters, it gets my kids to sit still while I accomplish other tasks or simply take a breath. But it's been really educational for them as well. I was one of those people who swore I wouldn't let my kids have too much screen time, but then I became a mom and reality kicked in! So, instead, I made sure to monitor the things my kids have access to on the screens and made sure to choose great educational tv shows since they were…

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Simple Penguin Craft for Kids and Toddlers – Paper Handprint Activity

My kids and I have been super into doing crafts lately. But simple is always the best way to go to make things easier for me to set up, clean up, and for them to feel like they can do it all by themselves. This winter-themed penguin craft for kids is the perfect activity to do together. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Back to School Penguins Lesson With school back in session this winter, my son was learning about penguins in school. We've been doing virtual classes at home so my daughter and I can participate too and we…

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How To Encourage Communication Development In Your Young Child

Raising a little human is a tough task for any parent. We are responsible for teaching our children how to walk, talk, and be overall good human beings. A young child, as young as infancy, already begins to understand forms of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. There are several ways parents can encourage communication development in a young child. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Two…

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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 direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource…

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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. This article covers all things Potty Training, including common struggles, our long journey with my son, and some of my best tips and lessons learned.You're welcome to scroll down to the bottom for the recap and additional tips. Make sure you subscribe to get the Potty Charts in the Downloads section. The Potty Training Hurdle Potty Training a child is a huge milestone but it is also a huge hurdle. Here you'll learn about common potty training struggles, tips on determining readiness, methods of potty…

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Joining The Two Under Two Club With Colorful Perspective

Becoming parents of two under two is no joke. It was a thrilling a nerve-wracking adventure but also came along with some struggles, unwanted attention, and repetitive comments from strangers. Even through that, I wouldn't have it any other way. Deciding to Become Parents of Two Under Two My husband and I always wanted to have kids close in age. We had a set goal of having about three kids with an age gap of two to four years. Even after our first child was born we still agreed we wanted a second baby at some point soon. When our…

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Baby Talk Is More Practical And Valuable Than You Think

You've heard of baby talk, or child-directed speech. But did you know just how valuable baby talk is for infants and toddlers?By narrating my actions and breaking things down into steps with baby talk, I'm able to prepare my kids for what to expect. I started abusing baby talk to prevent toddler tantrums. Toddlers get frustrated when something happens out of their expectation so using baby talk helps to prepare them while also tremendously enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free…

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Managing Sensitive Baby Skin

My daughter has always had that baby soft skin. To this day, at a year and a half, she still does. She's got that soft and fair skin that can easily be irritated. When she was a few months old she started developing some rash-like patches around her chest, arms and back of her thighs and suspected a food allergy or Eczema. Turns out she just has fair and sensitive skin, dodged a bullet! However, I do take similar precautions and use soaps and lotions meant for Eczema as well. Disclosure: I have included some affiliate links throughout this post.…

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How To Plan Toddler Birthday Parties On A Budget

Everyone deserves to be celebrated on their birthday, including toddlers. But it doesn't have to be a huge bank-breaking party. I prefer to plan simple and exciting toddler birthday parties on a small budget. * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Improvising Toddler Birthday Parties For my son's second birthday, I had to change his party location and setup within a few hours due to weather conditions.…

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Toddler Gift Guide for One Year Old

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. This guide will help you find an appropriate gift for a one year old based on growing developmental skills and needs.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…

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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…

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Super Practical Essentials For Baby & Toddler Water Fun

It's Summertime, which means most of us are trying to survive this heat by spending time by the pool or water. This guide is for Baby and Toddler water fun essentials. It includes all things swimsuits, rash guards, water shoes, and water toys.  * This post includes Affiliate Links. Free Resource Library Get direct access to download freebies all at once in the Free Resource Library. Email First Name Free Resource Library Free Resource Library Your information will be kept safe and spam-free. Baby & Toddler Swimwear You can find baby & toddler sizes for swimwear anywhere you buy children's clothing. Personally prefer…

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How To Style Baby Girl Hair: Battle that Wild Cowlick with Confidence

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. For us so far, it's been quite the battle to figure out how to style baby girl hair. * This post includes Affiliate Links. What Is A Cowlick? If you're not familiar with a cowlick, it's 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…

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How To Make Non Slip Socks for Toddlers – A Simple DIY Project

When our babies start to stand, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue. In my home we don't wear shoes inside to avoid tracking in dirt and, in socks, it can be fairly slippery. But I figured out a way around the slippage, with DIY non slip socks for my toddlers. I expected to only do this little DIY for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it just for fun. This really comes in handy because toddlers are runners and they're always distracted. Non slip socks make our…

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Behind The Scenes Of Raising Multilingual Children

My husband and I come from mixed backgrounds and both migrated to the United States as young children. Our children were born here but we're raising them to be multilingual with the combined three languages we speak on a regular basis.  People have warned us against teaching our children more than one language but we didn't listen. Thank goodness we didn't. Even though our children are still very young, they're pretty good at speaking English, Portuguese, and Spanish. We never doubted raising our children to be multilingual. My husband and I were both raised bilingual and we love it.  Our…

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Benefits of Toddlers Helping around the House

As a mom of two, I've found so many benefits from having my toddlers helping around the house. It teaches them a responsibility while we get to tackle house tasks and bond together. The Debate Over "Child Labor" 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.…

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Two Under Two Struggles While Grocery Shopping You Wouldn’t Expect

Being a mom of two under two was the most exciting, yet complicated, phase of my life. And I faced some serious mom struggles every time I needed to go grocery shopping. Before you become a parent you think running errands is easy. You have two hands, a full cart to fill, and no problems. But with kids, you have to time things perfectly, accommodate them on your cart, worry about their safety at all times, entertain them, and still do your groceries.I've been lucky to not have had any major issues or disasters other than a few embarrassing moments here and…

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Terrific Benefits Of Limited Screen Time for Toddler Development

We all know watching too much TV or staring at our phones or computers for too long can harm our eyes. We've all been through those headaches. Babies and toddlers, however, have new and sensitive eyes that are still developing and cannot handle nearly the same amount of screen time as adults can. So is it okay to allow our children to watch TV with us or watch videos on our phones? What are the effects of screen time during toddler development? When is too young? And what/how should we limit our children's screen time?Doctors might tell you one thing but as…

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