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 3 Different Types of Diaper Cream Explained

Diaper rash is an unfortunate part of the baby phase.

No matter how careful and diligent you are about prompt diaper changes, your baby is bound to get irritation or a full blown rash eventually.

That’s why one of the first newborn essentials you should stock up on is a healthy supply of diaper cream.

But which kind? If you walk the store aisle you’ll find dozens of different ointments, creams, and pastes to choose from.

Let’s break them all down.

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How to find bird nests in the backyard with your kids

Kids love learning about wildlife and searching for bird nests can be a fun activity to enjoy as a family. If you know when and where to search, you may be lucky enough to find some hidden bird nests in the areas around your home.

Depending on where you live and the time of year, bird nests can sometimes be tricky to find.

Read on for tips about how to find bird nests, as well as how to identify the types of bird nests you discover.

Remember, birds are wild animals that deserve our respect, so you should avoid getting too close so as not to upset them!

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Diaper Pail vs Regular Trashcan Explained for New Parents

With the average baby requiring about 7,000 diaper changes between birth and potty-training, finding the right receptacle for your baby’s diapers is essential — and tedious.

Just think about it: You’ve spent months planning your baby’s nursery, weeks setting it up and decorating it, and yet what will make or break the entire room is how it smells! And that depends on how well your diaper pail prevents odors from escaping.

When it’s time to choose a receptacle for baby’s room, some experienced parents will tell you to choose a less expensive trash can. After all, it’s only a pail with a lid, right?

Others insist that you need to use a high-end diaper pail for the easiest operation and best odor control.

But what is the real difference between a diaper pail vs trashcan, and which one is the better choice for you?

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Planning a Magic-Themed Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

When it comes to kids birthday parties, a magician is one of the top entertainment choices.

But why stop with just an act? If you want to host an event that your child will remember forever,  try putting together a whole magic-themed party!

Whether your kid has watched The Greatest Showman a hundred times, loves to impress family members with magic tricks, or just deserves a really special birthday, a magic-themed party can be one of the most fun ways to celebrate their birthday.

Let’s take a look at some awesome magician birthday party ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Brooklyn

When a new baby is on the way, she brings a lot of things with her, like diapers, cuddles, precious faces, and of course, lots of questions.

Your biggest decision regarding your new bundle of joy is likely her name.

Parenting magazine argues that the name may be even more important than you think! Many people form opinions about others simply based on name alone. Plus, a name also influences how a person feels about herself.

When you consider this information, it’s not surprising that people spend hours online searching for the best first name for their children. However, if you spend all of your time looking for the perfect first name, you might run out of steam when it comes to 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 daughter!

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Willow

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

You’ve spent hours and hours researching the perfect name (and Willow is a beautiful one!), only to realize you’ve completely forgot to consider what your baby’s middle name should be.

The middle name is actually really important for a few reasons — not least of which is that it forms the critical middle initial.

But in any case, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve been putting together my middle name matcher 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 Willow.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Alice

Cute little girl in pink pyjamas in bathroom brushing her teeth

Whether you’re expecting your first child, or you’re about to welcome baby number four, there are always questions to answer.

Where will the baby sleep? How will you decorate the nursery? What will you name your baby?!

According to Parenting.com, your baby’s name says a lot about her. Not only does her name influence how she feels about herself, but it also affects how others see her too.

When a name is this important you naturally want to spend as much time as possible finding the perfect one. However, when you use up all your time and energy on searching for the perfect first name, you run the risk of “settling” on a 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 daughter!

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Owen

Little boy playing with an abacus

Picking a baby name is hard work!

Not only is it permanent, it can also influence your child’s personality and the way people see him as he grows up. Interesting, right?

Just don’t forget about that all important middle name. It tends to get overlooked after you spend so much time on the first name.

That’s why I’ve put together middle name matcher guides that pair any first name you like with a few dozens perfect middle name choices.

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

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What’s the right gift card amount for your child’s teacher?

Teachers are some of the most important people in our children’s lives.

They work so hard to develop our kids’ minds, so it’s natural that we want to show our appreciation at Christmas time or the end of the school year.

But buying gifts for teachers can be fraught with problems. To avoid giving unwanted gifts, such as chocolates to a teacher who is desperately trying to watch his waistline, or yet another mug to add to a cupboard that’s fit to burst, many parents opt for gift cards.

Giving gift cards to teachers can be a great idea, but there’s still a lot to think about. One important question to consider is:

What’s the right gift card amount for a teacher?

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