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11 Best Educational Parenting Websites When You Don’t Know Where to Start

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The online world of parenting has become almost as overwhelming to navigate as the real-life version. Almost. There are some truly fantastic resources out there to help us ‘parent up’ and learn how to raise awesome kids. But as a discerning parent it can be a huge time suck trying to find the best educational parenting …

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How to Get Kids to Do Chores – 7 Solid Tactics to Sidestep the Drama

Girl happily preparing to do cleaning chores

Welcome to Part 2 of our Ultimate Guide to Age-Appropriate Chores. It’s time to unlock one of the great mysteries of the universe…how to get kids to do their flipping chores! If you’re still wondering whether chores are genuinely beneficial for kids (and not just exhausted parents), whether it’s too early (or too late) to …

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Age Appropriate Chores: The Ultimate Guide [With Free Printable Chore Charts]

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Most parents start to wonder about age-appropriate chores somewhere into the toddler years as two things are happening: Your now mobile munchkins are growing an insatiable desire to explore new skills and prove their independence You are growing an insatiable desire to see your home regaining some vague resemblance to its pre-baby-bomb days. The good …

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Avoiding Parental Burnout: 10 Steps to Lower Parenting Stress This Year

parental burnout threatens an exhausted mother

Parental burnout is the new kid on the block. But we don’t have to let it get the upper hand. If you’re struggling with a bad case of ‘I just can’t parent anymore’, you’re bound to feel trapped. Because there’s just no hitting ‘stop’ on this treadmill. But there are some ways to lower the …

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How to Encourage Independent Play: 25 Simple Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

girl playing independently with blocks

Does having your kids play on their own feel like some far-fetched fantasy? One of those things you read about, dream about, and talk about with your  mom friends (or hear how well it’s going for them, which makes you want to chew your arm off?). And yet it never quite seems to materialize in …

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The Stay-At-Home Mom Workout: 5 Fat-Burning Exercises You’re Already Doing Every Day

The SAHM Workout

As a stay-at-home mom a few years into the joyride of parenting, one of your biggest gripes, of course, is how much you miss the gym. I hear fellow moms all the time talking about how they’d just kill for a good sweat fest on the elliptical or a deep burn spin class. (It must be …

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Why Solitary Play Fails: 10 Ways You May be Cramping Your Child’s Style

Boy bending over something in the grass,playing by himself

Ahhh…the dream of solitary play. I’ll bet the idea of seeing your toddler or kindergartener playing solo, totally immersed in their own little world for a few hours a day sounds like parent heaven! (Yup, that place where you also get to eat an entire meal in one sitting, and sleep in past 6am.) Seriously, …

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What is Solitary Play & Why Do Kids Need It? 7 Vital Benefits for Developing Minds & Bodies

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If you knew there was one thing that would fast-track child’s ultimate physical, intellectual, social and emotional wellbeing and success, you’d jump on it, right? While the parenting experts may disagree over sleep training methods and discipline strategies, the one thing they all seem to agree on is the benefits of solitary play for a …

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Becoming a Mom: 10 Things They Should Include in the Fine Print

becoming a mom - read the fine print

Becoming a mom is basically signing up for a pretty daring human experiment. While there’s a set of broad guidelines, some basic “do’s and dont’s,” and a vague promise of life-changing rewards somewhere along the way, every iteration of this particular experiment is completely unique. So you really have no cooking clue exactly what to …

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New ‘Moms Only’ Restaurant Sees Disappointing Turnout on Opening Weekend

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 New niche restaurant, Hoovers, has seen disappointing turnouts on its highly anticipated opening weekend. This following the lifting of strict Covid-19 Lockdown measures, which once more allows the public to patronise eat-in establishments. The brain-child of entrepreneur couple, Wendy and Arby MacDonald, Hoovers is the first of its kind, branding itself as an exclusive ‘moms …

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