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The 10 Best Educational Apps For Toddlers: Guest Post

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that my most recent post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

When I first became a mom, I was dead-set on never letting my son play on my phone, tablet, or even watch much TV.  I was sure I’d be soooo good about keeping him away from screens and being a low-media mom.

That’s one of the many things I’m now totally eating my words on 🙂

Don’t get me wrong:  there’s definitely a time and a place for electronics.  My son isn’t consuming media all day long, every single day – but I’ve found that electronics can be useful tools.  And not just to give me a short breather, but also to help teach him different concepts in a new way.

How To Teach Little Kids About First Responders: Guest Post

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you all know my latest post on My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

I think it’s so important to teach kids about the importance of first responders in society, especially when they’re young.  Luckily, it’s easy to broach the subject with my little boy because he gets ridiculously excited whenever he hears a siren.

The other day we were at the playground and he saw a police car go past, and he clapped his hands over his mouth, gasped, and did this funny little dance.  I mean, seriously – he freaks out.  He loves them so much.

Surviving a 24: 6 Tips to Get Through your Husband’s 24 Hour Shift

My husband is the hardest worker I know. I don’t anyone else who is as diligent, thorough, and hard-working as him. He works hard at home with the kids and on many odd projects, but he also works incredibly hard at work.
 
For the last three years, he has worked at the fire department – and his shifts are 24 hours long.
 
Yes, twenty-four.

3 Ways To Develop Positive Body Image In Children: Guest Post

Becoming a mom has had a big impact on my New Year’s resolutions this year.

For one thing, I’ve never had a fitness/weight loss resolution before, but you know how it is post-pregnancy.  I just want things to fit properly again!

For another, because I have this particular resolution, it makes me think about the example I’m setting for my little guy.

The Book You Need To Read If You Struggle With Angry Parenting

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I’ll admit: this is going to be a hard post for me to write.  That’s because there’s going to be a lot of open acknowledgment of many, many of my shortcomings.  But I hope in doing so, I can help anyone else who’s dealing with the same thing.

I’ve struggled with anger for as long as I can remember.  Even as a kid, I had a short fuse and little patience for crap.  I’m dreading the day I have a child as stubborn as myself and my parents can laugh at the karma.

The Father Who Tries is Good Enough

I’ve written posts before about law enforcement fathers (like the one I wrote about a super short paternity leave, for instance).  Law enforcement life makes a lot of things more difficult (or just different from the norm), and parenthood is one thing that’s tremendously affected, for several reasons.

33 Creative Ways to Make Learning More Fun: Guest Post

Hey there! I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live.

For those who aren’t familiar, My Joy-Filled Life is a blog primarily for Christian homeschooling moms.  They have lots of tips and tricks to make homeschooling more doable, and encouragement for moms who are struggling.

As someone who is planning to homeschool in the future, I’m a big fan… which is why I really enjoy writing for them!

My latest post focuses on the creative things you can do with your kids as a homeschool mom.  Because you don’t have to have a lesson plan suitable for 20-30 kids, you can tailor what you want to teach to suit your kids’ interests.

3 Reasons to Study Genealogy With Your Kids: Guest Post

Hey guys!

I just wanted to let you all know that my latest post for My Joy-Filled Life is now live!

If you’re not familiar with My Joy-Filled Life, it’s a blog mainly for homeschooling families.  While we don’t yet consider ourselves a homeschooling family (simply because A is only a year old), it’s something we’re really excited about doing in the future. 

Both my husband and I love to learn, and would love to teach our son to enjoy learning just as much.

Dealing With Depression When You’re Parenting Alone

Today, I want to address something that I think a lot of people struggle with on some level: Depression.

Maybe it’s situational, maybe it’s hormone-related, maybe it’s something you struggle with all the time, but at one point or another, it hits everyone.

I personally struggle with it a lot, typically every few months.

It starts with little stresses getting under my skin, especially stress about money.  Then life starts getting overwhelming, and, even though I’m a fairly optimistic person, I just feel like I slow down.  Everything feels a little harder to do, and all the things I usually like doing seem far less interesting.

Ultimate List of Baby Gifts for Police Officers

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Is it just me, or does it seem like there are suddenly babies everywhere?

It could just be that I’m in my mid-twenties, so I just naturally see them more.  It could be because A is getting out of the tiny squish stage and into the little boy stage, and I’m starting to get some serious baby fever.  It could be because I live in Utah.  Who knows?

In any case, I thought it was time I put all my baby product research to good use.  While I tend to lean toward homemade gifts for baby showers (for both sentimental reasons and budgetary constraints), I’ve found lots of gift ideas for police babies through sources like Amazon and Pinterest that have me just dying.

I mean, a ton.  There are over 50 items on this list.  So whatever your budget, whatever your relationship to the parents-to-be, there’s bound to be an idea in here for you! (you’re welcome!)

(But bear in mind, 50+ items = 50+ images, so this page may take a minute to load! Sorry!)