All posts tagged child-rearing

Fostering Open Communication: The Key to a Drug-Free Child

By | September 22, 2014

It can be incredibly difficult to talk to children about drugs. We want to shelter them from the ugly world of drug use in the hopes that it will never touch their lives. The fact is that many children will be given the choice to take drugs at some point in their lives. Informed children Read More

Why is My Baby Crying? 9 Uncommon Reasons

By | June 15, 2013

Image by Amy Garrett Photography New moms are often exhausted, and uncertain.  Babies can cry from hardly at all, to seemingly all the time.  It’s hard on parents when babies cry a lot — we’re programmed to want to fix it and sometimes that’s not so easy.  After the usual changing, feeding, and sleeping have been Read More

Why It’s Okay to Indoctrinate Your Kids

By | June 7, 2013

These days, everyone’s constantly up in arms about something.  Something’s going wrong, someone’s hurting someone else, this or that corporation or group or the mother down the street…they are messing us up! One complaint that I see often is how wrong it is to “indoctrinate” our children.  This is especially aimed at religious people.  “We need Read More

9 Examples of Positive Discipline

By | May 28, 2013

It has been a long, hard road since I decided two years ago that I didn’t want to spank anymore.  It’s one thing to intellectually say “I don’t want to do this.”  It’s another thing to find yourself in the middle of a tough, frustrating situation and actually know what to do instead.  When you’re Read More

Simple Ways to Play at Home

By | March 6, 2013

  By Malissa McClintock, Contributing Writer I can hardly believe that when I look at the calendar the word March stares back at me. March means spring is coming, and with it even crazier weather than the winter brought. With two very active little girls and the impending birth of a little boy, I am Read More

5 Indoor Winter Activities for Toddlers

By | January 22, 2013

Daily Tip: Make changes early in the game if you find something doesn’t work, so you don’t get frustrated and give up all together. By Danielle, Contributing Writer It doesn’t take much to entertain a 2-year-old. This is a good thing sometimes. Homemade toys or crafts is a great way to engage your child’s sense, help them  learn and  even keep them Read More

10 Best Toys for Active, Imaginative Kids

By | November 16, 2012

Image by libertygracespring0 Christmas is coming. My mom used to say this to me whenever I begged for a toy.  It was sort of a non-promise that I might get what I was asking for as a Christmas present…or not. Now on the other side of that, I know how frustrating it is to be Read More

Homemade Love: Making Your Children’s Christmas

By | November 10, 2012

The first few days of November have already crept by on my planner and I’m faced with the inevitable; it’s time to get started on Christmas. As much as I love the sounds, smells, and sights of the season, I usually despise the yearly mounting task of gift giving. This year I got a head Read More

How to Create a Family Rules Chart

By | November 9, 2012

Image by geomangio After returning from my work time to find that the kids had pulled all their blankets off their beds and spilled most of their toys all over the floor — again — and would not follow the babysitter’s directions for cleaning up, I realized something: our family rules weren’t posted in an Read More

7 Myths About Alternative Families

By | October 31, 2012

Stéphanie Kilgast via Compfight If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been focusing on “myths” this month.  There are a lot out there to bust! I figured I’d end the month with a subject near and dear to many of our hearts: myths about “alternative” families.  Myths many of us hear everyday!  I’m hoping that for this post Read More

5 Myths about Cloth Diapers

By | October 26, 2012

Imagine this, if you will:  You’re expecting your first child (or maybe it’s your fifth), and you boldly proclaim to your spouse, or a friend, or a relative, “I think for this child, I’m going to use cloth diapers.”  Immediately, the response you receive is one rife with confusion and a little bit of disgust. Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: How to Clear Diaper Rash Naturally

By | October 22, 2012

Paul Hocksenar via Compfight Diaper rash is a subject I get asked about a lot. Why does it happen?  How do you clear it up?  What methods are safe for little skin…and with cloth diapers? Diaper Rash: Why Does It Happen? My oldest experienced nearly constant diaper rashes from 2 months old until she potty Read More


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