As your next weekly challenge, we’re sharing a favorite activity from our book, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook: In the long run, Grandma, baby and Mom and Dad will all look forward to this annual tradition. Since you’re still a rookie, however, do this to the degree you feel comfortable. How it works: You and […]
Like they used to say on TV, membership has it’s privileges. Both of the Bay Area children’s museums that I have been to are part of a consortium of Children’s Museums that have reciprocal memberships. This means that if you get a one-year membership at Habitot in Berkeley, for example, you can go to the […]
Why waste your money on the zoo? A 13-month old loves the pet store where he can check out the animals, especially the birds, up close.
I can’t believe it’s been a year! Beyond the fact that my son morphed from an amphibian-like newborn to a caveman toddler in 365 days, I can’t get over the fact that I’ve survived and kept him alive through all of those changes! Rookie Mom’s Challenge #52, “Celebrate Your Way” is aptly named – I’m […]
If your kid is not yet saying “doggie,” well, let’s change that. Seek out a dog park and go there as an outing. Even if you have a dog at home, your little guy will enjoy seeing all the shapes and sizes they come in. If you are scared of dogs, stand outside the fenced […]
My friends sent this one out to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. Sense of humor, yes? Remember, do what YOU want to do and the rest will fall in line.
One year olds make anything a toy. The best gifts for a 12-month old will last throughout the toddler years. Here are our favorite gifts.
Taking pictures of new standers, cruisers, and walkers is most adorable from the backside. Allow me to demonstrate.
Until our first kids turned four, my mom’s group held a yearly joint birthday party for our babies, in addition to their own private birthday parties. When they turned two, I volunteered to do favors because the magnets I did the year before were such a hit. The two-year old party favor was Mom’s Group […]
When I read about the service, Flipclips.com, in Real Simple magazine a few years ago, I fell in love with the idea. During a long nap I had to myself, I hung out on the computer messing with the video clips I have of Julian. They let you upload a video and then make some […]
Here’s the affirmation of the month: It’s hard to listen to whining! No one will argue with you on that. In moments of frustration, tell your toddler that, and don’t take the whining personally. Sometimes we feel like we can’t complain about motherhood. But we can describe it. If someone asks how it’s going, you […]
When my baby started standing in his crib, our naptime routine got all out of whack. The trick for us was to slow it all down again.