Toddler

Grocery Shopping with Kids

Posted February 11, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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Personally, I give each and every one of you permission to shop without your kids, if that works for you. I rarely take mine along. I would rather get in and out quickly, and avoid negotiations over treat items. However, when my son was a toddler and a preschooler, I pretty much had to take him with me. He was just always there, you know? It's like he didn't have his own life or something.

Survival Tips for Future Film Buffs

Posted February 5, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I can think of no worse way to spend an afternoon than taking a toddler to a movie. You are guaranteed to miss all the good parts, and should plan on adding it to your rental queue. There are some tricks to making the experience go a little smoother, however, and like most outings, preparation is the key.

Montessori in Your Home

Posted January 30, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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Tired of tripping over blocks and toy cars? Looking to organize your cluttered and chaotic play room? Here are a few tips on how to incorporate Montessori principles for a prepared environment into your child's play space at home.

Valentines Day Isn’t Just for Lovers

Posted January 29, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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While the idea of a romantic getaway with a significant other may sound like the perfect way to spend Valentines Day, this year it may be impossible to manage. Depending on your unique circumstances, the holiday might not be everything you imagined. Families can still find a way to make the day special; share the love this year with these super ideas!

Negotiating Flexible Work Arrangements: Part 2 – Nailing Down the Details

Posted January 23, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Want to work from home? Reduced hours? Job-share? When neogitiating flexible working arrangements, presentation is everything. Read through this advice before sitting down with current or potential employers.

Negotiating Flexible Work Arrangements: Part 1 – Set Yourself Up For Success

Posted January 22, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Read this before you sit down with a current or future employer. Worker bees are plentiful, but if you've got valuable skills you can negotiate whatever terms you like. All you need to do is bulk up your confidence and do your homework. The keys are selling yourself and knowing your worth.

Cutting the Cost of Having Kids

Posted January 22, 2008 by Meredith Cole

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Everyone says that having a baby is expensive. And they are right… But there are a few things you can do to make sure some of your cash goes where it belongs—into that college fund.

Making the Most of Realtor.com

Posted January 21, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Use these tips to get maximum value from your real estate browsing time. Learn how to avoid common mistakes when scoping out potential homes online. Lela is a veteran re-locater and avid searcher on Realtor.com.

The One-Armed Chef: Tomato Butter Sauce

Posted January 17, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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A recipe for a home-cooked, delicious dinner you can make for your family while simultaneously holding your cranky toddler and entertaining your other children.

Skimming on the Milk: A False Economy?

Posted January 17, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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Milk prices are skyrocketing lately, meaning that your weekly trip to the dairy case is hitting the pocketbook harder than ever. And if you're concerned about hormones and antibiotics in the milk supply from factory farmed dairy cows, your price for natural, local, or organic milk will be even higher. With all of this to consider, it's very tempting to skip the milk altogether, and save the money.

Thriving in Relocation Limbo: Do’s and Don’ts for Happiness In Between Moves

Posted January 16, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Got a move coming up? Or not? Were you supposed to find out six months ago? And then it was after the holidays, and then it was late January, and then... Welcome to Relocation Limbo. Enjoy the terrain with these tips.

Review of Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World

Posted January 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I don’t consider us to be a big family. Others will disagree. I do admit, however, that I could use some help from those that have been in the large-family trenches and have come out with all their limbs intact. That’s what Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World aims to do. I have found that not only does author Meagan Francis do this with humor and compassion, but the book is relevant for families of any size!

Three Easy Ways to Save Money by Eating at Home

Posted January 10, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Eating at home is easier than you think. With a little planning and a few strategies, you can save money, avoid the drive-through, and possibly even drop a few fudge-induced holiday pounds.

5 Reasons Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Fair

Posted January 9, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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How many times a day do you hear one of your children complain that you, “Just aren’t fair”? While it is simple to explain away your behavior with a generic, “Life isn’t fair” remark, here are the 5 reasons why parents shouldn’t play fair.

Go Veggie for Health and Profit: Easy Ways to Feed Your Family More Vegetables and Save Money

Posted January 7, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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Eating vegetarian isn't all about tofu and brown rice, and it doesn't have to be a total lifestyle change. Adding just a few veggie-licious meals to your family's diet can have a huge impact on your budget.

I Breastfed my Four-Year-Old and It Was Okay

Posted January 3, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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To me, four years old meant independence, going potty on your own, going to school, learning to read--not nursing at mother's breast. It took really listening to my son's need, not society's expectations, to realize that these things were not mutually exclusive.

Pink Eye and the Small Guy: Get the Facts about Conjunctivitis

Posted January 1, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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‘Tis the season for colds and flus. This also means that the chances are great for one of your kids (or even you) to come down with the dreaded Pink Eye. Read on for all the gory details of this common illness, including treatment and prevention.

Controlling Kid Clutter

Posted December 29, 2007 by Meredith Cole

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Now that the holidays are behind us, your neat house is probably a distant memory. How can you get the toys out from underfoot... and save your sanity? Here are a few tips for controlling all that clutter.

Age-Appropriate Chores for Mother’s Very Little Helpers

Posted December 27, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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Temper-tantrums, messes, and back-talk are just a few symptoms of a bored toddler. Keeping your little one busy with a few age-appropriate chores can teach them the importance of pitching in, and may grant some sanity to mom and dad. More importantly, it will lay the foundation for teaching responsibility and understanding consequences.

Cutting the Cord: Window Blinds Almost Killed My Child!

Posted December 21, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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It has been one day since my little guy almost lost his life. His little eyes are no longer bloodshot, but the cord burns are still visible, and he has broken capillaries all over his face and neck. While he probably won’t remember this event when grows older, it is something I can never, ever forget.

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