This activity is especially good if you feel like your living room is already an obstacle course — now it can be on purpose! Set up an obstacle course so your baby can test his mobility skills (crawling, rolling, lurching, flailing, whatever!). Try a couple of pillows, some toys, a plastic bowl, and (to make […]
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This post about homemade baby food shortcuts was originally sponsored by BABYBJÖRN. They did not influence the content. I take pride in making my baby fresh pureed homemade food from scratch ingredients sourced locally from the farmers market. Really. But I have 3 kids and a job meaning some days we improvise. Through trial and […]
She called it a bullsh*t Hallmark holiday with the sole purpose of making people feel guilty for their choices. I had always thought Earth Day was a bit of fun: a good excuse to bike instead of drive. Who’s right?
Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store I used to visit only occasionally, opened new location in my neighborhood about a year ago. Now that I drive by its inviting façade every day, I’m forced to think wisely about how I use this resource, known for its photogenic food and high prices. Last week, a debate […]
A valuable list of very simple things every rookie mom needs to know are included in the new book Homemade Play by early childhood educator Kim Lyons. These are not life-saving skills like how to treat a high fever, but rather revelatory concepts, such as things you can do with a kitchen sponge to entertain […]
Mike posted an awesome list of indie stores to browse online. I am returning the favor with a suggestion targeted at his demo: crafty dads of preschool-aged kids. (As a marketer, I will say this demographic is probably the least valuable to any company, but it is one that I personally adore.) photo by megret7 […]
Karen — who has written numerous posts here and who has her own site Off the Meathook — and I spent the past two days walking the enormous floor of the annual ABC Kids Expo, where folks in the baby industry show off their products to potential buyers and media. Karen even spent some time laying on […]
Thanks to FriendlyRooster.com for sponsoring this post.Morgan & Milo slip-ons from FriendlyRooster.com Shoes are an entire new world of responsibility for parents. From deciding when kids start wearing them, to how many pairs of shoes a growing body needs at a time, to managing where they are, and if they are allowed to be worn in the […]
I’m in a Facebook group with other parents who have subscribed to the Positive Parenting Solutions coaching program. One of the tenets of the program is one-on-one time with each child in your household during which the parent lets go of other obligations, phones, and impulses to correct, and does exactly what the child wants […]
I did this project and wrote the post for the first time when my now ten-year old was as pictured above, after being inspired by tinyhappy who displayed before and after pictures of her tshirts made into pants. Now, let’s celebrate my success, people. I took this long-sleeved t-shirt belonging to Ryan, and while Julian […]
Like everyone else on the Internet, we are trying not to accumulate too much stuff. However, we do like to show the dad in our house a little appreciation on Father’s Day. There’s nothing I can do about the kids’ art projects (popsicle sticks!) he’ll be forced to keep forever and ever, but I can try […]
Both of us Rookie Moms have parents who were divorced before we were in preschool, and both of us want to have long epic marriages that last for 50 or 70 years (long after our diaper-wearing boys are out of the house). In that vein, here are some of our best tips for looking out […]