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How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?

How Often Do You Monitor Electronic Devices That Your Child Uses?

Have you ever thought of needing to monitor electronic devices that your children use? What websites did your child visit this week? Did any of those websites contain porn, illegal content, or content that you would not allow your child to be exposed to? What did your child receive in their email this week? Did someone from Bulgaria, Russia, or Thailand send them pornography? How about someone who lives even closer to you? What did they send your child? Did anyone approach your child about sex in an Internet chat room this week? Did someone invite them to run away from home or to secretly...
5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

5 Important Things I Learned While Raising a Son with ADHD

Over the past 12 years, I've been raising a son with ADHD. It hasn't been easy, but it hasn't been horribly hard either. Just like any child, a child with ADHD has their good days and bad days. The only problem? Those bad days can and typically are much much worse than a raising a son with ADHD. Anyone who knows anything about raising a son with ADHD knows the typical struggles: Inattentiveness Doing everything EXCEPT what needs to be done Temper tantrum throwing Being impulsive Forgetfulness Oh and the list could go on and on…… probably for at least another 100 bullet...
I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women

I'm sure many of you so called men are sick of hearing about how boys so be raised to respect women. Oh well. If you're a man, you shouldn't have to be sick of hearing it, you should be helping us change it. I Do Everything In My Power To Teach My Sons to Respect Women Well, let me tell you something…. us women are sick of you so called men being disrespectful to women so much that we have to raise our sons to be respectful.  We shouldn't have to instill respect to our sons if they had men in their lives that respect women. This isn't going to be a bash men post, it's a post about how...
What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs?

What Do You Do When You Find out Your Child Does Drugs?

Are you concerned that your son, daughter, or family member is doing drugs? Is the prospect of having to take them to a clinic too horrible for you to even contemplate? This past week my husband and I had a sneaky suspicion about our oldest son doing drugs. We knew it wasn't anything hard, but knew it was at least marijuana. We talked it over and decided to drug test him to be 100% sure. I didn't make it a big deal and just told him “Look, it's just to be on the safe side and so I know what's going on in your life!” And that's the thing, as parents, we need to know what our kids...
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 hilarious, amazing, wild little humans of ours is...
What’s Included in the Ultimate Parenting Super Bundle 2017

What’s Included in the Ultimate Parenting Super Bundle 2017

Here's what you'll get when you buy the Ultimate Parenting Super Bundle today! I wrote about all the reasons you want to get the Parenting Super Bundle…. well, here is the list of awesome items you're going to get. Activities & Crafts Crafty Critters: Crafts to Go by Amanda Dion ($9.99) Farm Life Quiet Book by Kristina Manscill ($4.99) Funny Mom Joke Pack: Make Your Kids Laugh Every Day of the Year by Jill Riley ($29.00) Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge by Liz Millay ($15.00) Mini Mom & Dad Dates by The Dating Divas ($4.97) Random Acts of Kindness Cards for Kids by...
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 be computer experts to keep their children safe...
My Son Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder – But that Doesn’t Define Him

My Son Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder – But that Doesn’t Define Him

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. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click a link, I may get paid for your purchase. 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...
I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

I Just Won The “Most Awesome Mom of a Lifetime” Award

If your home is anything like mine, you have at least one boombox in the house that isn't Bluetooth enabled. *gasp* I know I know… I'm living in the “dark ages” according to my kids. Heck, we still rely on actual alarm clocks, that my husband and I have probably had since at least 2005, and not our cell phones to wake us up. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click a link, I may get paid for your purchase. Since my...
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're stressed to your children how you expect them to act. I have a little bit more of the authoritative way of thinking that I would like, but it is definitely something that I'm...

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