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10 Important Life Skills Every Child Needs to Learn

We are constantly teaching our kids new skills every day as they grow into tiny humans, but are we covering all the basics that need to be passed on? Somehow, I grew up and left my parents’ home without knowing how to cook chicken, change a tire, or even properly clean my home.

If my parents had read an article similar to this one, maybe I’d be a much better cook today. Thank goodness for Pinterest.

It’s not too late for your kids – here are some life skills that every child should learn before they fly the nest (graduate high school and move the heck out).

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How to Maintain a Clean Home With Children & Pets

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to start cleaning! Now is the time to purge your house of all the Christmas decorations (if they’re still up), extra clutter you’ve gathered in 2017, and pretty much anything else that doesn’t “spark joy,” as Japanese cleaning guru, Marie Kondo of the KonMari Method, would say.

However, this can all be discouraging when you dedicate hours of work to make a nice living area for your family, and a tornado runs through it within the next 24 hours (your kids, pets, partner, guests, etc.) Here’s what you can do to keep your home neat and organized – yes, even with tiny tornadoes.

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Ways to Get Your Teenage Daughter to Warm Up to You

If you’re the parent of a teenage girl, then you’re probably wondering, “Where the heck did my little girl go and who is this angry tiny adult in my home!?” Don’t worry – you’re not alone.

Your daughter is going through crazy changes that are throwing her emotions all over the place. She’s going through her first experiences with love, puberty, heartbreaks, friend fights, peer pressure and academic stress. Every little inconvenience feels like the end of the world for her, and that’s why you’ve got to remember to get out of her way when she’s upset, and be there for her when she needs you most. Obviously, there will be some exceptions when it comes to parenting.

Here are some ways to get your teenage daughter to warm up to you when she’s acting her coldest.

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Three Questions to Ask Your Child Every Night

After a long day of work, errands and carpool, it’s easy to forget to engage your child in real conversation. You know, questions that are deeper than your typical “how was school today?,” or “did you like your dinner?”

However, it’s very important that you don’t forget to have real talks with your kids because if you do, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to teach your kids how to healthily communicate with others and express their feelings.

Every night before bed, we suggest you ask your kids these three questions:

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Actions to Take When Your Kids Aren’t Listening

Oh, kids… so full of wonder and innocence. Some would say that they’re our greatest gift to ourselves… until they become possessed by an angry monster that can only do the opposite of what you ask them to. Instead of becoming frustrated and punishing them, have you ever asked yourself why they might be acting out?

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