Parenting

I have a lot to say about PARENTING. I’m a mom of 4 kids. 1 girl, 3 boys – ranging in age from 6 to 14-years-old. We’ve done pregnancy, infant, baby, toddler, kid, pre-teen and now teen, Lord help us! 

Somehow we are surviving, honestly most days I don’t know how we do it – but it happens. 

In the early days of being a mom, one thing became very apparent. There are parenting styles and tricks that work for some parents and not others. 

It’s kind of like having a kid. Each kid is different and requires different responses and disciplines. I believe that same philosophy applies to families and parenting.  All that said, a huge help for me as a parent has been hearing how other parents handle certain situations. Especially in the digital world that we live in, there is so much unknown and the wisdom we can gain from one another is priceless. 

Here we share stories, tips and ideas for various parenting situations that my husband and I have come across. We hope that you find these of value. We are all in this together!

Overscheduled Kids And Not Being Able to Say No!

Overscheduled Kids And Not Being Able to Say No!

It happened. Our overscheduled kids have sucked the life out of us. What sucks more, we can't say no. Let's talk about crazy schedules for kids and what to do when you just can't say no.  Overscheduling the Kids As a mom to 4 kids, I have many friends and...

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Ataribox Is Coming And Yes, The Kids Will Want It!

Ataribox Is Coming And Yes, The Kids Will Want It!

Ataribox - sound familiar? Yes, the old school Atari is making a comeback. Our kids could soon be bugging us to buy them an Atari - but don't worry, this isn't the Atari of the 80's! Launching this Fall on Indiegogo, the Ataribox is positioning itself as a PC...

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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...

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7 Back to School Tech Must Haves

7 Back to School Tech Must Haves

Back to school technology products - the school year is about to start, we're sharing the top tech products to add to your school list. Can you believe the new school year is already here?  Doesn't it feel like school just let out? Nope, summer is coming to an...

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5 Tips for Talking Puberty with Tween Boys

5 Tips for Talking Puberty with Tween Boys

Talking puberty with tween boys. Mamas and papas, you know you can't wait to read this one. For some reason there is a lot of information about talking to puberty in girls but not puberty in boys. Let's change that. Moms and dads, we need to be talking to both our...

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Fingerlings – The 2017 Hot Christmas Toy

Fingerlings – The 2017 Hot Christmas Toy

Fingerlings - what in the world is a FINGERLING? Let us introduce you. Our friends at WowWee emailed us a few weeks back saying they had the hot new toy for 2017 and wanted to send us one to see what we thought of it. So, here is what we thought - more importantly we...

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A Parent’s Guide to Teens and Social Media

A Parent’s Guide to Teens and Social Media

Teens and social media - those words scare me. Why? Because I am now a parent to a teen and as someone who spends A LOT of time on social media, I know what type of trouble they can get themselves into online.  Teens and Social Media While we did let our daughter...

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7 Things You Need to Know About Teen Sexting

7 Things You Need to Know About Teen Sexting

Teen sexting is something you hear about time and time again. Photos leak of nude teens, lives and reputations are ruined. (Note: you don't have to be a teen for photos to leak, hello iCloud hack!) Updated 4/25/17: With the new 13 Reasons Why Netflix series - the...

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Fidget Cubes and Fidget Toys – Friday Fave Gadget

Fidget Cubes and Fidget Toys – Friday Fave Gadget

Fidget cubes are all the rage from elementary to high school. What are these things, why do kids love them, why do parents like them and why do teachers HATE them? Let's break it down with this week's Friday Fave - Gadget of the Week.  Fidget Cubes and...

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5 Tips for Taking Texas Bluebonnet Photos With The Family

5 Tips for Taking Texas Bluebonnet Photos With The Family

Texas bluebonnet photos with the family is a nearly annual event. I force the entire family out the door, somewhat dressed to capture photos of the kids together. In case you aren't from Texas, family bluebonnet photos are a thing. Yes, you will see crazy people on...

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5 Tips for Surviving Toddler Haircuts

5 Tips for Surviving Toddler Haircuts

Toddler Haircuts - those words make my brain itch (yes, that's possible - because I said so). Both of our toddlers are in need of a haircut. This will be Zeke's first haircut. Izaiah's hair is looking shaggy in a not cute way, so looks like it's time to head to the...

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2016 Year in Review Free Printable

2016 Year in Review Free Printable

In 2011, I created a Year in Review Printable that was downloaded thousands of times. It's 2016, let's update this free Year in Review printable and give it an update with a FAVES twist.  2016 Year in Review Printable This New Year's printable was created...

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Hour of Code – Inspire Your Kid to Try Coding

Hour of Code – Inspire Your Kid to Try Coding

It's Computer Science Education Week and tens of millions of students in 180+ countries are being introduced to computer science and computer programming through a program called Hour of Code.  What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a global movement...

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20 Best Toys to Develop Fine Motor Skills

20 Best Toys to Develop Fine Motor Skills

Looking for the best toys to develop fine motor skills - here they are! The few years we have our kids as toddlers - they are rapidly growing and learning. Your toddler's gross motor skills, like running, walking and jumping doesn't require much work on your part. Our...

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10+ Free Halloween Apps That Your Kids Will Love

10+ Free Halloween Apps That Your Kids Will Love

Free Halloween kids apps - because we have kids and are always on the look out for good apps, why not download seasonal apps for something new. We searched high and low to find both apps for kids that are free and apps for both iOS and Android. First up are free iOS...

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Kick Your Halloween Up a Notch with a Digital Costume!

Kick Your Halloween Up a Notch with a Digital Costume!

With morphsuits, you can make a digital halloween costume that will take your getup to a whole new level! Let's check out how you can use an app to make a digital Halloween costume that is extra gory! Morphsuits - Take Halloween To A Whole New Level! Are your kids...

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Halloween Nerd Costumes – Ideas for Girls and Boys

Halloween Nerd Costumes – Ideas for Girls and Boys

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Looking for a Halloween Nerd Costumes - well you've come to the right place.  The infamous nerd costume is easy to do, can be done on the cheap - and who doesn't love a geek?  In this post, we are going to show you how to...

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5 STEM Toys and Apps That Teach Thru Play

5 STEM Toys and Apps That Teach Thru Play

STEM toys and apps are all the rage. Get your kids learning the latest with science, technology, engineering and math with these fun gadgets and apps. STEM Toys and Apps Science Technology Engineering Math - here are creative options for teaching your kids,...

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30 Day YouTube Kids Reading Challenge

30 Day YouTube Kids Reading Challenge

Do your kids' minds go dormant come summer? My kids just want to play on their tablets, or on Xbox or swim, anything that isn't directly related to learning - they are all in. We've teamed up with our friends at YouTube Kids for a 30 Day Reading Challenge. For 20...

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