From the category archives:

Quickie

5 to 15 minute of baby distracting fun. The best part is you can do it all again tomorrow or even later today.

Tech Tuesday: How I get out the door faster with Shoe Time Music

How to get shoes on and kids out the door with no yelling

I have tried many things to make mornings run smoother in my house — especially school days — like reconfiguring my kitchen so kids can make their own breakfasts, making lunches the night before, and choosing clothes a week in advance. One of our more successful family hacks is an alarm set to kid-approved music […]

Fun with foam, part 1

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Too wet to go out? Too cold to play ball? (Oh, is that just me and my Summer in the Bay Area? Ha!) Too sick for preschool? This is the ultimate in Drugstore DIY; with a can of shaving cream or a bar of soap, here is lots of good fun that is funny: Microwave […]

Activity #20: Narrate your day

Narrate your day to your baby

Days at home alone with a baby can be soooo long. On the bright side, he’s a very captive audience and interested in all your innermost thoughts. Tell your baby about what you are doing to him when you change his diaper, lift him up, feed him. Narrate life’s little adventures when you clip your […]

Love or Shove? “Walk Mee” Training Walker

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You be the judge. This product is sold online for $29.99, though I saw it on LivingSocial Deal for $15. According to the manufacturer: • Guide your little one’s steps without constantly bending over • CPSIA-compliant product teaches tots to balance and walk naturally • Fully adjustable straps for comfort • Machine-washable, 100% polyester shell; […]

Tip: bubble wrap for new moms

New mom tip: pop stress away

The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]

Activity #204: Microwave a marshmallow

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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 […]