Toddlers

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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The Ultimate Guide to Your 2 Year Old’s Sleep Schedule, Problems & Habits

In this post, you will learn everything you need to know about creating a healthy sleep plan for your 2 year old. From creating a consistent nap time to healthy nightly routines to problems that could interrupt your toddler’s sleep, we’re going to walk through all the basics that will be helpful as you set …

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Super Simple Advent with Toddlers that Won’t Stress You Out [Printable]

I’ve grown to really like celebrating Advent the past several years. The word “Advent” comes from a Latin word meaning “coming.” There’s something about the anticipation. The set-aside time and space to look at the Giver of all good gifts. To remember that He became the greatest Gift we’ve ever known. I want my little …

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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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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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21 Easy DIY Toddler Toys & Activities from Stuff You Have at Home

Our zero-degree-freeze-the-snot-inside-your-nose midwestern winters are in full swing, and we are officially hibernating. I bought 3 months worth of food and we’re not leaving the house until April. The freezing months of winter here cause us to get a little bit creative with our indoor activities. And by creative, I mean, my kids play with our …

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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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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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A Failed Attempt at a Meaningful Advent with Toddlers

Sometimes, (okay, often)… I get these grand ideas. An idea of something we’re going to do, and how it will be so lovely and make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy. Take my make-shift toddler montessori shelf, for example. It worked great. For a couple months. Until the younger one could reach up and pull …

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3 Kids Books That Make Me Cry (and our other favorite toddler books)

A couple things you should know about us before you read my book recommendations: I took a class on children’s books in college. Based on my tuition costs per semester, that class cost approximately $3,000. That’s how much I like kids’ books. I currently spend a decent amount of my waking hours reading to the small …

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Potty Training Failures. At least this is all good for a laugh!

Thoughts on Potty Training in a Weekend (after it didn’t work)

This is not a “how to” potty train, but rather an in-the-thick-of-potty-training survival guide and humorous though sharing session. If you are potty training a kiddo and about to pull all their your hair out , you are not alone! I read all the right books and did all the research and talked to all the all the moms I knew …

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What if the terrible twos don't have to be terrible? This one main idea is key to transforming the way you think about the terrible twos. Plus tons of other practical tips for dealing with toddler behavior, toddler tantrums, time out, etc. One of my go-to best parenting blogs super helpful for me! #toddlers #toddlerdiscipline #parentingtips #parenting #2yearolds #behaviormanagement #toddlerbehavior

Don’t Call My 2 Year Old Terrible: One Key to Thriving During the “Terrible Twos”

I stumbled upon this article one day, talking about Pink (the singer). It wasn’t super interesting or anything, but one thing struck me. She was interviewed about her 2 year old and the phrase “the terrible twos” inevitably made it’s way into the discussion. The article reads: The Grammy-winner admits that her toddler can be …

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