From the category archives:

Month 9

Activity #94: Send a message via diapers

Surprise Daddy with a message Sharpied on a diaper!

I love ParentHacks.com; the site offers tons of clever suggestions from readers with kids of all ages. This is one of my favorite parent hacks, and I think it’s a sweet, simple Valentine’s Day gesture: Pass secret messages on diapers. The parent/hacker who submitted it wrote: The other day after “school” I was surprised at […]

Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

Rookie Moms Challenges: weekly adventures for new moms

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]

Activity #221: Run Mommy run

How to find a running buddy

Before my first pregnancy, I trained for triathlons with The Half-Asses, a subset of my now-husband’s club, Team Bad Ass. Right now, I have a loose routine to run with a preschool parent-friend after drop-off twice per week and it works pretty well with neither of us wanting to let the other one down. She […]

Banish your mommy guilt

Mommy Guilt book: learn to worry less!

My caring husband bought me the book Mommy Guilt as a not-so-subtle hint for me to lighten up and have more fun when our firstborn was a baby. The subtitle, Learn to worry less, focus on what matters most, and raise happier kids, was appealing enough; and my commute and daily visit to the pumping […]

Reader tip: Use frozen breastmilk for teething relief

teething tips

Many years ago, someone who worked for Orajel gave us the suggestion to store the tube of teething gel in the fridge in order to provide even more relief to baby’s gums. I’m not sure we ever shared that tip in this space, and I really forgot about it until today when rookie mom Rachel […]

Activity #171: Have a ball

baby and ball

An oldie republished for stir-crazy parents and kids. This morning, Milo was throwing train tracks at me. And some legos. And some scrambled egg. And a fork. It reminded me that I need to harness this energy and find something he could throw. Beach balls, like bubbles and 2- and 4-packs of crayons, are items […]