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  • Is Girl Scout Barbie a bad role model for our girls?

    BabyCenter Blog
    Melissa Byers
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    by Melissa Byers posted in Mom Stories This week the new Girl Scout Barbie made her debut. Little girls everywhere squealed with delight and opponents cringed. In this article from TODAY parents, a psychologist said, "Barbie is basically a terrible role model for girls." Another article from SFGate took a deeper dive into the critics'... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • First Things First: Resources to Strengthen Families ~ Plus, a MoonPie Family Prize Pack Giveaway! #FirstThingsFirst

    Susan Heim on Parenting
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    First Things First (FTF) is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening families. It is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals. It accomplishes its mission through meaningful media messaging and skill-building classes.Did you know:• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse; 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.• Couples who manage to devote time…
  • Photo of the day: Five generations!

    Postcards from the Mothership
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    How often do you get to see FIVE generations in the same room? That’s Beloved’s grandmother, his father, his sister, our niece and our grand-nephew. Isn’t that extraordinary? Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Father’s Day Photo of the day: Grape hyacinths Project365: 300 days and more than 10,000 shutter clicks!
  • Building Kids' Skills Through Increasing Responsibility

    Priceless Parenting Blog
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    What new responsibilities are your children ready to handle? It’s easy to get into the habit of doing many things for your kids that they really could be doing for themselves. While your kids may be happy to let you do these tasks, they won’t learn how to clean their rooms by watching you do it!One mom told the story of how she had always done her daughter’s laundry. When her daughter was preparing to move to a college dorm in the next town, her plan was to come home every couple weeks so her mom could do her wash. She wanted to buy enough underwear to last between trips instead of…
  • Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

    Child Behavior Help
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn"t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from today, when all too often we are over-involved in many areas of our children"s lives. Sounds funny, I know. How can a parent be too involved or do too much for their child? Isn"t that just being a good parent? But when we don"t expect our kids to take responsibility for chores or their behavior, and we attempt to smooth…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Maternity wear I wish I had known about years ago

    Erin Lane
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    by Erin Lane posted in Products & Prizes I haven't been pregnant in well over three years. I remember my absolute favorite outfit was a pair of maternity skinny jeans and a red tunic sweater. Honestly, it's not all that different from what I prefer to wear now. But while I loved that outfit, there... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • LeAnn Rimes tells Eddie's kids the truth about their affair

    Sara McGinnis
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities The day has finally arrived that Eddie Cibrian's two sons with ex-wife Brandi Glanville have caught on that their father and LeAnn Rimes got together in, shall we say, an unconventional way. Opening up about explaining to her stepsons she and Eddie had an affair while he was still... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Bindi Irwin talks "biggest lie" after dad's shocking death

    Sara McGinnis
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities As Bindi Irwin grows into a young woman it seems she's getting increasingly comfortable with sharing how she's felt about her father, Steve Irwin's, death in 2006. "I remember after we lost dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds,'" the young... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Should moms be blamed for a messy house?

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories Why is it that some people blame messy houses on mothers? According to Washington Post writer, Clint Edwards, we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Edwards begins by recounting a conversation with one of his daughter’s friends about his messy house. “I just saw in your house. It’s... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • This is the best part about having two kids

    Michelle Stein
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories If you had asked what my favorite part about having two children was during the first few months of my daughter's life, I probably would have laughed at you. And then maybe cried a little. Going from one to two kids has been a crazy ride -- easier... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • FBI's Mueller: Gaza will fuel al-Qaida threat

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A former FBI director says Israel's Gaza offensive will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment.
  • Two children dead after Philadelphia carjacking

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Three people have been critically injured after a hijacked car was driven into a crowd.
  • AH5017: First images emerge of Air Algerie crash site

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows a helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)
  • Israel rejects Gaza truce plan

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Israeli media say the country's Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting.
  • Congress faces high price for border inaction

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Lawmakers could end up paying more to address immigration crisis.
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    MedPage Today Pediatrics

  • Does Healthy Pitcher's UCL Size Matter?

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- A prime Major League Baseball prospect reportedly lost a multimillion-dollar contract because of a congenitally small elbow ligament, but it's unclear whether it really makes a difference.
  • HPV Vax Uptake Remains Slow

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Rates of vaccination against human papillomavirus continued to lag far behind national goals, including just a small bump in the rate since 2012, the CDC reported.
  • Pay and Practice: Kennedy Stirs Thimerosal Debate

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is putting out a book on the dangers of thimerosal in vaccines, raising an issue that many in the medical and scientific communities hoped was long settled.
  • Treating HIV Cuts National Infection Rates

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- MELBOURNE, Australia -- Treatment of individuals living with HIV appears to reduce the rate of infection in those countries where the percentage of people treated is higher, researchers reported here.
  • Morning Break: Book of Netter, Another Botched Execution

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
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    Daddy Types

  • My Name Is Dad And I. Am. Canadian.

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Alright, Peanut Butter Cheerios Canada has just made a sequel to the greatest commercial the second largest land mass in North America has ever seen. And it stars a dad who we don't know if he's named Joe or...
  • Williamsburg Needs This Sleek Preschool

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This gorgeous glass & wood preschool by Christoff : Finio is proposed for the corner of Driggs Ave & Fillmore Place, the only landmarked block in Williamsburg. Fortunately, the scale and design are nice, and the site is a...
  • Family Vacation As Parenting/Comedy Lab

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    We are back from the competitive, comparative parenting petri dish that is my family's annual gathering on the Outer Banks. And we survived. It is truly fascinating to watch a dozen+ cousins growing up in clumps and waves and to...
  • Wot Wot? The Allard P-2 Safari Estate

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    For the shooting brake enthusiast for whom the custom Aston Martin DB6 wagon is too predictable, there is this: the Allard P-2 Safari Estate. To say it was in production between 1952 and 1954 is a bit generous, since...
  • Two Candles

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    You know how the one grandmother in Sixteen Candles opens a box of donuts with a knife and goes, "Voila, breakfast is served!" This is the prequel, only with naptime. The grandparent who winds the exhausted toddler up together stays...
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  • 25% of US Workers have No Vacation Time?

    Dave Taylor
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to the Center for Economic Policy & Research, the United States of America is the only so-called advanced economy in the world that doesn’t gaurantee employees paid vacation. The report says: European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year,  with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per year; Canada and Japan mandate at least 10 paid days off. The gap between paid time off in the United States and the rest of the…
  • Our Outdoor Party, Indoors with Dr Pepper

    Dave Taylor
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    The plan was simple enough: Invite some friends over for an afternoon of gaming but move things outdoors so we could enjoy the lovely weather, use the BBQ to avoid heating the house up unnecessarily, and generally have a backyard bash, albeit small. I was inspired by the Dr Pepper #BackyardBash blog, actually, which you can find at When the day came, however, the games were ready, the snacks were ready, the drinks — Dr Pepper all around! — were chilling, but it was not only ridiculously hot (97F on the thermometer) but ominous dark clouds were heading our way…
  • How Parenting is like the Apollo 11 Mission

    Dave Taylor
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Today, July 20, is the anniversary of one of the most amazing accomplishments that mankind has achieved in the entire history of humanity: on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the moon. But there were three people on this particular Apollo mission, as there were on all Apollo missions: Mike Collins, orbiting the moon in the command module Columbia and ensuring their safe return back to planet Earth, is often forgotten. And yet, it struck me today when thinking about the Apollo 11 mission and accomplishments that what Mike Collins did is exactly analogous to our…
  • Teaching my daughter how to parallel park

    Dave Taylor
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As my 17yo A- gets closer and closer to the driving test — she’s less than two weeks away from when she can go in and get that glorious license that will let her drive solo! — we realize that while she’s done a ton of driving, she hasn’t really had any practice parallel parking. I tend to take this particular skill for granted because my Dad taught me eons ago and I’ve parallel parked for many years in spots tight and wide. Heck, I’ve even had a car that robo-parallel parked, as I shared in this amusing video: Hands Off Parallel Parking with the 2014…
  • Some Cool SIGG Thermoses

    Dave Taylor
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Many thanks to the team at SIGG for sending along a care package of thermoses to start our back to school acquisitions (and here it’s still 5 weeks until school starts. Yikes). They’re all cool and incredibly well made in Frauenfeld, Switzerland from BPA-free and phthalates-free aluminum: But the two that are really standouts are the Thermo unit that has a built in tea filter, and the little blue children’s travel series thermos. First, the 1.0L Thermo unit: I know my 17yo who is addicted to green tea will love this because it’ll let her put loose tea (or a teabag)…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • First Things First: Resources to Strengthen Families ~ Plus, a MoonPie Family Prize Pack Giveaway! #FirstThingsFirst

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    First Things First (FTF) is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening families. It is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals. It accomplishes its mission through meaningful media messaging and skill-building classes.Did you know:• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse; 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.• Couples who manage to devote time…
  • Bring the Outdoors Inside with Bounce Bursts and These Tips from Interior Designer Thom Filicia

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    It has been raining so much here in South Florida this summer that I’m really starting to miss being outdoors. We’ve been stuck inside, avoiding the raindrops and lightning -- not a great way to experience the summer! Fortunately, I can compensate a little bit by bringing a few of the scents of summer indoors. With Bounce Bursts and Bounce Dryer Sheets, both in an Outdoor Fresh scent, I can at least fool my senses into thinking that I’m experiencing the wonderful fresh aromas of nature every time I put on my newly laundered clothes. Celebrity interior designer Thom Filicia also has some…
  • Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure ~ Now on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    About the Movie:Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure features the beloved characters inspired by the world’s most famous crime-solving board game, Clue. Follow six very different teenagers – Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Agnes, Seamus and Whitney – who are all enjoying their everyday lives when they witness a dramatic incident. Unfairly accused of creating a hoax, they team up to find out the truth. As they embark on a mysterious adventure beyond their imaginations, they work as a team to discover hidden treasures, decipher cryptic knowledge, and uncover a secret society. In the end, they learn they…
  • Children’s Book Review: "Me and My Big Mouse," by Ethan Long

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Have you ever had a friend who was just a little too clingy? That’s the theme in the new children’s book, Me and My Big Mouse, by Ethan Long. Michael, a little boy, has a big mouse named Bo living with him. He can be fun to hang out with, but Bo can get annoying at times because he has no boundaries! He hates to be alone, so he wants to be with Michael all the time, whether he’s eating breakfast, sleeping, or even going to the bathroom! What’s a boy to do? At first, he tries the obvious: telling Bo to go away. But that hurts Bo’s feelings and doesn’t make Michael feel good either.
  • Winners for the Week of July 13, 2014

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Hoodie Bear or Sweater Bear from Teddy Bears PersonalizedCongratulations to the winner: Cassandra C.M.!CLICK HERE for another chance to win a hoodie bear or sweater bear from Teddy Bears Personalized!Life AD 2: MIA: Missing in Atman, by Michelle E. Reed (eBook) & $10 Amazon Gift CardCongratulations to the winner: Jody D.!Live Happy Magazine: 1-Year SubscriptionCongratulations to the winner: Amy C.!
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Give Away Linky, Summer’s Heating Up Edition

    Amy LeForge
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Heroes, here in Michigan the summer has been cool and with plenty of rain. Except for the havoc it’s wreaking with my allergies, the weather has been fine with me. However, the temperatures are rising. I hope my allergies calm down at least! In the meantime, we’ll be hiding inside and trying to get some cleaning done. I’m hoping to have a garage sale next month.And now, let me invite you to enter the lovely contests listed below. If you happen to have a contest of your own, please feel free to list it! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give…
  • Monday Give Away Linky

    Amy LeForge
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Well Heroes, it’s already Monday again. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Wahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky Yay!Giveaway LinkyMonday Give Away Linky, Yay!Link Up! Monday Give Away Linky Copyright © 2014 Earnest Parenting. All rights reserved.RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors Back
  • Monday Give Away Linky, On a Mission Edition

    Amy LeForge
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Good morning, Heroes! Today, I am on a mission to Get Things Done. After a loooooong, hard winter and a cold, wet spring, we’ve moved into a stormy, humid summer. (begin sarcasm) Yay. (end sarcasm)Seriously, though: I am feeling more like getting some things off my guilt list today. Hubby got to stay home from work this weekend and he and I dug in and cleaned out the garage and the master bedroom. I’ve been piling things in our room that I want to get rid of (sell, donate, pass on to friends) and that made the whole room terribly cluttered. And dusty. Blech. So we got it cleaned…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Beach Soccer Edition

    Amy LeForge
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    **So sorry for this going live so late! I didn’t forget this time, honest. My Internet connection went down and I gave up trying. Technology. Ain’t it grand?Good Monday, Heroes! Today I bring you a terrific picture of TechnoBoy playing beach soccer. I’d never heard of it, but it turns out there is an organization called Soccer in the Sand that runs tournaments around the US. It was a lot of fun to watch! I can’t imagine it was easy to play in the sand like that, but I do hope he does it again. The Mercenary played with the team on Saturday, but I didn’t get to go…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, It’s Finally Summer Edition

    Amy LeForge
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Well, Heroes, it’s finally summer here at Earnest Parenting. The boys finished school just last Thursday. I know, right?!? That’s so late! The public schools were scheduled to be out on June 6, but we had THAT many snow days. The younger boys still have some work to do with me when they get back home from camp, but it’s minimal and we like most of it.The fact that school ran so late means a shorter summer, and with so many plans already on the calendar, there’s a danger that we could blink and miss the whole thing. Note to everyone: savor the summer break!In the…
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    Free Range KidsFree Range Kids

  • What’s So Dangerous About Photographing Children? And More Brilliance from Frank Furedi

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Readers — This is the article by Frank Furedi that I referred to yesterday. I won’t print the ENTIRE thing here, as that’s sort of bad blogging ethics. But I will print a goodly chunk because it is so spot on. Furedi is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. This ran in The Independent. Boldface mine:   How Much Independence Should Children Have? By Frank Furedi In 2001, when I published my book Paranoid Parenting, I was genuinely surprised to discover that virtually all experiences…
  • Why We Fight

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Readers – This articleexplains everything I am always trying to say … but  better. It’s by Frank Furedi — have you heard of him? I wrote about his book, “Paranoid Parenting,” in 2001 — seven years before I sent my son on his solo subway ride. Furedi gets how paranoia for our kids directly leads to us giving the authorities more and more sway in our lives, because they are “saving” kids from the ever-present threat of everything, but most of all frompredators Which brings us to sex offender mania. Last week I was at the national Reform…
  • “Suspicious Man at Portland School Turns Out to be Superhero” — Best Headline Ever?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Here’s a bit of what happened (which is not all that fascinating), as explained by reporter Liz Duffy: Around 8:30 Monday morning, Portland police responded to a call about a man dressed in a trench coat who walked into Grant High School with a “police-style baton.” Two squad cars and a conversation with a site supervisor later, police found that the man, in fact, was a staff member of a superhero-themed summer camp with Trackers Earth and the baton he was wielding was foam. Read the rest here. And remember, hard as it is to believe: Sometimes a man near a school is just a man…
  • AMBER ALER…Aww, Never Mind

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    This note comes to us from Reilly Capps, who was a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Hi Free-Range Kids: It’s Reilly, I wrote you about crazy drop-off procedures at my niece’s school.  This is about the new ability of Amber Alerts to come to your phone, which you’ve talked about before. It’s disconcerting, and in some cases, unnecessary. Thursday night around 9:45 p.m., the cell phones of thousands of Coloradans blared a warning sound. It was louder and more insistent than a normal ringtone — more like the sound of the “test of the emergency broadcast…
  • Enough About the Short “Window” of Time Kids Have to Learn One Skill or Another!

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Readers — I love this reassuring piece about the tyranny of “must do before it’s too late!” advice when it comes to parenting. And here I’ll repeat my favorite anecdote about that topic. What age was GEORGE GERSHWIN when he got his first piano? Twelve! Not that you have to be a genius to start learning a skill later than some peers. My point is the opposite. And that’s this music teacher’s point, too, in taking on the belief that there is just a small window of time to start learning X, or all bets are off. – L THE WINDOW, by Diane Hidy…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
  • Keep Your Family Safe: Take Home Messages from a National Safety Meeting

    Joseph Colella
    9 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s new in car seat designs and features? How are they becoming easier to use and more protective? What is the real-world side of the new Federal regulations being put in place? Many of these questions were answered at a gathering of safety leaders last week, and attendees walked away with shared information, ideas and best practices. The ultimate goal was to empower the families we serve to protect themselves against the biggest killer of young Americans – motor vehicle crashes. The Lifesavers Conference is the only national highway safety meeting of its kind, helping participants…
  • Spring Has Sprung –Time to Spruce Up Your Car Seat!

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    It’s no surprise that your little one can make a big mess (it’s a universal fact, as any mom will confirm), so sometimes it’s necessary to deep clean your Graco, particularly your car seat. After a winter full of snack crumbs, sticky little hands, and spilled juice, it’s nice to add your child’s “ride” to your spring cleaning list. Here are some of our favorite, super-simple tips for keeping your child’s car seat spic ‘n span! The washing machine is our friend. The soft seat cover on your Graco car seat is probably full of all those crumbs we mentioned down in the creases.
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
  • Perv 18yro was molesting 11yro boy for 3yrs so FL father beats him to a pulp!!!

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    This story is so enraging, yet justice was thankfully served...though many, including myself might rather the disgusting perv was killed. Hopefully he will serve the rest of his life in prison, but unfortunately child molesters and rapists rarely serve life terms. In the end I pray the 11yro son will get the counseling he'll need and won't suffer this horrific memory long, but sadly his innocence is lost forever. :( APRaymond Frolander, shown in his Florida booking photo, was beaten unconscious by a father who walked in on Frolander sexually abusing his son.NY Daily News:"An enraged father in…
  • Happy Father's Day To My Dad,My Hero

    15 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    In Honor of My Dad and all the Father's this Father's Day, may God continue to bless you and your families. For those whose father's have passed, like mine, may your memories be cherished by you and your loved ones and never forgotten.I wrote this for my dad and read this during the eulogy at his funeral this past October:May 1993 My UA GraduationMy Dad, My Hero! RIP Dad 7/13/22-10/11/13At 12:30 am October 11, 2013 my dad left this world on his final journey, to Heaven.It was a cool, fall day when we last saw him…. the skies were cloudy&dark…but that dark cloud has been lifted…
  • RIP Marty Cobbs, black VA teen arrested for killing 8yro who rescued his sister

    3 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Saddest story of the day...this happened Thursday in Richmond, VA but breaks my heart. May Marty Cobb rest in peace with the angels for his act of heroism. May the slimeball that did this to him and raped his 12yro sister rot in jail and then in Hell for his actions. NY Daily News: "A teenage boy has been charged with murder and strangulation following a vicious attack that left an 8-year-old boy dead and his 12-year-old sister injured.The suspect was not identified because of his age, police in Richmond, Va., announced Saturday.The teenager is being “medically evaluated” cops said,…
  • Would you buy a girls leopard print string bikini for your little girl?

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I don't know what makes Elizabeth Hurley and other fashion designers think our children should be wearing two piece, string bikinis, but hopefully the backlash she is getting will awaken fashion designers like her to stop pushing this on our kids. Sure parents can choose not to buy them but why market them in the first place and oversexualize children? We have enough high teen pregnancy and single mothers, thanks to oversexualized TV and movies, and other problems in our society where the innocence of childhood is becoming lost.The Stir: Former model and now children's clothing designer…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • 10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W29} #happinessis

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
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    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Life List Item Crossed Off: Our Tea Party Send-off at Mad Hatter’s Tea

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
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  • My Love for the Mizuno Wave Kazan #BlazeNewTrails

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
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    The Committed Parent

  • How to Know Where You’re Going

    Mark Brady
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Whether we realize it or not; whether we agree with it or not; whether we believe it or not, the human race is on a developmental trajectory. Individually, or as a species, we’re not fully cooked yet. Below is a list, borrowed from former Hospice of Seattle director, Rodney Smith’s book, Awakening, indicating the direction that your development and mine is generally taking, even if in our day-t0-day living, we may feel far removed from this reality… From form to formless From noise to stillness Rodney Smith From self to selflessness From divided mind to unified mind From…
  • How to Tame the Narrative of You

    Mark Brady
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    Like many things in life, my brain acquiring language at around age 2 had some pluses and some minuses. On the plus side of the ledger, I could use words to let people know what I needed, I could understand that they used words and took actions differently than me, and I could use words to socially connect with people (although many other things can connect us to others much more powerfully than words. Things like similarities of experience, humor, kindness, well-matched, interlocking trauma histories, simple proximity, energy intensity and resonance, for starters). Those are a few of the…
  • Unraveling the Anatomy of Intention

    Mark Brady
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Way back in the day, the days of free love and the back-to-the-land movement, I was particularly enamored of the freedom and flexibility of a lifestyle like the one being lived by Scott and Helen Nearing. No bosses, no schedules, nowhere to go and nothing to do. Except by personal, deliberate intention. I didn’t need a lot of external motivation to set my own intention to work toward getting some of that freedom and flexibility for myself. First on the Freedom List: I would have to learn to build my own house. Since I was working a minimum wage job at the time and knew next to nothing…
  • How to Increase the Probability of Making Wise Choices

    Mark Brady
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:01 am
    Houston child advocate and neuroscientist Bruce Perry likes to say that “no matter what business you’re in, first and foremost, you’re in the brain change business.” And if you’re in the Operational Wisdom Business, it’s probably a good idea to know how what you’re trying to change actually works. And it’s probably an equally good idea to start knowing how your brain works as early as possible. Especially whether or not your TUBB5 gene is running mutant on you. Before we get to the TUBB5 gene though we might take Bruce’s advice to heart,…
  • How to Rebuild Your Relational Brain

    Mark Brady
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    When I was in my early forties I bought a piece of property that had a run-down, 100 year old barn on it. The plan was to restore the barn to its former structural glory and then live in it. But building and zoning regulations turned out to make that project financially prohibitive; the barn would have to be torn down (Note to Self: Check zoning and building regs before signing future real estate purchase agreements). My initial impulse was to hire a guy with a bulldozer and a dump truck and have the thing razed in two days for a couple thousand dollars. But sitting one day out on the two…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Summer Reading List: Atlas Girl (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last week I inhaled Emily T. Wierenga’s Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look in my precious spare moments: riding in the car; in the bleachers during baseball practice; late at night while my house slept; and finally getting up early and reading in bed until I finished. I messaged Emily immediately because I had to talk about the book. Although I planned to review it, she offered me a guest post and a giveaway copy and that’s even better. Leave a comment to win!   What My Mum Taught Me About Church (giveaway!) By Emily T. Wierenga “So, I…
  • Summer Reading List: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Dawn Camp
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    This post is part of the “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour.” To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   There’s something decadent about curling up with a good book, probably because as women we deny ourselves downtime, like a privilege we must earn. Surely that’s not just me. Questioning the idea that it’s wrong to rest is one of my greatest takeaways from my friend Bonnie Gray’s new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest (affiliate link). Bonnie defines spiritual whitespace as rest for your soul; I need that. If you’re a…
  • July 2014 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Where has this summer gone? Anyone else want to go back to May for a do-over? I took an early run yesterday before the heat set in (94° degrees forecasted for tomorrow—yuck!) and saw our day lilies in bloom: perfect for July’s desktop calendar. The kids and I spent last week in Alabama for singing school, and our day lilies and rose of Sharon arrived just in time for our return. I love perennials that just keep on giving. I photographed these in morning bloom, fresh from the rain. I’ve owned my macro lens more than a year and it still challenges me, but I’m happy with…
  • A New Season at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Sorry I’m late sharing my monthly (in)courage post with you—my kids and I spent last week in Alabama at singing school. As the mother of two newly engaged sons, I’m entering a new season in life and I covet your advice, whether from the point-of-view of mother-in-law or daughter-in-law. Please click over to my post, A New Season, and share your thoughts! A New Season at (in)courage is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • Mary & Martha’s Semi-Annual Sale!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Mary & Martha’s Semi-Annual Summer Sale is here with items discounted up to 75% off of retail value! There are four full pages of sale items here with links to featured items. Click on an image to see it enlarged. To see the full sale, go to my Mary & Martha site and click Shop. There’s a blue SALE! button on the left—click it to scroll through all four pages of sale items! Micah 6:8 Block Wall Decor – Regularly $49, Sale $24 Grace & Gratitude Apron – Regularly $39, Sale $19 Gracious Blessing Candlestick - Regularly $36, Sale $18 Vintage Metal…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Summer of the fox

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Summer 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of the fox around here. It started with Tristan adopting the fox as his favourite animal recently. One of his hyphenated surnames sort of looks like the French word for fox, which led to the translation of our family name as “Thunder Fox”, which is a pretty good gamer name. There were foxes in PEI that den in the sand dunes, although despite his best efforts we didn’t see one. Foxes have been in the media this week, too. There was the real fox found sleeping in an OC Transpo bus: This fox was found sleeping on the seat of an OC…
  • Photo of the day: Five generations!

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    How often do you get to see FIVE generations in the same room? That’s Beloved’s grandmother, his father, his sister, our niece and our grand-nephew. Isn’t that extraordinary? Related posts (automatically generated):Photo of the day: Father’s Day Photo of the day: Grape hyacinths Project365: 300 days and more than 10,000 shutter clicks!
  • Photo of the day: So cute it makes your eyeballs itch!

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    I am the first to admit that when I launched my portrait business four years ago this month, there was a lot I didn’t know. I’ve learned so much about using or creating light, posing, interacting with subjects, the effect of various focal lengths, and digital post-processing to name but a few. In the end, though, sometimes all you have to do is show up and point the camera in the right direction, because the cute speaks for itself. I mean, really, does it get any cuter than these two? Sometimes the hardest part of a photo session is not keeping the adorable kids for myself at the…
  • Watch out for that wrong turn in Maine when you’re outrunning a hurricane!

    11 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    It’s been a week since we left PEI. I think maybe I’m drawing out the blogging of our vacation so I can continue to relive it in real time. We haven’t really left until the blog posts are done, right? You might remember that through a fluke of good timing our departure was conveniently scheduled for the very day Hurricane Arthur was skimming its way up the Atlantic coast toward the Maritimes. As we regretfully packed up the car and headed back across the Island to the Confederation Bridge and then across the southern boundary of New Brunswick, we kept a wary eye on the…
  • Photo of the day: World cup fever

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    About a week or two into the World Cup, Simon came home asking for a soccer ball called a Brazuca. He and his friends played World Cup soccer each day at recess, rotating who would be each country, and he wanted to play at home, too. My suggestion that he play with one of the 47 other types of ball we have stashed around the house was met with disdain. He really, really wanted a Brazuca. I had put it on the vague to-do list that always runs in the back of my mind. If the boy wanted to play soccer, and buying him a soccer ball got him outside and moving more, I figured an official ball was a…
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    News Moms Need

  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Phenylketonuria (also called PKU) is a condition in which your body can’t break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. All babies born in the United States are tested for PKU through the newborn screening program in their state. What is phenylalanine?  Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. Amino acids are building blocks for proteins. Our bodies need amino acids for proper growth and development but we cannot make them on our own. We need to get them from food sources. Phenylalanine is found in most foods that contain protein. This includes beef, poultry, fish, soy products, eggs,…
  • Special moms need special care

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    A new study published in Pediatrics shows that groups led by other moms reduced stress in mothers of children with disabilities. It helped to improve “maternal well-being and long-term caregiving for children with complex developmental, physical, and behavioral needs.” These support groups were uniquely focused on learning specialized techniques to reduce stress. Mothers of children with developmental disabilities experience stress, anxiety and depression more often and to a greater degree than mothers who parent children without disabilities. It is thought that the chronic stress and the…
  • Cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    July is cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month. Craniofacial abnormalities are  defects of the head (cranio) and face (facial) that are present when a baby is born. Cleft lip and/or cleft palate are a couple of the most common abnormalities. Craniofacial abnormalities can range from mild to severe. These defects can present a variety of problems including eating and speech difficulties, ear infections and misaligned teeth, physical learning, developmental, or social challenges, or a mix of these issues. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent cleft and…
  • Group B strep infection

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy your prenatal care provider will test you for Group B strep. Group B streptococcus (also called Group B strep or GBS) is a common type of bacteria that can cause infection. Many people carry Group B strep—in fact about 25% of pregnant women are carriers.  GBS bacteria naturally live in the intestines and the urinary and genital tracts. It is not known how GBS is transmitted in adults but you can’t get it from food, water, or things you touch. An adult can’t catch it from another person or from having sex, either.  Most people do not even know they…
  • Medication dosing mistakes are common

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Whether you have a child with special needs or not, chances are you have given him medication at some point. A recent study published in Pediatrics revealed that many parents made mistakes when giving their child medication. “Medication errors were common: 39.4% of parents made an error in measurement of the intended dose, 41.1% made an error in the prescribed dose. Furthermore, 16.7% used a nonstandard instrument.” The study compared parents who used milliliter-only cups or syringes with parents who used teaspoon or tablespoons to describe how they measured their child’s medicine. The…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    During long school vacations, it isn’t easy to get your teens or tweens to do anything educational. However, they probably like to watch movies. While documentaries have the connotation of being boring, that isn’t always the case. There are a number of documentaries that teens will find very interesting and they are also educational. Interesting […] The post Teens Can Learn Year Round With Great Documentaries on Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Netflix Science Channels for Teens, Tweens and Kids Watching…
  • Discount Broadway Show Tickets from TodayTix App

    Jennifer Wagner
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    If you could buy Broadway show tickets at discounted prices, for the same day, or the current week, without waiting on a long line, would you download a free app to do so? I did. TodayTix is an app available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, that allows you to do all this, and a […] The post Discount Broadway Show Tickets from TodayTix App appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Kids Night On Broadway and KidzVuz Broadway Videos The Miracle Worker on Broadway with Abigail Breslin American Idol Finale Tickets Auction
  • 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:50 am
    I attended CE Week in NYC, my favorite Consumer Electronics expo. It is a mini version of  International CES, held every year in Las Vegas. I saw many new tech gadgets, or updated versions of old tech products, that I think you might be interested in. Here are descriptions are some of the technology gadgets I liked. These are […] The post 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 7 Gadgets of Note From CE Week 2013 7 Cool New Gadgets, Websites, Tech Products of Interest Moms Talk New Trends…
  • P&Geveryday Website For Advice, Ideas, Support and Shopping

    Jennifer Wagner
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    When I come across a website that I like, I love to share it with others. When I saw the P&Geveryday website, I knew I had to be part of this campaign, because not only did I like the website as a whole, but one section is perfect for Connect with your Teens readers. The Family […] The post P&Geveryday Website For Advice, Ideas, Support and Shopping appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Find Parent Teen Activity and Discussion Ideas on Discovery’s Curiosity Website New Shopping Websites You Must Try Advice for you…
  • How To Help Your 20-Something Kids Become Adults

    Jennifer Wagner
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Many parents are worried that their 20-Something kids are never going to start acting like adults. Parents can find help and advice with this ever-growing phenomenon in two new books, The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals by Ben Carpenter and Getting to 30: A Parents Guide to the 20-Something Years by […] The post How To Help Your 20-Something Kids Become Adults appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 3 Books on How to Help GenY Become Adults 18 Kids or YA Books with Strong Female Characters Combining…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • CEU Credit for Online Parenting Classes

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    The award-winning online parenting classes offered by Priceless Parenting are now approved for CEU credit in California and Washington. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) can receive continuing education credit. These classes have transformed thousands of formerly frazzled families from across the United States to Australia. Parents quickly learn ways to improve cooperation and reduce conflict from the comfort of their own home. After completing a…
  • Talking to Your Kids about Porn

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do you really need to talk to your kids about porn? Yes. Why? Because it is so prevalent online. Researchers report the average age of a child's first exposure to pornography is 11 years old. Certainly you should take measures to lock down your digital devices so that your young children don’t accidentally stumble into porn. However, as they go to friends’ homes and ride on school buses, they are at risk for being exposed to porn.By bringing up the topic with your kids, you have a chance to discuss your family values and how porn fits into those values. You can let your kids know that if…
  • What do you do when kids are too noisy in the car?

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kids can get pretty wound up in the car. Before you know it, there's plenty of volume in the car. How do you handle it without turning to screaming and adding to the chaos? When things got too noisy in the car for me, I would declare we were now in “The Code of Silence”. This meant that nobody could talk, not even me. What is surprising is that the kids actually took it seriously and stopped talking! Nobody wanted to be the one who broke “The Code of Silence”!
  • Building Kids' Skills Through Increasing Responsibility

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    What new responsibilities are your children ready to handle? It’s easy to get into the habit of doing many things for your kids that they really could be doing for themselves. While your kids may be happy to let you do these tasks, they won’t learn how to clean their rooms by watching you do it!One mom told the story of how she had always done her daughter’s laundry. When her daughter was preparing to move to a college dorm in the next town, her plan was to come home every couple weeks so her mom could do her wash. She wanted to buy enough underwear to last between trips instead of…
  • Tell Them What You Want Instead of What You Don't Want

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    It's far easier for children to know how to act when you tell them what you would like them to do. For example, "Please walk in the house." versus "Stop running!"If your children are jumping on the couch, avoid saying "Don't jump on the couch!". Instead explain "I see you have a lot of energy. You can jump as much as you want on the floor." Take your children by the hand and lead them off the couch and onto the floor. Join them in a little jumping if you feel like it!This idea works for kids and adults alike. Recently I was at a community college where I ran into a number of signs hung up on…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • Back to BlogHer

    Darryle Pollack
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    It’s been described as the place where everybody knows your Twitter name.  I think of it as a reunion/party/a big group hug. Here’s a partial list of posts I’ve written about BlogHer over the years. Why BlogHer is a Big Deal to Katie Couric Martha Stewart, President Obama and me On the Huffington Post Hghs and Loos:  It was Katie Couric’s fault that I dropped my phone in the toilet From Losing a Tampon to finding my voice  Backstage at BlogHer: 4 minutes of fame in my underwear  What it’s like being Voice of the Year  Closed Circuit:  First and favorite…
  • In Her Shoes

    Darryle Pollack
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    For women, it’s all about the shoes.  Even when it’s about breast cancer. For a woman with breast cancer, high heels don’t cut it. You need serious sensible shoes, because you’re starting a journey. I laced up for the journey when I was diagnosed 19 years ago. Living in a new community, I had a terrible prognosis, no support system, and I felt lonely and terrified. As I was starting chemo, my son was starting first grade. The first day at his new school I peeked into an office. “I don’t know if you remember me, but we met once? Well, now I have cancer and…
  • The Wedding Curse: Wrong day, Right person

    Darryle Pollack
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    V and I were married 20 years ago today. It’s a minor miracle that our marriage has lasted, considering how it started. At heart this is a story of resilience.  Click here to read it on the Huffington Post.  
  • From Bad to Blog : A Challenge to the Universe

    Darryle Pollack
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I never signed up for this…..  Exactly 6 years ago today I started this blog and chose that title, both the title and the date intended as deliberate ways to challenge the universe. When something bad happens, you naturally associate the bad thing with what surrounds it: the date, where you were, what you were doing, what you were wearing, what you were eating. Even if you’re not superstitious, in my life July 4 weekend was a doozy. Death.  Divorce.  Diagnosed with cancer.  Nearly all the bad stuff in my life swirling around one date.   (Trust me on that, or read this.) You…
  • Long Division

    Darryle Pollack
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:36 am
    I gave birth to my son on June 21, the longest day of the year.  Naturally it was a long labor.  He was 23 inches, the longest baby the doctor had ever delivered.   Maybe it’s no coincidence that it took such a LONG time to name him. I was about to deliver after 18 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, when I realized that both my husband and my doctor couldn’t take their eyes off the clock in the delivery room. Obviously we were way past the need to time my contractions. The real action was a few miles away from Cedars Sinai. The Los Angeles Lakers were about to play the…
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Giant Steps – Part 1

    Kim Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Giant Steps – Banff National Park There are places in the world world, where you stand and feel so very small and insignificant. It seems easy to feel humbled, in all the vast greatness of the outdoors, especially the Canadian Rockies. I think it is expected. Even welcomed? It puts all your worries and fears and disappointments into perspective. They are minuscule … Truth, but then not. On the sofa in my comfortable home, those thoughts and worries can seem overwhelming. The insignificance disappears and becomes overwhelming. Feelings no longer feel minuscule or unimportant,…
  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles

    Kim Becker
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Cinnamon Roll Waffles I am Pillsbury fan, not long ago I happened upon a tweet with a photo of a waffle iron cooked Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll! My kids love waffles, they love cinnamon buns, and I love EASY! This looked like it would tick all of those boxes, but I was a little bit skeptical. I’ve tried a few other ‘waffle iron recipes’ that were flops. I am happy to announce that this Pillsbury recipe worked. It was a hit! Also I found that for my teens who are always rolling out the door late. It was also made a great, ‘good-to-go’ snack eaten cold. They were also…
  • iPhoneography for Blogging

    Kim Becker
    18 Jul 2013 | 2:33 pm
    I’m not sure if I remember what a blog post is! I’ve decided to start blogging from my iPad using images taken with my iPhone. I’m hoping taking away the need to edit raw images; and finding time to sit down at my desk top will alleviate some of the procrastination. It’s been an amazing summer, full of wonderful adventures. We’ve spent a ton of time in the mountains. I love the Canadian Rockies. This night spent around the fire was probably my favourite night of 2013. It was worth the 3000 foot climb to get there. So what do you think, will iphoneography work for…
  • Tulip Cupcakes Tutorial – A great Mother’s Day Treat

    Kim Becker
    14 May 2013 | 7:21 pm
    Spring time means tulips, and it’s definitely spring, so I thought tulip cupcakes would be in order. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful friend Gloria who is also the talent behind The Art of Cake. I won’t give you a tutorial on how to make and ice the perfect cupcake. This is about the decorative touches only –> The Tulip! Tools: Rolling pin Shaping tool with a round ball on the end Oval cutter (about 1″ wide and 1.25″ long approx.) non-stick vegetable spray cupcake pan Ingredients: 1/2 cup total of modeling chocolate in the colours of your tulips, plus green for…
  • Mini Heart-Shaped Cherry Pies ~ EASY! Valentine’s Day

    21 Feb 2013 | 10:12 am
    You can’t plan far enough ahead. I’m already looking forward to next Valentines Day. If you’re like @MarthaStewart and Me, you’ll plant your cherry trees now! Fine! You got me… I made these for this past Valentine’s Day (it was only a week ago!), but I wouldn’t want to post them on-time. That would just be smart, organised and all together too on-the-ball for me. I’m Mommyknows not Mommysorganised. Let’s get on with it shall we? If you want to say, “I love you!” with a cherry pie, then this post is for you. Ingredients: Pie…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Osmo – Toys of the future, today.

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Have you ever been amazed by how easy it is for a toddler or young child to pick up a smart device and start using it? It just comes naturally to them. Imagine what would happen if we could tap into the intuitiveness of a touch screen and apply it in a hands-on learning situation. What if you could bring the ease of apps and video games into the classroom without spending a ton of money. Turn a puzzle into an interactive learning experience. Or, get kids not just excited about playing video games, but having fun while processing that energy into cognitive ability. That’s exactly what…
  • Simple DIY Watercolor Wall Art

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    I know a girl. She puts the color inside my whole world. maybe you’ve seen her taking a more hands-on, behind the scenes role around here? Post by Kids Stuff World. She’s always inspiring and has more creative talent than I know what to do with, she’s my daily muse … and she’s growing up, right before my eyes. This summer we’ve been carving out space in our home to give us each the creative outlets we deserve. This is a sneak peek at my new office that is slowly, but surely coming together. With lots of help from my resident stylist/designer of course. This…
  • Summer Meal Ideas – Part 3

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Over the course of the summer I have slipped into a place I’m not so happy about. Snacking on one too many tortilla chips, indulging in one too many trips to my pantry. I’m reinvigorating myself with a week’s worth of meals packed with lean protein, fresh vegetables, and tasty fruits. I’m getting back to the me that makes me happy without sacrificing an ounce of flavor, here’s how: SUMMER MEAL IDEAS Monday Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas I’m already looking forward to tonight. I love a good enchilada, but this healthy take has plenty of flavor from its…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • I am Groot #VinDiesel #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiLet me start by talking about celebrity. Having grown up in a NFL football town, I don’t get impressed easily, because we constantly saw “celebrities” walking around. That being said, Vin Diesel completely shocked and surprised me! I’ll be honest – I was expecting Vin to be more like Riddick and be a bad ass. Instead, we got to interview this really great, really funny, really nice man that I wasn’t expecting!Photo Credit:…
  • Mystery Solved! #ABCFamilyEvent #MysteryGirls

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiI have so many of you guys who want to know what Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth are “really” like, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.  I’ve got so much to tell you about my on-set experience on Mystery Girls.For those of you who don’t know, Mystery Girls is a great new series on ABC Family. Mystery Girls stars Tori Spelling as Holly, Jennie Garth as Charlie and Miguel Pinzon as Nick. The comedy series is executive produced by Tori…
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey – Trailer

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiI will be reviewing this shortly on this blog but thought you’d all love to see the trailer!In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down…
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  • Shoe Friday #286

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    My friend Jenifer’s new awesome leopard print pumps.
  • On Not Going to BlogHer

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    If you follow pretty much ANYONE in the blogosphere this week you will see A LOT of #blogher14 tweets, instagram photos, and facebooks posts.  Blogher is the conference for female bloggers.  I’ve been three times and it is a blast.  And also, Kerry Washington is speaking this year.  YES, that Kerry Washington. I’m not there.  I EASILY could have gone.  Michael is at overnight camp.  We would have had no childcare concerns.  Except, well, it is not that easy.  BlogHer is expensive. It is in California.  You need plane tickets, and a hotel room, food.  I also, honestly,…
  • The Independent Child

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    It feels like the entire INTERNET is at sleep away camp right now, kind of like when Michael started kindergarten and the entire INTERNET started kindergarten with him.  It must be that all my blogging friends have kids the same age, and since that is mostly who I am friends with on social media, those are the pictures I see.  Kids, hugging, crying, holding on to their mom. Sad eyes boarding a bus.  Longing stares looking at a window. Then, then, there is Michael.  Where Michael goes to sleep away camp there is no bus, no plane, Doug and I drive him up, unpack him, and say goodbye.  You…
  • Shoe Friday #285

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    My friend Laura’s daughter’s shoes.
  • Countdown to Overnight Camp

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Michael leaves for overnight camp on Monday and EVERYONE, the grownups, the child, CANNOT WAIT.  It has gotten to the point where Michael asks things like, “HOW MANY MORE DAYS? ” every, single, morning.  Last week, the day camp he LOVED, is boring because it is STILL, NOT, OVERNIGHT CAMP. Doug and I also CANNOT WAIT.  We have HUGE, BIG PLANS.  Like a REAL LIFE GROWN UP VACATION.  To wineries.  And an inn that does a 10 course wine dinner.  And sleeping.  I’m going to go to Barre every damn day to work off all the wine and sleeping.  I’ve made dinner plans with…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Personalized Back-to-School Gear for Kids!

    Piera Jolly
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Can you believe it? It’s that time of the year again. Back-to-school! If fact, here in Georgia school starts at the beginning of August. Lucas’ first day back is Monday, August 5th, which is a little over 1 week away. This summer has flown by! We bought many of his school supplies this past week, actually. We stocked up on pencils, composition notebooks, and so on! But everything else? We got that from Personal Creations. Backpacks, lunch boxes, reusable drink bottles, name labels…even teacher’s gifts. They have it all! Best of all – everything is super cute, on…
  • (VIDEO) Leak-Proof Sippy Cups for Babies & Toddlers by Playtex®

    Piera Jolly
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    *This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Playtex Baby. However, all opinions are 100% my own. As soon as Amelia turned 7 or 8 months, we decided that it was time to begin that transition from a bottle to sippy cup. Like Lucas, we knew we wanted her to be completely transitioned over by the time she turned 1 year old. But…ohmygoodness I didn’t know what we were in for. We must have purchased at least 5 or 6 different brands of sippy cups before finding one that did not spill. I’ll be honest, we started with the ones that were cute first. Yeah big mistake LOL!. Cute =…
  • #CerealandMilk Recharge Bar in NYC

    Piera Jolly
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    You guys remember my cereal bar post from a couple of months ago? Well, a few weeks ago, I headed to NYC to attend the Kellogg’s #CerealandMilk Recharge Bar. This was basically THE CEREAL BAR TO END ALL CEREAL BARS. Celebrity chef, founder and owner of Milk Bar, Christina Tosi partnered with Kellogg’s to create a variety of classic and unique Kellogg’s cereal and milk combinations to help people recharge right with a delicious and FREE breakfast between June 24-June 27. Over 4,000 people stopped by! The combos included:   Banana Nut Ingredients: Special K Original Skim Milk…
  • 10 Summer Activities for Families & Kids

    Piera Jolly
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Here in Georgia, the kids go back to school the first week of August, which means that there are only 2.5 weeks left of summer break for Lucas. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end so soon. So as Lucas’ summer break is soon coming to a close, we are grasping on to these last couple of weeks and trying to soak in as much sun, laughter, cuddles, and quality time together as possible. I put together a list of some of the things that we are hoping to do and thought I’d share in case it inspires you too!   1. Head to the park with a blanket, yummy snacks, and a pile…
  • (VIDEO) Our New BFF! iRobot Scooba 450 Review

    Piera Jolly
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    OK, so there’s a new member of the household that I’d like to introduce you too…it’s the iRobot Scooba! He is my new BFF. For real. You wanna know why? Scooba vacuums my floors AND washes them while I…do whatever I want to do. I can be out shopping while Scooba is doing the dirty work. I can watch a movie, read a book, play with the kids while someone or someTHING else is cleaning. Yeah, it really doesn’t get better than that, right?! The Scooba hard at work cleaning the floors while hubby and I watch a movie How The Scooba Works Mike aka “Jolly…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

    Zen Mommy
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A group of actors, young and old, are audition for a commercial. They are all instructed to perform simple tasks but “like a girl.” Run like a girl. Kick like a girl. Throw like a girl.
  • Training Wheels

    Zen Mommy
    20 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    The next time your child plays out a challenging behavior that seems to come from a "strong-will", see if you can step into the experience from their point of view. Be your child's relationship "training wheels"...
  • Not Perfect Parenting

    Zen Mommy
    7 May 2014 | 7:38 am
    Give your family the gift of YOU. Imperfect, wonderful, awesome-sauce YOU... because when you do, you teach your child it's okay that they're not perfect either. And when we let go of perfect... everything is possible.
  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
  • You Know You Are A Parent When…

    Zen Mommy
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    (The truth is always funnier than anything we could possibly make up.) Embracing the little moments of this day (the messy, imperfect and oh so sweet little moments of life with little ones...) with you.
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Attention all robbers…

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today, we are driving home from vacation. We aren’t going to be in a good mood ‘cuz of mosquito bites, sunburn, and poison ivy. Along the way, we’ll see the inevitable signs that our trip will become more complex. So, if you’re a robber inside our house, you’ll have plenty of time to steal stuff. Please thank us by not making a huge mess. Oh, and make dinner before you leave, okay? Be advised that you won’t be alone. I’ve installed a new alarm system. It’s quiet, but effective. They are dressed for fall, because it’s almost time for…
  • Brothers are weird.

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Brothers are weird. Therefore, you need to be wary when they buy you a present. Often, their presents are weird…like the one I got from my brother: My brother is an adult. I expected his gift-giving to improve. Not sink to these goofy levels…but then I saw this: Maybe he got me a collector’s item worth MILLIONS! My opinion of my brother skyrocketed! I checked if I had the RARE version. I didn’t. Darn it. But then… I took a closer look. He’s kinda cute. Okay, let’s be perfectly honest with one another. This figurine is downright uber-GORGEOUS. Rugged…
  • Friends smell good

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (1) Friends go on walks together. (2) Friends accept you, even when you’re shy, weird, and bark at inappropriate times. (3) Try to make at least one BIG friend. Just in case you need a bodyguard. Or a ride to the grocery store. (4) Friends will never scare you. Unless it’s Halloween. (5) Some friends have four legs…and some don’t. This post brought to you by Friends. Sometimes, I prefer the four-footed variety. How ’bout you?
  • I fought the deer and the deer LOST!

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m at war. I’m protecting my property from complete decimation. My “enemy” is formidable. And hungry. Have no fear. Get a bowl. Mix 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon veggie oil, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, garlic powder or crushed garlic cloves add 1 gallon of water and store in a sprayer. Spray this lovely liquid on your beloved plants. It works, because it tastes yucky. It’ll make your hostas and roses and flowers blechy. Blechy is a scientific term that means “really icky tasting.” Spray on your beloved plants (especially after it rains) and…
  • My dog is a vegetarian

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
      My best friend betrayed me. Again. It began so innocently. It always does. I just wanted to grow some strawberries. ‘Cause me likes strawberries. Lots. (I speak poorly when I’m hungry.) So…I planted strawberries. A whole bunch of ‘em. Last summer. I got ONE strawberry last year, but LOTS more grew this year! Oh, the joy. The contentment. The dreams of strawberry shortcake. The mouth-watering plans for salads and smoothies. The sudden discovery of something wrong. The abject disappointment. The rage. Something was eating MY strawberries. Someone was denying me…
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    Harassed Mom

  • 25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    A couple of weeks ago I won a prize on an instragram competition Citroen was running. All the comment said was”you have won this weeks voucher – a spa for two” – I was pretty chuffed because who doesn’t like a little spa time but thought it would be a massage and maybe something else! David got the vouchers on Wednesday! Two FULL DAY SPA packages from Mangwanani – I called the lady because full day to spa people means different things to non-spa people – the package is SEVEN HOURS LONG! SEVEN treatments, breakfast and lunch! I actually can not explain…
  • I challenge you to be happy!

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    I am sitting at Kauai at gym waiting for my bio appointment and catching up on emails and stuff. I actually have time to blog all the millions of ideas in my head but you know what? I can’t think of one of them – I actually have a list on my phone with blog posts – I checked it and can think of nothing to write. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore What I am about to say may make some of my more pessimistic realistic readers vomit a little but I am ok with that! The week David was…
  • Natural Medicine – to use or not to use

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I had an interesting discussion with my yoga instructor yesterday. Her youngest grand daughter had gastro last week and she was asking me my thoughts on using homeopathic remedies for something like that for a baby because her daughter is very natural and only uses a homeopath. I have been very lucky with all of my kids, they do not get sick very often. Jack was the first one to have to be hospitalised and I couldn’t even remember when the older two were last at the Doctor when I was asked recently. I have never been one to rush to the doctor for every runny nose or sore tummy. Often…
  • I wore red lipstick, you won’t believe what happened next!

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    We had a great break but we are all very glad to be back to school and more importantly routine! We had a very busy weekend, probably actually too busy but it was good. There was a nice mix of friend time, adult time and family time but not a lot of at home time which I do actually need over the weekends. My friend Fiona had her birthday party on Saturday afternoon in the Maboneng District in the CBD. I was very excited about it because I haven’t actually been there and Fiona is a little bit hipster so pushes us out of our comfort zone.We weren’t able to make the lunch and Mama…
  • Mark all as read!

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    This week, at home, with all the kids has kicked my butt which is why the posts are sporadic and a lack spark! Our house is really too small for everyone to be here all the time and I have given up tidying up for now – its pointless. Kiara still plays with toys and she spreads her joy so there are puzzles, lego, looms, drawings, paint and music players everywhere! I sort of kick it all into the toy room at then end of the day so that at least its out of the way. I am also trying to work in between the madness which is a challenge because there is no real routine for any of us so I sort…
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Sunny Afternoon Fun

    Karen Kramer
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Perfect Sunny Afternoon In this digital computer-driven age, it is very tempting to sit your children in front of the television, games console or iPad. It will keep them entertained and quiet while you can do your own thing. But remember your own childhood, before all the computers and gadgets: hide and seek, water [...]
  • Dreaming of Grinnell Iowa

    Karen Kramer
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Sitting here in my sweltering hot Florida condo by the barely working a/c unit waiting for a puff of cool air while dreaming about Grinnell Iowa hotels. Why Grinnell Iowa? Because it’s the “3rd Coolest Town in America” according to Budget Travel and Florida in the summer is stupid HOT! I can just image chillin in a two-room [...]
  • Peace Be With You

    Karen Kramer
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    In today’s hectic stressful world, I can only wish you true peace.   Peace Be With You   Perfect well-being – safety, health All necessary good – food, shelter, clothing All spiritual prosperity – A close personal understanding of God Freedom from fears – no worries Freedom from agitating passions – addictions, greed, lust Freedom [...]
  • Five Ways to Have Church At Home

    Karen Kramer
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    5 Ways to Have Church At Home For many people, going to church every Sunday is an important part of their week. They get to partake in sacred faith rituals like communion or group worship, they get to hear religious teaching, they get to spend some time with an important part of their community. Sometimes, [...]
  • Children See, Children Do

    Karen Kramer
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:44 am
    This video needs no explanation.  It’s that powerful. Make 2014 the year you become a POSITIVE roll model!  Your children are watching.  Make the effort to incorporate positive behavior in your life and the life of your child. Post by Doug Lynch. photo by: matt krepsik
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    Playground Confidential

  • The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The case of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s, has been widely discussed as a free-range-children issue. Shouldn’t a nine-year-old be allowed to play in the park, free-range advocates ask. Has our bubble-wrapped society gone too far? But, guess ... [Read more...]The post The McDonald’s mom story isn’t about free-range parenting at all. It’s about everything else. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    It’s Saturday! Who ever posts anything on a Saturday? Well, apparently I do now because this blog is the one thing in my life I can make work according to my own warped sense of time. I’d like to put the garbage out but, oh wait, that was yesterday. I forgot. And now I get ... [Read more...]The post I forgot what day it was and then I walked to the Beer Store. True story. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    “I don’t like macaroni and cheese anymore,” she said out of the blue one morning, putting down her spoon after three bites of cereal because it was getting soggy. Right then. So let’s break this down. Things my five-year-old daughter won’t eat: Kraft Dinner Image source: Getty Images Any pizza that isn’t cheese pizza. Actually, ... [Read more...]The post Is it still called being a picky eater if she only eats gourmet foods? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • We need your help to give kids a Childlike Summer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:08 am
    I partnered with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods to help spread the word about a Hunger Free Summer, but all opinions are my own. I know I’ve said it before, but I love summer. The past few weeks have been a blur of playdates, farmer’s markets, library visits, and playing at our local parks. But, even with all this fun we’re having, I never forget how lucky we are. Lucky because even though money is always a little tight with only one steady income, we never worry about whether we will go hungry. We have a well-stocked fridge and pantry, a small neighborhood co-op of small urban…
  • Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue is in theaters now

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    On the morning of my son’s third birthday, he came running into our bedroom to wake us up. He wasn’t wondering about cake or parties or even presents, what he really wanted to know was when he could be a fire fighter. When I explained to him that he had to be grown up - not just merely older - to fight fires, his face fell. I felt so bad for the little guy that I promised him that we would get him a fire fighter outfit and make him a fire engine so he could play fire fighter all day long. It’s been 9 months since then and his obsession with fire fighters has only grown, so as soon...
  • The Snuza Go! baby care aid for total peace of mind {Giveaway}

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A few years before I had kids, my cousin had a scare that sent them to the hospital only days after bringing home their newborn. I heard my cousin tell the story about how she was holding her baby and felt her stop breathing and I never quite got over it. My little cousin ended up being fine and was diagnosed with sleep apnea that was then treated, but I remember thinking “what if they hadn’t been holding her when she stopped breathing?” I don’t think there’s anything more frightening than being handed a teeny tiny little baby and sent home with it, knowing that you are solely…
  • AT&T’s Digital Life and Habitat for Humanity team up {$25 Home Depot gift card giveaway}

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    I’ve talked before about how much I love AT&T’s Digital Life and all the ways that you can automate your home’s processes. AT&T’s Digital Life provides 24/7 protection help keep your family and home safe and secure because they know you can’t truly feel at home until you feel safe. That is why AT&T Digital Life has committed to donate $150,000 as part of a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need throughout the country. “AT&T Digital Life collaborating with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity for us to help those who need the…
  • Free Huggies sample pack from Costco starts today!

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I became a mom, one of the biggest things I stressed about was shopping for diapers. I hated the idea of buying a huge box of diapers only to find they didn’t work for me or my babe, but the small boxes weren’t as good of a deal and I couldn’t bring myself to pay more per diaper just because it came in a smaller package. I ended up begging friends to sample a diaper here and there and from…
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    Being a Mummy

  • The Playmobil Suite at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel; celebrating 40 years of Playmobil

    Claire Walsh
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I'm really proud that I'm one of the Playmobil Playologists. Playmobil is only a year older than me and celebrates its 40th birthday this year and its one of the toys which I have spent most of my life lusting after. Playmobil is quite simply the best small world toy you can get your kids. It's a modern classic and I'd personally consider each set an investment as unless you choose to sell
  • Pampering at Verulamium Spa, St Albans

    Claire Walsh
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    It isn't often that I get to go along to a spa without children and enjoy a little bit of 'me' time and some proper relaxation and so when I do get the chance its a brilliant treat. A couple of weeks ago myself and my friend got the chance to try out Verulamium Spa. This was a fantastic opportunity because the spa is ten minutes from my house on foot and its something I've been keen to try out.
  • Book Review: The Very Best Sheepdog Written by Pinny Grylls and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley

    Claire Walsh
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    Thanks to this book my children now want to own their own sheepdog. This is a simple tale encompassing concepts of farming, friendship and persevering. I must admit that the story itself is not particularly unusual and over the years we have read a lot of very similar stories. However, it has been interesting to use it to explore farming concepts with the children and it will make a useful
  • Book Review: Rory and the Monstersitter by Rosie Reeve

    Claire Walsh
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    My goodness! I think this must be the first truly sinister children's picture book I've read. Well done Rosie Reeve! I'm not sure if the children quite understood what exactly happened in the story, but I think they found it amusing. Rather worryingly the eldest two children said it was a really, really brilliant book and they loved it. God help any babysitters that come to our house... This
  • Parental Guilt

    Claire Walsh
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    The summer holidays are almost upon it and I'm already trying to plan out some activities as I have found that my children thrive on a bit of order and simply knowing what they are going to be doing. I mainly do all the things myself or with friends working around a few trips to museums and galleries, it can be a bit pressured but means we save a fortune on holiday clubs. However, I cant help but
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  • Some Homeschool Mom Perspective {and a LOT OF FUN}

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking through the used books at THSC There’s nothing like being around SEVEN THOUSAND other homeschoolish people to lift your spirits and make you feel like what you are doing will impact eternity. So it will be later this week when the masses of like-minded descend upon The Woodlands, Texas to encourage, recharge, learn, grow, and fellowship together at the Texas Home School Coalition’s annual homeschool conference. Not to mention the other fun weekend side-fieldtrips they have set up (this year there were a lot to pick from). But there’s even more reason to go for me.
  • Begin Again – movie review

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Begin Again – music and integrity will always matter As my kids have gotten older, we have really been to a lot more movies than we used to go see. I enjoy discussing movies after we see them and have come to a place with my mature teens (17 and 15) that we can discuss themes in movies that are adult in nature. My 15 year old has toyed with the idea of being a singer-songwriter, so we decided to take the PR company for Begin Again up on their offer to let us come see and review Keira Knightley’s latest flick. I made it a daughter and mother ‘date’ night movie and we…
  • Oh, My Dear

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Deep breaths. I’m not sure there’s much I can find to say without whining lately, so I have been loathe to open up a blank blog post and publish ANYTHING. And then there’s that blog design issue. My blog designer has had similar reasons to whine – she nearly had her appendix rupture. I’m trying to count my blessings to keep from allowing the urgent to pull me under… When I get stressed, I make lists. I don’t know about you, but aside from chocolate, a list helps eek all the loose ends out of my brain so I can sleep – and so I can function…
  • Home Remedy: Natural Replacement for Gatorade

    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    gatorade substitute Never expected to be writing this post today, but my five year old woke up this morning telling me his tummy was upset. Three trips to the bathroom later, and I knew I would need something to help him slowly recover. Lucky for me, I know a few home remedy experts that are a great help to us. One thing I have against Gatorade and most every other hydration product on the market is the sugar content. There are a few products you can buy at your local organic or natural grocery store that don’t have sugar, but they are pricey. We don’t drink pop, sports drinks,…
  • Adding a Menu Plan to Google Calendar

    11 Jun 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Sunday night I stayed up late trying to sync my iPhone. If you know how disobedient iTunes can be, and how long it takes you to back up purchases on your iPhone when you haven’t done it, (like, For.Ever.)… you’ll imagine the kind of time I had to kill while everyone else was asleep. I was in the kitchen, twiddling my fingers and sighing in disgust – staring at the status bar… 3 of 137… when I decided I might as well get a head start on the week by doing a quick refrigerator/pantry invantory. I like to start my menu by knowing what all I have to use up…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Generation AP: An interview with Patricia Mackie

    Rita Brhel
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    In celebration of Attachment Parenting International’s 20th Anniversary, this two-part “Generation AP” series recognizes today’s second-generation Attachment Parenting parents. The second part of this series will be published next Friday. This is the first part:   “When I experienced major emotions, I would just shut down. My mom would sit with me for hours and wait for me to talk.”   ~Patricia Mackie   Attachment Parenting is no one-size-fits-all childrearing formula: It’s about having a warm, joyful relationship with our children built on the foundation of…
  • Thank you, Courtney!

    API Blog
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    In the past 20 years since Attachment Parenting International was cofounded by Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, the nonprofit organization has been a way for parents to join together as volunteers to give a voice to and further the Attachment Parenting movement. API has been blessed with amazingly dedicated volunteers — mothers and fathers and grandparents who have given of their time, talents and skills to the cause. Today, Attachment Parenting has become a household name and, even if not always attributed by name, API’s Eight Principles of Parenting are now incorporated into…
  • API now reading Attached at the Heart

    API Blog
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The API Reads program has begun the discussion of Attached at the Heart (2nd edition) by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker. The  topics we’ll be discussing in July will include: Principle 3: Responding with Sensitivity – Learning the Language of Love Principle 4: Use Nurturing Touch – The Healing Power of Physical Closeness Principle 5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally – The Critical Importance of Nighttime Needs Principle 6: Provide Consistent, Loving Care – Keeping Baby’s Attachment Secure Join the discussion through GoodReads. We’ll be reading…
  • Revering parenthood is patriotism

    Guest blogger
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    By Terri Murray While up in Washington, DC, USA, visiting my aunt and my grandma, one morning my husband and I were able to walk down the street with our youngest for a quick cup of coffee and to walk our Corgi. The quick cup of coffee turned into a fascinating hour-long conversation with a former congressional candidate for the area. She was also a mother to 3 school-aged children and was very committed to being an active mom. She went on to tell me that she lived in France for some time and in various parts of the United States and had a very successful professional career as a Federal…
  • Saved by AP and now 8 kids later: An interview with Margie Wilson-Mars

    Rita Brhel
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Through APtly Said, I have had the privilege of meeting Margie Wilson-Mars of Salem, Oregon, USA. A parenting writer and blogger, Margie and her husband of almost 20 years, Robert, have eight children ages 27, 25, 23, 21, 14, 12, 9 and 8—seven sons and one daughter, three of the boys who are on the autistic spectrum. Margie and Robert also have three grandchildren ages 7, 6 and 3. Now there’s a full household! I could hardly wait to share her Attachment Parenting (AP) story. RITA: Thank you, Margie, for your time. To begin, how did you decide to first try out the AP approach? MARGIE: By…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Happy, Happy

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    When your husband is traveling for most of the month (only one week left to go!) and your boys are in several activities, sometimes it’s best to admit you’re overwhelmed. The boys have swim practice M-F for two hours in the early morning. I’m thankful because we avoid the heat–though I still had to take Nico to the urgent care on Tuesday for dehydration–but it does take sleeping in over summer vacation out of the equation. To top it off, the boys both had choir, piano, and clarinet in the evenings. Last week I cancelled all music activities until September.
  • Newbery Challenge | Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan Published by HarperCollins on 2013-06-25 Genres: Classics, Family, Farm & Ranch Life, Lifestyles, Stepfamilies, Young Adult Pages: 96 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo "Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too." This Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan's chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah…
  • Buddy Beagle

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Our Buddy turned 14 years old on July 17th! He’s blind in one eye, can’t really hear, and his back legs are giving him trouble, but he wags his tail when he sees us and he loves his walks. Looooooves his walks. Sure, we only walk 4 houses down the street but he is in his glory walking those 4 houses. Mikey isn’t dumb. He saw what happened to Buster and he knows 14 years is a long life for a dog. For about a month now he’s been planning a birthday lunch for Buddy at Lazy Dog Cafe. We all thought it was a great idea. We sat outside on the patio. There were dogs at every…
  • Week 2

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There were a few late nights where I really didn’t want to do yoga in my cramped family room on stinky carpet while Buddy sniffed at me and Mikey and Nico argued about who touched whose piece of lint. On those days, I went on walks. Peaceful, solitary walks. I suddenly fell in love with walking again, so this week I didn’t do any yoga. I think yoga needs to be an early morning activity for me to do it with any sort of regularity. I’m thinking of setting up a little yoga area in my room. This way I can do my yoga first thing in the morning, on hardwood floors, without man or…
  • The House of Tomorrow

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni Published by Penguin on 2010-03-04 Genres: Adolescence, Family, Fiction, Literary, Young Adult Pages: 368 Goodreads Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo Sebastian Prendergast lives with his eccentric grandmother in a geodesic dome. His homeschooling has taught him much-but he's learned little about girls, junk food, or loud, angry music. Then fate casts Sebastian out of the dome, and he finds a different kind of tutor in Jared Whitcomb: a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart transplant recipient who teaches him the ways of rebellion. Together they form a…
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Introducing The Sewlosophy Pattern Co. (aka my third baby)

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A little over 3 years and a 6 week vacation later and I am finally sharing my third baby with you :).  Allow me to introduce The Sewlosophy Pattern Co. !!!! Okay, let me throw in one more ! for good measure!  It all started with the blouse above and turned into a beautiful ensemble that I am pretty proud of. The collection successfully launched over a month ago and I meant to tell you all about it sooner, but the timing of family events, a long planned for (and much needed) vacation, and life in general led to me just not making it happen.  But now I’ve run out of excuses! There is…
  • Twenty Road Trip Adventure Tips

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We are currently on a road trip that is covering a huge part of the United States! We’re traveling from South Carolina all the way to Utah!  It’s been a fun (and crazy) trip so far.  Last week I gave you a list of idea BEFORE our trip…this is a list now that we are 1/2 way through our adventure. I’d love to hear what you have to add from your own adventuring!   5 Ways to Prepare for your road trip with kids: 1. Before you set out on your trip, take a look at a map and guestimate where you’ll need to stop and refuel. Find an interesting place to have a meal in…
  • The Easiest Embroidery Project Ever – Cute Too!

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Hello friends!  I’ve made it home from our big 6 week vacation – and let’s just say, that’s gotta happen every year.  I realized it takes me about 2 weeks to be fully okay with neglecting all my online obligations (*ahem* have you missed me?) and instead fully engaged with what’s going on all around me in the moment.  I always find it hard to get back into the swing of things when I return from a vacay, and I knew this trip would be no exception.  Thankfully I had a box of inspiration waiting for me from the Michaels Makers July Challenge to get me back into…
  • Road Trip Adventure Tips

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Our Road Trip Adventure This summer, in less than 7 days we will head out on a Familyness Roadtrip.  Along the way we will be stopping in several cities where I will do Familyness Photo shoots of fantastic families (schedule and cities here-book yours asap, there are a only a couple of sessions left!).  We will go to zoos, visit water parks, and see sights (in cities we’ve never stopped in), along with lots of other fun things along the route to Utah and back again. Road Trip Tips   Let kids be part of the planning.  Asking kids, whether toddlers or teens, what would make a trip…
  • Pipe Cleaner Firework Shirts

    25 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    Over the Summer we will be sharing some of our reader’s favorite posts and a few of our own, enjoy! I first picked up this idea from my sister and my family has made new shirts for the 4th Of July every year since. It’s super easy and can be customized to any celebration! Here’s how to do it: Supplies: shirts – I had white, but I think blue and red would look great too fabric paint – I had red, blue, silver and gold glitter pipe cleaners paper large paper plates Instructions: Start with three or four pipe cleaners. Fold them in half – they don’t have…
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  • let kids play: remembering the importance of free time outdoors

    amy mascott
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
          It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that summer means camps, amusement parks, pool trips, beach, camping, picnics, and activities nonstop.  Busy, busy, busy. And when we’re not going, going, going, many of us feel guilty. Like our kids always must be doing something. And it’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of thinking that ‘downtime’ means ‘plugged in’ time: free play on an electronic device–a tablet, phone, iPod, computer, DS, Wii, or whatever.  Our kids are learning, right? And having fun? So…
  • backyard chopped challenge: creative outdoor fun

    amy mascott
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many of my longtime readers will think I’ve officially lost my marbles after reading this post, and maybe I have. I just think it’s worth sharing because though there isn’t any serious learning going on, my kids were sure using their brains for this one.  And their creative juices were a’ flowin’.   And their bodies were moving. And there was a whole lot of laughing. And they were outdoors, unplugged, and doing just what they wanted. And really? It was so much fun. It’s just a quickie reminder to get those kiddos outside and to see what happens. Because…
  • teach letter sounds using 26 kid-centered photos

    amy mascott
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re thrilled to share another Rockstar Sunday guest post with you–this time from a multi-talented blogger, Viviana. Viviana is a mom of two and the creator of Totschooling, a blog filled with cool printables and tons of early education ideas. I’m thrilled she’s sharing this post with u s.   Teach Letter Sounds Using 26 Kid-Centered Photos, by Viviana Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. We do a lot of early learning activities that I share on my blog Totschooling, and I am so happy to be here to share this super fun…
  • best summer learning idea for kids: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re continuing to rock it out with our tabletop surprises–simple, meaningful, and fun ‘surprises’ on our kitchen table every day. Whenever Maddy, Owen, and Cora feel inclined to hit the table, they do. It’s really worked, and I’m thrilled. Some days, obviously, are better than others. But for the most part, the tabletop surprises have been the best summer learning idea for our kids. Letting them use their brains on their own time. In their own way. Here’s the skinny. . . Best Summer Learning Idea for Kids–Tabletop Surprises: Keeping their…
  • what to say when kids make reading mistakes

    amy mascott
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    originally published on 8/5/10 but sharing again because we all need these refreshers. . .    So what should you say when a child makes mistake during reading? I’ve been asked this question so many times by my friends, by parents of students I tutor, and by many, many readers of this blog. And because we’ve run into this situation most recently this week after our trip to the library for fish books, I thought I’d share some ways that parents–and teachers–can handle those tough, uncomfortable times when kids make reading mistakes. These are ways that I…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Visiting Teachers and Relief Society

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm so aware that half the time things that I mention are alien to people who don't follow the same faith as me so today I'm explaining something that seems so normal to me but probably sounds a bit weird to you. Then again seeing as you are already here on my blog, you probably know I'm a bit weird and like it! ;-)One of the great things about belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that there is this programme called Relief Society for women over 18 years old. I read a description once that really made me laugh because it is true;I love being part of this community,…
  • Summer Activities at Frosts Garden Centre #Review

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    One of my favourite places to go during the holidays with the children is Frosts Garden Centre. Our local branch is in Woburn Sands, a short distance away from our home in Milton Keynes and every holiday it has some fab activities on for the children to enjoy.We were asked if we'd like to pop down to experience the new Beach first hand and also to try our hand at painting our own money boxes, of course we said yes and after taking Dotty (my Mum's cat) to the vets and having some lunch with my Mum, we popped off to the Garden Centre.We knew where to go for the Paint Your Own Moneybox session,…
  • Top Ender's Own Unique Style

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    I was never really into clothes, make up and different hair styles. Top Ender however is different. She is into clothes and make up and different hair styles and for the most part I respect that and her choices. I let her wear what she wants within reason, I let her accessorise and do her hair in styles that are questionable to say the least!For the last few months, actually almost an entire year, Top Ender has been after me to let her dye her hair. Each time that Top Ender has asked me I've said No. I've had a millions reasons. You're only nine (well ten now), you can't have your hair like…
  • Let's Start Summer

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Today is the last day of the current School year for Top Ender and Big Boy and I decided I really wanted to celebrate and do something special. So the children came home to a sign on the door. Just a simple sign that I printed off on my new printer (I'll talk about it in a post in a couple of days, but I got it free so just declaring that now) and stuck to the front door.One of my neighbours was just popping up to the school along with her children who left the School last year. They are sweet children, but they did think that my front door was a little weird... mainly because I've forgotten…
  • LEGO Stationery Storage Cups

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    Top Ender has been working on a project this past term at School, that almost perfectly lent itself to a fantastic end of term Teacher gift. The theme of the term/project was based around When I Grow Up and was a very good excuse to play with LEGO Minifigures, but did actually teach the children a lot about themselves and when I got to talk to four members of Top Ender's class every single one of them mentioned how they realised that they needed to take more responsibility for themselves and their possessions. I personally want to thank Kyle Emmett for his help in getting Top Ender so…
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  • Be sure to enter Savor’s Sweepstakes: Christmas in July

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
      Let’s face we all love to save money! But sometimes finding the best deals and coupon codes can be a little time consuming. With Back to school shopping in full swing I’ve been spending most of my free time searching for the best deals online while also trying to find coupon codes to help me... [read more]
  • Amazing Dream Team pets ™ Review & Giveaway

    Jen Williams
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
      I recently was introduced to the Amazing Dream Team pets ™ and agreed to do a review and giveaway on my site. I decided that the Magical Cat would be perfect for my four-year old niece to help her create sleep independence. However, when the Pink Magical Cat arrived my daughter informed me that... [read more]
  • 3 supplements to help alleviate symptoms of depression

    Jen Williams
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    When you are diagnosed with depression it can feel like you are all alone, but it’s important to remember that depression affects millions of people worldwide and while prescriptions may help it does not always fix the problem entirely. Depression is a mental disorder that can affect our daily life and the lives of those... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 07/19/2014

    Jen Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • How to Style Your Patio to Perfection

    Jen Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    As winter starts to fade, we find our minds turning once again to outdoor living, barbeques and relaxing on the patio. But wait! Has neglect throughout the winter months left your patio sad and tired? If so, read on for some top tips to improve your patio’s ambience – or why not forget sprucing up... [read more]
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • 10 responses to “I’m bored” this summer

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    The next time you’re waiting in line or hanging out at the park this summer, look around you. You’ll see a bunch of parents texting, tweeting, Facebooking, or Instagramming on their smartphones. Chances are, you may also see a few smartphone-less kids looking miserable. It might be our fault. We adults have forgotten how to handle boredom. We’re never bored, because: technology. So it makes sense that our kids—who follow our lead and are on their iPods or iPads or iPhones just as much as us—get used to always having something to attract their attention. They need something to do.
  • Merck for Mothers launches to address global maternal health

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post was sponsored by Merck for Mothers.Our never-ending adoption process from Haiti had one benefit, and that is the fact that we developed some amazing relationships with people who are serving there. Haiti is a very difficult place to try to effect chance, because the issues there are so overwhelming. However, in the midst of that, we have friends who have seen a need, and are working hard to meet a need in that corner of the world. That need is maternal health. Maternal health isn't something I gave much thought to previously. Like many middle-class moms in the U.S., my…
  • What I want you to know about being the partner of a transgender man

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest posts is from an anonymous readerWe're normal. No, really. We hold respectable steady jobs; he's in the tech industry and I work with children. We have friends and pets and go to Trader Joe's every Saturday. If you saw us at the store discussing whether to have strawberries or raspberries with…
  • Your mid-week joy: never stop dancing.

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    I can only hope to have this much spunk at that age. Inspiring.     Post by Stanton Warriors.
  • Wednesday's Child: Tony

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids
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  • Freezing Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
  • Celebrating America…

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend in summer was a 3 day 4th of July weekend?  We could go for that – all you can eat watermelon, backyard picnics, gorgeous weather, patriotism, fireworks, parades, and people you love!   America, you are totally worth the celebration!  
  • The Next American Ninja Warrior: Spider Jump

    Jennifer Murray
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    The boys were recently introduced to American Ninja Warrior, and of course were instantly hooked. It’s right up their alley with their climbing,  jumping, and anything daring obsessions. I’m telling you, these boys do the monkey bars until their hands blister {badly} and then go right back again. Their favorite part of watching the show is reenacting the challenges either creatively inside or at the backyard play set. {Knock on wood, no ER visits yet!} In fact a lot of the time, they can’t get through an entire episode, because they can’t wait to try out a new…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

    Lindsay Grattan
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I love finding new crafts for kids that are fun, simple, and use few materials that I know I already have on hand. Rainy day and don’t feel like leaving the house? Bring out the tissue paper and whip up these pretty flowers! Kids love this colorful Tissue Paper Flower Craft because it requires very little help from an adult, and they can decorate their rooms with beautiful flowers either placed on a shelf or hung upside down from the ceiling. Adults will love this craft, as well, because these flowers make amazing wedding or birthday party decorations. You can buy tissue paper flowers…
  • 6 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

    Lisa Ranieri
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Living in the South, we see people using mason jars, decorating with them, or creating them into something unique that you wouldn’t have thought of.  If you even wanted, you could make gifts, bake a dessert in it, or make a salad to- go in the jar! I love mason jars because they are so simple and has an earthy feel about them. When I craft with mason jars, I feel like it turns out with a southern charm. Ever thought about using mason jars, but didn’t know what to do with them? Here are 6 easy mason jar crafts that will lead you to more ideas and inspiration.  If you click on the…
  • Baby Gender Reveal Party Ideas

    Lindsay Grattan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    My brother and his wife are expecting their third child this November, and last weekend they hosted their third Baby Gender Reveal Party. If you’ve never heard of these parties, they’re a fairly modern trend of learning the gender of your unborn child in a fun and unique way, usually surrounded by family and friends. While waiting until your child is born to discover the gender has its merits with a more traditional surprise element, it can be just as fun if not more so to be creative and share the surprise as you and your loved ones find out together. There are benefits, too,…
  • 5 Natural Ways to Fight Early Morning Fatigue

    Jesica Stevenson
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Mondays are probably everyone’s least favorite day of the week. Kids have to go back to school; you have to go back to work. It’s even worse if you just came from a trip where there’s a significant time difference. I just came from Maryland, Maryland to Illinois isn’t that bad, it is when you have to leave for the airport at 5am or have to spend your whole day on the road. I had to do both, which made my early morning Monday a bit harder than usual. I figured I’m not the only person who could use tips on how to fight early morning fatigue so here are the 5 Natural Ways to Fight…
  • Tips To Stay Safe and Stylish in the Sun

    Heidi Rogers
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Home Shopping Network challenged me to share my very best tips to stay  “Safe and Stylish in the Sun” for their summertime campaign to provide ideas to help keep everyone safe in the sun! Even though the end of July is quickly approaching, the hot months are not over yet! So, here are a few of my tips and tricks to staying safe and stylish in the sun. How To Safe and Stylish in the Sun Hydration:  One of the most important things to remember to stay safe and stylish in the sun is hydration.  Water is not only amazing for your complexion, but your body’s overall well being.
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  • The outsider’s guide to Hari Raya Puasa

    Revathi Manogaran
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The festive spirit in Singapore is heightened right now, as Hari Raya Puasa is less than a week away! Our Muslim friends must be busy preparing a scrumptious and mouth-watering feast of Lontong, Ayam Masak Merah, Beef Rendang, Ketupat and Kueh. Yum! Apart from the delectable items Singaporeans get to taste during the joyful occasion, how much do we really know about Hari Raya Puasa? We have compiled a list of questions that our non-Muslim friends puzzle over and come up with answers that might clear certain misconceptions about the merry festival. We hope this helps you better prepare for the…
  • Primary 1 Maths Syllabus: What Singapore parents need to know

    Minoli Almeida
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    This is for all you parents who have kids going into Primary 1 next year. We hope this will give you an idea of what the Primary 1 Maths syllabus includes. This information is courtesy of the Singapore Ministry of Education. The Primary 1 Maths syllabus consists of the main areas: whole numbers, money, measurement & geometry and statistics. 1. WHOLE NUMBERS Numbers up to 100 Counting to tell the number of objects in a given set Number notation, representations and place values (tens, ones) Reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words Comparing the number of objects in two or more…
  • Saving for your child’s education? Discipline matters

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Take the example of three-year-old Michelle Heng who hopes to become a medical doctor. Using the OCBC Education Planner, Michelle’s parents found out that they have 16 years to save $203,000 to fulfil her dream. That means putting aside $754 a month, assuming an expected return of four per cent per annum. It is also essential for Michelle’s parents to have the discipline to save. More importantly, they need to review their plan regularly to ensure they are on track. In the OCBC survey*, parents considered one or a combination of the financial products featured below to save for…
  • Xiaxue on bringing up Baby Dash

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Do Celebrity Blogger, Xiaxue, and her husband have similar parenting styles? What values does she hope to pass on to her little one? Check out our interview to find out Xiaxue’s views on parenting. This video is the fourth of our series of 6 that we will be releasing each week. So, be sure to log on to theAsianparent or subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when the next video is up. We would like to thank Rice Communications and Tan Chong International for making the arrangements for this interview. A big ‘Thank You’ also to Xiaxue for taking time out of her busy…
  • 10 must-have apps for toddlers

    Nalika Unantenne
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What apps does your toddler love? If they are not on our list of apps for toddlers, do share them with us by leaving a comment below! The post 10 must-have apps for toddlers appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    As parents, many of us do things for our kids that we were able and expected to do for ourselves when we were children. Our parents didn"t often feel the need to negotiate with our sports coach, solve our every problem, or entertain us in our free time. A big difference from today, when all too often we are over-involved in many areas of our children"s lives. Sounds funny, I know. How can a parent be too involved or do too much for their child? Isn"t that just being a good parent? But when we don"t expect our kids to take responsibility for chores or their behavior, and we attempt to smooth…
  • 4 Steps to Managing Your Child's Screen Time

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic device. Many parents are exasperated by their child"s constant technology use and the degree to which tablets, TVs, video games, laptops and smart phones have taken over their household. I once talked to a desperate mother whose child was sending upwards of 20,000 texts per…
  • "Sometimes I Don't Like My Child."

    25 Jul 2011 | 6:27 am
    It"s a truth we don"t often admit, even to ourselves: we don"t always like our kids. I can hear the guilt in parents" voices when they say, "Sometimes I really don"t like my child. He"s a pain, he argues with me all the time and he"s just not fun to be around." Or maybe your child just isn"t the person you thought he would be: perhaps he"s not academic or outgoing enough, or maybe he likes to complain and is very negative. It"s important to accept the fact that you won"t always like your kids and they won"t always like you. This is especially hard for parents of difficult, acting out kids to…
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    STL Family Life

  • Dance Camp Review + 10 Things to Look for in a Dance Studio

    Melody Meiners
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    When the summer started I had grand hopes of spending every waking moment with my children, playing in the sprinkler, eating popsicles, planning play dates packed with educational value, and turning our kitchen table into a Pinterest sweat shop. I only have this summer and next before my oldest starts Kindergarten and I was going to make every second count. We’re about 50% in and we’ve been a lot of really cool places, but I’ve only bought one pack of popsicles, I’ll have to clean out the garage before I can find the sprinkler, and it took me four late nights…
  • Slowing Down, So Close to Home: Cedar Creek Review & Travel Plan

    Melody Meiners
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    St. Louis families traveling to Cedar Creek can enjoy fishing at their stocked pond. They’ll even provide supplies. The last few summers have been dominated by staycations, but more St. Louis families are trying to find options little bit further from home to get in some serious quality and play time without breaking the vacation day or financial banks. While there are a few regional, family travel staples that come immediately to mind, and all have their merits, our family was recently invited to visit a newer place not on that quick list. One that is close to home, but feels miles…
  • Make Time, Save Money: Five Family Meal Planning Tips & Printables

    Melody Meiners
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and according to the way I feel at 8:30pm, we spend about 3.3 hours caring for others, doing household tasks, and eating or drinking. That’s in comparison to 2.6 hours doing leisure activities. Even if it’s just a half hour, anything that adds more time to that part of the pie they call “leisure” (and which I call walking to the ice cream shop and/or trying to read the same paragraph thirty times in a row) is worth a shot. Add to that, like most parents I also have found my shopping habits have taken a major…
  • One Thing This Weekend: Little Fishes Swim School Grand Opening

    Melody Meiners
    30 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    After almost eleven months of construction, six months of training coaches on their proprietary instruction method, and a lot of heart and hard work, the newest Little Fishes Swim School facility will celebrate the grand opening of their newest facility in Chesterfield, MO this Saturday. Complete with ribbon cutting, crafts, photo ops with celebrity surfer Keala Kinnelly, and a raffle for one year of free swim lessons, families will be able to check out this location serving families in the West County area from 10am until 2pm on May 31st, 2014. I chose the grand opening as this…
  • The Nest Revolutionizes Family Date Night in St. Louis

    Melody Meiners
    28 May 2014 | 7:57 am
    **Update: Sadly, on June 23rd The Nest announced they would be closing their doors. Please check back for reviews of other family friendly dining finds around St. Louis It’s Friday night. You don’t have a sitter, you don’t want to cook, and if you have to face another family date night filled with bottomless fries and freckled lemonade, you are certain a piece of your soul will die. Until recently, that meant ordering pizza or questionable carry-out and spending another night camped in front of the TV with the kids. Don’t get me wrong, there is a revered spot in our…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Fight High Gas Prices: Ways to Curb Fuel Consumption

    28 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The rising cost of fuel remains one of the biggest concerns for today’s motorists. Due to the fact that gas prices are expected to remain high, drivers must find innovative ways to get better gas mileage. Here are a few proven ways to curb a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Lower highway speeds Studies have shown that most vehicles get significantly worse gas mileage when traveling in excess of 60 miles-per-hour. In order to overcome the additional wind resistance, the engine is forced to use more fuel to maintain a constant speed. Drivers can improve their vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 20…
  • Outdoors Yoga Sounds Fun To Me

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    As a mother I am a huge fan of yoga pants. I have so many pairs that one would think I was a yoga addict. And while I am currently not, it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish to be. To me Yoga looks like an activity of grace and poise that I am dying to learn about. With great yoga mats it can be done anywhere, even in the beauty of the outdoors. I can imagine doing a yoga class outdoors in the crisp fall New England air. There would be trees all around, and grass that was still green before the weather really started to change. Probably in a park. I would have a yoga mat from The Clymb. I…
  • The Fun of Wearing Leggings

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    In my life I always want my fashion choices to be both comfortable and fashionable. With my lifestyle of being a mom that works outside of the home it is a must. One of my fashion staples is printed leggings. And these are my top choice since I can’t wear jogger pants to work every day. If only that was acceptable right? I would be the most relaxed worker ever. I would either bring a lot of energy to the sales floor or would be ready for nap time. But let’s talk about leggings! I have tons of favorite leggings like Aztec leggings at rue21. And there are tons of different ways to wear…
  • The Perfect ‘Me’ Space

    21 May 2014 | 7:15 am
    Everyone needs a ‘Me’ space. It’s important for people to have a place they can run off to and shut themselves away for an hour or two whilst they recuperate. This way you can emerge bright and shiny to face the kids, work, chores, and other aspects of your busy lives. I believe I may have an answer to your troubles: A Garden Studio. These garden studios are great as they are put up in your garden (and the majority don’t require planning permission) and you can use then for whatever you wish. Companies like Garden Spaces offer ideas on the variety of uses of a garden studio. I’m…
  • Top 3 things to do online when the kids have gone to bed

    15 May 2014 | 7:45 pm
    After working all day, many adults simply don’t have enough energy to go out for the evening. Even though they need to relax and have some enjoyment in life, they are just too tired. However, a popular trend today is to enjoy an evening with your spouse without leaving home. There are staycations so why not stay dates? After the kids go to bed, spending the remaining time enjoy various activities together can make for a terrific date night. One activity that many couples enjoy is participating in a certain hobby together. This can encompass a wide range of hobbies. For instance, they may be…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Frozen Heath Malt {recipe}

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    My favorite part of vacation is frozen drinks. In my family, the creamier and chocolatier, the better, so this recipe for making a Frozen Heath malt hits the spot! It’s easy to make, tastes pretty darn delicious and serves 4. The secret ingredient is International Delight Heath Flavored Creamer. It adds a creamy Heath flavor without weird bits (like you’d get with the candy). I can’t think of a better way to celebrate vacation and it’s delights than with Frozen Heath Malts. {wink} Frozen Heath Malt Ingredients 2 cups milk 1 cup Heath Flavored International Delight…
  • 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches {how to}

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin How to Make this 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe is a snap.  Seriously, if you are wanting a quick treat for your kiddos this summer, or are having a party, I highly recommend trying these easy, peasy ice cream sandwiches.  You can serve them right away, or prepare them ahead of time and freeze them until the event.  They are so easy that the kids can even make their own.  Double score! 30 Second Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients: The ingredient list is pretty simple.  THREE things: Chewy Chocolate chip cookies {two per sandwich} Cookie dough ice…
  • Vote for the Mrs. Dash $5,000 Recipe Challenge Winner & My Guacamole Recipe

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Dash. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that Mrs. Dash now has 14 seasoning blends to help make your cooking needs even more spectacular?  Gone are the days of one spice for one dish, now there’s a spice for just about anything!  {{smiling}}  Mrs. Dash is hosting a “Dashinista Recipe Challenge” and we can help!  Fans can submit their favorite recipes using Mrs. Dash seasoning blends AND we can vote for the winner!  Now through July 13, be sure to cast your vote!  There are some seriously fabulous cash…
  • DIY Flower Crown {how to}

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Flower Crowns make the best summer and spring photo props ever.  I’ve fallen in love with how flower crowns look in braided and wavy hair and so I had to make one.  Surprisingly, they are easier to make than you’d imagine, and the best part is that they are completely customizable.  When you make the DIY Flower Crown, YOU pick the flowers, and you custom fit the crown.  It’s a win/win.  Here’s how. DIY Flower Crown Flower Crown Supplies: Silk Flowers (my stem came from Michael’s for $4.99) Green stem wire (I got a pack of 12 at Michael’s for $1.99)…
  • Laundry Room Organization with #DuckShelfLiner

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. A few months ago I discovered Duck Brand's Shelf Liners.  They pretty much changed the way I organized shelves and cupboards because suddenly I was introduced to a product that was not only easy to install, but could be re-aligned, didn't require any adhesive and could be wiped up with a snap. I first tried out Duck Brand's Shelf Liner in my toy hauler in all of my cupboards and drawers.  They've continued to work like a charm even after several trips. The…
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    Almighty Dad | A stay at home dad blog

  • When You Grow Old

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    What did you want to be when you grew up? What do your kids want to be? How do you guide their choices in that regard? I’ll tell you what I wanted to be at one point in my youth. I wanted freedom. Specifically, I wanted to be a hobo — someone who could travel […]
  • Overcoming Fear is Not as Easy as a Bumper Sticker Slogan

    15 Dec 2013 | 10:58 am
    Let’s use knitting as a vehicle to talk about fear.  Why is knitting only for women? It really isn’t, but there is an undeniable proliferation of the idea that knitting is a woman’s activity.  There are some interests in which I understand why people would think it’s strange for a man to participate.  Doll collecting […]
  • You’re Doing Christmas Wrong

    7 Dec 2013 | 5:17 pm
    But, so am I so who am I to talk! The US economy, we’re told, is oiled by our consumer culture. I can’t disagree; the economy wouldn’t work if people didn’t spend.  And, if you don’t spend then businesses don’t make money, people lose jobs, money doesn’t change hands, and products and services disappear so […]
  • The Blog is Taking a New Direction

    5 Dec 2013 | 11:22 am
    I haven’t written on Almightydad for a very long time, but I haven’t had the heart to pull the plug on it.  The fact is that I didn’t think I had anything else to say, and I felt like I had already completed what I had intended in the first place to do, which was […]
  • Hotel Booking Secrets Revealed!

    Dennis Yu
    6 Jan 2013 | 12:19 pm
    Here we have another guest post from Dennis Yu Sad, but I found out that I flew 306,000 miles last year and spent over 200 nights in hotels. And after a few years of living in hotels across this planet, you, lovely reader, get to benefit from my mistakes. is disrupting the hotel industry […]
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    It Builds Character

  • At EverydayFamily: No excuses! Easy resources to up your financial savvy

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Photo credit: Flickr / Ken Teegardin I hate dealing with my finances. When I was married, I paid the daily bills but I stayed far, far away from the big financial picture. Starting over, I have been forced to get my head in the game and understand my finances in a much bigger sense. Whether married or single, everyone should have their fingers on their financial pulse. Making sure you know where your family stands, what accounts and policies you have, and who the key contacts are can be critical should unexpected issues arise, whether illness, job loss, or divorce. There are a ton of great…
  • When moms go out

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Photo credit: iStock When is the last time you had a “girls’ night out”? These days, they are harder to come by – and end much, much earlier. I’m over at EverydayFamily this week with what a GNO looks like as a mom. Come by and let me know if this sounds familiar! ~ChiMomWriter The post When moms go out appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesAt EverydayFamily: Other moms and birthday party dreadGreat children’s books for families outside the cookie cutterDivorce: 5 lessons from the other side 
  • Great children’s books for families outside the cookie cutter

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    I am over at EverydayFamily this week with a list of great children’s books for “non-traditional” families. I struggled with that title quite a bit, because I don’t really know what “traditional” is these days. Most families I know fall outside of the cookie cutter, and I am excited to see more children’s books recognize the diversity of their readership, and how much children need to see their lives reflected in the stories they read. Regardless of how your family is built, with same sex parents, children you have adopted, or simply that one parent…
  • Divorce: 5 lessons from the other side

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    There is no easy way through divorce, and it seems like, even after the fact, I am still discovering new layers. This week at EverydayFamily, I’ve shared five lessons from the other side. If you have been through this, I hope you will share your own in the comments as well! You can read the article here. Have a great 4th of July weekend. I hope you spend it surrounded by those who make your heart happy! ~ChiMomWriter The post Divorce: 5 lessons from the other side appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesGreat children’s books for families…
  • At EverydayFamily: Adding a second child – and what you won’t find in parenting books

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Some of the most important parenting information we get can’t be found in the manuals we buy. It is from other parents who have already been down that road – or from a whole lot of trial and error. I asked parents what lessons they’ve learned from adding a second child to their family. I’m over at EverydayFamily this week sharing their wisdom and a little of my own. Stop by and share your own stories! To everyone that helped with this, thank you! It has already been well received by the EverydayFamily readers. ~ChiMomWriter The post At EverydayFamily: Adding a second…
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  • Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay is Great Family Friendly Experience in Boston

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Disclosure: I attended an event at Kings Bowling Alley Back Bay in Boston. I was hosted and received complimentary food, drinks, and bowling. I couldn’t believe it, we have never taken Gavin bowling. I figured we’d have at least been invited to a birthday party by now. He’ll be 4 1/2 and for some reason it just hasn’t happened…yet. Here in Northern Massachusetts for some reason we have candlepin bowling. Those small little bowling balls that fit in the palm of your hand and literally knock down 2 pins at a time. However, in Connecticut where I went to college…
  • Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Toys and Movie Review #PlanesFireandRescue

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Disclosure: My family and I were provided with free passes to a movie screening for the purpose of this Disney Planes Fire and Rescue review. Any opinions and recommendations are my own. I attended an event in New York City at my own expense that featured Disney Planes Fire and Rescue toys. Have you ever needed to reinvent yourself? Did you recognize it alone or did you have a little help from your friends or an experience that was happening in your life? Did your new path become a necessity because of something that happened to you, which was outside of your comfort zone? Was it difficult to…
  • 20+ Outdoor Toys and Activities That Easily Store in the Trunk of the Car #SiennaDiaries

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Disclosure: We have been participating in the Toyota #SiennaDiaries campaign for the last 3 months, where I have been driving a Toyota Sienna minivan and documenting our travels. We received a stipend to participate in the program, but any opinions included within this post are mine my own. A few weeks ago I took part in a Google chat about healthy eating and nutrition and one one of the questions that I was asked included, “How does your family stay active in the summer?” While some people might immediately think about what’s stored in their garage or which toys are strewn within…
  • Tips for Traveling with Kids Podcast

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Today I was asked to take part in the Parenting Roundabout podcast, hosted by a colleague of mine  at, Terri Mauro, the expert on parenting children with special needs. Every week, 4 Parenting Experts engage in a podcast on all sorts of fun and interesting topics. Along with Terri, I was joined  by Catherine Holecko,’s Family Fitness expert and Susan Adcox,’s Grandparents expert. In our roundtable discussion this week we all shared our unique viewpoints and tips for traveling with kids in the summer. If you have 30 minutes, there are some…
  • BoomCo Blaster Toy Reviews

    12 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Disclosure: I received the following BoomCo blaster toys for review, any opinions are my own. Blasters are popular with boys in the tween, teenage and adult age ranges. Recently, Mattel released a new line of blasters, BoomCo. These plastic dart toy blasters are air powered, without any batteries required. They travel distances around 20 yards and have a unique, self-stick technology on the top of the dart that also allows them to be used for target games. For retail locations and more information, view  my BoomCo review on toys. I also included a few YouTube videos where you can…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life. Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends. Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party,…
  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
  • 15 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to Live by

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    July 18th is the birthdate of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize winner, and former President of South Africa. Mandela spoke throughout his life about addressing the world’s social injustices. He called for peace. He called for education. He called for kindness towards others. In his honor, July 18th is now known as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was inspired by his call for all of us to do our part to change the world for the better. As he said, we all have the ability to lead others forward simply by standing behind them. One blog post can hardly to justice to the…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: The Hope and Grace Initiative

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    All the time I talk about putting our consumer dollars towards brands that give back or do good in some way. This week beauty company philosophy announced the launch of its new hope & grace initiative. In a show of support for positive mental health and wellbeing, 1% of the company’s sales across all products, retailers and online channels will be donated to community-based organizations working to empower women through the prevention and treatment of mental health related issues. Though I have used their “falling in love” fragrance since the company was founded in 1996, the words…
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  • A case of premature teenager syndrome

    Abel Cheng
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Photo Credit: Alex Proimos If you think you have to wait until 14 or 15 to experience teenager syndrome, think again. I don’t know about you but for me I don’t need to wait that long to experience cranky behavior from my child. Maybe it’s a case of adolescence comes knocking early. In recent weeks, my wife and I notice that J (who is now 11) is very short-tempered and sometimes she can get highly emotional. Especially when she hears something that she doesn’t like. But the problem is the definition of “like” is very subjective and vague. What we think is…
  • Consumerism penetrates school

    Abel Cheng
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Photo Credit: RageZ You see it everywhere. And now schools are not spared. (I remember we didn’t have such a thing when I was in primary school) In the name of creating awareness in recycling, a popular home product company dropped by J’s school recently. And of course, they wouldn’t leave without taking some back from the students. A day before the event, J received a brochure which promoted the company’s products and it’s aptly called Student Set. Again the company promoted the product in the name of creating a better environment. Don’t get me wrong. I am…
  • That’s one small step for her, one giant leap for my health

    Abel Cheng
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Photo Credit: VOFAN I have a confession to make. Up until recently, I was the one who woke J up every morning so that she could prepare herself for school. In other words, I was her alarm clock. I had to wake up before her and when you get older, it’s no joke to wake up early and it can take a toll on your health. You can’t really get back what you lose from sleep deprivation. On April 28th this year, I handed over the job back to J and it’s now entirely her own responsibility to wake up in the morning. At the same time, I resigned being a human alarm clock. I free myself…
  • Educational Tour: Rimba Ilmu and Museum of Zoology of University of Malaya

    Abel Cheng
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:40 am
    We jumped at the invitation extended to us by my wife’s former colleague and a reader of They were the organizers of a day trip that took place last Friday. The day trip comprised Malaysia’s top university’s Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden and The Museum of Zoology. Both places are located on the campus of University of Malaya (UM). Based on my rough estimate, the trip was joined by about 30 participants – children and adults alike. The morning session started off with Rimba Ilmu. After lunch, the trip continued with a visit to UM’s Museum of Zoology.
  • Family Road Trip: Sitiawan, Lumut and Pangkor Island

    Abel Cheng
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Since we were offered a free place to stay (from my cousin) in Swiss Court Holiday Apartment Damai Laut, we planned a visit to this wonderful places (Sitiawan and Lumut) again during the recent school holidays. It’s 3D2N trip. What is different this time is we included Pangkor Island as part of our itinerary. Our last visit was four years ago. Detailed write-up about the last trip here. Klang Hainanese Curry Rice Klang’s Hainanese Curry Rice On the way to Sitiawan, we stopped by at this stall for the second time. We ordered two servings of rice with pork, beancurd and eggs. What…
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • #SheInspires | Michelle Jones: “On Really Tough Days I Need To Write In My Journal”

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I just met Michelle recently (as in, she retweeted some of my links, I checked out her blog and instantly became a fan). She is due with her second child any day now and she also has an 11-month-old who keeps her on her toes. I love her blog, BlackZenMama, and everything it represents. I’m sure you’ll dig Michelle just as much as I do. Name: Michelle Jones Age: 24 Kids: Two girls/ A one-year old and I’m due with my second child late July 2014 Blog URL: Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… a nap or a long, hot shower…
  • Why I Make My Kids Go To Bed Every Night At 7 P.M.

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    My aunt has lived in Texas for the majority of my life, whereas I have always lived in Ohio. This means I don’t see her much and our in-person communication is pretty much limited to holidays and special events like weddings. Once, she was in town for just a random visit and wanted to come by and see me and the kids. But she didn’t, because it was 7 p.m. and she knew (everyone knew) that at 7 p.m., my house shuts down and it’s time for my kids to go to bed. “I didn’t want to mess up your routine,” she told me. “They told me how you are about…
  • How Do I Sustain My Life As A Blogger When My Life Bores Me To Tears?

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    For those who are faithful readers, you might notice the frequency of my posts have been hit or miss this summer. I’ve been dealing with my daughter’s health issues and the stress that comes with having the kids out of school, with a husband working long hours. After finally pinpointing the problem, the medicines my daughter is taking necessitates us staying close to home so it just feels like one loooong day. (Thankfully, she is doing much, much better after only one week on the medication.) Sometimes I look back at my archives like, “How did I manage to write nearly 1,500…
  • #SheInspires | Natasha Vianna: “Being A Young Mother Doesn’t Mean You Have To Give Up Your Youth”

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I don’t even remember when I first met Natasha but I’m glad I did. Over the past several years she has been outspoken about everything that matters – equality, reproductive rights, respect for teen parents and more. She is one of my idols and I’m thrilled to salute her in this #SheInspires series: Name: Natasha Vianna Age: 26 Kids: 1 daughter, 8 years old Twitter: Whenever I have a moment of free time I look forward to… reading. I recently finished Janet Mock’s book, Redefining Realness, and have been really reflecting on how a…
  • No, Honey: You Don’t Need A “Beat Face” To Face The World

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I very rarely wear a full face of makeup. Growing up, my mom stressed the importance of maintaining your natural beauty and she discouraged me from playing in makeup for fear that it would mess up my face. “You have beautiful skin,” she said. “Just wash it, moisturize, and drink your water.” So that became my mantra. I went to an all-girls school so it  didn’t matter much. No one was checking for me in the hallways so why not walk around bare faced? I took all the money I would have spent on makeup and spent it on $25 undies at Victoria’s Secret.
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Ten Things Your Son Wants to Hear From You

    Marie Roker-Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    1. I Love You, No Matter What Let your son know you love him unconditionally. Emphasize that he does not need to be good, successful, or smart for you to love him. 2. I Respect You Your son deserves respect too. You will teach your son a lot about respecting other people’s values and boundaries, when you show him respect. Mutual respect is key to a strong relationship with your son. 3. I’m Here For You Be supportive in his decisions, as long as it is not something that will cause him harm. There are many adults living with resentment and regret because their parents did not…
  • Encourage Learning This Summer By Having Kids ‘Earn Time’ to Play with e-Carrot

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to learn about a cool rewards-based technology platform that not only encourages balance in your child’s digital consumption but also gives parents the control to effectively manage how much time their child spends using devices. Along with a few other mom bloggers, we interacted with the developers of eCarrot, who also happened to be parents and were given a thorough presentation of the app. As the parent of two boys,  I was excited to hear about eCarrot’s app and how it gives kids a chance to play with smart devices based on correct…
  • Help Your Struggling Reader Build Reading Confidence

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    As part of my #SummerLearningChat on Twitter, join me on Thursday, July 17th  at 2:00pm Est with guest Meeghan Mousaw of Sight Sound Reading to talk about ways to help struggling or beginner readers to become more confident readers. Reading is an important part of summer learning, so find creative ways to make reading enticing to your son. Meeghan will also share tips on helping children with special needs become better readers.  One lucky chat participant will win a Teaching Made Easy Bundle. If you would like to help teach your student(s) to read, this bundle is a step by step guide…
  • Preventing Summer Learning Loss- 7 Week Series

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Join me for a 7 Week series on “Preventing Summer Learning Loss”! Summer is a wonderful opportunity to help your son get ahead of the curve. As much as we want our sons to relax and take it easy, it’s imperative that we provide them with enriching experiences and learning adventures. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging that parents read to their infants. To participate, sign up for my newsletter to stay updated on interviews on Google Plus,  Twitter chats and Blog Talk Radio. According to the National Summer Learning Association: All young people…
  • Does it Matter if Your Son is Happy?

    Marie Roker-Jones
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    “I just want you to be happy”. How many times have we either uttered these words or heard other parents say this to their children? Why are we so consumed by the happiness of our children? I used to say this to my sons until I realized that happiness is rather subjective. I also realized that for children who are loved unconditionally, nurtured and cared for, happiness is just a state of being.  Happiness became a focal point in our lives a couple of years ago during my son’s turbulent middle school years and my husband’s deployment.   I became obsessed with making…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Touring the Bridges of Madison County #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    I am going to be honest and say that when I planned our stop at Walnut Woods State Park in Iowa, I had no idea that the bridges of Madison County were close by. In fact, it was just a minor stop that was in a convenient place when I looked on the map. Just a rest over between Sioux Falls and St. Louis. However, some of the best things in life happen spontaneously, and this ended up being one
  • A Splashing Good Time at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Thanks to Wild Water West for hosting our visit, all opinions are my own.  When we visited Sioux Falls last month, the temperatures were steadily rising. We needed a way to cool off, and Wild Water West provided just that. South Dakota's largest waterpark, Wild Water West features an array of water fun for the whole family, including a 500,000 gallon wave pool and a lazy river with a swim up
  • Netwars - The Butterfly Attack Episode 1 Graphic Novel App Review

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bastei Entertainment.  Are you a tech nerd? Do love the inner workings of code and the web in general? If so, then do I have the app for you. I was recently approached and asked to review Netwars - The Butterfly Attack Episode 1 graphic novel app, and it is perfect for those who really love to get into their reading. With 3-D motion sensored
  • Introducing the 2015 Toyota Sienna AKA the #SwaggerWagon

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Earlier this year, I shared my adventures as a #SiennaDiaries blogger. We loved the 2014 Toyota Sienna from hood to trunk, and honestly, if a new vehicle was in my budget, the Sienna would be it. Toyota reaching out to me the other day to tell me about the all new 2015 Toyota Sienna release. This sleek minivan is loaded with new features and plenty of the old favorites, definitely living up to
  • 8 Family Attractions Under $15 in Sioux Falls #70DayRoadTrip #Travel

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I was hosted by the Sioux Falls CVB to learn more about the city, but all opinions are my own.  On our recent visit to Sioux Falls, I was surprised to see so many free attractions for families. We have traveled around the country a lot, and most cities have an attraction or two that are free or really inexpensive, but Sioux Falls is a city full of affordable family fun. From minor league
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Gian's Choo-choo Train Birthday Party Set Up

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Here's a sneak peak from my boy's birthday mini-surprise. As usual, we celebrated it without guests. I set up all his train toys in the dining table while he was taking a nap. I bought him the balloons (which turned out to be a hit), Thomas the Train hats and blow-outs (from Party Stuff) and cake (from Polar Puff). I also did last minute shopping at Toys 'R Us because before he took a nap, he was looking for a present. :DTune for a detailed post about the mini-party we threw our birthday boy!
  • 3 Birthday Gifts That Your Kids Will Love You For

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    If your child has a special birthday coming up, you may be at a loss as to what to buy them. You want it to be something special, not just the usual stuffed toys, colouring books or Disney DVDs. You want this birthday to be one that they remember, so you need to find a present that’s going to surprise as well as excite them. Well, never fear because we’ve scoured the toy shops and the internet and done all the hard work for you. So, to ensure you give your children a birthday they never forgot, all you have to do is read on…1. DollsPorcelain dolls are just as popular now as they were in…
  • Terrific Three Already?

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    I guess I am still in denial that my baby boy officially turned 3 years old today.
  • What You Can Do Now To Prevent Future Back Problems

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    A back injury can cost an individual their livelihood, their quality of life and overall wellbeing. Before it becomes too much of an issues, there are a number of simple things that anyone can incorporate into everyday life to prevent future back problems.The obvious risk reducers revolve around staying healthy and exercising, but what are some other things you can do to save your back? Watch your weight Obesity has been linked to many health problems, with back issues being near the top of that list. Your body is simply not designed to carry around extra weight for years on end.
  • 3 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Sickness

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have two kids who are water magnets. They take every opportunity to play with water be it at home, in the mall or in hotels when we travel. During our visit to Malacca last weekend, the kids braved the icy cold water in the hotel swimming pool to have some water fun. As usual, they weren't satiated by the pool water alone. When we went back to our room, they played in the bath tub for another round of water fun.Thank goodness my kids are healthy and rarely succumb to colds and flu even when they play in the water so very often. The hubby and I do a lot of preventive measures to protect them…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • When Is It Safe for Your Young Athlete to Begin Weight Lifting?

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Weight lifting or training will eventually–if it’s not already–be part of your athlete’s regime. Football season is just around the corner and if your son is playing, then you are may already know that strength not only helps him perform better as an athlete, it can also help prevent injuries. The following excerpt is from my ebook, Football...Read More
  • What You Must Know about Youth Sports and Concussions

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Concussion safety is on the tip of every sports expert’s tongue these days. And there is definitely reason for concern. There’s so much discussion going around that it can get rather overwhelming. Who should you listen to? What should you be doing to be sure your child is safe when playing sports? I sorted through some...Read More
  • Introducing the New Sports Parenting Podcast

    Kelly McCausey
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’m pleased to announce I’ll soon be releasing the first episode of The Sports Parenting Podcast. Listen in for a brief preview of things to come. As soon as it becomes available, we’ll post links to subscribe via iTunes!
  • What Will Make Your Child a Champion?

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is it that defines a champion? Take 30 seconds to watch…. College and pro athletes are not champions by chance. They are champions because they are willing to put in the time when the cameras are off and the newspaper reporters are not around. Your child will not become a champion because he gets...Read More
  • What Every Parent Should Know about Keeping Kids Busy

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Keeping kids busy has developed into a very profitable pastime. Between sports, music lessons, and clubs,  we’ve invented an activity suited to every child’s taste and many parents are quite willing to spend the money on those activities to keep their kids occupied and out of trouble. Keeping kids busy can be addicting. It’s one...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Host Your Own Bounce House Play Date!

    Darcy Zalewski
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We received a bounce house toy from Little Tikes to review for our own play date. There is just something about bounce houses that draw kids to them like moths to a flame. They are irresistible fun! Around here, there are a couple indoor places filled with inflatables for kids to play on. While those are nice in theory, they can be a little crazy for weekend play dates. They are usually busy and the little ones under 4 years old can be easily intimidated by the bigger kids running around… even if there is a special toddler area. So, how can you ensure your little ones get time to bounce…
  • Will I Ever Run a 5k? {Weight Loss & Couch to 5k Updates}

    Darcy Zalewski
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Two weeks ago I was so close to hitting my next weight goal. Without tracking my food and WW points, you can see how my weights have fluctuated. Week 16: 213.4 Week 17: 211.6 Week 18: 208.8 Week 19: 211.4 Week 20: 211 Exhibit A: Darcy after a run I’ve also started running. Sort of. At the time of my last update I’d gone out twice. I’m using a Couch to 5k app on my phone, which prompts me to alternate walking and jogging intervals. The idea is to work up to running 5k by going out three times a week for nine weeks. This is a big change for me. I’ve only been able to go…
  • Champagne Soaked Strawberries and 12 Drinks for Summer

    Darcy Zalewski
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    This summer drink round up is sponsored by, a place to organize and collect recipes online. Check out 12 Summer Drinks by Darcy Zalewski at I love strawberries and I’m fond of champagne. I haven’t drank very much in years, but when I do, it’s all about enjoying the taste. Last weekend was Strawberry Fest in my area so I figured strawberries soaked in champagne sounded like a good experiment. While technically not a drink, I think it’s a fun twist and perfect for summer, don’t you? Sure, I could just drink strawberry wine, but I was very…
  • Family Fun at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark

    Darcy Zalewski
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Our family was invited for one complimentary night stay at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark in Gurnee, Illinois so we could experience it for ourselves. All thoughts and images are my own. With indoor waterparks, the fun happens all year round. Living southeastern Wisconsin, we need options. And even in the heat of summer, indoor parks are still a great option because the temperature is controlled, you don’t have to worry about rain and you don’t need to worry about sunscreen or sunglasses. A few weeks ago we stayed at KeyLime Cove in Gurnee, Illinois. If you follow me on Instagram,…
  • Expand Your Child’s Library at My Usborne Books Facebook Party!

    Darcy Zalewski
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Okay, so, I feel awkward sending out party invites to the masses. I really do, but I want you to come by tomorrow, if you can. Not to my house though because it’s a mess. Facebook is letting me rent an event room. Nice of them, eh? One of my friends hosted an Usborne Books Facebook party last month which I attended (after realizing I wasn’t going to her house for margaritas). It was a very low pressure party where Teresa provided great information about the books available. I ordered three to check them out and the kids like them. Bob is a Unicorn has been a hit because…
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    The Potty Diaries

  • No words needed for this one, I think...

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Oh, and whilst I'm at it, no filter needed on this photo, either...
  • Today's definition of 'Embarrassment'...

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    We are in the Netherlands at the moment, and both the boys are at (field) hockey camp.Note:  I put the 'field' there in brackets for readers who might think I was talking about ice (ice) hockey.  I'm not.  Yes, there IS another game using sticks with 'hockey' in the name...Yesterday, the weather was glorious; 21degC, sunshine, a few clouds; perfect hockey weather, but today we have driving rain.  Undaunted by that, the coaches at the camp have the children outside doing circuits, playing games and practicing.  I shouldn't know that, of course.  I should have…
  • Are you an expat who needs a new UK passport next year? Apply now...

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:10 am
    Inspired by today's story in The Times and on the BBC of claims by the UK Passport Office that there is 'no backlog in processing applications', here's a little tale of what has been occupying me for the last 3 months; applying for and waiting for a new passport.Passports are important if you're an expat.  Not only do you - obviously - need one if you are travelling, but here in Russia you need one to carry out practically any transaction where you are using a card to pay, whenever you are driving a car, if you want to use the bureau de change, whenever you visit an office building or an…
  • In the presence of greatness...

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:42 pm
    My sister (the former blogger known as Footballer's Knees who now confines her brilliance to outpourings on fb) is - undoubtedly, indisputably and without question - a genius.  Don't believe me?  Read this...I’m having a bad day.Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,Your Facebook updates and posts now postpone,Bring out the tweezers and the bleach with care,For on my chin I found an enormous white hair.Let the bikini orders and spray tans be cancelled,The foot spa and pedicure kit dismantled,Book that long appointment with the beauty specialist,And the extra time with the…
  • When practice doesn't make perfect...

    30 May 2014 | 2:05 am
    ... but is it's own reward.Hands up who out there has children who are not particularly sporty?Yes, that's me, right at the front of the room, waving my arm in the air in the slightly embarrassed manner of a parent who would love her children to be superstars on the sports field but who knows that genetically, they haven't been dealt the strongest of decks.If Husband is reading this he will no doubt be throwing up his hands in horror at my defeatist attitude, but even he - supportive of me and all my failings as he is - can't deny that what I say is true.  I am not a natural sports…
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    Abundant Mama

  • You Don’t Have To Be a Mindful Parent Every Second of the Day

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Since starting the #BanBusy movement in this community, I have found so many beautiful moments to just be with my daughters. And to just be myself. The last few months, though, everything that is not THAT important has taken a backseat to just being together. Because, and I know this now, it will all get done — eventually. And that means I’m spending as much time as possible being a mindful parent. Confession: That, however, doesn’t mean I’m mindful all day long, 24-7. I like to say that I am the love child between helicopter parents and free-range parents. I want to…
  • A Love Note for The Angry Mom

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dear Angry Mom – You saw red today. You hid in the corner, crying. You seriously wondered how on earth you could make it through another minute, let alone another day. You’re not sure you’re cut out for this motherhood thing. You’re not sure you’re able to stay strong, like you know you need to be. But here’s the thing, the beautiful thing – Your child, your children, need you and they do not need the angry mom. They need the mom that is full of readiness and love. I don’t mean they need just anyone. I mean they need YOU. They need your smell.
  • 5 Unexpected Ways Photography Makes Happier Moms

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Super happy to offer this guest post from Beryl Ayn Young, Photo Mentor and founder of Momtographie. Beryl is a great teacher for moms who want to use their camera to track family memories — and for self-care. Check her out with these great tips and then go sign up for her FREE class! This post contains affiliate links because I believe strongly in Beryl’s offerings. It’s a sweltering 93 degrees outside on a summer evening in late-June. We exit the comfort of our perfectly air-conditioned car and I stop for a moment to let the fog clear off my glasses as they adjust to the…
  • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Say No To Your Child

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all say no. Daily? Hourly? Every few minutes? And we mean well. We do. There’s things we have to do. Things to check off and get done. Places to go and visit. And yet, by the end of the day we wish we had relaxed more, played more and connected more. We wished we lived more. I go in phases, personally. I say yes a lot and then I clamp down real tight, as if I’m afraid to let go. I can feel the tension inside of myself in those days. When you say no to your child, you are stating your control. We all want control over our days, our moments, our life. And then I wake up and realize I’m…
  • My New Favorite Mindful Living Mantra

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other morning, the second my eyes opened,  I scanned the dark room and I felt it. The pressure. To be on, to do, to get things done. The pressure to be perfect, to keep up, to not miss out, to DO when all I want to do is BE. And, then it started. The long list of wants and desires — the things spiraling in my head that I want to do — began to churn in my still-waking-up brain. All of those things I really want to do, but won’t have time for … the self-care, the solitude, the writing time, the long, cathartic walk, the slow porch chat with my husband. And suddenly…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Guide To Finding The Perfect Strapless Bra + Intimacy Giveaway

    Allison Cooper
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    We all know that summer is all about strapless or very thin strapped dresses and tops–it’s inevitable! It’s what is in style, pretty, and quite frankly–keeping us cool during the hot summer months. BUT…we always seem to struggle with getting that strapless bra to fit just right! Don’t try to hide it, because I KNOW that you have found yourself huddled in a corner at an outdoor summer party or BBQ, hunkered over, trying to discretely get your strapless bra pulled up. I’ve been there, too–many times! The journey to finding the perfect strapless…
  • The Disturbing Trend of Hair Loss in Young Women + Nioxin Giveaway

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Our hair is our “crowning glory”, an expression of our personal style. But what if your hair starts to break off and fall out?  Hair loss in young women is REAL, and today’s Project Motherhood post addresses this disturbing trend and ways to cope. One of the loveliest women I know recently shared a personal issue with me, whispering,  “My hair is falling out in droves and I am freaking out! I really don’t think I can handle this!”  We’ve all noticed how disturbed men are when their hair starts to thin, so imagine what sudden hair loss can feel like to a woman!  And a…
  • Say Good-bye To Colorful Kindergarten Classrooms

    Allison Cooper
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Can you picture the kindergarten classroom that you had growing up? Or compare it to the one you take your child to? Most likely your child’s classroom is colorful and adorned with bright pictures on the walls, and displaying the children’s artwork. This is the norm, but a recent study believes that it is prohibiting children from getting the proper education. How Do Colorful Kindergarten Classrooms Affect Our Children’s Learning? A group of psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA have come to the conclusion that focused attention is essential for training…
  • Confessions of a Rectangle Shaped Body

    Allison Cooper
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Let me preface first by saying that every-body has a different story to tell, no matter which body shape category you fall into. Not every silhouette follows “the rules” and most certainly is not perfect. You will have your trials and tribulations no matter which shape you have. Mine happens to be the rectangle shaped body–and this is my story. Do you wear the same size clothes on your top and bottom halves? Do you have small breasts? Do you have very little waist definition? Do you have an average tummy? Then you, like me are a rectangle shape. As the years have gone by, I have learned…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Style vs. Trends

    Allison Cooper
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Let’s start today’s topic off with one of my favorite quotes by Yves St. Laurent, because it helps summarize this  style vs. trends debate. (And because I love a great fashion quote! Don’t you? They always leave me feeling inspired!) “Fashion fades, style is eternal” Wow. Its very concise and to the point, but powerful as well. It’s a very telling statement about the way fashion and style was viewed during the time this great fashion house was emerging and still stands true today. Fashion, like trends, fade. Fashion is changing at a rapid pace and…
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    The Mommist

  • Suspenders à la Nicole Richie

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    sourceLeave it to Nicole Richie to make not-so-ordinary suspenders look super cool! Promoting Candidly Nicole in New York, Nicole Richie stepped out of Manhattan Mall in semi-sheer white cutoffs, black jeans, pointed-toe pumps, and Chanel suspenders. Special mention to her ear studs. If Sons of Anarchy and SATC had an ensemble for a love child, this would be it. I love the whole ensemble with passion! I'm not too fond of in-your-face logos, but this one works just fine. Maybe it's her badass demeanor that made it so. Yeah, she knows she killed it. Hold on! Before you go, please like my…
  • Makati Shangri-La Shang Palace: Huaiyang Cuisine Experience By Chef Anthony Dong

    Len Dela Cruz
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I had such a wonderful gastronomic experience the other day at Makati Shangri-La's Shang Palace, and I have Chef Anthony Dong to thank for that. I'm grateful that I was introduced to the fine flavors of Chinese cuisine called Huaiyang.  Huaiyang Cuisine is one of the four major cuisines in China; the other three are Yue, Lu, and Sichuan. It is also an umbrella term for cuisines from the cities of Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Nanjing, and Hua'an. Being a benchmark of great quality, this was the type of cuisine that was served at the Grand Banquet for the Ceremony of the Founding of the People's…
  • Hugo Guinness Linocuts

    Len Dela Cruz
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Let's talk about Hugo Guinness' work for a second. This amazing artist's linocuts have been on my great expectations list for years. I don't know when it'll get out of that list and come to fruition though. They say you have to train your brain into attracting what you want most. The universe will then conspire to give it you. If that fails, defaulting to good 'ol hard work is fine, too.Anyway, back to Hugo Guinness's work. The ones below are just a few of my favorites because they depict my daily essentials and the things that I'm fond of, like the typewriter. As for the handcuffs, well, who…
  • Kessaku Japanese Restaurant

    Len Dela Cruz
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    My foodie friends and I had another great experience recently at this Japanese resto up at the South named Kessaku. The English translation of the word is 'masterpiece' or 'best work'. To name an establishment something that encourages a lot of expectation is both scary and intriguing. You have to live up to that presumption, otherwise, your name will just come out as a clever boost.Kessaku is owned by the same people behind Yumi and Munchtown. I go to both places quite often, and have a good experience each and every time. I'm actually more amazed now by their consistency than by the dishes…
  • The Scene at Studio 54

    Len Dela Cruz
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Current temp: disco fever!!! My fascination for Studio 54 was resuscitated while listening to my disco playlist {paired with some mean Travolta moves} on Spotify awhile ago. It's one of the bygone years I'd give an arm to revisit. All those celebrities, intrigues, and antics that made the super exclusive New York nightclub an icon engrosses me. There are a lot of stories that came out about what really happened inside Studio 54. Stories are easily fabricated, that's why it's best to rely on photos. As they say, 'pics or it didn't happen'. Here are a couple of shots that embodies the…
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  • Though the World is Fast Asleep

    Bob Aycock
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    This time of night was once quiet. I expected it to change when Gretchen arrived. I did not expect William and Elisabeth to be the ones crying or up more than her. It seems our middle Tweedles have acquired an internal alarm that goes off, waking them to call out to Daddy and Mommy, while […]
  • It’s A Girl!

    Bob Aycock
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    I am very happy to announce that my wife gave birth to our fourth child and second daughter this morning. Gretchen Isolde Aycock arrived on June 6, 2014 at 1:44 a.m. She is 7lb 13oz and 21″ long. Welcome to the world, Gretchen! What a blessing you are, baby girl. We are in love with our […]
  • Our Disney Land

    Bob Aycock
    21 May 2014 | 6:15 am
    Last month I wrote a post about Walt Disney’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. In my quest to learn as much as I can about Uncle Walt, I have become obsessed with Disney history and vintage Disneyland. I know there are many Disney fan pages and blogs out […]
  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Bob Aycock
    11 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! Thinking of all the moms out there as all well as those of you who may be missing your mom (even more) today. <3 For more magical Disney-inspired Mother’s Day cards, check out Disney Mother’s Day Cards Sure to Warm Your Heart on Oh My Disney!  Filed under: Holidays Tagged: #DisneyMP, #DisneySide, […]
  • Date Nite at Disneyland

    Bob Aycock
    9 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Originally posted on Progressland:Here’s a piece I did based off Disneyland’s famous “Date Nite at Disneyland” events of old. I even borrowed the “Santa Ana Freeway” subtext straight from some of the vintage advertisements. I also had fun replicating the train station and trying to get the lights to “glow” as well as getting…
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  • YOLO

    Charity Strothers
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    2 years have gone by since I officially became the JOVIAL mommy. It hasn't been easy...Actually it's been frustrating, tiresome, hectic, chaotic, and at times depressing! Parenting doesn't come with a guide, I mean there's people out there that can tell you how they did it, you know books and the like. However, that doesn't mean that you'll like every aspect of how they choose to parent. I think becoming a parent gives you a greater appreciation of your own parents. I mean because really at times it does seem as though the blind are leading the blind.I always try my best to motivate any and…
  • Officially Summer Can Began

    Charity Strothers
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:20 am
    A 95%, this is what I earned in my community hospital rotation. It's not quite what I expected, as I felt like considering ALL factors, I should have earned a 100% but that may just be the optimist in me.Aside from this, Summer has started for me!!!!Let's take a moment to Turn up, Turn up, Turn up!Now that I've officially been turnt, it's time for me to really get working.It's funny that I feel this way, but I'll explain the way I'm feeling... For a while I felt because I was a mother and wouldn't allow myself to be as flexible as my colleagues, that I did't quite measure up to them. It was…
  • Surviving Drug Disease Management Modules

    Charity Strothers
    14 May 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Hi All!I'm guessing that people enjoy reading my posts about pharmacy school, as I get oh so many comments. I'm glad that I am able to help those who are searching. So, in my quest to continue to help, I've decided to post about the infamous DDM. That is Disease and Drug Management.Not every school follows the same curriculum so I can only speak for my institution. DDM, happens a little like this: You study a system for example the cardiovascular system, you go through pathophysiology, pharmacology of drugs that treat CVS diseases, and…
  • I'm a P3 now!!!!

    Charity Strothers
    5 May 2014 | 8:52 am
    Hello  All!I feel like every time I post, I am apologizing for not posting sooner. At any rate I'm sorry for not posting sooner, but life has just been going. I am officially a P3 now!!! It feels amazing! In case you were wondering how it feels. School ended April 30 at noon and final grades came in a few days later and here I am chillaxing.  This semester had to have been the roughest of them all. The second semester of P2 year begins Drug and Disease Management (DDM) 1-3. I have covered CVS and CNS, that is Cardiovascular and Central Nervous System. Pathophysiology, Pharmacology,…
  • Has it Been Awhile?

    Charity Strothers
    17 Dec 2013 | 6:43 pm
    I would say yes! It has been a long while. I've a lot of catching up to do! I am officially a P2.5 as of today!!! I have fought long and hard to get to where I am today however, I am here. And I would be absolutely lying if I said that it doesn't feel GREAT!But does anybody still read this thing any more? I hope so!Let's talk about Emsley! She is thee most perfect slice of heaven! She is so wonderful and of course I have mothers syndrome. I could go on and on about how incredible she is, but I won't instead I will post you some pictures and I shall return sooner rather than later
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Eva is Swimming!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Yesterday we went to the pool. We hadn't been in a while because of cool weather. Mr. Kerrie just got back from Wyoming and he came with us. I got to lay in the sun while chatting with my friends, reading a book and getting a tan while Mr. Kerrie played with the kids. Then Eva, who is 6 1/2, asked me to come to the deep part. I did and she showed me that SHE CAN SWIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I believe she is my youngest one to swim! The boys were both 7 and Callie was probably close to 7 but I would have to go back through old online and paper journals to check! We've gotten to go to my aunt…
  • #LegoLand Discovery Center Kansas City ... A FULL-ON Blast!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Here's the sister post to this one with more words in case you are interested in knowing more about our day at LegoLand Discovery Center in Kansas City. LegoLand and SeaLife are where a department store called Hall's (Hallmark, anyone? Yes, Hallmark HQ is right around the corner) used to be and it was cool, but if you ask me, I think LegoLand and SeaLife are a MUCH better use of that space over there ... but then, I never was much of a shopper.Anyway, thank you to US Family Guide for the opportunity to get 7 free tickets to LegoLand so we could check it out for our second time and really…
  • #BlueberryPicking at The Berry Patch Summer 2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here's my Bubblews post about The Berry Patch (on our Summer 2014 Bucket List) so you can read in more detail about our fun evening. And here are the awesome pictures of our night. Whenever we go there, it's always peaceful and fun and something to remember.Quite a haul at 21 pounds! Sam is sad that his grasshopper that he left too far from its Mommy would not get home to it's Mommy. He was sobbing about it, poor kid. He's a sweet little soul about strange pets.FUN! The kids and Mr. Kerrie would roll this tube up a hill then get inside it and roll back down.
  • Too Cool for School #Giveaway Hop August 18-24, 2014 ... 3 Exclusive Sets of #Jamberry Nail Wraps! #2cool4school

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    So excited for this giveaway! I'm at a point in my Jamberry career where I can offer FREE JAMS! So for the Too Cool for School Giveaway Hop, which starts August 18, I am giving away THREE sheets of exclusive jams! I am giving away the June, August and September Hostess Exclusive wraps with a value of $60 total (the exclusives list on my Jamberry workstation as being worth $20 each sheet instead of the usual $15). See you back here on the 18th of August and good luck!June Hostess ExclusiveAugust Hostess ExclusiveSeptember Hostess ExclusiveIf you are a blogger and would like to get in on this…
  • #KitchenAid Artisan Mixer #Giveaway August 4-31, 2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I still love doing giveaways; just have not had any time to get into one! So how about a KitchenAid mixer giveaway going on August 4-31? Come back here on August 4 to enter to win! If you are a blogger and would like to get in on this giveaway, here is the link!
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Skyline Luge Sentosa – Where Once is Never Enough {Review and Giveaway}

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    One of Sentosa’s most exciting attraction is the Skyline Luge. With a combination of high speed adrenalin rush, panoramic views from the... Continue reading » The post Skyline Luge Sentosa – Where Once is Never Enough {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Love Language #1 : Physical Touch

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    We all know that we love our children and spouses but the question is have we shown them in a... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Love Language #1 : Physical Touch appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Foodie Friday – Dong Po Colonial Cafe

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I first heard about Dong Po Colonial Cafe from ieatishootipost when Dr Leslie sang praises of just about everything in the cafe.... Continue reading » The post Foodie Friday – Dong Po Colonial Cafe appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Wink to Learn Speak and Read English {Review and Giveaway}

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    For many parents, flashcards are one of the first few ways that we use to teach our little ones to... Continue reading » The post Wink to Learn Speak and Read English {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Wordless Wednesday – Who’s better- Mummy or Sophie?

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    On one of those exasperating days after I scolded Sophie, I turned to her and told her, “Sophie, everyday I... Continue reading » The post Wordless Wednesday – Who’s better- Mummy or Sophie? appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Nelsons Arnica Kids Stick

    Erica Price
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    I’ve used arnica mostly for myself in the past as I am as clumsy as they come and regularly walk into door handles and the like.  I find applying the arnica promptly helps keep bruising to a minimum.  H, like most young children, seems to pick up bruises in the playground, especially on his legs, so I liked the idea of a product to help. Traditionally Arnica has been used as a treatment to help aid the healing process of bruises, muscular aches, sprains, swellings after bumps or knocks.We were sent a Nelsons Arnica Kids Stick to try out.  The stick is a pale purple colour and is…
  • Week 29 of 2014

    Erica Price
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    Last Saturday we had a lovely day trip out with our former neighbours.  We went to Wroxeter Roman Town which was very interesting.  H got to dress up as a Roman man in a toga and we went round their replica Roman house. After our visit we went to a lovely pub on the banks of the River Severn for lunch and to drink in the view.  After that we visited a nearby winery looking at the different types of vine they have growing and looking out for signs of animal life.  There was definitely evidence that rabbits lived there and something bigger had been making holes and tunnels too.  I’m…
  • A Day Out At Wroxeter Roman Town

    Erica Price
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    It can be difficult to get a real sense of what Roman Britain must have been like in this country.  There are very few Roman remains that stand above ground for us to see, aside from Hadrian’s Wall.  The Wall is all about a border and defense and not about every day life for the inhabitants of Roman Britain.  Most of the Roman towns and cities are also today’s towns and cities, so remains are buried under places like Bath, Colchester and London.  Wroxeter is unusual in that it isn’t a current town or city, in fact the village of Wroxeter is very small and doesn’t…
  • Orion Books For The Summer

    Erica Price
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    We regularly try out some of Orion Books’ fab children’s book selections.  These three arrived at just the right time this week. H was a bit under the weather and he was struggling to get to sleep, so I let him read for a bit longer for a couple of evenings.  He literally devoured these books in that time and they got the H thumbs up sign of approval.Deadly Factbook Jaws and ClawsThis book is one of a series based on the children’s TV programme.  It’s full of facts, figures and illustrations about creatures with unusual jaws or claws.  For instance, there’s…
  • Stuck on You Lunch Box

    Erica Price
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Finding the perfect lunch box can be a bit of a quest.  Key factors for us are:Easy to carryEasy to spotKeeps lunch cool and protects it against damageWears wellSo with these requirements in mind, we’ve been testing out this lunch box from Stuck on You.Easy to carryI wasn’t sure how this would work out.  Previously, H has worn a backpack with his lunch and drink inside (he has to have a separate drink for lunch because it’s apparently too difficult to remember to bring in his water bottle from class). This pack doesn’t have backpack straps, but does have a carry…
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  • Who gets Angry Faster and Scarier? The Teacher or The Parent?

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Quick Question: Who gets angry faster and scarier–The Teacher or The Parent? Here’s what happened to Nicole this morning. At 6.30 a.m., just before leaving the house, she came to me with a Spelling Book and Pen. You see, she forgot to get my signature on her latest spelling test. This may seem perfectly ok to you, but in our household, I’ve laid down the rules since Primary One that Mummy is NOT signing anything at 6 a.m. in the morning. They know that if they want any test/consent forms/documents signed, they need to show me the night before, so that I have time to read…
  • The #SoundofMusic Review – Movie Vs Musical?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Recently, when we did a road trip to Malaysia, we realised the best DVD to watch in the car was the all-time favourite, Award winning movie—The Sound of Music. The kids loved the show, the storyline, and of course the catchy songs! When we realised that The Sound of Music musical was coming to town, it didn’t take long for us to decide that it is a Must-See! And so we did and it was a must-must-must see!! I’ve not seen the musical before, but have watched the movie countless times when growing up. Thus, I had some reservations at first, as I really loved the movie and it would be a…
  • Eu Yan Sang Power Up! Essence of Chicken #Giveaway

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    I grew up with Essence of Chicken. My earliest memory of drinking it is pre-exams period in secondary school. Then, my mum would say make it sound like it was a privilege that I get to drink something that is “usually for adults”. And she would go on to emphasise the virtues of that black drink, how expensive it is, and again how special I am, to have the opportunity to take it! I’m older and wiser now. I know of the nutritional value of chicken soup (that’s why the famous Chicken Soup for the soul series). But what’s Essence of Chicken? It’s really just essence taken from…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Taking Back The Word Retarded

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    As the parent of a child with developmental challenges, delays, cognitive disabilities... however you want to label it, I often flip-flop between two perspectives.1. Wanting to let my fists fly (which is pretty hysterical if you've ever seen me try to punch something) on anyone who uses the word retarded.2. Simply allowing the word to bounce off me and ricochet back at them. People who use the word retard are outing themselves as people I'd rather not know. Their word choice says everything about them and nothing about my child or anyone with special needs.I seem to be juxtaposed between…
  • The Pink Balloon—Helping Kids Cope With Grief

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    My husband's mum was an vital part of our lives. There hasn't been a day since she died suddenly that we don't miss her terribly. As adults who've had years to develop coping skills, it's still tough. So how can a child possibly cope when they can't begin to reconcile the devastation of loss and moreover, the finality of death?Our eleven year old son experienced anxiety resulting from the loss of his grandmother, so we sought help. Grief counseling has helped him begin to accept the death and has given him skills to cope with the fear of losing his parents and sister. Avery, our seven year…
  • Imagine If We All Approched Life Like Tim?

    13 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Tim owns a restaurant called Tim's Place, in Albuquerque.They serve breakfast, lunch, and hugs. Tim loves his job.What else makes Tim so special?Watch!
  • Paper Bag Princess

    12 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    My daughter read "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch and then did this project (with help from her EA at school). Cute right?Know what else is cute? This REAL LIFE Paper Bag Princess. (Filmed by her brother while they were BOTH supposed to be helping me pull weeds!) 
  • Affected By This? Then "Urine" For It!

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Just imagine how many people pee freely in public pools. Wait, don't. It's far too disgusting. (By the way, experts estimate ONE in FIVE people urinate while swimming. Thank goodness for chlorine and hot showers). My daughter would happily stay in her grandparents' pool all day if we let her—minus the dozen or more times she has to get out of the pool to pee. And not just a tinkle. We're talking bucketfuls. Literally. To save the poor child from drying off every ten minutes to use the toilet, my mum fashioned her a makeshift outdoor-bucket-potty."AGAIN?! There's no possible way. She…
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    Manbuilders - What Every Boy Should Know

  • How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers

    Joshua Kissee
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    How-To Protect Your Son from Modern Dangers Modern times have introduced new threats to the safety of our children. Find practical tips to get started in preparing your son to navigate through the 21st century safely. Taking the time to cover some basic safety strategies could pay huge dividends through your son’s safety. Even if you have taught your son good practices on safety in the past, it is always good to give a reminder periodically. Over the past week, I have been covering safety with the manbuilders crew and divided the safety lessons into three sections. The…
  • Family Toolbox Giveaway – Like our FB Page

    Joshua Kissee
    18 May 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Family toolbox giveaway from 5-19-2014 to 5-21-2014. Enter by liking the Manbuilders Facebook Page.
  • Show your son how to love his Mother

    Joshua Kissee
    8 May 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Show your son how to love his Mother Every young man needs to know how to show love to his mother. Mothers and mother figures are important. Period. This article seeks to not only stress the importance of why we should love the mothers in our lives, but some ideas for how to do it. By the way – While this article could totally earn me brownie points with the mothers in my life, it was written out of love and respect, not the desire to win points. Though I will take the points since I need them all the time ! Who are the mothers in your life Think beyond than your mother alone. Each of…
  • Impart to Your Son a Good Handshake

    Joshua Kissee
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Impart to Your Son a Good Handshake Every young man needs to learn the value and importance of a firm handshake. How many times do you shake someones hand within a “western” culture such as the United States? As an adult, it is possible you shake hands with someone at least once a week. In certain jobs, you may shake hands with someone every day! So whats the big deal? Well, there is an art to it and your son needs to understand how to do it the right way. In teaching this lesson to the manbuilders crew this past week, I had the privilege of seeing it come into play when someone…
  • Renew the Relationship with Your Son in 2014

    Joshua Kissee
    1 Jan 2014 | 11:22 am
    Make a commitment pledge to your son in 2014. There are many resolutions floating around the internet. One of the most important is committing to a deep relationship with your son. Taking the time to develop a deep relationship with your son is crucial. It is never too late regardless of his age. A good friend of the ManBuilders team wrote a letter to his 20-year old son that was included in our 2013 commitment pledge article. Read his letter and ask yourself some deep questions this new year if you can relate to those circumstances. What will you do to commit to your son in 2014? Are you…
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  • Beach Girl

    My Asparagus Pee
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    On our first morning of our first family vacation in three years, I woke up almost giddy with excitement at the prospect of finally being able to show Gabby the majesty of the ocean for the first time. A few hours later after we piled ourselves and all of our beach equipment into the car, we pulled into the beach parking lot and started to unload. As with most things in the Cape, the parking lot sat atop a dune and we could look down onto the beach and the ocean from where we parked. Barely able to contain myself, I turned around to lift Gabby up and show her the view of the ocean- and found…
  • Adventures in grief: an update

    My Asparagus Pee
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    It's been eight and a half months since my mom died. That's almost long enough for a whole pregnancy, which is of course how I tend to measure things, and just like growing a new person losing one has its stages. In the beginning, I was numb, sheltered by the cushion of shock and pregnancy. I think when Luca was born a month later and I saw him for the first time was when the first wave of true, devastating sadness hit me: my mother would never know him.As the shiny newness of my grief rubbed off, things came in waves after that, the sleepless nights of a newborn and that constant post partum…
  • Sisyphus in Sweatpants

    My Asparagus Pee
    28 May 2014 | 6:32 pm
    In the beginning of every yoga class that I teach, I invite everyone to find a comfortable position where they can sit for a few minutes and concentrate on their breath. And as we all settle down into the moment I often wax impromptu about things that sound super philosophical and yogic in my head but probably sound a lot like "blah blah belly breath blah yoga blah some shit about a chakra and what the hell is a chakra anyway blah" to everyone else. What I have been finding myself saying lately goes something a lot like this: "well, guys, the warm weather is finally here and it looks like it…
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  • It’s My Birthday Today

    30 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    It’s my birthday today. I am officially two. Here’s a report on my birthday party, which was on Saturday. We ran around in a field. We had cake. Nice people gave me presents. That’s about it really, but you can look at the pictures. I like to read and should mention a few of my favorite new books that I got as gifts. ‘Duck in a Truck’ has a duck, a truck, a sheep in a jeep, a goat in a boat, and a frog who appears to be without transport. If you know the story at all, the moral of it is never help a duck who is stuck in his truck, because he will drive off,…
  • If You Have Any Small Emergencies …

    blog admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you have any small emergencies, we have a small fire chief who can take care of them.
  • The Terrible Twos

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:25 pm
    People call what I am about to enter The Terrible Twos. I don’t see what’s so terrible about them. There are the Discovery of the Self Twos, the Argumentative Twos, and the Negotiate Your Diapered Ass Off Twos. There are no twos that are terrible, not for me. I’m having a good time riding wooden motorcycles and such. How about you? For those who haven’t been following along in this blog, I am indeed about to turn two. That, if you are curious, is the number that comes after one. If you are not curious, and have not been following this blog, I would like to pull over…
  • 10 Things I Love About My Daddy

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:02 pm
    1.  I love that my Daddy jokes with me. Even when Mommy thinks the words or concepts are too advanced for me, Daddy goes for it anyway. And I always get the joke. 2.  I love that my Daddy sees that I am really interested in food and cooking. He tells my Mommy that I may be a chef someday. And he even lets me borrow his spatula and ladle from time to time. 3.  I love that my Daddy also sees that I am really interested and good at building, and tells my Mommy that I may be an architect some day. That sounds really good, but I don’t know what that means. 4. I love that my Daddy has started…
  • The Unbelievable Thing about Books that I Found Out

    blog admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I read a lot of silly books. I am a toddler,  so people give me silly books as gifts, not knowing that I’d prefer ‘The Atlantic,’ ‘Wine Spectator’ or the ‘New Yorker’ magazine  so I could look at the cartoons.  Since I have a lot of silly books, I like to throw them around and make towers out of them.  Sometimes I chew on them, although I am supposed to be over that by now. I will stuff them behind the bed to see what happens to them. (They remain there until my mommy takes them out.) Or I…
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  • The modern day mom knows her languages!

    Nicole orriëns
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
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  • What's the difference between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools?

    Nicole orriëns
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    I love a great bargain. And what better bargain than when it's free?! So I really liked Google's free tools Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. There was only one problem: I wasn't altogether sure about how to use them, and for whát. If I'm really honest, I didn't even really know the difference between the two... So I decided there was only one thing for my ignorance: find out!
  • 11 outdoorsy chores

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Being outdoors is good for you health. Both your body ánd your mind! Your body gets vitamins, and your mind calms down. So why not combine all the stuff you gotta do, and do it outside? I've compiled a list of 11 chores you can do in the great outdoors! 11 outdoorsy chores Raking leaves Windlow cleaning Cleaning the gutters Mow the lawn Pulling up weeds Walking the dog Deliver
  • Lighten Up — Making the House Brighter

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I love this style of lamp! Do you sometimes get the itch to redecorate your home? To give it a whole new look and move all the furniture around? I do. And my husband hates it. He likes things to stay the same. But there's nothing like giving your home a make-over. I love walking into a room I've changed, and enjoying the new look and feel. And now I've discovered another way to give our
  • Brace yourselves

    Nicole orriëns
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • The Stouts Take the Upper Peninsula

    Colleen Stout
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Well, I don’t know if we took The Upper Peninsula or if The Upper Peninsula took us. I’ve been trying to write about this trip and all the wonderful and crazy things that happened for 10 days now. It’s hard to sum it all up and not bore you to death. I was thinking about when I was a kid, and we would go over to people’s homes and watch slide shows of their vacations. This isn’t as bad as that. At least you can just scroll when you get bored. We headed Up North on our road trip/camping trip on The Fourth of July. To get to the U.P. you can drive the really,…
  • Save on Trendy Sunglasses with Meijer mPerks

    Colleen Stout
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    When summer comes to Michigan, we Michiganders put on our sunglasses and head west and north to our beautiful Great Lakes. If you need new sunglasses, now’s a great time to pick up a pair from Meijer. You can get 20 percent off one pair of trendy styles from Massini and Emergency Exit with a coupon from mPerks now through July 12th. I tried out a few pairs while we were camping in the Upper Peninsula, and this black Adventura pair is my favorite. The sparkly mint green sunglasses in the first photo are fun too. They’re both kind of retro. I love anything that’s a bit of a…
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  • Little Star Presents: The Weekend Box popcorn cupcakes review

    Ally Pinny
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Little Star Presents: The Weekend Box popcorn cupcakes review Trying to find something different for the kids to do on wet days or days when you just want to escape the sun can be incredibly difficult unless you are one very creative, talented person. One site solves all that for you! The Weekend Box sends out a fortnightly box … Continued From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • House of Magic free door hanger and coloring downloads

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    House of Magic free door hanger and coloring downloads   Are you prepared to be enchanted by The House of Magic this summer? The film sees abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo” whilst seeking shelter from a storm. Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and an … Continued From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Top ten tips to survive the holidays

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Top ten tips to survive the holidays Yesterday we brought to you our Top Ten outside toys for 6 – 10 year olds.  If you have younger children or are looking for something that may be a little cheaper to do, regular guest blogger, Beckie, has given us her top ten tips on surviving the holidays.  Here … Continued From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Little Star presents…Easy-To-Say First Words: A focus on final consonants

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Little Star presents…Easy-To-Say First Words: A focus on final consonants   Learning to read and encouraging speech alongside this, has always been something that we hold dear in the KiddyCharts family; in fact we have been involved in charity campaigns to help insure that as many people as possible can read by the time their reach seven. A critical element … Continued From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Top 10 outdoor toys for your kids to enjoy this summer

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Top 10 outdoor toys for your kids to enjoy this summer This post contains AMAZON affiliate links. With the summer holidays almost upon us (and already here for some kids around the country), we thought now would be the perfect time to give you our Top 10 guide to the best outdoor toys available for 6-10 year olds.  We like the … Continued From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Maintaining Back and Pelvic Support During Pregnancy

    Diana Chastain
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
      Although a woman's body is designed to carry and deliver a baby, it may still suffer as a consequence of pregnancy. A woman's back and pelvis can suffer stress from carrying a developing baby as well as because of hormonal changes. Coping with the stress is important in order to protect your back and pelvis throughout the pregnancy and beyond. The following tips will help you protect your back and pelvis during pregnancy. No Heavy Lifting Even if you feel great and could previously lift heavy items, you should refrain from doing so while pregnant. Hormonal changes during…
  • BubbleBum Booster Seat Giveaway! Ends 8/7

    Diana Chastain
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Welcome to the BubbleBum Booster Seat Giveaway!Hosted By: Sweet Southern LovinCohosted By: Life of a Southern MomSponsored By: BubbleBum BubbleBum is the first ever inflatable booster seat. Founded by Grainne Kelly, out of pure frustration and concern for her own kids safely while traveling. This car seat is very light weight and perfect for kids ages 4-11. It easily folds flat and can be stored in a matching travel bag to make carrying around while traveling so much easier, since it inflates in only 20 seconds (by mouth). The BubbleBum is perfect for: Carpool, when you have 3…
  • Rockin' Green Giveaway! Ends 7/31

    Diana Chastain
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Hosted By: Life of a Southern MomSponsored By: Rockin Green Rockin Green creates a line of healthy, safe detergent that your entire family can use. Whether your water is hard, soft, or somewhere in between, they have a formula specially designed just for your water type. In addition, Rockin Green uses all natural, organic ingredients, biodegradable products, has recyclable packaging, is phosphate-free, vegan, and gluten-free! Life of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with Rockin Green and reviewing one of their products. Visit the website here and read her full…
  • Enter to #WIN any Meeno Babies Product of Choice! Ends 8/6

    Diana Chastain
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Hosted By: Life of a Southern MomSponsored By: Meeno Babies Meeno Babies is a new baby company that strives to create innovative products for the everyday parent. They may be new, but they have over 100+ years of experience in the baby industry, from design and compliance, to development and manufacturing. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner. Visit her website here to read her full review.  **Giveaway Details**Date: July 23rd, 2014 – August 6th at 11:59PM ESTOpen to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to…
  • Becoming A Family of 4 - A Birth Story (FINALLY!)

    Diana Chastain
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    So Peanut is 4 months old and I'm just getting around to putting the final touches on this...oops.   First and foremost I would like to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who we drove crazy because we didn't open the envelope and find out the gender of our peanut before birth. I know some of you were on the edge of your seats with anticipation. ;) Let's first take a look at the week before Peanut came. For some reason I just felt the need to get everything done that I had been procrastinating about. SweetPea still hadn't had her three year old check up, the dog needed to go…
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    Virtually Yours

  • It’s Never Too Late to Talk to Your Kids about Underage Drinking #FamilyTalk

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Feeling Fresh & Clean on the Road

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    This article is sponsored by Cottonelle. We are a traveling family. I can have my bags packed and be ready to hit the road in no time. We’re getting ready to take a trip where we will be on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I don’t need to go on and one about how much I love Amazon, because you already know about my addiction to books. I just had two more delivered this week, and I may order another before the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bacon, Spinach & Tomato Farfalle

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    My family loves bacon and spinach, and they go so well together! This recipe is easy and delicious, and even better the next day. It also travels well, so you could make a huge batch (triple the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Enter to Win a $25 Gift Card to Ross Dress for Less!

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    I went shopping for the first time in ages yesterday, and I had forgotten how much I love to shop! You know what else I had forgotten? How expensive some stores are! Some of the shirts I saw for my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Because I'm the Mommy

  • Don't Judge Me!

    The Mommy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last night, after a day spent deep cleaning the house, chasing kids around the swimming pool and a trip to our local library (Yes, they've let me back into the library!) I decided to treat us all to a little post-dinner ice cream. Because I'm frugal, read, cheap I headed to the grocery store instead of the drive-thru. No big deal, right? Well, I didn't think it was either. So with three kids in tow we head into a nearly deserted grocer.Turn the Page =>
  • Writer's Workshop: #Autism, Birthdays and One Mouthy Little Girl

    The Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Write a blog post inspired by the word: ReflectionWhen my mind is quiet and I have time to reflect, I often have these big, mind-blowing epiphanies. My latest is that my daughter was born both autistic and during Autism Awareness Month. I don't think it's a coincidence. In fact, I think it's yet another clue from the cosmos pointing us in the right direction.Turn the Page =>
  • Our Tooth Fairy SUCKS!

    The Mommy
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Last week, Myriam lost both of her top front teeth. And in our house that means that a visit from the Tooth Fairy is in order. Unfortunately, our Tooth Fairy's ineptitude knows no bounds! She cannot be trusted to deliver the goods the night the tooth is lost without advance notice and even when sufficient notice is given, she may still leave ya hangin'. So when my children's teeth started falling out with some regularity I just knew there were going to be problems....Turn the Page =>
  • Drink Up, B!tches: St.Patrick's Day

    The Mommy
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I don't know about you, but occasionally EVEN little, ole, anti-social me wants to go out and be around other adults. Once in a great while, I crave a conversation that doesn't revolve around first grade math, cartoon characters, and farting. (Farting is high comedy when you have two, almost seven year-old boys.) But jeeze! Going out is SOOO expensive! Even here in Podunk a cocktail can run upwards of $8. And the babysitting tab when you have three children requires a home equity loan....So with the help of my girlfriend Stacy, I've decided to resurrect a tradition from my…
  • Things I learned today.

    The Mommy
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I type this, it is nearly 7 PM on Thursday evening (03.06.2014). I am pseudo-sacked out on the couch, with a bag of frozen peas on my head. The boys are off to a Cub Scout meeting with the Hubby and Myriam is hovering over me, armed with a thermometer, a Santa hat stethoscope and a click-y pen.Turn the Page =>
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • Moving Day

    Lisa Heffernan
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    Aline Weiller writes:“Should I throw these out?” I said, sitting pony-tailed in black yoga pants, amid piles of clutter from my son’s now empty desk. “Yes,” Danielle said, referring to a batch of dusty birthday cards given to my teenager, Grant, on his 3rd birthday. I was in the throes of packing up a home we’d lived in for a dozen years with our two boys. Our new house is in the same town, only 7.2 minutes away according to the stopwatch on my younger son, Cameron’s, iPhone. Even so, the mere thought of packing or purging our wealth of belongings was overwhelming. I had to…
  • Why Teens Terrorize Us

    Lisa Heffernan
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Lisa writes: I have a teen in my house who is leaving in a few short weeks. Despite the fact that I know that it is only a matter of days until I will bemoan his departure, I am still surprisingly adept at flying into a rage at him. His need to assert his newly adult self and my need to control what happens in my home are too often on a collision course. Despite our deep and abiding love for them, teens continue to terrorize us, creating the type of stress that scientists have now begun to measure. One day your young person borrows your car, drives to a summer job and spends the day as an…
  • 11 Ways to Reclaim a Relaxing Summer

    Lisa Heffernan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Lisa and Jennifer Breheny Wallace, together, write: Summers start with the best intentions. We fantasize about long, peaceful days at the beach building sand castles with our toddlers or playing tennis with our teens. Casting off a busy school year, we’re excited to finally relax the rules. Yes to the ice cream cones with insanely sugary toppings just before bedtime (heck, what bedtime?). Yes to the car keys (so what if it’s three late nights in a row?). Breakfast brownies? Why not? Another TV show? Sure, go ahead. It’s summer vacation, right? Then, in Week Three, reality…
  • Why Good Parenting Calls For Cheap Scare Tactics

    Lisa Heffernan
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Becky Blades, a Grown and Flown friend, writes: “Dirty clothes shouldn’t be scary,” said a person who has not opened the door to a 17-year-old’s bedroom room or shared a car with an open gym bag. Or a person who has not sent a laundry-challenged 18-year-old out into the world. Releasing my daughter into society without being sure she would actually do her laundry was a terrifying moment in my empty nesting transition, and I met it the way I meet most scary parenting encounters – with frantic, jerking shrieks of foreboding and emotional threats: “Your life will be out of control!
  • How Millennials are Killing It in the Workplace

    Lisa Heffernan
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Lisa writes (originally in Forbes): Last Spring my college son asked me to proofread his resume and critique his cover letter. I scanned his resume but told him I had no idea how to help him with a cover letter. He pointed to my years of experience in writing cover letters, and still I balked. Here is the problem. My son was applying for jobs that not only did not exist when I was in high school, but they did not exist when he was in high school. These are companies that measure their tenure in months, rather than years. Their dress codes are not established, their cultures are fluid and…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    By KristenDaukas It’s not just the kids who are naughty on social media… The parents can make your skin crawl. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, […] The post When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 6 Things That School & Culture Aren’t Teaching Kids

    Brenda Yoder
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    By Brenda Yoder I’m a middle school counselor, educator, and parent of teens. Both at home and at school I observe essential skills kids lack in the age of technology .  Here are five essential skills kids still need to know that schools and cultures aren’t teaching anymore. Knowing their street address and a parent’s phone number. Each […] The post 6 Things That School & Culture Aren’t Teaching Kids appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Good cop, Bad cop. How Our Two Mom Family Works

    Carol Rood
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    By Carol Rood My partner Karol and I have been together for 10 years.  We have lived apart and we have lived together.  When we first decided to take the plunge and be a couple she was about to move to Pennsylvania and I was staying here in Virginia.  We knew it was going to be difficult, especially […] The post Good cop, Bad cop. How Our Two Mom Family Works appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Double Take: My Parents Want Me to Stay Local for College

    Dr Wes
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    By Dr Wes Dear Dr. Wes & Miranda My parents are pressuring me to go to college locally and live at home. That’s not the college experience I wanted. I’ve been accepted to colleges here and in other places, and I want get out of my hometown. Money is not an issue. I have some scholarships and our […] The post Double Take: My Parents Want Me to Stay Local for College appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Teens Building Their Digital Trail During the Summer: Summertime Blogs

    Sue Scheff
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    By Sue Scheff Digital citizenship is a phrase we have heard a lot recently. Teaching our kids and especially teens to be upstanding citizens online as they are offline is a priority. Creating a positive digital image will affect their future. It is a fact, there will come a time when your child’s name will be put through […] The post Teens Building Their Digital Trail During the Summer: Summertime Blogs appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • For Sale: Slightly Used 1968 Model M(om)

    Kristen Daukas
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    By Kristen Daukas I’m just coming back from vacation and while I’d love to be sitting here writing a new post, there’s a pile of laundry and a stack of mail that have to be dealt with. In the meantime, here’s a post from a couple of years ago that I love and am betting you haven’t seen! Enjoy and I’ll be back in the swing of things next week. Or next year. The jury’s still out on that one.  For Sale: 1968 slightly worn out yet still in good condition Mom. Filter doesn’t always work, exhaust blows smoke (but only when needed), sometimes needs time…
  • Keep Momming!

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    By Kristen Daukas I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” As an actress, a public health advocate and former journalist, Holly Robinson Peete has seen it all. And as a mother of four, she’s encountered just about every parenting challenge you can imagine. One of her biggest challenges as mom is building and maintaining a close relationship with her teenage daughter, Ryan. The mother-daughter relationship is a unique one, and that dynamic can be even trickier during the tween years. Yet…
  • Summer School is in Session with Netflix

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    By Kristen Daukas School’s Out for Summer? Not to Worry! Well…. here we are solidly into summer break. Our last day of school was ‘only’ 3 weeks ago but already school is seemingly a distant memory. While I firmly believe that kids need to have a bit of a mental break once school is done, I also think that break can’t be for the entire 10 weeks. Usually by the 3rd week of July, I’m looking for ways to stimulate their minds at least a little bit during the day. And, like every other kid, they fight me tooth and nail. So, what’s the compromise?
  • Triad Love: Dashing Through Winston-Salem

    Kristen Daukas
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Kristen Daukas It’s not just parenting that takes a village, so does blogging. Anyone of us who’s been blogging for any length of time knows that you have to have a strong community if you’re going to last and succeed – no matter what your definition of success is.   We’ve developed a pretty great group of bloggers here in the Triad and almost every week, I’m discovering another new blog and blogger. I think it was about a year ago that I came across Christine Storch’s blog, Dashing Through Winston-Salem and the first post I see is one that…
  • ICYMI – State Farm IS a Good Neighbor!

    Kristen Daukas
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Since it’s a vacation week, thought I’d share some posts you may have missed the first go ’round! This one is a little vendor love and how State Farm saved my hide a couple of years ago! So, read and be careful out there and always remember that cheap insurance doesn’t mean better insurance.  I didn’t tell many people about this, but on the drive home on Memorial Day weekend I was in bumper to bumper traffic and had a little accident. I foolishly thought that the traffic would have been heading East – you know.. to the beach, but no..
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    The Review Wire Update

  • The Ultimate Food Lover’s Grand Prize Giveaway (RV $2000) | Ends 8.13.14

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Come join our new eCookbook celebration at with daily giveaways, recipes, and a grand prize giveaway worth more than $2,000.00! The Ultimate Food Lover’s Grand Prize Giveaway!... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • The Little Gym Summer Camp: Gymnastic Skills

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A few weeks ago, my son took a summer camp class at our local Little Gym. It was a skill camp which is unlike most if their other camps. This one focused on gymnastic skills. My son has never taken a... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • WomanFreebies: Sweet Treats Summer Sweepstakes | Ends 8.19.14

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Sweet Treats Summer Sweepstakes  Enter for a chance to win a cooler packed with frozen treats! Winner will receive : Igloo Contour Cooler (ARV: $36.99) $50 Walmart Gift Card to purchase Frozen Treats... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • L’Oréal Visible Lift Blur Foundation #VLBlurfection

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    I hate wearing makeup! I always have. I think the less the better. I have been using my current foundation for years just because it is easier than looking for a new one. I have been lucky in that I... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Shell Fuel Rewards Network Program: Save on Gas, Dining Out, Groceries and More!

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    If you’re like me, you are looking for ways to save at the pump, the prices always seem to rise only when I need gas! Shell offers a program called Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) that is available... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • End Bedtime Battles: Help Your Child Sleep

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article is the fourth in a series about sleep and kids. The first is a post on why sleep is important for kids. The second is an awesome little tip on getting baby to sleep through the night. The third is about getting kids to sleep. This one is about the most dreaded word...  Read More » The post End Bedtime Battles: Help Your Child Sleep appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Get Those Kids To Sleep!

    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I started researching the importance of sleep for kids and found out so many interesting ways sleep impacts a child’s development. That led me to write an article Why is Sleep Important for Kids? a couple of weeks ago. That article led me to write another last week about a little tip that can help your baby sleep....  Read More » The post Get Those Kids To Sleep! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Baby Sleep Training: Little Parenting Trick Leads to A LOT More Sleep

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Now that my son is a teenager, I sometimes forget those early years of sleepless nights. I was talking to a new mom the other day and she was talking about how she is so tired and her baby gets up all night long. Man, that sure brought back painful memories. There is no tired...  Read More » The post Baby Sleep Training: Little Parenting Trick Leads to A LOT More Sleep appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Extraordinary Kids

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What makes your kid extraordinary isn’t just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day. Tyler has been playing basketball for years on his school team, local travel teams, and most recently in AAU. Playing for AAU definitely increased his skills, his...  Read More » The post Extraordinary Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Why is Sleep Important for Kids?

    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sleep is important for children for many reasons. Lack of sleep can cause a myriad of problems for kids. Insufficient sleep can “impact health, performance in school, and behavior,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. Check out some of the specific issues that kid’s can face when they don’t get enough sleep: Behavioral Problems –...  Read More » The post Why is Sleep Important for Kids? appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: my waist has got SMALLER

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Week: 26 Waist: 37 inches (-1 inch) Feeling: Still chickeny Oddly, my waist measures a whole inch less than it did a week ago. And I’m sure I measured it correctly. The only explanation I have for this is that I last took a measurement the day after our wedding anniversary, when I indulged in a portion (or two) of black forest trifle. So I’m blaming the trifle. On the subject of food, we might be in the midst of a heatwave but my penchant for chicken soup is showing no signs of abating. I’m still craving the stuff, and my stomach rumbles as I pour a whole carton into a pan and wait for…
  • What’s wrong with a big pot yoghurt poured into a bowl and eaten with a spoon?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    It’s been almost 10 years since Ella’s Kitchen pioneered the squeezable ‘pouch puree’ baby food concept and despite claims the format is no match for real fruit/veg and is no substitute for a ‘proper meal’ blah blah blah it’s fair to say the market is now awash with copycat brands. Which is why I was surprised to discover that gourmet yoghurt brand The Collective’s new Suckies are the first fresh branded yoghurt pouches on the market for kids. You’d think Petits Filous or someone would have thought of it before – why has it taken so long? Needless to say BB’s eyes lit up…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: I’ve gone over to the elastic side

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Week: 25 Waist: 38 inches (+ 2 whole inches!!) Feeling: Properly pregnant owing to new ‘over the bump’ jeans My plan to make do with low-rise jeans for the duration of the pregnancy has been thwarted: the button on my Levi’s simply won’t stretch any further and, not wanting to ruin them, I’ve gone over to the elastic side. I’m talking full-on maternity jeans with an ‘over the bump’ elastic panel (below – I’ll spare you a picture of me actually in them – it’s not a pretty sight). Misery Guts laughed out loud when he saw them and I can’t say I blame…
  • Would you have a ‘Viking baby’?

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    How far would you go to have your ‘perfect’ baby? Apparently more and more Brits are turning to Danish sperm banks because they’d like ‘Viking babies’ with blonde hair, blue eyes and a strapping build. Online sales at one of the largest sperm banks in Denmark are up a massive 20%, with wannabe mums getting the stuff Fed-Exed to the UK with next day delivery. One can’t help but wonder if so-called ‘Nordic noir’ TV shows such as Borgen are to blame – I’m thinking actor Pilou Asbaek (although is he actually blonde?) My curiosity piqued, and with my journalist hat on, I…
  • Shock horror: I’m running in pregnancy

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Week: 24 Waist: 36 inches (no change) Feeling: Pretty good Dare I admit it? I’ve been running throughout my entire pregnancy and with the sixth month almost upon us I’m still clocking up around 12 miles a week. It’s now clear I have a baby on board (pictured) and it’s amazing how many people I’ve been running past since we moved here 18 months ago have suddenly started smiling and saying hello. Which is heartening. When I was expecting BB and carried on donning my trainers it wasn’t long before I discovered people seem to view pregnancy as some sort of illness, requiring one to…
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  • Baby's First Seat - Prince Lionheart BebePod

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    While shopping for a first seat for Ava, we had two things in mind - safety and comfort. Many of our friends use the bumbo seat but reading about the bumbo seat recalls prompted us to look for alternatives. It didn't take us long before we set our eyes on the Prince Lionheart BebePod. Here's what we love about the Prince Lionheart BebePodSafety belt  We were already won over when we saw the safety belts. There is a front safety belt to secure the baby to the seat so that she won't be able to wriggle or push her way out. The two side belts are for securing to a seat when you need a…
  • Ava at 8 months old

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    Looking back at how this eight month old little girl has grown since she came into our lives when I was 36 weeks pregnant. An early bird like her brother, both of them can hardly wait to see us and arrived at 35 weeks 5 days (Aiden) and 36 weeks 1 day (Ava). Me at week 35 with Ava arriving in a week's timeAt week 35, I was already wading and feeling like a whale. Being busy at work didn't allow me to slow down my pace and I was rushing everywhere I went with this big round belly. Lucky for me both of my pregnancies did not give me unbearable, unforgettable symptoms. Besides the one time I had…
  • Conversations about life matters, and the little things in life that matter

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    <While we were brushing teeth together in the morning>“Daddy, you wear work clothes because you go work today, right?”“Yes. Today is a work day.”“You work then will have money, right?”“That’s right.”“Why you never wear work clothes yesterday?”“That’s because I took leave to help Mummy with her business.”“Okay. Because you love Mummy right?”“Yes, of course. I love you too, Aiden.”“I love you too, Daddy.”It’s amazing how many subtle things a 3 year old can pick up without you emphasising / repeating it.Amidst the uncertainty, stress and challenge…
  • Time to start living

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    Recently, a link to an article titled “Your Life in Weeks” surfaced on my Facebook wall. Being (slightly) obsessed with order, planning and being in control, the article (which had an accompany picture of neat rows of boxes) naturally piqued my interest.It turned out to be an attempt to sell posters (that anyone can create with their computer), but having the opposing concepts of a finite lifespan and an uncertain end presented in the graphical format really gave me a timely reminder about life.When I saw the first chart with rows and rows of boxes (each representing a week of your life)…
  • My Greatest Joy As A Mum

    17 Jun 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Being mum to two kids is not an easy role. But when asked by my friends what’s the greatest joy as a mum, it’s without a doubt the moment my kids flash their widest smile for me when I return home to them. With my hectic lifestyle as a full time working mum, I often have to make a conscious effort to finish work for the day and return home to the kids. I feel my stress melt away as I hold my baby girl close to me and see her toothless grin as I shower her with kisses. When I am not by her side, it is important to me to know that she is in the best possible care and is most comfortable and…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Five Ways to Waste Less Food

    Emily Bartnikowski
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As Americans, we like to blow our horn of plenty. Our grocers and markets stock food from all seasons and all climates — right at our fingertips whenever we want it. Couple that with the trend of more and more of these same grocers and markets giving more and more retail footage to ready-to-eat foods, and it’s no wonder that we throw away more than 30% of our food every year. Billions of pounds of food . . . wasted. I won’t even get into the nebulous territory of wasted production hours and resources or the fact that millions of people are going hungry in the same country…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Pregnancy

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does pregnancy look like? (Read more about pregnancy on our resource page.) From Shannon: “I feel pretty miserable the whole time I’m pregnant, but being able to wear this shirt for Halloween while pregnant with my second child made me feel a little better.” Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Jorje used this Ultrasound pic for team buttons when her family walked in their first Buddy Walk. Jorje writes about Down Syndrome Awareness and a plethora of parenting topics at Momma Jorje. Lauren. Pregnant. Literally half an hour before this post…
  • 60 Acts of Kindness for Our Families

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    After a spring winter thaw, a friend and her children noticed trash beneath the melting snow in her neighborhood. Everywhere. On their next daily walk, they brought and filled two trash bags – one with trash, one with recyclables. The next day, they not only filled two trash bags, but they also ran into another family doing the same thing. And on their third walk after the thaw? They saw five more families walking and collecting trash. Each family had seen and been inspired by my friend’s random act of kindness. Kindness is catching. And it doesn’t have to be some grand…
  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Consider a Home Birth

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Comedian Jim Gaffigan sums up with class the reasons why women choose home births: The hospital is just too far, we want our babies to die, our husbands didn’t want to put on pants, and my personal favorite…“We didn’t want to give birth in a hospital gown somebody died in yesterday.” At first you might be offended, until you realize that he and his wife had their four babies at home. Although I completely agree that giving birth at home has its perks when it comes to pants, there are 10 other reasons why the home birth is making a comeback: You can labor and birth in your own…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Exploring Food

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does exploring food look like? (Read more about healthy eating and living on our resource page.) Helping in the kitchen wouldn’t be complete without licking the beater! Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. From Shannon: “The kids went blueberry picking in the morning and then we made a cobbler in the afternoon. They decided to put a ring of raspberries around the outside and then fill the center with the blueberries.” Moira wanted to make dinner for the family, and while doing prep work she said, “You are teaching me to cook in…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Friends

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in August 2014!(Check out July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and summaries of all our 2012 posts and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for August 2014: Theme: Friends: We all want friends, but making and keeping them…
  • 60 Acts of Kindness for Our Families – A Guest Post at Natural Parents Network

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    After a spring winter thaw, a friend and her children noticed trash beneath the melting snow in her neighborhood. Everywhere. On their next daily walk, they brought and filled two trash bags – one with trash, one with recyclables. The next day, they not only filled two trash bags, but they also ran into another family doing the same thing. And on their third walk after the thaw? They saw five more families walking and collecting trash. Each family had seen and been inspired by my friend’s random act of kindness. Kindness is catching. And it doesn’t have to be some grand…
  • The Many Benefits of Camping with Friends

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Tom and I grew up camping with family and friends, and we want to share that experience with Kieran and Ailia. But camping with kids, particularly kids preschool-age and younger, can be challenging. You have to keep an eye on kids…
  • July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions: Family Vacation

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Calling for Submissions for the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in July 2014! (Check out June, May, April, March, February, January, December 2013, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, January, and a summary of all our 2012 posts and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for…
  • Canine Haikus

    10 Jun 2014 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and pets. About a month ago, our family adopted our first family rescue dog: Prince Han Solo of the Southern Isles (better known as Hans). His arrival has inspired some creative writing: we introduced Hans to the world with a song we wrote to a familiar tune (“Love is a Rescue Dog“), and here I am today working on some…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • 6 Secrets to Making Your Kid People Smart

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you want your kids to be able to interact with others? Technology has drawn older children into their own little world and teens or young adults are having a difficult time handling difficult people and situations because they haven’t been taught these important social skills. Parents should begin teaching children how to deal with people and difficult situations as young as possible. Today, I wanted to share some tips from Aby on how to make your kids people smart. You’ll likely get the most satisfaction out of parenting when you know you’ve raised smart kids. Smartness does not…
  • #ASKAWAYFriday Back to School Edition With Stacey From This Mommas Ramblings

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Wow, can you believe that this is the final Friday of July?? Where has this year gone? What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the…
  • $50 Gift Card to Success Creations Giveaway Ends 8/6

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Masquerade Giveaway Sponsored by Success Creations Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Success Creations is a mask company proudly operating in Lakewood, NJ for over 25 years. They are one of the only companies in the entire USA that specializes only in designing some of the most gorgeous handmade masquerade masks ever created. Masquerade masks are all they do, and you will surely see that difference in the quality of their designs. Emilee from Deals of Sweetness loves that Success Creations puts so much care in their designs and are handcrafted in the USA. See…
  • 10Monkeys Math World Giveaway Ends 8/5

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    10monkeys Math World Giveaway Sponsored by LLC Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness 10monkeys Math World is an online Math Program geared for younger elementary aged children around grades K-3. It has fun, eye-catching graphics kids love! 10monkeys Math World takes a progressive approach to learning Math. It uses what is referred to as the “high pedagogic approach,” developed together with top professionals and schools. As they progress, their skills are improving as well – and they’re having fun! As a homeschooling mom, Emilee at Pea…
  • My New Portable Bluetooth Speaker By Kininvo

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I must be obsessed with Bluetooth speakers because we have quite a collection of them.  As a part time leader in the band at church they often come in handy to have in my gear bag that I carry around with my guitar so that I can let other musicians and singers in the band listen to something new we are learning.  I also often find myself using a portable speaker when outside playing or working and it is perfect to connect to my phone at my day job so that I’m not using the company network to stream my music. Disclosure: We received a Kinivo BTX270 to facilitate this review, all opinions…
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  • What Meathead Can Teach Dads About Modeling Good Behavior

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Rob Reiner’s directorial career has given us a signature courtroom drama, the saga of a single president and a metal band known for cranking it up to 11. To many, he’ll always be Meathead, the hippie son-in-law on “All in the Family.” That doesn’t mean Reiner doesn’t have something to share with fathers everywhere. Reiner is out promoting “And So It Goes,” a new romance starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas. The director spoke with Movie Mom (Nell Minow) about the film, but during their chat he opened up about life with a very famous father…
  • My Dad, ‘The Rockford Files’ and Losing James Garner

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    The death of veteran actor James Garner made me mourn the loss of my father all over again. The star of “The Rockford Files” never met me or my dad. We had no connection, family or otherwise. My Dad and I just watched “The Rockford Files” religiously during my formative years. The show’s theme song, I can hear it now as if that ol’ TV set never turned off, is as good a time machine as anything cooked up by H.G. Wells. I just played it on YouTube and suddenly I’m a young boy again, hunkering with my dad on our leather couch for an hour of leisurely…
  • ‘Sex Tape’ Offers True Love in Era of Compromised Morals

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    What married parent can’t relate to the couple at the heart of “Sex Tape?” Yes. “Sex Tape” the movie. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a formerly hot and heavy couple who rarely have sex now thanks to their harried existence. That’s a fancy way of saying they have children. They decide to make a sex tape to recharge their lustful batteries, and complications that only happen in the movies commence. Let’s ignore the farcical situations, the strained comic subplots and the drunken way the film veers from R-rated high jinks to soft and…
  • Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your Next Family Hike

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Few things bring us closer together than a family hike. Assuming, that is, the hike isn’t filled with whining kids, empty stomachs and sunburns. Daddylibrium spent part of the weekend in Nederland, Colo. hiking in the Indian Peak Wilderness area. All, miraculously, went well after some early hiccups. Live and learn … from our mistakes. The following is a handy list of things you DON’T want to do on your next hike. Forget to plan the hike in advance: What skill level is the hike in question? What does the weather report say for that specific region? Did you bring enough…
  • Missing Fathers Leave Their Mark with ‘Boyhood’ Movie

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Ethan Hawke plays a father who abandons his son in “Boyhood.” For the actor, a child of divorce, the material hit close to home. Ellar Coltrane, who shot the film over a span of 12 years to capture his actual transition into adolescence, is the titular “boy.” The character’s father (Hawke) checked out some time ago, and when he returns at long last the damage, apparently, has been done. That’s not a spoiler. It’s what Hawke told a journalist about the film. “[Director Richard Linklater] and I both felt the project was an opportunity to create a…
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  • Juggling Tip #71: “5 ways to be wayyyyyyy more productive” (even if you have a heap of kids)

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Juggling Tip #71: “5 ways to be wayyyyyyy more productive” (even if you have a heap of kids) Hi Juggler, Okay let’s be reals here. Talking about to do lists, don’t make anyone excited… But I have to be honest… Without a todo list, I’m loose! Yep, there I said it. I’m pretty much useless without my todo list. I even have checklists for things I’ve been doing for 8 years. #jokingnotjoking   1. You’re loose without a list Before you yawn. I just want to tell you, that I’m actually only telling you this because it’s an…
  • Juggling Tip #70 MTM Make Today Matter & (Make A List).

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Hi Juggler, Big huge warning… This is a D&M Juggling Tip for making the moments count. It’s Juggling Tip #70. It was written right after I came home from visiting my Grandmother who is in Intensive Care and was about to make the decision to have her the treatment stopped that was keeping her alive. Now I know this is deep and I know I usually like to bring sunshine and lollipops to your inbox. I wanted to motivate you to do the things that matter most – today. Don’t unjuggle your juggling act TOMORROW… Do it today. To Make Today Matter. Juggling Tip #70 MTM…
  • Go after your dreams without sacrificing your kids or marriage

    29 Jun 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Sacrifices YES – my kids or marriage NO! It’s as simple as that. I know my priorities and I know life is sweeter when my house is in harmony. My big dreams require sacrifices but not at the expense of either my kids or my marriage. That’s the bottom line. I’d rather live in a tent. CLICK HERE TO SAVE $150 OFF MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL NOW Beautiful right? I know but practical? YES. I don’t want to toot my horn but I have done some pretty crazy things over the last 10 years of juggling babies, business and big dreams. But one thing I have not done is sacrifice my kids…
  • Enjoy or Endure

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Enjoy life or Endure it There’s 5 key mindset shifts I’ve had to make over the past 10 years of going from coach potato teenage mum to achieving the impossible. None of the CHANGE or TRANSFORMATION I’ve had was possible without first getting choosing to either ENJOY life OR ENDURE my life. CLICK TO GET $150 OFF MUMS JUGGLING SCHOOL – BUT ONLY IF YOU WANT TO START ENJOYING & STOP ENDURING LIFE! I made the decision to enjoy life. Every step of the way. Every hardship we faced, living in a car straight out of home (I talked about that here), just because people are…
  • Routines Rule (Rigid Routines Are Ridiculous)

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Hi Juggler! How do you like the banner I created for this week? I was getting bored of the old one. I like to constantly change things up, I’m not sure if I’ve ever be able to have one consistent online ‘branding’ identity (like I’m supposed too)! I think I’d go crazy with boredom. So for now I hope you don’t mind me changing my look every couple of weeks (or days). Speaking of changing things… That’s the perfect intro into this weeks topic below. It’s all about rigid routines being ridiculous! (because they are) and because they…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Wedding outfits

    Kat English Mamma
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Summer means that it is wedding season and that means wedding outfits need to be bought. In recent years we have been invited to a number of family weddings. The bonus of being the oldest cousin in the clan, I guess, is the we got to go first and now its the others’ turns. This year is no exception, with one of my cousins getting married in the UK in September. September is a difficult month though. Last year, we visited the UK in September and we had 24 degrees for the first day and then rain and 14 degrees for the rest of the week. But I am being optimistic with my outfits for the…
  • Easy blow drying tip

    Kat English Mamma
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It has taken me almost three decades to work out how to do my hair properly so it looks good but an easy blow drying tip has changed that. Yes, really. I’ve always opted for the undone, bed head look, just because that was easier to pull off than giving my hair a proper blow dry and fixing it neatly. My last haircut, however, was a revelation. It was my first time at the salon – chosen for the simple reasons that I pass it often and that I once saw a lady in there drinking wine at 3.30pm on a Friday – and I had spent a while analysing the biographies of all the stylists…
  • Tips to ease chicken pox

    Kat English Mamma
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Thank you, chicken pox, for those “interesting” few weeks, but  we learned a couple of tricks for dealing with you and since you won’t be coming back to us again, I thought I would pass on these tips to ease chicken pox. I caught chicken pox when I was, I think, around six or seven. I have a couple of scars from it, so clearly I was not so good at not scratching, but the only memory I have of it is having baths in water and bicarbonate of soda to ease the itching. Even before O started complaining that the spots were itchy, we were bathing him in water with about 2-3…
  • Potty training saga

    Kat English Mamma
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    It wasn’t until I started to write this post and looked back at posts from last year that I realised that our potty training saga has been going on since last June. We wanted to get him out of nappies last July, but in the end, it was Easter this year when he cracked it. We had some attempts again when we were in South Africa in January, but we did not want to push him. By Easter though, we wanted to get him potty trained, especially since he was shortly about to turn four. So we went on the potty offensive. We said that while preschool was closed over the Easter holiday, there would…
  • Ten on ten photo day

    Kat English Mamma
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    I read about Rebekah’s Ten on Ten photo day at Practising Simplicity, when Jodi participated in February. The idea is to take ten photos over ten consecutive hours on the tenth day of the month. And as you know, I do love a photo challenge. At the office to start the day. The weather is so glorious these days that I need my sunglasses on to cycle in at 5.45am! Loving these new sunglasses that I picked up in Lindex the other day. Heading to rendezvous with Husband and collect E. Getting some help with work Happily playing while I work Out on a short cycle ride at lunchtime –…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Six Tips To Save On Car Insurance

    Creed Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Six Tips To Save On Car Insurance from Support for Stepdads . Who doesn’t love a good bargain?  Shopping for car insurance is no different.  In fact, with so many car... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Single Parents Dating Single Parents – Good or Bad?

    Mark Stubbles
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Single Parents Dating Single Parents – Good or Bad? from Support for Stepdads . Stepping out into the dating game as a single parent can be extremely daunting. No longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Tips For Opening Communication Lines Between You And Your Stepchildren

    Tara Health
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Tips For Opening Communication Lines Between You And Your Stepchildren from Support for Stepdads . As a stepdad, you naturally want to develop a close relationship with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Drinking & Driving: Tips For Discussing With Your Teen

    Chaleigh Glass
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Drinking & Driving: Tips For Discussing With Your Teen from Support for Stepdads . Drinking and driving is a subject every teen needs to thoroughly understand. Car... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Remember To Give

    Gerardo Campbell
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Remember To Give from Support for Stepdads . Please watch the following video. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • The Follow Up

    Rebecca Wood
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Charlie had her follow up appointment with the developmental clinic yesterday. Other than having to wake up before dawn, the day went pretty smoothly. Overall, it was uneventful. I’ll take it. Her assessments didn’t discover any new issues. The doctor discussed his ongoing concerns. As Charlie grows older, it is becoming clearer that apraxia is at the root of her speech and feeding delay. However, her speech delay doesn’t stop her from socializing. Tonight, she was at the kick off of a March of Dimes March For Babies campaign. She enjoyed meeting the area’s team…
  • Specialty Clinic On The Horizon

    Rebecca Wood
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    On Wednesday, Charlie will make the two hour journey for her follow up appointments (she gets reassessed in several areas) with developmental pediatrics. I admit, I am a little nervous. The past couple of visits to the clinic did not go so well for us. I realize we are lucky and Charlie is doing really well considering her extremely premature arrival. But, I can’t shake the feeling that we should be done with all this. I’m kind of like a little kid pouting and saying to myself, “We weren’t supposed to have this challenging of a journey.” For some reason, it was…
  • Charlie Stops For Nothing

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Hectic is a good word to describe the past week. Over the course of the week, I’ve completed Charlie’s medicaid waiver forms, worked towards getting the insurance claim for the formula approved, and attended to Charlie’s usual busy schedule. Things were a little more difficult because I’ve been under the weather. Despite the stress, I feel like there was much accomplished. Additionally, I decided to make some needed changes. Basically, I need to reapportion and move stuff around on my plate. For the most part, the people in my world won’t notice the changes.
  • My Favorite Sound

    Rebecca Wood
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Charlie joined me today as I picked through a clearance sale at the mall. She pretended she was looking for clothes and rifled through the racks beside me. After she became bored, she played peek a boo with anyone that looked her way. A sales lady got sucked into a game of peek a boo with Charlie. As the laughter from both sides died down, the lady asked Charlie what her name was. Charlie smiled at the lady, fidgeted with her hair, squirmed, and remained silent. The pause in the conversation became uncomfortable. I jumped in and answered for Charlie. The lady asked, “How old are you…
  • Hard At Work

    Rebecca Wood
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    I’ve had my hands full dealing with insurance companies, medicaid waivers, and doctor’s orders. Once I get everything figured out I will post what worked for us and what didn’t. In the meantime, my distractions have not prevented Charlie from making the most of her summer.
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • The first 10 000 photographs

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson Thanks to digital media taking and sharing photographs has become part of our daily life. Unlike in the old times, when we were saving the precious film for very […]
  • I Refuse!

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I am turning 40 soon. And here is what it feels like: I refuse to dye my grey hair, because I think it is not shameful that your body is changing over time. I refuse to hide the expression lines on my face because they show that I have laughed many times. I refuse to […]
  • Love a Simple Life!

    14 Feb 2014 | 10:48 am
    Nowadays we live in the world where information travels faster and further than ever before. Successful products, companies and people have entered almost every household in the world, and social networking makes it possible to share and exchange thoughts and ideas with physically remote, like-minded people almost instantly. Television screens and all other media are […]
  • 8 Things every future parent should know

    3 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Without further ado, here are the things that I wish I’d read somewhere before I had kids: 1. Tidiness is the luxury of single people, or old people. Up until your children are over 10 you can forget about tidy. Disclaimer: obsessive compulsive parents are not included here. Neither are tidiness Nazis. 2. Every single […]
  • Dieting and exercise – why we don’t get the body we want

    13 Jan 2014 | 9:47 am
    If you have arrived to this page than you probably share the same problem as millions of other people: you want to get fit/slim but that goal somehow remains unattainable. Or perhaps you need more information, advice, knowledge and magic pills. In the vicious cycle of trying to be disciplined about food and exercise and […]
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    The Mommy Whisperer

  • Documentaries on the 90s: Am I really that old?

    Sarah Brady
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    In a poetic way I feel that I have done a lot of growing up in the last couple of months but I am genuinely offended by the sudden influx of 90s documentaries.Last night was the premier of National Geographic's new miniseries "The 90s: The Last Great Decade?" I am not that old! At the soft and innocent age of 22 I simply cannot abide a being old enough to reminisce about my childhood by watching Nat Geo. Sadly, that is exactly what happened.I have grown up in a delightfully stereotypical (albeit, sometimes backwards) way recently. On a regular basis I am shocked by the thoughts in my own…
  • Stepping Back and Reworking My Systems

    Sarah Brady
    7 Feb 2014 | 10:15 pm
    As the few (and mostly family) readers who subscribe to this blog already know, and anyone glancing at the list of posts can tell, I am currently not a terribly good blogger.My goals when starting this blog were broad, far reaching, and in line with my career goals and aspirations as well ad my knowledge base and experience. It is because I have decided to step back and rework all of the aforementioned that I have decided to do the same with this blog. As far as my life goes; I am strongly considering returning to school and taking classes to work towards my goal of becoming a Certified…
  • Quick Update on Life and Thoughts on Christmas

    Sarah Brady
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:15 pm
    So December is a crazy month for me this year. My wonderful Nanny Family (NF) is gearing up for their long-planned move to Asheville at the end of the month. While I will be sad to see them go, I have known that move was planned since I first took the job so I am excited to see them start the next chapter of their life. Originally they had planned a move date of January 6th (my birthday - easy enough to remember) which seemed incredibly fortuitous as I was offered a position with a new family starting on the 7th. They were lucky enough to have sold their house in less than 2 days for more…
  • Spending Local: When it Works and When it Doesnt

    Sarah Brady
    26 Nov 2013 | 3:54 am
    I am typing this post (at least the first part of it) from a place I rarely come: Starbucks. Being an enthusiastic supporter of local business, the neighborhood coffee shop is the cornerstone of those habits. Before moving to Raleigh I knew of three good quality local coffee shops that could give me a comfortable atmosphere to relax and caffeinate in the morning. Although I have yet to find the exact atmosphere I'm searching for I have found a couple of coffee shops that live up to my standards since moving.So why, if I've found multiple coffee shops, am I typing this from Starbucks? Simple-…
  • Off-Topic Continued: Cell Phone Search

    Sarah Brady
    25 Nov 2013 | 9:05 pm
    Life is a mixture of blessings and curses. The cliche "two sides to every coin" comes to mind and I am no different. I like to research and I like spreadsheets. Most of the time I really do enjoy researching and making spread sheets especially before making an important purchase and because of this it is my blessing. On the other hand it is also a curse because my need to research and organize that data into a spreadsheet tends to continue past the point of enjoyment.I am lucky enough to have had a guardian angel of sorts in my life at precisely the time I needed one. A little over a year ago…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Finally, A Ninja To Inspire My Little Girls

    Cort Ruddy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As a parent, there are millions of little joys in the everyday, as you watch your kids discover the world around with all its profound beauty and untold mysteries. But once in a while, you can get crushed by it too, when you see them realize a harsh reality of life and the world they’re inheriting from us. One of those little parental-soul-sucking moments happened to me recently, and it started with a simple drawing. Our six-year-old daughter loves to draw. She tells us she likes drawing more than going outside. She even knows what she wants to be when she grows up – an author…
  • Cute and Pink to the Left, Cool and Blue to the Right

    Cort Ruddy
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    “Don’t be mad, but I got a couple of shirts from the boys’ section," my daughter proclaimed as she found me and her little brother sitting on the bench outside the Gap Kids at the local mall. Her mom was still inside paying with our other daughters. I wasn’t mad, not even close. But I asked why, purely out of parental curiosity.“All the girls stuff is too cutesy, and the boys stuff is just cooler.”My daughter is a pretty typical pre-teen – except in the many ways that she’s exceptional, of course. She likes to ride her bike. Plays soccer. Has…
  • Finally, A Parenting Skill I'm Good At...

    Cort Ruddy
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    I’ve discovered a critical aspect of parenting I excel at: Embarrassing my kids.  It’s a good thing, because there are other parts of this job that don’t exactly play to my strengths, like multi-tasking. (More on that in later posts). But when it comes to embarrassing the heck out of my kids, I’m like a duck to water … or is it fish to water. Anyway, I rock at it. Today, when waiting in the line of family cars to drop off the three girls at the local day camp – so their mom and I could have three whole hours of uninterrupted work-from-home time – the “Cruise” song…
  • What do Luis Suarez and My Three Year Old Have In Common?

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My three-and-half-year old son has something in common with one of the most talented soccer players in the world, and I’m not exactly happy about it: They both bite. “No bite, Drew!”  Those words, sadly, have been said around our house far too often in recent months. We thought he was through the biting phase – which usually happens for most kids around age 1, or maybe 2, when they are forced to move on from binkies (pacifiers) and other oral addictions, yet aren’t quite equipped with the words needed to express themselves.“Don’t bite! Use your words!” That’s something…
  • Average American's Guide to Soccer Lingo

    Cort Ruddy
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    Thanks to the World Cup, many Americans are watching soccer and rooting for the U.S. team for the first time in four years. As we all know, it’s not enough to yell "GOAL" for two minutes straight without taking a breath when we score. You have to do your best to also sound like a real soccer fan during the rest of the game. While it's easy to remember the general rules – like no hands – some of the lingo may be a bit harder to understand. So here’s an unofficial guide to some of the terms thrown around by announcers and all of us soccer fans, alike.  The Basics:The…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Teenage Suicide Rates
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    According to reporting by the Centers for Disease Control in 2014, most youth involved in bullying don’t display suicidal behavior. They do, however concede that teenage suicide and bullying are rising public health issues, and that there is a link between bullying and suicide-related behavior. Unfortunately, teenage suicide rates due to bullying are not available because it’s difficult to attribute teenage suicide singularly to bullying. There are typically other factors which affect a person’s suicidal tendency. Some other factors which can affect suicidal tendencies:…
  • The Lesbian Bully: Preventing Bullying Of Lesbians and LGBT Community
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bullying has been a problem in schools for probably as long as there have been schools, but in the last ten years or so bullying has changed. It has evolved, and has even become more vicious with the advent of technology and cyberbullying. Within the last ten years the U.S. has also seen a dramatic increase in the openness of homosexuality among teenagers, which is very fortunate; finally, teens are able to express themselves for who they are without having to fear for their lives and well being. So who is the lesbian bully? But that can’t be said for all teens. Although homosexuality…
  • LGBT Kids are Still Bullied for Being Gay
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is hard to believe, in spite of major efforts by the educational system and community groups to focus on tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people in schools, 92 percent of these kids say they still experience negative messages about being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the top sources of negative information is coming from schools, the Internet and peers. Did you know that LGBT Kids are Still Bullied for Being Gay? Nine of ten LGBT kids say they are “out” to their closest friends. When asked if their friends and peers have any…
  • A Stop Bullying Video Helps Eliminate Harmful Bullying Incidents
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With the help of each viewing of  stop bullying videos, more attention is now being focused on the serious problem of bullying. When children, teenagers and teachers watch anti-bullying videos as a group and discuss the contents afterward, everyone involved gains more knowledge, understanding and perspective on the serious nature of this problem. They also see that there are ways to correct it. By observing scenes of hurtful aggression as graphically depicted in these videos, young bullying victims within these school groups begin to understand how to stand up for themselves. Children and…
  • Benefits of Stop Bullying Posters and Bystander Intervention
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Why Do we need Stop Bullying Posters? Anti-bullying initiatives have taken center stage in schools around the US. Recently, two key targets have emerged as primary focus issues in the campaign to stop bullying. Maximizing the benefits of stop bullying posters, and Promoting bystander tips and intervention activities. National Education Association (NEA) NEA’s anti-bullying campaign, “Bully Free: It Starts With Me,” has gained significant traction. Some prominent features of this initiative appear to generate effective results. The NEA Bullying Prevention Kit, using…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • "Probably the Best Book in the World"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    It was Neil Gaiman that declared James Thurbers, The 13 Clocks, "probably the best book in the world." Back in print after it's original 1950's publication, this eerily unexpected turn on a fairytale, is a great choice for grabbing the kids attention this summer. It is an entirely original story that will leave them guessing what happens next in the dark castle where the evil Duke killed time. It was chosen by Neil Gaiman's for a WSJ book club this summer and he touts its extraordinary qualities, especially as a read aloud tale. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber - Available…
  • Reading for Parents: Why Poetry Matters

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here are some great insights as to why poetry is so important to our children's development. "Why Teaching Poetry is So Important" by Andrew Simons. (The Atlantic - April 8, 2014.) "5 Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools" by Elena Aguilar. (Edutopia - April 2013.)"Why Poetry for Kids" by Carl Bosch. (The Good Men Project  - May 2013.)
  • It's Still Poetry Month - Celebrate with These New Titles

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hi, Koo!: A Year of Season by Jon J Muth (Ages 4-8. Scholastic Press - February 2014.) Jon J Muth never disappoints with his gorgeous and meaningful characters and paintings. Beloved Koo takes us through the seasons with visual and poetic elegance. The Poem that Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham and illustrated by Kyrstan Booker (Ages 6-11. Two Lions - January 2014.) A young boy takes us on a poetic adventure through his day with humor and inspiring turns of words. If by Rudyard Kipling and illustrated by Giovannia Manna (Ages 6-8. Creative Editions - April 2014.) A…
  • Books Turn Green in April

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    It's that time of year again when we celebrate all things Mother Earth. Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22nd and there is no shortage of great reads to get your little one interested in growing things, water, sustainability, and recycling.  WANT A BIT MORE? Here are some great reads on Earth Sciences
  • Best Books with Great Friendships

    13 Feb 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Valentine's Day is all about friendship when you're a kid - swapping cards and candy at school and not thinking much about the sappy stuff. To help celebrate, we recommend these books with big friendships.  Sidney, Stella, and the Moon by Emma Yarlett. (Ages 5-8. Templar - October 2013.)Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosa Lamb. (Ages 4-8. Candlewick - December 2013.)Painter and Ugly by Robert J. Blake. (Ages 5-8. Philomel - January 2011.)Forsythia and Me by Vincent X. Kirsch. (Ages 4-8. Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 2011.) Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • “Everything is Awesome!” Brick Party under $100

    Meghan G
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Adventure! Skills! Fun! Friends... AND saving money! Host an easy, almost no-trash LEGO movie theme party your kiddo will love. Read “Everything is Awesome!” Brick Party under $100 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: 100 Acre Woods Party Perfect Penguin Party You are the sunshine of my life Sunflower Birthday Party plus Free Printables
  • Let’s go fly a kite

    Meghan G
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Fly, my darlings. Fly high. I'll be right here, at the other end of the string. Read Let’s go fly a kite on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: You can’t color outside the lines when there are no lines. How to string popcorn like a boss …with kids! Book of the Month: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
  • Math Picnic Giveaway ends 7/30

    Meghan G
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    School may be out, but the learning doesn't need to stop! Brushing up on your math will be a real picnic if you win this one! Read Math Picnic Giveaway ends 7/30 on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Learning Resources Math Mat Giveaway ENDED: Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract Giveaway ENDED Fish In Line from Learning Resources Giveaway
  • ENDED: Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract Giveaway

    Meghan G
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every baker knows that there are times when only PURE vanilla extract will do! Who wouldn't love to win this giveaway and make those special treats EXTRA special? Read ENDED: Nielsen Massey Pure Vanilla Extract Giveaway on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: ENDED $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Giveaway ENDED Fish In Line from Learning Resources Giveaway ENDED Crane Humidifier #Giveaway
  • Grilled Beets Recipe plus July 4th Food & Craft Roundup #Foodelicious

    Meghan G
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Add a little variety to your grilled side dishes and add a little red color to your patriotic Fourth of July table! Plus a recipe roundup for the 4th! Read Grilled Beets Recipe plus July 4th Food & Craft Roundup #Foodelicious on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: The Grill is open! Plus Barbecue sauce recipe Fresh Summer with Relay Foods: Brunch Recipe Roundup July 4th School House Rock
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Q&A: Does My Toddler Have Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms?

    Tamara Guo
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He is funny and very outgoing, but he has always been aggressive in his play, when expressing frustration, and sometimes when expressing love. Like many toddlers, he hits or kicks when frustrated. He started school (two days/week for two hours) when he was two. The transition was difficult; he would cry and then hit other kids. His teachers reported that he seemed to get aggressive when other children would get too close to him. They put a plan in place where my son could have his own spot to sit in when activities were less structured and before we knew…
  • Child Development: Is My Child Average or Developmentally Behind?

    Tamara Guo
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    As a therapist, I often hear parents make statements such as “He walked really late, at age 14 months,” or “Her sister was so much farther ahead of her, she was talking in sentences by 18 months.”  It’s natural for parents to compare their child with other children, as well as with older siblings, but is it a good thing? Probably not. The only person you should be comparing your child to is himself. All children develop and progress at different rates. And guess what? Most are doing it in a typical developmental fashion. But, be aware that not all children achieve a skill at the…
  • Language Delays: What is the It Takes Two to Talk Program?

    Katie Blauth
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout the day. Speech therapists are trained to accommodate parents’ individual learning styles, their specific needs/goals, and their life experiences to facilitate parents’ application of the strategies taught.  The program helps parents with the following: Recognizing their child’s stage and…
  • Sensory Strategies for the Elementary School Classroom

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    With summer halfway over, perhaps you’re already thinking about Back to School shopping.  In addition to the exciting preparations, you may also be thinking, “How will my child behave in the classroom?  Does his sensory system allow for him to focus on the teacher’s lessons, engage in classroom activities, and attend to tasks?” Children with sensory processing disorder face unique challenges in the classroom.  At this point in your child’s development, you may have mastered providing sensory activities at home to help with his ability to focus, attend, and engage with others. …
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    Rinda Graybill
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, has many different names.  You may hear verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or dyspraxia, among many others.  For purposes of this article, it will be referred to as “Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).” CAS is a motor speech disorder.  A child who has CAS will have difficulty planning motor movements for speech production.  So, what does this mean?  A child with CAS will often know what they want to say, but when they go to say a word, the word that was in their brain gets lost before it gets to the mouth and throat to produce the…
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  • Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller Review

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller is made to comfortably fit two kids up to 40 pounds each. Weighing in at only 36.6 pounds, it is easy to use with your two kids and will make going out comfortable and fun. Each seat can easily be turned frontwards or backwards creating 6 different riding combinations. Also included are 2 parent cup holders, an extra large storage basket, 2 child cup holders and an infant car seat attachment.Key FeaturesThe Contours Optima has a lightweight aluminum frame.The two front swivel wheels makes it easy to steer the stroller.There is an extra large…
  • Mountain Buggy Duet Double Buggy Stroller Review

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    The versatile Mountain Buggy duet Double Buggy Stroller, built by Mountain Buggy, is both convenient and compact. It is designed to be used either as a single stroller or a double stroller depending on the needs of your growing family. This side-by-side stroller can accommodate children from birth up to 5 years of age. At only 25 inches wide, it is the slimmest side-by-side double stroller on the market today. With its super slender sleek design, and 10-inch tires, it is a breeze to maneuver in a crowded city or on any mountain trail thus allowing you and your young children the freedom to go…
  • Britax B-Agile Double Stroller Review

    10 Nov 2013 | 10:30 am
    The Britax B-Agile Double Stroller is suitable for newborns as well as for kids weighing up to about 50 pounds. This stroller is designed to hold two babies; the best if you are blessed with twins. However it is not too heavy; it is a lightweight stroller and can easily be folded for storage and when traveling with children.Key FeaturesThe key features of the Britax B-Agile Double Stroller are:It is a lightweight stroller. This makes it easy to push.It can easily be folded to fit in the back seat of your car and you therefore do not have to worry about how to travel.The handle height can…
  • Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller Review

    10 Nov 2013 | 9:52 am
    The Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller is the ideal carrier for children who are at their strolling age. It is suited for children from birth weight up to 50 pounds, so it is definitely a stroller that can keep pace with your growing family. With its all-terrain capabilities and high standard features, it may be just what you are looking for. It should be noted however, that the City Mini GT Double is not intended to be used as a jogging stroller. So, if you want a jogging stroller you will need to purchase another stroller that is suited for jogging.Key FeaturesMost people must be…
  • BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller Review

    10 Nov 2013 | 2:10 am
    The BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller is a product that is designed and built perfectly for outdoor activities such as jogging, trips to the zoo, and even walks on the beach. Of course, it is also perfect for doing everyday things too, like shopping or going for a leisurely stroll. With the swiveling front wheel, you will be able to effectively maneuver through congested areas. And like most other jogging strollers, you can also lock the front wheel when jogging or when the terrain turns rough to provide the ultimate safety and stability for your little ones. Its state-of-the-art suspensions…
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  • 13 Insanely Productive Parents, And a Sneak Peek at Their Favorite Productivity Apps

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Do you use any productivity apps on your phone? Would you like to know what some of the most insanely productive parents are using on their phones? Me too So, I reached out to a bunch of highly accomplished parents – founders of successful companies, authors of bestselling books, globe-trotting public speakers, high-demand consultants, bloggers who have bigger audience than a regular television station, and in many cases a combination of several of these, all while raising great kids — and asked them…
  • Pomodoro Technique: Simple Time Management for Surviving in a World of Never Ending Distractions

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Raise your hands if you know exactly what you should do on any given day, but somehow the day slips by before you can knock even half the items off your list… Maybe today was your day to be super productive, but just as you were getting started an important email interrupted you and threw you off the track. Or perhaps, you wanted to just check some news and blogs before getting started, but somehow half the day was gone before you knew it. Or was it one of those days that you actually did get started…
  • Simplified-GTD: How to Get Things Done in 4 Easy Steps

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of the Productivity series. Get free article updates here.) Tell me if you’ve ever been in a situation like this - It’s been a long day. You stop for a moment to catch your breath. But instead of relaxing, you notice how messy your home is and it starts to niggle at you. “Clean the house” has been on your To-Do list for far longer than you care to admit. Before you can even decide when/how to tackle the mess though, your child calls you for homework help. “Homework help” isn’t exactly on the To-Do list, but hey, you couldn’t possibly ignore that! As you…
  • Creating a Wonderful New Reality Out of Pain and Anguish: The Inspiring Story of Suzanne Rico

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is a part of our series on Inspiring Stories and is a gracious contribution by Suzanne Rico from Please contact me if you have a great story to share with our fine parents community!) When the wind blows from the east in the town where I live in Southern Spain—called a Levante—and the tide from the Bay of Cadiz pushes back up the Rio Guadalete, the strong smell of sewer wafts from our bathroom’s ancient pipes. Since this is a windy area and our apartment is small, I bark at my children if they leave the door ajar and then feel guilty about my bad mood;…
  • What To Do When Your Child Lies

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    [This article is a part of our Wisdom From the Trenches series] Have your kids ever looked you straight in the eye and lied? Lately, my daughter has started doing that. Try as I might to not overreact, it still brings out all kinds of negative emotions in me. A sense of betrayal… How could she lie to me? Insecurities… What am I doing wrong that she feels the need to lie? Worry… Will she ever stop lying? Will we ever have a trusting relationship? Fear… What if she gets in real trouble someday and lies to me about it and I can’t help her? And on and on my mind races. I spoke to a few…
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  • Beetroot Carrot Soup for Babies and Kids

    Sangeetha Menon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hi, how is monsoon treating you ? For me monsoon brings in hearty warm soups, finger chips and a warm cup of black coffee. This time Anshika is fed a lot many variety of soups since she has cold and cough. She started rejecting almost everything fed and is in the mood for only soupy-liquid […] The post Beetroot Carrot Soup for Babies and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Chukku Kaappi or Dry Ginger Coffee for Babies This Monsoon

    Sangeetha Menon
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Anshika is having a blast here in Kerala with her grand parents . No restrictions , lots of pampering and plenty of attention. As its raining heavily day and night, she has contracted cold, cough and congestion. So thought of making ginger coffee or chukku kaappi for her. Though adults can have this herbal concoction […] The post Chukku Kaappi or Dry Ginger Coffee for Babies This Monsoon appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Why I Hate Kajal in Infant’s Eyes ?

    Sangeetha Menon
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I am in Kerala right now along with my daughter. My cousins , relatives and neighbours come to see us . The first question they ask me is “Why is your daughter so plain?”. I wondered “Is there a plain baby and complexed baby ?”. “No”. They continue “ Put kajal in baby’s eyes. She […] The post Why I Hate Kajal in Infant’s Eyes ? appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Food Chart for 10 Month Old Baby

    Sangeetha Menon
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As Anshika reached her 10th month , we were like “ Phew just 2 more months for her to turn one. Time just flew ! ”. I guess you are in the same stage too. Its said by 10th month, a baby would be able to eat by sitting upright. Her back muscles would have […] The post Food Chart for 10 Month Old Baby appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Want to Know Diet, Beauty and Fitness Secrets of Chitrangada Singh ?

    Sangeetha Menon
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chitrangada Singh is one of the yummy mummies in Bollywood who has sultry curves and a fab body. I can say one of the Bollywood heroines who flaunts her dusky skin complexion. My husband is fond of this dusky actress and I love the way she has maintained her body toned and svelte. Her son’s […] The post Want to Know Diet, Beauty and Fitness Secrets of Chitrangada Singh ? appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Your child is not royalty,

    Clare Christie
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:02 pm
    … and you are not their slave As parents, you are under more and more pressure to praise every move your child makes. Making your children feel ‘good’ has become a goal to your own detriment. The happiness of children is making parents feel anxious as children have increasingly become the centre of the family universe. Praise is lavished for the most fundamental of actions such as manners, sharing, cleaning up, cooperation and listening. Surely these actions should be expected as the norm instead of celebrated as amazing? Worried about tantrums or resistance, parents put…
  • 3 Steps To Get Your Kids Heads Out Of Their Devices

    Shannon Curtis
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:19 pm
    You have worried about it, we all have. That the amount of time your kids are spending on devices is having a negative effect on your family life. In the past decade our world has been turned upside down with the latest and greatest in technology and mobile devices, and this is effecting the amount of quality time we share together as a family. Everywhere you look you see children (and adults) on some sort of mobile device. As a result of this dependency they are losing the ability to effectively live without them and personal face-to-face communications and conversation are suffering,…
  • Is fear holding back your child?

    Gai O'Dwyer
    14 Jun 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Isn’t it ironic that one of our worst fears as parents is: why is my child fearful? Babies are born with two fears: a fear of falling a fear of loud noises The other fears are learned behaviours from their environment. Our own parenting contributes significantly to the fears our children suppress or express. To gauge our own fear level, we firstly need to look at the relationship we have with ourselves. Parents who have a good relationship with themselves are generally happy, positive, social, interesting and are risk-takers. When we have a good relationship with ourselves, we tend to…
  • 7 steps to get your child into daycare

    Cate Scolnik
    10 May 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Returning to work is stressful, particularly when it comes to organising child care. You worry about whether you’ll get a place in a good child care centre. You worry about how you’ll cope without your child all day, and about how they’ll cope in their new environment. You worry that you won’t get a child care place at all. Sitting and worrying is not going to help you. What helps is taking action. But what action should you take? Good question. Let’s start by looking at how centres allocate places, and go from there. How places are allocated Most people think…
  • The secret to happiness – it’s not what you think

    Cate Scolnik
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Do you want to know the secret to happiness? Of course you do. Who doesn’t. Well, it’s not what you think, as my daughter discovered. First, let me tell you a story about what happened in my house this morning. This morning Miss 8 was complaining about her life. She pulls this pouty duck face when she’s not happy (yes, she is behaving more and more like a ‘tween’ every day). Miss 8′s best friends’ life is soooo enviable. She has everything that Miss 8 believes she wants. My little girl would change places with her in a heartbeat. I pointed out a few things that…
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  • The Tools That Help Me Be A Better Parent

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    So many times I am asked "How do you do it? How do you have time to be Ricky Martin and still be a parent?" The truth is, I am no exception. In my opinion, ALL parents are superstars. As mothers and fathers, we find hours to our days that previously never existed. We jump hurdles; we cause miracles; we push limits; and we do all this so that we may spend precious moments with our little ones. I am by no means a perfect parent, but I strive daily to be a better parent for my boys. I am a firm believer that being a good mom and dad starts with some real soul searching and working within…
  • Dealing with Tantrums: How to Stay Calm

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I was blessed with two happy, healthy children, my daughter Lydia (almost 5) and my son Bryce (almost 3). Lydia is the sweetest, most gentle little girl and Bryce is a hilarious, rough-and-tumble little boy. They could not be more different, which really means one thing: they fight all day long. Dealing with tantrums is a challenge! Bryce gets way too over-stimulated sometimes and acts like a crazy toddler boy while Lydia is so sensitive and takes everything very personally. As a teacher turned work-at-home mom, my patience is constantly tested when Bryce is being destructive and Lydia is…
  • Celebrating Our Wedding Anniversary Without the Kids

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    After 7 years of marriage, my husband and I continue to celebrate our wedding anniversary without the children. We are great believers in making couples time to keep our relationship going and separating our time between parenting and marriage roles.This month, we celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. Our schedules have been busy and we have made bigger plans to travel later in the year so we didn't go away for a night out or a romantic dinner for two. Instead, we settled the kids in bed, poured our favorite wine, and toasted quietly in our home watching our favorite television series. The…
  • Why I'm Okay With Sharing Photos Online

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    When it comes to sharing photos online - parents are either for it or against it. Either way, it's not a decision parents make lightly. And it's often the subject of great debate.I've been blogging for almost four years, sharing our autism journey and pictures of my son, Norrin. When I first started blogging, I didn't think about privacy. I just wanted to share our story. When I would tell people that Norrin was autistic, they would question the diagnosis. "Are you sure? He doesn't look like he has autism." Blogging and sharing Norrin's picture became my way of showing the people in our lives…
  • 4 Essential Home Safety Rules to Teach Your Kids

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Home safety is extremely important when you have young children at home. It doesn't matter if your kids are older or teenagers, every home needs to be safe for everyone who lives within its walls. Whether you want to teach your kids about fire safety or not to answer the door without a parent present, anything you teach your kids will be beneficial. Consider these top 4 essential home safety tips that are important for kids to know from a very young age. When everyone is more aware, your family will remain healthy and safe when at home.Teach Kids the Dangers of Playing with Electrical Wires…
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  • Study: Autism a ‘Mostly Genetic’ Condition According to Statistical Analysis

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    We’ve made a lot of gains when it comes to understanding autism over the past couple of decades, yet the exact causes are still unknown. We have ideas, speculations, and statistics, but no real concrete answer as to the how’s and why’s it exists. But each new piece of information brings us one step closer to understanding this complex condition. In the latest news, a first-of-its-kind statistical analysis found that it may be primarily caused by genetics. “This is a different kind of analysis than employed in previous studies,” Thomas Lehner, chief of the National Institute of…
  • Tori & Dean Hit the Beach in Malibu With Their Crew!

    Lisa Arneill
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Fun in the sun! Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott were photographed heading to the beach for a family day with their kids on Thursday (July 24). With a truck loaded full of boogie boards, chairs and floaties, it looked like the family packed for a day of adventure! Stella and Liam showed off new purple and hot pink dos while Finn and Hattie were carried by nannies as the family made their way to the beach. Once they had the sand it their toes they couldn’t wait to get in the water! Over the past few months the couple has been busy building re-building their relationship after…
  • UK Mom Set To Give Birth To Second Set of Twins At 22 Years Old!

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    When we’re pregnant, we often anxiously await the milestones and news of the gender of our child, if it’s multiples, etc. In 2011, a United Kingdom woman gave birth to twins. What makes this so remarkable? This year, she is set to give birth to her second set of twins, making her the youngest person in the UK to give birth to two sets of twins. Image VIA Facebook Annie Gladstone, 21, gave birth to her first pair of twins, son Jayden and daughter Lillie in April 2011. Both Gladstone and fiance Rich Porter, 26, do not have a history of twins on either side of their families. They…
  • New Study Finds More Dads Are Staying At Home Than Ever Before

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Over the years, statistics have shown that it was usually moms that were staying home with their children during the day to take care of them, while dad went out and worked. However, all that is changing. In 2012, there were at least a million more fathers staying at home to care for the kids, than in the year 1989. While many have attributed this to the staggering leaps in unemployment as well as the recession, the reason dads are home is because they want to take care of their families, according to a recent study by Pew Research. Gretchen Livingston, the study’s author says, “The…
  • Montana Mom Gives Birth On Transit Bus

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Oftentimes, we as people get so caught up in the mundane activities of our daily lives, that sometimes life throws us a curve ball and gives us a surprise when we least expect it. It certainly seemed like a pretty ordinary day for Sharon Lee Buckskin of Montana last week. On July 15, the mom of three was headed into the town of Polson for some appointments, riding the local transit bus. But when she got off of the bus, she was bringing along a new little addition with her. Nine months pregnant, she was due on July 22. Buckskin began to experience contractions along the way, but felt that she…
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  • Finding Your Best Double Stroller

    Derek Jennings
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are searching for a double stroller for your baby, you probably have spent hours in online shops, browse every single stroller to choose a right one. There are really so many factors that affect your decision such as price, durability, comfort, style and flexibility. You can see strollers in numerous types, styles, price […] The post Finding Your Best Double Stroller appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • Strollers for Twins – Which type suits your babies the best

    Derek Jennings
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Having a twin is wonderful but sometimes it makes us crazy. Everything need to be prepared for both babies and, you may have your first hassle when choosing the stroller. Obviously you won’t want to buy 2 strollers let each of your babies in a single one. When considering double strollers for twins, it’s essential […] The post Strollers for Twins – Which type suits your babies the best appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller

    Derek Jennings
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Preparing for your new baby is exciting but challenging, especially with first time parents. Among tons of suggestions and information, you have to make your own decision on what your will buy for your baby. Obviously, a stroller is essential. Although stroller is one of the must-have and seems to be popular, choosing a right […] The post 6 Things to Consider in Choosing the Best Baby Stroller appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • Beware of the so-called Double Stroller Review

    Derek Jennings
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    Becoming parents, you definitely want to give your baby the best things possible, you would want to buy everything which is the best for your babies. When looking for an ideal stroller for your twins, you may want to find the so called double stroller reviews out there in order to choose the best one. So, what […] The post Beware of the so-called Double Stroller Review appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
  • InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller Review

    Derek Jennings
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:07 am
    The Instep Safari Double Swivel Stroller is designed to be used as a jogging stroller and most of the features of the stroller are designed with that in mind. It is marketed towards active parents but the stroller can be used in a variety of different situations. >> Ultimate Baby Stroller Review – The Best Strollers […] The post InStep Safari Double Swivel Stroller Review appeared first on Best Double Stroller.
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  • Texting and Driving… DON’T Drive “Intexticated”

    19 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    When I received my monthly LAR newsletter, there was a blurb in it about texting and driving and how someone made the comment that “they are good at doing it, so not to worry.”  You SHOULD and NEED to worry about this ever growing problem! Everyday my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with articles about horrific deaths or injuries caused by texting and driving.  The statistics are scary, with over 1.6 million accidents, 330,000 injuries, and 11 teen deaths EVERY day caused by texting and driving!  And it is 6 times more likely to happen while texting and driving than while driving…
  • Au Pairs, Providing a Cultural Experience you Don’t Get from Nannies or other Childcare!

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    One of the greatest things I find with the Au Pair program is the cultural experience they bring to their host families, as well as to myself!  Every time I go out with the Au Pairs in my cluster, I learn something new; which I love to share with friends and family. Having an Au Pair share and bring their culture into a home is invaluable.  The number one lesson I feel that it teachers is tolerance.  Children, as well as adults, are often nervous or scared of something they don’t know or understand.  There is so much prejudice in the world because of these fears.  Exposing children…
  • Happy Fourth of July!

    4 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    It’s one of the most fun summer holidays! Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start to summer and Labor Day is that depressing unofficial end to summer. Fourth of July really kicks off the summer! Around the United States friends and family celebrate with barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks. Locally, many Philadelphians head down to the shore for the long weekend. Tonight I will be celebrating with good food, good friends, and fireworks! There are a lot of events going around the Philadelphia area that are great for families! Here is a great list of events going on in the city,…
  • The Importance of Au Pairs and Friendships

    22 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Every time I talk to someone about my job as a LAR, I always mention how amazing it is to me that these young men and women come over to the United States from a foreign country, without knowing anyone, to take care of a family they haven’t yet met.  When I was that age I could barely go around the corner without getting homesick!  :) In Summer Blackhurst’s blog post, The Best Thing for Your Au Pair, she discusses how important it is for Au Pairs to meet other Au Pairs and make friends.  It is especially important for the first few weeks when Au Pairs are just settling in and…
  • A Little Bit of Kindness Goes a Long Way

    15 Jun 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I loved Summer Blackhurst’s blog post Kindness Matters in the Au Pair Match and will take it a step further and say kindness matters through the matching process and during the time Au Pairs are caring for their host family’s children. Having a young man or woman come over to a new country to live for a year and take care of a family that is a virtual stranger at first is an amazing, scary thing to do.  When going through the matching process, prospective host families can ease the anxiety of potential Au Pairs by being kind, which can be the determining factor in a mutual…
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  • 8 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success as a Single Mom

    Anne Sophie
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed and don’t know what to do about it? I get it, life as a single mom certainly has it’s challenges and sometimes, it can just feel like too much, right? So how can you make your daily reality easier and more relaxed? Here are my tips: 1. Accept help I gotta be honest, I take pride in the fact that I can do many things myself. I hardly ask for help and when I do, I feel uncomfortable. However, life is so much easier when you simply reach out and ask for another pair of hands, a few hours of a friend’s time, a shoulder to lean on. So, reach out, ask for…
  • The Most Important Ingredient in a Single Mother’s Day

    Christy Heady
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    About a month ago, I took my son to see the movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the latest flick about the 1950s cartoon dog who is the smartest being in the world. In this movie, Mr. Peabody adopted an orphaned infant boy and named him Sherman. Due to several hazardous choices by Sherman when he first begins attending school, Mr. Peabody found himself traveling back in time to mend fences with notable historical figures – King Tut, Leonardo DaVinci and Marie Antoinette, to name a few – in order to keep history, well, history. While I do not have a time travel machine to take care of the…
  • How to Introduce Your Child To Your New Boyfriend

    Ty Knighten
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    So you’ve been spending time with someone who you really seem to hit it off with and the two of you decide that you want to take your relationship to the next level and become a couple. If you followed my advice, you have waited to introduce your child to your new man until you were sure that you were serious. Now that you are ready, it may be a bit confusing as to how to introduce the two. Here are some tips on how to introduce your child to your new boyfriend. Tell your child It is necessary to prepare your child for what is going to happen.  You definitely don’t want it to be a…
  • 20 Fun Summer Activity Ideas for Single Moms and Their Child

    Anne Sophie
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    Summer is around the corner. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and summer break is about to begin. This can be a tricky and stressful time for you as a single mom with a constantly bored and complaining child. However, summer is also a big opportunity for creating life-long memories and deepening the bond you have with your little one.  All you have to do is plan ahead and prepare a few cool activities in order to make summer the best time of the year. Here are 20 ideas to spend some quality time with your kiddo in the next few months. #1. Go on a random acts of…
  • Planning For Father’s Day When There Is No Dad

    Ty Knighten
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    TJ’s school did a wonderful celebration for all the Mom’s for Mother’s Day.  It was a “Mother’s Only” event and each Mom was treated to a breakfast of donuts, muffins and OJ served by their child in their classrooms.  Each child recited a poem that they wrote to their mother in front of the class.  TJ’s poem was so sweet. It feels good to be recognized by your child for all the things you do for them.  It especially feels good when that recognition is done in public.  Leaving TJ’s school that morning, I began to worry about the up coming…
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  • Last minute mugging is a bad idea, here’s why

    Dawn Tan
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Tomorrow’s my big exam and… and I have so much left to dooooooooo! Sounds familiar? We all know how sleeping less affects your grades, but why do we still do it? As much as some like to believe “sleep is for the weak”, here are a few reasons why you should reconsider midnight mugging, and snuggle into bed instead: Sleeping makes room for new information. Sleep occurs in stages and each one serves a particular purpose for your mind and body. After brief first and second stages, the mind enters a sleep rhythm and the body begins repairing itself, refreshing the immune, muscular and…
  • 5 Brain Foods You Need To Eat Now

    Dawn Tan
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nearing to your exams, do you have a habit of stocking up on health supplements such as cod liver oil, chicken essence and more? As much as they’re proven to improve mental wellness, they are expensive to consume. Why not ditch them for more affordable, readily available foods with benefits to boost your memory?   Try them in addition to our study tips and note taking tips and let us know how it works for you! Are there any other foods you swear by during the examination period? Tags:  guide, how to, learning, Students, Tips Digg StumbleUpon…
  • The Tongues We Speak: The Importance of Learning Mother Tongue

    Dawn Tan
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “One language sets you in a corridor of life. Two languages open every door along the way” – Frank Smith I grew up thinking that learning my Mother Tongue (MT) was a chore. It wasn’t difficult learning with the right environment in place though. Funnily, I have zero recollection of who my Mandarin teachers were in primary school, but I can remember my tutor’s face vividly. My Mandarin tutor, 陈老师 (Mdm Chen), teaches at a Resident’s Committee (contrary to what the name suggests, an RC is a place aimed at fostering community interaction, usually at the bottom of HDB…
  • Epigami: Professional Development Series 1

    Dawn Tan
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    On 19 June, Epigami invited a select group of tutors to attend its first Professional Development Series with the main objective of helping tutors in Singapore improve their teaching quality. Split into three main parts, the whole event lasted about three hours and covered a range of topics. To start, the founder Eugene Soo briefly presented Epigami’s mission and a few key statistics: An average of 5000 users per month A service satisfaction rate of 90% among parents And a few other juicy tidbits Additionally, he introduced what the team had been working on: Epigami Concierge Service…
  • 4 Reasons to Fix Your Smartphone Addiction

    Dawn Tan
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nearly 8 in 10 Singaporeans own smartphones, a higher penetration rate than the United States, standing at only 5 in 10. In May 2012, 75% of Singapore’s mobile subscription rate included 3G connectivity. That same year, a study conducted by Singapore Polytechnic showed that youths spent about 5.5 hours online daily, a 13% increase from the previous years. While users might not feel that the amount of browsing has an impact on their daily lives, being overly engaged with a smartphone has some undesirable consequences. Here are 4 reasons why you should learn to live without your smartphone:…
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  • When your life feels out of control remember…

    The Fuel Center Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    by the Fuel Center teamWhen it feels like outside forces such as family, work and the universe, have more control over your life than you do, it may be helpful to take a breath and remember that there are some choices that ONLY YOU can make for yourself.  For you may not be able to choose what happens to you, but you always have the choice of how you respond. And that choice gives you more power than you could ever imagine. liked that? try these: 7 essential steps to listening between the linesInspirational quotes about parentingListen up: The secret ingredient that turns any…
  • 7 common brain "facts" debunked (infographic)

    The Fuel Center Team
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    by the Fuel Center team Do we really use only 10% of our brain? Can we learn through subliminal messages? Does alcohol kill our brain cells? Get the truth behind the most common brain myths. like that? try these 7 essential steps to listening between the lines7 simple tactics to get your teen to tell you the truthTeen development: The 12 labors of HercuTeens ready to get to know your teen better? sign up now to get strategies and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Email Address Sign Up we respect your privacy and distaste for spam Thank you!
  • 7 essential steps to listening between the lines

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:35 pm
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell Teenagers often feel unheard and misunderstood by their parents. That’s pretty much general knowledge, right? But what doesn’t seem to be as widely known, is that the number one thing most teens wish their parents did differently is listen to them more often (Doe, 2004).  And the main reason teens don’t like talking to parents is because their “parents will not shut up.” Most parents think they listen, but very few actually do—at least well.  Instead, we often put more emphasis on being heard and understood ourselves, rather than on hearing and…
  • 7 gifts your graduate will treasure for a lifetime

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:31 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell and Justin Ulrich For parents, high school graduation is riddled with mixed emotions. We are proud of our graduate’s accomplishments, excited about the infinite possibilities that lie in front of them, sad that our baby is all grown up and leaving the nest, and worried that they aren’t prepared enough to face the world on their own.  As parents, it’s our job to raise our kids to be responsible, compassionate adults. Yet when our children are young, the thought of them leaving us is far from our mind. We feel like we have all the time in the world to prepare…
  • Quiz: What's your parenting clout?

    The Fuel Center Team
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    Quizzes by ready to understand your teen better? sign up now to get strategies and inspiration sent straight to your inbox. Email Address yes, please! we respect your privacy and distaste for spam Congrats for taking a big step toward creating family harmony. In addition to having our insightful tips and tricks delivered directly to your inbox, you'll also get first dibs on upcoming discounts and Fuel Center special events. 
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • The cost of dying

    27 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Today has been exhausting – emotionally and physically. I spent the morning going through my dads documents and folders, contacting banks, insurance, contracts, utility companies etc. Most of them were kind and helpful, but most also need the death certificate. So I went on over to the hospital to collect the medical certificate which I […] The post The cost of dying appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • The stages of grief before death

    27 Jun 2014 | 12:56 am
    I’m pretty sure when my dad was dying I went through my own stages of grief. I didn’t really know it was possible to grieve before someone actually died but another wonderful surprise about death – it is! Denial I was crazily deep in denial at first. Sure he was in hospital but he was […] The post The stages of grief before death appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • I want my daddy

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I don’t even understand how I’m writing this at the moment, how it could be possible. But somehow it is. How does somebody that fought multiple cancers and heart attacks, chronic infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, diabetes and COPD to still be able to be fit and positive and throwing their little grandsons around or lay […] The post I want my daddy appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • A day in the life of Joshua {aged 3}

    24 Jun 2014 | 3:12 am
    Hi. I’m Joshua. I’m three and mummy likes to take a LOT of pictures of me. Sometimes I get angry and say NO MORE PICTURES! But this weekend we took lots of pictures. It was nice because mummy was at home with us ALL weekend!!! Me and Jakob like to get up early, sometimes I […] The post A day in the life of Joshua {aged 3} appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Getting Healthy – Week 3

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:18 am
    Ok, I have to admit I’ve been a bit disappointed with myself this week – not from losing 2lbs – nope, I’ve been amazed by that! But I haven’t tracked ANY food on myfitnesspal and actually I haven’t been paying attention to my diet hardly at all! I have been eating more fruit, but I […] The post Getting Healthy – Week 3 appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
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    Parent Edge

  • Encouraging problem-solving and creative thinking in children

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    I have a friend in Australia. When we met some time ago, he told me about his daughter and her school. I was fascinated by the story he told me about how they teach arithmetic to the kids. Homework one day :List out as many different ways to arrive at the number 100 s you can. And immediately, children have been taught addition, subtraction multiplication, and division. Apparently his daughter went back with 10 different ways, all on her own. She refused help from her dad, when he offered to show her more ways. I thought about this simple way to open up the child’s mind to possibilities.
  • Help your Child Identify Sexual Abuse

    Shweta Chooramani
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, and it becomes the duty of society, community, parent, school and teacher to safeguard a young child whose ability to communicate may be limited. A neglected or unnoticed case of child sexual abuse puts the child at a greater risk of similar incidences in future, and encourages the paedophile. Also Read: Why I Cried Today To avoid this, teach your child how to identify abuse withe the acronym HELPING. These are signs that will signal to them that they need to ask for help and share troubling incidents with their parents. HELPING can be broken down…
  • Entertaining Kids for Free

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s blog ( A trip to the mall is always met with applause by children in a typical 20th century household.And why not!? There are entertainment zones that have rides, bouncing castles, toy trains, simulating games and the works! It is a perfect place for your child to be entertained. This scenario is a far cry from our childhood, when there were no theme parks or malls that had such great entertainment system just for kids. But do you also know that such entertainment does not stimulate or nurture your…
  • Why I cried today – Child Sexual Abuse

    Ramya Srinivasan
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    I live in Bangalore and on 17th July 2014, the newspapers, online new media and TV channels were full of a rape of a 6-year old school girl inside the premises of a school of high repute. This sparked a lot of parent outroar and questions on whether schools can wash hands off their responsibilities. Apparently, some schools are making parents sign forms stating that they (the schools, that is) are not responsible for the safety of the children especially in situations like field trips. The passing the buck game really made me sick to the core – and when I thought about the trauma that…
  • Importance of Choosing the Right Curriculum and Subjects in Grades 9 – 12

    Prab Singh
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    While I typically meet families only somewhere in 10th grade, and many students only “wake up” to the process of thinking about applying to colleges in 11th grade, it is important to note that colleges will be looking at you from way back, since your 9th grade! The most important area of the application, and the very first thing that admissions looks at, is the choices of courses that a student chooses. I get asked very often about which curricula colleges prefer or what is considered the best? Given the large number of International Baccalaureate high schools that have opened, many…
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    The Contemporary Mommy

  • Is Your Sunscreen Safe for Your Child?

    The Contemporary Mommy
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    There is a misconception that kids’ sunscreens currently on the market are safer when compared to their adult counterparts However, Consumer Reports just busted this myth as the FDA does not make a distinction between adult and kids’ sunscreens and they usually contain the same active ingredients. There […]
  • Mini Pancake Muffins

    The Contemporary Mommy
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    When it comes to breakfast, I always like to look for recipes that I can make a lot of at once and freeze for the rest of the week. This mini pancake muffin recipe is perfect for doing just that. It makes about 3 batches of 24 mini-muffins […]
  • Easy Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

    The Contemporary Mommy
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    These easy, cheesy garlic biscuits are my go to when I want a bread to go along with dinner, but didn’t think ahead of time. Biscuits are super simple to make. Think 10 minutes simple and you don’t have to worry about waiting for yeast to rise or […]
  • Pretty Nails Minus the Toxins

    The Contemporary Mommy
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    As summer time approached I wanted to show off my freshly painted toes in flip-flops and sandals. Painting your nails and other beauty treatments shouldn’t be toxic and bad for your health. I’ve learned that nail polish is extremely toxic and consumers should be weary when selecting and […]
  • Choosing the Right Milk for Your Toddler – One Mom’s Discovery

    The Contemporary Mommy
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    As my daughter reached that one-year milestone and I began to wean her off of formula I began to think about the many options available these days for milk. I had concerns regarding the commercial production of milk and its health benefits. After all, isn’t cow’s milk intended […]
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  • Your Baby Can Sleep Soundly with the Best Umbrella Stroller that Reclines

    Grace Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    After an impossibly long day’s work, we just can’t wait to get home so we can finally relax and unwind and just let go. Some of us like to take a long and relaxing bath, some collapse on the couch for a quick power nap, some people throw themselves into bed immediately as if they just crossed the finish line in a race. For me, I really like crashing on my ever so favorite armchair at home! It’s very comfortable and I feel like I could just stay there for hours while I gather my thoughts and my wits about me, but most of all, with a smartly placed lever on the side of the chair it…
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    Modern Tots Blog

  • Handmade Organic Twin Mattresses – Are You For Real?

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    An Inside Look at the Brand behind the Naturpedic Organic Twin Mattress and Crib Mattress If you have looked around our site at all, then you can tell that we like well made products for our children.  We love modern design and don’t fall for the trends of the day.  One of the things that really get us going is finding out more about how our items are made, and especially when we know that they are made by real people right here in the USA.  So many products these days are just shipped from here to there with no way to know who, what, when or where they were made and what materials were…
  • What is Low Muscle Tone in Children?

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Low muscle tone in children is a condition commonly referred to as hypotonia or floppy muscle tone and can be detected as early as infancy. An infant with hypotonia may have slightly bent knees and elbows and may appear limp at birth. As the child grows, he/she may continue struggling with motor, writing and feeding skills. Signs of low muscle tone in children Hypotonia is a condition where the signs and symptoms have several different underlying diseases and disorders that affect motor nerve control.  Depending on the underlying cause, floppy muscle syndrome can appear at any age and can…
  • What To Expect When Moving From a Crib To a Toddler Bed

    16 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Transitioning your child from their crib to a new toddler bed can be a challenge, as even small changes in their sleep routine can loom large in their world. Yet, this is an inevitable task, as your child cannot safely continue sleeping in their crib once they are able to climb over the railings. Most experts instruct that children who are over 35 inches tall are bigger than cribs are designed to handle, and at that point it is time to switch over to a toddler bed. In terms of the right age for the switch, the typical range is anywhere from 18-30 months. You’ll know it is time when your…
  • 3 Great Decoration Ideas for the Kids Room

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We know that as parents, you want the best for your children. That’s why we want to give you the best decoration ideas for your kids bedroom. In fact, we have 3 great decoration ideas for the kids room. Time to spruce that room up! 1 – Large Colorful Printed Rugs Rugs are a great addition to any room as they add an extra dimension of space and style. When it comes to your kid’s room, try adding a large colorful printed rug. Not only does it add extra flair to your child’s room, the myriad of colors and the large print sparks your child’s imagination as well. We recommend a rug…
  • Scavenger Hunts: A Fun and Exciting Outdoor Activity For Kids

    Tara McGovern
    30 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    As we edge closer towards the summer season, more and more children will be looking for fun outdoor activities to occupy their free time. One outdoor activity that boys and girls of all ages seem to enjoy is a scavenger hunt. It encourages children to explore their surroundings and use their brain to find the hidden items. If you’re interested in hosting a scavenger hunt, keep reading for some tips and ideas. ABCs When it comes to scavenger hunts, the possibilities are endless. You can turn the activity into an educational experience by hiding each letter of the alphabet. Wooden toy…
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