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7 Pancake Hacks Your Kids Will Love

Posted February 24, 2016 by Jessica Velasco

I know it’s hard to believe, but here are seven ways to improve upon the already amazing breakfast-food staple.

The Day I Realized I Had Been Home Alone Too Long With the Baby

Posted December 20, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

New moms. We are a unique breed. We all suffer in different ways, but have some memorable similarities. Hopefully, your experiences are filled with less embarrassment and more bras than my own.

7 Things You Must Know if You're Traveling Internationally With Kids

Posted December 8, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Planning to head overseas with your youngsters in tow? Here are seven tips that are sure to make the trip less stressful.

It’s a Girl! Here Are 6 Adorable Baby Shower Snack Ideas

Posted December 7, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Check out these great baby shower snack ideas, perfect for celebrating a new little girl!

5 Turkey-Themed Thanksgiving Treats Kids Love to Make (and Eat)

Posted November 4, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Check out these five creative cooking ideas that will get your kids in the Thanksgiving mood. Not only are they fun to eat, but these turkey-themed treats are fun to make too!

What to Do When You Realize Your Child Is the Bully

Posted October 28, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Can it be true? Is it possible? Is your kid really a bully? Here's how to handle it.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss: 12 Things Everyone Should Know

Posted October 20, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Whether you are a grieving parent or a supportive community member, there are 12 things everyone should know about pregnancy and infant loss.

A Handy Gift Guide for Left-Handed Kids

Posted October 8, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Right-handed people don’t understand the plight of a lefty and can end up giving inappropriate, frustrating, and useless gifts.

Talking With Kids After Violent Situations

Posted August 28, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

We live in a dangerous time in a violent society. Rather than pretend these situations aren’t an issue, it is better to face reality.

9 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

Posted July 28, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Setting out on an automobile-powered excursion this summer? You’ll need kid-friendly entertainment ideas. Here are 9 activities your road trip can’t do without.

It’s Wedding Season. Are Your Kids Prepared?

Posted July 22, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Your family has probably received at least one summer wedding invite already. Here’s how to prepare your kids and ensure the big day is special for everyone.

Why I Identify as Compassionate

Posted July 13, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

What characteristics do you use to describe yourself? Your children? Is it a skin-deep issue or a matter of the heart?

Indoor Fun: All the Best Board Games for Families

Posted July 7, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Summer is famous for fun outdoor activities. But what happens when that rare thunderstorm rolls in or it’s just too hot to go outside? It’s time to play some classic board games.

9 Old School Dating Techniques That Will Reignite Your Marriage

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

If you’ve been feeling like something is just a little bit off in your marriage, take it back to the basics. Go old school. Try dating.

My Son Goes to Child Care While I Stay Home and Do Nothing

Posted June 18, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

I spent 10 years condemning lazy parents who sent their kids to child care instead of bonding with them at home. Now the tables are turned and I happily allow someone else to care for my kid. What changed?!

19 Kids’ Activities Made Possible By a Cardboard Box

Posted June 8, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Who says you need to run out to the toy store every time your kid is in need of entertainment?! Just check your recycling bin. Here are 19 activities and crafts that prove kids really do enjoy the box better than what’s inside it.

All the Best Award Winning Children’s Books of 2015

Posted June 4, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Not all books are created equal. Some are definitely worthy of our time; others aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. Grab an award winning book, and it’s a pretty safe bet the content will be top-notch.

30 Fun (and Bizarre) Holidays in June: Turn Every Day into a Celebration

Posted June 1, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Do you have a favorite holiday? Is it Donald Duck Day? Probably not, but that’s only because you’ve never heard of it…until now.

How to Prepare Your Child for a Stay in the Hospital

Posted May 18, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

A stay in the hospital is challenging for children of any age. Heck, adults don’t like it any better! And as a parent, it is difficult to see your child in both emotional and physical pain. Here are some things that can make the process more bearable.

A Complete Checklist for Evaluating an Educational App

Posted May 4, 2015 by Jessica Velasco

Technology can make the learning process more fun and engaging. However, just because the app store has dubbed it “educational” doesn’t mean it really is. Here’s an all-inclusive list for evaluating educational apps.

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