Time Outs: How To Effectively Teach Your Child Self-Regulation & Personal Accountability

how to use time outs effectively

Our rule of thumb is this: time outs are not meant to stress out or upset a child even more. They should be a break from the current situation (for both the child and the parent) and teach the child that this behavior is not acceptable. Time outs are an opportunity to teach your child a valuable lesson. When Liam acts out, I always ask myself: what can be learned from this? How can I best teach my child this lesson? 

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I’m a Boy Mom, and I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

“I’ll be a boy mom one day. I just know it.” Even in high school, I would always assure my friends that I’d be the one with the mini van full of soccer gear in the trunk. The one complaining about bedrooms reeking of dirty socks and too much Axe spray.  It wasn’t like I […]

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DIY Cake Smash Photoshoot From A to Z

As you all know from previous party blog posts I’ve done (like Liam’s western-themed 1st birthday, clubhouse-themed 2nd, or pirate-themed 3rd), we like to go big for our kids’ birthdays. When I say “we”, I really mean I. I do. I’m a crafty person who finds it therapeutic (and maybe a tiny bit stressful, not […]

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Liam’s Pirate-Themed Third Birthday P-arrrr-ty (And Five Activities Toddlers Will Love!)

I’m usually not the kind of mom who gets all teary-eyed on her kid’s birthdays. I never saw these milestones as anything but exciting, and never got nostalgic over birthdays before. But, this year, something felt different. Maybe it’s because Noah came into the picture and turned Liam’s world upside down, or because he really […]

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3 Ways to Fix Your Baby’s Flat Head (Without the Helmet!)

Our little guy has been the best sleeper. I’m literally shocked. Recently, he’s been sleeping from 6:30pm to 5:30am, nurses for 10 minutes, then goes back down until 8:30am! Tonight is actually his first night in his own room. It’s bittersweet – in a way I’m happy to get our bedroom back, but in another, […]

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6 Vegan Snacks You Can Find on Amazon

I know, I know… I’ve been terrible at staying in touch lately. But with a two month old and a feral two and a half year old who hasn’t been outside in days, can you really blame me? I do have a few posts in mind for you mamas, so stay tuned. There’s some good […]

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11 Newborn & Postpartum Items I Wish I’d Known About For Baby #1

Update: These past couple of weeks (five, to be exact), all I’ve been doing is prioritizing. In other words, all I’ve been doing is cuddling with my little guy. He’s all about skin to skin and eating (and, by that, I mean every hour or two during the day), so my routine has pretty much […]

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10 Things All Moms Need to Do Before Baby Arrives

I’m almost full term (37.5 weeks!) and it’s checklist time. I have this uncontrollable urge to renovate, clean, organize, and nest, despite everyone telling me to lie down and stop moving so much! But, like I said, it’s uncontrollable. I realized that although there are some basic things we know we have to get done […]

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Potty Training Boys (Without the Fuss)

One day, out of sheer madness, we decided to do it. You know, the whole stuck-at-home-for-three-days potty training method. Cabin fever, and all. We did it. And believe it or not, those three days turned into five. We didn’t leave the house for five days. And, in the end, it was the best decision ever. When […]

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5 Resolutions All Moms Need to Make For 2018

You want to know something? I’m not one of those people who makes a list of resolutions every year. I never vow to go to the gym 4-5 times per week, cut out gluten from my diet, or spend at least every other Sunday with family. I just never believed in the idea of coming […]

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Holiday DIY Gifts for Family, Friends, and Colleagues

Need a last minute gift for a cousin you completely forgot about? A colleague who left a little something on your desk and now you feel super guilty you didn’t return the favor? Do you just want to stun your girlfriends with some homemade gifts? This is the post for you! These DIY gifts are […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Top Picks for New Moms (December 2017)

Hi Mamas! I’m finally in the home stretch (6 and a half weeks to go!) and it’s starting to really hit me that I’m about to give birth. That I’m about to go without sleep for weeks on end and experience bad latches, chapped nipples, and spit up again. The postpartum/newborn stage is a tough […]

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Christmas Gifts for Toddlers (and Beyond)

I’m so excited, Mamas: I’m finally done with holiday shopping. Hallelujah! If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that you should always start your Christmas shopping early. Did I learn this last year, and also the year before?Yes. I did. But that’s beside the point.  I decided to compile a list of some of my […]

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Holiday Decor: A Rustic Chic Christmas

Hey Mamas! I have a confession to make… I’ve been in the holiday spirit for months now. (As in, before Halloween…) Isn’t that crazy? And to think I was that girl who didn’t even put up a Christmas tree just two years ago. Oh, how times have changed! Motherhood really does make you a whole new […]

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Why Thanksgiving Has a New Meaning When You Have Kids

Happy Thanksgiving, Mamas! Hope your bellies are full (mine certainly is) and that you spent the day with those you love. Check out my Thanksgiving post for Westchester County Moms Blog!

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Mama’s Renovation Project: Liam’s Nautical Room

The most difficult realization I’ve come to in the last few weeks is that, soon, Liam will no longer have our undivided attention. He’ll have to share us with a little human who can’t yet communicate, cries a lot, and monopolizes Mommy’s time. He’ll realize that he often has to play independently to let us […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Top Picks for the Family (November 2017)

Another month, another roundup! When you find a gem, it’s selfish not to share, right? Here are my picks for the month for November: I found this ArtNaturals set purely by accident and thought, why not? I’ll give it a shot. Turns out it has now become a staple in our home and an essential part […]

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The Truth About Raising Boys

Even before I started reading Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas, I already knew that little boys were nothing like little girls. It was obvious from our earliest play dates, simply observing the way my son and his little friends interacted with the world. I’d watch, in awe, […]

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5 Common Pregnancy Fears (And How to Get Over Them)

When I found out I was pregnant for the first time, three years ago exactly, I remember being flooded with clashing emotions that I had never experienced before in my life. Of course, I was ecstatic. But, deep down I felt a pinch of anxiety that didn’t fully go away until I delivered my son […]

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