Being the parent of a small child is nothing if not perplexing and ever challenging. Just when you think you've got the routine down, that little one decides to grow and change and test you—so you need some new tricks, fast! Where do you turn? How do you figure it out?Keep.... read more
Winter is here and with it comes the likelihood of illness due to cold and the seasonal flu. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colds and the flu share similar symptoms. The flu, which affects 35 to 50 million Americans each year, is worse .... read more
The new school year is underway, and the kids are pretty well into their routines, right? They've gotten used to new teachers and a new mix of classmates. School has settled into its usual rhythm, and after-school activities have begun in earnest. We parents have figured ou.... read more
Life is changing, always. Never is this truer than during the month of September. For kids, it's back-to-school time, with all of the adjustments that brings. It's exciting and scary, all at the same time.But what about for parents? Especially parents who have been all-out,.... read more
We all know how demanding parenting can be. We get so busy making it through our day-to-day routines that it can often be difficult to step back and think through some of the larger questions about how we hope to bring up our children.Today, we are taking a moment t.... read more
My three-year-old hates being told "No" and "Don't," and she's also one of those kids who immediately does exactly what you ask her not to do, so I've had to develop some strategies to get the "No" message across without unleashing the very behavior I want to stop. I realize.... read more
I've spent the past four years studying the state of motherhood in America, and I've interviewed far too many moms who use the word "stressed" to describe their parenting style. Stressed? As a parenting approach? Ladies, I feel your pain. I know what it is like to try to c.... read more
Gretchen Rubin is one of our very favorite experts on living life and making the most of what we have-in other words, on being the kind of parents that we really want to be. So we started thinking: how can we apply her Tips for Being Happier specifically to life with small .... read more
Do you ever find yourself shocked to hear your child say something that is just what you would say? Or equally strange, just what your spouse would say? We know that kids learn by imitation, but it is still no less disconcerting to hear our own words and attitudes comings stra.... read more
September can be a rocky time for families. No matter how well we try to prepare for the school year, re-entry is always tricky. There are all of those beginning-of-the-year meetings and get-togethers, and everyone is adjusting to new environments, schedules and routines.... read more
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