Benefits of the timeout bubble

Benefits of the timeout bubble

It’s remarkable how different types of discipline are effective for one child or age group and not another. Like most toddlers and preschoolers, my daughters tested boundaries when given the chance.

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3 tips for effective discipline of children, preschooler and beyond

3 tips for effective discipline of children, preschooler and beyond

As a child, discipline for me and my friends usually involved fear based tactics like yelling and spanking. How times have changed!

Shawn and I have had it pretty easy so far with my two elementary school aged children and his older two. They all have their moments but they are generally well behaved, courteous and polite. Rule number one for us as parents in a blended family is to avoid disciplining each other’s children (a topic for another post, coming soon :).

Below are three principles for disciplining children, preschool age and as they get older.

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Toddler proofing your home

Toddler proofing your home

Watching your little one progress from crawling to walking is a milestone to be celebrated.  The world suddenly opens up and within it are a plethora of things to grab, climb on and stick in your mouth!  Toddlers are naturally curious, adventurous and depending on their age, can be a little bit sneaky.  In other words, this is not the time to let up on childproofing your home!  The older children get the higher they can climb to reach the things they want to get their hands on.

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Five tips for camping with kids

Five tips for camping with kids

Before kids, my husband and I camped. A lot. We knew just what to pack and had our camp set up down to a science. Our trips were relaxing, stress free, and often landed us in some remote spots, far removed from the city life and its amenities. Once kids entered our lives, we both decided that camping was something we wanted to continue to do and experience as a family. The first couple of times out, we quickly realized that we were no longer the experts we thought we were! Our game plan needed to change dramatically if this was going to work. After a couple of semi-disastrous experiences, we learned a few things, most importantly the value in being prepared (over prepared really). If you are interested in family camping and are ready to take the plunge, here are my top 5 tips for a successful trip along with a few of my favourite camping memories.

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