65 Reward Ideas for Kids (And brain-science explained)

Parenting isn’t all that hard.

(Sarcasm incoming!)

There’s really nothing to it except:

  • Keeping your child alive
  • Making sure they’re properly fed
  • Getting them enough sleep
  • Helping them do well in school
  • Teaching them to be good, moral people

You know. Just those couple of little things.

And when it comes to getting your child to do, or not do, the things you need them to on their way to becoming fully-functioning and healthy adults, you often need a two-pronged approach.

You can use rewards, and you can use punishments or consequences.

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I tried Artkive to organize my toddler’s art (Honest Review)

Artkive box review

Any parent of a toddler who goes to school knows this problem well:

The absolutely endless influx of artwork that enters your house on a daily basis.

Yes, it’s cute! It’s adorable! It’s a piece of history!

It’s also incredibly annoying when the pile starts to take over entire rooms in your house.

I’ve written before about some different storage solutions for this particular problem, but there was one, in particular, I really wanted to try first hand:

The Artkive box — It’s a box you fill up with your kid’s art and send off in the mail. A few weeks later, you’ll get a professionally bound book filled with photos of the art. Much easier to store!

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35 Fun Activities to Do with Your Toddler At Home

Toddler activities for home

You’re not really a parent to a toddler until you’ve thought:

“What the heck am I supposed to do with my kid all day?”

The easiest ways to keep a toddler busy and wear them out usually involve going outside. Going to parks, riding bikes, playing in the yard, etc.

But what if you’re stuck inside with a toddler? What are the best toddler activities you can do at home?

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9+ Ways to Be a Better Dad According to Science

Dads matter.

You probably already knew that, and so did I.

But don’t take it from me. Because the science on the subject is clear as day.

Children with good, loving, actively involved fathers have better outcomes in life.

They:

  • Have healthier relationships
  • Make more money & have more career success
  • Have less psychological problems
  • And often have higher IQs than their peers

That’s not to denigrate single mothers! Or lesbian couples! And it doesn’t doom kids who grow up without a father for one reason or another.

But if you’re alive and well, you owe it to your kids to be the best possible father you can be.

The question is: How exactly can you be a better dad?

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I tried Plum Print to organize my kid’s art. Here’s my review.

Plum Print book review

Children’s artwork storage is, truly, the bane of many parents’ existence.

No matter how well you organize it, or how much you throw or give away, there always seems to be more and more coming home from preschool!

In our home, at least, it sometimes feels like the art is taking over the entire house.

Luckily, there are services like Plum Print.

What is Plum Print? It’s a done-for-you service that takes a bundle of your kid’s artwork and turns it into a gorgeous keepsake photobook.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Scarlett

Best middle names for Scarlett

People spend HOURS and HOURS researching the perfect name for their new baby.

And can you blame them?

Your first name winds up having a big influence on how people see you as you grow up, and even how you see yourself.

But can middle names get a little bit of love?! They can sometimes wind up being an afterthought, leaving parents-to-be scrambling at the eleventh hour to think of a good one.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guide to picking middle names. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name to go with any first name you might choose!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Scarlett (or Scarlet).

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Sophia

Best middle names for Sophia

Expecting your new baby is extremely exciting, and you probably want everything to be perfect. This is why you want to take your time deciding on your baby’s name. 

The name that you choose for your child is a major decision, and it probably will end up having a lot to do with how she’ll view herself.

It’s no wonder that people can lose so much time stressing over finding the perfect name. The only problem is if you spend so much time thinking about the first name, sometimes the middle name can become an afterthought!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Sophia.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Evelyn

Best middle names for Evelyn

If you’re expecting, then the odds are good that you’re devoting a lot of your time to finding the perfect name for your bundle of joy. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a person’s name plays a major role in her life, and influences how others will see her. 

This is why people spend endless hours searching Google for an idea about what they should name their new baby. People spend so much time looking for a first name, in fact, that the middle name can get lost in the mix. 

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guides to choosing the perfect middle name for any first name. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Evelyn.

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Every Letter Makes A Sound Song (Listen & Full Lyrics)

Every Letter Makes A Sound song lyrics

You might remember this one from when you were a kid.

But either way, get ready to have it drilled into your head because Pre-K-ers around the country are learning it now!

My daughter came home singing something called “Every Letter Makes a Sound” recently, so I had to look it up and find out where it came from (plus I wanted to be sure I had all the lyrics right so I could sing along).

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