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5 must go family-friendly spots in DC

My favorite memories as a child are going on awesome adventures with my mom. I know it sounds cliché, but Washington DC is still one of my favorite cities to explore because there is literally so much to do with your little ones. Besides the plethora of international food festivals and summer events going on, there are a ton of awesome places to go on family outings, many of which have free entry. Don’t worry if you have kids of different ages, these locations have things to see and explore for all ages! These are my 5 must see family-friendly spots to visit in the DC metro area.

  1. Smithsonian ‘National Zoo’

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Lions, hogs, and pandas? I’m sure if you’re a parent of a toddler, yo'u’ve “roared” a time or two with your kids. You can see lions and pandas up close at the National Zoo in safe exhibit viewing areas. The zoo is one of my favorite places for the whole family because the animals are interpreted differently by the whole family. Aria was soaking up all the information in the park “fact” signs for the first time which was really exciting! She used to only mock the animals and run around in the mist machines for fun. Make sure to bring $5 cash for the paper map so you can navigate your way around easily! Admission in the zoo is FREE. Take advantage of the open parking close to the entrances! More info.

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

2. The Museum of Natural History: Wegman’s Wonderplace

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The Museum of Natural History is amazing! Besides the very well executed exhibits on the upper floors, this museum is home to two really fun activity centers. Wegman’s Wonderplace is an interactive play center for infants to kids 5 years old. Wonder place is great for kids who love play kitchens, puzzles, and a little bit of company to play with. The Q?irius center is a science lab for tweens and teens 11-15. They can view specimens under a microscope, solve challenging brain puzzles, and play interactive games on devices in the lab! Admission for this park is FREE. More info.

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW  Washington, D.C. 20560

 

3. Dave & Buster’s Arcade

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Dave & Busters is a fan favorite in our house. The reason? My husband is pumped to play arcade games with me and the kids, especially Aria who has taken a liking to the bright lights and excitement of collecting tickets for a prize. Eat first! Their dining area is surprisingly kid-friendly and the food is really on point. You can “supercharge” your meal to add bonus tokens to your D & B card to play more games with. The best part of D & B is their prize room so the kids can take home a souvenir from their visit with us! Admission for the arcade is FREE. Food and games are NOT included. More info.

8661 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

4. United States Botanical Gardens

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The Botanical Garden is definitely in the running for the prettiest DC park, right behind the National Arboretum. The garden is full of plants from all biospheres and walking through it feels like a trip walking through all the seasons that are happening in one place. Ages 9+ can ask for a Junior Botanist Kit to spark their interest in gardening and plant life. The Children’s Garden is a place where small kids can plant real blooms and get hands on experience gardening from the pros. Admission for this park is FREE. More info.

United States Botanic Garden Conservatory
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001

 

5. National Museum of the American Indian

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The National Museum of the Native American is a little-known of gem in DC. American Indian culture is hardly touched on in American History so a trip through this place is fascinating to get a different perspective on American’s settlements and sections of tribes living throughout the country up until today. The coolest thing hidden in there is the imagiNATIONS Activity Center that has experiments and interactive activities you can play to learn about Native American culture including state-of-the-art simulation videos. Admission for this park is FREE. More info.

National Museum of the American Indian
National Mall
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560


These adventures are where childhood memories are made! There are so many ways to explore the city in a new way now that a lot of us have children! There are a ton of free admission parks that you could easily pack lunches for if you wanted to skip the pricey cafeteria-style food & vending trucks for lunch. Be sure to take a lot of pictures, the last time we were with Aria at the National Zoo was when she was hardly older than Sire who’s now seven months. Time flies!

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Those who play together, stay together. Get active with the kids outside of the house to make long-lasting family memories.

No attitude, No problem.
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If they don’t have an attitude, we don’t have any problems.

Do any of you have tiny humans who act like teenagers already? If you’re parenting anyone who’s in the 2-7 year age range, it may feel like that.

Aria loves to make dramatic exits from our room when she’s annoyed. You’ll hear, “I’m going to my room” and see her stomping all the way to the door that she grips tightly to slam it shut behind her. When did our three year old turn into my thirteen-year-old self?!

It’s easy to lose your cool when speaking to your attitude-prone child. But, it’s important to remember that if you don’t correct their behavior, it will be up to other adults, caretakers, and teachers to try to instill better behavior in your kid.

Here are the 5 things to do to eliminate tantrums and hissy fits with small kids.

  1. Talk calmly and clearly. Acknowledge when their behavior is bad and clearly state that you are giving them one warning which is their opportunity to correct themselves.

  2. Do not repeat yourself. After the one-time warning, send them to their room. Time alone with no toys or stimulation is super effective. Increments of 5 minutes usually works well depending on the severity of the attitude.

  3. Set expectations and don’t waiver. When you set a punishment for behavior, be consistent with the way you reprimand them. They will remember the negative consequences for bad behavior.

  4. Reflect. Talk to them about the situation that happened and offer a solution you would have preferred to see. For instance, if they’re yelling, demonstrate them the voice level that is appropriate.

  5. Rewards. Rewards should be given if your kid uses good coping and reasoning skills to de-escalate their attitude on their own.

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What I’ve learned…

If you had any type of attitude growing up, your child will serve it back to you tenfold. Instead of raising your voice, or saying the same thing twenty times, try these 5 tactics. I’ve found that in motherhood, nannying, and teaching that they are super effective, especially if you consistently use this method.

My Favorite Trend This Fall: Unique Wooden Watches by JORD
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Fall is my absolute favorite season! I’m obsessed with the smell of crisp air, yummy comfort food, and all the beautiful earth tones to dress up in! My favorite accessory this fall are WOODEN watches. JORD is an amazing company that makes these gorgeous watches and they have many different styles to choose from for women and men.

JORD wooden watches are effortlessly cool and lightweight so you will want to wear it every single day. There is something for everyone in their newest collection whether you prefer delicate thinner bands or bigger watch faces. The coolest thing about their watches are they’re customizable! They can be engraved with thoughtful messages for your loved ones.

JORD watches are absolute statement pieces and the styles they’ve created are timeless. My first choice was the Ebony and Sable Cassia Watch. The dark Ebony wood stood out to me because of it’s chocolate brown color and matte finish. The black roman numerals on the face looked super chic against the gold metal accents on the outer rim and turning dial.

I accessorized my Cassia watch with my winter-ready outfit, a dark green cardigan sweater, wine colored leggings, and dark brown hiking boots! The Cassia style comes in three different colors, too. The Walnut & Rose, Olive & Blue, and Zebra & Ivory variations of the Cassia model are also super stunning.

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JORD made it easy to keep my watch looking its best by providing a free care package (valued at $115) that was complete with a J-stamped cedar box, a soft cleaning cloth, and an applicator pen filled with wood-treatment gel so I can treat my watch as needed. They have created a quality product that can stay in a family for generations.

I’ve partnered with JORD to kick off this season of giving, and everybody gets something! All entries will receive an automatic 10% off discount code, but ONE lucky winner will receive a $100 credit to JORD watches by just entering the giveaway! You could get one of these babies just in time for the holidays. Crazy, right?!

You have until 11:59 pm on 12/21 to enter!

#Diversebooks4diversekids Podcast 7

Today's lesson for #diversebooks4diversekids is loving who we are! We have to teach ourselves and our children that we can learn to love our flaws and quirky characteristics about each of us, because that's who makes us who we are. Check out these books that promote individuality, acceptance, and most importantly-self love!

1. My Belly Has Two Buttons by Meikele Lee. This story is about a little boy named Nico who was born with a rare condition that requires him to have a feeding tube. He's inspiring because he doesn't complain about his illness or feeding tube, he is just a happy toddler! To buy a copy of this book, shop here.

2. Special Delivery: Love Has No Bounds by Natalie M. Kennedy. This story is about a small  Boston Terrier named Chestnut who was born with a slight limp, he doesn't give up hope that the right forever family will take him home anyway. To buy a copy of this book, shop here

3. I Am Queen by Daryl Davis. This story is about a young girl who listens to her father remind her that she is a queen through all stages of her life, so she will always demand to be treated like one by other people and even herself. To buy a copy of this book, shop here

4. I Can Be by Felicia Lee. This story is about using your imagination to think up all the amazing to think up of all the creative, exciting jobs you could be when you grow up. All of us have the potential to dream and achieve big things! To buy a copy of this book, shop here.

5. I'm Naturally Beautiful by Jerod Simon. This book is about African-American girls learning to love their natural hair and skin and to remind us all our natural hair and brown skin make us beautiful. Jerod Simon's message is that yes- we are all naturally beautiful, but we can accomplish goals we set our minds to! To buy a copy of this book, shop here

#Diversebooks4diversekids Podcast 6

Hey everyone! I'm serving up 5 new books today! Each of these books are special because each of these authors talk about characters who are unique because of the situations they go through.

Even though children are immature, they are still faced with tough decisions like: how to deal with strangers and bullies, like in "Afro-Man and The Protectors: Stranger Danger Adventure Book" and "Tyronne Carter Kid Scientist" or how to find food for oneself in "Annie Aardvark, Mathematician". Some kids have to learn to love a step-parent like in "Having Two Dads is Rad!" Finally, the book "Trees" helps us understand that people (like trees) come in all different shapes and sizes.

1. Afro-Man and The Protectors: Stranger Danger Adventure Book by Jacquie Allen and Kofi Johnson

Afro-Man and The Protectors: Stranger Danger Adventure Book is about a group of super-hero friends who have to use good judgement to avoid bad strangers! This book was written by children & youth advocate Jacquie Allen. It teaches kids to be aware around of your surroundings and the people you meet. To buy a copy of this book, shop here

2. Tyronne Carter Kid Scientist by Dr. Tyronne E. Carter

Tyronne is an intelligent kid who loves science and reading. A neighborhood bully tries to pick on Tyronne because he's a brainiac. Tyronne proves to him that you can learn a lot through picking up a book or two! To buy a copy of this book, shop here

3. Annie Aardvark, Mathematician by Suzie Olsen

Annie is an adorable little aardvark who goes out by herself to look for some food! She comes across some tasty berries and bugs and loves using her math skills to count how many she finds on her exploration. To buy a copy of this book, shop here

4. Having 2 Dads is Rad! (Why Stepdads Are Awesome) by C. Perdue

This book is great for blended families! This little girl talks about her very sweet relationship with her biological dad who she loves very much. She sees her stepdad as a great addition to her life because they have fun together too! Why only love one dad when you can love them both? To buy a copy of this book, shop here.

5. Trees by Shondra M. Quarles

Trees is a book that makes an analogy of humans being like trees. Both people and trees have many things in common the ability to grow and get older with time. We have to learn that we are all more alike than we look like on the outside. To buy a copy of this book, shop here.

#Diversebooks4diversekids Podcast 5

This week we're talking about book characters with special abilities! Each of these stories have a lead that has a super power or friend that is extraordinary. In this podcast, you'll read about a little loving caterpillar saves his whole community, and how Lydi prepares for her new little brother with the help of some magic. Listen to a story about an amazing smile that gives an entire family hope and a story about a group of penguins help a lost princess. Last but not least, you can't have magical stories without a mystical dragon! 

1. "The Very Loving Caterpillar" by Sean Browne. This is a story about a brave caterpillar who loves his friends. He saves his entire community from the harsh effects of their climate. To buy this book, click here.

2. "Princess Lydi and the Baby Brother" by Genie Webb. This is a story about a princess named Lydi who uses magic to prepare herself for the arrival of her new baby brother. To buy this book, click here

3. "Smile Big Dream Bigger" by Andrea Scott. This book is about an amazing little girl who stays hopeful that there is a better future out there for herself in her family. Her big smile and big dreams will take her to new heights. To buy this book, click here

4. "Princess Leah and the Penguins" by Coco Roberts. Princess Leah gets separated from her family in the land of Guzza, a helpful group of penguins helps her survive until she's reunited with her family. To buy this book, click here

5. "A Minty Green Dragon" by Damian O' Connor. This British author tells the tale of a green dragon who becomes friends with a little girl. They find out that humans and dragons have more in common than they think! To buy this book, click here