Checklist

Use these checklists to make life easier, not harder

In today's high-speed world, there are so many things to remember. For example, what should you look for when purchasing a car seat for your child? What does each member of your family need to remember to pack for that summer vacation? Rather than trying to answer these questions without any extra assistance, turn to a tried-and-true method that's been helping parents for decades: the checklist. We'll be compiling our favorite and most useful checklists here, as a way to help you keep track of those easy-to-forget details.

  1. 7 Potty-Training-Reward Ideas to Consider

    Baby on pottyPotty training is tricky business. Some parents of toddlers will try almost anything to get their child to use the toilet.

    Because every child is different, finding a potty training method that works for your child is key. Incentives may help to motivate some children in some circumstances, while other children simply may not yet be ready to give up diapers.

    If you think that a potty training incentive might work for your toddler, here are seven ideas to consider:

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  2. The Ultimate List of Children’s Books Set in Each State

    Mom reading a book with daughterWith a good book and a little imagination, you and your child can travel anywhere! This list of children’s books from the National Education Association can help you and your child “take a trip” across America with a story that takes place in each state.

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  3. 10 Lessons Learned from the Family Dog

    Happy family with dogA dog is often referred to as “man’s best friend,” and with good reason. Animal lovers, and dog lovers in particular, are quick to sing the praises of their four-legged friends.

    In addition to the expected lessons, such as teaching responsibility to children, a lot can be learned from our canine companions (not to say that the following could not be learned from or applied to other furry or feathered friends, too).

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  4. 10 Ways That Parents Show Love for Their Children

    Dad hugging daughterElizabeth Stone wrote in her book, A Boy I Once Knew: “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.”

    This sums up the way many parents feel about their children, and the love that they feel is often described as incomparable to any other kind of love. New parents are often astounded by the amount of love that they are capable of having.

    Expressing parental love comes in many different forms. Here are 10 typical ways that parents show love for their children every day:

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  5. 7 Truths about Being a Parent: How Your World Changes When You Have Kids

    messy child in high chairNo matter how many parenting books you may read or how many people you may ask for advice, nothing can fully prepare you for becoming a parent. Think back to before you had children and to what your life was like, and to how different your life is now.

    If you could go back in time to tell yourself what you would experience after your child was born – the truth about becoming a parent – what would you say?

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