Highlights From the Field ~ By Parents, For Parents

Week of April 11, 2011


Maybe it's all the pretty blossoms, or the breezes I've been opening up my windows and letting in — but something has inspired me to clean this spring. I have been emptying drawers and wiping down corners all over the house. That's why I wanted to pull together some resources this week. Got tips? Let me know in the comments. I'll take all I can get.

Back to the mission,



Must Reads:

7 Ways to Naturally Clean Your Home

Use common household products and simple tools to avoid harsh chemicals and nasty ingredients in many home cleaning products, and feel comfortable about letting your kids pitch in!

Easy Ways to Keep a House (Relatively) Clean With Small Kids

Keeping your house clean with small kids doesn't have to be a nightmare. It also doesn't mean you have to live in a museum. These tips will help you keep your house (relatively) clean.

How to Do a Family Chore Day

Organizing a family chore day is easy and can actually be, (gasp) fun! Here are ways to make it appealing and bearable for you and your kids.


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Managing Editor, Lela Davidson, and Contributing Editor, Rhonda Franz, are featured in the latest Chicken Soup book for parents, Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, March 2011). Both stories are light looks at the challenges facing new mothers.




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Meet Your Squad

Every week we'll talk to a different Parenting Squad writer. We know you'll have your favorites, but we think they are ALL special! This week meet contributor Lori Kerrigan.

Tell us a little about your family and what motivates you to write.

Our family is a growing family. Right now it is my husband, our son and our pug. We are a bit nomadic as we have moved five times in the last five years (and we are gearing up for another move). We are busy, mostly out doors, except when football is on, and; love our down time as a family as much as we love being with our large extended family.

The way we formed our family and parenting in general motivates me to write. Both are such joyful processes, but also include struggles. Relating to others and sharing resources is helpful to me and hopefully to those in similar shoes. I also write because it is so busy being a mom, a wife and a part-time professor, I enjoy the outlet writing brings.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing parents today?

Protecting our kids from growing up too fast. There are so many influences encouraging kids to grow up before it is time. Finding the balance between protecting them and not over protecting them is a very fine line.

Do you have any favorite resources for parents or parents-to-be?

What To Expect the First Year and Parenting Squad combined with parent's intuition.

What is your greatest concern about the issues facing kids today?

The heaviness to the issues today. There is so much going on in the world and so much of it is weighing kids down from just being kids. I want my son to enjoy being a kid while he is one.

Lightening up a bit… Favorite guilty pleasure junk food item.

Just one? That is way too hard. I have so many. Macaroni and cheese, pizza, nachos, ice cream and Oreos. My best friend and I recently polished off two packages of Oreos in two days. So good.

Read more about Lori here, and follow her regular contributions here on Parenting Squad.