Aint Misbehavin: A Guide for Parents

Have you ever had a kid or a teen that misbehaved? I have! I can remember well the tantrums, the little princess laying on the floor a kicking and a wailing because she wanted want she wanted in the moment. I remember well having to deal with a daughter who loved to strip because her clothes just were not comfy. Now days I just have a teen with attitude. But no matter what you are dealing with, guess what, you are not alone!

Every parent deals with misbehaving kids. Sometimes we want to pull our hair out, some days it is frustrating and for me some days seemed like a power struggle.  Recently I had the chance to attend Alyson Schafer’s  book launch for Aint Misbehavin, her 3rd book on the subject of parenting.

I was lucky enough to be able to ask Alyson a question about those dang power struggles. Well her answer to me has helped me redefine my relationship with my tween. We are having more and more genuine conversations and working as a team.  Instead of I am your mom, so just do it. There is conversation. There is more peace here now and well alot more fun for both me and her. So I am thankful to Alyson for her suggestion.

In her book Aint Misbehavin she lists 100 of our common parenting struggles from boggers to tv time she covers the gambit with practical solutions that have an impact. The layout makes the book an easy read and a great guide, because you can get to the solution for your exact issue in a matter of seconds. Trust me this book will be dogmarked by the time you are done raising your kids.

I am fortunate enough thanks to Mom Central Canada to have a copy to give away here on my blog. Actually I am giving away a second copy as well at the Twitter party I am having on April 9th(details soon).

If you would like to win a copy of Alyson’s Aint Misbehavin just leave me a comment here letting me know why you would want to read her book. What issues are you dealing with with your kids?Contest closes April 21 st.

*I did receive a copy of her book to review free, but as always the opinions here are my own.  Giveaway is from Mom Central Canada who I am blessed to work with.

A Review of HOP

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a great preview of the new movie out April 1st HOP.

First I want to thank Klout Perks for the chance to attend with my daughter. Both of us had a good time and laughed at many of the antics of EB ( voiced by Russel Brand) and Fred (James Mardsen).

HOP is a cute kids movie that blends animation and action. HOP tell the story of EB ( the son of the Easter bunny) and Fred ( an out of work slacker).

EB has a dream. He runs away from Easter Island the night before he is to take the reigns of Easter. He wants to be a drummer.

He ends up in Hollywood where Fred hits him with his car. Fred ends up taking in EB.

As both try and follow their dreams all sorts of trouble happens. Both EB and Fred had lessons to learn.

Meanwhile back on Easter Island, EB ‘s dad, the Easter bunny is facing off against a number 2 ( a chick with a major attitude) who thinks he should have the job of running Easter.

By the end EB and Fred have both learned lessons and Easter gets saved.

Rachel and I both laughed at many of the antics after all what bunny poops jelly beans. I will never look at a jelly bean the same way again. If you have a free afternoon and little ones this spring you might want to spend an afternoon watching this cute flick.

Thanks again Klout Perks for the preview and thanks Universal for the silly bands- my daughter loves them.

*I was given a free product or sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Win $10,000 RESP with Aquafresh Advanced

I am a little posting this but Aquafresh Advanced has a wonderful contest that is closing next week. You can share your wish with www.aquafresh.ca/contest rel=”nofollow” for a chance to WIN a $10,000 RESP, courtesy of Aquafresh Advanced.

When I think what $10,000 could do for Rachel and her education, I can’t help but think of the dreams I have for her future. Even a child with Asperger’s can go and excel in a university environment. I want her to have the exact same dreams that every child should have. Right now Rachel is fascinated with science and biogenetics. She says she wants to be a scientist. So this mom wants that for her daughter. I want her to have a great education. A $10,000 infusion into her RESP account would definitely help.

Now here in conjunction with Aquafresh Advanced Futures I am hosting a giveaway!

What am I giving away? One Phillips Sonicare Kids toothbrush (value $70) and a sample of Aquafreh Advanced toothpaste.

You until Sunday November 28th at 6 pm EST to enter.

How do you Enter? Leave me a comment telling me your best tip for getting your child to brush their teeth. What is your best toothbrushing tip or trick? If you want an extra entry on my blog tweet about the contest and leave me a link to your tweet . Use the hashtag #AquafreshFutures.

Dont forget you have till November 30th to get in on the main contest  to win a $10,000 RESP from Aquafresh Advanced.

*Disclosure- I am participating in the Aquafresh Advanced Futures program by Mom Central on behalf of GSK. I received a sample of Aquafresh Advanced and a gift card as a thankyou for my participation. The opinion though here on my blog are my own.

Majesta is Green and a Great Giveaway

Well before life threw me a curve ball I was asked to be part of a team of women here in Canada who tried out Majesta’s new green product line called Treesposible. I have been learning alot and well I will be honest I had used Majesta before and thought they will a middle of the pack brand when it came to paper products. Well besides me there were many other Canadian moms trying out the brand and discussing in a forum many of the ways we can do ” green a bit better”.

Here are some great ways to go “green” and be eco-friendly. My daughter and I do several of these:

  • use reusable grocery bags on a regular basis. Do you realize how just doing that one thing helps?
  • Watch how much packaging you are bringing home when you buy something new.
  • Have you thought of buying second hand.
  • If you own your own home. How efficent are those appliances?
  • Do your laundry in the off hours.
  • Donate old clothes and household items to charity.
  • Use an eco friendly water bottle. My daughter and I both have one.
  • Recycle.
  • Water lawns as little as you can.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Use low watt bulbs.
  • Turn off the power when not in use.

These were just some on the list that the moms shared. What are you doing at your house?

Now as a product tester I did receive for free: paper towels, toilet paper and tissue. I had the notion before I began that well it would do a middle of the road job. Glad my notions were put to rest. I gave my daughter’s teacher a box of the tissue. It held up well in her classroom. Another box help up well when used by my sister in her car and well my daughter got a cold and lets just say there is an empty box and no red nose. So the tissue was strong enough and soft enough to do the job. For the paper towel I used it on 2 big jobs: Widows and the oven. Well lets just say I was impressed with the strength and the ability to get the job done. Now I got several rolls of toilet paper and well we even did a test to see how bio degradable the product was. Lets just say this paper product beat out the competition. The toilet paper was soft enough and cleaned well. Some important things to know about the line of products:

  • No dyes or fragrances
  • Made in Canada
  • Whitened without chlorine
  • Biodegradable and plumbing-friendly
Majesta Bathroom Tissue has been awarded the 2010 Product of the Year in Canada in the category of household products. Isn’t that a good review in itself. I  love that, for every tree used in the making of Majesta products, they will plant three more trees.Each mom was given a seedling card to plant. We planted ours near my daughter’s school.
Majesta is offering a prize of $15,000 towards a Green Makeover! The contest ends on June 27, 2010 and you can enter daily. What could you do with$15,000? Would you do some landscaping? Get new appliances? Make over the kitchen?

You can visit Majesta’s web site and tell them what you’ve done to be more Treesponsible. Have you planted a tree lately? How are you going green? You will definitely want to enter the contest too!

* I have been compensated for this post with a Chapter’s Gift Card and product to test.