The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

4 Simple Reasons We Eat Dinner Together 


You could say we’re “old fashioned” when it comes to dinnertime. A majority of our dinners are homemade and we eat together at the dining room table every night. (Sure, there’s an occasional “eat wherever you want” but it’s few and far between.) Here are 4 reasons we eat dinner together as a family:


Healthier Meals.

I’m sure this isn’t the biggest reason why we eat dinner as a family- but as a family of 5 on a budget, it helps. Homemade meals are much healthier than buying take-out regularly. Sure, there are nights that we buy take-out AND eat together but it’s still few and far between. Plus: Healthier foods equal healthier kids.

 

Communication.

Now that the older two kids are in school, sometimes our dinnertime is the only time we can really sit down and talk about our day. I love listening about what’s going on at school and what they’re learning. They always have the best stories to tell us and we usually end up laughing more than eating! 
 

Unplug for 20 minutes.

My husband and I have a rule- no phones at the table. If someone calls us, texts, or emails us… they just have to wait until we’re done. This time is 100% for us as a family. We want zero interruptions in our time together. 
 

Teach manners.

Table manners are important to us too. We started teaching them to the girls pretty early. Some family members think we’re just mean- but I’m pretty proud to be raising little ladies that have good table manners. How can you teach good table manners when your kids aren’t eating at the table? 
Do you make it a point to have a meal with your family at the table regularly? What’s your biggest reason? Comment below and let’s talk about it! 🙂  

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

How To Raise Responsible Children

Image source

It’s every parent’s nightmare. To raise a child that turns out to be irresponsible. Running amok without any consideration as to how their actions have consequences is not how we want our children to be.

But is it possible to instil a sense of responsibility into a child at a young age, whilst still nurturing their innocent, child free nature?

Apparently so.

The word responsibility merely means to have a duty or to be accountable for. In order to introduce the concept of accountability to our child, we need to communicate to them what it is that’s happening, and explain how we expect things to unfold.

Just like you wouldn’t know what to expect or how to behave in a brand new situation, children need things to be spelled out to them very clearly. The simple skill of communicating with our children is something we very easily forget or are too busy to do.

By pointing out “If you do this, this will happen” and “If you do otherwise then this will make *this* happen” we are informing our children that their actions are to be accounted for. They might not grasp it right away but that’s okay. Giving children time to understand rules and boundaries is vital to their social development.

By being consistent and fair when dishing out discipline we are actually teaching about cause and effect.

But responsibility isn’t all about rules and punishments. We want our children to feel part of the family and to take pride in participating in chores, family events and to have jobs to do.

Toddlers can even take part; tidying up at the end of play time, throwing their toys into a box or even carrying a (very light!) shopping bag from the car into the house.

When you’re preparing a meal you can get all the kids around you with different tasks, peeling and chopping (if they’re old enough) or the simple things such as laying the table or taking the salt and pepper pots into the dining room.

And on an additional note if you’re wary of spending too much time in the kitchen and the kids are getting antsy, why not consider batch cooking or look at how you can save time by meal planning in advance and being a savvy cook. This leaves you with more time to be with your children, which is all they actually all they really want.

And of course, one of the more obvious ways you can teach responsibility is to have a pet.

Taking care of another being is the highest form of responsibility there is. While the duties can be many; from grooming to walking and feeding; the rewards are great. Just remember to read up on the proper care for the animal beforehand, nobody wants an unruly animal and an excitable child! Dog training 101 would be an option for a wannabe canine lover.

From gardening to grocery shopping, there are ample ways that you can get your children to participate in family life and enjoy a sense of responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Sponsored Guest Post

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Safety Starts At Home: A Simple Guide To Creating A Child-Friendly House

Image

 

As a parent of young children, you never stop worrying about their safety. Fact.

Those fears can be amplified when they aren’t by your side. Teaching them from an early age is a crucial part of their upbringing, and can prevent injuries at school and other places. However, the harsh reality is that they are far more likely to suffer an accident at home. With this in mind, building a home that keeps them safe on a 24/7 basis is essential.

You won’t prevent every bump and bruise. But the tips below can help you avoid any major threats to their safety. Now that has to be music to any parent’s ears.

 

Eradicate Outside Threats

It might be a relatively unlikely possibility, but the threat of break-ins should not be ignored. Taking the right precautions in this area is non-negotiable.

Your first job is to ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked. Not only does this stop unwanted guests getting in, but it also stops curious children getting out. Meanwhile, home surveillance like the Samsung security system can discourage thieves too. After all, the emotional scars of a burglary can last a lifetime, even if you wasn’t at home at that time.

Image

 

In truth, it’s probably more for your benefit than anyone else. But that should only serve as another incentive to make those upgrades.

 

Childproofing Household Items

No parent can keep their eyes peeled at all times. Kids will play and explore. More crucially, they will be inquisitive. Therefore, it’s important that your home is designed to prevent any potential harm.

Covering table edges and other sharp objects with foam padding can prevent nasty cuts and bumps. Meanwhile, opting for carpets can cushion various trips and falls. Most importantly, it’s imperative that electrical outlets are covered from toddlers too. After all, that’s a danger where even one incident could be fatal.

Likewise, keeping medicines and other harmful consumables out of reach is key. The same can be said for knives and sharp objects. Store them high and out of sight. Or if you feel a stair gate to the kitchen is required, then go for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Encourage Outdoor Play

Image

 

Safety isn’t the only key element of parenting. You also want to see your child grow to be happy, active, and healthy. One of the best ways to combine all of those elements is with outside play.

Whether it’s a trampoline or a badminton set doesn’t matter. Kids are less likely to encounter major injuries, even if they do suffer a few more small falls. Besides, it’s a lot easier for you to keep an eye on them in one open space rather than when they’re running through different rooms. This is especially true if they have friends over.

Of course, you need to take precautions if you have water features. Similarly, you may need to cover them in sun lotion and other items. Nevertheless, added garden time can increase safety and fun while reducing tidy up time too.

 

 

 

 

*Sponsored Guest Post

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

MommyCon- Is it worth it?!

Mama- it’s worth it.

I have already gone over the MommyCon Basics & FAQS, MommyCon on a Budget, 10 Tips for MommyCon, and the latest post- MommyCon VIP. But in case you still need some convincing on just how awesome MommyCon is….

 

My goodie bag from Columbus 2015

The Goodie Bag

In case I didn’t write enough about it, did you know that every attendee will leave the MommyCon event with a super awesome goodie bag filled with stuff?! The sponsors have been pretty generous in the past. While this shouldn’t be your #1 reason to attend MommyCon- I can tell you that in my experience, the goodie bag is worth more than your general admission ticket price. It’s filled with samples, coupons, and full sized products.

 

The Sessions

The sessions and seminars you’ll attend at MommyCon will probably leave you with some awesome new knowledge. And in my experience as a parent- knowledge really is power. Whether you’re taking away facts from Cloth Diapering 101 or from Kim Rosas’ Reusable Menstraul Products- that’s up to you! I highly recommend attending as many sessions that you can squeeze in!

 

Jackson wearing Cotton Babies’ Exclusive MommyCon Flip Diaper for 2016

Exclusive Products

Did you know that many vendors go to MommyCon with “MommyCon Exclusives?” Cloth diaper companies like Cotton Babies and Smart Bottoms have had exclusive diapers. Pink Lemonade Shop had an exclusive pad print. Eylas had an exclusive water bottle last year. Tekhni typically has an exclusive wrap for each MommyCon event. Basically- lots of things you’ll find ONLY at MommyCon! 😉

The Giveaways

Now, I know I didn’t talk much about this. Did you know that at the end of event day- MommyCon does a HUGE giveaway?! I mean like $10,000 worth of products huge. It’s really easy to enter- go to MommyCon! When you check-in at the beginning of the day, you’ll be given a badge with a number. That number is your “ticket number” so to speak. If you hear/see your number called- YOU WON! You’ll get additional entries for any VIP tickets you purchase. My first year, a few moms couldn’t stay for the giveaway. They handed me their badges since they wouldn’t get to use them. I won a set of RePlay, even though it was with my own badge number. But I was super excited!!!! You can not win a giveaway if you are not present. So if you can stay the whole day- I suggest you hang around. (There have been car seats and strollers given away! 😉 So yeah- be there.)

The Experience

I have only given you some tools to make your MommyCon experience great. Now- it’s completely up to you to make it great. Take pictures. Meet new mom friends. Meet some of the small businesses that are exhibiting there. Buy yourself something. Buy something for your kiddos. Learn some new information. Take the day to be “free” if you go without kids. Take the day to bond with your significant other, if they go with you. The experience will vary from person to person since no two people will visit the exact same sessions, meet the same people, or buy the same things. The “ideal” MommyCon experience is unique to everyone and really- your overall experience is up to you!

 

Still need to buy your general admission ticket? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off, combine this with the social sharing discount at checkout for a total of $7 off!

 

 


 

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the posts in my MommyCon Series! And be on the lookout for a GIVEAWAY of MommyCon tickets! EEEEK!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Ensure Your Kid Avoids Common Injuries With These Essential Pieces Of Advice

It’s so easy for your kid to come home from school with an injury. Or they might come in from playing outside to tell you they have hurt themselves. And it can leave moms end up having to take their kids to a pediatric centre. But while you can’t stop all accidents occurring, there are some things you can do to prevent them. Therefore, here are some essential pieces of advice every moms needs to ensure their kid avoids common injuries.

 

Make sure they have the right clothing

For one thing, you need to ensure that your little one is wearing protective clothing before they are going out. After all, your child might end up with an injury as they weren’t wearing a coat when playing outside. And if your child hasn’t got protective gear when they are heading to play sports, you are more than likely to find your little one comes home with a sprain. Therefore, ensure they have all the clothing they need to keep them safe when they are out and about. That way, you can prevent an accident occurring which will see your child have a bad injury!

 

Choose correct footwear

It’s also vital that your little one has correct footwear on before they go outside. For example, if your child heads into the garden in just flip flops, they could end up putting their foot on something sharp. And if they don’t wear comfortable trainers when they are doing sports, they could end up with an ankle injury. Therefore, make sure you choose correct footwear which will keep your little one’s feet safe. In fact, you should ensure you get your child’s feet measured by a professional so that you are buying the right size shoes for them. That way, they won’t end up with an injury because of their poorly fitted shoes.

 

Image Source: Pixabay

 

Warn them about the dangers in advance

The best ways for moms to ensure their kid avoids injuries is by explaining them about the dangers around. Tell them what will happen if they do end up running around and falling over. Explaining to them that if they do end up with a sprain or a break, they will end up needing pediatric immediate care. And they might not be able to take part in sports for weeks. Telling them about what will occur should ensure they don’t make errors when they are out and about. And it will prepare them for the future so they think twice before doing something which might put them in danger.

 

Be wary about the weather conditions

It’s always a good idea to check the weather before your child goes out to play. After all, if snow is on your way, your kid might end up slipping and getting an injury. And if rain is around the corner, they might also end up hurting themselves while playing with their friends. Therefore, make sure you prepare them for all weathers and stop them from going out if it’s going to be dangerous. That way, you can ensure your little one avoids injury when the weather is dire.

Image from Pixabay

And make sure you get a first aid box for your home. That way, you can deal with minor injuries in the comfort of your home!

 

 

 

 

 

-Sponsored Post

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Eight Easy Tips To Reinvent Your Toddler’s Bedroom

Image source

 

It’s hard to know how exactly to decorate your toddler’s room. It’s that time where they’re starting to form their own distinct little personality, and knowing how to reflect that in their space is a tough challenge. Thankfully, there are some solutions…

 

Image source

 

Pick A Colour Scheme

First of all, it’s important to choose a colour scheme. Toddlers’ rooms are crazy enough with scattered toys and possessions to have a mishmash of decorations too, so if you try to make it as clean and simple as you can to begin with, the mess will be easier to deal with. Go for a cool, calming colour like duck egg blue (yes, for girls as well!) or pale yellow. Colours like red and purple might be bright and fun but you should bear in mind that you want this room to be somewhere where you want your toddler to sleep well so it shouldn’t be too over stimulating.

Invest In A New Bed

If your toddler hasn’t moved up to his or her big boy or big girl bed yet, now is the time to make that transition. Every child is ready for their big bed at a different age – but if your toddler’s been trying to climb out of his or her crib, now is definitely the time! You might feel a little nervous about it on the first night so make sure you put some pillows on the floor next to the bed to break your toddler’s fall if he or she rolls off the bed during the night. Chances are, they’ll be absolutely fine! Look online for the best toddler beds that will suit your needs.

 

Image source

Try Out More Storage Solutions

One of the biggest problems that we all have – and will always have – with our homes is storage. Especially if you have kids, it’s almost impossible to know what exactly you want to keep. Random objects become imbued with more sentimental attachment than they really deserve. It’s not necessarily time to throw away all of your kids’ old childhood toys – but it is time to install some decent shelving so that you can put certain things on display, Put some covered baskets or bins on the larger shelves and use them to keep toys in.

 

Change Your Windows

If your toddler’s having problems sleeping – and staying asleep – it’s probably destroying your sleeping patterns as well. Although you expect new-born babies to be up a lot in the night, it can be really difficult if your toddler continues these patterns. Purchase some blackout blinds or curtains so early morning sunrise doesn’t wake up your child. You can also get soundproof drapes that will block out any noises from the street below. Make sure that you tie up the end of the blind string so there’s no way your toddler can reach it, as this can be a huge hazard.

 

Image source

 

Decide What You Want The Room To Be

When you’re decorating a room, it’s important to consider exactly what sort of space you want it to be, so it doesn’t turn into a mess of different ideas. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate playroom where your child spends most of their time, then you might want to make the bedroom into a place mostly for sleeping and napping, so you might be focusing on turning it into a relaxing space where it’ll be easy for your toddler to fall asleep and to relax. In that case, you might focus on soft, cosy furnishings, and shelves of books that you can reach for when it’s time for bedtime stories. If you want to make it a more stimulating environment that encourages creative independent play, go for more bright colours and plenty of toys within easy reach, along with a surface where your toddler can create his or her amazing works of art.

 

Give Your Toddler Some Choices

Your child is starting to reach the sort of age where he or she is forming their own personality, with distinct likes and dislikes, so it’s time to start asking them what they might want in their new room. Obviously it isn’t a good idea to decorate the whole place based on a whim – in six months, chances are your daughter won’t love Frozen quite as much as she does now, so the life size statue of Princess Elsa might turn out to be an error in judgement. Give your child choices between a couple of parent-approved options, so they feel as though they have control over their new room but you also know it’ll turn out the way you want it to.

 

Image source

Make It Eco Friendly

In this day and age, it’s crucial to consider what changes you can make to your home to help save the planet. It’s even more crucial to ensure that you include your children in these choices so that you raise them in a household where it’s the norm to consider the rest of the world and how exactly to do the best and greenest thing to help save the world. Make sure that you paint the room using non toxic environmentally friendly paint, and if you’re disposing of any old furniture, consider freecycling it instead or donating it instead of throwing it away. With new furniture, try to use sustainable, recyclable materials like wood, glass and metal instead of plastic. Replace old light bulbs with new LED ones, which will use less energy and also have the added bonus of bringing down your energy bill!

Add Decorative Touches

Finally, add some decorative touches just like you do in the rest of the house. If you’re a fan of taking plenty of family photos, get your Instagram pictures printed and blown up onto canvases so you can put them onto your toddler’s walls. Go for a bright, cheerful rag rug – not only are they pretty, but they also aren’t too expensive, so spillages and mess won’t matter – and as a final touch, stick some glow in the dark stars on the ceiling.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

ezpz Placemat Review

ezpz mats have become a “must-have” product in my book for toddlers. We currently have the Mini Mat, the Happy Mat, the Snack Mat, and the new book- Making Mealtime ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat.

Some of you may be wondering…. “What is ezpz?” ezpz placemats are silicone placemats marketed for kids that suction to most tabletops. These mats are made of food grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free.

ezpz placemats are super handy once your child has reached the age of eating food, but wants to play and throw their plate or bowl on the floor. The Happy Mat suctions nicely to tabletops, while the Mini Mat is designed to fit on most highchairs.

 

I will admit that I’m not a Pinteresty mom in any way, shape, or form. This is one reason why I love these mats. Jackson’s food can look so fun with very little effort. And let’s face it- kids seem to eat more when their food looks fun. I don’t understand the logic behind it, but we all know it’s true! These placemats are also dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and oven safe (up to 350 degrees) so cooking with them and clean-up are easy!

 

Jackson really likes to snack, but he doesn’t want to sit in his highchair during snack time. The Snack Mat has become a favorite, and was actually our first ezpz mat! I can put his snack in the bowl, suction it to our floating floor, and he can play while snacking- and I don’t have to worry about him just tipping the bowl over for fun!

 

Now this may sound silly…. But I’m a mom on a budget. These mats aren’t exactly cheap, although I wouldn’t say they’re expensive either. Because they’re made of silicone, they won’t show signs of wear. This means that they really won’t have to be replaced. The ezpz mats that I use for Jackson now, can be stored away for any future babies. It doesn’t hold onto bacteria either since it’s a nonporous material- and it also shouldn’t stain! (although, I’m sure cooking some red sauce in it may be harder to get out!)

 

We really like to take the ezpz mats with us when we leave the house. Jackson has used his mats at restaurants and family member’s homes. We put the Mini Mat into a Smart Bottoms wet bag and the Happy Mat fits perfectly in a Smart Bottoms On-the-Go wet bag. It really depends on where we’re going, what’s clean, and what we’ll be eating for me to decide which one to take. If it’s super messy food, I’ll take the Happy Mat (for example) because sometimes my Mini Mat doesn’t want to stick to all surfaces. If it’s somewhere that he’s eating chicken and fries or something just not messy, and maybe it’s a quicker meal, then I’ll probably bring along the Mini Mat.

 

You can see in the photo above that there isn’t much size difference in the actual plate portion of the mats. A Happy Mat’s portion sizes (designed with toddlers in mind) are 4oz, 4oz, and 10oz while the Mini Mat’s (designed more for infants) portion sizes are 2oz, 2oz, and 4oz.

 

All in all, I’m really happy that I decided to try these ezpz mats and I like that they do make my life a bit easier. Jackson also likes them and in reality- that’s really all that matters.

 

 

*Please note: I purchased the Mini Mat and Snack Mat myself. The Happy Mat and book were provided by my participation as a Guidance Guide Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

TBT- Two Kids in Diapers

Having two kids in diapers is a real life scenario for many parents. Some parents want to get the diapering days over with and for some, it just happens naturally! 😉 Our girls are 18 months apart so I had two in diapers for almost 18 months since Aubrey potty trained completely around 3 years old. For me, it wasn’t a total nightmare. It wasn’t really that bad at all! But I really wish that I had found cloth diapering before tackling the two in cloth scenario. We were in disposables almost the whole time! Can you just think about all that money that we just threw away?! Yeah, don’t remind me!

I think most of you know that I have not always been a cloth diapering mama. Aubrey was 100% a disposable diapered baby. We didn’t switch to cloth until after Baileigh turned one. We figured better late than never! (so it really is NEVER too late!)  I had attempted to switch Aubrey over when she was 2 for bedtime use, but it just did not happen. She was too excited to have on a pretty diaper! We had pink ones and purple ones, floral ones and ones with hearts on them… This led to her wanting a new diaper every 5 minutes. This just ended up me getting aggravated and throwing in the towel! So Aubrey really hasn’t had on cloth diapers. We cloth diapered Baileigh and disposable diapered Aubrey. Weird right??

For me, the worst part of diapering two kids was buying the diapers. I hated buying twice the amount of disposables and twice the amount of wipes. I felt like we were buying diapers every week. And of course, the kids just couldn’t run out of diapers at the same time. That would be too easy! I feel like cloth diapering would have SAVED my sanity as far as the buying part. Don’t get me wrong! I loved my frequent trips to Target. But now I enjoy going to Target for things other than diapers. And buying cloth is way more fun! Because what’s more therapeutic than some online diaper shopping and stalking the mailman?

Overall, two children isn’t too scary when it comes down to it. And especially with cloth since you’re already doing laundry and already working on your personal shopping addiction! 😉 If we had other children close in age again, I think I’d be more excited to have a reason to buy more diapers! More diapers means more fun! Right??

 

So tell me, are you diapering more than one child? How is that working out for you?

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Preparing Kids for Real Life: 3 Essential Lessons

-A Guest Blog-

As parents, our jobs come down to one major thing.

Each and every day, we work hard to prepare our kids for the day they leave the home.

For me, this carries a different meaning every day of the week. On some days, it means helping with homework. On others, it means a healthy dose of discipline.

… But every day, it means consistency: in my love, my lessons, and my values. Because at the end of the day, when my kids walk out the door to take on the world, that’s all that they will truly be able to take with them.

Here are three tips for preparing your child for the ‘real world’…

 

Teach the Value of a Dollar

15292817_10154759122379282_1474106213_o

Every parent wants to spoil their kids, it’s only natural. But one of the best ways you can prepare your child for adulthood is by teaching the importance of hard work, and the true value of a dollar.

Perhaps celebrity A-lister Mila Kunis put it best:

“[Ashton Kutcher and I] both came from pretty, pretty, solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor and are very much self-made and are very aware of what a dollar is worth… It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, mommy and daddy may have a dollar… But you’re poor.”

Harsh, but there’s a key take-away here. The real world is harsh, and the earlier you teach this lesson to your kids, the easier their transition into it will be.

 

Instill Healthy Habits

picnic

Healthy habits start young, and stick with us into old age.

Encourage good eating habits (which doesn’t necessarily mean banning all the bad stuff altogether!), consideration (that means good manners!), a thirst for physical activity, and to limit device use (and when to do so!).

A great tool I use to not only teach my kids healthy device habits, but also cultivate accountability is a unique parental control app called OurPact, a parental control app that lets parents remotely manage their kids device habits.

Ever since using the app, my kids are getting good nights of sleep, know that devices are not allowed (let alone won’t work) at the dinner table, and do their homework without distractions beeping in their face every other minute. Cherry on the cake? They know that when they make an agreement, they’ll be held accountable for it. The app is free, and will change your life.

 

Chores, Chores, Chores

15321447_10154759116189282_1627708966_o

We all have that friend who was coddled into early adulthood, and had a really hard time learning how to live as an independent adult. (In university, one of my roommates didn’t know how to do laundry, had a filthy room, and seemed to think dishes were able to miraculously clean themselves. Our room-mate relationship didn’t last long for this very reason, and she’s still adjusting to the reality of having to take care of her own sh*t.)

Teach your kids early on how to do household chores independently. Not only will this help lighten your load, but it will also work wonders to help prepare your child for independent living down the road.

The real world can be a scary place, but if you start preparing your child for their transition into it early on, they’ll ease into it like hot bath!

 

 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!
%d bloggers like this: