From the category archives:

Big Kid

How I get my preschooler to make his own breakfast

August 23, 2013

This is how I attempt to both empower my child’s independence and my own rest by making self-service food prep a reality. Let’s start with breakfast. I strongly encourage my big boys to make their own cereal in the morning by putting the milk on a low shelf in a container they can easily pour. […]

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3 things every mom must know before traveling with kids

August 14, 2013

This guest post was sent to us by Kendra, who has been traveling the world since she was three months old. My own children are 3, 5, and 7 and we love to travel together. Really. As moms, we recognize that vacations with our kids don’t always go as smoothly as they should. There may […]

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32 birthday gift ideas for girls who don’t like princesses

July 17, 2013

On her fifth birthday, Scarlett opened a birthday gift from my sister and then left the room crying. When I talked to her about it, she said with a very sad voice, “I forgot to tell Auntie Em that I don’t like princesses and fairies.” The gift was a set of paper doll and sticker […]

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Try this with me: Asked and Answered to end little kid nagging.

June 13, 2013

Do your children ask you the same question 80 times in a row? My 5-year old does, and sometimes I think it’s due to her age — distracted, impatient, excited, forgetful, enthusiastic — and sometimes it’s because she’s hoping for a different answer. “Can I have a snack?” “No. We’re having dinner in 20 minutes.” […]

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How to make a long wait with little kids not quite so terrible

June 3, 2013
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When I was a kid I spent hours and hours traveling between my mom’s house and my dad’s house. They lived 200 miles apart, which meant that every school vacation and 3-day weekend began and ended with a four-hour car ride for me, from age 4 until about 14 when I started having my own […]

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Non-messy finger painting solution

March 19, 2013

I have no idea what I was thinking when I purchased four colors of finger paint. You can see by virtue of where I was storing it, on the top shelf in my unfinished laundry room, that I was pretty keen on my kids using it. Not. Then I had the idea of using it […]

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New use for old baby socks

February 21, 2013

We are not much for Barbie in my house, but if we were, I’d like to put some socks on her. Actually, we do have a Barbie-sized Merida doll. I just might try this. Idea and photo from Beal Family

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A long-winded tale of two bunk beds

February 15, 2013

At ages five and seven-and-three-quarters years old, my children were sleeping in matching toddler beds from IKEA. On one hand, I thought “Poor Julian. Almost eight and still sleeping in the tiny bed he got when he was three.” And on the other hand, I thought, “Kids in other countries don’t even have their own […]

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Scarlett’s class Valentine’s Day card

February 8, 2013

Before I get all braggy about Scarlett’s adorable homemade Valentine’s, I want to make a few declarations. One is a quote from my friend Wendy, who wrote the following on Facebook: We are buying valentines and not making them this year. Because let’s be honest: the kids who receive them don’t give a shit. The […]

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Activity #158: Get on the dance floor at Baby Loves Disco

February 7, 2013

Last year, Heather and I had the pleasure of teaming up with Baby Loves Disco, the providers of kid-friendly dance parties around the country. They had a 10-day mini-tour in the Bay Area and we hit two of the parties in partnership with our hyperlocal blog, for East Bay parents. When our first babes […]

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100th day of Kindergarten projects

February 1, 2013

All around the country, Kindergarten students are getting the same assignment: In honor of the 100th day of school, create a project that brings to life the number 100. Many classrooms have a “100 Days Party”. “When did this start being a thing?” asked my friend Jen as she posted this picture of her daughter […]

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Activity #204: Microwave a marshmallow

January 9, 2013

For a quick and questionably tasty science experiment, microwave a marshmallow for about a minute and enjoy the results. Wondering what will happen? The marshmallow will puff up to four times its original size like a poofy souffle. It will be a hot gooey mess before cooling into a crispy pancake. Expect smiles and sticky […]

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