Health and Wellness

Do Your Parents Need Help?

Do Your Parents Need Help?

It's a tough subject and one we all struggle with, but unless your parents die young, at some point they will need your help with day-to-day tasks. You probably won't want to admit it when it first happens, and they almost certainly won't, but waiting just makes it worse. Age is clearly a factor, but Read More

Raising Healthier Kids

Raising Healthier Kids

Guest post by Vasilis Stefanou of TheLifeUpgrades.com. Even though I’m not a father, I dislike the idea that most of the kids in our days are raised in unhealthy ways and by the time they reach their teenage years have multiple health problems because of the living they are used to have. Why is that the case Read More

Building Good Dental Habits

Building Good Dental Habits

Just lay the foundation. That's all you can do. Do our kids have great technique with brushing and flossing? Honestly, do any kids? My goal has been to make sure they at least brush morning and night and floss every now and then, maybe use some mouth wash. Since they don't have a lot of cavities Read More

When was the last time you ate something new?

When was the last time you ate something new?

Kids aren't the most experimental eaters, generally speaking. Sure, if it's sugar-coated they'll go for it, but they tend to stick to their favorites and it's hard to get them to experiment. But when was the last time you tried something really different? I make a point of eating different foods just to push myself, and Read More

Misplaced Anger

Misplaced Anger

It's easy to get angry, even very angry, especially when your kids are stepping on your very last nerve. But consider this, especially if you are getting unusually angry: Is that really why you are mad? A lot of times, our anger isn't about what has happened or even the way other people are reacting, although Read More

Having the First Responder Gene

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. How would you react in a disaster? Would / do you freeze, panic, or act? I don't know what the term is, really, but I've always thought of it as having the First Responder Gene.  It doesn't have anything to do with working as a First Responder - EMT Read More

Beyond Stranger Danger: Cults and Social Isolation

Beyond Stranger Danger: Cults and Social Isolation

We start teaching our kids about stranger danger when they are toddler so most know they shouldn't get in a car with a stranger or take candy from one. If your "little one" is now a black belt with some serious unarmed self-defense skills or a 200-pound linebacker, you may have stopped worrying about stranger Read More

Getting Started Hiking as a Family

Getting Started Hiking as a Family

The Wise Dad and I both used to be active, but we've become more sedentary over the years. We both want to be more active and healthy (and lose weight), and we want our kids to be active and healthy so we're trying to get more active, including hiking as a family. Going to the Read More

The Problem with Vaccines Today

The Problem with Vaccines Today

Originally published on The Moderate Mom.  My kids have had all their vaccines on the standard schedule, except for Gardisal (not taken), Rotavirus (hunted down so my child could have it), and flu vaccines (they have them, but not every year). I am not going to discuss the autism-vaccine link because it has been thoroughly Read More

Being Prepared for The Flu

Being Prepared for the Flu

Four weeks. FOUR WEEKS. *FOUR @#$@# WEEKS.* That's how long one or more people in this house had the flu this year, and it was four continuous weeks. The flu shot didn't help. There were relapses. Thankfully, there wasn't a lot of diarrhea, puking, or other messes to clean up, but the exhaustion was overwhelming Read More

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