Posts filed under: Parenting

How to Handle Embarrassing Breastfeeding Situations Like a Pro

Let’s face it — nothing about breastfeeding is easy. Whether it’s struggling with the discomfort, helping your baby find a latch you can both live with, dealing with public perception or finding a space you can breastfeed without embarrassing anyone,...
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  • Attachment Parenting More Than One Child

Attachment Parenting More Than One Child

Attachment Parenting More Than One Child Attachment Parenting more than one child gets a little tricky sometimes.  I once had another mom (of two) tell me (with a wink), after the birth of my second child, that I was officially...
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How to Work Full Time and Homeschool

Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Are you a parent who is interested in homeschooling but you working full time? I have great news. You absolutely can work full time and homeschool. Yes, even if both...
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What to Expect in the First Weeks After Birth

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Kandice, owner of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and a Coordinating Blog, The Vintage Event, and her personal blog A Cotton Kandi Life.  You can find out more about Kandice by following her on social media...
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What’s Wrong With Common Core Math

What’s Wrong With Common Core Math? Before you read this post, check out this problem.  Did the common core method of calculation make sense to you?  It did to me.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m rushing to teach my homeschooled...
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Best Art Gifts for Kids

I admit, my arts are music and writing. My husband is all science and sports. We don’t spend a lot of time on art (outside of music) around here because we fill our time with other activities. But, some of...
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10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know

10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know 10.  You can do it.  No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your relationship status, you’ve got this, mama.  It’s what you were born to do.  Once you go...
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Why I Don’t Force My Boys to Hug Other Adults (Not Even Grandma!)

We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) When my boys were preschool age and younger, family members would sometimes act offended when the boys refused hugs and kisses.  My husband and I tried to stifle...
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How to Create a Chore Plan for Your Children

How to Create a Chore Plan for Children If you’ve implemented a chore system with your children you already understand the importance of children doing chores.  If you are like me, then you might be hesitant to assign chores to your children...
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Children’s Books About Fall

The Best Children’s Books About Fall Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys...
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  • Why I'm Not Encouraging my Children to go to College

10 Reasons I’m Not Encouraging My Kids to go to College

Call the parenting police! I’m not encouraging my kids to go to college. Really, it’s not that simple. Let’s get this out of the way:  We homeschool and we make college prep a priority. It is my responsibility to prepare...
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You’re Not Responsible For Your Children’s Happiness

You’re Not Responsible for Your Children’s Happiness Guess what, mamas? You’re not responsible for your children’s happiness.  I know some of you are nodding furiously in agreement but others of you are requesting that I hand in my attachment parenting...
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  • Wearsafe Wearable Safety Device Review

The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World My oldest son received his learner’s permit last week....
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  • Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review

Ecocentric Mom Box Review

Yesterday I received an Ecocentric Mom Box in the mail to review. I’ve been a fan of the Ecocentric Mom shop for a while. I love that they sell green, organic, natural products for baby, home, pregnant moms and the...
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  • Survey Sites For Moms

How I Get My Kids Christmas Gifts for Free

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping.  In fact, I plan way ahead to get my kids’ Christmas gifts for free. It’s easy to get Christmas and birthday gifts for free as long as you have a...
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  • Things We Have to Stop Telling New Moms

4 Things We Have to Stop Telling New Moms and 2 Things to Say Instead

It’s easy to give the standard, off-the-cuff advice to new mothers in order to make conversation or bolster our “been there, done that” parenting cred. Unfortunately, there is too much unhelpful advice passed around that only frustrates new moms or causes unnecessary...
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  • 3 Back to School Must Haves for Moms

3 Back to School Must Haves for Moms

It’s back to school time! Every summer you dutifully shop for your children so that they have everything they need for back to school. You get them off to a great start with all of the essentials because you are a...
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  • Why We Don't Eat Dinner as a Family Anymore

3 Reasons We Don’t Eat Dinner Together as a Family

We don’t eat dinner together as a family – and I’m okay with that. It wasn’t always that way, but we stopped having regular family dinners not long after my youngest son was born in 2006. According to Cornell University, whether or...
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  • Why is Motherhood so Stressful

The Number One Reason You’re Stressed Out as a Mom

The Number One Reason You’re Stressed Out as a Mom I’ll get right to it.  The number one reason you’re stressed out as a mom is because you are always ON. I know, I know. Many of you are thinking...
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How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free

How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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  • How to Support a Child Who Wants a Dangerous Job

How to Support Your Child’s Dream Job When It’s Risky

How To Support Your Child’s Dream Job When It’s Risky Let’s be honest, parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Raising children comes with exciting adventures along with challenges. You want the best for them. After all, you are there...
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How to Talk with Your Partner About Child-Led Weaning

Editor’s Note:  This post was written by OSH guest poster Monica Sakellaridis a.k.a. Mozey.  See the end of the post for more information about Mozey and where to find her online. My Husband Wasn’t Open to Child Led Weaning (At...
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  • Important Conversations to Have While Pregnant

Five Important Conversations to Have When You’re Pregnant

 5 Important Conversations to Have While You’re Pregnant Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. As an expectant mother there seems to be a million and one...
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  • Free Apps for Kids

10 Best FREE Android Apps for Kids from Amazon Underground

It’s summertime and that means we’ll all be spending more time engaging and entertaining our children. When it’s time for a little quiet or a long road trip, we need some great Android apps to keep our little ones busy....
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  • How to Help Children With Pet Loss

5 Activities to Help Kids Cope with Pet Loss

Friends, it’s been a rough week.  On Monday we lost our sweet cat Ana who was only 6 years old.  She was a special girl who I affectionately called “second mom” because of the way she could sense when the...
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  • Safety Tips for Outdoor Play

Safety Reminders for Outside Play

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. Safety Reminders for Outside Play With the temperatures rising and the daylight hours extended, your kids are probably antsy to...
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Is Your Family Ready for Earth Day?

This post brought to you by Tom’s of Maine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Our Small Hours. Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd.  Like other natural-living-minded moms, I’m spending time this week talking with my boys...
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What is Your Why for Healthy Living?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. What is Your Why for Healthy Living? I was inspired by The American Heart Association (AHA) to talk about why...
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  • How to Get Your Child to Stop Whining

How To Stop Your Child From Whining

How to Stop Your Child From Whining There are few things more grating than a whining child, right?  Sometimes around the age of 2.5-3, when a child as an arsenal of words to use, but can’t always seem to figure...
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  • How to Teach Teens to Drive Safely

How to Prepare Teens for Safe Driving

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson. Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a freelance writer in her spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find her catching...
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