Volunteering is a wonderful way to teach children the value of helping others and provide a feel-good activity for the family to enjoy together.
Let me encourage you with this simple truth: As a mom or dad, you already have been unofficially teaching preschool within the home.
Providing extracurricular activities for your preschoolers can encourage their natural curiosity and love of learning.
We are fortunate to live in an area where opportunities abound for our children: sports, art activities, classes, camps and more. Although having so many choices and opportunities is nice, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. How exactly do you go about choosing something for your child?
Change is hard for many children, especially changing from a relaxed, slow-paced summer break back to structured classes with homework. While change is inevitable, parents have some strategies we can use to make the transition a little easier.
Discover some of the best tips, clever tricks and genius hacks for heading back to school.
As happy as I am that school is back in session, it does bring its share of hassles that drive me crazy.
Here are some things I love about being a bipolar diaperer of sorts.
Many parents labor over what they deem the “Goldilocks Plan”: Not too close together. Not too far apart. Just right.
Research shows that a simple walk around the block or session of yoga can improve mood, sleep and even recovery time.
Babies are confounding little creatures when they’re perfectly healthy, so the arrival of an illness can send a parent’s worry-machine into overdrive. Is that fever too high? Could it just be gas? Is that color of vomit normal? Should the baby be taken to the doctor? Fear not, parents. We’re here to break down how to handle the yuckies like a pro—and give you some peace of mind.
The adoption process is a journey, but the reward is great.
Most pregnant moms expect to be a little sore after delivery, but you might be surprised to know you may experience weeks—or even months—of these discomforts. Hang in there—remember, these possible pains will pass, and you are beginning a lifetime of joy with your new addition!
To be a parent to a baby or toddler is to be a pro at change. Rolling over, first words and laughing are the easy ones. The rest…not so much. Here’s how to handle the bigger transitions headed your way in the coming years.
She’s having a baby! No, I’m not talking about the 1980s movie with Kevin Bacon. I’m talking about you! And the time has come to choose an OB/GYN. You know, the man or woman who will be elbow deep in your lady bits catching the human you’ve created. It’s kind of a big deal. So how do you choose the right person?
A photography safari, or photo scavenger hunt, is a creative, interactive way to usher your kids away from screens and out into nature this summer.
A mother’s helper can take kids to the park to swing and play ball, color with your girls, play Legos and—perhaps best of all—change diapers! Read on to find out all you need to know about the wonderful world of mother’s helpers.
For many teens, summer is just as busy as the school year. Jobs, athletic activities and social events can keep that so-called “break” jam-packed with action.
A great thing about collecting is that it naturally provides some fun teaching opportunities, without your kids’ realizing they’re learning.
These are some of my favorite things to do in my free time. You don't always have to buy entertainment. These things are fun and entertaining and don't require much money at all! Something that might even encourage the kids more to try these activities is setting up a day or two each week for the fun. The kids will anticipate the day’s coming, and you will have some free time on your hands!
So kids, here’s what we hope participating in sports will teach you.
When your kids ask you if they can have a lemonade stand today, do you give a tired sigh in anticipation of all the work required? Me, too. So when my kids suggested doing a lemonade stand in our yard recently, I first blamed public television for putting the idea in their heads. But I soon reluctantly agreed, and we were on our way to several whole days of fun and—don’t tell my kids this part—learning.
So how do you read between the very angst-filled lines and decipher what your tween means when she’s saying something completely different out loud? We’re here to help.
A 10-year-old should know how to treat other people respectfully, approach adults in public, have proper phone etiquette, know how to shake hands and express gratitude when someone gives him a gift or does something for him.
Teens by nature crave independence and privacy. As parents, how far should we go to respect their privacy while still ensuring they’re making sound decisions?
Try these top six tips to make it easier to travel with youngsters.
May means school is wrapping up and activities are in full force. That can be overwhelming for your kids (and you!), so here are some tips for coping with this busy time.
Even though nerves are common, parents can help kids calm the butterflies and be successful.
Any woman can tell you no matter how many times she’s been pregnant, pregnancies (and labor) can be so similar it’s almost scary, but they also can be as opposite as night and day.
Moms-to-be can be very focused on delivery. But what happens in the minutes after Baby is born? What to expect in the next few minutes and hours after delivering.
Here are some great tips on both avoiding and also getting through tantrums when they do happen.