Write a huge list of all the things you like to do — even without baby! — so you’ll never be at a loss for how to spend your precious time.
Here’s how to make a cute set of magnets with printable magnet paper.
Practical ideas for first birthday parties from decorations to food solutions that aren’t too expensive. Happy first birthday to your baby!
My baby is wearing a dot for each month of his age on the front of his onesie and laying around. Each month I add to the baby photo series.
Thanks to Katy Mann from IndyWithKids.com for this baby activity. If you’ve tried something with your baby you want to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just a few sentences and a photo or two will do! Something they didn’t show us much on the television show Parks and Recreation is the swimming pools of Pawnee. […]
A babysitter retainer means Date Night and associated childcare are a regular and essential part of each month like FOOD or marital therapy!
Why these challenges? Outings with a baby? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of […]
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 […]
This post originally ran a few years ago. I love our very sweet caregiver for Scarlett. She comes to our house three times per week, for five hour shifts, to allow me to do some of the freelance writing and marketing work that I do. Around here, it’s pretty common to set up what we […]
When Julian was a toddler, entertaining him after nap was best outside. Our backyard festival is outdoor toys and activities that kept him busy and happy.
When I was pregnant with my second child, a daughter, we went through our stored baby boy clothes, pulling out the ones that could be worn by our baby-girl-to-be, donating the majority, and saving five or six items that I couldn’t bear to part with. Predictably, those extra special clothes are still on top of […]
It’s time to introduce your baby to lions and lizards. And won’t you feel like an official parent when you brag that you take your child to the Zoo? My friend Sarah gets credit for this one. “It’s fun for parents, too,” she says. Honestly, I think it’s mostly fun for parents. Even at 12 […]