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Big Kid

Get kids to listen without yelling {FREE class}

July 23, 2014

We are so happy to tell you that we have partnered with Amy McCready’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a free webinar to you guys on the topic of getting kids to listen – without nagging or yelling. The format includes Amy presenting material and a live chat session where we can all ask […]

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Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

June 18, 2014

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]

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Father’s Day “do-together” gift ideas

May 29, 2014

Thanks to Walmart.com for sponsoring this post about Father’s Day gifts. Observations of holidays like Father’s Day run the gamut from pancakes instead of cold cereal for breakfast to shiny new tablets wrapped in red ribbons. At least I’ve been led to believe this by all the Father’s Day advertising I’ve seen in recent weeks. […]

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5 homemade busy bags for preschoolers

May 27, 2014

It’s my pleasure to introduce Steph from Modern Parents Messy Kids as our guest contributor today! Thanks so much to Heather and Whitney for having me today, it’s such an honor to be here sharing with all of you!  Recently over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, we’ve embarked on a small little adventure we’re calling […]

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Sneaky parent trick: serve frozen fruit – wait for it – frozen

May 15, 2014

At my daughter’s soccer practice, held on a hot day, I was asked to bring popsicles to reward/motivate the girls. Between the shlepping involved to accomplish this feat and my Berkeley-mom guilt over giving kids a sweet treat at 5.30 pm, I decided to peer into my freezer. A bag of frozen peaches was my […]

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Beyond Baby: 40 challenges for moms who are not such rookies

May 9, 2014

My kids can walk out of the house, get in the car, and buckle themselves into their seats. This means that to leave the house, all I have to do is pick up my purse and walk out the door. Okay, not quite. There’s a whole lot of, “Please put your shoes on. Oh, you […]

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Frozen birthday party ideas

April 9, 2014

Last night I made the possible mistake of inviting my kids to help me brainstorm what a Frozen-themed birthday party might look like. This morning I learned that Scarlett took that as a cue to start making her guest list — and her birthday is not for three months. Though I may have signed up for […]

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How to email your baby and not screw it up

March 12, 2014

Years ago when my son was an infant, we set up an email address for him. It’s his first and last name at gmail.com. We thought it was nice to reserve that for him before hundreds of other Julians thought to nab it. We began sending him messages about his adventures on this planet, and […]

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Sick day resource: free printables online

February 18, 2014

Thanks to Pediacare for sponsoring this post. My kids have an odd quality: they don’t like to watch movies. It must be because their family life is so incredibly fulfilling that an onscreen fantasy world is simply boring by comparison. (That’s sarcasm.) Or they’re just weird. Either way, it makes sick days really challenging. Keeping […]

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Yes, I love to play fetch with my crazy active children

January 30, 2014

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up in which the parents mock the “clueless bachelor” for playing fetch with the kids (around min 1:45 in this preview for those with no patience). Well, screw that; there’s no shame in inventing games that get children to chase things that are tossed for them. Little people […]

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In praise of the bathroom stool: one small step for toddler-kind

January 17, 2014

We’ve had a stool in front of each of our bathroom sinks for so long that I can hardly remember life without them. I’m constantly sliding them out of my way with my foot, have banged my toes on them more than once, and am counting down the days until my younger child is old […]

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I’m a DIY girl when it comes to lice

December 16, 2013

Lice. Pretty much everyone who goes to school will get it at some point. I think we’ve gotten it annually since my son entered Kindergarten. When I say “we”, I mean that even I have been afflicted. Lice-removal salons with cute names like “Hair Fairies” or “Nit Pixies” are a great resource for the newbie, […]

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