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What Makes a Good Dad?

This Father’s Day we celebrate the men in our lives for being Fathers. When we think about the importance a Father has in a child’s life it is immeasurable. I think one of my favorite memories of my husband was when he was on the phone with one of his friends and he has said, “being a Dad is the best thing I have ever done.” The fact that my husband was on the phone in the first place was a miracle and the fact that he was explaining how much his kids meant to him was priceless. We often talk about what being a good parent means. It is something we struggle with often. How do you balance love with responsibility? How do you encourage your children to become and do more? My husband makes his point that it is our relationship that will most influence our children. It is what we model that they will take with them when the move on to having a family of their own. It is his job to put us first and make sure we have everything we need. It still warms my heart that every night he comes home from work and the kids climb into his chair with him and he reads them a book.

The fondest memories I have of my Daddy are of us laughing and hanging out. Yup, still call him Daddy well into my 30’s. I know I have a lot of the same traits as my Daddy. I defiently have the same desire to make people happy and buy in bulk. My Daddy also does everything big or not at all. I remember we had the idea to make cookies. We went to the store and he bought the ingredients to make enough cookies for a small country. I am pretty sure we made cookies with those ingredients for a year. I also think back and now realize how your decisions were made based on our best interest. It is funny prior to having kids you never realize how much you do for them.  I know that my Dad and my Mom gave up a lot to give my sister and myself what we needed. They often went without to make sure we had.

I have to say if there was a recipe for making a good Dad it would include all the elements that make up my Daddy and my husband.

Father’s Day Tradition

Gifts for Dad

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The Quickest Way To Boost a Girl’s Self-Esteem

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How to Build Self-Esteem

Easy Tips on How to Build Self-Esteem of Girls

Guess what only 2% of women think they are beautiful.

Let that sink in. Let that fill your brain, lay heavy on the heart. Let that number roll around on your tongue before you spit it out in horror.

That is why this fall, I partner with both Kroger and Dove to talk about their self-esteem project and the resources they have made available to combat all the negative message. I love Dove products. I love saving money on their products at Kroger because they make me feel good about being in my skin while making me look good on the outside.

It isn’t hard to believe that only 2% of us think we are beautiful. Then if you think about it, it isn’t that difficult because we have been told from all directions we aren’t. We have magazines staring back at us with airbrushed images of people who do not look like us with slogans that say “best, greatest, beautiful.” We have people in our lives telling us what to wear, how to speak, and what is expected but we have very few people in our corner that say, “I love you just the way you are.”Continue reading

Father’s Day Easy Gift Ideas for Dad

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Gifts for Dad

Easy Gift Ideas For Dad

Is there a moment that eclipses all others in your memory? The one that replaces the first time he told you he loves you. The feeling you had when you first saw him. That special moment where you can’t breathe, your eye fills to the brim with tears even though you are not someone who cries. It is that moment when he first looks at his child.

The smile that spreads across his face that is so wide and so deep that his eyes are almost none existent. The way he sucks in his breath and stares. Then he holds the baby closer. He pulls the baby closer still. When the two become one. He smells them. He hopes their scent pour into him like freshly baked bread when it fills the air. He pats them. Then he rubs their bottom in a circle and smiles. His eyes light up. His heart is full. He smiles at you. Then there is that look that says we did this. We made this perfect person. How is that possible?

The feeling you get knowing once you have done this nothing is impossible, in fact, at that moment everything is possible.

You think to yourself. I want to capture this moment and every moment after this. You know this special day will live in your heart forever. This same man that I married because I loved him is the same man that will raise our boys into men.

I never realized how much I loved my husband until I saw him hold our children.

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5 Embarrassing Things Every Mom of a Teen Boy Should Know

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I asked him to do the laundry. He is 13. He is old enough to do the laundry. I thought that would be a great job for him. Boy, was I wrong!

I soon learned how to talk to teen boys.

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Why Does Telling Your Child No Hurts

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Florida Prepaid College Board, but all opinions expressed here are my own. I’m happy to share our experience because believe that education is the greatest gift that we can give our children and we can prepare for our children’s future through prepaid college.

Education is important and it's the best gift that we can give our children.

Do you remember the time you really wanted something? You had your heart set. It was that thing you needed, wanted, thought about. If you didn’t get it, you feared you might lose a limb. I have a daughter, and she had one of those “things.” It controlled every thought she had. She put it in every sentence she could. It would appear on TV, and she would scream for me to see it. The problem was I couldn’t afford it.Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Time Dentist Visit

First Time Dentist Visit

Dental health is very important, not only for adults, but, children as well. It may be even more important for children to have the best dental hygiene possible because those teeth that are “just baby teeth” may fall out but, the permanent teeth are right under them and can be affected even before they come through.

Many new and seasoned parents have many questions about dental health for their kids. Things like “At what age do I need to start taking them?”, and “How do I prepare my child for their first time dentist visit?”. These things have probably crossed your mind a time or two when it comes to your child’s dental health. Here are some tips to make this exciting milestone a bit easier on everyone.

Preparing your Child for their First Time Dentist Visit

How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Time Dentist Visit

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