3 Reasons Menu Planning Will Ease Back-to-School Time

The start of a new school year is a busy time for families adjusting to a new routine, particularly if older children are engaged with after school activities. It becomes tough for even the most organized parents to juggle it all and still have dinner on the table. The allure of take-out or eating out is really great this time of year in particular. While it is certainly fine to visit a restaurant once in a while, eating at home…

Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave

I’m currently about half way through my second maternity leave and I am here to tell you that maternity leave does not a vacation make. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time off of work despite the sleepless nights and constant demands of a newborn. When my first son was born I had no clue what I was doing. I worried constantly – was he too hot or too cold? Did that cry mean he was hungry? (But…

The Importance of Bike Helmets

Summer happens to be one of my favorite seasons–not just because it means plenty of time for sun, swimming, and long-anticipated vacations with the family, but because it’s a time when families seem to enjoy healthier lifestyles. If you’re like many families, you’ve found yourself spending more time out and about, enjoying the great outdoors with your family and becoming more physically active. And when it comes to getting active in the summertime, more often than not, bicycles are involved.…

5 Tips for a Farmers Market Field Trip With Your Child

With summer in full swing, farmers markets are full of seasonal offerings. A trip to the farmers market makes for a great opportunity to show children where food comes from so they will feel more connected to the food they eat. Why does this matter? Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables when given the opportunity to participate in the shopping experience! In addition to farmers markets, similar options include local farms and “you-pick” farms. Visiting a farm…

Summer Fun, Sun and Safety

Having made it through yet another cold and flu season, just about every parent and child I know is eager to welcome the sunny days of summer. But now that summer is here – complete with swimming, sun and all sorts of fun outdoor activities – it’s important to prepare your family for (and hopefully prevent) some of the most common seasonal irritations and inconveniences. Bug bites. Whether you’re talking spider, mosquito or tick bites, bug bites are a sure…

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…

You Are What You Eat

I grew up hearing those words all the time. I’ve never been the perfectly health-conscious eater but when I got pregnant I tried so hard to eat the best way I knew how. Dessert was fruit and whipped cream; I didn’t eat what people "said" not to eat. When I had Collin, I assumed I could just feed him food and he’d eat it. Yeah, yeah – I’d heard of picky babies and toddlers but not my son. The issues…

Seven Strategies for Overcoming Picky Eating in Toddlers

The toddler years are a fun time as children grow increasingly independent and explore the world with an unabated curiosity. It can also be a frustrating time when it comes to the dinner table and eating. It is important for parents to understand that picky eating is a normal stage for toddlers to go through. A food that has previously been accepted with enthusiasm may suddenly be rejected the next time it is offered. Also, a child’s appetite can vary…

How Does Your Garden Grow?

When my husband and I bought our first house together several years ago, one of my criteria was having some sort of gardening space, whether it was a sunny patio or in the yard. Fortunately we lucked out with both options at our house, and I’ve been making use of both ever since. I bounce back and forth between doing a patio garden and an actual garden in the yard. While my thumb isn’t exactly green, I look forward to…
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