Ten Tips to Help Turn Scared Parents into Confident Ones

Ten Tips to Help Turn Scared Parents into Confident Ones

I’m really excited to share this exclusive post from Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids:Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry.  I am intrigued by the free-range idea, mostly because that’s pretty much how I grew up. I’m far from a helicopter mom, but I do have a few fears and worries that are probably a bit over-the-top. I’ll let Lenore do the rest of the speaking. Everything below is all Lenore. I’m not sure I agree with every tip (I still need my Boo Boo Bear!), but I think she has a lot of […] Read more »

Set Them Up As Winners … Just Saying

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“The more you do, the more you can do,” my mother would say. Oh, there’s a breaking point somewhere. If your kid took on tennis lessons, joined the track team, got the lead in the spring musical, kept up with school work and found a full time job on the side, something would breakdown eventually. But statistics show — I know from sitting in school board meetings as a cub reporter — that the kids who take on sports and piano lessons or play the flute and join the boy scouts do as well in school or better than the […] Read more »

Getting Your Kids to School Safely in the Winter

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Portions of this post are brought to you by Rain-X. I received complimentary coupons in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve kept Jacob home from school twice in the last month simply because I couldn’t safely get him to the bus stop. In one case, the bad weather started after it was too late for the school to call a delay or a closing. In the other, my driveway and road leading to the bus stop were still an ice rink even after the two-hour delay. This is life in the Poconos. One day we […] Read more »

3 Ways To Reduce The Stress Of Moving With Children

3 Ways To Reduce The Stress Of Moving With Children

While moving alone is stressful, moving with children makes it even more stressful. Psychologists often estimate that the emotional stress of moving is the third biggest cause of stress after divorce and death, and uprooting children to a new environment can be a strain on the whole family. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the stress and ease the transition of moving your entire household from one location to another. Here are three tips to make the move easier on everyone in your family: Tip#1: Get help with childcare. As you move, you will have a long to-do list. […] Read more »

Outdoor Winter Activities for the Whole Family: Six Fun Ideas

Outdoor Winter Activities for the Whole Family: Six Fun Ideas

Spending a whole lot of time indoors during the winter months is a bit drab. Long, cold winters can actually make you feel down because of the lack of activity, sunlight, and social interaction. It’s not just you, the parent, that feel these things but the kids, too, which is why it’s good to start planning some seasonal, outdoor activities. There are many benefits to playing outside already discussed on Pretty Opinionated: Helps to keep kids fit and healthy Gives moms & kids a chance to bond Gives them a break from all the electronics You might have a little […] Read more »

Keli Wilson Shares Tips on Keeping Kids Safe with AlertID

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Losing my son is my biggest fear. I think its every parent’s biggest fear. Jacob is 9 and I still panic when he goes out of my line of vision in a store! The funny thing is, I was WALKING to stores alone when I was younger than he is now. What is it about “these days” that makes us so much more scared than our parents were. Could be the fact that we now know that, ccording to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 58,000 children fall victim to non-family abductions every year! Has that statistic changed from when […] Read more »

5 Nifty Ways to Make Book Blitz Month Fun

Celebrate book blitz month with five fun ways to get the whole family excited about reading!

Did you know that January is Book Blitz Month? I had no idea! January is usually my biggest reading month because I get new books for Christmas that I can’t wait to dig into. Book Blitz Month was created to inspire people to read more, something that I’m always on board with! As you know, I’m passionate about getting others to read. Literacy isn’t one  of the most important skills we can teach our kids, it is THE most important. Without the ability to read, all the other skills are kind of hard to learn, don’t you agree? So, aside from […] Read more »

Bring Home the Magic of the Holidays with Portable North Pole

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This post is brought to you by the Portable North Pole. All opinions are my own. When it comes to the holidays, no matter how old I get, I still love the magic of Santa. Can I tell you a secret? I still leave cookies out for the big guy! My son has reached that age where he’s just not sure. I think he WANTS to believe, but his friends tell him otherwise. He knows I want him to believe, so he also tells me what I want to hear. Regardless of whether he’s on the fence or completely on […] Read more »

Three tips to raising kids in the jungle – urban or actual!

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This post is brought to you by PURE Energies. All photo credits go to Neil Osborne. I’m so excited to share with you a fun and totally different type of post today from the team at PURE Energies, makers of solar-power energy systems. Their CEO, Zbigniew Barwicz- along with a small team led by the International Conservation Fund of Canada- recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime to the Brazilian Amazon Rain Forest. For two weeks, they lived alongside the Kayapo, the indigenous tribe that has dedicated its life to protecting the rain forest. During their trip, the team spent […] Read more »

Give Your Building Fans Brick Loot for the Holidays!

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Looking for an awesome gift idea for building fans that keeps giving all year long? Brick Loot is definitely the way to go! This fabulous new subscription service invented by a 9-year-old boy just launched in time for the holidays. I actually got a sneak peek at their December box (their very first box!). What’s in the Brick Loot Box? I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but the picture above gives you a bit of a peek at the December Brick Loot box. Now, keep in mind that, like all subscription services, every monti is different! Every month […] Read more »