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My Kids Love Kudo Banz, and I love Parenting More Positively

Raising young kids is tough. As children grow, they become more independent, curious, and, if I’m honest, more headstrong. Seeing my children blossom into their unique personalities is so much fun — but it’s not as enjoyable to nag them for the hundredth time to put their action figures away or plead with them to please […]

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How to Say No to Your Kids | Des Moines Moms Blog

How to Say No to Your Kids

Here’s what happens when I say “No!” to my children: one cries, sulks, and hides. Another negotiates. The other turns into the Incredible Hulk. Smash! Crash! Punch! Saying “No!” in my house is exhausting! (And sometimes painful….)  My dad told me once that being a parent is both a noun and a verb. It is […]

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Saying No to “No”

It’s pretty bad when you start annoying yourself. Maybe my annoyance stems from this year’s long, harsh winter. Or maybe two young rowdy boys who only want to wrestle, run, or act as wild animals ransacking the house and interrupting my quiet thoughts one too many times are to blame. Perhaps, it’s just that I […]

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