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Top Parenting Posts of 2015

I started blogging in part because I wanted to highlight the positive side of parenting – which I feel is often overlooked by the media. My blog reflects my eclectic interests, but my parenting articles are always popular. Today I am joining with a group of bloggers to share my five parenting posts that received the most pageviews in 2015.

Joyful Parenting Tips from Mama Smiles

#1) 20 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation

What’s joyful about sleep deprivation? Honestly, nothing – but it is something that even the most joyful parent will suffer from during newborn days. Parenting will be more joyful if you take the time to incorporate the tips in this post, collected from some of my favorite blog friends.

#2) Raising Kids Who Get Along

Few things are more joyful than watching siblings get along. Whether they are enjoying pretend play together, making gifts for one another, or helping an upset sibling to feel better, seeing my children love and care for one another is incredibly uplifting. This post highlights seven simple ways to encourage siblings to get along with one another.

#3) Activities to Help Kids Calm Down and Stay Calm

Knowing how to cope with stress is a critical life skill. If our kids can learn how to calm down and think clearly while under stress, they will have a much better chance of leading successful and happy lives. This post highlights some things I am doing to teach my kids how to calm down and stay calm so that they can think clearly.

#4) Raising Kids Who Get Along: Bringing Home a Younger Sibling

Bringing home a new baby is a BIG change for children! Starting a sibling relationship off right can go a LONG ways towards preventing resentment later in life. In this post I share several things that worked well with our four children – many of which I learned from my parents, who raised 10 children and therefore had LOTS of practice introducing new family members!

#5) Tips for Flying with Children

This post is my ultimate guide to flying with children – based off of my experience on over forty flights with small children.

Looking for more parenting advice? Click here to read the top five posts from my blogging friends!

This Year Best Parenting Tips

If you could give new parents one piece of advice, what would it be? Mine? Gather information, think about it, and then follow your heart.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

9 thoughts on “Joyful Parenting Tips”

  1. Oh the sleep deprivation. It’s the one thing that kills me every time. My husband and I are “older” parents, and we definitely recognize a difference of how we used to be able to handle not getting sleep compared to now.

    Thanks for being part of the best positive parenting series on The Jenny Evolution. I’m so happy to have you as part of my parenting community :)

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