Fun Halloween Bingo Game with Printable

Are you ready for some Halloween fun this year? I get tired of the same old boring Halloween games, so I decided to create a fun game for my readers. Halloween Bingo is super easy and fun for the whole family to play. I think I love this game the most because my entire family can join in, adults and kids alike.

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You can print out this Halloween Bingo Printable HERE and enjoy it just as much as we have. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we spend hours doing activities and playing games. Let me know if you print this out and how much you enjoy it. Halloween is just a few short weeks away, so you better start enjoying all of the spooky festivities soon!

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Parents What Are You Teaching Your Child by Being Inconsistent?

Being inconsistent affects your child in several ways. In addition, it teaches him (or her) that inconsistency is perfectly acceptable. This is something that you definitely don't want to happen. Continue reading to learn more about how children can be affected when there is inconsistency in their lives.

As a parent, it’s important to be as consistent as possible, in order to create a healthy living environment for you and your family. Of course, no plan is perfect, so occasional deviation is certainly permitted. Problems occur when inconsistency becomes more commonplace.

Being inconsistent affects your child in several ways. In addition, it teaches him (or her) that inconsistency is perfectly acceptable. This is something that you definitely don’t want to happen. Continue reading to learn more about how children can be affected when there is inconsistency in their lives.

Anxiety and Fear

Many children who don’t have parental consistency at home find themselves dealing with high levels of anxiety and fear. Much of it comes from not knowing the consequences of doing something wrong. Inconsistent rules are like a mystery. A child might expect a certain consequence for one of his actions. When the resulting consequences aren’t as expected, this generally causes anxiety and confusion.

Rebellious Behavior

Rebellious behavior is the result of many things. One of those things is ambivalence. When a parent doesn’t follow through on things or frequently breaks promises, this can result in rebellion. In turn, rebellion often leads to parental rejection, and the need for a child to get attention by exhibiting risky behavior as a means to convey feelings of anger and discontent.

Role Reversal

Did you know that being inconsistent sometimes causes a role reversal between parent and child? It’s true! In this situation, the child typically sacrifices his or her own needs and effort to care for the emotional needs of the parent and other siblings, if applicable.

Being inconsistent affects your child in several ways. In addition, it teaches him (or her) that inconsistency is perfectly acceptable. This is something that you definitely don't want to happen. Continue reading to learn more about how children can be affected when there is inconsistency in their lives.

Is not uncommon for children in this setting to nurture parents. The reasoning behind this is to bond with the parent to gain trust and try to settle into an otherwise absent routine.

Insecurity and Confusion

In a home that lacks consistency, a child’s insecurity and confusion surfaces at a very early age. Lack of security in a child’s daily routine can be detrimental. It’s not uncommon for children like this to wonder if their parents will give them emotional support during troubling times.

Even things like mealtime and bedtime can get confusing in a household that has no real schedule. One night dinner may be served at 5 pm and the next night at 8 pm. Children need structure to thrive. Inconsistency and structure go together like oil and water. They simply don’t mix.

It’s worth mentioning that everyone, adults and children alike, receives inconsistent messages all of the time. The good news is that experts tell us that the human brain is meant to handle complexity. This means that many children do a better job of sorting out these somewhat fuzzy messages better than some people think.

Now that you’ve read the above, you may want to make a few changes. If so, just remember that there’s no reason to panic. You probably won’t need to overhaul your parenting methods completely. Depending on your situation, a few “consistency tweaks” will probably be all it takes. Not only will the future be better for your child, it’ll be less stressful for you as well.

 

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Keep Your Family Safe Online with the CUJO Smart Firewall #CUJO

CUJO Smart Firewall

We live an internet driven life. We depend on it for so many things; We find the music we want to hear online. We do our banking online. We communicate with friends, work and learn from the internet. We even play games online, find recipes and do some of our shopping. While it sure makes life easier to be online, as a parent, the digital age presents a new set of challenges.

We can’t ban our kids from going online, and we can’t be there for every second of their online experience. Instead of stressing over the things that a child might run across online, now parents can relax and rest assured that the internet doesn’t have to be such a scary place or a concern when it comes to their kids.

We have been using the CUJO Smart Firewall from Best Buy, this is a complete security solution for the whole family. It brings business level protection to our home. Worries about spam, hackers, and iffy websites are a thing of the past with CUJO. I love that not only can this firewall keep our computers safe, but other devices too!

Features of the CUJO:

  • Business level Internet Security
  • Parental Controls
  • Connect to Router, Control with App
  • Protects all devices
  • Blazing Fast (built with 1GB Ethernet) 

CUJO Smart Firewall

Setting up the CUJO Smart Firewall was as simple as could be and only took a few minutes. It is super fast with 1 G ethernet built in. The included cable is a generous 3 feet long, to make connecting it your router simple.

In addition to protecting our devices from malicious sites and hackers, it also allows us to block certain sites, set limits of usage and even pause the internet if needed. You can monitor social media usage and get a report to know who is doing what online.

CUJO Parental Control Features:

  • Parental controls for all devices
  • Internet Filter
  • Time Limits
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Pause Internet
  • Alerts and Reporting
  • Remote Administration
  • User Profiles and Settings

CUJO

The Cujo Firewall is a great system to have for anyone online. I love that it is app controlled, easy to use, and it gives parents peace of mind when it comes to keeping our kids safe online. You can download the app from the Apple Store or Android Play Store.

Retailing at under $250, this is an investment to make in keeping your devices safe and a careful eye on your kids. I love that there is no monthly fee to use the CUJO Firewall system.  I would highly recommend this product to other families. It is easy to use, takes a lot of worries away from parents and is a great way to keep an eye on the kids online.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Circle with Disney helps Monitor Screen Time for Everyone

Circle with Disney

Motherhood in this day is a completely different game in this age than it was for our parents. So much has changed, from education to nutrition and the role technology plays in the daily life of our families.

It seems like keeping up with technology has become a job on its own. We have to set limits, monitor and educate our kids about acceptable online behavior. Then there is the worry that we face, what are our kids doing online? It seems like our kids can operate tablets and remote controls, laptops, and cellphones before they can walk and talk. A parent almost needs an assistant to keep up with the online activities of their families!

Since the kids are out of school for the summer, it only seems that screen time has increased more so than ever. I’m guilty as well. I’m always within reach of my iPad or cell phone either checking emails, scrolling Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, and streaming Netflix or Hulu for our favorite shows, all the time.  I needed to find a way to limit our daily intake of screen time and monitor what the kids are doing without having to stay on top of them constantly.

So I was pretty excited to receive the Circle with Disney device to review from Best Buy. Circle with Disney is a device that helps parents manage screen time, filter content, and are able to monitor what the kids are doing while they are on their devices.

Circle with Disney is exactly what my family needed to make tech less stressful in our daily lives! Let me tell you about Circle with Disney and Circle Go, and how this helps me in my journey of motherhood in the modern day. This is kind of like having that assistant just for technology!

Circle with Disney

Circle with Disney Features

Circle with Disney connects to your home’s connected devices when paired with your WiFi. Here are some of our favorite key features.

Time Limits

Setting time limits on your kid’s devices can be a lifesaver. No more staying on the computer or tablet all day or night. For example; allowing 2 hours of Netflix streaming a day, or 1 hour of Minecraft. The Offtime feature disables the internet from the device so that the child can no longer use it and would have to take a break. This time could be set for during lunch, playtime outside, reading time, etc. The options for Offtime is unlimited. You can always check how much time your child has left for the day at any time from your device.

BedTime

This is by far my favorite feature. It always seems the kids want five more minutes when it’s time to put their devices away. Now with BedTime, no more asking for the kids to get off their devices. BedTime automatically says goodnight all on their own. No more wondering if the kids are on their devices late a night after bedtime because this feature says no more.

Pause

Yes, this feature is one of the best by far. With a push of a button, you can actually pause the internet. Pause it when it’s homework time, lunch time, chore time or family time. Either way, Circle has your back.

Circle with Disney Filter Feature

Filter

With Filter, you are able to set individual filter levels for each child depending on their age and interests. You are able to choose from Pre-K, Kid, Teen, and Adult. These filters come defaulted with settings designed for that age group, but can be easily be customized. Set it up once and it will apply to each one of that child’s assigned devices. The kids can search Google easily because Circle will filter out inappropriate sites and images from the search results. You can block access to specific websites like YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Facetime, and much more. This gives me a peace of mind to know that my kids are not viewing inappropriate things online.

Insights

This feature gives you the ability to compare screen time online today, last week, or even last month. You can quickly take a look to see where your kid spends the most time on which sites or games, etc.

Reward

I think this is my kids’ favorite thing to see pop up on their screen. With Reward you are able to reward your child by if they finished their homework early, read extra books during reading time, completed all their chores with no fuss, helped out a little more around the house, etc. You can reward them by giving them extra screen time, of course, you set how much extra time, maybe a later bedtime, or no OffTime. This can be really fun for the kids.

Setting Up My Circle

You can have Circle with Disney connected in under 5 minutes to every device in your home. Once you purchase your My Circle, remove it from the box, plug it into the wall outlet and then download the My Circle App which can be found in your App Store or Google Play Store. Once you download the app, you simply follow the steps as it walks you through how to connect to your WiFi and once connected you are ready to go. It can seem a little confusing at first because Circle has to find each device and then you have to assign the right device to that child. It will take a few extra minutes to determine.

This offers me a single view of our family online activities, so I can monitor what my kids are doing online as well as set limits on screen time, create a pause button as needed and turn the online fun off, when it is time for bed, with no fuss!

Wish you could monitor your kids’ devices even when they are not home? With Circle Go, you can!

Circle with Disney: Circle Go

With Circle Go, you can manage the kid’s devices no matter where they go, so even when they are away, you have peace of mind, and the settings remain the same! Circle Go extends all of Circle’s settings on your home Wi-Fi to your kid’s mobile device 4G LTE and any other WiFi network they join.

Circle Go extends Circle’s settings at home to any network by using a VPN on your kid’s mobile device. A VPN, or virtual private network, allows Circle to directly manage the traffic and enable time tracking, filters, and every other Circle feature. You will need to purchase a subscription of $9.95/month for up to 10 devices. Also, parents can use the MyCircle app to install Circle Go on your kid’s mobile device. Kids can use MyCircle to track their online time, receive push notifications, and check out cool Disney content.

Circle with Disney Family

My Circle with Disney Thoughts

I have been really pleased with how easy Circle with Disney and Circle Go are to use and how much worry it takes from my shoulders surrounding the online activities of my growing boys. I would highly recommend these products to other parents looking to keep their kids safe online while limiting their screen time.

I feel like this product helps me to keep my eyes on the kids, without having to be everywhere at once. I can now take the worry of monitoring screen time and activities online off of my shoulders and leave it to Circle with Disney, while I focus on the other parts of parenting!

Circle with Disney and Circle Go make a great gift idea for families, it is a useful product that can be used all through childhood!

Circle with Disney is available at BestBuy for $99.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

P.S. Once your children are done with their screen time, use our tips for adding movement into their day!

5 Decorating Tips For A Boy’s Bedroom

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It’s not easy to come up with ideas for a boy’s bedroom when you know nothing about decorating. Start by taking a step back and considering the person who’ll be using the bedroom. Take into account their interests and hobbies, as well as their sense of style.

Think about what normally goes into a bedroom setting, and then start brainstorming what it might look like for your son. There’ll be items you’ll need to compromise on, but that’s normal. Take one element at a time and work your way around the room until you visualize the area as a whole. Use your instincts, but also consider what your son wants to be implemented into their bedroom – after all, it’s their personal space.

Furniture

You know the staples you’ll have to get for a bedroom, but you’ll also need to decide if there are extras you want to add. For example, a bookshelf is a nice addition to your standard set of furniture. Decide if you’ll use wood or some other material for the bedroom set. Remember to measure and see what fits before you make a purchase. Ask your son what he prefers and come to a decision together.

Bedding

Have your son pick out his own bedding. You want him to be happy with the colors and patterns that he chooses. There are many options out there, so he’ll have no issue picking out a design that fits his personality. Help him consider the look of the entire room as he’s reviewing and narrowing it down.

Colors

Since it’s a boy’s room, you’ll probably want to take his gender into consideration and go with a safe color scheme. Get creative with paint and add patterns or texture to the walls to enhance the look of the room. To keep the room bright, you’ll probably want to opt for a lighter color of the carpet. Make sure each piece you pick, flows with the overall color scheme to keep it looking cohesive.

Personalize & Accessorize

You need to give your son space to show his personality through his bedroom. Let him partake in the decorating, but help him to keep it tasteful. Create a mini art gallery with his favorite artists, or his preferred paintings. Let him hang items on the wall that speak to him. Include books on the bookshelf that he enjoys reading and maybe add a desk where he can sit and do his work. Give him space to make the room his own.

Lighting

Whatever you do, have lighting options. It’s ideal if there’s natural light that pours in during the day. Use lights on the ceiling and try to get them on a dimmer switch. You have several choices including track lighting, recessed lighting, and a singular fixture. You’ll also want to add lamps for nighttime and reading.

Conclusion

Don’t panic if you’re tasked with decorating your son’s bedroom. Start with what you know and build the rest based on his personal interests and taste. These are decorating tips for a boy’s bedroom. After you tackle the decorating aspect, be sure to check out ways to keep your house clean with boys!

Here are 10 Things I will NOT Teach My Boys

10 Things I will NOT Teach My Boys

Do you ever feel like the world we live in is constantly judging us? The fact is it’s true. We are guilty of it just as well as our neighbor or the stranger on the street. The world is not the same as when we were growing up. Most of us could walk to school, walk to town, ride bikes everywhere, ride around with friends, hang out at a friends house, vice-versa, sleep with our doors unlocked, etc without having to look over our shoulders or care what other people thought. The list is so long of things we remember growing up doing that in today’s world we can not and will not let our children do.

I want to share with you 10 things I will not teach my boys because I am not raising a bully but I am raising gentlemen, a husband, and a father.

  1. Boys are your competition.
  2. It’s okay to hide your emotions from girls or others.
  3. Being smart or successful isn’t attractive.
  4. Giving up is easier than trying your very best.
  5. You are above girls and they must obey you.
  6. You don’t have to apologize when you feel you haven’t done wrong.
  7. You can’t always talk to Mom or Dad when you have a problem or just need to talk.
  8. Using profanity makes you cool.
  9. You don’t have to follow all the rules.
  10. You don’t have to show adults and others respect.

I don’t want my boys thinking that any of these ten things I listed above are okay. The above will not make your son a man but a person who is selfish and probably won’t make it very far in the world with friends. I do not want my boys to think that boys are their competition at any point in their life. I want them to show their emotions and not bottle feelings away. It doesn’t make them any less of a boy or man not to show emotions but it does make them human.

I will not let me boys think they are above girls or women at any time because that is so untrue. They should treat the girls with respect and when dating or married treat her like a queen and never disrespect her. I never want my boys to think because someone tells them they can’t do something they can give up. I want them to always try their best and show respect to anyone they are around no matter the situation.

The last few are very important life skills to learn and live by.

  • Mom and Dad will always be there when he needs to talk.
  • Playing sports and competing against others is not about winning but trying your very best, learning to work with others on and off the field, showing respect for teammates and by following the rules given by authority.
  • When he does something wrong he needs to apologize and accept his mistake and that it will not happen again.
  • There are so many things I want to teach my boys instead of things I will not but I wanted to let other mothers know things that possibly they agree with about not teaching her son.

Do you want to share an idea of what you will not teach your son that I did not mention? I would love to hear and possibly add to this list for other moms to read as well. Feel free to comment below and also check out my other parenting articles.

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