Like they used to say on TV, membership has it’s privileges. Both of the Bay Area children’s museums that I have been to are part of a consortium of Children’s Museums that have reciprocal memberships. This means that if you get a one-year membership at Habitot in Berkeley, for example, you can go to the […]
My friend Mary (who had her son Del in the same hospital the day after I had Julian) gave this idea to our Moms Group. She said that 13-month old Del loves the pet store where he can check out the animals, especially the birds. Does your baby love animals? Mine really did (and still […]
I can’t believe it’s been a year! Beyond the fact that my son morphed from an amphibian-like newborn to a caveman toddler in 365 days, I can’t get over the fact that I’ve survived and kept him alive through all of those changes! Rookie Mom’s Challenge #52, “Celebrate Your Way” is aptly named – I’m […]
If your kid is not yet saying “doggie,” well, let’s change that. Seek out a dog park and go there as an outing. Even if you have a dog at home, your little guy will enjoy seeing all the shapes and sizes they come in. If you are scared of dogs, stand outside the fenced […]
My friends sent this one out to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. Sense of humor, yes? Remember, do what YOU want to do and the rest will fall in line.
One year olds will make anything a toy — like that tube of butt cream or disposable coffee cup you keep trying to throw away — but since those don’t make the best birthday presents, we have some ideas for you. Here are our favorite go-to best gifts for a one-year old: If you want […]
Taking pictures of new standers, cruisers, and walkers is most adorable from the backside. Allow me to demonstrate.
Until our first kids turned four, my mom’s group held a yearly joint birthday party for our babies, in addition to their own private birthday parties. When they turned two, I volunteered to do favors because the magnets I did the year before were such a hit. The two-year old party favor was Mom’s Group […]
When I read about the service, Flipclips.com, in Real Simple magazine a few years ago, I fell in love with the idea. During a long nap I had to myself, I hung out on the computer messing with the video clips I have of Julian. They let you upload a video and then make some […]
This is a crafty gift idea, posted by request. I recently made a set of magnets for everyone in my Mom’s Group. I presented them in a stack with a little ribbon around them. I chose to do 1.5 inch squares, but you can do whatever floats your boat. All you have to do is […]
Here’s the affirmation of the month: It’s hard to listen to whining! No one will argue with you on that. In moments of frustration, tell your toddler that, and don’t take the whining personally. Sometimes we feel like we can’t complain about motherhood. But we can describe it. If someone asks how it’s going, you […]
Spend a little extra time putting your active monkey down, and see if it pays off. When Julian first started standing in his crib, I was at a loss for how to get him to nap. After listening carefully to Ryan’s procedure for putting him down, I realized I was trying to do it too […]