1. Five Ways to Schedule Quality Family Downtime into the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is busy, festive, and fun for everyone in your family.  In between holiday parties, concerts, and weekend shopping, you and your children may need more downtime than you think. Kids can become overwhelmed by the hustle of the season, so make sure you’re fitting some family downtime time into the schedule. Stay cozy. Whether you make a pillow and blanket fort and crawl inside …Read More

  2. How to Socialize Your Child in Preparation for Preschool

    If your toddler has been in the care of you, your extended family, or a nanny, and is entering center-based childcare for the first time as a preschooler, you may be apprehensive about the amount of socialization she has received in preparation for her upcoming days in the classroom. Many children enter preschool without previous experience at daycare, and there are ways for you to make sure your …Read More

  3. What to Do When Your Picky Eater Has You at Your Wit’s End

    Picky eaters come in all varieties. Some young children refuse anything green. Others stick to one or two favorite foods, turning up their nose at anything different. Still other kids pull a switch on their parents every so often, eating nothing but yogurt, fruit, and bagels for weeks, only to suddenly detest what they once gobbled down happily and demand an entirely new menu. Moms and dads may …Read More

  4. Helping Children to Learn to Give Thanks This Year

    Thanksgiving is sometimes a bit of a forgotten holiday. It lacks the silly costumes and bags of candy of Halloween, and brings none of the hype of Christmas or the beautiful lights and gifts of Hanukkah. But it’s an excellent day to focus on not just turkey and cranberry sauce, but gratitude as well. You can begin to foster a sense of gratitude in your children this month as Thanksgiving approac…Read More

  5. Sleep Regressions: What to Expect and How to Cope

    Sleepless nights are, of course, the bane of every parent’s existence. When you finally coax your infant or toddler into a reasonable sleep schedule, or even get them sleeping through the night, the thought of a sleep regression is a terrifying one. Rest assured that sleep regressions are both normal and temporary. While they are frustrating, understanding why they occur and when they will pass …Read More

  6. Hitting, Pinching, and Biting: How to Handle Your Toddler’s Frustration

    The problem: Is your child an angel at home, but suddenly turns on the aggression at daycare, the playground, or at a playdate? That’s normally because, in social situations, he is more likely to have his will challenged, whether it’s because another child wants a turn on the slide, or because his favorite toy is whisked away by another pair of hands. The solution: If your toddler is old enoug…Read More

  7. Kicking the Pacifier Habit: Five Ways to Say Goodbye to the Binky

    Your child’s pacifier was a solace during those early newborn days, but many kids learn to walk, run, and talk while still depending on a binky. How can you break your child of this habit, so that her pacifier doesn’t come with her to kindergarten? Cold Turkey This method is highly effective, but may cause some tears and a few difficult nights in the short-term. We know a few parents who have…Read More

  8. Babysitters 101: How to Hire Babysitters and Revive Your Social Life!

    When was the last time you saw a movie in the theater that wasn’t animated? Or shared a bottle of wine with your partner at your favorite restaurant? Busy parents often find that they don’t make plans on Saturday nights as frequently as they should, partly because they don’t have a babysitter or three to call. Build a small roster of dependable babysitters, and reclaim your Saturday nights o…Read More

  9. These Fall Craft Activities Will Bring the Colors of the Season Into Your Home!

    Autumn is the most beautiful season in our region, and with it comes a great deal of inspiration. Whether your kids love painting, pasting, or playing assistant to you in arts and craft activities, they’ll enjoy seeing fall’s gorgeous colors displayed at home! This craft will let the autumn light in, while showcasing the beautiful colors and shapes of the season. It’s a bit of a challenge fo…Read More

  10. 10 Easy-Prep Dinners the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

    Put the takeout menus away, because these simple dinners will get you through even the most hectic of evenings, and your children are sure to love them! Lasagna is always a family favorite. It’s a dish that adults and kids both love. Toiling over béchamel sauce and waiting on a hot oven, however, isn’t exactly weeknight friendly. This 30-minute stovetop version is what your family needs. Mak…Read More