Teach your toddler the ABCs before 8:00 AM

A local friend of mine, Jackie, has two little kids and has a sharp eye for the visually beautiful. Just look at her house.

She recently blogged that a turkey baster is the key to making pancake batter into fun shapes. I was thrilled to learn this hack because I had been ordered to make Mickey Mouse pancakes last night, and I felt a little bummed out that I couldn’t raise the bar beyond Mickey Mouse. So Mickey they ate – but watch out, kids. Next weekend: alphabet letters!

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.