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11 Ways to Stop Tantrums During the Holidays

Has your little one ever thrown a massive temper tantrum at a holiday family gathering that made you avoid Great Aunt Susie's eyes? Were you sure you'd see disapproval on her face over your "inability" to control your child? I've been there! All three have had serious meltdowns - often at the same time! But there are ways we can stop tantrums in their tracks during the holidays! Or...at least avoid them. Toddlers and the Holidays Within the last 17 months of our two year old's short lives, we've taken five out-of-state road trips. Each one has been over 9 hours each way. And we've stayed in hotels, relatives' homes, etc. This means lots of pack 'n plays (see our first packing list … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Toddlers: When They Won’t Settle Down

Breastfeeding toddlers is a whole other ball game. Most likely the days of latch and supply issues, falling asleep during a feeding, and weight gain concerns are things of the past. Now, your only goal in life is to keep your nipple attached to your body! So how can an extended season of breastfeeding be enjoyable for mom, too? Curiosity Curiosity kills the cat…or the nipples. As babies grow older, their desire for independence and their curiosity for the world around them grows, too. The smallest sound causes them to “pop off” and sometimes forget to open their mouths. Ouch! So what's a mom to do? Weaning is only one of your options! Join me over at Breastfeeding Place to find out … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Toddler with Supplies You Already Own

Yep! You can teach your toddler his ABCs and 1,2,3s with things you already have on hand! It doesn't have to be super-structured or difficult. I know. If you know me well, you probably spit out your coffee, surprised to read that. It's true, though! You can use what you have on hand and easily add to your teaching supplies from garage sales, consignment sales, etc. Teach Your Toddler - Books I'll bet you have a ton of books sitting around, right? Well, turn those into a concentrated learning opportunity! Pull out all those books (preferably during naptime, if there is one today!). Group them into "subjects." Don't you feel so teacher-ish?? Some ideas for groups … [Read more...]

Organize Your Homeschool {giveaway}

It's time to get all that homeschool paperwork under control! Let Olly help organize your school days and keep track of your records. With Olly you can create courses, detailed lesson plans, print out to-do sheets for your kids, record grades, maintain manuscripts, keep reading lists, and more. You can use some of the features or all of them. Be sure to check out this post that gives you the low-down on Olly. We are so excited to give not one, but TWO of you a chance to win Olly for your Apple computer as well as for your iPad. This is a package worth $59.98! wOOhOO! Are you ready to get rid of your paper planner and record-keeping? Then enter this giveaway below. And if you don't win, … [Read more...]