It’s OKAY to Not Always Be the Nice Guy

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Life gives us great opportunities to live, learn and grow. Sometimes, those lessons are taught by happy moments and sometimes, they are taught through moments we wish to never repeat. Today, I learned a powerful life lesson through a moment in time that I wish had never happened and I wish to never happen again. But, life can’t be that way and we can’t wish back the hard moments. So we live, learn and grow from them. (Or at least we hope we can do so.)

I sat with my best friend at the local McDonald’s catching up about the weeks that had passed since we had last seen each other. We sat smiling as we listened to our three boys playing happily in the McDonald’s play land. It was a quiet day with only two other families with a few young kids each. We had been to that play land plenty of times before without problems from any other families or children.

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Bake with your Toddler…and ENJOY it!

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Baking with a toddler…..does that sentence make you cringe? Don’t worry…you are not alone! It can be messy and quite frankly..you may not come out with anything edible. BUT… baking or cooking with your toddler is a great way to build many skills! It is a fantastic learning opportunity and it is a blast!! Not to mention, it is a great excuse to make some yummy treats!!! I LOVE this Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch! There is not better time than the Holidays to start teaching them some important and memorable skills in the kitchen! With these quick tips you will be well on your way to baking or cooking with your toddler and enjoying it!!!

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Trick Your Picky Eater! Jell-O Fruit Salad!!

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Sneaking some fruit into your kids diet might be a little tricky this Thanksgiving! But, this Jello Fruit Salad is INCREDIBLE and such an easy way to sneak some fruit onto your child’s Thanksgiving plate! Your kids will LOVE it and your guests will be AMAZED!!!

As a child I hated Jell-O fruit salad but every year I would get so excited and look forward to this Jell-O! My mom always doubled the batch so we were sure to have leftovers. I cannot wait for your to try it! I am slobbering just thinking about it!

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25 words a TWO year old Should be Using

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Does my child talk enough?  By age two, your toddler should be talking. Research says your child should be using at least 50 words by the age of two. Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D, put together a list of 25 words (The 25 most common words that toddlers master) that your child should be using by the age of two. If your child is NOT using these words by the age of two or at least the majority of these words, you should have your child evaluated. Call your local school district or talk to your pediatrician to find out how and where to get your child evaluated.  To find out more about speech milestones check out this Month to Month Guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk.

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How To Be Prepared For a Family Emergency

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Over the past few weeks, my family has gone through a few very unpredictable events. It has made life a bit harder and quite a bit more crazy! (Hence, the hiatus from the blog world for a few weeks- thanks for hangin’ in there with me!)

It can seem near impossible to be prepared for a family emergency or small crisis. Being admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago, was quite the ordeal for my little family. But, being prepared with these few tips made life a whole lot easier!  By being prepared you can take a lot of stress off yourself and off your children. Having stressed children can cause new problem behaviors, returning problem behaviors, tantrums, depression, anxiety etc. Prevent the majority of these feelings and issues with these simple tips.  These tips are also great to use while getting ready for a new baby and planning for the big day.

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