My daughter has always been a terrible sleeper. Of course, we expected this when she was a newborn. However, as she got older, that time we were promised where she would sleep through the night never came. We waited…and waited. While she did begin sleeping longer stretches eventually, other issues began to surface. First it became a struggle to get her in bed, then to help her fall asleep. Even once she did finally go down, she would be up throughout the night, and then awake for the day before the crack of dawn. We tried everything from different parenting sleep training methods to security items, co-sleeping, you name it. Nothing worked. Finally, our savior arrived in the unlikeliest of forms: Edwin the Duck, a bright yellow smart toy who has saved the day (or night).
A vital but often overlooked tool in helping children learn to effectively manage their emotions is teaching healthy coping skills. Parents can help their children learn these skills through role-modeling, encouragement, positive reinforcement, and verbal praise. It is never too early to start. This DIY coping skills box is a fun and simple way to help children learn and implement coping skills into their routine. This can help reduce temper tantrums, lessen anxiety and sadness, and boost self-esteem. It can also pave the way for self-care techniques they can take with them into adulthood.
When my daughter first told me that she wanted a unicorn birthday party to celebrate her 4th birthday, images of rainbows and glitter unicorns immediately danced in my head. Even pushing thirty, I think I was more excited than she was. Then I came back to reality. We are moving to another state in a few short weeks and I had neither the time nor the funds to plan the extravaganza I had envisioned. However, I was determined to give my daughter a magical unicorn party, but with a firm budget and simple decor in mind. Not only did I stay under budget and keep my sanity, but everything turned out beautifully. Most importantly, my daughter had a blast celebrating her special day.
Let me start off by saying that I am so excited to be able to write this post! When I was a first-time mom with my daughter, I wanted more than anything to breastfeed. I knew that it could be difficult so I read the books, researched online, and asked for advice. By the time my daughter was born, I was confident we would be able to share that bond.
When we first moved to Alaska, I was confident about getting through their famously harsh winters. I had grown up in Chicago after all. Lake effect snow, winter vortex, sleet, icy roads, below freezing winds? I had seen it all, or so I thought. Because of this, I gave no thought to following the advice of the hardcore Alaskans, the ones who have lived here for decades in the icy Interior and boy did I pay the price. Now we’re in the midst of our second winter here, with several feet of snow, only a few hours of daylight, and temperatures that dip close to negative 30 degrees. This winter, I have been implementing these tips and tricks with my own family and seen it work firsthand. Whether you live in Alaska or not, take their advice to help your kids beat the winter blues.