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Being a parent means having to be flexible with your schedule. So, we thought we’d share some of our parenting tips to make things easier for you.

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Potty Training 101

Is there anything worse than potty training a toddler? Probably, but let’s be honest, potty training sucks! Seeing the initial stages of frustrations from the kids is brutal, because I don’t want to see them upset. So, how did we make it through?

We’ve put together a list of our Winey Parent tips to (hopefully) help make the process a little easier for you and your kids, and the clean up less daunting.

5 Ways to Appreciate Your Partner When You Have Kids

Having kids is the most wonderful thing in the world, but finding time to make sure we appreciate that person who’s been there all the way is equally as important. So here are some ways to let them know they are just as important.

Recharge Often

Most of the time, it seems like I can handle any situation, brush off anything, because they’re kids. I know they’re constantly learning and dealing with new things, but sometimes, my patience seems to disappear. And, it also doesn’t always get refilled right away.

So, how do I deal with these moments when I feel like I’m getting frustrated more often than usual? Well, here’s what I’ve done that help me regain my fuse (patience) has been replaced with an on/off switch.

WINEY PARENT BEST BUYS

To all of our friends. To everyone reading this blog. BUY THIS ALBUM! If it even works half of the time it did for us, you will be so happy to know your baby has been soothed by the sweet, sweet voice of Jack Johnson.

We used this thing for two kids and we used it everywhere we went. We definitely got every cent’s worth out of this purchase, and it wasn’t even that expensive.

We decided early on to go with cloth diapers and we were so happy we did. Whenever there was a time that we didn’t bring enough diapers and had to borrow a disposable, especially for our daughter, a rash would flare up quickly.

Share your love of reading with them!

Take Pictures

Whether you enjoy playing board games or running outside with your kids, drinking a hot cup of coffee, or turning on music for an impromptu dance party, take pictures to remember as many of the fun times as possible.

Winey Parent Wednesday is our way to be silly, enjoy a glass of wine, and ultimately, relax in the middle of the week. Sometimes, we’re even fortunate to have some adulting time with our friends.

Be Ready for Rain

Whatever you do, prepare for bad weather. Many of our plans with our kids involve play dates at a local park, going to the pool during the summer, or even having an outdoor party.

With rain in the forecast, find out how we adjusted our plans to be ready for rain.

Make Time for Yourself

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is finding time for yourself. It also isn’t easy to find a sitter for the kids when someone invites you out. Therefore, it’s important to schedule a haircut, girls’ night out, a date night that’s months overdue, or anything at all.

Explore how we fared when we spent the longest time away from our own kids – three nights!

Meghan is the ultimate coordinator for themed parties. Whenever the kids choose what type of party they want (within reason), Meghan starts searching online for ideas, decorations, costumes, recipes, and will incorporate anything she finds to what she’s already thought of.

Halloween-Themed Party

Your kids might not have a birthday around Halloween, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want one. For parenting tips on how to make a Halloween birthday party, check out how you can make your child’s special day spooky any time of the year.

More Parenting Tips

We will continue to update this page to share all of our parenting tips for you and your family. Please share your own parenting tips in the comments below.

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