Picky Eaters: Avoiding the Dinnertime Dilemma By Raising Children With a Heart of Gratitude

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Picky eaters, finicky eaters, stubborn, selective. The notion of children being picky about their food is common these days. I’ve noticed that it’s tossed around as “normal” and accepted, even justified by some. Pop psychology and modern day experts in child development cite is as appropriate. But is it? I have to ask if this trend is something new or if young children were always “predisposed” to be picky eaters. One hundred years ago, did children reject the food their […]

10 On-the-Go Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer I’ve never met a toddler who didn’t like to snack!  Who can blame them?  Snacking is fun! Although I feel like it’s important for children to have three nutritious meals a day, I also feel like there is still a lot of room for them to enjoy healthy snacks as well.  Their little minds and bodies are growing quickly.  It takes a lot of energy for a little child’s body to grow into a healthy, strong, adult body. Snacking throughout […]

For Cloth Diaper Lovers: Win $75 to Spend at Sweet Little Blessings!

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Giveaway has now ended. I know that this is going to be a very popular giveaway, and there’s no question why! Cloth diapering is obviously important among my readers (as it is to me), and you love having the opportunity to win cloth diaper products and find new places to shop. What makes cloth diapering so popular and so important? Cost. There’s no doubt that using cloth saves money. Environmental stewardship. I’m a firm believer in cutting down our waste as much as possible, and using […]

Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub to Relieve Coughs and Congestion

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Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer Seeing our children suffer from a cough is no fun at all. However, coughs have their place in healing and should usually not be suppressed. If we prevent a cough from doing its part in recovery, we can set our child up for a much more serious illness. What starts out as a simple cold could quickly turn into bronchitis or pnemonia if mucous is allowed to settle in the chest. At times, a cough can interfere with recovery when it […]

11 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Diligent Workers

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer About a year ago, I was exhausted by the amount of work I had to do to keep everything running smoothly with my ever growing family. (We’re at six kids now!)  And I was feeling burdened that my kids needed to […]

Tips for School Lunchtime Success

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Written by Diana Bauman, Contributing Writer September has been an exciting month for my five year old son and I.  He started kindergarten and I became a first time parent with a child in school. My husband and I met all of his teachers including his principal, art teacher, gym teacher and music teacher.  We toured the classes, met other parents and investigated every nook and cranny of his elementary school. I signed up for the PTA and as a homeroom helper (one of the benefits […]

How Do You Deal With Challenging Behavior? (An Attitude Check for Moms)

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer There was one morning early in my third pregnancy when I was still exhausted and I was attempting to sleep just a little more after my kids got up.  I would leave my bedroom door open so I could hear them, and they would go get a snack.  Most of the time this worked out fine — they’d sit in their playroom, or come back and sit next to me in bed and have a snack, and I’d hear […]

Project-Based Homeschooling

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer This year is going to be our first year homeschooling. I’m excited! My first is finally 3.5 years old, meaning she’s old enough for “preschool” now. She also has a strong interest in learning, and I can’t wait to get started with her in a couple weeks. We’ve chosen to do what I call “project-based” homeschooling this year. We haven’t chosen any particular curriculum or books to work out of. In fact, the few times I’ve sat down with […]