Parenting Tips & Advice

SO many great tips in here for dealing with the terrible twos... she suggests calling them the terrific twos and gives a lot of practical ideas for how to survive and thrive through toddler screaming, toddler tantrums, and more! Great resource for young moms of toddlers and babies! #parentingtips #toddlers #behavior #discipline #parenting #2yearolds

5 Practical Strategies for Dealing With the Terrible Twos (That Work!)

In this post, you will learn 5 ideas for how to deal with the terrible twos that actually work! We’ve gone through the two year old stage with all 4 of our kiddos, and I’ve interacted with tons of other toddlers as well. After going around the block a couple times, age 2 has become …

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12 Practical Tips for Surviving Life with 2 under 2 [Plus a Big Hug]

In this post I will give you my 12 best tips for surviving with 2 under 2. Our first 2 kids are 17 months apart, and the first few months with our second baby were SO hard. I basically felt like, “WHAT DO YOU TINY PEOPLE NEED FROM ME AND WHY DO YOU NEED IT …

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ROAD TRIP TODDLERS TIPS

23 Best Tips to Survive a Family Road Trip with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Today I’m going to share about how to survive a road trip with toddlers. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and always lived out of state from one side of our extended family. We love to visit them, and we sure as heck aren’t going to load a baby, a toddler and 2 preschoolers onto …

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Marriage & Motherhood: 6 Practical Tips for Enjoying Marriage After Babies

Becoming a parent can be hard on your marriage. There’s a big learning curve, trying to figure out your new roles as parents, and how to communicate with each other. You don’t want to talk about your kids all the time, but when you finally get a quiet moment alone, you kinda can’t help it. …

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Wondering how to teach your 1 year old no? How to tell your 1 year old no and have your 1 year old learn to obey? There are 4 phrases we've used with all 4 of our 1 year olds that really help! #parentingtips #parentingtoddlers #1yearold grace based parenting; gospel centered parenting

How to Teach a 1 Year Old “No” – Complete Guide to 1 Year Old Discipline

Today I’m going to outline a very effective plan for consistent 1 year old discipline for you to use with your toddler. From our experience of having 4 kids in 5 years, it’s never too early to start setting expectations and training your little ones. 1 year olds understand WAY more than we realize. It might …

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Infant Sleep Training: A New Mom’s Guide to Newborn Sleep!

I originally wrote this post several years ago after we got our first two babies sleeping through the night by 12 weeks. Since then, we’ve done the same thing with two more babies and thousands upon thousands of people have read and shared this post. I’ve also written a more detailed infant sleep guide that …

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OMG! If you have a second baby on the way, read this!! Such good ideas for helping older siblings cope with the new baby - espeically if you'll have 2 under 2 or want toddler and newborn tips! #momlife #motherhood #parenting #toddlers #baby #newborn

11 Tips for Helping Older Siblings Cope with the New Baby (from a Mom of 4)

There’s an ongoing poll in my mom-friend circles about which transition is the hardest: Having your first kid, going from 1 to 2 kids, 2 to 3 kids or adding more kids after 3. Each transition is different but going from 1 to 2 kids is REALLY REALLY HARD! If the first child is a …

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Want to keep toddler busy while nursing your newborn? Here are 28 ideas to help you manage a toddler and a newborn. You can do it! #momlife #toddler #newmom #2under2 #momof2 #motherhood

31 Awesome Ideas for How to Entertain Toddler with a Newborn

In this post, you will learn 31 tricks and tips for coping with a toddler and newborn. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and the hardest part of every newborn (after the first) was always the toddler. The clingy, confused, barely verbal, highly active toddler who does not understand why it takes you 45 …

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10 Surprising Reasons to Start Sleep Training Your Newborn ASAP

There are a million articles, books, and blog posts about sleep training on the internet. With a million different thoughts and opinions. Much of parenting boils down to personal preference, and our personal preference has been to sleep train our 4 kids from birth. We recommend sleep training your newborn! (Good thing we did… because …

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Wondering what sleep training method is right for you? Are you pregnant and preparing for baby? These are amazing tips on why and how to sleep train your baby as a newborn.

How to Sleep Train with a Parent Led Method & Teach Your Newborn to Sleep Through the Night

There is a lot of advice about how to sleep train out there… everything from “dictate your baby’s life down to the minute” TO “my baby sleeps whenever they want and I never know what to expect.” We have taken what we call a holistic, parent-led approach in our sleep training. The philosophy of a …

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The secret to getting your baby to nap longer is not to keep them awake... it's actually to put them to sleep earlier. A mom of 4 explains why babies need longer naps than you think and how to troubleshoot naptime problems. #sleeptraining #infantsleep #babysleeptipsgetting baby to nap longer | baby cries all day | baby won't sleep | baby won't nap | get baby to go to bed earlier

Wondering how to get baby to nap longer? Your baby is probably over tired!

One of the most common sleep-training problems I encounter is moms wondering how to get a baby to nap longer. I hear a version of this naptime problem a lot! “My baby only naps for 30-45 minutes. And they wake up screaming.” “I try to keep them awake for 2 hours or so because they …

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6 Common Problems & Solutions for How to Transition Toddler to Their Own Bed

Okay, are you ready? This is probably going to be the world’s shortest blog post, but I finally decided to write it because I get this question a lot! How do you transition toddler out of their crib? Don’t. There. The end. Just kidding – I’m actually going to give you tons of practical ideas …

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Feel guilty for yelling at your kids? Here's how to stop yelling at child and what to do for discipline instead; grace based discipline; how to get kids to clean up their mess; what to do about the constant mess

Stop Yelling at Your Kids | 3 Parenting Lessons From Losing My Temper

(Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission off purchases from customers I refer, at no additional cost to you of course. Read my full disclosure policy here.)Have you ever said something to your kids impulsively? You know… where the words are coming out of your …

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In helping my kids clean up their mess, I've realized how much God helps us clean up our own messes. ("Lessons I've Learned From My Kids" Series)

Lessons I’ve Learned from My Kids: Helping Them Clean Up Their Mess

Most toddlers are clumsy, I assume, but I think my 3 year old is particularly so. She comes by it honestly… I may or may not have broken 6 phones in 3 years. (Death by toilet, glasses of milk, roof of car, etc.) I remind little miss to move slower, watch what she’s doing, keep her eyes on the bowl …

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Do you feel guilty for yelling at your kids? Here’s a simple tip for how to stop. This mommy blog is full of great, practical parenting advice for moms of littles. #parenting #mommyblog #momblog #parentingtip #toddlers #raisinglittles #terribletwos

Yelling at Kids Too Much? Try This Simple Parenting Tip Instead

My simplest solution for how to stop yelling at kids is to practice an idea I call “one-downing.” One-downing is the opposite of one-upping. You’ve heard of one-upping, right? You know… First Mom: “I make my own granola.”Second Mom: “Oh well I make organic granola AND use essential oils.”Third Mom: “Oh, of course that goes …

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