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)

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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

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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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Which type of baby carrier should you choose?

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If there‘s any one product that can help you live life with your new exploring partner in tow, it’s a baby carrier.

Babywearing is a practice of carrying a baby on one’s body in a sling or any other type of carrier. It’s also extremely convenient for both the parent as well as the baby.

With the baby safe in a wrap, sling, or a classic carrier, your hands will be free — and you could do household chores, cook, shop, or even have a mini dancing session!

But there are so many types of baby carriers to choose from, how do you know which one will work best for you?

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Rose

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So you’re having a Rose…

Is she a Rose Alexis? A Rose Marie? A Rose Victoria?

A lot of parents put so much thought into the first name that the middle name totally sneaks up on them!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my name-specific middle name guides. 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 Rose.

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The 48 Best Middle Names for Leo

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Parenting is a wonderful, but difficult job, especially when you consider all of the decisions that you need to make.

One of the most important of these decisions is figuring out your baby’s name.

I’m sure you’ve realized by now that after all the hard work of picking your son’s first name… you still have to figure out what his middle name will be!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my middle name pairing guides. If you’ve already picked a first name, I’ll show you a curated list of the best middle names that go with it.

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a boy named Leo.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Mason

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Your name can play a big impact on how people see you later in life — and even how you see yourself.

So it’s no surprise that since a name carries so much importance, you’ll probably want to spend hours upon hours on Google trying to find the perfect first name for your child.

However, after you’ve spent an eternity looking for a fantastic first name, you may feel like you’ve run out of steam, leaving little energy to devote to a middle name search!

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 son!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a boy named Mason.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Levi

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A lot of parents spend hours and hours (and hours!) agonizing over their child’s first name.

Whey they finally figure it out, they suddenly realize they’ve put zero thought into what the middle name would be.

Sometimes, picking a middle name can be even harder. Not only does it have to “feel” right, but it needs to sound good with the first name you’ve already chosen!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my guides on how to pick the right middle name — each list pairs a first name with a couple dozen great middle name options for your convenience.

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a boy named Levi.

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33 Awesome Nicknames to Call Your Stepdad

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Make no mistake about it: Stepdad is a super important job.

Any proper father figure in a child’s life is important, and when the biological father can’t be around some or all of the time, it’s up to the new man in that child’s life to step up.

More involvement from dads and stepfathers correlates strongly with better outcomes for kids in almost all areas, this much is clear.

What’s not clear is… what should kids call their stepdad?

For a lot of kids, it feels weird to call their stepdad or step-father “dad.” Maybe it’s something they’ll be comfortable with eventually, but maybe not.

So here are the best nicknames for stepdads and how to come up with your own.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Mila

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Picking a first name is hard work.

Many parents spend months and months agonizing over the decision, going over dozens of possibilities — sometimes even buying entire books devoted to the topic!

But what about the middle name?

It often gets left until the last minute. Which is why I’ve created my middle name guides that pair any first name with dozens of great middle name options that sound good with it.

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

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Jackson

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New parents labor over their child’s first name.

They spend hours and hours researching and comparing dozens of different options.

The middle name? It doesn’t always get the same attention, and sometimes gets left until the last minute!

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. I’m compiling lists of awesome middle names to go with any first name you might have already chosen (or might be considering).

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a boy named Jackson.

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