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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Rocker vs Glider: Which Chair is Right for Your Nursery? (Differences Explained)

A nursery rocking chair
M Sundstrom/Flickr

Oh, the excitement that comes along with having a new baby; there’s just nothing quite like it!

Of course, along with all of that joy also comes a lot of questions:

  • How many diapers will we use each day?
  • What if he cries all of the time?
  • How do I get him to calm down when he’s upset?

Look, it’s a given that your baby is going to cry, and probably cry a lot. One of the ways you can calm your baby is by using a gentle rocking motion or some other form of movement, which is one of the reasons people buy rockers and gliders.

It might seem like these two items are one and the same, but they actually have their differences.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between rockers vs. gliders and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between rocking chairs and gliders?

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Travel Crib vs Pack ‘n Play: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

Baby crawling on floor near crib

When it comes to traveling with your baby, you’d be amazed at how much stuff one little person needs to bring on vacation.

You need to consider diapers, wipes, food, toys, clothing, bottles, strollers, car seats, and of course, something for your baby to sleep in.

If you’ll be staying in a hotel, many of them offer the option of renting a crib of some type in your room; other times you may be staying with relatives. If you are faced with the need to bring a bed for your baby on your trip, there are a few options such as travel cribs or pack ‘n plays.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between travel cribs vs. pack ‘n plays and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between travel cribs and pack ‘n plays?

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Swaddles vs Sleep Sacks: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

A baby sleeping in a swaddle blanket

It’s common knowledge that when a new baby arrives, sleeping parents become a thing of the past; at least for a little while.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that parents want to try everything possible to help their little darlings sleep for longer periods of time. Quite often, what works for your baby might be different than what works for another bundle of joy; so knowing the different options out there is essential.

Some of the many things that parents use to help their babies sleep are swaddles or sleep sacks; or perhaps even both!

Babies are used to being snug and cozy inside the womb for roughly nine months; therefore, when they come out into the big, wide-open world things can be a little jarring.

Swaddles and sleep sacks are designed to help mimic that tight, comforting squeeze but to varying degrees.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between swaddles vs sleep sacks and help you decide which one is right for you. So what’s the difference?

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Training Pants vs Pull-Ups: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

A toddler boy running

Congrats!

You made it through all of the questions and surprises that come along with having a newborn–because now you have an extremely enthusiastic toddler on your hands!

Caring for a toddler comes complete with a whole new set of questions like:

  • When did he learn to say “no?”
  • What’s the best breakfast to give him a good start to the day?
  • What is the deal with this whole potty training thing?

Yes, nothing quite tops one of the biggest milestones your toddler will face, potty training.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between training pants vs. pull-ups and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between training pants vs. pull-ups?

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Mini-Crib vs Pack ‘n Play: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

A stuffed animal inside a small crib

When you’re planning for a new baby you’re faced with all sorts of questions, like:

  • What will his middle name be?
  • Is there a bottle that’s better than others?
  • Will he sleep in our room at first?

When it comes to where your baby will sleep, many parents choose to have their bundle of joy sleep in the same room for the first several months.

In some cases, the baby might be sharing a room with an older sibling, or perhaps you’ll move your baby around to different rooms in the beginning. In cases like these, it makes sense to look at smaller sleeping options like the mini-crib and the pack n’ play.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between a mini-crib vs. a pack ‘n play and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both!

So…what is the difference between a mini-crib vs. a pack ‘n play?

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Bottle Sterilizer vs Dishwasher vs Hand Washing: Which is best for cleaning dirty bottles?

A dad loading a dishwasher

If you’re bottle-feeding your baby or using formula, you’ll find one of the most challenging parts of your first couple of weeks at home…

… is keeping up with all the dirty bottles!

There will be close to a dozen of them per day, at the beginning, which can be tricky for anyone to stay on top of.

(You haven’t lived until you’ve realized baby is hungry and you don’t have any clean bottles. Good times!)

When it comes to keeping them clean, you have a few options:

A bottle sterilizer vs the dishwasher vs hand washing.

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Stay At Home Dads Aren’t Losers, and Here’s Scientific Proof

Stay at home dad playing with child

Today, there are more stay-at-home dads than ever. Estimates vary, but the numbers have been on the rise for decades.

Some recent reports say there are about 7 million men in the United States that act as primary caregiver to their children, with between 2-4 million of them being SAHDs (stay-at-home dads).

Still, there’s a shocking sentiment shared by more people in the United States and beyond than you would think. Few say it in such clear terms, but it’s obvious what people are thinking.

Stay at home dads are losers, pathetic, and lazy.

Is it true? Without a shadow of a doubt, absolutely not!

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13 Things Every Dad Needs in His Hospital Survival Kit (What to Pack in the Go-Bag)

Newborn baby crying

Oh boy… (or girl).

The baby’s coming any day now. You can’t stop it or delay it.

So you better be ready!

At some point between 32-35 weeks pregnant, you should pack your hospital go-bag so you’re ready to run out the door should baby decide to make his or her grand entrance.

(It’s always at least somewhat unexpected, so it pays to be prepared ahead of time.)

But what should actually be in daddy’s hospital survival kit? What should dad pack in the hospital go-bag?

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High Chair vs Booster Seat: Differences, When to Switch, Pros & Cons

High chair vs booster seat

It must be tough to be a baby or a toddler and not be able to reach the dinner table!

Luckily, there are plenty of nifty devices they can sit down in and enjoy a meal as part of the family.

If you’re a new parent, or maybe just a rusty one, you might be wondering about the two most common options (outside of stacking phone books on a chair):

What’s the difference between a high chair vs a booster seat?

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