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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The 50 Best Middle Names for Declan

Congratulations! You’re about to have a baby, so you’re likely excited… but stressed too.

You have all sorts of things to think about, from diapers to nursery furniture and beyond. But the biggest thing you’re trying to figure out is probably what to name your baby. 

A name says a lot about a person. It can determine how people see others, but also how they think about themselves.

Since a name is such a big deal, it should be no surprise that people spend hours looking through baby names.

But if you spend too much time finding a perfect first name, you might run out of time to find an excellent 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 Declan.

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Should You Put a Mini Fridge in the Nursery? (Pros & Cons)

Your baby is unique, but all babies have one thing in common: bottle-fed or breastfed, your baby’s gotta eat.

Not only does your baby have to eat, but your baby has to eat a lot, all day and night! 

Even though you love your little one to pieces, you’re also looking for any shortcuts to take care of them so you don’t wear yourself out. 

One idea you may have seen around the internet is to install a mini fridge in your nursery. Keeping milk on hand right next to where the baby sleeps seems like a great idea.

But is it a good idea to put a fridge or mini fridge in a nursery?

Overall, having a mini fridge in the nursery can be convenient for parents who need to store formula or breastmilk and want to keep it separate from the rest of the household food. It’s also a great place for mom and dad to keep their favorite snacks for late-night feedings and other time spent in the nursery!

The main downside is, of course, that even a mini fridge can be quite bulky and expensive. It’s also a hazard that your curious baby might get into as he or she gets older and more active.

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Complete Guide to Taking Kids, Babies & Toddlers to a Football Game

There’s a lot to be said for just getting your kids out there and doing the things you love with them as soon as possible.

I’ll never forget the pride I felt in my three little boys as they hustled through an airport in a line behind my husband, each with his own Sesame Street roller bag and backpack.

They were five and under, so it was pretty cute, and at 9 pm at night after a long travel day, it was also impressive.

We’d worked our way up to that kind of preschool competence by getting them out a lot – to restaurants, pools, church, shopping, and games. It definitely wasn’t the easy way to go at the time; often I would have rather stayed home, but it paid off over the long haul.

One big challenge a lot of parents aren’t sure if they should tackle (and how) is a pro or college football game.

Should you take your kids, babies, or toddlers to a football game? Here’s a complete guide.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Faith

Expecting a baby is a monumental time in your life, with all sorts of new adventures about to unfold. It’s also a time to make many new decisions and figure out how you’ll approach various situations.

But one of the most significant choices you’ll make as a new parent is what to name your baby. 

Did you know that a person’s name influences how others see them? Also, your daughter’s name will play a large role in how she sees and feels about herself.

With a name being such a big factor in one’s life, it’s unsurprising that parents spend hours on Google looking for the best first name.

However, if you spend too much time on the first name, you might end up rushing your middle name decision.

That’s why 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 Faith.

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Complete Guide to Taking Kids, Babies & Toddlers to the Grocery Store

Taking kids to the grocery store is an act of courage.

What used to be an ordinary errand can turn into a battle now that you’re a parent. Even well-behaved children find it hard to sit still in carts or walk obediently behind you, without whining or begging.

For me, shopping with one baby was tolerable; I just kept him in a sling where he felt warm and safe, then later, sat him in the cart right in front of me.

But then he got bigger. He wanted to go in one of those car carts, where he thinks he’s driving but you’re the one doing all the heavy pushing and awkward turning. Then he decided he wanted to be the one who decided what to buy.

When this wasn’t working, he ordered me into a time-out!

Add two more little boys (twins) and the car cart steering wheel becomes a battleground for control, but there’s no alternative because it’s the only way to keep three kids contained. One kid’s unhappiness seems to be contagious, so a refusal to buy the cereal with a large picture of Buzz Lightyear on it becomes a triple-meltdown.

So, is there a better way? Yes, there is! Here’s a complete guide to taking babies, toddlers, and older kids to the grocery store.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Eden

If you’re about to have a baby, then you already know how much there is to think about.

You need to figure out feeding schedules and sleeping arrangements, book doctor appointments, and stock up on mountains of wipes and diapers.

But one of the most significant things you need to decide is your baby’s name.

It’s certainly not a decision to take lightly, which is why so many parents-to-be spend hours searching Google for the perfect first name.

But if you devote all your time to finding the best first name, you might end up 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 Eden.

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Complete Guide to Taking Kids, Babies & Toddlers to the Aquarium

I love taking my kids to the aquarium.

It’s so fun to introduce children to new things, especially new living things. Their excitement and enthusiasm are contagious.

The low lighting, the huge tanks, the bizarre creatures – it was all pretty awe-inspiring for my twin boys and their brother, who was less than two years older.

Kids tend to behave better when they’re in awe of something and make less noise than usual, so it was generally a pleasant visit for me as well as them.

For these reasons and more, an aquarium visit can be one of the highlights of the year, and preparing ahead of your visit will make it even better.

Before you go: here’s a complete guide to visiting the aquarium with babies, toddlers, and older kids.

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Complete Guide to Taking Kids, Babies & Toddlers to the Zoo

Need something fun and different to do this summer (or any season)? Why not give your local zoo a visit?

The zoo is a place to see your favorite critters, of course, but it’s also a place to discover the world, as most zoos have animals from the furthest corners of the earth. 

Plus, even the adults in your crew will enjoy themselves and learn some new things, too!

But before you go: here’s a complete guide to visiting the zoo with babies, toddlers, and older kids.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Finley (Girl)

Planning and preparing for a new baby comes with lots of responsibilities.  You need to gather what seems like an endless assortment of supplies and make many decisions. 

One of the biggest decisions you’ll face is what to name your baby. 

A person’s name actually plays a huge role in their life. A name can influence how others see your daughter and how she views herself. 

When you realize how significant a name can be, it’s no surprise people spend hours searching for the perfect one. However, if you devote all of your Google scrolling to finding the first name, you might run out of steam looking for 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 Finley.

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Eva

A new baby brings joy, happiness, and…. unending questions and decisions!

At least it feels that way when you’re expecting. You have to decide where your baby will sleep, eat, and everything else.

The biggest decision, though, is what you’ll name your baby.

Considering how important a name is, it’s understandable that parents spend hours searching for the perfect first name. 

But if you focus all of your energy on the first name, you might burn out before finding 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 daughter!

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

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