Shop: Resources for Parenting Challenges

Resources to Help Common Parenting Challenges

In my 2017 research round-up, I discuss the major parenting topics that emerged last year. As I was writing this, I realized that over the years, I have collected numerous resources, products, blogs, etc. that can actually help address many of these issues.

That's how this page was born--trying to solve issues that we parents commonly face. What items or tricks make life easier, provide insight or knowledge? These are my top picks, but I will continue to update this page as I find new gems.

I try my best to support other mom bloggers or family-run businesses whenever I can. Of course, you can buy everything under the sun from Amazon, so that's listed too but I do try to find items that are really useful in solving parenting challenges.

The Thoughtful Parent Shop: Resources for Parenting Challenges

I hope you find these resources helpful. Some of these do include affiliate links which help support this blog (at no added cost to you) and the work I do to provide articles on a regular basis.

Minimalism/Simple Parenting

Research continues to show us that simple is better--with toys, lifestyle, kids activities, etc. These resources offer tips or ways to keep your life and those of your kids simpler.

Catch-all Planner--designed by a blogger mom with 4 kids so you know it's good. Includes planning for school, cleaning, budgeting, etc. all in one spot. An easy way to organize and simplify. site lets you rent toys instead of buying. Genius! Keep your house clear of clutter. Your kids stay engaged and off screens. And yes, they have Legos!

Declutter Challenge--one of my favorite bloggers created this course to help you clear the clutter in just a few short days. A quick, painless way to simplify life!

Freed from Clutter Challenge
Freed from Clutter

Learning/Fostering Kids' Interests

One big topic in 2017 was the usefulness of kids' intense interests. It turns out that kids who LOVE a certain topic (doesn't matter what) are more likely to gain valuable skills by delving into that topic. Common ones for kids are dinosaurs, trains, insects...but whatever your kid is WAY into can be a catalyst for intense learning.

Groovy Lab in a Box--a subscription box for kids that covers many common interests--space, robots, airplanes. All things groovy and STEM-related.

storieChild--now this book isn't about a particular interest, but it's about YOUR child. Unlike some personalized books that just add in the child's name, these personalized books allow you to add in a lot of details about your child and his/her unique interests. So if your child loves dinosaurs, you can include pictures and text about dinosaurs. The same thing goes with any interest--trains, butterflies, etc. What a perfectly unique gift!


We know that self-care is important but we don't often realize what happens when it's missing. Research recently showed us that lack of self-care, like insufficient sleep, provokes symptoms that mimic depression. This, in turn, makes it much harder for us to be patient with our kids. These resources will help you find realistic ways to care for yourself.

Self-Care for Parents

Calm (app)--I just recently found this app and I am loving it! It's labeled as guided meditation, but I call it "me time." It will guide you through learning how to meditate and calm your mind, but it also includes a soothing music feature or nature sounds. I've started using it early in the morning before the little ones rise out of bed. Starts the day off right!

Headspace--another great app that helps you focus your thoughts and clear your mind. The great thing about this one is that there is a kid's version too! You can start your kids on an early habit of mindfulness.

Hands-Free Mama--if you are not familiar with Rachel Macy Stafford of Hands-Free Mama blog, you should be. Her writing never fails to inspire and help me focus on what's really important. Great for helping you remember what's important and take some time for yourself. 

Managing Technology

Helping our kids use technology without it taking over their lives is a key challenge for us in today's world. However, we parents love our screen time too. Research has shown us that parent-child relationships that experience "technoference" (device distracted) are more likely to face challenges, including negative behavior on the part of kids. These resources help us manage our technology use with our kids so they can master self-regulation.

Time Tokens--found these recently and I love it. They help kids learn to manage their screen time themselves so they eventually move toward self-regulation instead of parent-regulation. 

Tinitell--if you're like me, you are not eager to give your child a smart phone--too much social media, too much chance of coming across content that is not age-appropriate. This is an alternative to a smart phone for kids. They can answer calls and you can see their location on your phone with GPS tracking. Stay connected but keep kids safe.

KidsWatch--if you need another level of technology management and protection this is a good option. Keeps all those inappropriate YouTube videos out and other content we don't want our kids seeing. It also gives you options for managing tech time and checking on kids' online activities.

Kidswatch Pro

Emotional Development

In 2017 we saw a big shift in how people deal with gender relations in our country. At the core of this, I feel is lesson in emotional intelligence. This raised many parenting questions about how to raise kids with full emotional lives, kindness, and empathy. I hope these resources can help us all focus on raising a generation of kids who have strong emotional intelligence and promote kindness.

Kindness Elves--if you've been reading The Thoughtful Parent for long, you know I love these little elves. We started using them at Christmas as an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf but they have expanded their curriculum to include Kindness Camp too. Great way to help your kids focus on the needs of others.

Child Proof Parenting--part of helping kids deal with their emotions is modeling it on our side. This course in Emotion Coaching helps you do just that. Kids (and sometimes we adults too) need help learning how to manage emotions, not stuff them in, in ways that don't hurt others.

Little Loving Hands--kids love crafts but parents don't like the crafty results lying around the house. Problem solved--give crafts to charity. This cool subscription box allows you to send the crafts to a charity that they sponsor. Places like children's hospitals, homeless shelters all use the crafts for their child residents. Plus your kids learn a valuable lesson in charitable giving.

Sensitive Parent Mastermind Group--if you have a highly sensitive kid you know you need this. Some kids just have a temperament that is highly sensitive--to almost everything. If you child is the one who cries then they have to put on pants or spirals into a force of negativity when you discipline him/her, this is the group for you. This group helps you and your kids how to cope with big emotions. Get support without being ridiculed.

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