Articles Written By: Stephanie-Ann Faubion

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Flying with Kids? Read Our 6 Smart Travel Tips First

On a good day, air travel alone is stressful. Bring a child or two into the equation, and you’re close to reaching critical mass. From…

Resolving Sleep Issues

Sleep issues are one of the greatest struggles for parents with young children. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have tried everything (short of professional help) to solve sleep issues with one of my twins. If you are reading this post, you're probably not interested in my "woe is me" story. What you want is some advice, and probably some sleep; because when your little one isn't sleeping, chances are, you're not sleeping either! In general, the…

Displaying Your Child’s Artwork

I really think I could wallpaper my home with the papers and art projects that my girls bring home from school. With all the creations that are generated at home, I could easily cover the outside of my house. While I love to display my girls’ artwork, I prefer easy, low impact (as in, no nails in my walls) ways to show off their work. Here are some of my favorites: Repurposed old frames – This idea is my absolute…

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

A recent conversation in my home: My son: “Mom, there is a bug in the corner of the classroom!" Me:  Really? What does it look like? My son: “You can’t see it mom! It’s a coughing bug and everyone is getting it!” And so it begins, the cold and flu season. While impossible to avoid, you can at least be prepared. Here’s a quick checklist to prepare yourself and your family for cold and flu season. Flu shots. Time for…

Making the Most of Meal Time

Tips to Make Mealtime a Pleasurable Experience On my desk is a pamphlet about feeding your child ages 1 to 6 and a questionnaire for an upcoming well-child visit. There was a time when both of these items made me feel like a parental failure. Why? The questionnaire revealed that my children didn’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and the pamphlet made me feel even worse, because I had tried all the feeding suggestions and nothing seemed to help. At…

Fostering the Seeds of Healthy Independence

There is nothing that makes me cringe more than when I hear a child say “I do it”, to which the parent replies “no let me do it for you”. Maybe this “fingernails on a chalkboard” response comes from living with five children—survival in my household requires some independence and initiative on everyone’s part! But, I get it. Watching your child struggle to accomplish the simplest of tasks can be excruciatingly painful, especially when you are pressed for time. I…

Helping Your Child Adjust to Dietary Restrictions

Children have very particular palates. One day they love something, the next day they act like you are trying to poison them with the same food they said they loved. Feeding your child becomes even more challenging when you need to place your child on a restrictive diet for medical reasons.About a year ago, we had to put one of our twins on a restrictive diet. Starting off was a bit challenging, but overall I think she made a fairly…

Follow Your Child’s Lead

Recently the girls and I went to watch my husband swim in his first masters swim meet – they are sweetly called "masters," because everyone is -- mature. My husband has never competed in swimming, but took up the sport due to the toll running was taking on his back. He has been at it for five years and finally decided to compete. I am pretty proud of him. He’s taking on a new sport and competing with people who…

Flying the Friendly Skies – Taking the Stress Out of Flying with Children

On a good day, air travel is stressful. Bring children into the equation and you’re pretty close to reaching critical mass. We have experienced everything from meltdowns in the security line to one of the girls vomiting all over yours truly. Trust me when I tell you that shopping for clothes in an airport is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Aside from arriving early and loading the iPad with movies and games, there are other things you can…