Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List

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Looking for some super gift ideas for your little ones this holiday season? Try some Smart Games. What are Smart Games? Smart Games is a company founded in Belgium that makes a super selection of games to grow your kid’s brain. The games are designed to help kids develop problem-solving skills and other basic brain functions that… Continue reading Smart Games For Your Holiday Gift List


Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

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Essie, age three, boarding a plane last winter with her own luggage.

Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids. You’re… Continue reading Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel


Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)

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The holidays are coming. Are you ready for holiday travel? In other words, do you have the best travel carseat ever? I love to start New Year purging before the holidays even hit. Winter is a great time for moving out the old to make way for the new, whether it’s holiday gifts or a winter… Continue reading Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)


Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad

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Do your kids love tacos as much as mine do? Does your family need some new ideas for school lunches, now that we’re several months into the school year? If so, here’s the recipe for one of my kiddos’ new lunchbox faves: Take-Along Taco Salad. As soon as Essie saw this recipe in the January… Continue reading Recipe: Take-Along Taco Salad


Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy

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Overheard at bedtime the other night, a half-hour after lights-off, as I’m trying to get Kimmie tucked in: Kimmie: “I’ve got to have a talk with Huckle’s teacher.” Huckle, a stuffed-animal incarnation of the Richard Scarry character, is Kimmie’s bedtime buddy. Oh, crud I think to myself – did she overhear me saying something along those… Continue reading Overheard at Bedtime: The Fuzzies Economy


How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

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When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make a… Continue reading How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)


Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage

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Have big-kid nightmares got your household missing more sleep than you’ve missed since you had a newborn around? That’s how our house has been feeling lately, since Kimmie went back to school. For example, take last night. It’s around 9pm. My husband and I had just wrapped up our nightly planning meeting and settled into… Continue reading Big-Kid Nightmares? Try Big-Kid Massage


Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow

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So the kiddos have been back to school for a few weeks now. How’s the back-to-school anxiety level in your household? In ours, it seems we’re still sorting through back-to-school anxiety, with mixed results. Your back-to-school anxiety checklist Have you noticed any of these back-to-school anxiety symptoms in your child(ren) since they resumed classes this… Continue reading Back-To-School Anxiety: Herding the Purple Cow


Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt

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Parenting while disabled this summer means lots of time icing my leg.

Parenting While Disabled. There’s a loaded topic. I’m icing my left knee as I type this, having recently reentered the land where I can’t trust my body. Meaning that self-care is my top priority. This land doesn’t mesh well with caring for small children. In the United States, there’s growing awareness of the challenges of parenting… Continue reading Parenting While Disabled: My Latest Attempt


Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!

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Hope you’ve been filling up your families’ summer tanks with memories that will last a lifetime. I also hope some of those memories involve the outdoors. With that in mind, do please check out this guest post I wrote on my friend and fellow blogger Liz Ellsworth’s site Everyday Ecologist. The guest post is titled… Continue reading Loving the Environment for Kids: Check Out My Guest Post!


How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep

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Stuck on how to get your kid to go to sleep like this? Read on.

Maybe you’re a first-time parent of a less-than-one-year-old. Maybe your kiddo is going through a sleep cycle shift. The switch to summer vacation and longer daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere can leave even veteran parents wondering how to get your kid to go to sleep. And as seasoned parents know, you will find yourself… Continue reading How To Get Your Kid To Go To Sleep


From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers

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Ever since becoming a parent, I’ve been on a quest for beverage containers that won’t leak. First it was a leakproof sippy cup. Then it was leakproof not-quite-sippy cups for the preschool set. Next it was leakproof water bottles for school, hikes, and family outings. Why is the quest for a leakproof sippy cup or… Continue reading From Leakproof Sippy Cup to Top Travel Mug: My Fave Beverage Containers


Thank You Notes for Teachers

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Has your family done thank you notes for teachers yet? With the school year drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to say thanks. Why bother? Believe me, nothing means more to teachers than handwritten thank-you notes, whether from students or their parents. It doesn’t have to be long, or fancy; so long as… Continue reading Thank You Notes for Teachers


Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables

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Ready to try microwave-steaming vegetables? Broccoli, carrots, zucchini,or green beans are all great places to start.

Steaming vegetables in the microwave is about as easy as cooking gets. If you haven’t done this before – or if you wish your kids would eat more veggies – then microwave-steamed vegetables is a technique worth trying. What you need All you need is a microwave-safe bowl, a tablespoon or two of water, and… Continue reading Technique: Microwave-Steamed Vegetables


Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?

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Yes, you can teach your kid to ride a bike in a day - this photo is proof - but success is not guaranteed.

So you want to teach your kid to ride a bike. Maybe you’ve even heard of the “one day” method, and been suspicious – as I was, when I first stumbled across references to it online. Perhaps you’re wondering, as I did: does it work? Can you really teach your kid to ride a bike… Continue reading Teach Your Kid To Ride A Bike In One Day? Really?


It’s Spring Cleaning Time: A Shout-Out From The Trenches

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Hey there, peeps! How goes your spring? You may have noticed I’ve been kinda quiet of late. It’s not on purpose – but life has been filled with my own form of spring cleaning. My mother has held many jobs in her life, both as a working professional and a professional volunteer. Yet at her… Continue reading It’s Spring Cleaning Time: A Shout-Out From The Trenches


From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks

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From my budget pick (the Fisher-Price Booster Seat) to my splurge (the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair), these highchair/booster seat combos are the only ones you'll ever need.

How do you know you need to find the best highchair ever? Maybe you’re a first-time parent. Maybe your second or third child is ready to try solids, but a slightly-older sibling is still hogging the highchair. Or maybe you’re realizing that your former mealtime solution no longer works. Whatever the case, you realize you… Continue reading From Best Highchair Ever to Only Booster You’ll Need: My Top Picks


Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

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Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos. Experts… Continue reading Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks


Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant

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OK – I can hear some of you groaning from here: “Roasted eggplant? You’ve got to be kidding me – my kid won’t eat that!” So don’t call it “roasted eggplant.” Call it roasted dinosaur eggs, or roasted purple plant, or whatever it takes to get you and yours to give this dish a try.… Continue reading Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant