How to Help Children Bond with Grandparents

For your child, a grandma and a grandpa symbolize love, comfort and family. Whether it’s story time on grandpa’s lap or gardening with grandma, children can’t wait to spend time with their grandparents. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have to add that grandparents cherish the time they get to share with their grandchildren. As your child grows, it is important to find ways to include grandparents in your child’s life. Ask them to share stories about your family’s history,…

Fast Food In Your Own Home

We all lead busy lives and sometimes at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is spend a long time in the kitchen making dinner. Often it seems to be easier to go out to eat or stop and pick up something fast on the way home. Sound familiar? There is a better way. It is possible to have delicious, healthy meals in your own home without spending a long time preparing the food. Of…

Question of the Month: Discipline

As parents, we have all been there at one time or another. Whether it is the tough twos or just a terrible Tuesday, our children at times display behaviors that make us question our parenting skills. Being aware of what your child is capable of at different age levels will give you a better sense of whether his behavior is out of line or not. Research shows most children develop the capacity to control their emotions between the ages of…

Fun Ideas for Exercising with your Child this Summer

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years making it more important than ever to keep our children moving through physical activities. Before you head to the store to pick up mini dumbbells, try to think of activities your child would enjoy. From family dance time to a quick game of tag, you as a parent can easily bring the excitement and fun of being physically active…

Talking to Your Children About Difficult Situations

As adults, we all handle difficult or upsetting situations differently. It’s the same with children. Changes in their lives can be unsettling, but they will typically take their cues on how to react from us so it’s important to be aware of what we might be communicating nonverbally. If a situation is challenging for you as an adult to understand, it can be even more complicated and scary for a child. For example, I remember how difficult it was to…

Balancing Competitiveness Amongst Siblings & Classmates

Whenever the subject of competitiveness among children comes up, I have a brief flashback to one of my son’s soccer games as a child. He absolutely loved sports, especially soccer, so it was always fun to watch his games, cheering in excitement at his every move. There was one particular game, however, that I remember sitting near a rather competitive father who at one point in the game yelled out to his son, “Trip him!” Did I mention they were…

A Few Tips on Potty Training from Moms Who’ve Been There

 The setting… a bright, cheery grocery store promising yummy goodies and household necessities! Then just as you’re perusing the latest selection in organic milk you hear, “Mom-m-e-e-e! I have to go pee-pee… NOW!” While moments like these have all the makings of a great television sit-com, this scene could have been taken from any number of parents’ potty-training anecdotes. Reaching the decision to potty train your child is the easy part. The tougher part is tackling the process so the…
A young girl having a healthy snack of strawberries and milk

Smart Snacking for Families

Snacking is an important part of the daily routine, as long as it is done in a healthful manner. A small snack between meals more…

The Need for a Balanced Approach

Summer is the season of family road trips and dancing through sprinklers, but as a working mother, it’s also the time when I started worrying about where my young children should be in school come fall. After I had my first child, I looked everywhere for a place where my children could grow and learn in a safe, engaging environment, but I felt that every option I tried was only the best of the worst. At that time, the term…
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