Teaching Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

Post contributed by Amanda G.

There is a lot of debate out there about the best time to start teaching your kids about drugs and alcohol. Some parents believe it is best not to scare younger kids and that teaching them about stranger danger is enough; that it is better to wait until kids are older, like middle school aged, to start teaching them about drinking, drugs, the dangers of addiction, etc.

Guess what: by the time your kids are heading off to junior high school, most of them have already been exposed, at

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Teach Your Children to Excel with the Power of Music

You can use the power of music to help a child with so many different things, including both educational and social growth. Music can help children develop hobbies and become a better-rounded individual. When words are difficult to comprehend or emotions are simply running too high, music is something that can soothe the soul and nurture common ground. As a parent, helping your child harness this creative energy and use it to build self-confidence is one of the most important things you can do.

“Music, the great communicator.” Red Hot Chili Peppers

Growing Up

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MommyCon Chicago 2015! Discount Code & Ticket Giveaway

It’s that time again! Did you attend MommyCon last year? If you didn’t, I’m sure you at least heard about it. In my birth and blog work, I get asked all the time, “did you get to go to MommyCon?!” Last year I unfortunately missed it because it was our daughter’s 2nd birthday! This year, however, I’M GOING! And I CAN’T WAIT!

MommyCon Chicago 2015 is on February 21st, with a full day of awesomeness. There are educational sessions for all areas of natural parenting: cloth diapers, babywearing, fitness, breastfeeding, and

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Gifts for Dads: Daddy & Co

~Product was received to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

I remember being pregnant with Ryan, our first, and wanting to include my husband in all the excitement. A lot of focus goes to the mom (well, as it should!), but what about the men? Their life is about to change, too, they’re becoming DADS! It’s just as special. But what I found when I went to search for gifts for him was disappointing. A book about how his boys know how to swim? Yea, that was about it.

Then I found

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Creating a quiet space for kids

There’s so much parenting advice out there for you to read–on every topic imaginable. As we’ve gone through the “terrible twos” and the “threenager” years with Ryan (and we’re about to with Rebecca), I feel like I’ve read it all. And you know what it all says? Every kid is different. One article will say do this and the next article will say do that. What works for one kid, won’t work for another. I’ve tried a lot of different tactics and this is one I really like and so do the kids, so

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Babywearing Carriers at the ABC Kids Expo 2013

Last week I was in VEGAS, BABY. My first time ever in the city of sin….. and I never even made it to the strip. The closest I got to “Vegas” were the slot machines in the airport, haha. Why? I spent all week at the convention center for the ABC Kids Expo 2013. It’s THE trade show for all things related to pregnancy, moms, babies, and children. This was my second year and I had a great time–putting faces with names, meeting people I’ve worked with, seeing old friends, and discovering

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Save Babies Blogger Baby Shower: I Bundoo! Do You?

Welcome to day 5 of the Save Babies Blogger Baby Shower! Today’s Shower partner is a little different… they’re completely geared toward parents and care givers, but they don’t have a product… they offer an amazing service. Bundoo: Smart Parenting Starts Here!

We all know I’m passionate about educated parents and making informed decisions for your family. That’s why I’m such a big fan of Bundoo and their online community. They have put a LOT of effort into creating their website and it’s a wealth

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