10 Tips to Avoid Doing Your Kids' Homework

Posted November 2, 2009 by Julie Rains

Some parents spend many school nights supervising and struggling with their children's homework. I am a lousy homework helper so I have found some ways to get my kids to stop bugging me. Here are 10 tips to get your kids to do as much for themselves as possible.

Stealing Candy From Babies

Posted October 30, 2009 by Sierra Black

On Halloween Night, after the trick-or-treating is done and the candy has been binged on and the children are snuggled all warm in their beds with dreams of tooth decay and childhood obesity dancing in their mother's head, the Halloween Fairy comes to our house.

Halloween with No Candy? No Way!

Posted October 23, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

Granola bars instead of chocolate bars. Pencils instead of popcorn balls. Toothbrushes instead of Tootsie Rolls. What is this world coming to? I even heard one eco-friendly blogger say, “Let’s celebrate the holiday, not the candy.” I hate to tell you, but when it comes to Halloween, the candy IS the holiday.

“Mythbusters” Weird World of Water Kit

Posted October 22, 2009 by Fred Lee

Science and fun come together as one in these wonderful science kits from the makers of Elmer’s Glue.

Move Over, Wii Fit -- There's a New (Old?) Game in Town

Posted October 21, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

Due to an unfortunate encounter with a Toyota Camry, my little VW bug is in the shop, and we're driving a Kia. Want to know the number one form of entertainment for my kids over the past week? Cranking the manual windows up and down in our rental car.

Stress and Your Child's Life

Posted October 15, 2009 by Fred Lee

How we deal with stress in our lives could potentially affect the lifespan of our children.


Posted October 6, 2009 by Maggie Wells

Not surprisingly, Hayao Miyazaki's new film Ponyo is beautiful, sweet and a hit with the kids. Finally, a kid's film worth seeing.

Will Training Wheels Soon Be Defunct?

Posted October 1, 2009 by Paul Michael

As a young lad, I remember my training wheels all too well. I loved them. The security they gave me to fly around corners with ease was awesome. Then, one day, I had to ride without them and felt like certain death was imminent at any moment. Therein lies the problem with training wheels, and perhaps the reason they may soon die out altogether.

3 Tips for Scarily Simple Halloween Costumes

Posted September 29, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

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Here’s my advice about Halloween — or any dress-up occasion, for that matter — don’t stress, and don’t spend. Instead, follow these three tips for creating simple costumes that rock.

Testing, Testing

Posted September 28, 2009 by Maggie Wells

As a giver of tests, a taker of tests, and a mom of two kids on the verge of their testing life. I’m beginning to wonder -- what are all the tests for really? Do they measure anything useful at all? And why are we so wrapped up in testing?

Oh NO! Not MY Kid

Posted September 12, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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The playgrounds only ever have two children: the bully and the victim. Which one is your kid and how do you handle it?

Voluntary Insanity: 5 Volunteer Jobs Parents Will Actually Volunteer For

Posted September 8, 2009 by Lain Ehmann

To really involve parents, the PTA needs to come up with some volunteer positions that are more suitable for today’s mom-on-the-go. I know everyone’s short on time, so I came up with the following list to help them out.

Get 'Em to School on Time!

Posted September 3, 2009 by Marla Walters

Keep movin’, movin’, movin’, Though they’re disaprovin’, Keep them dogies movin’, Rawhide! Don’t try to understand ‘em Just rope and throw and grab ‘em Soon we’ll all be living high and wide . . .(Frankie Laine) When I think about the process of getting a child to school on time, this song comes to mind. I guess my word association makes me think of herding cattle.

Wanted: A Babysitter --Practically Perfect in Every Way

Posted August 27, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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One of the hardest things I ever had to do as a mother was to find quality babysitters to take my place when needed. Are you looking for the babysitter that is “practically perfect in every way?”

Returning to Whole Foods: A Conversion Story

Posted August 14, 2009 by Jo-Lynne Shane

A few weeks ago I read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and more recently Real Food by Nina Planck. It was like putting on glasses after years of walking around with 20/90 vision.

Superheroes Old School Style

Posted August 12, 2009 by Maggie Wells

You can't escape pop culture. It's in our very DNA. But what's a parent to do when 5 year old junior wants to see PG-13 movies marketed directly to him? Introduce him to those Superheroes. But do it your way.

Review of Smart Sips from Gerber Graduates

Posted August 11, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Yes, there is a glut of “nutritious” drinks for kids cluttering up the market. I’ve tried just about every one there is, and aside from a few bad experiences, I appreciate that companies are trying to help me provide nutritious options for my kids. We recently tried Smart Sips from Gerber Graduates, and all things considered, it was a really solid product.

Snazzier School Lunches

Posted August 10, 2009 by Marla Walters

It’s that time again, parents. Bring out the brown bags! School, for most, is back in session and it’s time to deal with making lunches. Here are some ideas for when you hear about how sick they are of sandwiches.

Taking Things Too Personally

Posted July 28, 2009 by Fred Lee

What do you do when your child's best friend dumps your child for another?

Parenting Lessons: What I learned from Redneck Softball

Posted July 23, 2009 by Maggie Wells

I have been collecting information, advice, and observations about different cultural styles in parenting. This is the result of half a summer’s work. Lesson number one? Embracing Redneck Softball and all it has to offer is making me a better parent--teaching me to love without hovering.