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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The 50 Best Middle Names for Emilia

Expecting a new baby is amazing and there are so many things to do and to plan for.

Your baby “to-do” list is probably a mile long, and your newborn shopping list? Even longer!

That said, it’s not rare to … well … forget some things.  

You know, like choosing a middle name for your new bundle of joy!

Since you’ve done the hard part of choosing such a beautiful first name, Emilia, don’t stress.

This is exactly why I created my Middle Names series. So can quickly and easily find the perfect middle name for your daughter.

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Dominic

Picking a name for a baby is hard.

You may have used the majority of your creativity to generate possible first names for your son.

After months of passionate discussion, you finally have the first name for a boy: Dominic.

Now you have to find a middle name that goes with it.

Don’t stress out! This is exactly why I created my Middle Names series. So can quickly and easily find the perfect middle name for your son.

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

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Do Daycares Have Cameras? (Types, Pros & Cons Explained)

Whether your child is six weeks old or three years, the first time you drop them at daycare is sure to be an emotional experience.

Even once your child is settled into a routine, you’ll probably find yourself wondering what they’re up to throughout your day at work.

When you leave your child at daycare you’re basically trusting their wellbeing and happiness to a group of strangers.

So, it’s only natural to seek reassurance that your precious little one is happy in your absence — and to wonder: Do daycares have cameras?

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5 Things Every Dad Can Learn from from Bluey’s Bandit Heeler

Is your kid an eager-to-watch fan of Bluey?

If so, then you’ve undoubtedly seen a few episodes (or bunches) yourself.

Maybe you’ve even found yourself comparing your parenting skills to Bandit Heeler, Bluey’s imaginative and ever-patient dad. 

I know I have!

Bluey is a favorite in our house, and way more fun to watch than the usual Cocomelon or Paw Patrol.

Not only does it make us laugh, it makes me think a lot about what it really takes to be a great dad. Yes — I’ve learned a lot from watching this seeming silly kid’s cartoon!

Let’s take a look at some parenting lessons every father can learn from the dad from Bluey, Bandit Heeler.

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Teachers Explain Things a 2nd Grader Should Know at the Beginning of the Year

Fall is around the corner, and you know what that means!

Fall colors, crisp air, and back to school.

Most of us get excited about all of these things, but it’s totally normal if you’re a little nervous about the back to school part.

You’re a great parent, so it’s natural that you want the best for your kid as they enter 2nd grade.

Whether you think they are a little behind in certain areas or not, it’s good to get a handle on where your child is on the readiness scale going into 2nd grade.

So let’s get down to it: What should a 2nd grader know at the beginning of the year, and how can you get your rising 2nd grader ready over the summer?

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The Best Daycares and Preschools (Compared & Explained)

Choosing the best daycare for your child can seem like an overwhelming task.

Whether you’re currently pregnant and looking for someone to love and care for your young baby or are looking for somewhere where your preschooler can get a head start for Kindergarten, there’s a lot to consider.

When reviewing each childcare center, you’ll want to think not just about the facilities and the curriculum, but also the opening times, the staff turnover, and, of course, the dreaded fees!

Whatever your situation, searching for the best daycare or preschool is not something that you’ll want to put off, as waitlists can often be years long, with no guarantee that a space will become available when you need it.

So let’s not waste any time! What are the best national daycare and preschool chains in the United States?

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Clara

Picking a name for your baby is an enormous decision.

It stays with them for the rest of their lives, and not only that, it can actually play a role in how other people see them!

Just don’t forget to set aside some time to pick a good middle name, OK?

This is why I’ve been putting together my middle name guides — so with just a glance, you can get some great middle name ideas for your daughter.

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Genevieve

Choosing the perfect first name for your baby can be quite challenging.

However, landing a good middle name might be even harder.

There are so many factors to consider to ensure you give your baby a name that she’ll be proud of.

The good news is that your child’s middle name is a great opportunity for you to express your personal style and be more daring, since you will not use this name on a daily basis.

That’s why I’ve been putting together these middle name matcher guides, so you can quickly find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

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

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Is KidsPark School & Daycare Worth It? (Review)

Promising “flexibility without sacrificing quality”, KidsPark child care centers are quite unique.

They’re open in the evenings and on weekends in addition to weekdays, plus you don’t need to book a place in advance.

You can just drop off your child at any time, whether it’s for one hour or ten!

But are KidsPark centers good? How much are the fees compared to other less-flexible childcare centers? And is KidsPark worth it?

Here’s a full KidsPark review.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for William

If you’re expecting, then you’ve probably already started:

  • decorating the nursery
  • stocking the closet with tons of diapers and baby wipes
  • and dreaming about that cute little face!

You’re also probably spending tons of time on finding the best baby name.

A person’s name is a major influencer in how others think about him. It also has a big impact on how someone sees himself. 

When you think about a name’s importance, you can certainly understand why people so willingly spend hours looking for one.

But if you devote all your Google search time to finding a great first name, you might lose time for looking for the best middle name.

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 William.

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