5 Ways to Say NO That Won’t Cause Kids to Meltdown!

Do you dread saying the big N-O word because it causes your child to have a meltdown? Or do you find yourself saying NO to your kids in every other sentence (and they never listen anyway)?

Of course, it’s our responsibility as parents to keep our kids safe, to stop them from hurting others, or just sometimes to stop them from being plain obnoxious!

But when the word NO is overused, it quickly becomes ineffective.

And if you’re avoiding using it because of your child’s strong reactions, I’ve got some terrific ALTERNATIVE ways to say NO for you today!

Ways to Say No

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7 Unique Easter Sensory Activities

Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! This week – we’re all about Easter sensory activities!

I’ve rounded up some fun Easter sensory bins as well as some other hands-on Easter activities that will get your kids working those fine-motor skills while exploring different materials in creative ways!

Easter Sensory Activities

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Easter Bunny Clue Hunt + Free Printable Clues

The Easter Bunny has left a series of 12 fun clues for your child to follow on Easter morning for an extra-adventurous easter egg hunt!

This hunt will take your child around the house, through a traditional egg hunt, and then outside if you want.  Totally modifiable, printable and did I mention…completely FREE! Check it out!

Easter Bunny Clue Hunt for Kids

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10 Must-Read Positive Parenting Books

Welcome to another week of the Positive Parenting alphabetic series. This week we’re taking a little break from the ABCs to look at a few of the amazing resources that I am constantly referring to in this series.

Although there’s been no better teacher than experience, I’ve also learned so much from some of today’s leading positive parenting experts and authors.

Today, I’m sharing some kernels of wisdom that I learned from each of my 10 favourite positive parenting books!

10 Must Read Positive Parenting Books

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Spring Birds Activities for Kids

Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! This week – we’re all about welcoming Spring BIRDS! We’ve got some terrific avian features from last week’s linky, as well as a roundup of a few fun Spring birds activities from One Time Through. Everything you need to become a fellow bird-lover with your kiddos this year!

Spring Birds Activities for Kids

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April Foolishness: Book Review and April Fool’s Day Ideas!

Do you get into some April foolishness on April Fool’s Day with your family?

I have to admit that I’ve never played a good prank on anyone, but been the attempted victim of many attempted whoopie cushion hijinks as an elementary school teacher.

While looking for Spring books for Onetime, I accidentally stumbled upon a fantastically funny April Fool’s Day picture book that has inspired me to try doing some harmless pranks of our own at home this year. Daddy look out!

Today’s post reviews the perfect April Fool’s Day book for your kids and rounds up over 100 ideas for harmless, fun pranks from fellow kid bloggers.

April Foolishness

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13 Benefits of Flexible Parenting

Welcome to another week of the Positive Parenting alphabetic series. This week’s topic is Flexible Parenting. We’ll be discussing what it means to be flexible, why it’s great for the kids, and why it’s such an important part of positive parenting.

Are you a Flexible Parent

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A Playful Hands-On Math Curriculum

Welcome to another week of the Love to Learn Linky! This week – we’re all about DOING playful hands-on MATH with young children.

We have ideas to help kids learn about numbers, measurement, geometry, patterning, and data management (graphing!) – all in a fun HANDS-ON way. Because that’s how kids learn math best when they’re young – through PLAY!

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Marbled Foam Easter Eggs Fun

Have you noticed those cute little foam eggs at the dollar store lately? Every year they have them around Easter, and every year I have bought a pack while the crafty part of my brain has wondered… How exactly am I going to use these?

Until now! Today’s post will show you how to make some beautiful marbled foam eggs with your kids that you can use for a variety of decorations for Easter.

The best part of foam eggs is that they turn out beautifully – all without the mess (and pain!) of having to blow out the yolks!

And because we love to mix learning with our fun, we also have a review of the perfect Easter book for you to read with your kids to go along with this activity!

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7 Effective Ways to Encourage Kids

Welcome to another week of the Positive Parenting alphabetic series. This week’s topic is Encouragement. We’ll be discussing what it is and how it differs from praise, as well as 7 times when it can, and should be, used to effectively encourage children.

7 Effective Ways to Encourage Kids

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