Are you a happy mom?

Are you a happy mom?
You better be.
Even more when you have a baby boy.
Why?

A study based on data from Germany suggests that the more happy the mother, the better her childโ€™s verbal skills and the lower his (or her) socialization and emotional problems.
In other words, be happy and your toddlers will be better of. Or is it the other way around? Or both? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cannibalism? No! Soooo cute! ;-)

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Playing computer games for more than 3 hours has harmful effects

xbox
To play or not to play that’s the question.
A lot has been written about the effects of playing computer games on children.

They stay at home a lot more nowadays and when compared to the “pre-computer” age we hardly see any kids playing outside.
Violence in the games has become normal. Overlooked and largely accepted.
It is up to you as the parent to choose.
Is this game good for my child?
Is it safe?
Does it have any adverse effects?
Does it have any added value?

Because the child will always say, “yes I want that one”. Content is often not important. The TV add is.

Yet, an Oxford University study seems to suggest that it might actually be good for your kids if they play a computer game up to an hour a day. How’s that? Read the full article Playing video games for up to an hour-a-day is good for children.

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Changing your mindset is half of the work

Did you ever do the same thing twice with different results?
Like going to the grocery store?
One time to get potatoes the other time to score some chocolate?

I bet the second trip was a lot more attractive. And it was the same trip, the same distance, the same car, the same store. Yet something was different. You went to the store because you “had to” or because “you really looked forward to the sweet reward”.

It’s the mindset which changed the trip into something magical. It’s the way you look at some other things in your life that will change the world around you. Think about it and I am sure you can remember a few other examples when your expectations changed something ordinary or unpleasant into a pleasant experience.

Your child is not different. With the right mindset your morning rituals before kindergarten or school can go smoothly. With the wrong mindset it can be a nightmare.

So, if a different mindset can matter that much, how would the life of your children change if you succeeded in providing and teaching them to have the “right” mind set? I bet the change can be radical.
For more information read this article from success resources

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Ocean in a bottle

ocean in a bottleMost of us have been lucky and went to the beach at least once when we were kids. Is that also your case?
Do you remember the hot, salty and dry sand always making its way into the food your mom brought along. The feeling when your the waves reach just about to your ankles and when water steals the sand from under your feet…
The shells laying all around just waiting to be picked up and collected. Some of us still have some of the shells at home today. I know I do. Do you?

Imagine your kids could have an ocean of their own. Without the need to go to the beach. How would that be? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So let’s make one. You will need a bottle, water, blue food coloring and cooking oil.
You can make it even better if you add some small shells which can make it through the bottle neck or any kind of beads. The more it resembles a lost undersea treasure, the better!

A few more instructions how to make yours can be found at Ocean in a bottle (where we had the idea from when we tried this at home).

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You can grow together!

growing pineaple

Gardening with your kids can be a lot of fun. Especially when you let them do their own thing and don’t constantly remind them that there is a better way how to dig a hole or cut the grass.

They need to find out their way. In their own time. With their own hands.

Sure, they will return dirty and wet but they will also return happy. And that’s what counts, right?

We have had very good experience with growing date palms from seeds and pineapple (yes I know it does not look that good at the picture but yours will look very much the same before it sprouts new leafs a few weeks after planting).

If you want more inspiration and tips read the article 16 foods that will re-grow from kitchen scraps.
You will be pleasantly surprised how fulfilling and actually very cheap this fun can be!

Got your own experience in growing things together? Let us know!

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Hilarious! Please cover yourself when breastfeeding

Moms were asked to cover themselves when breastfeeding.
So they did.
And I just love how they did it ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you think, did they do the right thing?

Read the article from huffingtonpost.com

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You are not alone

Parents will do anything possible and impossible for their kids. Won’t you agree?

It’s interesting that this is not only true for humans. You can find the same happening with animals. Lina at bored panda has collected a few of really cute pictures demonstrating it. Our tip is: look at the pictures with your kids, ask supportive questions and let them comment on each of the pictures.
Tap or click this link to see them: 25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

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What’s better than Lego? Lego you can eat!

edible lego

How do you make edible LEGO? It appears to be pretty straightforward and to help you along the road, Amazon also has some tools such as these LEGO molds ready to go.

And if you need a tutorial, here’s one on bored panda.

And if you only want the icy version to decorate drinks on a LEGO party, click this image:

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Do you know Sakura?

Sakura is a beautiful name and it also means “Cherry tree” in Japanese.
It’s spring again, so it’s the right time to make some spring flowers together with your kids.
How?
Easy!
Instructions here:
Do it yourself sakura kirigami paper flowers

And if that’s not enough, and you need to know how to make some more of beautiful paper art, fabartdiy.com will certainly have an idea you will like.

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