The Best Thanksgiving Books for Toddlers to Learn About Being Thankful

Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday because it’s a chance to reflect upon family and being thankful. This year, I’m looking forward to explaining to my three-year-old the reason for celebrating the holiday. And what better way to do that then by reading?

It turns out, there are a lot of really great children’s books that explain what it means to be thankful. In our house, we have begun to read a few of these books and talking about what we are thankful for. It’s never too soon to start sharing why we appreciate each-other!

I complied a list together of the best Thanksgiving books for toddlers to learn about being thankful. I can guarantee that your toddler– as well as yourself– will enjoy these cute books.

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The Best Thanksgiving Books for Toddlers to Learn About Being Thankful

 

 

Llama Llama Gives Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here.

Peppa Gives Thanks

Suzy Sheep has a new teddy bear, and Peppa wants one, too! Mummy and Daddy Pig remind Peppa that she already has her own teddy–and so much more! This storybook includes an exclusive Peppa Pig card for readers to fill in what they are most thankful for.

 

Thanks from The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Perfect for Thanksgiving or any day of the year, this charming book of pictures is the colorful way to tell loved ones “thanks!”

 

Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving

From the school play to a surprise dinner for all of Critterville– celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks this holiday.

 

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks!

Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for.

 

Thankful

Thankful combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings

 

Thanks for Thanksgiving

From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what’s most important is being able to share them with family!

 

God Gave us Thankful Hearts

Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season.

 

I Am Thankful

I Am Thankful follows a young boy through his busy holiday adventures, from running in the turkey trot to helping his family bake pies. Even though the weather might ruin the annual family football game, the jam-packed day proves there’s never a shortage of things to be thankful for

 

Just A Special Thanksgiving

From the school play to a surprise dinner for all of Critterville, celebrate along with Little Critter and his family as they give thanks this holiday.

Biscuit is Thankful

Biscuit is thankful for his bone, his biscuits, and lots more, too. This adorable board book will have your toddler entertained and giggling at all the things Biscuit is thankful for!

Thank You, Thanksgiving

In this exuberant Thanksgiving story, a little girl goes on a last-minute errand for her mother. Along the way, she thanks all the familiar things she loves—her warm boots, the song of the birds, the pretty clouds in the November sky. And when she gets home from her errand, her family thanks her for what she has brought.

 

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

 

I hope you found my list of the best Thanksgiving books for toddlers to learn about being thankful to be informative and perhaps– you will introduce a few of these books to your toddler this holiday season!

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How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

It’s easy to put off getting treatment for postpartum depression or anxiety when your a busy mom but unfortunately, having no time isn’t the only reason for not seeking treatment. One huge reason may be that moms don’t know where to even go or to talk to for help. And if you do find someone to talk to, when will you go? Who will watch the kids?

 

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Thankfully, thanks to modern technology, help has come a far way from sitting in your therapist’s office on a chaise lounge. Now, you can get help from the comfort of your own home. And in your PJs, if you please.

I’ve put together a few ways to get online help for postpartum depression

 

How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

Online therapy

Online therapy is a thing, and yes it is legit.

You can sign up for online therapy in the comfort of your own home and have the ability to speak with your therapist through a live chat or e-mail.  There is no waiting for a referral from your doctor or sitting in a stuffy waiting room.

Online therapy is great because:

you don’t have to leave your house, so you don’t have to worry about the stress of finding someone to watch your kids.

somedays we don’t feel like leaving the comfort of our home and interacting with people.

you don’t sit face-to-face with a therapist, so it appears a little less intimidating.

you get a therapist fitted to your needs.

you can arrange your sessions on your time.

you have a plethora of resources at your disposal– much more than a therapy session, you get workbooks, meditation, and much more– available to you whenever you need it.

 

How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

 

Send a text

Sending a text message can literally save your life.

When your feeling overwhelmed, talking to someone on the phone may feel like an impossible task, but texting is a modern convenience that moms can take advantage of.

Here are numbers you can text for 24/7 help:

IN THE US:

Text HOME to 741741 for any type of crisis and a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line will respond 24/7.

CANADA:

Text HOME to 686868

 

You can also text the Postpartum Support International’s Warmline at 503-894-9453 for information and to get support and resources close to where you live.

 

How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

 

Make a phone call

There are numerous hotlines you can call when you need to reach out for help.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

US:

1-800-273- TALK (8255)

CANADA:

1-833-456-4566

INTERNATIONALLY:

International Bipolar Foundation has a list of international phone numbers.

Join a Facebook support group

There are Facebook support groups out there for every mom that needs help and encouragement. I know how tough it may be to want to open up to someone about the feelings you are having and especially to people you don’t even know. But a Facebook support group is great because you can be as active (or inactive) as you’d like.

Here are some Facebook support groups for PPD and anxiety:

A New Day Peer Support Group for Moms with Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Support Group

PPD and anxiety: Moms Helping Moms

Life After Baby (PostPartum Depression/Anxiety Support)

 

How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

 

Download an App

In this ever-so-growing-technology World, there is literally, an app for that. Busy moms can now download an app at to have for their own convenience and help.

Here are some apps you can download for PPD and PPA:

PPD ACT- The app will be a way for us to collect information for the study, which has two parts. You will be given feedback about your responses to the questions. We can point you toward doctors in your area who specialize in evaluating and treating women with postpartum depression.  Available on iOS devices in Australia, Canada and the US and on Android devices in Australia and US.

MGH Perinatal Depression Scale (MGHPDS)- a free iPhone application designed to refine how women around the world are screened for postpartum depression (PPD). The app includes questionnaires about mood, anxiety, sleep and stress at important time periods during and after pregnancy. The questionnaires will identify which specific symptoms are most critical in the diagnosis of PPD in women ages 18-45 who are pregnant or up to 12 weeks postpartum. 

Announcing the MGH Perinatal Depression Scale at the App Store- The MGHPDS smartphone app includes digital versions of perinatal depression screening tools including the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) as well as other instruments which measure relevant symptoms associated with peripartum psychiatric illness: sleep disturbance, anxiety and perceived stress.

 

How to Get Online Help for Postpartum Depression

Message a Friend

It’s always nice to have an open support connection with a friend that can be your emergency contact in times of need. This friend should be someone you can absolutely trust and depend on to help you when you really need it.

With the vast array of information at your fingertips, it can be easy to find help for postpartum depression, but please always consult your doctor, especially if you believe your PPD is getting worse.

 

 

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How to Reach Out When You’re at Your Breaking Point

I know you’ve had those days– you’re exhausted, stressed to the max, have a billion things on your plate, the kids are too much to take on and it’s not even noon yet.

Oh, do I get that.

I’m a stay at home mom and I feel like I never get a break from my kids because well, I don’t! I’m constantly making sure someone is well taken care of– meeting everyone else’s needs before my own– and it all can be way too much at times.

But you need to practice self-care.

Have you read my self-care for those that suffer from depression post?

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

Believe me, I know how difficult it can be to squeeze in a whole ten minutes alone just for yourself. And let’s face it, that is not always realistic. So you put it off. But you’re still stressed out and still in desperate need of a break.

And then like that, it happens–  before you even realize it, you reached that point where you can no longer do it anymore. Maybe you are suffering from postpartum depression, you’re a new time mom, or you’re just having a terrible week– we’ve all had those points in motherhood when we just need a break.

Please check out my postpartum resources list.

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

So you’ve realized that you are at your breaking point and you desperately need help– what can you do?

I am going to share with you a few ways in which you can reach out for help.

 

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

 

 Realize it’s perfectly okay to ask for help.

It takes a village isn’t just a corny saying, but the truth! It really does take a whole village to help shape and mold children and once we realize that we can’t do it alone, the healthier we can be.

Don’t wait until you’re on your last string.

We can almost always realize when we are starting to burn out– you know yourself better than anyone– so don’t wait until you are at that point. You know what I mean. The point where you are hazy and feel like screaming because you are so pent up with frustration. Recognize where your at and reach out before you’re on your last string of patience.

 

Have a mom tribe.

It’s so essential to have at least one other person that can be there for you– other moms get the struggles and when you have someone you can depend on, it makes reaching out so much easier.

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

Use the resources available to you.

Thankfully, mental health awareness has come a long way– meaning there are resources out there made readily available to you.

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 Take the help you get offered.

If someone offers to babysit while you run to the grocery store or take a cat nap, then do it. Honestly! The people that are willing to help you are a God send.

Faceboook messenger and text can save you.

Nowadays, we are all tuned into technology and social media that even the most introverted human can open up to others. Use this to your advantage to open up to others when you need it most.

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

Just say it.

Sometimes, we can be uncomfortable talking about the heavy stuff, and we sometimes feel like we don’t want to burden others with our problems.

Some of us may also feel like bad moms for opening up about postpartum depression or needed some time away from the kids.

I actually wrote a post that talk about some of the reasons why moms don’t speak up about postpartum depression.

Take a deep breath and just say that you need a little bit of help. There is someone who can help you!

 

Do you have a friend that is struggling with postpartum depression?

read my post on how to help your friend, right here.

How to Reach Out When You're at Your Breaking Point

 

I hope this helped you to become more confident in reaching out when you’re at your breaking point. I am always here to talk and to listen so please, feel free to reach out to me as well.

We got this, mama.

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26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

Hey there, mama! I see you. I know how stressed and exhausted you are– because you put everyone’s needs before your own and that can be so draining. I’ve learned that it’s sooo vital to my happiness and well-being to develop healthy habits.

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I set out on a quest– to find out which healthy habits other mamas do to stay happy, and I’ve received some phenomenal responses.

I’m going to share these real responses

But first….

get a refresher on how important self-care is for you.

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

 

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

1.

“I take a bath every Friday morning. I use essential oils, pour in some Epsom salts, I exfoliate my skin, shave my legs. To ensure I get my 30 minutes of peace, my 3 year gets screen time and I nurse my newborn and put her in her vibrating chair. I love my once a week self care ritual because on every other day of the week I take a really rushed shower.”

-Molly

 

I recommend Dr Teal’s epsom salt soaking solution.

2.

“Eating healthy.”

-Janis

 

3.

“It is vital to my happiness as a mom (and person!) to maintain strong connections with friends – particularly in person. I am so much more fulfilled, happy, and ready to be patient, silly, playful, and understanding if I have regular time with my mom friends!”

-Kelsey

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

4.

“Getting up early before everyone else every morning, so I can have a quiet breakfast and get everything organized for my day before the crazy chaos begins.”

-Leidys T.

 

5.

I make time for myself away from the kids, the daily routine, and do something for myself. A pedicure, a massage, or some retail therapy.

-Shelbie Y.

 

6.

“A shower or bath to myself.”
-Jennifer H.
7. 

“Working out.”

-Amanda G.

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

8.

“Cleaning.”

-Kayli

 

9.

“Taking time for myself and the things that I love every day, even if just for five minutes.”

-Emmielley D.

 

10.

“Taking walks with my family.”

-Candi

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

11.

“Home cooked meals.”

-Brianna H.

 

12.

“Being able to put on my headphones and either take a walk or dance.”

-Laura P.

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

13.

“I take an hour out side of the house once a week and just be me. I’m a work at home mom and it’s my alone time!”

-Jenni

 

14.

“I brush my teeth.”

-Joanie B.

15.

“Exercise (when I can make time and have the motivation and energy for it!).” -Genni

 

16.

“My husband and I have a regular weekend night sitter so that we can go on date nights at least twice each month. This habit has been fantastic not only for our marriage and staying connected, but also for my mental health and happiness. Just having the occasions to get dressed up and feel like a woman outside of “Mommy” has allowed me to maintain my sense of self. With four kids, it is all too easy to lose yourself in the parenting role so the date nights have been a game-changer for keeping me happy and healthy.”

-Caitlin from www.realmomrecs.com

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

17.

“Eliminating toxins from my home. This keeps me energized, reduces illness and keeps my moods balanced.”

-Bri Pruitt from www.hippiedippiemom.com

 

18.

“Going on a brisk, 50 minute walk every morning.”

-Kelli F.

 

19.

“Taking some time away to get my hair done. It’s something I neglected for a while. Once I started getting it done I realized how much better I felt about myself because my hair looked good”

-Brenda

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

20.

“I make time to play with them, even if it’s just 15 minutes. The one on one (or two) time is great for our family bond. Sometimes we craft, sometimes we dance together, or we play a short game of Uno. I always have some ideas for kids games. Really, 15 minutes of fun and laughter each day can make such a difference.”

-Tiana

 

21.

“Taking an evening walk with my daughter. I’m getting exercise and exposing her to the same routine.”

-Keyona from www.professionalmomma.com

 

22.

“CrossFit – 1 hour 2-3x a week is my “me time” and keeps me energized.”

-Danielle from www.workingmomapproved.com

 

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

 

23.

“Taking time in the morning to exercise! It reduces stress & anxiety and gives me an energy boost that lasts all day.”

-Amy from themultitaskingmomlife.com 

 

24.

“Daily scripture study, even if it is just 5 minutes! It makes a HUGE difference in my patience level with my young children. And if it a particularly rough day, we will listen to gospel music in the background while we homeschool.”

-Tiffany T. from thecrazyshoppingcart .com

 

26 Healthy Habits Real Moms do to Stay Happy

25.

“It’s really hard to answer this with just one healthy habit! But if I have to choose I think the biggest thing that postively impacts my happiness is making time for myself and my relationship with my husband. We’ve kept up a regular weekly or at least monthly date night since our first kid was born 15 years ago. The key for me has not been to hope I can squeeze in a moment alone for myself but to actively *make* the time for it and prioritize my own needs. I began training my kids when they were little to respect mommy’s quiet time, even if that meant just 15 minutes for me to read a book. Of course I love my children deeply but the universe does not revolve around them!”

-Liane from talesofascrunchymom.com

 

26.

“I take social media breaks when I’m feeling depressed or overwhelmed. I have found that reducing my time on facebook has greatly affected my mood….in a positive way.”

-Laura from excuse-the-mess.com

 

 

There you go– 26 healthy habits real moms do to stay happy. What do you do to stay happy? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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My Foolproof Potty Training Tips for Toddler Boys

Ever since I found out I was having a baby boy, one of the things that stuck in my head was: “potty training boys is SO MUCH harder than girls!” Obviously, I’m a boy mom of 2, so I have no idea if it’s true or not– but I DO know that potty training my first son was a breeze.

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I put off potty training my toddler a little longer than I probably should– I think he was ready right when he turned 2, but, we just moved to Germany and he was adjusting to some pretty big changes, so I held off. And then some of my fears probably held me off a little longer after that– I believed that potty training would be a nightmare. I wasn’t ready for it. AT. ALL.

Seriously though, my son was out of diapers (during the day) and going pee/poop on the potty like a champ. I was stunned. He caught onto the whole potty training bit fairly fast and I’m here to share with you my tips that made the experience easy (for both of us) and how yes– it IS possible to potty-train a boy without ripping your hair out.

My Foolproof Potty Training Tips for Toddler Boys

 

1. Ask yourself: is your toddler ready?

Is your toddler really ready to potty train? Here are a few signs you can look for to figure out if it’s time to ditch the diapers:

  • shows interest in using the potty
  • tells you after he went poop in his diaper
  • has a dry diaper after nap time
  • knows the meaning of words like ‘potty’, ‘pee’, and ‘poop’

2. Buy big-boy underwear.

The very first step (obviously besides buying the actual potty) is to pick out some awesome and cool big boy underwear. Getting your toddler involved in picking out their very first pair of big boy undies can make this new transition an exciting one.

Explain to him that his big boy undies need to stay dry– that he can’t pee or poop in them– he does that on the potty, now. It helps to pick out some underwear with fun characters that your son LOVES. For example, my son is a PAW Patrol fanatic, and so he got so excited putting these on to wear (and keep dry!)

Amazon has a great deal on my son’s fav. PAW Patrol underwear.

 

3. No diapers during the day and ABSOLUTELY NO pull-ups.

We did the naked method– meaning, my son was naked basically the whole first day of training and he only wore diapers when he slept.

I hated the thought of using pull-ups…it was going to be an all-or-nothing thing for us, so those weren’t used, just the underwear. I did it this way because of two reasons:

Reason number 1: I didn’t want to confuse my toddler by putting a pull-up on him.

Reason number 2: Putting real underwear on my toddler let him understand that yes, if he goes pee/poop in his big boy underwear, it won’t feel nice!

 

4. Consistency and patience.

It will take a lot of consistency, especially the first 3 days, so keep persisting and most importantly, be patient.

I loaded my toddler with cups of liquid and constantly had him on the potty (even if he said that he didn’t need to go, he still sat on the potty to try) every 20 minutes. Like clock-work.

We love these Munchkin brand Miracle 360 sippy cups!

I also had to find patience (somewhere between the end of day 1 and the beginning of day 2, I can’t remember) because yes, this WILL get super frustrating. Just don’t give up!

 

5. Self-reward instead of treats.

Toddlers feel a huge sense of pride once they accomplish something on their own, so let them feel that!

I didn’t want to give my toddler candy or stickers just because he used the potty– I mean yes, it IS a big deal, and call me mean mommy but I wasn’t jiving with that. Instead, there was A LOT of praise, jumping up and down and high 5’s all around.

 

6. Buy your toddler a training urinal.

I waited far too long to do it, and I’m here to tell you, fellow toddler mama, to NOT WAIT ANYMORE.

This training urinal for boys is the real McCoy.

Best of all, my son loves this thing.

I’ve heard from several boy mamas that there toddler doesn’t pee standing up yet and wondering how to introduce that (besides uhm, watching dad). Lo and behold the training urinal.

Those are my foolproof potty training tips for toddler boys– they worked for me and didn’t leave me pulling out my hair!

Reply back to me and let me know if you tried any of my tips, I would also love to hear about any potty training questions you may have.

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