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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Changing Table vs Dresser with Pad for Baby’s Room: Which One Is Better?

Baby laying on changing table

Babies pretty much do four things; they eat, sleep, cry, and they poop.

A newborn baby can easily go through 10 diapers a day, and having a comfortable place to change them is a godsend for your back. You don’t want to be stuck bending over half the way!

When it comes to changing your baby’s diapers, there are a few options that you can consider. Two of the most popular are a classic changing table or a regular dresser with a changing pad on top.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between changing tables vs. dressers with pads and help you decide which one is the more functional and convenient choice for you.

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Baby Bouncers vs Rockers: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

A mobile above a baby rocker or bouncer

It’s impossible to hold your baby every second of every day.

As much as you would love to carry your baby around with you and cuddle him every second, your back would probably not like it very much. Plus, you wouldn’t get anything done; it’s just not practical!

When it comes to safe, comfortable devices that you can sit your baby in temporarily (or for them to nap), bouncers and rockers are two of the most popular.

Both will keep baby cozy and gently rock or bounce him, which has a soothing effect.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between baby bouncers vs. rockers and help you decide which one is right for you; and it might be both! So…what is the difference between baby bouncers and rockers?

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Aquaphor vs Vaseline for Baby: What Are the Differences, Pros, and Cons?

Baby getting diaper cream applied by mother

A new baby comes with a lot of pee and poop, it’s just a fact of life.

That translates to a lot of diaper changes. It’s important to keep your baby’s diaper area from getting raw, hence the need for diaper creams. Plus, you don’t want your baby’s skin to dry out from things like bathing either, so keeping your baby’s skin moist and protected is critical.

But what kind of cream or ointment is best for my baby’s tush (and other body parts)?

There are so many different creams, ointments, and salves out there for baby bottoms, that it can be hard to decide which one is the best one for your baby.

Two of the most popular choices are Aquaphor and Vaseline; but what’s the difference?

In this article, I want to break down the differences between Aquaphor vs. Vaseline for baby and help you decide when and how to use each one.

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Do you need a diaper bag, or is a regular backpack just as good?

A diaper bag and baby supplies

>Babies sure do come with a lot of stuff. It’s hard to believe that one little person could need that much!

(Check out my guide to everything you need for a newborn baby.)

However, it’s true, babies take a lot of work and a lot of things, and many of those things need to come along with you when you go on an outing.

For example, you’ll want to bring:

  • diapers
  • bottles
  • wipes
  • a toy
  • a blanket
  • a change of clothes
  • and who knows what else

…with you when you take your baby out for a day. So, where do you keep all of this stuff when you’re on the move?

For a jaunt around town, some parents prefer to bring a classic diaper bag, while others just use a regular backpack.

In this article, I want to break down the differences between diaper bags vs. regular backpacks and help you decide which one makes more sense for you.

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The 47 Best Middle Names for Chloe

A toddler girl with headband

I bet you can’t to meet baby Chloe.

There’s just one problem:

You haven’t figured out what her middle name is going to be yet.

Should you honor a loved one? Use your backup first name as a middle name? Or just choose something that sounds good?

This is exactly what I’ve been creating my middle name guides — lists of middle names that pair perfectly with any first name.

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Elizabeth

A girl looking at bubbles

Picking a first name is hard, but a lot of parents forget one thing until the last minute.

Picking the right middle name!

The good news is this: Once you’ve picked the first name, it’s not too hard to find a good middle name that sounds good with it.

All you need is a few options to get you started.

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

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The 49 Best Middle Names for Eleanor

Baby girl lying down

You know how some people just “look” like their name?

Well, it turns out that the name you choose for your baby actually has a big impact on how people see them as they grow up, and even how they see themselves!

Picking a first name is beyond my pay grade, but I do think I can help you pick a good middle name to go with it.

It all comes down to how it flows with the first name, so now that you’ve picked Eleanor, the rest should be easy.

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

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Elijah

Boy in chair in yellow room

Deciding on the perfect name for your baby is not an easy choice.

After all, your baby’s name is a big deal. Not surprisingly (at least, according to Parenting.com) a person’s name is a big deciding factor in how he is perceived by others, as well as how he thinks about himself.

So it’s no wonder that you want to find the perfect name for your son. You can easily lose hours and hours of time searching on Google and reading books for the best first name for your baby, and in the process, little time is left for finding 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 Elijah.

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12 Romantic Anniversary Ideas for a Pregnant Wife

Pregnant wife and husband kissing

Happy Anniversary!

Whether you’re planning a special celebration of your marriage (or honestly, any kind of date night at all) during pregnancy, you’ve probably run into some roadblocks.

The unfortunate truth is that there are so many things you and/or your wife can’t do when pregnant, depending on how far along, including:

  • Drink wine, beer, or cocktails (a big one!)
  • Eat sushi or raw meat/fish
  • Ride rollercoasters
  • Fly
  • Sit in a hot tub
  • And the list goes on

There are other challenges, too, like unpredictable appetites and cravings (or anti-cravings) during pregnancy, nausea and other related ailments.

If you’re here looking for some anniversary ideas for your pregnant wife, I’ve got some tips and activities to help get your creative juices flowing.

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Baby Bouncers vs Baby Swings: What Are the Differences, Pros & Cons?

A mother kissing a newborn baby

If you have a new baby on the way, chances are you won’t be able to hold it in your arms 24/7.

(As much as you might want to at first… Trust me, it gets tiring!)

That’s why there are products out there like baby bouncers and baby swings, specifically designed to simulate the movement your baby feels when you hold him — without you actually having to do it!

Placing your baby in a bouncer or swing is a safe, comfortable way for both you and baby to be happy while you attend to other things.

But which one is the safer, better choice?

In this article, I want to break down the differences between baby bouncers vs. baby swings and help you decide which one is right for your budding family.

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