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How To Discipline Your Child

Discipline is not a dirty word. In fact, effective discipline techniques involve both communication and commitment. Through the use of rewards and consequences, you can show your child how to be respectful and follow rules. It helps your child become more self-aware, more aware of how his actions impact others, and how important it is …

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Printable Chore Charts for Older Children

Our printable chore charts for preschoolers are great for the younger crowd, but for your older children you need something that encourages a bit more responsibility. Check out the two chore charts below to help you do just that. The first chart is filled in with activities and chores that are appropriate for those in …

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Dorm Living: 5 Things You Can’t Live Without

Trying to get ready, you have gone over checklist after checklist. Even though you have the basics covered (clothes, school supplies, laptop, etc), it’s possible a few essentials have been overlooked. If this is your first time away from home, and you’re just not sure, here are some items you should not forget. 1. Dry …

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50 Ways to Praise and Encourage Your Child

There may be families who save the praise and encouragement for special times, but in our house, that praise and encouragement flows freely. That’s not to say that we have the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality, because we don’t, but our kids do know that we support them in their achievements and endeavors. If you’re …

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10 Kid-Friendly, Picky-Eater Approved Lunches

I think, in the wee hours of the morning, my children gather and form a “Picky Eaters Club” that is intent on the demise of lunch as we know it. They plot their revenge on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pinky swear that they won’t let vegetables anywhere near their mouths. They stand united. …

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Free Printable Chore Charts for Preschoolers

That being said, I’m also a strong believer in kids being given chores they are developmentally able to do. Assigning a 4 year old to unload the dishwasher? Probably not a good idea. Having the 4 year old make her bed? Absolutely! The two chore charts below are perfect for getting your little one started. They limit …

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How to Make No Sew Roman Shades from Recycled Mini Blinds

When we moved into our house seven years ago, I had big plans to replace all of the mini-blinds with beautiful Roman shades and curtains. And then the washer and dryer both broke within a month of moving in, so that plan was put on hold. For seven years. I finally worked up the energy …

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Fun Family Activities for the End of the Summer

As summer slowly winds down, your kids are (a) bored out of their minds and can’t wait to go back to school or (b) dreading the end of summer and the carefree days it brings. Either way, it’s always a great idea to make these last few unstructured days fun and memorable. Fun Family Activities …

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How to Keep Track of Family Schedules and Activities

Keeping track of family activities is not only practical but also usually necessary especially for big households. A family activity tracking system that you create yourself is a sure way to make any holiday, party, or meet-up more fun and convenient. Here a few ideas you can use to track your family’s activities easier. A …

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How to Decorate Your Front Porch for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is almost here and your front porch needs some decorations stat!  Never fear, the three quick ideas below will have it decorated in record time. 1.  Flags, flags, and more flags! The great thing about the 4th is that you can never go wrong when decorating with American flags.  Stick them in planters …

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