3 simple ways to raise more independent kids

“Your clothes are on the bed, please get dressed and then come into the kitchen to eat.”   You walk into the kitchen and start your coffee.   “Mom, I need help.”   “You can do it, just look at the tags.”   “But mom, I don’t know how.”   You let out a big sigh and go upstairs, put on her clothes and tell her breakfast is ready in the kitchen.   Your child is eight and still needs your help with putting on their clothes. Where did it go wrong? Why can’t my child dress or do anything on their own? Why do I have a massive headache?   You have a headache because you are a parent who worries too much and is overwhelmed because you do everything for your kids.   Not teaching your child independence creates more work for you (and who needs that?) and does not foster perseverance and a learning attitude. It creates learned helplessness and dependence on you to do everything for them.       Kids are smart. They wonder if they should put the effort into doing something on their own or just ask and get it done for them….

How to raise a bookworm when you hate reading

  I don’t want to mom. Why do I have to read? It’s sooo boring. Can I just watch TV? These are all complaints and questions of reluctant readers. You don’t want your young child to hate reading, but you can’t blame them because you don’t particularly enjoy it either.     Reading is an essential part of life, but sometimes reading can be boring and uninteresting to our children especially if it is difficult for us to pick up a book ourselves.  Creating an environment that promotes a love for books is difficult but with a little out of the box thinking you can encourage your child to read and in the meantime, you may find a new passion too When you have a child, a switch is flipped, and you stress over giving them every opportunity to succeed in life (I can’t be the only one, right?!). You want the best for them. In school. In life.   Research shows that kids who love reading, start off ahead. A significant component of creating an environment for reading is to read aloud. Reading aloud to your children builds their vocabularies, comprehension, and greater attention span. With greater vocabulary and…

5 easy tips to capture your kids playing like a pro!

I want to introduce to you, the masterful photographer, Stacy is a natural light photographer in NJ and has been photographing families for more than six years. She also created Click & Capture Your Everyday, an online course for busy moms who want to learn how to use their camera to document their family in a fun, creative way. She has come up with an excellent list of the best ways to create those fun, connecting moments into lifetime memories! Picture this – your kids are running around laughing, jumping and playing. You’d love to capture the moment, so you quickly grab your camera. After fumbling with your settings for a while, you snap a few pictures and then put the camera down to join in on the fun.   Nap time comes, and you go back to look at the awesome photos you took earlier. You’re excited about capturing a great moment that you’ll treasure forever. Then. Something happens. Your excitement turns to disappointment. There’s not a single good shot of your kids playing and having fun. Either they’re blurry or just plain boring. You love candid images of your kids, but it’s frustrating when they don’t turn out…

Top easy and essential kid activities

This post contains affiliate links but only because I think you will thank me later. For full disclosure click here. Tossing and turning all night, tissues everywhere, a nose like Rudolph and a cough that sounds like a seal. You call into work sick, close your eyes and sleep all day. You may wake a couple of times but go back to sleep because you still feel crappy. Finally around 9 pm you are starting to feel better and you may go back to work tomorrow but you’ll just wait and see. WAIT! WHAT? You’re telling me that was all just a dream??? But I really DO feel like crap but you have kids now so you don’t get ANY of this sick time dream. You have to keep them alive and you don’t want to stick them in front of the TV all day but with the 50-pound weight on your head you may not be able to move. Don’t fret because if you have the arsenal I am about to arm you with then you won’t have to turn your kids into TV zombies and you may get to rest on the couch for a while.   I found…

Round-up of top potty training resources

*This post contains affiliate links that help with keeping this blog going. Thanks for your support! Click here for more details* Screaming and thrashing ensue. Hands are flying feet are kicking. You would think you are torturing your child. But in reality, you are just trying to change their diaper. It is time to potty train. There is A LOT of information online about potty training; it can be information overload. But you have come to the right place because I have done the work for you! I have found the top posts and products to help you potty train your child. I also created a 3-day cheat sheet from all the information I found and put it into an easy to read format.   Is your toddler ready to use the potty?   Mama OT wrote a great and informational post about child development and how to know the signs of potty readiness. She also throws in excellent books for talking about using the potty to little ones. She also has a whole list of AWESOME resources for you to check out. I love her insight from potty training two very different children. And to not stress out over…

Engage your preschooler with fun activities

*This post contains affiliate links but only those that will help you the most. These links do not cost you anything but just give this blog a portion to continue the  You’re sitting at your kitchen table looking at your kids while they watch TV, and you want to do something more with them. Engage with them. Play with them. But you’re stuck. You don’t know where to start. Start with this, do anything. Don’t overthink it. Just turn the TV off. And read this article.     I don’t have a preschooler ( I have an almost 2-year-old) myself, but I work with them on a daily basis. Sometimes I get in a rut with the activities I do with them, and I have a hard time thinking of anything else. Can you relate? Enter Jamie (my activity life saver!!) I want to engage my kids because this makes learning and doing ‘work’ more fun and enticing. I started to search the web, and I found Jamie over at hands on as we grow! Jamie is a mom of three boys and is awesome at keeping herself accountable for doing activities with her children. This made me immediately identify…

Liebster Award

I was very blessed this week to be recognized by two separate blogging awards that are given by other bloggers in recognition of their newer blogs! The Liebster award has been going around for a while, and Liebster in German means Favorite, Kind, Pleasant, Endearing, Sweetest, Nicest, etc.  This is an online award that is given by Bloggers to fellow Bloggers.  So it’s pretty cool to be recognized by some of my new peer friends. New blogger friend Kathleen over at Blue Eyed Babies nominated me! She has been blogging for a short while but has already made a big splash. Her articles are like talking to a friend, and she is your go to momma for anything essential oils, easy recipes and motherhood support. Thank you, Kathleen, for nominating me for this award! Please check out her site.   Part of this award means that I tell you a little bit about myself based on Angela’s questions (she nominated me first so I went with her questions).  So here goes! When did you start your blog and why?: I started this blog because as an occupational therapist, I work with children and their families every day and one common I thread I…

Blogger Recognition Award

    Last week I was absolutely thrilled to learn that Abilene from the blog Abilene in Iowa nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you for making this girl feel special. Abilene is a momma of a 3-year-old, a wife and lives a homestead life in Iowa. She blogs about recipes, homesteading, DIY and sewing. I especially like her DIY idea on painting wine bottles! Check out her site for great ideas for your home. So, to keep spreading the love around, I have nominated the following 15 blogs for their amazing work. All of these ladies are so talented and love what they do; they are so deserving! A lot of these women I admire their posts or their social media accounts and wanted to recognize them. Be Warrior Queen I Literally LOL Anna Georgianna Wished for This Beautiful Tribe Louise and Lemons Mamas Plus Coffee Something Cute Just Happened Just Sayin Mum Little House Grand Baby OT Hey Mommies Miss Jamie OT Zubi Baby My Attempt at Motherhood Please take the time to stop by and visit each and every one of these ladies. Don’t miss out on the wonderful information and writing! If you were nominated…

5 ways to connect first with your child

Your kid is throwing them self on the ground and wailing about dropping their food on the ground. You roll your eyes and sigh. The last thing you want to do is to connect with your child (you really just want to tell them to get over it and move on). However, connecting in this surviving moment can make it a thriving moment. So how do you make it a moment for learning than one of frustration? We want to be the parents that saw all the right things, do all those awesome Pinterest activities, create healthy meals, never yell but we the fact is that there are no perfect moms out there. Critiquing other parenting styles is just to make ourselves feel better about our own failures as a mom. There are a million parent books out there; you can’t read them all but what if there was one that changed how you looked at your screaming, tantrum throwing child. That changed the way you understood your child so you can thrive instead of surviving. Creating a thriving moment takes away the guilt, shame, feeling of failure because it’s in the moment not in the future. Focusing on the…

3 reasons to cultivate independence in your child

Children eventually grow up. It’s a fact. I want many times to hit the pause button on life to savor moments with my family but I simply can’t. Children turn into adults. I want my son to thrive and succeed at whatever he chooses. I have to keep this wish in the back of my mind to remind myself to let him figure things out on his own and to explore his surrounds without me hovering over him. To allow these wishes to become reality parents have to let their children struggle at times. Figuring things out for themselves allows them to learn the skills of problem-solving and ultimately learn enough skills to one day live on their own. When we focus on creating a mindset of hard work, to learn from their mistakes, and to persevere when things are not going as planned. We allow our children to grow and foster the skills they need as they grow. These mindsets start at a young age, so when my son is trying to figure out how to put the coloring box on the shelf, I can’t jump in and help. I must be his cheerleader and encourage from a distance so he knows that I…