9 Ways To Bring Up A Happy, Healthy, Secure Human Being

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As a parent, your job is to make sure your kids live the best possible life. They’re to be kept safe both physically and mentally so that they can go on to live a tremendous existence. Once they turn eighteen years old (give or take), they’ll be ready to fly and do things on their own. Your role beforehand is to ensure they have every advantage going into this.

As a new parent or someone completely away from the idea of ever being a caregiver, this thought can be quite daunting. While it’s a big responsibility, it’s entirely doable. If nobody could raise a child properly, then we’d all be in a huge mess – nobody would ever bother housing children! Looking after kids is all about learning on the job and creating all the right habits. Here are 9 ways you can bring up a happy, healthy, and secure human being, and turn them into competent, confident adults:

Set The Perfect Example For Them

Your kids will look to you at pretty much every turn. Whatever they’re planning on doing, they’ll ask you or your partner for help. It’s only natural for them to look at their guardian as the all-knowing party. They’ll also look to you for validation when it comes to things they feel as though they’ve done right. So, with this said, it’s your job to make sure they’re looking up to the right kind of person. If you do things properly and you set the right example, you’re going to give them a very good template to go off of. You’ll also benefit from setting the right example because you’ll be directly helping yourself in life. Doing all the wrong things in life isn’t exactly helpful, of course!

Be Positive Around Them 99% Of The Time

There are people out there who like to live life negatively and too cautiously. This might make sense if you frame it how you want, but in the grand scheme, a positive outlook wins every single time. This applies especially to the likes of parenting and bringing up kids. If you have a positive outlook, then your kid is going to mimic that. They’ll also benefit from your positivity as this kind of reinforcement helps them with the likes of confidence and motivation. Parents who are negative and miserable will likely raise scared, miserable, and pessimistic kids.

Keep Them Active And Fit

If your kids just sit around all day and sit in front of the TV screen, they’re going to develop a lazy habit. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can turn into something much worse over time. Make sure your kids are up and doing something. They don’t exactly HAVE to commit to anything and become obsessed with it, but regular exercising and activity will make their lives so much easier. Whether it’s a place at South Shore Gymnastics or the local football team, they’d benefit mentally, socially, and physically.

Ensure They’re Fed Probably And Are Aware Of Nutrition

If they know more about the right kinds of foods and what certain foods do to you, they’ll benefit so much more. A lack of education on this front could lead to a really unhealthy lifestyle. As their parent, don’t just tell them to eat because ‘it’s good for you’. That rarely helps. Let them know how it’ll help them. The ‘give a man a fish’ adage comes to mind here.

Teach Them Valuable Fundamental Life Skills

This is a really important point. While it may seem a little tedious on both sides, this will absolutely save your kid’s life going forward. If they have good life skills, they’ll be so much more assured as they grow up. Knowing how to shop, do chores around the house, look after themselves, and generally be more mature benefits young people amazingly.

Travel Around The World With Them

Life is all about experiencing things. The more we learn, the better we become when it comes to our overall competence. Going out and seeing more of the world makes us feel more accomplished. We also learn so much and get a lot more appreciation for the kinds of people in the world. As a child, being exposed to new things and learning all kinds of skills along the way increases overall contentment while making them so much smarter.

Make Sure They Grow Up With Manners

If your kids have good manners, then they’re going to get a lot more out of life. There’s a time and a place to look after yourself, but being a good person triumphs over all in the long run. If they mind their Ps and Qs every day, then they’re going to attract a lot more opportunities and people in life. It’s also going to help them during everyday social interactions.

Let Them Know That They’re Loved Through Thick And Thin

If your child is aware that they’ll be loved - whatever happens – then they’ll be more inclined to go out and do things. We often worry about how things are going to end up in the long run whenever we make mistakes or do anything wrong. As kids, we loved being told that everything will be okay in the end. Make sure you do this for your children.

Educate Them On The Value Of Hard Work

Hard work is a skill, but it’s also a habit. It’s something that is put into your mind over the course of a long time. You can learn to get into the habit as an adult, but it helps if it’s instilled within you as a child. If you make sure they’re working hard at the things they do – and the things they love, especially – then they’ll be a lot more satisfied with themselves when they grow up.

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Rock Dog 2: Rock Around The Park DVD Review + Giveaway!

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Bodi is back and he's ready to rock!! This fun movie will entertain and enlighten your little ones. I love a good movie with an important message. Watch along as Bodi learns how important it is to stay true to yourself and how that will bring out the best rock 'n' roller in all of us!

Here is a movie synopsis:  

One year after the events of the original Rock Dog, Bodi and his band, True Blue, have become locally famous in the village of Snow Mountain—they even have devoted fans! But when a music mogul named Lang gives them the opportunity to tour with pop sensation Lil’ Foxy, Bodi and his friends learn that fame comes at a price, and ultimately discover that only by staying true to yourself can you unleash the power of rock ‘n’ roll! From the award-winning producers that brought you Norm of the North, “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, and “I Got a Rocket!”, this heartwarming family film will have you and your little ones unleashing your power of Rock ‘n’ Roll alongside Bodi and his band! 

Plus, I have your chance to WIN a copy of Rock Dog 2 for your kids down below!

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Digital / VOD Street Date: June 11, 2021
Blu-ray + Digital / DVD Release: June 15, 2021
Running Time: 90 min.

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Giveaway Dates ~ 6/15 9:00AM EST through 7/13 11:59PM EST


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Healthy, Quick, and Tasty Summer Meal Ideas

Now that summer is here, the idea of cooking hot food in a hot kitchen can really sound unappealing. So looking for some quick but still delicious and healthy meals that will suit all of the family is a must in the summer. Dinners and desserts that are light and simple are the best way to go in summertime. Plus, in the heat of the summer, we can lose a lot of water from our bodies, so having foods that are refreshing and hydrating, but that leave you comfortable and satisfied will make such a difference. Here are some recipe ideas that will work over the summer months, and will leave your family and guests feeling full and happy (and mean you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen).

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Coconut and garbanzo bean vegetable curry

Dishes that just go in one pot are so simple and easy to cook in the summer. Putting it all in one pot, stirring, leaving to simmer, and then it is ready, is the dream! If you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan option for the family this summer, then choosing coconut milk as a base for a curry always works well. With veggies and beans, you’ll all feel satisfied and comforted, but be full of healthy goodness. The good news is that you can add veggies of your choice, so it can work well for even the fussiest of eaters.

Cheat’s strawberry cake

Strawberries and cream are a match made in heaven! And if you want a dessert that everyone will fall in love with, then how about a strawberry whipped cream cake? One thing that you can do to make it easier for you, is to get an angel food cake mix to make the cake with, as it will mean that your time in the kitchen is much reduced, which is what you want in the summer when the kids are around and the weather is hot.

Chicken and broccoli casserole

Much like a ‘one and done’ pot meal, a casserole is always a good choice as you just need a casserole dish and your main oven. This can be a much cooler option on a hot day, as there will be no need to use the stove. If you want to keep things low-carb this summer, then a casserole recipe like this is keto-friendly, as well as just being downright delicious. All in a dish and in the oven for thirty minutes and you’ll be good to go. The recipe is loaded with chicken, broth, broccoli, and cheese, along with some seasoning, making it tasty, and ideal for those looking for some healthy but fresh comfort food this summer.

Cauliflower and sweet potato burgers

A summer BBQ is a must. However, with children, you might want to get a few more veggies into their meals, but not compromise on the flavors. Cauliflower and sweet potato roast in the oven, then they are blended together in a food processor to make the patties. The patties could also be prepared ahead of time so that you can grab these healthy burger options in a hurry. Top with avocado and spices, and there will be so much goodness in there that no one would even know that they are vegan!

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Grilled shrimp skewers

Summer isn’t summer without some shrimp, am I right? If you have young ones that love to help in the kitchen, then they can get involved with threading the shrimp onto the skewers, ready to be cooked. Then with a garlic glaze, they are quick to cook and ready within minutes. They could be used as part of a larger dinner, or would work great by themselves for a tasty and protein-filled snack.

Summer Cobb salad

Salad is the perfect accompaniment to summer, and a cobb salad is always a good choice. With a summer cobb salad, you can be sure to pack it full with lots of veggies and fruits, as well as protein like bacon, chicken, cheese, and boiled eggs, to keep you feeling full. Throw in some corn or berries, or whatever else you would like to throw in, and then you will have a plate full of goodness. A summer salad is a meal that is ideal for lunch or dinner (or picnics on the go).

What are some of your favorite summer recipes for the family? It would be great to hear what you think and if you would like to give any of these a go.

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The Power Of Make-Believe Play And How You Can Encourage It

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Pretend play is a critical part of your child’s development and something that all kids should be doing at some point in their younger years. Most children will experiment with “pretend play” all by themselves, but there’s also a lot that parents can do to encourage the process too.

Researchers think that pretend play is critical for several reasons. First, it’s a great way for kids to expand their vocabulary. They might not have the opportunity to experiment in other areas of their life. But pretend play gives them an excuse to explore different themes, such as castles, fairies and pirates.

Pretend play also helps children imagine what it is like to be another person. In turn, this intellectual exercise can help them become more empathetic to others in their environment. They are able to see things from another person’s perspective.

Pretend play is also good for children who have language difficulties. It helps them with their word choice and is a great way to move them forwards.

So what can parents do to encourage pretend play? Let’s take a look at some of your options.

Just Put Out One Or Two Toys At Once

Putting out all your kid’s toys all at once seems like a good idea for keeping them entertained. But it turns out that being sparing with your toys is a better option. That’s because it encourages kids to use the more creative aspects of their minds. When they only have a few toys to enjoy, it forces them to get more creative in how they play with them, encouraging things like imaginative play.

Take Turns

You can also try taking turns with your child, showing them what to do and then letting them follow your lead. For instance, when playing with a Super Wings Jett toy, you could show them how it transforms from a plane into a robot and then back again. Your child can then experiment with this themselves.

Incorporate New Experiences

When it comes to fostering pretend play, incorporating new experiences into the mix is essential. For instance, you might take them to a new place, like the zoo. Or you could start reading books to them, allowing their minds to recreate the story in their heads.

Use Sock Puppets

If your child is still learning how to pretend play, then you might try to model it using sock puppets. You could have it so that one sock puppet is talking to another about their day, like a role play. And then your child could try it out for themselves.

Keep Pretend Play Simple

Although introducing multiple elements to pretend play seems like a good idea, your best bet is to keep things as simple as you can. That’s because most scenarios you introduce will be entirely new for your kids. A teddy bear’s picnic, for instance, is a brand new concept for a two-year-old child.

In summary, therefore, encouraging pretend play is good for your child’s development. What’s more, it’s also a lot of fun for them and helps to make their lives more enjoyable.

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PAW Patrol Moto Pups DVD Review + Giveaway!

This is so exciting! Have you heard?! PAW Patrol has a new member called Wild Cat! And this brand new DVD features this fun new member with high-speed bikes and high-tech gear! They go on a wild ride as they stop the Ruff-Ruff Pack from trashing the town, wrangle giant runaway donuts and even gear up for an epic rescue of one of their own—Chase! 

This DVD also includes a bonus episode of Nickelodeon’s brand-new preschool series Baby Shark’s Big Show!, based on the world-famous pop culture phenomenon. Baby Shark’s Big Show! follows Baby Shark and his best friend William as they journey on fun-filled comedic adventures in their community of Carnivore Cove, make new friends and sing original catchy tunes along the way. So cute!

Plus, I have your chance to WIN a copy of this DVD for your kids down below!

Good luck! 

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PAW Patrol: Moto Pups episodes:

Pups vs the Ruff-Ruff Pack
Pups Save the Donuts
Pups Save the Kitties
Pups Save a Moto Mayor
Rescue at Twisty Top Mesa
Pups Save a Sneezy Chase
 
Bonus episode:
Baby Shark’s Big Show!:
Baby Tooth

Available on DVD June 1, 2021
Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
Bonus Episode Running Time: 11 min
 
PAW Patrol: Moto Pups synopsis:
The pack is back! The Motorcycle Stunt Show comes to town bringing famed stunt cyclist Wild Cat and the troublemaking Ruff-Ruff Pack with it. Wild Cat joins the PAW Patrol to help stop the baddies from trashing the town. Then, the Moto Pups use their tastiest tricks to wrangle giant runaway donuts, save Mayor Goodway and even rescue one of their own—Chase!
 

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Open To US entrants and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/9 9:00AM EST through 7/7 11:59PM EST


Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Top 5 Tips for Making the Best Burgers

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Summer is officially the best time to perfect your burger recipe. Whether you prefer classic beef, lean chicken, or vegetarian alternatives, get grilling and experiment with new recipes. Making the best burgers takes time and practice, but once you nail the right techniques you can impress your friends and family at your next BBQ. It’s essential to begin with quality ingredients, and with a few tricks, it’s quite simple to create tasty burgers. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Opt for organic ingredients

If you want to achieve the best flavor it’s always a good idea to go organic. Invest in quality meat or vegetables to make your burgers and you’ll get better results, even if you’re not a grilling expert. It’s worth checking out your local farmer’s market or high-end butcher for the best produce. This is the first step to getting the perfect burger.

Smash in the flavor

You could try out different methods of cooking your burger. One popular way to make burgers is by using the smash method. Essentially, by pressing a thinner burger onto a hot surface, such as a griddle, you create more surface area. This helps to enhance the flavor, plus it’s also fun to do. Here’s how to make a smash burger.

Add spices and seasoning

Experiment with different spices and seasoning. Traditionally, burgers are bound with chopped onion and egg, but apart from that basically anything goes. If you’ve got a talent for creating great flavor combinations, have a go at inventing your own recipes. For those less confident in the kitchen, there are plenty of recipes online. Check out this Middle Eastern spiced burger, for example. By using a delicate blend of garlic, cumin, cilantro, and baharat, you can add a unique touch to your burgers this summer.

Chill before cooking

This is an essential step. Once you've blended and shaped your burgers, leave them in the fridge for at least an hour before cooking. This will help them maintain their shape while cooking. If you’re planning on flipping burgers on the grill outside, this is especially important. Chilling them beforehand makes the cooking process much easier.

Up your grill game

It’s the right time of year to get out your old grill and learn some new techniques. Try creating zones for flaming on a high heat and smoking on a low heat, for example. Here are a few more tips to help you up your grill game. Using a grill can really enhance the flavor of your burgers and it’s a healthy method of cooking. For a lighter summer spread, try serving your burgers with a fresh salad and homemade coleslaw rather than fries.

Learning to make the best burgers will make you very popular with your friends and family. The great thing about burgers is that you can use a base of any number of ingredients to suit meat lovers or vegans alike. Have fun experimenting with recipes and boost your grilling skills this summer.

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PicturesOnGold Father's Day Personalized Dog Tag Giveaway! $110 RV!

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Love, Mrs. Mommy's Dog Tag Review:

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Pictures On Gold has the best personalized jewelry around! I am so excited about this really amazing dog tag that I customized for my Father-In-Law. He was in the Vietnam War and I wanted a special way to commemorate his service and pairing that with a picture of his grandkids couldn't be more perfect. 

Pictures On Gold did a fantastic job engraving our kids' picture on this stainless steel dog tag. It's going to make a wonderful and thoughtful gift for him. It came with a really lovely box that showcases this beautiful piece, perfect for gift-giving. I couldn't be more thrilled!

And now you have a chance to win one of your very own, right here!
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Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/4 9:00AM EST through 7/2 11:59PM EST
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Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.
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