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I have two little ones still in diapers, and both of them have extremely sensitive skin. Carly’s skin is so tender that I can only use certain diapers and I have to be extra careful about the type of wipes I use. I used to make my own baby wipes, but that is time consuming and sometimes difficult – especially when you have 8 children and all that entails!

And then I heard about WaterWipes. I had to know more! A wipe that is chemical free and made of 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract? I had to know more. I had to try these wipes for myself.

I also love any excuse for a Target run as well, so I hopped in the car and headed to my favorite store to pick up some WaterWipes.

When I got to my local Target store, I knew I was heading right for the baby section. I made a few stops along the way, grabbing a few other items I knew I needed – and some that I didn’t really need – and then finally found myself in the aisle with the baby wipes. 😉 The WaterWipes were easy to find. At my store, they were up on the top shelf and easy to spot. I grabbed a couple of 60 count packs, and a few more “necessities,” and then I headed back home.

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I wanted to be sure I used the WaterWipes for several days so that I could truly test them out, especially on Carly’s ultra sensitive skin. I am pleased to tell you that they worked *great!* If I try to use a “normal” baby wipe on Carly, she would scream loud enough for the neighbors to hear. (And we don’t even have neighbors right now!) But, with WaterWipes, it was like wiping her bottom with straight water. The cloths are soft but strong. They clean effectively, and wipe off gunk easily, but without any irritation at all. So wonderful!

They are fantastic for Sawyer’s sensitive skin as well. Even though his isn’t quite as bad as Carly’s, it’s still quite sensitive. Not to mention all the urologists visits and issues we’ve had with him that have required chemical free wipes. The WaterWipes are perfect for on-the-go and at home diaper changes for Sawyer. (And he doesn’t wince when I come at his runny nose with a WaterWipe either!)


There are a few things that you need to know about WaterWipes:

  • Because WaterWipes are chemical free, there are no preservatives. One package will still be good for up to 15 months before it is opened. Once you’ve opened the package, WaterWipes recommends you use that package within 1 month.
  • WaterWipes are not interfolded like other wipe brands. This keeps the inside of the package a sterile environment. Because of that very reason, WaterWipes recommends you do not move the wipes into any other type of container.

If you have a new baby, a little one with sensitive skin, or if your little one has trouble with diaper rashes, I would highly recommend you try out WaterWipes. I have been so happy with our results after using them, and I will continue to keep a large stash in our home.

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Thank you, WaterWipes, for making such a great product. And, thank you, Target, for putting them on your shelves so I can get them any time I need them! I am so thankful to have found these wipes, and I know Carly and Sawyer are too!

#Sponsored: Make it an EPIC Holiday with @LeapFrog #LeapFrogMomSquad

sampleDisclaimer: As a member of the LeapFrog Mom Squad, I receive product in exchange for my honest review. While the products are given to me, the opinions expressed are my own.

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Have you started shopping for Christmas yet? Around here, we procrastinate and don’t even get started until probably the week before Christmas. We’re crazy, I know! But, I am constantly adding items to my online Wishlists all year long.

With 8 kids, I need toys that I know are worth the money I’m going to invest in them. That’s why I love LeapFrog products so much!

Our recent shipment from LeapFrog was full of really great items! You are definitely going to want to hear about these and put them on your kids’ wishlists.

LeapFrog Epic

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First up is the LeapFrog Epic. This tablet is fantastic! There is just so much you can do with it. Because it’s an Android-based tablet, so there’s no need for LeapFrog cartridges anymore. Because I have so many kids, I am all about not needing extra “parts” to make something work. Everything my kids need to have fun is right on this tablet.

While the recommended ages for the tablet are 3 to 9 years old, I’ve caught all of my kids playing on the epic at one time or another. There have been many times when I’ve found my 4 year old showing my 11 year old how the tablet works and all the fun games and videos they can find on there.

epic kid

I love the look and feel of the epic as well. It’s thick and sturdy, and has a larger screen, but the fantastic case makes it easy for even the smallest hands to hold. My two year old has no trouble holding onto the epic and finding her favorite part – the videos!

It’s easy to use, grows with my kids, and is just so much fun! While it retails at $139.99, that price is more than fair, and is quite comparable with other tablets made for kids that don’t do near as much. It’s a great little tablet for the money, and one I know your kids will love!

LeapFrog Number Lovin’ Oven

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Next up, we have the Number Lovin’ Oven. This is Carly’s absolute favorite toy. It’s the very first thing she plays with when she wakes up in the morning. In fact, she’ll get up and “cook” me an egg and a cupcake every morning for “breakfast.” It’s adorable! I think she loves the songs it sings the most. And, believe me, in no time, you will be singing “Put an Egg on it” too! :) Honestly, I sing that song every time I cook in my real oven now too! It’s one of those songs that sticks in your head.

This little oven comes with 16 pieces to play with including 2 cupcakes, 4 slices of deep dish pizza, an egg, and bread. The pizza and bread come apart to help little ones learn their numbers and how to share. (I love that!)

It really is a lot of fun to play with, and at just $24.99, it’s the perfect price too! It’s perfect for the 2 to 5 year old age range, and it will keep them happy and playing for hours on end. (At least it does in our house!)

Your little one will love serving you up breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, and they’ll do it with a smile on their face and a song on their lips. This is a must-add product for your preschooler’s wish list!

Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set

Scout's build & discover tool set

Singing, laughing, counting, matching, measuring, and banging – that’s what you get with Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set. And it is awesome!

Your child gets all the tools and items they need to build a completely interactive house for your favorite dog, Scout. Your child will count nails, measure the walls of the house, all while they sing along to the number song. While they are doing this, Scout is talking, singing, and cheering them on in their efforts!

This is a great little tool for helping your little one to learn their numbers and how to count. And it’s just a lot of fun! Gage has loved Scout since he was a baby, and so he immediately recognized the voice. He was thrilled to be able to make a little house for his favorite puppy!

The tool set is perfect for ages 2 – 5, and retails for just $19.99. That makes it the perfect gift to give to your favorite little boy, or donate a few to your local women’s shelter and give someone else a Merry Christmas. :)

I am just thrilled to be working with LeapFrog, and getting the chance to share these amazing products with you!

I’ll have more gift ideas and our Holiday Gift Guide coming soon! Be sure to check back.

#Sponored: Watch the Be Cool Scooby-Doo Video & Enter to Win!

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There are few cartoons that stand the test of time. Scooby-Doo! is one of those classics that our kids can enjoy just like we did growing up.

Now, you can watch your favorite team together again in an all new show: Be Cool Scooby-Doo! It’s coming to Cartoon Network in the US!

While one of our favorite cartoons continues to provide entertainment for the whole family, the way our kids watch cartoons is certainly not the same as it was “way back when…”

Now, they can watch videos, play games, and even download printable activities on ScoobyDoo.com!

The Warner Bros Youtube Channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite mystery squad – on-demand, and from any device.

Want to know the best part? Scooby-Doo! is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card. That makes this a great time to check it all out.

Take a minute to watch the video.

Now, enter for your chance to win today!

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Thanks to Warner Bros for this fantastic new show – and for the amazing giveaway!

#Sponsored: Check Out the New Quick Cups Video & Enter to Win!

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Take a minute to check out the fantastic new Quick Cups video from Spin Master. Then, be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway to win one of three grand games packages. (Packages include Fibber, Mustache Smash, Boom Boom Balloon, Shark Mania, Rapidoodle, and Quick Cups and are valued at $125 each.) Also – there are 10 amazing Runner Up prizes of the Quick Cups Board Game!

Haven’t heard of Quick Cups? It’s this great game where kids can outperform their parents IF they have a quicker eye and hands. It’s a game that everyone will love to play, and ANYONE can be the winner!

Here, take a look at the video:

Now, enter the giveaway:

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Good luck to all who enter!

Also, be sure to thank Spin Master by checking out the Spin Master Games website and the Spin Master YouTube Channel. Because of them, I can bring you these fantastic giveaways!

#Sponsored: Gerber’s #FormulaForHappiness Will Have Everyone Smiling!

sponsoredDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Gerber. Information for the post was provided by Gerber and MomSelect, but any opinions expressed are my own.

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Ahhhh… the first few months of life. Full of joy, tears, and absolutely no sleep.

When you become a mom, it seems everyone on Earth has an opinion about how you can get your baby to sleep through the night. Your mom, dear old Aunt Gertie, and even the stranger in the grocery store: they all want to tell you what’s best for you and your baby. (And sometimes their information is so outdated, it’s just not safe!)

What if there were someone you could talk to who was a certified sleep consultant, and her only “job” was to help you learn ways to help baby sleep better, and in turn, help YOU sleep better? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Sleepy moms, rejoice! I have wonderful news! Gerber® Good Start® now has a certified sleep consultant who is available to talk to you! Her name is Christina Gantcher, and it is so easy to set up an appointment with her through the Gerber Website: gerber.com/experts.

I had the opportunity to speak with Christina yesterday, and she is wonderful! While I am past the newborn baby stage with my crew, we still have sleep issues. I was able to spend some time with Christina discussing the issues I’m still having with my 2 year old.

Christina was such a joy to talk to. She didn’t know me or my two year old, but in just a few minutes, she was able to gather some information about us and give me tips on ways I can encourage Carly to sleep in her own bed all night long.

It was so nice to talk with her. I was able to ask her all my questions, and I didn’t feel like an idiot asking her the questions. She was kind, reassuring, and incredibly helpful. And she was honest. She told me it wasn’t going to be easy to transition Carly back to her own bed. The older the child is, the harder it is. I loved that she was honest, but she still encouraged me that we CAN do it, it just might take a little time.

After we were finished talking about Carly, we discussed a typical phone call with Christina. She talks to moms, dads, and even grandparents of newborn babies up to children around the ages of 3 or 4. We talked about what happens when you rock a baby to sleep and then transfer them into the crib. We discussed sleep cycles, bedtime routines, and schedules. She shared a bedtime process with me that was absolutely brilliant, and something I wish I had known years ago. In fact, I wish I had had this service back when I became a first time mom – or even with my 4th baby who was 2 years old and still hadn’t slept through the night once. (Not once! Do you know what I would have given to have Christina to call back then?!) I remember that back then, the only way I could have any kind of Formula for Happiness was to hand Lucy over to my Mother in Law, (who was living with us at the time), so that I could grab a nice hot shower, or even a few minutes of sleep. Those were tough days, and I know there are many of you who understand.

I would highly encourage you to check out the entire team of experts available through Gerber® Good Start®. Not only will you find Christina their sleep consultant, but also a nutrition consultant and a lactation consultant. So, whether you have questions about getting your baby to eat, sleep, latch on, or whatever else it may be, Gerber® Good Start® has someone you can talk to. They’ll get you on the path to finding your #FormulaForHappiness.

Schedule your appointment today by visiting their website: https://www.gerber.com/experts. Or call 1-800-284-9488 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thank you, Gerber® Good Start® for your desire to help all moms (and dads, and grandparents!) succeed at this parenting thing! It’s tough to do it alone, but what a joy to know we don’t have to!

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call them today, or hurry on over to their website and schedule your phone call now. Get on your way to happiness!

When You Tell God No

proverbs 3:5-6

Several years ago, my husband was on fire for the Lord. He had a fire burning within him that I had never seen before. He was always doing something with the church. Always at revivals. Always at meetings. I’ll admit, I was jealous. I wanted in on it. But, I was always stuck at home with 5 or 6 kids, needing so desperately to be fed, but not getting anything.

The next year, my husband started feeling like the Lord was calling him (us!) to the mission field. He approached a trusted man of God about it, and was told that God generally calls men to preach before he calls them as missionaries. My husband felt discouraged and figured, “Well, God must not be calling me to be a missionary.” I wanted to help. I wanted to be there for him. So, I went on a mission. I decided it was time for me to get my life on track. If God was calling my husband to be a missionary, I didn’t want to miss that call. I wanted to love him and support him right through it. I started focusing on my own relationship with Christ. I studied my Bible daily – for hours. I prayed every chance I got. I wanted to get as close as I possibly could so that I could be there for my husband as a missionary’s wife – or in whatever capacity Christ wanted.

But nothing ever came of it. We missed our chance to go off and serve the Lord because we didn’t know how. We didn’t know what steps we were required to take next. We knew what we were supposed to do, but we had no idea how to do it.

We both felt the Lord telling us to leave our church. Not because we were angry at the church, but because it wasn’t where He wanted us to be. We both knew it. We had even discussed it at length.

But, we told God no. We didn’t want to leave our church. We had been at that church since the Sunday after we moved down to Georgia. All of our friends were there. Our family was there. It was all that we knew. We made every excuse in the book to stay. “It will hurt so-and-so’s feelings if we leave.” “Our kids are doing so well in church, and they love going. We don’t want to risk them hating a new church.” “How will we ever find a church that can replace what we’ve found here?”

It was all true. We really did love our church. In the 8 years we were there, I got saved and baptized, and 4 of our children were saved and baptized as well. I would watch as Christ would move in the hearts of my children. Many tears were shed on the altar as we would all bring our burdens to the Lord and leave them there.

But, one thing was happening during this time that I couldn’t fix, no matter how many tears I cried, or how many times I went to the altar. For 3 years, I watched my husband slowly pull himself farther and farther away from God and our church. And the entire time, I knew it was because we weren’t where God wanted us to be. Yet, I stayed. I continued to tell God no.

My husband became discouraged. He has a job that requires him to work on Sunday mornings, so he is rarely at church during the morning worship service. Before, he would always make sure to get off on Sunday evenings and Wednesday nights to still be at church. But, more and more, through the years, he would stop doing that. Instead, he would find just “one more thing” that would keep him busy enough that he would be too late for church.

It tore my heart to pieces. All I wanted was to be in church with my husband sitting beside me, but church was the last place he wanted to be.

So, I approached him about it. The first few times I asked, he gave me excuses: things were really busy at work, he had too much to do, etc., etc.

But, recently, I approached him in a different way. I asked him what he needed to get back to the Lord. I was already praying, but I knew he needed more from me. I wanted to make sure I gave it to him. We talked, we cried, and we both realized we already had the answer: God was calling us to move on. To trust HIM to lead us to a new church, one that He had picked out just for us. All those months, Gene didn’t want to say anything to me, because He had seen how close I had drawn to the Lord, and He was afraid by asking me to leave the church, he would ruin that. If only he had known I was already feeling the same way. Why hadn’t we talked sooner?

The next night, we sat the kids down, and told them that we felt like the Lord was leading us to find a new church. Some of the kids were totally on board with it, but one of the kids was completely against it. He started crying and begged us to change our minds. He didn’t want to leave his friends. He told us he would hate any new church he tried, just so we would change our minds and go back to “our” church.

That next Sunday night, we tried a new church. We spoke with the pastor and found out just how missions-minded their church was. In a church with 95 members, their Faith Promise giving was $46,000 for the year. Did you catch that? On top of regular tithes and offerings, this church had promised $46,000 to missionaries. Amazing.

The first service went really well. It was different than what we had become used to for the past 8 years, but not different in a bad way. Just different. Plus, the people were kind and welcoming, and there were lots and lots of kids.

We went back that Wednesday night, and the kids all went off to their own classes. After the service that night, Jace, (the one who had been so against us even trying a new church), came up to Gene and I and said, “I’m so sorry I didn’t trust you or God. I really like it here. If this is where God wants us to be, I’m OK with it.”

Isn’t it nice to know that even the hardest hearts can be changed?

Before Gene and I committed to anything, we wanted to come to a few more services. I needed to try a Sunday morning without my husband there and make sure I could handle it.

The pastor and his wife came even came over one day to hear our testimonies and tell us more about what they believe as a church.

After every service, and almost every night since we had started attending the new church, Gene and I would talk, and it wasn’t long before we both felt that was exactly where God was leading us.

This past Sunday night, Gene and I, along with 7 of our kids, joined Shining Light Baptist Church.

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(Pictured left to right: Angie, Carly, Gage, Zander, Gene, Sawyer, Jace, Lucy, Parker, and Pastor Tim Mason.)

Yes, we have 8 kids. And, yes, only 7 of them are pictured with us here. Our oldest daughter is 18. Gene and I both feel she is old enough to make her own decisions in the Lord. We had to do something VERY hard, and let her decide where she would go to church. If the Lord is not moving her on, we don’t want to force her. We are praying every day that she will seek only HIS will, and that she will do whatever is right for her in HIS eyes.

I am praying that the Lord will really use us in this new church. We are excited about serving in whatever way possible. I’m praying the Lord will send Gene a man who will truly encourage him in the things of the Lord, who will become his friend and uplift him in prayer. I want nothing more than to see my husband have that fire burning within him again. I know he wants it to, and I’m praying with everything I have that he finds it here, not because of the people, but because of the Spirit. I’m also praying the Lord will send me ladies that I can draw close to, that I can minister to and to learn from. I’m praying that my kids will find Jesus here. That the ones who are saved will cultivate a real relationship with Him, and that the ones who are not saved will discover the love of our Savior and invite Him into their hearts. God can do mighty things, and I’m trusting Him to do just that.

psalm 91:1-4

Sometimes, the Lord calls us to do hard things. Sometimes, we tell him no, and we suffer because of it. Yes, our kind and loving Father still blesses us from time to time. But just imagine the blessings He will give us when we are willing to follow Him, no matter how hard it may be.

Step out on faith. Trust Him to guide your steps. He has your best interest at heart. You just have to let Him lead. And stop telling Him no.

#IC #Sponsored: @BGCA_Clubs #TriplePlay10 A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, & Soul

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As most of my readers know, I recently made some serious lifestyle changes and lost over 40 pounds. (Actually, I’m at 50 pounds gone now!) Some of those changes included changing my eating habits and moving more. As a mom of 8, it is so important to me that my kids learn early the need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and form meaningful friendships.


That’s why I am SO excited about the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Triple Play program. It’s something I want my kids to know about.

Did you know that nearly 3 out of every 10 kids in the US are either overweight or obese? That breaks my heart! It is so important that we teach our kids and teens to be healthy, active, and to know they can achieve great things – now and in the future!

BGCA has garnished support from partners The Coca-Cola Company and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Foundation as well as the Amerigroup Foundation for the Triple Play Program. The clubs provided by BGCA are there to help build the next generation of leaders by motivating today’s kids to be healthy. Some ways they do this are through nutrition and health education, better access to healthy foods, how to avoid risky behaviors, and a lifelong commitment to being fit and active.

Download the Triple Play Parent Game Plan

I recently downloaded the Triple Play Parent Game Plan for my crew, and I’m so glad we did! My kids and I had such a fun afternoon focusing on our minds, bodies, and souls!

The first thing we did was focus on our minds. We did this by talking about making better eating choices and then I asked the kids some questions about what we discussed.


Some of the questions were tough, and the kids really had to think about them. But, they did great for the most part, and I was really proud of them. Since I made my own healthy lifestyle changes, the kids have really picked up on it and understand why we don’t eat the cakes, cookies, doughnuts, chips, and other junk foods we did before.

After we spent some time focusing our minds, we moved on to our bodies. (Get it? We moved on? Ha. I’m so funny!) We got our bodies moving – ALL of us! That’s right, even me! If I’m going to encourage my kids to be healthy and active, I must SHOW them first. This is not a “do as I say, not as I do” type of situation. This is a “let me be your example and show you how to do it” situation.

We started with a rousing game of Frogs in the Pond. Oh my goodness. This was so crazy, it was FUN! Here’s how it works:

First, one person gets to be Kermit. (In our first game, it was Jace.) Everyone else gathers around Kermit, placing one finger on his arms, legs, or back.


On the leader’s signal, all the players become frogs and start jumping. Kermit jumps around, trying to tag a frog. Once you get tagged, you become a prince or a princess and get the power to tag other frogs with a wand.


Once everyone has been tagged, you start the game over with a new Kermit.

Man, we had FUN! The kids loved watching Mom jump around like a goofball, and that made them laugh and jump even harder and faster!

After several rounds of Frogs in the Pond, we decided to focus on our souls for a little bit to have fun, strengthen relationships, and increase our confidence.

We did this first by playing a game of “Auto Trip.”


It starts like this: All the players but one sit in a circle. Each seated player is assigned a part of an automobile: tires, steering wheel, gas tank, door, dashboard, etc.

The player in the center begins to tell a story about a trip driving the car. Each time a specific part of the car is mentioned, the person assigned to that part gets up and follows the storyteller around. Soon, you have a long line of car parts following the storyteller around.


When the storyteller yells, “BLOWOUT!” each player has to rush to get a seat. The player left without a seat becomes the new storyteller and the old storyteller is assigned that player’s car part.

I loved this game for the fact it made my kids think about the other kids, include them in the story, and they had to work together to make sure there was a new storyteller each time.


BGCA wants to combat the growing rate of childhood obesity in our nation’s children through the Triple Play program. Every child should participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity that lasts at least 60 minutes every day, yet only about one quarter of kids in the US (between the ages of 12 – 15) are meeting that recommendation. That is a scary statistic, people! We have GOT to do better as parents at keeping our kids active!

The Triple Play Program launched in 2005, and has made close to 10 million connections with kids since then to share the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition through the three components of mind, body, and soul.

Parents, PLEASE read more about the Triple Play program and download the Parent Game Plan. You’ll find all the activities I mentioned in my post and so many more! You won’t regret it, and you might just have as much fun as we did!

I’m looking forward to pulling out the Parent Game Plan again soon and doing some more of the fantastic activities. I hope you’ll do the same.

Teaching Your Kids the Importance of Eco-Friendly Choices


Seventy-five percent of millennials believe that human activity is responsible for climate change, according to MSNBC. And even more compelling, NASA reports that 97 percent of climate scientists believe that human activity is responsible for the gradual warming of our planet. With these facts come the desire to affect change to create a more sustainable future. Just as our choices past have brought us to this precipice, our choices going forward can change this.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
One of the first things you can do when looking to reduce your carbon footprint is to look into a fuel efficient vehicle. You likely travel on a daily basis, and buying a fuel efficient vehicle can help you reduce the stress you place on the environment. You have plenty of choices when looking to go green, from the Volkswagen Gold and the Hyundai Sonata Eco to the Honda Fit, and with some research you can find a car that fits your lifestyle and is easy on the environment. Additionally, you can check out sites like Nature.org to get your whole family learning about their carbon footprint, get your teens prepped to earn those learner’s permits at Driving-Tests.org, and be on the way to setting up the next generation to make sustainable choices.

In Your Home
We get it, sometimes life gets ahead of you and you just don’t have time for extra dishes, so you reach into your paperware supply. There’s nothing wrong with living a fast paced life but now, you can also help the environment and use palm leaf plates instead of paper. Palm leaf plates are durable, biodegradable and a beautiful alternative to the traditional plastic or paper plates.

Making this simple change can help reduce the amount of waste we create, reduce the amount of trees we chop down and have the added benefit of being elegantly designed. You can also ditch the paper towels for cloth napkins for an added boost of eco consciousness glory.

Get the Stats Wherever You are
If you are like most Americans, then you are on the go most of the time, traveling to work, taking the kids to school, practices, lessons and visiting with friends. Tzoa, is a wearable enviro-tracker that can help you be aware of the air quality in the spaces you inhabit. Using this device you can not only know when hazardous particles are in the air, but you can have the data to change it.

Another ingenious gadget is Automatic, a device that you plug into your car to get up to date reads on mileage, gas usage, performance and engine health. With this device you can consistently be aware of how your car is doing and how you can continue to be as conscious of the environment as possible.

So whether you’re considering getting a new car or just becoming more conscious in your home, there are many products that can help you achieve greater awareness for the world we live in. You can rest easy knowing you are doing your part to create a more sustainable future.

#Sponsored #BBWBabyBash: Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™ #Review

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graco Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™

With kids in sports, church activities, and all the things this crazy family has going on in a given week, this has quickly become one of my favorite products EVER. Honestly. I don’t know how we survived this long without the Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™!

There are so many reasons why I love this Pack ‘n Play. Let me list just a few:

  1. The Setup was SUPER easy! I literally pulled it out of the box, took it out of the awesome carrying case it comes with, and set it up. It went from box to complete in less than 2 minutes. (I LOVE that!!)
    graco Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™
  2. The canopy provides the perfect amount of shade, but I can still see inside the Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™ perfectly. Sawyer can see me, I can see him, but he’s protected from the harsh elements of the sun, wind, and/or sprinkling rain.
    graco Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™
  3. The “doggy door” – as my kids call it – as the absolute BEST feature. We can leave it unzipped, and Sawyer can crawl in and out as he pleases. He loves having the freedom to be in the comfort of the Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™ or in my lap. Whoever decided this should be a feature on the Playard is brilliant. It’s fantastic!
    graco Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™
  4. Sawyer loves it. If your baby loves something, you know it has to be good, right? Kids can be so funny, but when they find something they love, they let you know. Sawyer absolutely loves the Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™, and I love that he loves it!
    Graco Pack 'n Play® Playard Sport™
  5. It’s just as fabulous indoors as it is outdoors! When we’re not using the Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™ on the go, it’s set up in the middle of my living room. It’s so great on carpeted floors. Sawyer still crawls in and out, goes where he wants to go, and drags his toys into the playard. It’s easy enough to collapse and put away that we do it all the time.

While this is truly the best product ever, there are a few things I want you to be aware of:

  • Do NOT use the playard on hard floors or cement. There is absolutely NO padding on the bottom of the playard at all. None. Stick to grass and plush carpeting for baby’s sake. There have been times when we’ve only had hard, dry ground available, and it worried me to death the entire time Sawyer was in there.
  • I wish there were spikes so I could pin it into the grass when we’re out and about. Not having to worry about the playard blowing off while he’s not in it would be a wonderful thing.

If you are the type who is always on the go, loves to be outdoors, and needs a safe place to put your infant or toddler, I highly recommend the Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™. If you need a playpen set up in the middle of your living room (carpeted!), the Playard Sport is a fantastic option. Sawyer just took his first steps inside his playard the other day, and I didn’t have to worry about him hitting his head on anything.

I’m in love with the Graco Pack ‘n Play® Playard Sport™, and I’m confident you will love it too!

Announcing the #BBWBabyBash

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It’s hard to believe that our baby, Sawyer, is now over a year old! Absolute craziness, right?

In order to celebrate his birthday, I’ve lined up several sponsors to help showcase some really great “MUST HAVE” baby items. If you are pregnant, just had a baby, or have an infant or toddler, you will want to be sure to check back at all of these items.

The easiest way to find the items will be to search the hashtag #BBWBabyBash.

We’ll get started with our first feature today, so stay tuned!!

#Sponsored: Enter the Store Brand Formula’s Unique Baby Sweepstakes #Contest

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Be sure to read to the end of this post… I’m giving away a $30 Visa Gift Card to one lucky reader!

As a mom of 8, I understand the desire to cut costs without cutting quality. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of store brand baby formula. When I could no longer breastfeed my children, we made the switch to store brand formula. It has saved us lots of money over the years, and my kids are still healthy, happy, and thriving. Store brand formula is great when you need a little help keeping your costs low.

When it comes to infant formula, many factors will help make the decision of what’s best for your baby, but the name on the container should not be one of them!

What most moms don’t know is that the FDA strictly regulates infant formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand infant formulas, like Walmart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up and Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards, at a much lower cost to your family.

So essentially, the brand of formula you use is not unique, but of course your baby is unique.

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To shine the spotlight on the most important part of the formula equation: your baby, Store Brand Formula is launching a “Unique Baby” Photo Sweepstakes in which the winner will receive $5,000 AND a year supply of Store Brand Formula.

Every baby is unique. Show us how YOUR baby is unique. We’re looking for funny, silly, odd, crazy unique baby photos.


My Sawyer is definitely unique. My goodness, this child is hysterical! The faces he makes, the things he gets into. He is the funnest little boy you will ever meet. Definitely one of a kind, and definitely one I want to show off to the world. 😉


Is your baby making a really bizarre expression?

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Or maybe your baby’s hair is sticking up in a funny way.

Whatever it is, we’d love to see it.


How to Enter
To enter the Store Brand Formula Unique Baby Sweepstakes, simply visit http://bit.ly/1Fd2i6y and follow the photo submission guidelines and the on-screen instructions to complete the online entry form. All entries must be submitted between September 28, 2015 – November 5, 2015.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day for the duration of the Sweepstakes

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s choice of Store Brand Baby Formula. Five (5) First Prize winners will receive $200 and a one (1) year supply of the winner’s c choice of Store Brand Baby Formula.

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Want to win a $30 Visa Gift Card? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me one way your baby is unique. Bonus entries if you enter the Store Baby Formula Sweepstakes and if you share this post on your social media outlets. (Just leave separate comments each time you share! No limit!) Contest Ends October 11th.

A winner has been selected:

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How To Enjoy A Family Vacation Without Being Stuck In A Hotel

A family vacation can be the most wonderful time, however it can have it’s setbacks!. For instance, taking small babies for several nights not only requires a substantial amount of luggage but so much more preparation too. You need to organize special accommodation to make sure you have a safe cot for the little one. And it needs to be big enough to sleep all of us!

I’ve found that hotels and young children just don’t mix. They never have all the helpful facilities that I could do with, like a diaper pail! And a hotel room rarely has an opening window to get rid of the smell of four kids either. If there is a fridge, there is never enough space to store the formula. It can take an age to get room service to provide boiling water to make it up in the first place. And how are you supposed to sterilize everything?

For my family, a self-catering vacation is the way to go. Don’t get me wrong. I love to head out to a nice restaurant, and my kids behave beautifully. But having all the comforts of home, like a kettle, drinking water, a fridge, and some extra space is what we need. I’ve been checking out some destinations for our next big family vacation overseas. For me, the accommodation is everything.

When you think about France, you probably conjure up visions of the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris. For me, I envision those beautiful Chateaux, quaint cottages, and luxury villas. I’m thinking about something self-contained and fun, but out in the country where I can get some peace and quiet. The South of France is famed for its gorgeous climate. Something with a pool and plenty of space is on my vacation shopping list this year.

The kids will probably be excited about the plane ride. Having small kids on a plane isn’t nearly as troublesome as some people think. Nowadays there is plenty of entertainment for them. They’re quite good at sleeping on journeys too. For those of you with babies, you’ll be pleased to know that airlines are much better at looking after you these days. There is space for nappy changing, and you are usually sat at the front so baby won’t disturb other passengers.

At the airport, we will probably hire a family car to drive down to the villa. European driving is a bit different to home, but I think I’ll be giving it a go. With a car, we can travel anywhere in the country we like. We could head down to Biarritz for the beach, or into the center of Paris for some French culture and tourism. The kids have already been whispering about Disneyland, but we’ll have to see.

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I can just envision it now. I’m lounging by the pool while the kids are playing noisily. I can gaze out at the most incredible landscapes, and even enjoy some French cuisine. Best of all, I have everything I need to look after four kids just inside the door. What could be more perfect?

#IC #Sponsored: How the #TBBloodTest Can Save Time & Sanity

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It’s no secret, I have a lot of kids. We spend a lot of time in the doctors office. Having lots of kids who loves sports and are in school means lots of TB tests. That means there’s a lot of waiting. Every time my kids have been given a TB skin test, I then spend my time obsessing over the test area. Then, it’s another trip back to the doctors office to get the results. So much time wasted. There has to be a better way!

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Enter the TB Blood Test.

The TB blood test is a huge scientific advancement over the skin test that’s been in practice for over 110 years. The blood test can more accurately help diagnose tuberculosis (TB) with a more reliable result. The results of the TB skin test are completely open to visual interpretation, and can actually produce false positive results. In contrast, the results of the TB blood test are completely objective results, and they are the only available method of testing for TB where that is true.

With the TB skin test, you have to head back to the doctor for a second physical exam after a few days. That means more time spent in the waiting room and in the exam room, and then there’s the potential for that false positive I just mentioned. The skin test will show a raised lump where the tuberculin was injected. If you have ever had a TB vaccination, that can cause a false-positive result. Some patients can also experience severe itching at the puncture site which could also produce a false positive. The TB blood test will give accurate results in just one visit. That means the process is easier, saves times, and gives you peace of mind.

Here are some benefits of the TB blood test:

  • It is the most accurate test available for a TB infection. (Mostly because there’s no cross reaction if you’ve ever had a TB vaccination.)
  • It takes just a 3ml draw of fresh blood, regardless of the patient’s age or immune status. That makes it quick and easy.
  • Your doctor can call you with the results, instead of having you come back for a second visit, saving you time and money!

If you have kids, or if you need a TB test yourself, talk to your doctor about the new TB blood test. I will be at our next visit!

Are You Down with Down?

When you go shopping for a winter coat, you’ll soon find that you are faced with an often-intimidating number of choices.  Many people gravitate toward down-filled jackets, but have you ever wondered why?  Is down right for you?  Let’s take a look at the appeal of down jackets, whether they are suited to your needs, and how to shop for a good one.

Basically, down jackets have been insulated with the soft under feathers of a duck or goose, or a combination of the two. The result is a very warm jacket that keeps the wearer very warm.  Goose down is generally considered to be the warmest and lightest, but it’s also the most expensive.  Duck down jackets are also warm and light, with a more affordable price tag.
Real-deal down vs. synthetic fibres
There are several reasons why down jackets are preferred over those stuffed with synthetic fibres, but down isn’t without its downsides, too.  First, down jackets are very light (they are stuffed with feathers, after all!) when compared to a synthetic version.  However, because a large number of feathers is necessary to fill the average jacket, down jackets can seem bulkier to wear than those filled with synthetic materials.

Also, because down jackets keep you very warm, they may not be suitable if you are going to be wearing the jacket while doing active outdoor activities such as skiing. You may find that you get overheated. A synthetic fibre jacket will be more breathable in these cases.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a down jacket is that they usually aren’t waterproof.  If you live in an area that gets lots of snow and rain, you may find that your jacket gets damp.  If that happens, the jacket will lose its ability to keep you warm.

Whether it’s winter jackets for men or winter jackets for women, it’s important to weigh all of these factors before deciding to choose a down-filled jacket.  If you are typically cold person who wants a jacket that will provide maximum warmth and you don’t live in a rainy climate, a down-filled jacket can be a good choice.  They are warm, light and cozy.  On the other hand, if you tend to be warmer, if you want to wear the jacket during outdoor active pursuits, or if you expect to have to ensure lots of rain and/or heavy wet snow, a down-filled jacket may not be the best choice.  If you do choose a down jacket, find one that fits well and is in a flattering shape.

It’s best to opt for a smaller size than you think you need, so the garment fits close to the body and provides maximum freedom of movement and warmth.

#Sponsored: How to Save Money During Back to School Shopping #Zulily #BTS

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As a mom of 8, with 5 kids in school this year, I need all the money saving tips I can get! That’s just one reason why I love zulily. So, when they asked me to share some fabulous money-saving tips from Shawn Anderson, the zulily kids fashion expert, I just had to jump on it! Ok, are you ready? Here are some fantastic tips to help you save money this Back to School Season.

How To Save During Back to School Shopping

To prepare your kids to head back into the classroom, zulily kids fashion expert Shawn Anderson recommends:

  • Plan in advance: Don’t wait until the last minute to start your back to school preparation. Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by getting started now and finish before all the good deals are gone.
  • Get organized: Pull together a back to school checklist so you don’t forget any of the necessities.
  • Shop online: Sites like zulily.com offer parents a wide variety of back to school essentials for kids, including clothes, shoes, accessories, supplies and toys, at incredible prices. You can find everything your kid needs (and more!) and save money at the same time.
  • Stockpile your favorite items at a discount: When you find something your child loves and needs each year for school at a great price, be sure to buy a few extra. Take advantage of these deals for years to come!
  • Check in with the kids: It is never a good feeling to buy your child new clothes and school supplies, only to find out that their favorite color or cartoon character has changed. Involve your kids in the shopping process so you make sure you’re buying items they like and want to use.

Back to School with Zulily

Why you should download the Zulily App Today:

Using the zulily app is like opening a hand-held treasure chest every day. You never know what you’ll uncover but you know you’re bound to find something great.

Shop back to school for your kids on any mobile device to save money and discover the items you need and want – even when you’re on the go.

zulily App Highlights:

  • Educational Tutorial – after first installing, users are displayed a brief, informative tutorial on how to use the new application.
  • “New Today” Event Accessibility – a clear, easily accessible layout displays a customer’s personalized list of “New Today” events directly through the application.
  • Personalization zulily has built upon its proprietary personalization technology to create a completely individualized homepage view, from top to bottom. The app learns customer’s preferences and then features the most relevant sales events and information front and center for quick, meaningful shopping.
  • Daily Refreshment of New Events – the shopping platform refreshes every morning at 6 a.m. for customers to shop newly curated events.
  • “Bookmarked” Favorites – while browsing zulily’s events, customers have the ability to select favorites and “bookmark” for easy access.  A “bookmark” ribbon will be displayed on the watch application and instantly synced with the “New Today” tab on the existing iPhone application. This feature allows shoppers to easily customize events to shop at a later time on the iPhone app.

I hope these tips help you with your back to school shopping. I know it can be a stressful time, but zulily makes it easier, I promise! If your kiddos have already started back to school, it’s not to late to stock up for new fall fashions, Christmas gifts, or even just something to brighten your child’s day. Don’t miss out on your last chance to save on Back to School Favorites! Head on over to Zulily and start shopping now!

#Sponsored: Check out the DC Kids Super Hero Creator

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It’s no secret that we love super heroes in our house. So, when I found out about the DC Kids Super Hero Creator, I had to try it out! Oh my goodness! My kids all love it! I have to admit, I did too! I loved it so much, in fact, that I had to create my own Super Hero!

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Also be sure to check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including all your favorites like Scooby Doo and Batman Unlimited.

There will be lots more updates over the next year, so be sure to subscribe to all of their channels!
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If you try out the DC Kids Super Hero Creator, I’d love to know what you think! Also, be sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win an amazing toy gift basket!

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International Travel With Kids: Good Times for Everyone

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Planning an overseas family vacation this coming year? Or, considering a family move outside the country? Whether it’s a vacation, an expatriate assignment or a permanent move, there’s some tried-and-true things you should be thinking about if your international adventure includes bringing kids. With the right considerations, you’ll make memories for you and your children that you’ll talk about for years to come.

Get Your Passports In Order
It might seem logical that your passport need only be valid until the day of your planned return home but don’t risk getting stuck in country. There’s all kinds of reason’s your trip might be delayed – from weather and closures, civil unrest or in-country transportation issues. Make sure your whole family’s passports are good for a minimum of three months past your expected return date, longer is even better.

Defeat Jet-Lag on Day One
It’s tempting to want to crash as soon as your reach your hotel at your final destination but you’ll make the most of your trip when you fight the jet-lag fatigue and stay moving once you arrive. Research fun kid activities in advance so you know what’s in close range of your accommodations. This might include outdoor parks, interactive children’s museums, hikes or public swimming areas. Also research when culturally-appropriate meal times are so you can get your kiddos on an eating schedule that matches when restaurants are serving. Keep snacks packed nearby to fight off the munchies.

A Stressed-Out Parent Does Not Make Calm Children
Every parent understands this but when you are travelling abroad, it’s especially important. If you are renting a car and planning to drive, understanding local driving laws and road culture is a must. This is especially important in countries like the UK where driving rules are different than in many parts of the world. Another tip: Stay busy but not too busy. Packing every day from end to end will not only frustrate you when something doesn’t go as planned, but also, your rush and tension will wreck havoc on your kids as well. On the other hand, not having enough to do might leave you and the kids bored which can lead to whining and sibling bickering. Best to have a few planned activities each day but to keep a back-up list that you can pull out and pick from should a flexible change of plan dictate. Better yet, let kids help design their day. Enthusiastic kids make for happier parents.

Give Older Kids Opportunity
In each new phase or day of your trip, create a flexible daily budget they can spend on whatever they like. Ahead of the trip, buy conversational language books and make a game or a contest out of memorizing new words. Elementary and middle-grade kids can make their own bingo-style boards ahead of time that they can use to spot the new words on street signs and billboards. Each day, a different child can pick the restaurants you’ll go to. Teach them how to ask for options from a concierge, read printed guides or maps, or talk to locals about recommendations. Last, find places and ways for them to interact with other kids. Children are far more open, naturally curious and tolerant than many adults. Let them be your ambassador.

Travelling with kids can be a wonderful experience that creates a family bond like nothing else. The more you engage your children in the experience and the more you remain flexible and open to letting each day unfold inside the umbrella of some foundational planning, the more likely you’ll enjoy a trip that none of you will ever forget.

The Top Tips for a Parent-Surrogate Relationship

As can be imagined, most people do not ever imagine themselves having to establish a parent-surrogate relationship. The parent-surrogate relationship is not one that most people would ever think about, unless they find themselves in the middle of one. A parent-surrogate relationship is not something that is taught about at home or at school, and until recently has been rarely covered by the media, pop culture, or even in movies. The parent-surrogate relationship is unique and different to any other relationship, and is something that the vast majority of people are unaware of how to prepare for. If you have found yourself in a situation where you need to establish a parent-surrogate relationship, read on to hear our top tips.

Go To the Transfer
The transfer will be the ultimate bonding moment between parents and the surrogate. You will want to be involved in the pregnancy from the beginning, so every attempt to attend the transfer should definitely be made.

Be Involved
Your surrogate will want you to stay involved, so it’s important to ensure that you stay in contact with her. Remember that she is doing this in order to change your life, so it’s important that you let her know that she’s appreciated and valued.

It’s a good idea to set aside a specific time each week to meet with your surrogate, either in person, over the telephone or over Skype or FaceTime. A regularly designated time will work best, and choose a time that is convenient for everyone. Make sure that this takes a position of priority in your schedule.

Take an Interest
In order to form a good relationship with your surrogate, it’s important to take an interest in her life aside from the pregnancy. Asking about her family and hobbies will show her that you’re interested in her as a person.

Don’t Micro-Manage
Remember that your surrogate has been pregnant before and has undergone a rigorous screening process in order to become a surrogate. For this reason, it’s important not to sweat the small stuff – your surrogate won’t want to have to give a full account of everything she’s eaten every day! Unless you think you have valid reason to be worried, let her get on with her pregnancy.

Be Aware of Legalities
Although most surrogate situations don’t result in legal complications, it’s important that both you and your surrogate are aware of surrogate law and enlist the help of a legal service such as Ideal Legal Group in order to protect all of you.

Attend Appointments
You should make an effort to attend the big appointments with your surrogate, such as ultrasound appointments. If your surrogate allows, you may also wish to be present at the birth. Be aware that your surrogate has carried and will give birth to this baby, and even though it is biologically yours she will still feel a sense of love and connection to it.

Are you a parent who is using a surrogate mother? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

How Can You Tell if an Elderly Person is Being Mistreated by Care Professionals?

Many of us dread the day when our parents or grandparents need to go into a nursing home, or rely on a home help to care for them. It can be difficult to imagine them helpless and vulnerable, and even though most carers and nursing homes do a great job of helping seniors retain their quality of life as much as possible, and keeping them comfortable, you do of course hear the odd story about people who are actually abused in various ways by the people who are supposed to be caring for them.

These cases are extremely rare, just as cases of child abuse in schools are, however just as you have to be vigilant when it comes to your child, you also need to make sure you keep an eye on any elderly relatives with carers or in nursing homes, and take any signs that they might be being neglected or mistreated seriously.

What Kind of Thing Constitutes Elder Abuse?
There are laws in all 50 states against abusing vulnerable adults when they are in your care, and law firms like burkeharvey.com specialize in bringing these kinds of cases to court and making sure that, if guilty, the perpetrators see justice and the victims’ or their families get some kind of compensation. But what constitutes abuse?

Abuse of an elderly person can include neglecting them, physically or psychologically hurting or tormenting them, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation – for example stealing things from an elderly person or generally ‘ripping them off’. Some of these are easier to spot than others, as in the case of financial exploitation the elder in question may not actually know anything is wrong, or may be being conned very well and actually be happy to be giving money to the perpetrator.

Keep an Eye on Everything, and Take Everything Seriously
As people age, particularly when conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s are involved, they can become easily confused, forgetful, or get strange ideas in their heads. This can make it easy to see them being distressed or believing someone is against them as part of their condition. However, never ignore their claims, no matter how ‘out of it’ their mental state is. Of course, don’t immediately accuse their nurse of stealing from them or hitting them if they say this is happening and they have dementia, but investigate a little before you write it off or report it. Are there any signs of injury? Is anything missing?

When They Have Their Faculties
Not all elderly people have dementia, and some may well have all their faculties. They may not, however, tell you that something is wrong with their treatment. If you are dealing with someone like this, take clues from their own demeanor and attitude. Do they seem unusually withdrawn or nervous? Are they talking about money more than usual?

If you spot any signs of elder abuse the first thing to do is arrange for alternative care and get the person out of that situation – even if only temporarily while you investigate further with management at the nursing home, or police.

Guest Post: Signs That You Are Overprotective As A Parent

So many parents are out there that think they are helping their children when they keep protecting them but this is not actually the case. Being overprotective is something that would lead towards many problems you do not want to be faced with as a parent. If the child is too protected, his development is delayed. That can lead towards emotional, mental, practical and psychological issues in the life of the child.

Being overprotective is always a really bad thing and the big problem is that most of the parents that are like this have no idea that this is the case. That is why we have to highlight these signs that you are overprotective.

The Child Never Failed Till Now
When the child is too protected, he/she will not make mistakes. Failure is never tasted. This is bad. Children will learn a lot from their mistakes, just as much as they learn from their successes. Sometimes they actually learn more, allowing them to overcome normal bumps that they are faced with in their development.

You Are Choosing Your Child’s Friends
Monitoring the company that the child has is definitely an important part of parenting. We cannot deny that. However, when you choose friends, you are getting way too involved. This actually impairs the child’s social skills and life is actually impacted in a negative way.

The Child Always Comes To You When A Problem Appears
It is great to be needed as a parent. This is something that we love and we should never lie about this. The feeling of a child telling you what they feel makes you feel as if you are a great parent. The problem is that any kid has to learn how to process feelings without the parent getting involved. This is true for everything from excitement to sadness. You have to teach the child to find his/her own way to go through emotional landscapes.

The Child Has Zero Chores
If your child lives a life without any worries, he/she will just think about having fun. Childhood is a time when you need to learn about collective, social and personal responsibility, together with everything that this covers. You need to basically start small and then go steady. Never shy away from having the child struggle. This is a principle that is as old as time. You can see it highlighted in spiritual books and the best parents always use chores. However, this does not mean that you have to be strict. Try to do all that you can in order to create a steady growth in chores and responsibilities so that the child can adapt.

The Child Is Afraid Of The World
One of the clear signs that you are overprotective is when the child is afraid of the world as you paint a really horrible picture about it, one focused on negatives. The child ends up thinking that the world is hostile, terrible, dangerous and that home is the only place where safety exists. Well, truth is definitely a sanctuary but that does not mean that the world should be afraid of the world. Fear should never be seen as a good control strategy. It almost always fails. It is a lot better to focus on highlighting the truth: the world can be great or bad, based on many factors.