VLOG: Coffee Filter Jellyfish Craft

Posted August 13, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

Making coffee filter jellyfish is a great way to introduce children to sealife, illustrate the letter J or simply have fun with an easy craft.

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.

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.

Best of Parenting: The Long Way Home Edition

Posted July 17, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Even if you’re entertaining the idea of a “staycation,” it’s probably not possible to get through the next six months without at least one grueling family trip. These mom and dad experts give advice for getting to the next rest stop without incident, and understand that the mildest-mannered little ones can freak out en route to your dream destination. Buckle up!

Best of Parenting: The Boo-Boo Edition

Posted July 10, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

Being a Mom or Dad has its ups and downs, as well as its fair share of blood and guts. If you’ve ever felt alone in your quest for keeping the crying to a minimum and the Band-Aids well stocked, have no fear. This weekly roundup of the most insightful, ironic, and hysterical blog posts on childhood injury and illness will have you feeling like part of a not-so-exclusive club in no time.

Best of Parenting: Celebration Edition

Posted July 3, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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Today is my birthday (and my husband’s birthday.) With each passing year, things get a bit more stressful, and a little less… celebratory. Perhaps I’m lacking in motivation, but I’d like to think that I just need a little inspiration. Thank goodness for these truly amazing, delicious, and simple ways to celebrate all of life’s finer things – compliments of experts from all over the web! (Now I have no excuses.)

4 Really Cool Green (and Blue and Red) Art Projects for Kids

Posted June 27, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I love preassembled art crafting kits for kids. Recent budget-tightening and an increased interest in recycling, however, have led to some new opportunities to get especially creative with our homeschool craft routine. Check out the four top picks from our dining room table, and see how they can be adapted to fit your creative time!

The Importance of Play

Posted June 25, 2009 by Fred Lee

Unstructured playtime is more important for your kids than you might have thought.

When Bedtimes Are A Bad Idea

Posted June 21, 2009 by Linsey Knerl

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I completely understand the benefits of having structure. While I'm inclined to throw everything to the wind, doing most tasks when I feel most productive, I agree that children benefit from having some consistency in their lives. So why is it that regular bedtimes seem more of an interruption to their natural lives than anything else?

Eyes of the Beholder

Posted May 26, 2009 by Maggie Wells

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What happens when you have a really creative kid team up with a really fun and creative babysitter? The answer: A big misunderstanding.

Movers and Shakers

Posted May 17, 2009 by Fred Lee

Educational experts are beginning to understand the importance of physical activity as a part of learning.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Posted May 11, 2009 by Fred Lee

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and a chance to make a difference in a child's life.

Are you afraid your child has the swine virus?

Posted April 30, 2009 by Sarah Peppel

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Is the swine virus still a mystery to you? No, you can't get it by eating well-cooked pork but, like all influenza viruses, the wrong sneeze or cough could get you worried.

Water: A Crystal Clear Solution to Childhood Obesity

Posted April 23, 2009 by Fred Lee

New research has determined that there is a straightforward way to make a significant impact on the battle against childhood obesity. It is an idea that is so obvious, not to mention cost effective, that it could be considered crystal clear to many of us: have your kids drink more water.

Book Reviews – Higher! Higher! and Baby Happy, Baby Sad.

Posted April 5, 2009 by Paul Michael

“Grrreaatt!” said Olivia, “this book is gonna be mine forever!” Isla looked on with an orange-slice smile. “Yeah! I want another one book. More book please!” That was the consensus of my two little girls, and I had to agree.

Jon And Kate + Eight; Innocent Documentary or Dangerous Exploitation?

Posted April 1, 2009 by Paul Michael

The phenomenon that is Kate Gosselin, hubby Jon and their eight children has made for interesting television over the years. But there’s a question that keeps cropping up over and over again – “is this still an innocent documentary, or has it morphed into something much more exploitative?”

Is Your Son Ready for Kindergarten?

Posted April 1, 2009 by Rosemerry Wahto...

Sure he can count to 10, say his ABCs and zip his own coat, but does that mean your boy should begin his formal education? He may be five, but is he prepared? Here are some pros and cons for sending Junior off to school at the earliest opportunity.

Has The Time Come For Me To Beat My Kids?

Posted March 27, 2009 by Paul Michael

I've always been easy on my two little girls, but recently it occurred to me that I've been a little too easy on them. I play the part of the good cop, my wife teaching them more about life than I do. And I finally came to realize the other day that I may just have to start beating them. I'm talking, of course, about competitive games.

Four Successful Methods For Getting Your Toddler To Clean His Room

Posted March 14, 2009 by Rosemerry Wahto...

Kids are messy. Some parents (perhaps you?) like to keep their homes neat. How do you get your child to clean up the mess without tears or begging or threats? Here are four ideas.