Our guest post today comes from Peanut Butter or Jelly author and San Francisco mother of two, Deborah Kelson. Deb discovered a few ways to get kids voting. No matter your politics, voting matters. How do we talk about voting with minors who aren’t allowed to vote yet? As parents, how can we get them involved? […]
My son is graduating from fifth grade next week and I have earned a diploma. Yes, for me. At this point, I have mad knowledge about what’s required to have a smooth year in elementary school. We have backup lunch boxes in case one is left at school. I have mantras I say to myself when we are late […]
A few years ago my friend Kristen Chase, one half of the duo behind Cool Mom Picks, gave me a word that I’ve since made part of my vocabulary: Dreader. A dreader is someone who looks toward the future with reluctance. This is not about wishing Monday morning would never come or feeling the heaviness of a to-do list […]
Make a list of the foods your child will eat. Is it longer than 20 foods? Yay! If your picky eater eats 20 foods, you’re doing great.
Let me break it down for you. Buying an 18-inch tall doll is surprisingly complex because American Girl dolls are part of an irresistible world.
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 […]
My favorite thing about parenting a toddler was finding fun in unexpected places. When I had time and patience, of course. A pile of gravel outside someone’s house? Let’s examine it! A dude hanging a sign? Let’s watch! A woman sweeping her porch? Maybe she’ll let you try it! Hardware stores are full of fun […]
A couple months back, my family kicked off weekly dinner dates for one-on-one kid-parent combinations. Every Tuesday night, a pair of us has a night out together while the rest of us eat at home. Because we are five busy people with two parents and three children, I geeked out to make a formal six-week rotation and plugged it into […]
We’ve done our share of craft kits over the years, and I love opening a box that includes everything my child needs to complete a project. This December I wasn’t loving my daughter’s attitude toward giving. She was much more interested in receiving. So it was with open arms that I welcomed the offer from Little […]
This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you’ve ever bought a gingerbread house kit from Michael’s or Trader Joe’s, you know that these houses can be a risky proposition. I have directed many a four-letter word at broken facades of cookie-based homes as I frantically attempt to use frosting as cement to repair the […]
The dollhouse above, aka Mrs. Goodbee, was pretty great. (It’s no longer available.) It has two sides so more kids can play at once; it features audio effects (my daughter loves the toilet flushing sound); and, it was designed to teach manners. After the toilet flushes, a voice calls out, “Wash your hands!” But my […]
My friend, the very creative Wendy Copley, created a clever advent calendar for her children and unknowingly changed the course of my own children’s holiday traditions. Whoa, right? Before I tell you that my family is only altruistic and kind, I will have you know that we usually also supplement with a LEGO advent calendar (prices […]