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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.

Tips for Baking a Cake With Your Child

Children love to spend time with their parents. Baking things is one of the many fun things children love to do and when you do it together, it’s even better. How much you let your children do will depend on their age and how many children you have wanting to help. Here are a few tips that’ll help you when your child decides to help you bake a cake.

In this example, we’re going to say you’re using a cake mix from a box. Most cakes made from scratch are different, so it’s easier to give you the general idea from this type of cake. Most cake mixes require you to provide the eggs, water, and oil.

1. Suggestion for children between three and six

Children in this age group don’t have the ability or knowledge to crack an egg without mixing the shells in and they can’t usually pour liquid into a measuring cup, so it’s a good idea to let them pour the mix into a bowl. Another thing you can do is pour the oil and water into the measuring cup and let them pour them into the bowl.

2. Suggestions for children between seven and ten

Children that are between seven and ten have more abilities and that’s helpful when it comes to baking cakes. While they probably won’t be able to crack an egg, they’ll more than likely, be able to measure out the water and oil. They may also be able to run the mixer at this age as well. It doesn’t hurt to give it a try, but make sure you watch to see how they do with it.

3. Suggestions for children over eleven

This age has more abilities than the others and it’s possible for you to sit back and watch them make the cake all by themselves. You may need to watch them crack the eggs and check the measurements before they go into the bowl, but they can do everything else themselves. When they hit the age of twelve or thirteen it’s possible they won’t need your help at all.

Children of all ages love to bake things, probably because it makes people happy. This is a great way to spend time with your children, have fun with them, and get your baking done all at the same time. When you consider the age of your child and how they can help you, you’ll feel less stress and they’ll have a great time with it.

Corrie Petersen is a successful Work at Home Mom and she loves what she does. She’s married and has two wonderful and athletic boys. She loves spending time with her family and they love to cook and bake together. Check out what they have going on when you read her mommy blog at

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.

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?

“No” is Hard to Say to your Children

Saying no to adults is hard to do, but saying that little tiny word to your child is even harder to do. Depending on what they want or need, it may be easy to say or it may be the most difficult thing. No matter what the reason is, it’s still hard to say it.

One thing you need to remember is the word no doesn’t hurt. Sometimes it’s a good thing. It will teach them a lesson if the reason you said no is because they waited until the last minute to ask to do something or if they did something wrong and then ask to do it after the fact.

If you have to say no to something because the finances aren’t there, that can be difficult. But you need to remember it won’t hurt them for you to say no. It will show them that money doesn’t grow on trees and it takes hard work to earn it. It will also show them that they need to work for money so they can have things they need or want. Depending on the age of your child they may or may not be able to get a job, but if they can this would be the perfect time to show them the value of a dollar.

Since no is never easy, you should consider explaining why you answered the question that way. Sometimes when children understand the reasoning behind your answer they won’t feel so bad about the situation. They may also be able to change things so they still get what they want through another avenue. For instance, if they want something and you can’t afford it, they might be willing to mow a yard or help clean out a garage to make the money needed to get what they want. Not only will this help them get what they want but it will teach them the value of a dollar and it will teach them responsibility.

Even though the word no is just a small two letter word, it’s very strong and powerful. It can teach you a lesson or it can hurt your feelings. When it comes to saying no to your children, remember it’s not all bad. It may even make them a better person because you said no. Make sure you explain why you had to say no and make sure they understand so it won’t happen again.

Corrie Petersen is a mom of two athletic boys and she runs a successful Virtual Assistant and Ghostwriting business. If you need help running your business so you can spend more time with your children, click here to visit her site to see what she has to offer.

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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