80 Tools To Help you Succeed at Parenting

80 Tools To Help you Succeed at Parenting

As adults, we’re pretty awesome at a lot of things. We tackle big challenges in our careers, our finances, and our health. We build impressive things. We write legal documents. We manage teams and conferences and estates and classrooms. But when it comes to parenting, we often feel surprisingly unsure whether we know what we’re doing at all. We love these kids of ours with a love so fierce and strong, and yet, half the time we shake our heads and wonder if we’re getting it all wrong and why this parenting gig is so darn hard??? Raising these...
The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The 10 Best Internet Safety Rules for Kids + Free Printable

The other day my youngest son was playing a popular game on the Xbox One. I overheard the conversations a few kids and my son were having and he said something that surprised me since we've talked about internet safety quite a bit. He mentioned that he was only 12 and that he was home with his mom and that he couldn't do something because he wasn't allowed to. It shocked me. So I had him turn the game off and we discussed again about telling people online that you don't know personally, any type of personal information. Parents don't have to...
5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Child

Children are at an age where they need lots of love and encouragement to grow up into healthy young adults. This is one thing I'm not afraid to admit that I struggle with. Growing up the only person who really encouraged my brother and I was my mom. My dad was raised with a firm hand and was more authoritative instead of encouraging. So I have tried to be more like my mother, but it's hard. Especially when you've stressed to your children how you expect them to act. I have a little bit more of the authoritative way of thinking than I would...
When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

When Will the Kids Be Responsible Enough to Trust at Home Alone?

Your childcare provider just called, telling you that her children are sick. While you normally use your mother-in-law as a back-up, she’s visiting family out of town. Missing work isn’t an option unless you want to lose your job; your boss has already written you up for excessive absences, mostly for scenarios just like this one—childcare emergencies. Your kids are 11 and 13, and you work just 10 minutes up the road. What should you do? Are they ready to be left alone? First, consider that federal regulations recommend that children be at...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder & My Son – The Painful Truth

Oppositional Defiant Disorder & My Son – The Painful Truth

The past several years have been a horrible struggle. We recently found out (probably 4 years ago) that our youngest son has O.D.D. or Oppositional Defiant Disorder or sometimes confused or partnered with C.D. or Conduct Disorder. Our son is only 11. He's been going through this for as long as I can remember. I remember hearing stories from his birth father, that his nephew used to be very similar to how my son is acting. His nephew used to kill animals and laugh. He would take forks and stab family members just because they defied him....
A Letter to My Teen Son From Your Dear Mother

A Letter to My Teen Son From Your Dear Mother

The other day while we were at the store getting a few things for this post to talk about Yoplait Go-Big;  I started thinking about our past. It's not a secret if you've read any of my previous posts that I've been a single mother for majority of my adult life. So I decided to write a letter to teen son. So they know that everything I've been through and have done is for them. It's always been a struggle for my boys and I until almost 6 years ago when I met my husband. This is something I've been meaning to do for so many years, but just...
Ohio’s 2nd Annual Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Ohio’s 2nd Annual Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Last year I brought my readers in Ohio a post about our first Tax-Free Weekend. Apparently, Ohio thought it wise to bring it back again! HECK YEAH MAN! The holiday starts on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.S.B. 264 enacted a sales tax holiday to occur only in 2016. Here are the details of the Tax-Free Holiday in Ohio! During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax: Clothing priced at $75 per item or less; School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and School...
10 Ways You Know Summer is Unbelievably Close

10 Ways You Know Summer is Unbelievably Close

It's that wonderful time of the year- Summer Flowers are blooming, grass is growing green, trees are growing their beautiful leaves again, and it's finally getting warm enough to go outside with capris or shorts and a tank top. You know that also means that the wonderful part of the year ALL parents look forward to (working or stay at home)….. Kids will be home 24/7 for at least 2 months. Yay! Can you sense the sarcasm in my voice? Oh? You can't? Here let me show you my “happy that it's almost summer break” face:   Yes! Do...

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