How To Set Up A Kid-Safe Computer

How To Set Up A Kid-Safe Computer

This post was sponsored by KidsEmail.org by Ellie of Musing Momma These days most experts agree that keeping our kids safe online is not just a matter of teaching a few simple rules and trusting them to make good choices. As parents, we need to take steps to protect them. Not only are kids and teenagers prone to make poor choices from time to time (because, you know, they are kids), but the internet is a predator’s playground, whether that predator is a sexual[...]

One-handed Mama

One-handed Mama

Over the past 8 months, I've been on a quest to live a less-distracted life. Reading blogs like The Hands Free Mama and The Orange Rhino have reminded me how much being distracted, especially by technology, impacts my everyday life with my children. When I'm distracted by my computer or phone, I become an Angry Mama. I don't react to my kids with love and when they try to pull me away from my technology, I snap. So, I've banished my computer[...]

Facebook Hypocrisy & 3 Ways to Benefit from it

Facebook Hypocrisy & 3 Ways to Benefit from it

    I read  _________’s Facebook post this morning and honestly, this wave of heat erupted from my center, cresting out towards my skin. I’m sure you’ve come across one or two of these. A post which leads you to assume that a friend or family member’s page has been pirated because there’s no correlation between the text and the “supposed” author. How could such a sleight of appearance be so irksome? Sure, I hadn’t had my 1st cup o’ joe yet, but[...]

10 YouTube Stars Your Kid Loves

10 YouTube Stars Your Kid Loves

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor You'll be forgiven if you think Smosh sounds like something you do to a bug and PewDiePie is a new kind of dessert. These -- and lots of other names you've probably never heard of -- are some of the hottest celebs in the entertainment industry. But you won't find them on TV or in the movies. They're the stars of YouTube, and with every video they upload -- in formats as wide-ranging[...]

Build Community: BOO Your Neighbors

Build Community: BOO Your Neighbors

I've never been a Halloween fanatic. Sure, it's fun, but I don't get all crazy about dressing up and decorating the house. I leave that to my husband, who has enough Halloween spirit for the both of us! But I do love all of the Halloween activities that bring us together as a family and connect us with our community - our town's annual Halloween parade, a friend's Halloween party, carving pumpkins together, and of course trick-or-treating! Then there are the[...]

5 Tips to Survive a Best Friend Moving Away

5 Tips to Survive a Best Friend Moving Away

This post is sponsored by Kids Email   We live in a small town. As a matter of fact, it is a small town on an island over an hour away from the mainland. It may sound isolated, but the community and friendships here make life full and are the reason my husband and I decided to plant our roots here over 17 years ago. We wanted to raise our kids here. When we started our family, we knew their friendships would be really[...]

The Perfect Book When You’re Annoying Yourself as a Parent

The Perfect Book When You're Annoying Yourself as a Parent

It seems I have reached a point in my parenting career where I (on occasion) annoy myself as a mother. Perhaps I'm perpetually tired, perhaps the incessant whining from both my six and three year old has simply worn away any last surviving nerve I had, or perhaps I've just lost focus and need a reminder about my ultimate goals as a parent... along with a few actionable steps. Whatever the reason, I find myself saying the same things over and over, and[...]

10 Ways for Single Moms to Build Family Unity

10 Ways for Single Moms to Build Family Unity

by Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed As a single mom, I desperately want to create unity in my family. I don't want to be defined by the rising trend of selfishness, or distracted by the "now" of technology. I want my children to love and care for one another. I want to grow old listening to them share stories of "remember the time we..." I want to enjoy every moment we have together because life is too short to miss this. And[...]

How Motherhood Is Like An Icky River

How Motherhood Is Like An Icky River

by Sarah Reinhart of Little White Whale After I drop the big kids off at school in the morning I like to grab a coffee and sometimes have a small spontaneous adventure with Oscar and Mabel. Nothing serious. We choose one park or another. Or sometimes Target. Only Target if I’m feeling frisky though. Because Oscar and Target? They don’t mix. It’s hard. It’s so hard with him right now. He wants allthetrainsandcarsandtrucksandcontructionstuff. And me? Mama ain’t got the funds for[...]

Why I Regret Spanking My Child

Why I Regret Spanking My Child

    We say it takes a village to raise a child. It can take a fleet of people to bring home a new baby. Grandparents, neighbors, best friends are all helping the new and bleary-eyed parents with their unfamiliar and exhausting schedule. The dinners are pre-made in the freezer, the laundry folded by a kind grandma, neighbor or mother-in-law are absolutely life savers! There are countless instances where the village kicks in: A ride to the pediatrician with your best friend can help you with[...]

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