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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30+ Essential Statistics About Fathers in 2020

You might have guessed from the name of my blog, but I think dads are super important.

And it’s not just me! The science and data backs me up pretty well.

So if you’re looking for some fatherhood statistics that show why dads matter, or just some interesting facts and data on the impact of fathers, look no further.

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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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When to Start Working on the Baby Nursery (10 Steps & Timeline)

Preparing the nursery for the arrival of your new baby is such a fun task, but it can also be pretty stressful.

You’ll need to come up with a list of things to buy for the nursery, as well as tasks that you need to do, like painting and assembling furniture.

All in all, from planning to final touches, it can take a long time to get everything done.

So, when is the best time to start working on, designing, and decorating your baby’s nursery? And when should the nursery be ready?

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When to Stop Burping a Baby (3+ signs your baby is ready)

Burping a baby is truly an art.

There’s no one way to do it, no one technique that always work.

Every baby is different and has different needs. And every parent will have a slightly different touch.

(In your household there’s probably one parent who just seems to be awesome at it for whatever reason).

But regardless, burping your baby can sometimes be a time consuming and frustrating task.

So it’s fair to ask when you can stop burping your baby, or around what age to stop burping your baby.

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7 Ways to Burp a Baby That’s Hard to Burp

Stop me if this sounds familiar.

You’ve just fed baby a few ounces of breastmilk or formula.

Now, time for the burp.

You pat. And pat. And rub and rub. And bounce and bounce.

And nothing comes out!

Worse still, it’s the zillionth night in a row that baby just won’t burp.

What do you do when baby won’t burp? How do you burp a baby that’s hard to burp?

How to burp a baby that's hard to burp

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When to Stop for a School Bus (Laws, Penalties & Medians Explained)

We get it.

When school is in session, school buses can be a huge pain on the road. Getting stuck behind one can be slow and frustrating — and we’re not afraid to admit it!

Still, there’s an important reason that you’re never allowed to pass a school bus that’s loading and unloading students.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), approximately half a million buses transport more than 25 million children a day in the United States. For the most part, the process is extremely safe and the number of children injured or killed in school bus related accidents each year is very low.

However, two-thirds of deaths that do occur in school bus related crashes each year are killed outside the bus. This can often be attributed to other vehicles that do not stop appropriately during loading and unloading.

So let’s take a look at when and why you need to stop for a school bus, including special scenarios like medians and divided roads.

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5 vs 5T Children’s Clothing Size (Differences Explained)

Shopping for children’s clothing can be a delight or a nightmare. Many of us have both kinds of stories.

There are sweet, touching stories of mothers and daughters delighting in the same frilly dress. Then there are stories like mine, when my three little boys all took off in different directions and hid inside circular clothes racks. Their giggles eventually betrayed them.

Before you go shopping, particularly if children are with you, you want to be clear about what size you’ll need. It’s no fun to make a toddler try on three outfits in a row.

So let’s get into it: What’s the difference between 5 vs 5T kids clothes?

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50 Perfect Sibling Names for Isla (Brother or Sister)

Your life gets turned upside down and inside out when you have kids. (in a good way.) But no matter how joyous the occasion is, it’s still full of responsibility and decisions.

One of the most significant choices you’ll make is what to name your new baby.

Choosing a name for your baby that you love, and that is a good fit is essential. And when you have more than one child, you also want to make sure the name you pick sounds good with your other kids’ names.

People spend hours trying to decide on names for their children. Deciding on a name that also works well with sibling names can become challenging, with so many choices to sift through online.

That’s why I’ve decided to start compiling a series of The Best Sibling Names. Now, you’ll have one easy place to look to find name options that will mesh well with your existing child.

Without any further ado, here are the best sibling names for a girl named Isla.

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50 Perfect Sibling Names for Avery (Brother or Sister)

Having kids takes a lot of adapting. You have all sorts of things you need to figure out and decide. One of the biggest is choosing a name for your baby.

You want to find a name that’s a perfect fit for your baby. But, when you have other children, you also want to make sure everything sounds well together. It’s a lot easier to call for your kids when their names can simply roll off the tongue smoothly.

People already devote tons of hours looking for the perfect names for their kids. It can become overwhelming when you’re also trying to make sure all the different names sound good together.

That’s why I’ve decided to start compiling a series of The Best Sibling Names. Now, you’ll have one easy place to look to find name options that will mesh well with your existing child.

Without any further ado, here are the best sibling names for a child named Avery.

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50 Perfect Sibling Names for Remy (Brother or Sister)

If you already have children, you know all the different things you need to figure out when adding a member to the family. And when you’re expecting baby number two (or three, or four, or more), those things grow exponentially.

Even picking a name for your new bundle of joy comes with more challenges. Because now, it’s not just about how the name fits your baby, but how it sounds with your other kids’ names.

Since people can easily spend hours and hours searching for the perfect baby name, finding an excellent sibling name adds significantly to your time. You certainly don’t want to run out of steam halfway through your search and simply settle for something that sounds okay.

That’s why I’ve decided to start compiling a series of The Best Sibling Names. Now, you’ll have one easy place to look to find name options that will mesh well with your existing child.

Without any further ado, here are the best sibling names for a child named Remy.

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50 Perfect Sibling Names for Luna (Brother or Sister)

Having a new baby changes your life forever, and it also takes a lot of work (but it’s so worth it).

You need to put together a nursery, gather supplies, and, of course, decide on a name for your new addition.

Finding a name you love is always a priority, but you also want to make sure it suits your baby. And when you have multiple children, you also want to ensure the name you choose sounds good when you say it with your other kids’ names.

You can easily spend hours looking for the perfect baby name. Therefore, finding one to fit well with sibling names can take you considerably longer.

That’s why I’ve decided to start compiling a series of The Best Sibling Names. Now, you’ll have one easy place to look to find name options that will mesh well with your existing child.

Without any further ado, here are the best sibling names for a girl named Luna.

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Jogging Stroller vs Regular Stroller Explained for New Parents

As new parents are sitting in the hospital holding their precious newborn, it may feel like time and the world is standing still. However, very quickly after the newness starts to wear off and the adjustment to life with a child begins, parents are figuring out how to manage life on the go with a baby.

As this transition happens, a house often becomes filled with all the items needed to transport a baby, including car seats, baby carriers, and of course a stroller.

Nearly every family with at least one child aged 4 and under has a stroller in their home, and often more than one. There are literally hundreds of different stroller options out there!

For physically active families, a jogging stroller is usually considered as an option, but is it a must have?

How do you even know if you are buying a jogging stroller vs a regular stroller? Do only avid runners use jog strollers? Someone help explain!

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