Mom Tips

When it comes to being a mom, there are no rulebooks…but there are ways to make it just a little bit easier. These helpful mom-to-mom tips offer ideas, inspiration, creative solutions, and a little laughter, too.

How We Reward Our Toddler for Good Behavior

Over the summer, my husband and I became very frustrated with our parenting. We were experiencing lots of the symptoms of the “terrible twos” — whining, fits, hitting, not sharing, etc. As much as we tried to work on these behaviors with Ingrid, it felt like we were just harping on her all the time. We decided we needed to give her some positive reinforcement. We needed to let her know when she was doing the RIGHT thing. We needed to encourage and reward her for her good behavior.

We came up with our Happy and Helpful Chart, a visual way for our toddler to be reminded of her good behaviors. To introduce it, we talked about the things that always help us have a good day. We all agreed that we had better days when we were all happy and helpful, and that there were a few things that helped us to be that way. Those things were sharing, listening, cleaning up after ourselves, riding safely in the car, and staying in our beds at night.

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

One tradition my girls and I do each year is bake cookies the day before Thanksgiving. My husband laughs because these are technically Christmas cookies, but we turn them into Thanksgiving cookies by using a leaf cookie cutter and some fall icing colors. My girls love helping me bake them, but their favorite part is decorating them!

Even young toddlers can help with this fun tradition. If you’re looking for a fun project to do over the Thanksgiving holiday, consider making some of these sugar cookies! (And make sure to save the recipe! They are THAT good!) 

5 Tips for Setting the Kids' Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I am so excited to be hosting this year for family and friends. It’s the first holiday in our new house, so I am even more excited to cook and decorate for all to see.

Because we are having many guests, we don’t have much room for the kids to sit at the table, so I am making a special table just for them. When I mentioned it to my oldest daughter, she wasn’t as thrilled as I was to sit at a table with just the kids. Little did she know that I had a great table planned for her that she is going to be so excited to sit at because it will be so much fun.

Here’s how I’m making sure my little ones have fun at the kids table this Thanksgiving.

Kids Table

4 Clever Tricks for a Mess-Free Thanksgiving Day

We all know how busy Thanksgiving Day can get, especially when you are a mommy! And the last thing you want to do on a holiday is spend all of your day cleaning.

Here are some items that can help you keep your babies as mess-free as possible, not just on Thanksgiving, but any day of the year.

From Grumpy to Sleepy: Our Baby's Sleep and Feeding Schedule

One of the best pieces of advice I received from a friend was to have our baby on a regular routine. Overall, the needs of babies are pretty basic: They eat, sleep, and play. But knowing when it was time for each helped us take the guesswork out of why our little one was grumpy. We knew if he was crying around 11 a.m., it wasn’t because he was hungry, but because he was ready for a nap. In the end, having a well-rested baby (with a full tummy) made the world of a difference. He was such a happy baby.

As the months went by, his routine would change. And now that he’s 23 months, it’s completely different than when he was 10 months (he’s currently down to one nap a day). The other day, I found my notebook in which I had written down his sleep and feeding schedule and thought I would share.

In case you’re looking for a schedule to reference, here is the one that worked for us.

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