Kids might not be able to get down and dirty cleaning small parts behind the refrigerator, but there are easy and fun ways to get them involved without giving them too big a job or handing them a bottle of toxic cleaner. More
Today is January 1st and tomorrow (because today is still a holiday, come on now) people will flood gyms all over the country to make good on their promise to be healthier in 2015. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that- I applaud their efforts and genuinely hope that people setting out to better themselves are able to make it happen. That said, this flood of people sure can make things suck at the gym for everyone. Not just the year-round gym goers, but the new ones who don’t know any better. If you see the gym in January, you are undoubtedly seeing the gym at it’s worst and how can that convince anyone to stick around for the long term? More
Before my daughter was born, my husband and I had just joined a new gym. He was working a lot at the time so going to the gym together was one of the best ways we could still hang out. Unfortunately, the gym we chose did not have on-site childcare. We had committed to a year-long membership and vowed to join a different gym with childcare once it ran out. We were so happy with the gym we ended up joining next because their childcare was fantastic. There is no reason to not try the free childcare at the gym. The benefits to yourself and your child can be substantial. More
Are you one of those families that has their stuff together enough to actually plan an idea for a group costume and execute it? Since I don’t happen to be a part of one of those families, I’m totally obsessed with them.
A group of parents and players have filed a class action lawsuit against FIFA and a number of U.S. Soccer organizations to change the way concussions are handled in the sport. Despite the risk of injury, I would let my son and daughter play football or any other sport they were interested in, because everything comes with risks, and I don’t want to be a mother who says, “Don’t do that because you might get hurt.” More
Chicago stay-at-home dad Chris Bernholdt is in the news today for stating that the play date should be abolished in favor of spontaneity for kids. I see where he is coming from, truly. I am definitely in favor of the way things “used to be” when we were kids with more unstructured play, more outdoor play and less parental intervention but in 2014, I just don’t think it is possible to ban play-dates. More
Claire is now nearly seven years old and my initial feelings have been right all along. As a baby, she hit all of her physical milestones early and while I didn’t think it meant she was Super Baby, I did wonder if the fact that she went from walking at nine months to practically jogging at ten meant anything for her future. More
One of the first things that any good parent understands is the need to slather your new little baby with sunscreen and keep their new, little, pink baby skin under a canopy every time you hit the beach. What kind of a monster lets a baby get a sunburn? While Iâ€™m certainly not advocating purposely burning a baby, I am advocating questioning what youâ€™ve been told. Research suggests that vigilantly protecting your kids from the sun could actually lead to cancer in the future, instead of protecting against it. More
Just when I thought Iâ€™d heard it all, some â€śinnovativeâ€ť momtrepreneur comes out of the gate with a brand-new bridal shower party idea to extort all her friends. Now, I have to say, that I normally donâ€™t mind attending bridal showers and baby showers, even though I expect them to be slightly boring and low on booze. I do mind being invited to manipulative MLM marketing parties (think Mary Kay, doTerra, or Pampered Chef) where I am expected to buy unwanted products in exchange for having a good time with friends. More
Traveling with kids is basically the seventh level of hell. Here are some lessons I learned. More
I have to admit that I have peed in the pool with the best of them. But now that I have kids, toddlers who are still in diapers, I have a new dilemma. Not only do I have to teach them water safety and respect for lifeguards, but I have to somehow convince them not to pee in the pool. Peeing in the pool is not only nasty, it is a public health concern. More
We all know that very few people have a burning desire to buy someone swaddling blankets or china – we do it because we’ve deemed these friends worthy enough to receive gifts to commemorate what society has labeled a “gift-worthy” milestone. Well, there are plenty of gift-worthy milestones that have nothing to do with pushing a baby out of your vagina or legally merging with someone who statistically you will divorce over 50 percent of the time anyway.
Here are some ways to get people to shower you with gifts, because damn it – you’re worth it! More
My husband and I have always been, active and outdoorsy. We knew before we had our children that we wanted the outdoors to be a big part of our life as a family. Here are a few little things we’ve done over the years to make life easier when we camp with toddlers and small children. More
Over the weekend, I shared my slight obsession with seeing the things that people do with their pool noodles (if you know what I mean). More