How to Turn Your Preschooler’s Stubborn No into a Agreeable Yes!

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Maybe my child is stronger willed than most.  Maybe he’s got his own personality that leaves no room for discussion.  Maybe he hasn’t grown out of the terrible two’s at almost four.  Whatever the reason, his favorite word is no.  Now, this is not anything new for me.  In fact, one of his first words (Continue Reading…);

The Top Parenting Mistake You May Not Realize You’re Making

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As moms we’re busy.  I totally get it.  Between household responsibilities, possibly working outside the home, hobbies and more, it’s not rare at all to hear a mom stating that she can’t even get five minutes to go to the bathroom alone.  I’ll admit that I’ve said that exact thing myself….many times.  And I’m the (Continue Reading…);

5 Ways to Build a Stronger Relationship with Your Tween

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Those of you who have tweens can probably relate to the fact that it’s becoming harder to connect with your kids.  From the moment they get out of bed, they are off to do their own thing – from video games to texting to hanging out with friends.  However, during this time of their life (Continue Reading…);

How to Discipline Effectively without Raising Your Voice

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I know that at times our kids can push us to the limit. I know because I have been there several times myself. However, no matter how much you want to yell and scream, you keep the thoughts and raised voice inside your head. Why? The answer is simple, yelling and screaming will only cause (Continue Reading…);

4 Easy Ways to Become a More Engaged Parent

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Having a child is a big responsibility. They count on you for support, guidance, and love from the moment that they are born up until the day you die. It is important that you as a parent become engaged in their activities. Of course, when the child is of a young age, their support needs (Continue Reading…);

4 Tips to Help Take the Fear Out of Potty Training

4 Tips to Help Take the Fear Out of Potty Training

Potty training can be tough.  While I can’t speak for girls, I can say that little boys are a challenge when it comes to the entire process.  It takes patience.  And time.  And is something that is rarely mastered overnight!  Both of my boys have been a challenge to potty train.  They showed very little (Continue Reading…);

How to Turn Electronics Into a Learning Tool for Your Preschooler

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Although many parents tend to shy away from using electronic devices as a learning tool for preschoolers, I do not.   And while I do limit my kid’s time in front of the screen, MillerBug is quite interested in playing with my tablet or another electronic device when I am not busy using them. In (Continue Reading…);

Music & Your Baby: A Creative Guide to More than Lullabies

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My babies are getting older and while there may not be little feet running around my home anymore, I know many of you are navigating through parenthood for the first, second or even third time.  So I am super excited to welcome Melanie Aldridge to the J-Man and MillerBug family!  She’ll be occasionally sharing fun (Continue Reading…);

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Parent

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Although being a parent surely has its rewards (in spades), those that throw caution to the wind about when to have a child will certainly be in for some surprises. Trust me, I know!  Having my first child at 22, I expected a perfect little “toy” who ate on command, slept on command and of (Continue Reading…);

Teaching My Preschooler Life Lessons with Disney’s FROZEN #FROZENFun #CollectiveBias

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When you have little kids, it seems like you have to teach life lessons in any way you can.   I constantly find myself teaching my boys from everyday experiences; sharing my thoughts on who I want them to become and the characteristics I want them to embody.  And, honestly, most of it goes over (Continue Reading…);