Learning to ride a bike includes many bikes a parent might want to try before your kid really rides a bike: trike, Skuut, trailer, etc.
I have learned this the hard way: the more annoying my kid is acting, the more he needs a big HUG! Of course, babies need and deserve hugs all the time. I’m talking about the bigger ones who call me a Poopy Head and are beyond being carried around, which would, of course, provide numerous hugging […]
When we were getting close to being a diaper-free household after ten years of wiping butts, I got a little carried away. I found myself trying more and more unorthodox potty-training experiments in lieu of good old-fashioned patience, hoping to find the secret trick for my youngest son. If you’re at the end of your toilet-training rope, here are […]
Keep your Pottery Barn Kids table and chairs pristine by finding a place outside your home for your small one’s artistic messes and creative exploration. In the East Bay, we are so lucky to have a few options: The Oakland Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is free for gallery visits and has an awesome Drop-In Art Studio […]
My friend Jeanine once told me there’s lots of fun time to be had with a baby at an outdoor store like REI: you just set up a sweet pad in the display tent with several of the Thermarest mattresses, chirping bird toys, and bright colored water bottles and have a blast. The first […]
My friend, the very creative Wendy Copley, created a clever advent calendar for her children and unknowingly changed the course of my own children’s holiday traditions. Whoa, right? Before I tell you that my family is only altruistic and kind, I will have you know that we usually also supplement with a LEGO advent calendar (prices […]
Traveling with babies and toddlers at the holidays is different from other vacations. Add family stress, higher prices and big crowds to the regular joys.
Today is the debut of the new Supergirl television series on CBS — or the internet for those of us without regular TV. I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but I doubt any of your preschoolers are up watching anyway. What matters is that a whole new genre of super-girl costume is ready for […]
I am one lucky mother. Tomorrow, I’m expecting an appliance delivery which means one important thing: we get HUGE BOXES to create forts. As a kid, I could just about live in a refrigerator box with small windows cut out. The following guidelines to build a totally sweet indoor fort (for those of you not […]
Frozen costumes for kids are great for Halloween and all year long, amirite? Why should kids only wear their costumes once per year? Kids Character Jackets – 2 Styles! – $14.99 Retail Price: $49.99 You Save: $35.00 Who doesn’t want to be Elsa every day? Or at least wear it at your own FROZEN birthday […]
One of Heather’s clever “homemade” baby food cheats is to open a can of organic pumpkin and feed it to a baby. Adding pumpkin to rice cereal or oatmeal makes a fancy fall breakfast, like something you could order at Starbucks, but without whipped cream. Experiment with cinnamon, nutmeg, and or ginger to help your […]
Whoever invented refrigerator magnets must not have minded their children blocking access to the refrigerator. I don’t get this. I like to take the magnets off the fridge. Put them in muffin tins or on a cookie sheet. Lots of fun and much more portable than the fridge. The stuff (you probably have most […]