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5 Things You Can Get Your Preschooler to Do (So You Don't Have To)

Posted March 7, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

Lazy mothers, take heart: By the time your kid is 3, they can do most activities needed for survival without much intervention from you. Yes, accomplishments vary in the first years, from the self-dressing 2-year-olds to the diaper-wearing 4-year-olds. Still, your preparation and patience have a big effect on what they can do without your help.

My name is Karen, and I Have a Sock Problem

Posted March 3, 2008 by Karen Putz

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One of life's shortcuts is never having to fold socks. A laundry basket of socks can make life easier. Or does it really?

My Winter Bible: The Preschooler's Busy Book

Posted February 27, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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I don't know about you, but I am not sure how many more sub-zero temperature, snow-filled days I can take. SPRING, WHERE ARE YOU? Here is my secret weapon for surviving the long days indoors with two active little ones.

Ten Hearing Aids at My House

Posted February 19, 2008 by Karen Putz

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Ten hearing aids, five deaf and hard of hearing people and one of them is lost. The hearing aid, that is.

Four Reasons You Should Join a CSA

Posted February 17, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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Looking for a cost-effective way to feed your family organic, locally-grown, delicious food? Join a CSA!

Meatloaves with Style: 5 Ways to Jazz up the Wednesday Night Special

Posted February 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

It’s meatloaf night. Again. You would think my kids would grumble at the thought of it. Instead I have them asking, “What kind tonight, Mom?” We have experienced the joy of meatloaf variety, and here is how it’s done.

How To Maintain Your Identity When Everything Has Changed

Posted February 12, 2008 by Corina Fiore

Motherhood, although joyous, often causes alot of women to lose their identity. The demands of the day to day leave very little time for a woman to take care of herself and her own needs. These are ACTUAL tips to help you maintain your identity when your life has been turned upside down.

Children's Tylenol Doesn't Work on Cabin Fever

Posted February 8, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

Staying home with babies and young children can make you stir crazy in the best of times. When the snow piles up, the kids are sick or the thermometer plummets (or, like at my house, all of the above happen), you need to take emergency measures to prevent stir insanity.

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.

Crib Bumpers Not Worth the Risk

Posted January 28, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

A new study warns that crib bumpers -- even those previously thought safe -- can injure babies. The study reviewed government data and found that bumpers don't prevent serious injuries, they only cause them. The conclusion: Cribs are safer sans padding.

Cutting the Cost of Having Kids

Posted January 22, 2008 by Meredith Cole

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

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.

Baby’s First Birthday Doesn’t Have to be Lavish

Posted January 19, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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There’s no need to feel guilty if you decide to forgo the pomp and dismiss the circumstance. Chances are, your birthday boy or girl will be none the wiser. In fact, the more exciting and lavish your party is, the better the chances are that the little partygoer won’t enjoy it much at all.

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.

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

Posted January 16, 2008 by Lela Davidson

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

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

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

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.