Finances and Parenting

The following post is from Madison of My Dollar Plan and Kids and Money at about.com: I recently met with a group of moms and talked with them about finances and parenting. It was a helpful and fun discussion. Here are some of the questions asked and the discussion that we had about each topic.…

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The one-pile cleaning method for kids

We’re traveling this week and next, so I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. This method continues to work wonders for us, and our 8-year-old even makes these piles herself to help everybody get started! Despite carrying both Sean and my genes, sometimes our girls simply don't see the mess around them. It's…

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6 lessons I’ve learned about kids in the kitchen

We're traveling this week and next, so I'm sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. Since I talked a little bit about our new "assigned meal prep days" in Monday's post, this seemed like an appropriate follow-up! Our girls are constantly asking to help in the kitchen, and—if I'm honest—I still cringe a little…

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Ornament journal {101 Days of Christmas}

Although we have a simple ornament journal as part of our Christmas planner, I really wanted to create an ornament journal for my kids to record memories and notes about their individual collections of ornaments. Our girls get a new ornament every Christmas (plus any they make during the season), and each year we pack…

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Learning to fight {and why we argue in front of our kids}

I've never really liked the advice that you shouldn't fight in front of your kids. While I agree it's important to make sure children feel safe and secure, I've never viewed not fighting as the key to that security. In fact, I think that hiding our fights can ultimately lead to more tension and fear, an…

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The Safe, Affordable Cell Phone Option for Kids

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kajeet for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Our oldest will soon be 10, and she already has friends with iPods and phones of their own. While we're holding out for as long as we can, I have a feeling we'll be dealing with…

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Make Your Own Washable Paint from Chalk {A Guest Post from My 8 Year Old}

My 6- and 8-year-old daughters began experimenting with making their own chalk paint yesterday using little stubs of chalk that were too hard to color with. My husband "suggested" that I might want to have them move the experiment outside next time, but they had a ton of fun making paint -- more fun than…

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Why You Should Let the AKC Help You Find Your Next Family Dog

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Kennel Club for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. For years, my husband said no, absolutely not, no way, no how to a puppy. But after watching our girls bond with the cat that had started as a stray and become a member…

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Do Your Kids Need to Learn How to Program?

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky: I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. - STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW Do you think your kids need to learn how to program? A lot of people have never considered…

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Make Pre-K Fun with EmbarK12 Learning Tools

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. The EmbarK12 Comprehensive and EmbarK¹² Online programs offer a fun, innovative approach to early learning, and if your kids are anything like my Sidney, they'll love it! K¹² is the leader…

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