Posts filed under: Parenting

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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Advocating For Our Children Most of the time I am a pretty mellow mama.  I don’t enjoy causing a scene and would much prefer to not be noticed and allowed to reside in the background.  Living life in the spotlight...
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Can You Afford to be a Stay-at-Home Parent? When I was pregnant with my first child, I probably googled this question on a weekly basis looking for confirming information about how a single-income family could live comfortably.  This question was...
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How to Keep Your Toddler Busy While Caring for Your Baby So now you’re a mom of two and now you’re outnumbered.  The logistics become a little tricky when you have two children who are very close in age.  My...
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How to Feed a Picky Eater One of the most common parenting struggles is how to feed a picky eater.  You’re probably here because you did a google search seeking information about how to get a picky eater to eat.  You...
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The Best Games for Family Game Night After a long soccer season, my family is finally at home in the evenings more nights than we’re not.  I look forward to these few months of each year when our activities and...
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Mom Before I had children everyone told me the news:  Babies are hard work!  Who hasn’t heard that little news flash, right?  But, what no one was able to tell me...
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Indoor Rainy Day Play Ideas for Kids I live in the south and we have our fair share of rainy days. I remember one summer when my boys were little it rained nearly every single day.  There was rarely enough...
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Should Your Child Play Sports? The last post in the “Should Your Child Play Sports” series is a more emotional one.  I want to talk about how to be a good sports parent if you and your child have decided...
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How to Prepare Your Children for Pet Adoption The PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend is coming up on November 13 through 15.  This is an exciting time for both families who want to adopt a pet and pets who are waiting...
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Should Your Child Play Sports? In Part IV of the “Should Your Child Play Sports?” series, we’re considering whether or not your family will be able to make the time commitment for your child to play sports.  Depending on the age...
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Should Your Child Play Sports? So far we’ve talked about figuring out if your child truly wants to play sports and what type of sports, team or individual, might be right for your child.  Today I’d like to ask you to...
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Is Your Child Ready for Contact Lenses? I was 11 years old when I began wearing glasses.  While wearing glass was exciting at first, the novelty wore off pretty quickly.  My glasses bothered me when I played sports with my...
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Should My Child Play Sports? Sports are a great way for children to have fun while staying fit, but finding a sport that your child loves may not be easy for some.  If you read Part 1 of this series,...
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Should My Child Play Sports? Playing youth sports is an excellent way for children and teens to get physically fit, practice teamwork, gain self-confidence, learn life lessons and have fun, but team sports are not an ideal activity for every...
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How to Stop Sibling Rivalry There isn’t much my children can do that will make me truly angry.  My oldest has broken three separate windows, all of my children have made their marks on the walls with crayon or marker,...
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How to Find Balance as a Mother Since becoming a mother I have been chasing the seemingly impossible dream of a balanced lifestyle. I’ve been a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, a bring-your-child-to-part-time-work mom, a stay-at-home mom, a...
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How to Create a Family Contract for Smartphone Use A few months ago I was talking with my mother about the differences between raising a teenager in the 90s (when I was a teen) and raising a teenager today.  Most...
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What to do When Your Child Misbehaves in Public We all know that dealing with our children’s misbehavior at home is difficult, but most of us would agree that dealing with our children’s misbehavior in public is the worst.  It’s...
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Daily Schedules for Stay at Home Moms As I’ve mentioned in my Myers-Briggs posts, I have a very strong “J”,or judging factor, to my personality.  I don’t like surprises but day runners, to-do lists and calendars make me giddier than...
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What is Attachment Parenting? When my youngest was born I knew that certain common parenting practices did not fit my way of thinking of about my child and my role as his mother.  I researched different parenting philosophies and one...
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Tips for the Introverted Mom Before I was a mother I imagined my days as a stay-at-home mom would go something like this:  I’d wake up my children for breakfast, we’d do a craft or bake together, we’d have some...
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Editor’s Note:  In this post, Temple from Mom of Two Teen Boys shares her story about her teenage son and drug use.   How to Talk To Your Teenager About Drugs Temple’s Story Teens can be complicated. I heard someone once say ” Little...
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My Husband and I Disagree on Discipline Disclaimer:  This post is written specifically for mothers who practice gentle, positive discipline.  Our Small Hours supports the use of attachment parenting and gentle, positive discipline and does not support the use of physical punishment....
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Tiffany from Mommy Methodology.  To find out more about Tiffany, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Mommy Methodology on social media:...
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The Importance of a Daily Quiet Time for Kids I first implemented a daily quiet time with my children when my oldest was around 3 years old and had begun to give up naps.  It’s tough work keeping a little...
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Does Parenting Get Easier as Children Get Older? When I was a young mother with three children under the age of five, I often wondered if parenting would ever get any easier.  When I asked moms with children older than...
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My time spent working with families and interacting in parenting communities has taught me several things.  One of those things is that no matter how you choose to parent your child, you will meet with criticism from someone at some point. Often...
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Should You Apologize to Your Child? First things first, right?  Maybe you don’t believe that apologizing to your children is such a good idea.  That was a common belief among a generation of parents.  The idea goes that the parent...
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Yelling is the new spanking.  While many parents have taken physical punishment out of their discipline toolbox, many have replaced it with yelling. It’s not uncommon for a parent to resort to yelling when they are left with a empty...
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