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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7 Simple Virtual Show & Tell Ideas for Kids

All parents have, for better or worse, become familiar with virtual learning lately.

Your child’s teacher is no doubt working hard to employ every activity possible that will translate well into virtual learning.

One of these activities is Show and Tell. Because each individual student can be seen by everyone else, Show and Tell is easily employed in the virtual classroom.

But what are the best Show and Tell ideas for virtual learning? It’s actually not as difficult to come up with good presentation items as you might think!

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8 Quick & Easy Show & Tell Ideas for Kids

Show and Tell time! Do you panic or rejoice?

There’s so many reasons to love Show and Tell. It switches up classroom roles, where one of the students becomes a teacher to their classmates, just for a few minutes.

It builds camaraderie with the students and gives them a chance to practice giving a cohesive presentation or story in front of a group of people.

But if you’re short on ideas and time as parents, you’ll need some quick and easy Show and Tell ideas to keep from pulling your hair out.

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7 Fun & Easy Games to Play Outside without Contact

Kids today get a LOT of screen time.

And sure, it’s entertaining! And sometimes even educational.

But studies show too much screen time makes it difficult for kids to engage in non-electronic activities.

For example, it limits the children’s ability to explore outdoors, play with toys to trigger creativity and imagination, or play with other kids to develop good social skills.

But outdoor play has its own risks — kids can get bumped, bruised, or even injured from careless running around or rough contact with their friends.

So let’s look at some of the best games to play outside without contact — to encourage more outdoor play but limit the spread of germs and risk of injury.

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7 Easy Games to Play Outside Without Running

A study by Aarhus University in Denmark has shown that children who spend time outdoors in nature will experience better mental health as they grow.

Even the world health organization vouches for outdoor play and has provided recommendations on the hours children should spend outside.

But if your kids (or even you!) don’t like running around, it can be tough to think of fun games for them to play outside.

Plus, playing games with no running can prevent injuries and can (sometimes) keep kids from getting too sweaty or dirty.

But don’t worry, if you’re here, you’re in lucky!

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Should You Put a Daybed in the Nursery? Pros and Cons Explained

A practical and stylish hybrid between a couch and a bed, a daybed can be a useful piece of furniture to have in a guest bedroom.

But is it a good idea to have a daybed in the nursery?

A daybed can be a great space-saving option for squeezing in a place for guests to sleep while still offering function for the nursery.

But, before you begin your search for the best daybed, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of having a daybed in the nursery.

Then, we’ll consider some daybed alternatives such as rockers, trundle beds, and futons.

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8 Show & Tell Ideas for Kids (Dinosaurs Theme)

Why do teachers love Show & Tell?

Because the kids that participate get a large dose of practice speaking in front of a crowd, preparing for a presentation, and a chance to boost their self-confidence to boot.

However, not all parents love Show & Tell.

Why is this? While we know it can be great for the kids, sometimes parents get stuck doing a lot of the work.

No worries! If your child has a dinosaur themed Show and Tell day coming up, here are some ready-made ideas you can use to get ready for the presentation.

Here are some of the best dinosaur Show and Tell ideas:

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6 Fun-Filled Games to Play Outside with 3 Players

The typical kid these days spends an average of 7 hours a day in front of a computer, tablet, television, or phone.

Here’s the main issue with that:

When children sit for too long in front of electronic devices, it’s not good for their health!

Specifically, it can:

  • Increase the risk of back pain
  • Reduce metabolism
  • Reduce the amount of healthy metabolism
  • Increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases

Introducing fun games for kids to play outside is a good motivator to get them up and moving around.

But what do you when you have an odd number of people? What are some good games for 3 people to play outside?

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What to pack in a kindergartener’s backpack (Complete checklist)

Kindergarteners look so cute wearing their backpacks for the first time. But you may wonder, why are their backpacks so big?

What could they possibly have in there that they need every day?!

When it comes to packing a backpack for kindergarten, it’s important that parents get it right.

You’ll want to ensure that your child has all of the essentials that they need for school while packing as light as possible so that they’re not weighed down by the weight of their backpack.

In this guide, we’ll explain what kindergarteners need to pack in their backpacks each day, and what they can bring into school on the first day and leave there. 

The main things to pack in a kindergartener’s backpack each night are:

  1. The daily folder
  2. Change of clothes
  3. Fresh bottle of water
  4. Emergency contact info

But there are a few more things parents might need to know about.

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7 Show & Tell Ideas for Kids (Animals & Pets Theme)

Show and Tell is a common and important classroom activity for kindergarten and elementary-aged children.

When children participate in Show and Tell, they get to flex their public speaking skills and build up more self-confidence.

An animal-themed Show and Tell is a popular choice with teachers — kids easily get excited about animals and will be eager to participate!

But we get it — when young kids get assignments like this, a lot of the work often falls on us parents.

So here are some easy Show and Tell ideas for pets and animals to get you started:

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