Skimming on the Milk: A False Economy?

Posted January 17, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

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

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!

The Childbirth Resort: Hospital and Birth Center Differences

Posted January 14, 2008 by Julie Rains

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What’s the advantage of giving birth at a freestanding birth center rather than a community hospital? For me, it was a hot tub, Gatorade, and SWAT-team avoidance.

Establishing a Babysitting Co-op -- Part II

Posted January 13, 2008 by Carrie Kirby

In Part II of my post about starting a babysitting coop, I look at how to set the ground rules to keep your organization running smoothly. We'll take a look at the rules from a real-life coop, and also get some pointers on how to get the group off to a good start.

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.

Parents were told not to hug their children

Posted January 10, 2008 by Lynn Truong

Believe it or not, it took a rogue, outcast scientist to prove that it was okay, in fact necessary, for parents to hug their children.

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.

Susie Can’t Spell – So What?

Posted January 9, 2008 by Lela Davidson

How can we expect our kids to get really good at anything if they're not allowed to be downright bad at some things? Also, spelling is overrated.

A Homemade Gift for Little Hands

Posted January 9, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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Does your preschooler get invited to tons of birthday parties? Are you constantly buying birthday presents for your little socialite to bring to the many soirees? Instead of making yet another trip to the toy store, work with your preschooler to make homemade play dough as a gift. Here is a complete how-to.