You know this thought and this moment well: When it hits you that, oh dear, Valentine’s Day is here! Now certainly I knew it was coming up soon, two packages of paper cards with various inspirational messages (and puppies) had been purchased for the kids classmates. I had even obtained organic “healthy” lollipops to attach […]
Ten dollars an hour? Four? Twenty? How much should you really pay your babysitter? Recently, the childcare website Sittercity listed average rates for babysitters in major US cities. They opened the article with exactly what we parents know to be true: “It’s important to set a competitive rate to attract the most qualified applicants, but you also […]
Valentine Teacher Gift Your Child Can Make: Bath Bombs! Bath bombs are loved by everyone and who knew they were so easy to make? Your child’s teacher will be so happy to see that she “Is the Bomb,” this Valentine’s Day. This craft is great for everyone. Mom’s enjoy learning how bath bombs are made […]
Create Superhero Valentines the Kids Will Adore It’s fun (and potentially easier) when the kids are eager to sit down and put together their Superhero Valentines for their classmates. Superheroes are a theme boys and girls get excited about and the simple crafting part is easy for most ages to do on their own. This […]
Should happy couples invite children to weddings? Should parents accept and bring kids along? One mom explores both sides of the debate. In a few weeks, my daughters and I will fly to the other side of the country to attend a wedding. My girls will be flower girls and I will be there parenting […]
How to put at end to sibling rivalry. At least for a few precious moments. First, a disclaimer–seven years and three kids into parenting and we certainly have not mastered keeping the peace among my children. We have, however, figured out, with the help of friends, my mom, books and perfect strangers, a few approaches […]
Being a parent is hard work. I don’t need to tell you that! For many of us it will be the most challenging “job” we ever do. What makes it particularly difficult sometimes is the lack of acknowledgement we get for all that we do. Kids don’t always thank us for making cupcakes for 20 […]
New Year’s Eve Family Activity: Create a Time Capsule There’s nothing like saying goodbye to one year and hello to another to remind you how fast time goes by. Why not slow it down, or at least capture it better, with a fun family project you will all treasure for many New Years to come? […]
Parents never want to hear that there kid is being bullied. Sadly, according to statistics, 71 percent of kids have reported at some time being bullied. I have dealt with it in my family and I know many parents who have dealt with their child being bullied at school as well. Schools around the country […]
I love all things from way back. Photographs started somewhere right?
You’d thinking that flying into impoverished Russia to adopt children with Down Syndrome, officials might open up a few doors. But the exact opposite is what happened for Jeana Bonner and Rebecca Preece. Bonner and Preece were in the final stages of adoption, and expected to fly into Russia for a brief stay and to […]
From what we’ve seen stumble out of the woods in the past 500 years, wolves seem far better at raising children than most humans.
How new parents can stick with eco-friendly ways on a dime.
Providing the kids and their friends with cold cuts and quick meals is usually the afternoon routine. Instead of giving the kids potato chips, try these easy to make homemade pickles as a side with a cold cut sandwich. When we think about homemade pickles, the process sounds difficult. It usually takes alot of hard work and skill to pickle […]