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 Jace

Getting ready to welcome your new baby is certainly a whirlwind of emotions. 

It also comes with a ton of question, not the least of which is what to name your baby!

Not to add any pressure, but did you know that a person’s name actually influences how others see them? It can even affect how people feel about themselves as they grow up.

So it’s no surprise that people spend forever on Google looking for the perfect baby name.

However, when you spend all your time searching for the best first name, you might run out of steam and settle on a below average middle name.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my series of middle name matcher guides. 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 Jace.

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Are Daycares Open on Weekends? (Best Saturday & Sunday childcare options explained)

For working parents, daycare is a lifesaver.

Not only that, it’s a great environment for kids to learn and grow, both sociall and emotionally.

But what if you need childcare outside of traditional working hours?

Are daycares open on the weekends? And how can you find weekend childcare when needed?

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Do Daycares Use Sleep Sacks? (Types, Rules & More Explained)

Sending your baby to daycare for the first time can be nerve-wracking for a lot of reasons.

One of the biggest is that you’ve spent months developing your sleep routine at home. Will it all go up in flames once you start daycare?

A lot of parents find themselves wondering if daycares use sleep sacks or swaddles, if they need to send one (and if so, which kind) and tons of other things about sleep and naps at daycare.

So let’s learn about it!

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Kate

Planning for the arrival of your baby is undoubtedly super exciting and full of emotion. It also comes with tons of questions — and what to name your baby tops the list.

People perceive a lot about others based on their names. Plus, your daughter’s name can also influence how she feels about herself.

So i’s a no-brainer that you would want to spend tons of time finding the perfect first name for your baby. People spend hours on Google, searching for the best options.

But, when you devote all your time to the first name, the middle name might not get as much attention.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my 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 Kate.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Jacob

If you’re getting ready to have a baby, congratulations!

It’s one of the most memorable and exciting times of your life, but it’s also full of questions. One one of the most significant ones is what to name your baby.

A person’s name says a lot about them, believe it or not. Not only does a person’s name impact how he views himself, but also how others perceive him.

So it should come as no surprise that people are willing to spend days searching Google for the perfect first name.

But, if you spend all of your time looking for a first name, you won’t have a lot of time left to find a great 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 Jacob.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Callie

Getting ready to have a baby consists of all sorts of moving parts — planning for the arrival, preparing the nursery, gathering supplies, etc.

And, there are also tons of questions you need to answer, including what you’ll name your baby. 

A person’s name actually influences how others see that person throughout their life. It can even significantly impact how she sees herself!

That’s why it’s understandable that people devote so many hours scrolling through Google looking for first names.

But, the problem is, when you spend so much time on first names, you might end up settling for whatever middle name you can find.

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 Callie.

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5 Things Every Dad Can Learn from Jack Pearson of ‘This Is Us’

When it comes to TV dads, there are a LOT of examples of what not to do.

But more and more, we’re seeing great dads on TV that men can look up to. And that’s incredibly encouraging.

One of those great TV dads? Jack Pearson, the loving and loyal father from This Is Us.

Let’s take a look at some parenting lessons every father can learn from the dad from This Is Us, Jack Pearson.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Hudson

Planning for a new baby comes with all sorts of responsibilities and to-do lists.

Plus, it also comes with tons of questions — most importantly, what will you name your new precious bundle?

A persona’s name, somewhat surprisingly, plays a huge role in how others think about that person. Plus, a name also influences how a person can feel about himself.

Since a name is such a big deal, it’s no surprise that people spend hours scouring Google for the perfect baby name.

However, when you spend all your time looking for the best first name, the middle name can get pushed to the back burner.

That’s why I’ve been putting together my series of middle name matcher guides. 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 Hudson.

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Hunter

There are so many things that come along with a baby — stress and anxiety, just to name a few!

But there are also a of questions. One of the biggest questions is what you’ll name your baby.

Did you know that a person’s name plays a big part in how he sees himself as he grows older? Plus, it even factors into how other people perceive him before they even get to know him!

So it’s understandable why many people are willing to spend hours on Google searching for a perfect first name.

But, if you devote all your time to looking for a first name, you won’t have much time to find an excellent middle name for your baby.

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 Hunter.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Daisy

When you’re about to have a baby, your world starts to fill up with all sorts of questions.

Will you stay home with the baby or do daycare? What will you feed your baby? What type of diapers will you use? And, most importantly, what will you name your baby?

A person’s name is a significant factor in their lives because it influences the way people perceive that person. Plus, a name impacts how a person sees herself too. 

So it’s no wonder that people are willing to spend so much time searching for their baby’s name.

But, if you spend hours on Google looking for a great first name, you might run out of steam when it comes to finding the perfect 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 Daisy.

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