2018 Best Toddler Alarm Clocks – Perfect for Sleep Training!

2018 Best Toddler Alarm Clocks – Perfect for Sleep Training!

In order to keep you up-to-date with the best toddler alarm clocks, we update this post regularly. Here are our 2018 favorite clocks for kids!

Sleep training your toddler? Check out these toddler alarm clocks that will help a child who can’t tell time understand when it’s okay to get out of bed. Parenting toddlers is all kinds of crazy if they get a little more sleep – that will give mom and dad more sleep as well!

Alarm Clocks for Toddlers and Sleep Training

We have 4 kids. Somehow we managed to survive the toddler years! The first 2 we did not use any sleep training techniques – and OH the insanity!  Our littles would get up at all hours of the night, not understanding that they should stay in bed. We started using a toddler clock with our third child.

One of the hardest challenges when I had to get the kids to childcare and we had a strict morning routine was finding a kid-friendly alarm clock. I have had many friends recommend these and are glad to share these here. I hope they work well as you sleep train your toddler. As you transition your toddler from the crib to a big boy bed (or big girl bed), it’s time to introduce the alarm clock. 

Best Alarm Clocks for Toddlers

Here is a round-up of the best toddler alarm clocks. This is a fabulous assortment of the clocks that have different functions to help with sleep training. We are big believers in each child will have their own way of learning and with that, you have to adapt how you parent each kid.  Help teach your toddler how long to stay in bed when it is okay to get out of bed and some toddler alarm clocks even have a timeout time! These toddler alarm clocks serve multiple functions and are essential during these trying years. Find one that will be the perfect addition to your kid’s room. 

Okay to Wake Alarm Clock

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First, let’s look at the OK to Wake toddler alarm. It is ranked 4-stars on Amazon with over 2,200 reviews! The OK to Wake clock features a color changing night-light timer teaching children to stay in bed longer in the morning so parents get more sleep (at least that’s the plan!). Set this bedside alarm clock next to your tot’s bed and let sleep training begin.

A few things else to note about the OK to Wake alarm:

  • This clock features a color-changing night-light that teaches children to stay in bed longer so families get better sleep!
  • It is 4.5″ and is perfect for your child’s bedside table.
  • The clock is soft yellow night-light and glows green when it’s OK for your child to get out of bed
  • OK to Wake features an alarm clock with snooze, convenient nap timer, interchangeable faceplates, and fun animations that give this personality!
  • This is easy for parents to program – the idea is that this will grows with families by helping them get more sleep, and teach children independence and help with sleep training.

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Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light

teach me time best toddler clock

Next, we have the Teach Me Time Talking Clock. This wake-up clock for toddlers is one of the best-rated kid alarm clocks with over 2,200+ reviews and a 4-star rating. With those reviews, you can say this is definitely a good choice!

A few things to note about the Teach Me Time Talking:

  • This child’s bedside alarm clock features a time-teaching educational game and dual-color nightlight all in one!
  • Three interchangeable color rings are included.
  • The night-light is a soft yellow in the evening and turns green in the morning (parent programmable) so children know when it’s OK to get out of bed!
  • As your child grows, they can play with the interactive talking time-teaching game. It  has five adjustable skill levels and teaches time-telling concepts on the analog and digital clock faces
  • For older children: Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock is a fully-functional alarm clock with snooze–just like mom and dads! So this will grow with your kids!
  • Included is a USB cord and will need 2 AA batteries. 

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Amazon Echo Dot

amazon echo dot toddler alarm clock

Let’s talk about the Echo Dot. While not this isn’t something you would think of as a traditional toddler alarm clocks – this is what we have moved to for our kids! Why? Every night since our littles were babies, we’ve had music playing in their room. With the Amazon Echo Dot – we have been able to set up a music playlist and play that for them as they go to sleep AND set up an alarm for the morning. This keeps them in bed until the alarm goes off. I do recommend locking down your Amazon Echo Dot so that you don’t have children ordering things, but it’s easy to do.

The rating on the Amazon Echo Dot is off the charts, understandably so. It’s received 4.5 stars with over 19.2k reviews! We have multiple Echo Dots and an Echo in our home and use them daily. This is definitely a tech home device that we recommend.

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Argos Children’s Alarm Clock – Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer Clock

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Here is the Glo-Clock Sleep Trainer, also known as the Argo Children’s Alarm. It features a pleasant glow of light – not to bright and the concept is unique. The stars disappear over the night, so when your child wakes up in the night, they instantly know how long they have until morning by how many stars are left. In the morning, at the designated time, the last star and the big star disappear, and the sun comes out as the face color changes to yellow. The kids know they are allowed to get up when the sun comes up.

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Bunny Toddler Alarm Clock

bunny toddler alarm clock

This bunny toddler alarm – also known as the Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer comes in both blue and pink.  Here are a few features you should know about:

  • The Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer teaches kids when it is time to sleep and when it is time to get up.
  • The sleeping bunny character is illuminated and the child knows he or she has to sleep a while longer. There are three different brightness settings within the display.
  • At the time set by the parents by means of the timer, the bunny character changes to the wake-up position. The child knows that he or she can get up!
  • There are two-time settings, one for the morning and one for the afternoon nap.

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Boon Glo Balls

boon night balls

How cool are these Boon Glo Balls? Not an alarm clock, but this will help you in your sleep training your toddlers! You can take the glow balls with you – no more dark trips to the bathroom for a potty break. Your toddler will love this clock as it also doubles as a portable nightlight.  The Boon Glo Balls glow lasts for 30 minutes.

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Zazoo Photo Clockzazzo best clock for toddlers
You can customize how your child wakes up with the Zazoo photo clock. Use your PhotoClock as a traditional clock with an audio alarm. The clock comes with display options that may include the time only or time and date.

There are several options for the audio alarm tone including ringing, beeping or waking to music. Use one of the pre-loaded songs for the alarm tone or wake to any song of your choice. The Zazoo photo alarm clock is also a digital photo frame!

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Toddler Alarm Clock OK To Wake Owl With Night-Light & Music, Nap Timer

owl night clock

This cuddly OK to Wake! Owl is a night light and toddler clock in a non-traditional sense all-in-one.  It has received 3.5 stars on Amazon. The OK to Wake Owl teaches kids to sleep in so you can too! OK to Wake! Owl’s face illuminates in two colors: a soft yellow glow in the evening comforts kids as they fall asleep. In the morning, Owl’s face turns green when it’s “OK to Wake!” (a time that parents can select). You kids will quickly learn the morning routine, giving parents extra sleep.

Next, this adorable Owl also plays lullabies and gives kids gentle reminders to stay in bed when its tummy is pressed at night or in the wee hours of the morning. A convenient nap timer function (up to 12 hours – that’s a LONG nap!) is another added convenience that parents love. When nap time is over, the Owl’s face glows green to show that it’s “OK to Wake!” Pressing the Owl’s tummy plays a fun wake-up tune.

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Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Clock

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With the Stoplight Sleep Enhancing Toddler Alarm Clocks toddlers know if it’s time to get up by looking at the stoplight. When the red light is on it is time to sleep – when the green light is on it is time to wake up. This color clock for toddlers is a parent favorite.

Here are some reasons this may work for your while sleep training your little:

  • Sleep enhancing alarm clock for kids featuring a stoplight and sculpted figure
  • Toddlers know if it’s time to get up by looking at the stoplight
  • Red light means it’s time to sleep; green light means it’s time to wake up
  • Digital clock and optional beeping alarm function included
  • Features a friendly boy driving a red and blue car with sports emblems

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Kid’Sleep My First Alarm – Light Up Clock for Toddlers

Pink, pretty and a high rating on Amazon! The Kid Sleep My First Alarm Clock will help your little one wake up when it’s time to wake up and help teach your toddler how to read a clock.

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Little Tikes Discover Sounds Alarm Clock

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Little Tikes Discover Sounds alarm clock is the perfect toddler clock for your younger toddlers. The clock will say the time.

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Onaroo Night Owl Portable Night-Light with OK to Wake!

Perfect for your little night owl, this portable night light works as a night light and glows green in the morning when it’s okay to get out of bed.

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Diggin Thomas The Tank Go Glow Sleep Training Clock

Fans of Thomas the Tank will love this 2-in-1 bedtime training clock and night light.

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Rocket Projection Alarm Digital Clock

My 8-year-old has this and loves this, but you know who loves it more? Our toddler! While it’s not the best at teaching how to tell time, it’s perfect for an outer space bedroom. So, definitely check it out!

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Sleep Buddy – Toddler Sleep Training System

Next up, we have the Sleep Buddy toddler sleep training system. This toddler sleep training clock is designed to help your tot learn when he or she should stay in bed.  The sleep training system includes a SleepBuddy light, a children’s book, a reward chart and a step-by-step parent’s guide to sleep training. As a result, can help you and your kid get a better nights sleep!

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My Tot Toddler Alarm Clock

The My Tot Clock changes colors to teach your toddlers when to sleep and when it’s okay to wake up by using lights (blue light means sleep – yellow light means okay to wake up.)  

This toddler clock also plays bedtime stories, lullabies, white noise and wake up music!  With a clock face, your toddler will also be able to see the time as he learns to tell time. The lights make a great night light, as a result – this is multi-functioning!  This toddler alarm clock even has a built-in timeout timer and a toddler activity manager for positive activities.

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Favorite Kid Alarm Clocks for Toddlers

Which of these toddler alarm clocks is your favorite? What tips for toddler sleep do you have for other parents? So, leave your tip and favorite in the comments!

Last updated: 5/15/18.  We have revised to include the best-rated alarms for toddlers.

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10 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids

10 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids

Looking for DIY Christmas Ornaments you can make with your kids? Look no further! Get ready to get glittery!

Next week all 4 kids will be home. If everything works out as planned, I’ll have the majority of the week off and we can get crafting. We have had our Christmas tree up for a while, but just now got our ornaments down. By far, my favorite Christmas ornaments are the handmade ones.

10 Kid Friendly DIY Christmas Ornaments

Crack out the glue and glitter and let’s DIY with the kids. Here are 10 different kid DIY Christmas ornaments for you and your littles to make. 

DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make with the Kids

Mom Tip: Before making Christmas ornaments with the kids – or any other craft, put down a cheap plastic tablecloth. I stock up on these every time we go to the Dollar Tree. This helps make clean-up easy and simple, just gather up the plastic tablecloth and throw away! This especially is helpful if glitter is involved. Now the floor? I guess you could cover the floors in plastic tablecloths as well, but other than that, you are on your own for advice on that mess!

Lego Christmas Tree Ornament (1)

What kid doesn’t LOVE Legos? This adorable DIY Lego Christmas ornament is sure to be a kid fave! You will need 

Get the full directions on how to make this Lego Christmas Tree Ornament at Creative Green Living

Button Snowman Tree Ornament (2)

With only a few supplies, you and your child can make this darling button snowman Christmas ornament. 

Get full directions at Craft Bits

3-Ingredient Cinnamon Ornament (3)

These Cinnamon ornaments are one my favorite DIY Christmas Ornaments to make! Super easy and delicious smelling!

Read more at: The Kitchen is My Playground

Snow Globe Christmas Ornament (4)

We made these snow globe Christmas ornaments with the kids when they were toddlers. They absolutely loved it. I found one of them this year in the bottom of our ornament box, smushed. Maybe it’s time to make a new set!

Check out the directions at Tator Tots and Jello

Crochet Snowflake Ornament (5)

This crochet snowflake ornament would be a great holiday project to do with older kids.

View the full how-to at Craft Bits

Salt Art Ornaments (6)

These salt art ornaments are fun (but messy!) 

Here are the supplies you will need to complete these:

Get full directions on Chica Circle

Easy Homemade Snowflake Ornaments (7)

I would love to see a whole tree made of these in the lovely pink, green and teal color palette! 

View the full how-to on Chica Circle

Easy Paper Ornament (8)

With just a few supplies from around the house, you can make these simple and easy paper ornaments for your tree. 

View more at Twitchetts

Kid Fingerprint Ornament (9)

What a great keepsake ornament! Make this kid fingerprint ornament with your kids. This would be fabulous as a Christmas present for the grandparents!

View the complete tutorial at Tator Tots and Jello

Glitter Ornaments (10)

This is a GET MESSY project. If your kid loves glitter, here is a glitter ornament project full of SPARKLE!

View tutorial at Chica Circle

We absolutely LOVE Christmas! Make sure to check out all of our Christmas content!

Which DIY Ornament is Your Fave?

5 Ways to Style Wet Hair – Mom Style

5 Ways to Style Wet Hair – Mom Style

Let’s look at ways to style wet hair. Wet hair is my game. I don’t have time to blow dry and I have massive amounts of thick hair. So what’s a girl to do? 

How to Style Wet Hair

how to style wet hair

I am what you called hair challenged. If it wasn’t for the Dry Bar or for my awesome hair stylist Amber, this hair would be a frumpy dump. I am a busy mom, who works at home. I try to blow my hair out when I can, but I have massively thick hair and I rarely have 30-minutes to myself, which is how long it takes to blow-dry.

When I stumbled upon this tutorial of how to style wet hair, I knew I had to share with any other moms who crave mom style but are currently stuck in mom rut. That mom rut is hard. Been there, done that and have to pull myself out of it all the freaking time.

For moms who want cute hair without a ton of work, check this out. Here are 5 darling styles of wet hair that you can do, right after jumping out of the shower. YES! That’s what I am talking about! ALL THE YESES! 

SO, how do you style wet hair?

Here is a fabulous tutorial from LetsMakeItUp1 to help us style wet hair 5 different ways! She does all 5 in under 10 minutes (actually at around 7 minutes!).

Hopefully, these will let you enjoy your 3-minute shower before you have to jump out and chase down a kid, feed another and then change 2 dirty diapers. Hopefully, you are not in a mom rut. And if you are, maybe this wet hairstyle tutorial will give you a few hairstyle ideas that you can do right out of the shower. 

*sigh*

Do you style your hair when it’s wet? 

[This is part of the Digital Mom series: Mom Style]

20 BEST Thanksgiving Books for Kids

20 BEST Thanksgiving Books for Kids

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are stocking up on Thanksgiving books. I’m hoping some of that gratitude and thanks talk will rub off on the toddlers.

Kids Thanksgiving Book That They Will Love!

Thanksgiving books for kids

While most of these Thanksgiving themed books are low tech, you can also find a few available high tech (Kindle!) as well.  Check out these 20 Thanksgiving books for toddlers and kids

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George

Today is Thanksgiving and George is so excited! He loves everything about the holiday—from the parade with music, jugglers, and big balloons to the delicious turkey shared with family and friends. But even on Thanksgiving the curious little monkey manages to stir up some trouble! Follow George through his Thanksgiving adventures with the short poems in this board book. The fun, tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers! (Age Range: 3 and up)

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T is for Turkey: A True Thanksgiving Story Paperback

Little ones will love learning about Thanksgiving in Tanya Lee Stone’s newest shaped alphabet book. Join in as the elementary school puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from Harvest to Pilgrims to Turkey and features a cute Thanksgiving story for kids. (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims


Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. In colonial Plymouth, the young Pilgrims hunt ducks and geese and dig up turnips and carrots. In a nearby village, the Wampanoag children dig for clams, fish for cod, and gather nuts and berries. Finally, it’s time for the meal. Turkey, cornbread, cranberry stuffing, pumpkin, and Indian pudding are all on the menu-yum! First, everyone gives thanks, and then it’s time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text and autumn-colored illustrations are just right for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children. This makes a great turkey book for preschool.  (Age Range: 3 – 8 years)

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Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Join Pete in New York Times bestselling artist James Dean’s Pete the Cat picture book series as Pete celebrates Thanksgiving in this groovy lift-the-flap book!. If you are looking for a fun Thanksgiving story – Pete the Cat won’t disappoint. Starring in the school Thanksgiving play would make even the coolest cat nervous. But when Pete the Cat gets onstage, he makes learning the story of the first Thanksgiving fun. With thirteen flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises, this book is sure to be a holiday favorite for every Pete the Cat fan. Don’t miss these Pete the Cat gift ideas(Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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10 Fat Turkeys

This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards. Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun! (Age Range: 3 – 5 years)

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Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. (Age Range: 3 – 6 years)

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Biscuit Is Thankful

Biscuit is thankful for his bone, his biscuits, and lots more, too. Sweet puppy! Woof! (Age Level: 4 – 8)

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Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

This is going to be the best Thanksgiving ever! There is a gigantic turkey, Grandma’s secret stuffing, green beans, and authentic cranberry sauce, the kind that doesn’t come out of a can. And desserts? There are almost too many to count. Join Nancy and her entire family as they celebrate Thanksgiving in this brand-new storybook, complete with more than thirty swanky stickers. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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It’s Thanksgiving! (I Can Read Book 3)

It’s time for turkey! The parade is about to start. The pumpkin pie is in the oven. The whole family is gathered around the table. And everybody wants to pull the wishbone! From Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky comes a scrumptious helping of twelve Thanksgiving poems to enjoy every day of the year! (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings Ride along with the Bear family on Thanksgiving Day as Brother and Sister learn about all the things they—and YOU—can be thankful for … including faith, family, and the huge feast waiting for them at the end of their journey to Gramp’s and Gran’s. Includes a sheet of colorful stickers featuring the whole Bear family. (Age Range: 4 – 8 years)

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Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving Hardcover

This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world. (Age Range: 5 – 10 years)

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Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement. (Age Level: 6 – 9)

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Thanksgiving Jokes

“Thanksgiving Jokes” is a feast and a “corny-copia” full of funny short jokes for kids. Each joke is about some silly aspect regarding Thanksgiving, from turkeys to pilgrims to pumpkin pie. Kids will gobble up these humorous and short jokes while they look at the funny illustrations throughout the book. Every joke features two illustrations; one for the question and one for the punchline, so each joke can be enjoyed even more. Find out what a pilgrams favorite music is, what a space turkey says, why turkeys go ‘Gobble, gobble’, and many more silly riddles. (All ages)

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Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage

Plimoth Plantation and the National Geographic Society come together to tell the true story behind the legendary voyage of the Mayflower. A meticulously researched work, Mayflower 1620 offers children a compelling, fresh account of this much-told story. Vibrant photography of a rare reenactment using the Mayflower II leads readers imaginatively into the narrative. The vivid and informative text explores the story behind the exhibits at the living-history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Primary sources record what the voyagers wore, what they ate, and telling details of their journey. First-person accounts reveal the hopes and dreams they carried. Readers share in the long hours at sea, and in the dangers faced after landfall. Extensive end notes, a map, a detailed chronology, and a bibliography round out the full story of the Mayflower. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

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1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (I Am American)

In cooperation with the Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum in Massachusetts, National Geographic has recreated the first Thanksgiving. Photographs by National Geographic photographers of the recreation at Plimoth Plantation illustrate this book. In 1621, in a small settlement on the edge of the sea, 52 English colonists celebrated their first harvest. The colonists were joined by 90 men of the Wampanoag tribe for a gathering that was to last three days in a town now known as Plymouth. Over the centuries, there have been countless versions of this story, creating a popular myth of the first Thanksgiving. Many Americans imagine brave, peaceful settlers inviting a few wild Indians over for a turkey dinner. But there was no pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce at this celebration. There were no Indians with woven blankets over their shoulders and large feathered headdresses. No pilgrims with somber black clothes and silver buckle hats either. The English didn’t even call themselves Pilgrims. This book puts aside that myth and takes a new look at our American history. It questions what we know and recovers lost voices of the Wampanoag people. True history includes the voices of all its participants. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving invites young people to read, listen, and think about our shared history. The book also features a forward, a section on the actual reenactment and the concept of living history, a chronology, an index, and a bibliography. (Age Range: 8 – 12 years)

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The Sign of the Beaver

\Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac. (Age Level: 9 – 12)

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My Name Is America: The Journal Of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, A Pilgrim Boy

A young orphan journeys on the Mayflower to a new land full of adventure and mystery. When the crew arrives at Plymouth, they find a countryside of magnificent beauty, but also a life of harsh struggle. Jonathan strikes out on his own and forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe. (Age Range: 9 – 12 years)

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American Documents: The Mayflower Compact

The eagerly-awaited final title in National Geographic’s popular American Documents series completes the broad sweep of the collection by casting all the way back to our country’s original document of record, the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower Compact includes: an engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate text, vetted by experts 40 pages generously illustrated with period artwork and archival photographs biographies of key figures in the document’s history the entire text of the original document and a complete list of its signatories excerpt from Mourt’s Relation, written by Edward Winslow and William Bradford, two of the colony’s founding fathers the charter of the Colony of New Plymouth Web links to further information a detailed glossary and index. (Age Range: 10 and up)

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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land. (Age Level: 10 and up)

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The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World

Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower! After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower’s passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Mayflower specifically for younger readers, this edition includes additional maps, artwork, and archival photos. (Age Level: 10 and up)

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What are your favorite Thanksgiving Books for kids?

 

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10 Truths About Motherhood

10 Truths About Motherhood

11 years of being a mom has taught me many lessons. There have been many FAILS. There’s been a few wins. Out of all of the things that I’ve learned, 10 truths about motherhood ring true. I could tell you things like your house will never be clean or that sleep is a myth, but there are somethings you need to learn for yourself.

Truths About Motherhood

 

motherhood truthsThese truths about motherhood are things I want to tell every mom or soon-to-be-mom to know. I wish I had known and understood these things sooner.

1. You are unique.

How you parent should be unique. While Baby Wise may work for your half of your friends, it doesn’t mean it’s what will work for you and your family. You must learn to embrace being unique and finding what works for YOU.

each mom is unique

2. Your kids are unique.

EVERY child is different. Just because ONE is quiet, doesn’t mean the rest will be. Just because one responds to time out’s, doesn’t mean it will work for each child.

each kid is unique

3. Time REALLY does fly.

I use to roll my eyes every time someone said “time flies with kids” or “they’ll be grown before you know it” or “enjoy them while they are young!”. Okay, I now get it. Time DOES fly. The kids grow up way too quick. The trick is just enjoying each moment of it the best you can.

4. The most important things didn’t cost tons of money.

MONEY! If ONLY we had more money, we could buy…. Sure, money is essential, but let me give you some money saving advice….Money isn’t everything and your kids will love you regardless.

I’ve spent so much money on CRAP. Baby crap. Kid crap. Mom crap. You know that CRAP you buy, thinking it will make your life better. The best stroller, the nicest clothes, throwing the BEST kid’s birthday party. Blah – it’s all crap I tell you! I only can say this after spending way too much money and realizing that in the end, the kids don’t care.

The stroller that your child rides in will not dictate the quality of their life. The clothes your children wear will be pooped, peed and puked on.

And birthday parties, oh LORD. With 4 kids, I can tell you that our birthdays now are spent low key. We invite our closest friends and family members. We take good photos to captures the memories, but things like expensive decoration, outrageous cakes – yeah sorry kids, those things just cost way too much and the return on happiness… not worth it. 

I still get caught every now in then in the money can buy happiness trap. Reality slaps me in the face each time. What does is that old song?? Money can’t buy me love… true. that.

5. People will judge you no matter what. Stand tall and ignore them.

Are you going to work? Stay at home? Use cloth diapers? Breast feed? Day care or nanny? It doesn’t matter people. But I’ll tell you this… whatever you decide to do – you WILL be judged. The best thing you can do is keep your head high and ignore the judgement, oh and not judge other moms.

enjoying motherhood

6. Being a mom can be isolating, if you let it.

Facebook is great. I love the thing, but the people that you don’t see in real life in a some-what regular fashion – you can’t rely on them to provide you the human interaction you need. I spent months locked in the house, only seeing family. I felt like that was my only option. And you know what, it sucked. I joined a mom’s group, which I totally DID NOT want to do. But I did, and it made me get out of the house. It made me talk to people outside of the internet world. It was one of the best things I’ve done getting to know moms who understand the up’s and down’s of parenting children of similar age to your own.

7. The mom who has it all together is a fake.

No mom has it all together, for real. Even the ones that you swear just know how to do the mom thing right, yeah – each mom has flaws. Each mom deals with crap on the floor that didn’t come from the dog. Just some people don’t let other people know about things like that. Not that we should call these perfect moms out, just know that achieving perfection as a mom shouldn’t be a goal because it’s totally NOT realistic.

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8. GMO’s are bad, but so is stress.

While my kids drink healthy smoothies in the mornings, they sometimes eat Macaroni and Cheese for lunch. I want kids with healthy eating habits, but stressing too much isn’t healthy either. All that said – don’t sweat stuff too much. Do what’s best for you (are you sensing a theme here??).

9. Have fun!

I love having kids. I always knew I wanted to have a large family. What I didn’t know was how fun having kids can be. Sure there are stressful moments and it took me de-stressing my life, learning to say no and saying yes to what really matters to understand this truth.

Our family likes to laugh a lot, we have fun whenever possible because people, this life is too short (and didn’t you read #3, it all goes by soo fast!)

10. You are doing a good job mom.

Despite the critics – and chances are you are your own worse critic…. YOU are doing a GREAT job MOM! Keep up the good work. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stop yourself from judging other moms. Don’t worry about how other parents are parenting. Ignore the haters – there are ALWAYS going to be haters (haters gonna hate).

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10 Truths About Motherhood was originally published on April 9, 2014. These motherhood truths still ring true in 2017. 

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