From the category archives:

Big Kid

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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Makin’ it: Super simple photo magnets

December 13, 2013

When I saw this project on photojojo, I remembered how Whitney and I made these very same things in the 1900s so I know they’re easy. I know they’re adorable and durable because I still have ‘em on my fridge. Note: keep out of reach of toddlers and any people who like to put small […]

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Personalized paper doll set

December 10, 2013

My stepmom, whose creative gifts have been documented here before, made this adorable paper doll set for Scarlett’s birthday. She had Scarlett pose for a photo in her bathing suit against a wall. She printed the results on photo paper and cut mini-Scarlett out to create the “doll”. Then, she hand drew clothes on white […]

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Project Night Night, a kid-friendly charity

December 9, 2013

On our Bay Area website,, we recently featured a family that did Project Night Night. But this sweet charity is available nationwide so we wanted to share the message more broadly. Our guest blogger is Rebecca from ThisFineDay. Project Night Night has become an organization close to my heart. A reader tipped me off […]

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This one goes out to the parents who replace jackets each week

December 9, 2013

This post is inspired by my son and sponsored by eBay. One of my children loses his jacket A LOT. Like a lot a lot. Consequently, I have developed a few tricks for both keeping track of his layer and replacing it wisely. Here are my best practices: Goodbye black hoodie, hello neon. Buy only […]

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5 activities to make long bad-weather days bearable

December 2, 2013

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… For parents of stir-crazy kids, I think the atmosphere inside the house is more frightful. Sure we could sit on the couch and watch six movies, getting up only to refill our water bottles, but that would not burn off any energy the kids need to use up, and […]

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Keep them busy: Thanksgiving craft for kids who can write

November 22, 2013

Thanks to my stepmom Grandma Leslie, who I should probably hire as a contributor for this site, for this project idea. This family tree activity has a handful of useful functions on Thanksgiving: Keeps kids busy with a craft activity that might reduce Thanksgiving Day hours logged full-speed running through a ceramic vase-filled house Produces […]

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Create the best chocolate-free advent calendar

November 19, 2013

My friend, the very creative Wendy Copley, created a clever advent calendar for her children that has two big benefits over all other holiday countdown traditions: It focuses on experiences over stuff. She can change it according to her mood and available time. Allow me to explain. She purchased a wooden advent calendar kinda like […]

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Gender-neutral alternatives to a pink, plastic dollhouse

November 15, 2013

The dollhouse above, aka Mrs. Goodbee, is pretty great. 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 kids don’t play with […]

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Try this with me: Smoothies in squeeze pouches for big kids

November 6, 2013

When I’m an old lady, the way 80-year olds will be able to tell that I’m 90 is because I’ll mention that when I purchased baby food, it came in jars. “Jars?” they’ll say, “No. When we were young mothers, baby food came in pouches!” “Not until 2009,” I’ll remind them. Back then, baby food […]

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#pinterestFAIL Crafting with my niece

October 4, 2013

Have you seen all those cool DIY kids’ craft projects on Pinterest? Homemade flubber, moon dough, foam dough, glow fairies, glitter balloons, and the like? Well I have, and I’ve been dying to try some. I enlisted my 10-year-old niece Mitra to help me test some of them, and here are our (highly scientific) results. FOAM DOUGH The […]

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