When Should Kids Start Taking a Shower? (Step by Step Instructions)
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When Should Kids Start Taking a Shower? (Step by Step Instructions)

When kids start taking a shower, it’s a big step! This guide will help you know if your child is ready to start taking a shower and what steps to take to make the transition successful. Kids really do grow quickly! Just when you think you’ve finally got bathtime down, you blink. And suddenly, it’s…

11 Healthy and Easy Dinner Ideas for Teens and Kids – No Complicated Recipes Required!
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11 Healthy and Easy Dinner Ideas for Teens and Kids – No Complicated Recipes Required!

These eleven easy dinner ideas for teens and kids will make it easy for them to start cooking, feel more comfortable in the kitchen, and help out at home. Knowing how to cook – even a little bit – can make a big difference when our kids are living in the world on their own….

70+ Essential Life Skills Teens Can Use Now and in the Future
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70+ Essential Life Skills Teens Can Use Now and in the Future

These 70+ life skills for teens are essential for making sure your child will be safe, confident, and self-sufficient when they leave home. One day you’re holding your baby in your arms and next you’re standing next to – or possibly looking up to – your teenager. Our time with our children is short and…

5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Savvy Comparison Shoppers
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5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Savvy Comparison Shoppers

Help kids understand what it takes to comparison shop – what’s too expensive, what’s a reasonable price – with these tips. “Mom, look at this,” my seven-year-old said, showing me a price tag on a small stuffed dolphin. “This dolphin costs $22 but the bigger one over here is $26. That just doesn’t make sense.”…

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Your Teen a Credit Card
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Everything You Need to Know About Giving Your Teen a Credit Card

Whether or not to give teens credit cards isn’t an easy decision. Here’s a step-by-step guide to determine if your teen should have a credit card. Things change quickly once you have a teenager. First, they’re able to communicate independently with friends on their phone. Then all of a sudden your teen has a part-time…

How to Get Your Child to Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth
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How to Get Your Child to Enjoy Brushing Their Teeth

Brushing teeth is one of the very first life skills our kids learn. And while some children take to this task immediately, others are more resistant. Here are a few tips for how to ease the transition and make this healthy habit commonplace. If getting your child to brush their teeth feels more like a chore…

How to Get Toddlers and Kids to Clean up Toys in Six Easy Steps
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How to Get Toddlers and Kids to Clean up Toys in Six Easy Steps

Cleaning up toys after play is a perfect opportunity for toddlers and kids to learn responsibility. Here’s how to get your child to help without a struggle. Toddlers and young children are like human tornadoes — all it takes is a moment with your back turned to discover that your child’s bedroom (and the hallway,…

5 Tips to Get Your Kids To Clean Their Messy Room
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5 Tips to Get Your Kids To Clean Their Messy Room

Getting kids to clean their messy room doesn’t need to be a constant battle. These five tips can help. Slowly you open the door to your child’s bedroom, bracing yourself for what’s beyond. As expected, clothes and socks cover the carpet, the bed is unmade, books and papers are strewn across the desk, and you…

10 Responsibilities at Home That Make Kids Feel Capable and Significant
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10 Responsibilities at Home That Make Kids Feel Capable and Significant

These ten children’s responsibilities at home encourage a helping mindset in kids. Kids want to have responsibilities at home. “Really?!” you may be thinking. But ultimately it’s true.  More than anything kids want to feel capable and significant in their family and the world. And responsibilities at home can help achieve this. Consider the opposite for a…

24 Basic Table Manners All Kids Need to Learn

24 Basic Table Manners All Kids Need to Learn

Learning basic table manners helps prepare kids for eating with others and a variety of social situations when they’re older. When we think of life skills our kids will need, table manners usually don’t immediately come to mind. In fact, good table manners might seem more like a “nice to have” life skill to teach our kids….

How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier
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How to Teach Your Kids Problem-Solving Skills and Make Parenting Easier

Strong problem-solving skills are essential for our kids to navigate the world independently. And as our children grow in their ability to problem-solve, they’ll demonstrate greater autonomy and responsibility, making parenting easier. Problem-solving is one of nine important 21st-century skills our kids need. Click the link to see the full list. Mom, I forgot my…

The Best Debit Cards for Kids and Teens in 2022
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The Best Debit Cards for Kids and Teens in 2022

The best debit cards for kids teach basic money management skills while making allowance easy for parents. One of the best ways for kids and teens to learn financial literacy and acquire good money habits is to manage their own money. And while younger kids benefit from managing physical bills and coins, older kids are…

Investing for Kids: a Common Sense Approach to Teaching the Basics

Investing for Kids: a Common Sense Approach to Teaching the Basics

Investing for kids doesn’t need to be complicated. This approach will equip your children with the basics so they can make wise investing decisions. “Why would I ever want to put my money in this retirement plan?” I boldly, and possibly a bit too pointedly, asked a senior-level manager.  Looking over what he had just…

Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids – Lists by Developmental Stage

Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids – Lists by Developmental Stage

Wondering which chores for kids are age-appropriate? This list of age-appropriate chores for kids can help. Research suggests giving kids chores helps them in multiple areas of life: academically, socially, emotionally, and eventually in their future career. Chores also encourage a team mindset in kids as they help their family, they build a strong work…

How to Talk to Kids About Money (Without Creating Entitlement or Fear)

How to Talk to Kids About Money (Without Creating Entitlement or Fear)

Inside: How parents can talk to and educate their kids about money without creating a sense of entitlement or fear about the family’s finances. Money isn’t the first thing that comes to most parents’ minds as a high-priority topic to discuss with kids.  But similar to sex or drugs, our kids are going to learn…

How to Get Started on Kids Allowance – the Right Way
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How to Get Started on Kids Allowance – the Right Way

You’ve taught your kids to ride a bike, to tie their shoes, and even a few cooking skills. But have you introduced them to one of the most important life skills of all: how to manage money? Unlike any other skill we teach our kids, knowing how to manage money could literally make or break their adulthood.

9 Important 21st Century Life Skills Our Kids Need

9 Important 21st Century Life Skills Our Kids Need

The 21st century life skills our children will need include more soft skills. Parents can play a role in helping their children acquire these essential skills. Making sure our kids can read. Teaching kids their math facts. Encouraging an interest in STEM. Most parents in the 21st century feel compelled to make sure their kids…

How to Start the Birds and Bees Talk (Without Dying of Embarrassment)
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How to Start the Birds and Bees Talk (Without Dying of Embarrassment)

Having the birds and bees talk with kids can feel uncomfortable for many parents – but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips on how to inform kids without embarrassment. The birds and bees talk! That dreaded talk that may (or may not) have happened when you were growing up.  For many…

How to Help Your Young Child Get Dressed Independently
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How to Help Your Young Child Get Dressed Independently

Help your child get dressed independently with these tips. “Never do for a child what he can do for himself.” – Maria Montessori You may have heard this quote before and laughed to yourself while struggling to wrestle a hoodie on your toddler. Great in theory, but not always in practice – especially when getting…

The Trick to Teaching Kids to Manage Their Own Time and Get Things Done (Without Nagging)
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The Trick to Teaching Kids to Manage Their Own Time and Get Things Done (Without Nagging)

Time management skills usually don’t come easily to kids. Here are a few ways to help kids manage their own time and get things done. “How many times do I have to ask you to vacuum your room?” “When are you going to begin your reading assignment?” “Don’t forget you need to put away your…