Experiences Over Things: Why Traveling As a Family is So Important

If you haven’t taken a family trip yet, there is no better time! Many parents feel nervous and unsure about traveling with their young children, but providing your kids with experiences over things is so valuable on many different levels. It can seem like a lot to take on; packing the car and heading to an unfamiliar destination. Will baby/toddler sleep well in a different bed? Will the room be dark enough? What if their nap schedule is ruined? How can we possibly bring everything we need? Will they cry on the airplane? These are familiar concerns from parents who have yet to take their first family vacation. Once you actually do it, I promise, it isn’t as bad as you might think! Traveling as a family exposes your kids to so many wonderful opportunities that you often can’t replicate at home.  Continue reading “Experiences Over Things: Why Traveling As a Family is So Important”

Setting the Right Expectations When Traveling with Kids

Have you ever heard the expression “life is what you make it?” Well, remember that phrase next time you’ll be traveling with your kiddos.

Life with kids is full to the brim with fun, joy and laughter….but we all know that there are plenty of challenges and hardships we have to deal with along the way too.

Traveling with kids is no different, but I’ve talked to many parents who avoid traveling with kids because it doesn’t feel doable or “worth it” to them.

If you fall into that camp, I challenge you to shift your perspective and reframe your expectations so you don’t miss out on awesome opportunities to create memories as a family!  Continue reading “Setting the Right Expectations When Traveling with Kids”

3 Ways Traveling with Kids Makes You a Better Parent

Oftentimes as parents (especially new parents!) it’s easy to feel a little like life as you knew it is now over.

Gone are the days when you were relatively carefree and could go wherever the wind led you.

Now your days are marked by responsibility for someone other than just yourself – someone who’s daily needs are 100% dependent on you.

It can feel a little overwhelming if we’re being honest, right?

Naturally, when you’re considering the ways life changes when you become a parent, traveling with little ones is among the first to get tossed out the window.

It just seems like it would be too crazy hard with too many things to plan for and remember, and too many risks and unknowns.

It’s an easy thing to overcomplicate, and many parents today do. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated! Continue reading “3 Ways Traveling with Kids Makes You a Better Parent”

7 Ways to Foster Independence in Your Children

Guest post written by Jen Holden

Think of a time in your teenage or early adult life when you were most proud of yourself. Who was there?

I’ll bet you recalled a time when you did something totally independent of your parents. They weren’t there to hold your hand, tell you what to do, and give you all the steps to success.

You did it all on your own, and that’s what made you feel proud.

Likewise, we all want our children to become independent thinkers, problem solvers, and self-monitors, but a common problem today is that parents often “hand hold” every step of the way.

Parents tell their children how to do things and when to do them, which causes children to look to their parents for help in everything they do. This is the opposite of independence. Continue reading “7 Ways to Foster Independence in Your Children”

Tips for Traveling with a Baby Under 12 Months Old

Traveling with kids can seem pretty daunting, especially traveling with babies one-year-old or younger.

There are so many variables and factors that are ultimately outside your control, it can often feel easier to put off traveling until your baby is older. But don’t!!

Traveling with your kids can be so rewarding in many different ways! Family adventures, when planned mindfully, can be some of the sweetest memories you’ll ever make.

The key to successful traveling experiences with babies is being prepared in advance. Do your best to anticipate obstacles or changes to schedule, but then just go with the flow!

Even the most scheduled babies will survive if they stay up late one night or get to lick a popsicle for the first time.

Remember, vacation is supposed to be fun! But I get that stress can certainly creep in, so I have put together some tips for traveling with baby to hopefully help things go as smoothly as possible.  Continue reading “Tips for Traveling with a Baby Under 12 Months Old”

How to Choose Toys Your Kids Will Love

One of the things parents are often unprepared for once they start having kids is the role toys will play in everyone’s lives.

Obviously we know and understand that kids will play with toys – that’s what kids do! But navigating constant toy marketing at every turn, little hands tugging on your shirt pleading for the latest fun toy on the market, and the inevitable playroom messes that come from saying “yes” too often to those pleading requests can be more than a little overwhelming for any parent! Continue reading “How to Choose Toys Your Kids Will Love”

Cheers to the Modern Day Dad (Thank You!)

Let’s be honest, there is nothing sexier than a good dad! You know the kind I’m talking about.

One who is excited to leave work to come home and see you and the kids. Who eagerly took birthing classes with you.

One who has changed just as many diapers as you, and who proudly wears their baby through the grocery store.

The kind of dad who doesn’t think that it’s your job to do everything. One who sees marriage as a true partnership and approaches everything as team.

The dad who offers to take the kids on the weekend to give you some down time, and who folds laundry with you while you drink wine and watch TV after the kids are in bed.  Continue reading “Cheers to the Modern Day Dad (Thank You!)”

10 Simple Household Chores for Kids Under 5

With our schedules so full and our lives so busy, it’s important that we as parents make sure to teach our kids from an early age that they will be expected to chip in and help with family chores.

Giving children responsibilities helps their confidence grow and helps them understand their place in the family. What do I mean by this?

Well, as kids learn and grow they are striving to understand how they fit into the world – especially within their family unit.

Encouraging good habits like cleaning up after playtime, keeping their rooms neat and tidy, and helping with family chores will help them to understand the importance of teamwork.

Being part of a family takes teamwork to make sure things run as smoothly as possible!  Continue reading “10 Simple Household Chores for Kids Under 5”

10 Tips for Packing & Traveling with Kids

We have all been there: you booked a trip to visit friends or family, put it on the calendar go about life as normal.

As the weeks pass and the trip gets closer you keep telling yourself, “I’ve got plenty of time to get ready!” Then suddenly it’s a week before the trip and full panic mode sets in.

What do I pack (the whole house?!) What will I need when I get there? How will my little one do in the car or airplane? How will I keep my kids entertained?

There can be so many unknowns, especially if you are traveling with kids for the first time. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Check out the following 10 tips to help set you up for success when packing and traveling with kids.  Continue reading “10 Tips for Packing & Traveling with Kids”

5 Simple Ways to Create a Mindful Playroom

We’ve all been there: you’ve managed to throw together dinner for the kids, send them off to play long enough to clean up the kitchen, and as you make your way to get them off to bed you discover that Toys ‘R Us seems to have exploded all over the playroom floor, halfway up the stairs, and everywhere else in between!

Taking deep, calming breaths you try not blow a gasket, instead patiently asking your kids to help you clean up. Oftentimes this is met with a fair amount of resistance from our little ones, so we wanted to offer a few creative suggestions to help you facilitate meaningful play in your home while doing your best to minimize the clutter and chaos.

Children learn best through play, so it’s super important to organize their toys in a way that fosters and encourages creative meaningful play. Check out the following tips to do just that, while keeping things manageable.  Continue reading “5 Simple Ways to Create a Mindful Playroom”