Little Kids

10 GREAT Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of

10 Great Picture Books You Never Heard Of

There are mountains, heaps, and masses of amazing picture books available today. No matter what your tyke is interested in or worried about, there is a picture book (or five) about it. Our personal collection of picture books included a larger-than-average number of books focused on art and artists. I am really at a loss to Read More

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of Read More

Handling A Lice Outbreak Like a Boss

Handling A Lice Outbreak Like a Boss

Lice are gross. We can all agree on that. And, like most gross things, they happen and there really isn’t a heck of a lot we can do about it. Sure, you can use shampoo to repel them and reduce the risk, but gross still happens. So how do you handle a lice outbreak like Read More

Breastfeeding When You Are A Wet Nurse

Breastfeeding When You are a Wet Nurse

It may not be the oldest profession, but it’s gotta come close. No, not that one. Being a wet nurse. Wet nurses breastfeed babies who aren’t their own. Through much of history, wealthy families employed them to feed and take care of the children so the mom didn’t have to. But wet-nurses weren’t only for Read More

Why Elementary Schools Should Allow PG Movies

Why Elementary Schools Should Show PG Movies

I feel strongly that elementary schools should allow PG movies, especially for PTO events and school field trips (on the tour buses). Why? One word: Frozen. It’s PG for “some action and mild rude humor.” I am not making that up. Schools won’t allow kids to watch many of the most popular movies for kids because of the Read More

Stranger Danger: Who to Ask For Help

Stranger Danger: Who to Ask for Help

We all know to teach kids about “stranger danger” when they are little, but do they really know what to do if they need help and they can’t find someone they know and trust? Telling them to “find help” is really easy, but actually talking to an adult and asking them for help is not Read More

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a Toddler

Flying with a toddler is hard! There are no two ways about it, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Other passengers will always run the gamut from understanding, even helpful, to complete jerks. No one thinks it’s fun to fly with a cranky or crying little person, whether it’s your own or someone Read More

Grocery Shopping with Kids

Grocery Shopping with Kids

It’s no secret that kids make shopping for anything more challenging and more expensive. Grocery shopping is no exception, so how can you avoid going broke (and crazy) when you have to take the kids grocery shopping? The biggest key is to have firm, non-negotiable limits on what they can choose. I have always allowed the Read More

Class Parties and Potlucks

Your kid just came up and told you they need something for the class party today and you have no time to shop or make anything. What’s a quick, easy solution? Popcorn! Make a whole bucket of it. Last time I did this, I filled a three-gallon bucket I already had because it was for a Read More