The Surprising Thing that Happened When We Removed “No” and “Don’t” From Our Vocabulary

Saying "No" and "Don't" may not be the best way to get your child to listen. Using Positive Opposites is the best way to turn things around and get them to do what you're asking!

“No! Don’t touch those!” I heard myself scolding my son at the store, encouraging him to leave the tags on the shelves alone. Unfortunately, all my son heard was “touch those!” which just led to me scolding him again. I didn’t realize that the way I said things, and the way I told him not to do something and scolded him when he didn’t do as I asked were creating a cycle of him disobeying.

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How to Eat Real Food on a Road Trip

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Real talk: when you’re going to be on the road for over 14 hours, the last thing you want to do by the end of the journey is to see another fast food joint. And guess what? You really don’t have to. After over a decade of driving down the Gulf Coast from our Kansas home, my family has perfected the art of eating real food on the road. By real food, I’m talking about great food with fresh ingredients. If you’re over the fast food lifestyle, here are a few tips to help you eat fresh food on the go.

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Red, White, and Blue Slush Recipe for the 4th of July!

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Celebrate the 4th of July with these red, white, and blue slushes that are easy to make and super refreshing! They're the perfect Independence Day mocktail that the whole family will love! Get star-spangled and layer them, or enjoy the individual components. You can't go wrong with this patriotic drink!

The 4th of July pretty much always means family time for me. In our town, it’s legal to do fireworks, so for years, we’ve spent time watching the marvelous displays our neighbors create while lighting a few fountains of our own. It’s great watching it from the comfort of our own yard instead of going to a display because we can seriously enjoy food and drinks and each others’ company without worrying about bugging those nearby at the display. This year, though, we are totally looking forward to these Red, White, and Blue Slushes that are perfect for Independence Day. They’re not hard to make, either!

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Easy Homemade Soap Jelly DIY (Just Like Lush!)

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If you love Shower Jelly like the kind you find at LUSH, you'll love this easy-to-make DIY Soap Jelly that is as fun to make as it is to bathe with! It's nice and cool for showering off in the summertime, and a fun way to get clean after playing in the mud and dirt. What kid wouldn't love their own jelly soap? | DIY Soap Jelly | Jelly Soap Homemade | How to Make LUSH Shower Jelly |

I cannot be the only parent with a child who is protesting bath time. It seems like in the spring and summer, we absolutely love playing in the mud and dirt, but we hate actually getting clean after. I’ve started having to get creative to get my kiddo nice and clean. And I think I finally found the trick! Nice, cool, gummy soap jelly. These are easy to make in any fun shape your child likes. It’s the perfect thing for cooling off and getting clean, too! They aren’t edible like other gummies, but with a soap and gelatin base, they allow for fun, jiggly, squishy clean fun!

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Spring Inspiration by the Bucketful: Recipes, Crafts, and Home Decor to make your Spring Shine!

Spring is one of the most fun seasons to celebrate. I love the light, fresh spring flavors like lemons and strawberries, and I love the bright, springy colors. I cannot wait to spring into something new this season, so I’ve got a whole collection of fun spring themed posts from myself and other great members of the Social Fabric community. I know you’re going to love each of these great ideas, and I sincerely hope you’ll be able to use them to create fun new spring memories and traditions with your loved ones. We know that you will enjoy them and hope that you can create some new spring memories for yourself and the ones you love. I’m especially looking forward to trying the Lemon Poppyseed Cake pictured below.

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40+ Easter Ideas For Teens That WON’T Break The Bank

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In case you missed it, this week I am sharing a ton of ideas (over 40 of them!) for Easter ideas for teens that won’t break the bank. Seriously, if you’ve ever gone Easter shopping for a teen, then you know how challenging finding the perfect gift can be. Whether you have a writer or a comic book enthusiast, a foodie or a gamer, an athlete or a pinterest-aholic, I’ve got some ideas to share.

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Sesame Caramel Ribs: Perfect for Easter!

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Skip the ham or lamb this Easter... Ribs are where it's at! These caramel ribs are prepared with a delicious savory-sweet caramel sauce and slow grilled until they're practically falling off of the bone. You'll love the ginger, brown sugar, and buttery flavor of this rib dinner, and your family will be licking their fingers at the end. If you love grilled ribs, you're going to love these caramel ribs on Easter Sunday. They'll grill up perfectly with the extra juicy Smithfield ribs. #GetGrillingAmerica [ad]

Easter Sunday is now less than two weeks away, and we’re planning out our menu around here. Don’t expect our Easter Sunday menu to have ham or lamb or anything, though… we’ve stepped up our game with something that the whole family is going to love. Ribs. See, I don’t know about you, but I love an extra tender, extra juicy rib dinner. But my favorite Easter treat is those delicious caramel-filled eggs, so I’ve decided to have my caramel… and my ribs… at the same time. It’s not as crazy as it sounds; if you’ve ever had a honey barbecue sauce and liked it, you’re going to love these amazing caramel ribs, too. They’re sweet, they’re savory, and they have a little zap of ginger. Perfect for Easter, or for any spring and summer day…

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Kielbasa Pepper Cups (Easy Weeknight Meal!)

Looking for an easy, delicious weeknight meal that can also double as a stunning appetizer for your next party? These Kielbasa Pepper Cups fit the bill! They're SO easy to make, and packed with delicious filling like kielbasa and peppers. The best part? They take very little prep time! If you love kielbasa or polish sausage, you'll love these easy pepper cups!

You know I love easy weeknight meals. Life is busy, but dinner should NOT be a hassle. That said, I don’t usually want to sacrifice taste, or heck, elegance. That’s where these Kielbasa Pepper Cups come in. Starting with some wonton wrappers from the produce section, a few fresh peppers and onions, and your favorite kielbasa (or use Polish sausage, I won’t tell), and you’ve got dinner. Easily.

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Hamster Food Smoothies: A Human Treat for Humans who Love Hamsters

In The World According to Humphrey, Humphrey the hamster is SAD SAD SAD. His beloved Ms. Mac has gone to Brazil... without him. The book is filled with mystery (will he get to stay in the classroom?!) and fun, while Humphrey helps his human classmates... after all, you can learn a lot by getting to know another species! If you are a human who LOVES hamsters, you're going to LOVE this Hamster Food Smoothie. It's delicious for humans, but every ingredient is a hamster-safe treat! It's the perfect companion to this lovely book series by Betty G Birney.

Humphrey the hamster is SAD SAD SAD. His beloved Ms. Mac has left for Brazil… without him. Luckily, Humphrey has plenty to keep him busy, like helping his human classmates through sticky situations and navigating their personal struggles and learning more about himself along the way. After all, you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know another species. If you love hamsters as much as we’ve grown to love Humphrey in this book, the World According to Humphrey, you’re going to love this Hamster Food Smoothie! It’s a smoothie for humans, but every ingredient in it is a hamster-safe treat*. Don’t worry, it tastes delicious, even for humans. Humans and hamsters have quite a bit in common, after all.

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7 Things My Son Has Learned from Playing Minecraft Every Day

If Steve and Alex are household names, if your child hears a hiss and thinks "creeper," or if you see everything in block form... you might have a Minecraft player in your house! Don't Panic-- Minecraft teaches some really amazing skills to kids (and adults) of all ages! Here are some things my child has learned from playing Minecraft-- it's incredibly educational, but it also promotes good social skills, too! Here's how.

Minecraft. It’s one of those ubiquitous games that it seems most kids are playing at one point or another. I’m not too worried about the Minecraft fascination, though. The thing is, there’s a lot of educational value in Minecraft. Many schools are even adding it to their curriculum! At first, I really didn’t get the appeal… so it’s a game. With blocks. And… everything is super boxy. And there’s no real end goal* (I’m from the Mario generation… you play the game, you save the princess, game over) which just blew my mind. When we got it, I didn’t think much of the game, obviously. But there are 7 important things my son has learned from playing Minecraft every day.

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