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Planning a Birthday Party for a Child Born Around Christmas

When you have a child with a birthday around Christmas time they may feel like they’re getting ripped off when it comes to gifts. Most times people are short on funds during the Christmas holiday and that makes it hard to purchase a birthday gift as well. If your child has this problem, there are a few things you can do to make the situation better for them and you.

1. Consider having a birthday party in November or January instead of December when his actual birthday is. Plan it for early in November or late in January so people have paychecks in between your party and Christmas.

2. Another option is to celebrate their half birthday. This is usually in June or July depending on when their birthday actually hits. You’ll want to keep in mind things like summer break, vacations, and the 4th of July. This will not only help you, but it will also help their friends.

3. Going ahead and celebrating the birthday on the actual day is always an option. Give your family and friends enough time to plan accordingly so they have the money needed. Time might also be a problem depending on the birthday so you’ll need to keep that in mind when you invite them to the party.

4. It’s also possible to have two parties for your child. Schedule a small family only party close to the birthday and then schedule the kid party in February or March. The family knows about the birthday each year so if you tell them the party will always be help on the day of the birthday, they’ll plan. Then the friends can come on a different day and you won’t have a problem having people attend and bringing a gift.

While it’s almost impossible to predict when our children will be born, we can predict when we’ll have their birthday parties. The four tips in this article are just a few of the many options you have when it comes to the number of ways you can celebrate your child’s birthday when it happens to fall near Christmas.

As a child grows older, it’s more difficult to plan parties for them. When you plan on having a party near or on their birthday it’s a good idea to give plenty of notice to the people attending so they can plan for the gift and time. If you choose to hold the party before or after the actual day, it’s a good idea to make sure people understand why you’re doing this.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She enjoys working her business, but she loves spending time with her husband and very athletic boys. See what they are up to when you visit her mommy blog at

2 Tips for Dealing with School Conversations

Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you could run and hide? Well I was in that type of situation today. My youngest son is in middle and is doing very well. His grades have improved since he left elementary school and he’s able to do elective classes and he’s having a great time.

The elementary school years were very hard on him because he routinely gave up recess time, came in before school, and stayed after school for help he needed so he could become a better student. Since the change happened he’s much happier, he loves the fact that he gets to take the classes he wants, and he’s eager to learn.

The hard part came today when I was talking to a parent and she was telling me how disappointed she is in the school. She told me she’d pull her son if it were possible, but it’s too late in the school year to get him in to the school she’d choose. She registered her daughter for middle school a few days ago and has decided to put her in the school she wanted to put her son in originally.

How do you discuss this type of thing with someone who is so unhappy when you’re not? There are several ways I can come up with, but I’m not sure if they’re right or not. I think the final decision will come during the conversation.

One way is to be sympathetic for the person and listen to what they have to say. Offer advice if you have anything that might help them get through it. Lending an ear is another way to help this person through it without telling the person how happy you are with the school. As a last resort, if you don’t have anything nice to say, try to change the subject to something else.

The other way to do this conversation is to voice your opinion in the situation. While this may not be the best way to go if the person you’re talking to is a friend or co-worker it is an option if you choose to go this route. You need to remember your child may be smarter than the other child or their child may have a learning disability that may or may not be the problem. Voicing your opinion could do more harm than good depending on the situation.

Certain situations can be difficult to discuss and may frustrate you or the person you’re talking to, but it happens. The best thing you can do is handle each situation as they come and try to make the best decision you can. When you do, you’ll be the better person the majority of the time.

Corrie Petersen is a successful ghostwriter and the owner of She is married and has two wonderful boys. She enjoys working her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her family. Go to her mommy blog at to see what her family is up to.

4 Tips for Protecting your Children when they Use the Internet

The internet is a valuable tool for many reasons. It gives you the ability to search for things you need to know, you’ll be able to find directions to a vacation site, and you’ll be able to learn new things. While those are all good things, we never seem to think about the bad things online and what we need to do to protect our children while they use the internet.

What you may not think about when it comes to the internet is the strangers out there looking to find kids that will trust them and then want to meet them. You may not think about the pornography that’s online as well. The other thing you may not think about is the gambling sites that are pretty easy for a child to get in and start playing.

So the important question is, how do you protect your children from this terrible, yet important tool? Here are a few suggestions for you to consider.

1. Set parental restrictions on your computer. Most computers offer this as a standard option. You have the ability to enter keywords or specific sites you don’t want your child to visit. This will help you to prevent those sites you don’t want your children to visit from coming up.

2. When children are alone they’re likely to visit sites they wouldn’t otherwise visit. So it’s important you don’t allow your children to take a computer to their room. It’s better to have the computer in a location where the family spends a lot of time.

3. Time restrictions also help to prevent your children from visiting those sites. It’s a good idea to have it turned off no later than 9 pm. When they have short amounts of time online they won’t have the time to search and stumble upon those sites.

4. Communicate with your children on a regular basis and make sure they understand how dangerous it is to talk to people they don’t know online and in chat rooms. Make sure they understand certain things are illegal and could get them in serious trouble.

Schools are using the internet for research more and more and are even shying away from the library resources. Some schools at the middle school and high school levels are starting to give children computers to take home with them.

No matter where the computer comes from you need to find ways to protect your children. The internet, your local library, and your child’s school will be a wealth of information, so make sure you find ways to protect your children so nothing bad happens to them.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Ghostwriting business and she’s the owner of She loves helping her clients with content for their sites, but she also enjoys spending time with her family. Visit her mommy blog at to see what they have going on.

How do you Know When it’s Time to Put your Baby in a Toddler Bed?

That is a question most all new parents ask themselves. Each baby and each parent is different, but there is one time when you know for sure it’s time for your baby to go to the Toddler Bed.

For us, we put our oldest son in his toddler bed for naps when he turned a year old. He still slept at night in the crib. We knew the time had come when he woke up from a nap and tried to get out of the crib by himself. Thank goodness I had come in to check on him because he slipped just as I came in and I caught him before he hit his head on the dresser.

One way to tell if your baby is ready for the toddler bed is to monitor their sleep habits. For example, if your baby used to take two hour naps and all of a sudden he’s only making it to thirty minutes, it might be a sign the bed is no longer comfortable to him. It’s also possible he’s ready if it takes him longer to fall asleep or if he is all over the bed. The main thing to look at is the sleep habits he had before and has now.

Another way to tell if your toddler is ready to move to the toddler bed is if he’s potty trained. When your child is potty trained it’s important they have the ability to go to the bathroom when they feel the need. If you don’t give them this ability they’ll likely have accidents and they’ll lose interest in being potty trained.

If you’re expecting another baby and need the crib for the new one, it’s a good idea to start preparing your toddler for the big boy bed. Naps are the perfect way to make that preparation happen smoothly. If your baby is just not ready, you may have to invest in a bassinet for a time or purchase another crib.

Knowing when it’s time to move your baby from the crib to the bed is a tough decision to make, but it’s one that must happen at some point. Most toddlers make the transition between the ages of 1 ½ and 3 ½, but it’s important to do it when your child is ready and not when some book or website tells you to do it. You want your child to be comfortable with the change, not scared.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She’s also a wife and mother and she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Visit her mommy blog at to see what they have going on.

2 Parenting Tips for Helping Your Children Get to School on Time

Getting your kids ready for school in the morning can be a huge challenge. There are a number of things you can do to help them get ready quicker, but there are two that could be a huge help if you put them into action right away.

1.    Clothes

At times choosing what to wear can take forever, especially if you have girls. They can go through three or four outfits before making a final decision. If you have an issue with this each morning, you need to consider having your children set their clothes out the night before. This will save you valuable time each day.

2.    Backpacks

Putting the backpacks together can take some time if everything is scattered between the kitchen and the bedroom. You’d be amazed at the time it takes to put everything in the backpack, so it’s a good idea to have these ready to go before your child goes to bed. This will also help you prevent trips back home or to the school because things were forgotten.

So if you’ve ever had a problem getting your kids to school on time, consider these two simple, yet important tips and you’ll have a better chance of arriving on time every day.

Spending Time With Our Boys!

Spending time with your family is important. Studies show the more time you spend with your children, the less likely you are to have children that get into trouble, do drugs, and other things. Some people question this study, but I would have to say it’s pretty close to the truth.

My husband and I spend a lot of time with our boys. We go to as many sporting activities as possible and we talk to them all the time. We’ve been really luck to be able to go to all of the away games with the exception of one and we go to all of the home games. We play the Xbox or Wii with the boys and we talk before, during, and after dinner. We also help with homework and whatever else needs to be done.

Spending time with our boys means a lot to us and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s very important to us and something we look forward to each day. I know our boys feel the same way as well. I know this because of a comment our oldest made a few weeks ago. This is what he said.

“Mom, I always know you and dad are at my games because I can hear you.” I asked him if that was ok and he said, “Yes I love it because I’m one of the few kids that is lucky enough to have parents that go to the games.”

Boy I’ll tell you what. As a mom that melted my heart. I felt like I was on top of the world. I knew all of our hard work and dedication to our boys was paying off. They saw what we did and what we gave up and they appreciated it. I loved it!

So to end this post, I just want to say how much I love my boys and my husband. They are my life and they are why I do what I do each and every day! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

4 Tips for Dealing with a Child that has Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is hard to deal with when you’re an adult, but it’s even worse when it’s on your child. They don’t understand the pain and scratching and they certainly don’t understand why they can’t scratch. They don’t realize it will cause issues with the way their skin will look for the rest of their lives. The younger they are the worst it is when you’re trying to get a grip on the problem areas.

Sensitive skin can come from a number of things. It can be hereditary or it can be something they developed on their own. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are the most popular, but you may also find your child has dry skin or they’re allergic to certain things. All of these things can wreak havoc on a child’s skin.

There are a number of ways to handle these issues. Some are easy and some may cost money, but if you find one that works, it will be worth it in the long run. Remember to contact your doctor before you try these suggestions.

1. Medicated lotion is something you might works for your child’s skin. A doctor or dermatologist can help you decide if this is the right way to go.

2. Lotions from companies like Walmart, Melaleuca, or Avon might be able to help your child with the scratching and redness. Look for a product that specializes in dry skin or sensitive skin.

3. Look at the laundry detergent you’re using. If it contains a perfume or dye, you should change right away. A lot of times these ingredients can cause the skin to be irritated. The best way to decide if this is happening is to look at the affected areas. If the problem areas are where the clothes are at, then you need to switch right away.

4. Laundry soap that others use or new clothes from the store can cause issues as well, so no matter where you get clothes, sheets, and other items that’ll come in contact with your child’s skin, it’s a good idea to wash it all in the soap you know won’t cause them issues.

Problem skin can be an embarrassment when the kids are in school and the others tease them. Skin conditions can also be painful and you don’t want your children to always be in pain. It’s best to get the problem under control as soon as it happens so you can prevent this from happening.

Corrie Petersen is a Work at Home Mom who runs a successful business. She loves spending time with her family and she has a son with sensitive skin. She has tried almost everything before she finally found the solution. Click here to read her mommy blog to see what her family has going on.

Why is Parenting so Hard?

Sometimes parenting can be so hard. How do you know if the choices you make are the right ones? What do you do if your child asks you advice on something and you don’t know what the right answer is? It’s hard, but you need to decide and help them in any way you can.

You need to remember one thing, no matter what you decide to do, your children you will still look up to you. They’ll still trust you and appreciate the time you took to help them out. In their eyes you’re still perfect no matter what.

This type of situation can happen more times than you know and it’s possible you may not even know you’re in it until it’s over and things have calmed down and you’ve moved past it. When this happens it’s probably for the best because you won’t have the time to think about it before you’ve made the decision.

If you’ve been in this situation, comment below and let me know how you handled it. How did you know what the right answer or decision was and what led you to this outcome?

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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