When my son was a toddler, an outing to Barnes & Noble to visit the train table in the children’s section there could take up half our day. Thomas trains were an adorable obsession. There was no limit to the length of time he could spend connecting Thomas, Henry, and James, plus nine others whose […]
Many thanks to Nicole Johnson, sleep coach and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, who shares these sanity-saving summertime sleep tips for babies and toddlers.
Never stop never stopping, right? Simultaneously, I offer my child new foods daily while also trying to reduce the drama and pressure around mealtimes. So, of course I like to read books about other picky eating children to hammer the point home at bedtime, too. Books for picky eaters range from super preachy to downright hilarious. But […]
Taking a walk outdoors consistently offers mood-changing vibes to cranky little people, even from their earliest days on this planet. Toddlers who can do their own walking do so with more pride outdoors. But at some point, children are not as easily manipulated into going on something as vague as a walk and they want to […]
Looking for a cheap gift for a toddler or little kid? Make this homemade treasure box for less than $10 in less than 10 minutes.
A babysitter retainer means Date Night and associated childcare are a regular and essential part of each month like FOOD or marital therapy!
I saw this on my local parenting listserv (no further source available) and couldn’t resist typing it up.
A three-year-old, or Threenager, is a magical creature transitioning between caterpillar and butterfly. Not exactly overnight, your clueless run-into-the-road toddler becomes a child that is able to wait while you go to grab something out of his direct line of sight. Oh sure, you can’t really trust a three-year old, but the developing comprehension is beautiful. And often […]
Learning to ride a bike includes many bikes a parent might want to try before your kid really rides a bike: trike, Skuut, trailer, etc.
I have learned this the hard way: the more annoying my kid is acting, the more he needs a big HUG! Of course, babies need and deserve hugs all the time. I’m talking about the bigger ones who call me a Poopy Head and are beyond being carried around, which would, of course, provide numerous hugging […]
When we were getting close to being a diaper-free household after ten years of wiping butts, I got a little carried away. I found myself trying more and more unorthodox potty-training experiments in lieu of good old-fashioned patience, hoping to find the secret trick for my youngest son. If you’re at the end of your toilet-training rope, here are […]
Keep your Pottery Barn Kids table and chairs pristine by finding a place outside your home for your small one’s artistic messes and creative exploration. In the East Bay, we are so lucky to have a few options: The Oakland Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is free for gallery visits and has an awesome Drop-In Art Studio […]