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5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

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Being a working mom, I know how hard it is to find time to help your kids work on different lessons especially when they are young and learning so many new things.
I am by no means saying that technology can replace the quality time we spend with our kids but it can help us manage with a busy schedule. While we are making supper they can be on their tablets reading a book or they can be working on their sight words.
There are so many apps out there that can help your kids practice the new skills they are learning in school or help introduce new skills to them before they even get to school. They can also help you by keeping them busy while you finish up that crazy to do list that you got.

1. EPIC

This one is my favorite ones because I have a child who loves listening to books. She can’t read yet so this helps her because it reads the book out loud while it highlights the words so she can follow along. There are some really great books available on the app from fun books to educational books. Your child can choose from regular ebooks that they can read on their own, read to me books that read the book out loud and highlight the words as it goes, or there are audio books where your child can follow along in their own book while the app reads the book aloud. The app offers videos and quizzes as well. Click here for a free 30-day trial.

2. ABC Mouse

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I use this app a lot more during the summer so that my kids are still getting some educational lessons in. You can track your child’s progress as they move through the different lessons. I use this app for both my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old. Your child will learn math and reading skills plus many more. As kids move through the lessons they earn tickets and they can use their tickets on items for their character.

3. Khan Academy  Kids

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This app is a great fun app that the kids can play all while learning. My kids love all the different characters in the game. They get to learn math and reading as well as getting to be creative with drawing and storytelling. The app has lots of different books and lessons on social skills and feelings.

4. Sight Words Coach

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One of my daughters is in kindergarten and she gets a list of sight words each week. This app allows me to put her sight words into a list and it will say the word out loud and then she picks which word is correct out of four options. I like this app because she was memorizing the first letter of the word and picking out the word from that, but this app gives them four choices that all start with the same letter so she really has to work on knowing the words.

5. Maily

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This app isn’t exactly a learning app but it is a great app for kids to be able to communicate with other people. I have it set up so that they can send mail to their grandparents and my husband and I. They can draw a picture, type out a message, or even take pictures and send them. I love this app because it allows them to share their creativity with other people and I am the one who gets to control who they are talking to. I also get an email each time they send a message and I can see everything they send from my account.
Like I mentioned earlier using these apps can help a busy mom get some work done while your child is occupied and developing their skills and knowledge. I rely on these apps daily. I set goals for my children to reach weekly and this helps them want to learn and work on different lessons even though the games are pretty fun so it doesn’t take much to get them excited to learn.
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Do you have any apps for your children that you can’t live without? Comment below with different apps that you use.

 

 

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How to potty train your toddler in one weekend

How to potty train your toddler in one weekend

Potty training can be such a dreadful part or motherhood. The accidents and the number of methods were the most overwhelming part for me. I found this great method that worked when I potty trained my oldest child and I am going to share it with you.

My daughter was fascinated with the potty when she was around a year old. I let her go on the potty when she wanted but I never pushed it on here. This turned into a short-lived phase.

When I thought that she was ready, I decided to try and get her potty trained and she had no interest in going on the potty at all. I made her a Frozen sticker chart (which happened to be her favorite movie at the time) and she ripped it up. That is when I realized it was going to be a lot tougher than I expected.

My mom gave me this book on potty training over a weekend. I felt really doubtful, but I read it anyways. After I read the book I decided I was going to give it a try. I picked a weekend and made no plans that involved us leaving the house.

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I highly recommend Potty Train in a Weekend by Becky Mansfield. I added a link to the book below. The book goes over potty training around the world, identifying if your child is ready to potty train and the different methods of potty training. Then she goes into the method that she uses and how she accomplished potty training during one weekend.

A fun way to get your child interested in potty training is to read some books about going. This can help them understand what exactly is going on during this unusual weekend for them. Sticker charts can be a great motivator and help to reward them when they do go. For my first child, I used popsicles to reward her and my second child loved getting stickers on her chart. After the weekend there may still be some occasional accidents but not very many. I like to use the training underwear for a while just in case we do have an accident then the mess isn’t as bad.

Remember potty training is just another one of those phases that aren’t as enjoyable as some. Try to make it more enjoyable by really celebrating when your child makes it in the potty. You can make it a fun weekend by planning some activities to do while you are spending that extra one on one time with them. Try to really take advantage of that quality time with your child.

I hope this helps you and your little one out. I know it really made potty training easier on me. Let me know if you have used this method and if it worked for you, or if you had a different method that worked out.

 

The Truth about Toddlers & Night Terrors

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When my daughter was two we went through this horrible phase of night terrors. She would wake up screaming, but she was still mostly asleep. It was such a helpless feeling as a parent, to sit there and watch her and not be able to do anything to make her better.

What a night terror looked like for her

When her night terrors started, they were pretty regular. We would be woken up to her screaming and at first, we would try to hold her and talk to her to try to get her calm. Soon we realized that when we did this she would get louder and more upset. She was mostly asleep when she had a night terror and she never remembered them the next day. After a while, she started to sleepwalk during her night terrors. She would always walk to the same spot, our back door. She would just stand there and scream.

After the night terror

Once the night terror is over then it is important to make them as comfortable as possible. My daughter was still pretty out of it after an episode but she would make requests like wanting milk, her blanket, and her monkey. We tried to have these things ready for her so that she could go right back to sleep and get some rest.

Look for patterns

I read online that night terrors can happen from stress or exhaustion. I looked back at anything stressful that could have caused her to start having night terrors. The only thing that we could think of was trying to wean her off her pacifier. After one night terror, we gave the pacifier back to her, but she was still having the night terrors after that. The night terrors started to fade after several months. She would still have them but they were less often. We noticed that the days that we had a lot going on were usually the days that were followed by a night terror. So we connected her night terrors to being overtired. We tried to make sure that she was getting plenty of sleep and if she was tired we made sure she was able to rest. She is five now and she hasn’t had a night terror in over a year.

How we coped as parents

It was very hard but all we could do was stand there, close to her, and make sure that she did not get hurt when she had an episode. I remember one night when she had a really bad episode and she was flinging herself all over the place she hit her arms and legs on the bed and the walls. I ended up moving her to the floor away from everything just so that she didn’t get hurt. It made me feel better knowing that she didn’t remember any of it and that after she was done with an episode it was over for her. I didn’t have to worry about her being upset the next day or worrying about having another one, because she had no idea what was going on. That was the thing that comforted me the most because it is honestly one of the hardest things to watch as a parent. They look so scared and upset and all you want to do is hold them and comfort them and make it all better, but you can’t.

Remember moms, this is just one phase of their childhood. It will come and it will pass and then there will be a new phase. I hope this post helps you get through those episodes that feel like they go on for hours and to let you know that you are not alone. Being a mom is the best superpower there is.

I would love to hear about your stories and how you got through the night terrors with your toddler. What things did you do to help and what things made their episodes worse?