Unless you’re one of those lucky few parents whose young kids live to sleep, you’re probably in the same boat as the rest of us—staggering through your days in a fog of fatigue, yet dreading sunset when the clock starts ticking closer and closer toward [cue ominous music] bedtime. Even if your kids don’t have trouble falling asleep, their challenge might be staying asleep. You’ve come to expect you’ll be greeted by a little shadowy face multiple times in the night.
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Here’s a secret: Kids’ favorite toys cannot be found on any store shelf. Instead, just about everything you need to stimulate, captivate and exhaust your young offspring is probably already in your possession, hiding in your linen closet, kitchen cabinet or garage.
When it’s time for your toddler to let go of something big, the struggle is real. But if you celebrate your little one’s budding independence, and offer them a sense of purpose, pride and goodwill, the drama will be dropped.
Of all the old-school parenting tricks I learned from my grandmother, who raised eight kids including me, one stands out as a back-to-school lifesaver: Set the table before going to bed at night. This way, when anyone in your household wakes up, even if at staggered times, they’ll have their place at the family table waiting for them—no need to crash around the kitchen opening every cabinet and drawer looking for a spoon, a mug or Grapenuts.
Taking this idea a step further or two is quick and...
As I was being wheeled into the labor and delivery unit to give birth to our son, it was already frighteningly obvious that pretty much nothing was going to go as I’d hoped. So much for my all natural, zen birth plan. Thankfully the NICU, the last place I wanted to end up, saved us all.
When my husband and I were expecting, we read baby books and took some prenatal classes. But the lady swinging a limp doll around the room, demonstrating how to swaddle and perform CPR on that tiny plastic mouth, did little to instill real confidence in either of us. Luckily, at the end of our last birthing class, which included some basic newborn care information, the teacher made a reassuring announcement: For those of us with no clue, and no immediate suppor...
Food allergies are on the rise, affecting multiple kids per classroom today, including my daughter. According to recent CDC data, food allergies account for an ER visit every three minutes. Here is a rundown of all the apps and website you need to help kids with food allergies thrive, at any age.
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