Amanda Adkins

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5 Shampoo Mistakes You Had No Idea You Were Making

<b>1. You use the same shampoo seven days a week, 365 days a year...</b><p>Not only are you shampooing too frequently—every other day is usually enough, says …

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9 Simple Hacks For Wrapping Gifts Like A Pro

Meanwhile, your present to them looks like a toddler got tangled up in wrapping paper and then took a nap.<p>Well, don't turn to the old gift bag and tissue paper cop-out just yet. These nine gift wrapping tips and tricks will make you into a wrapping genius.<p>For smaller gifts such as perfume bottles, …

6 Glass Fridge Magnets World Maps set of 6

Set of 6<br>We started creating these magnets with vintage and newer maps from places that we had either visited or are on our 'bucket' list of places to see, and ended up inviting others to request their very own "near and dear" places on their list.<p>This set makes a great and unique gift for any …

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Inspirational Parenting Quotes

Sometimes, little words of wisdom can go a long way. Here are some of our favorite quotes about overcoming the challenges of parenting.<p>2 of 24<p>2 of 24<p>4 of 24<p>What Kids Love<p>4 of 24<p>5 of 24<p>5 of 24<p>7 of 24<p>7 of 24<p>8 of 24<p>8 of 24<p>9 of 24<p>9 of 24<p>11 of 24<p>11 of 24<p>12 of 24<p>12 of 24<p>13 of 24<p>13 of 24<p>14 of 24<p>14 of 24<p>15 …

Filmmaker's Touching Tribute To His Late Mother Will Leave You In Tears (VIDEO)

"From 1994" Short Film from Casey Warren | MINDCASTLE on Vimeo.<p>"What would you say to a loved one if you had one chance to say it all?"<p>So ponders Seattle-based filmmaker Casey Warren in his explanation of "From 1994," a short film he co-directed in memory of his late mother, who passed away in 2001 …

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

Readers' Best Ideas for Birthday Traditions

Our readers' best creative birthday traditions.<p>Write a Magical Message<p>My kids wake up to a note and a picture on their bathroom mirror from the Birthday Fairy. She uses a bar of soap to write "Happy Birthday" and draw a picture that represents something they are interested in at the time. The kids …

7 Ways to Raise a Well-Rounded Kid

Surround your children with love, happiness, and encouragement so they have the confidence to reach goals.<p>The key to raising a well-rounded child is to establish a solid support system at home so that she grows up satisfied with her achievements and ambitions. "The goal as a parent is to help your …

Mirror, Mirror

We all know that children are sponges. Their developing brains and impressionable psyches pick up everything. And as with sponges, it's not just the good clean stuff. They absorb the ick too. Parents aren't infallible people demonstrating only the best conduct. No. We're sometimes grumpy, …

Nature's Blueprint for Raising Confident and Independent Kids

I was pained to read a recent cover of NEW YORK magazine: THE PROBLEM WITH TEENAGERS IS THEIR PARENTS. It says to me we are not learning nature's parenting wisdom.<p>There is a natural flow for raising children: Nature establishes how children grow and we parents are given the job of managing the …

Mom Sets the Tone {5 Ways to Reset Your Mood When Anger Strikes}

3 Ways to Raise Secure Children

One of the most important qualities you want to instill in your children is a deep sense of security in themselves and the world. There are three messages you want your children to get to nurture their developing sense of security:<p><b>Others:</b> There are people in my world who will protect me when …

How to Set Limits for Kids Without Harshness, Fear or Shame

I am not a proponent of permissive parenting. Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes. The "calm and firm limit" is a parenting muscle that has to be exercised and built over time. I …

Are You a Victim or a Leader? Your Choice!

Recently to my great surprise, I found out that the show <i>24</i> was coming back to television for a new season.<p>This is my favorite TV show of all times. It is filled with well-developed characters, intriguing story lines and suspenseful cliffhangers that end each episode.<p>If you are not familiar with the …

What I Realized When I 'Stepped Away' From My Children

As far as proximity goes, "close" doesn't even begin to cover it when it comes to the physical relationship I maintain with my two young children.<p>I'm sure many mothers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. They crawl beneath my legs -- creating an impromptu "tunnel" -- as they play, and …

Mom Rowena Darby Writes A Lifetime Of Cards For The Son She Won't See Grow Up (PHOTOS)

Rowena Darby may only have a short time left to live, but that hasn't stopped her from creating a lifetime of cards and letters for her son to read as he grows up.<p>The 33-year-old mother from Bolton, Greater Manchester in England, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011. By August of 2012, …

12 Kids' Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The wait-and-see approach is fine for some kids' health problems. But not these.<p>When you become a parent, you earn a medical merit badge of sorts. Whether you're sopping up a goopy nose or extracting a dangling-by-a-thread baby tooth, eventually few things faze you. But sometimes it's tough to tell …

What Will My Baby Look Like?

Everyone wonders who Baby will look like, but there's no way to know whether the traits we treasure in ourself, our partner, and our family will pop up in our offspring. However, you can make an educated guess—here, genetics experts show you how.<p>Eye Color<p><b>Both my husband and I have brown eyes. Does</b> …

Why Don't You Listen?

<i>Written by Rosemary Strembicki</i><p>I must have said it thousands of times as my girls were growing up: "I said no, why don't you listen?" "I said wait, why don't you listen?" "I said come here, why don't you listen?" No matter what the context, it's a common refrain for parents.<p>Then one day, I …

The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships

When I was a mama of three very tiny, very messy, very beautiful rug rats, we had DAYS THAT WENT ON FOR LIFETIMES. Craig left at 6:00 a.m. every morning and as I watched his showered, ironed self leave the house I felt incredibly blessed and thrilled to have so much time alone with my babies and …

The One Key to Motherhood Success

<i>By Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.</i><p>What is the one thing we need, to discover "success" in motherhood? It's not loving our kids more, or doing more for them, or being a better example, though all of these are important. No, the key to success in motherhood is simple: self-love.<p>When we love ourselves, …

A Practical Guide To Balancing Screen Time And Play Time

Most parents struggle with the question of how much screen time is <i>too</i> much -- and experts don't make answering it any easier. Some advise that the use of digital devices and video games should be very limited while others say technology can actually be good for kids. The truth is, no matter how …

Mom, I Hate My Teacher!

Nothing can be a bigger disappointment than when your child is having a bad year at school because he/she does not click with one of his/her current teachers. At one time or another, we have all had a negative experience with a teacher, so we have an understanding of how difficult it is for our …

How Our Society Raises Young Boys

I've been told that I take things beyond where they need to go.<p>Getting up from a comfortable position on the sofa -- and living in Wisconsin, that means removing a warm quilt off my lap -- I will walk across a room and in front of my three children, without saying a word, pick up the remote to …

5 Non-Negotiable Rules for Responsible Media Use for Parents and Kids

As parents, our job is to teach our children to be productive citizens in the world, to impart our values and to keep them safe. Most of us know that this job applies to the world we grew up in, the offline world, but sometimes we forget that many everyday parenting lessons also apply to the online …

Kids That Unplug Before Bedtime Sleep Better (STUDY)

BY RONNIE COHEN<p>NEW YORK Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:26am EST<p>(Reuters Health) - Kids who regularly plugged into social networking sites before bedtime reported sleeping nearly an hour less on school nights than those who rarely connected online, a new study shows.<p>"Using technology in the bedroom may result …