Be a healthy role model for children

Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. Children will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods if they are served a variety of foods regularly. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time. Read More: Be…

Instead of giving wrapped gifts, why not plant a tree?

We had a wonderful Christmas at our house. Lovely wife and I were fortunate enough to have both of our daughters and their husbands and their children (and one of the grandson’s bride-to-be) with us. After an inspiring Christmas Eve service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church we adjourned to our home. The tree (artificial, of…

5 Surefire Ways to Get Your Child to Go to Bed

Here are simple ways to condition your child to prepare for bedtime along with the upcoming day without the fuss. Read More: 5 Surefire Ways to Get Your Child to Go to Bed | hitched

8 Family Read-Aloud Books All Ages Will Enjoy

I’ve consciously cemented reading time into our family routine for three main reasons: because reading to children is the number-one thing you can do to develop their intellects; to give all members of our family common ideas and experiences that strengthen our minds and relationships; and because we all just plain enjoy it. The quickest…

Rituals make family time rich

When I think back over my life, I am reminded of the small rituals that made and continue to make life worthwhile. For me, those are rituals of food and family that create a rich and caring home, offering a secure and nurturing embrace to our children and others we love. Read More: Rituals make…

Finding time for family

Any working parent can relate to Tiffany Haynes. “It’s hard,” she said. “Balancing work and sports and all of that stuff. I feel like nine times out of 10 I’m just trying to make ends meet.” Like millions of Americans, Haynes works full time while raising her family. She runs her own housecleaning service in…

15 Funny Tweets Working Moms Will Definitely Identify With

All parents know that if you don’t have and maintain a healthy sense of humor when it comes to raising kids, you won’t be able to function. Working moms really dial that practice up a notch, because having a career and kids is some next level insanity (unless you can afford to keep a staff…

5 Keys for Easy Summer Bedtimes with Kids

In or out of school, it’s estimated that children need between nine and 14 hours of sleep each night. One local sleep expert offers tips for keeping your kids caught up with ZZZs all summer long. Read More: 5 Keys for Easy Summer Bedtimes with Kids | 5280

Outdoor Activities That Are Anything but Boring

As the grass dries out and the weather gets warmer, take your children outside to run around, play, and soak up the sunshine. There are many options for outdoor activities – but some of them take a little bit more planning and creativity. Here are a few outdoor activities that require very minimal planning and…

9 ways to make sure your kids don’t waste away the summer

The rigors of the school year are about to be a distant memory for millions of students. They’ll be cheering — for about a week. And then they’ll likely be bored and their parents will be at wits’ end. To help your youngsters stave off boredom and even the loss of skills they’ve worked hard…

Mix it up a little when parenting

I am out of order! All those “rules” I was taught as a child and have tried to pass on to my child? Gone. I am questioning the laws of parenting. Our brains are wired to put all stimuli we experience into an order we can understand, process and memorize. If we are taught from…

5 things every parent needs to know about ADHD 

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at the best way to treat young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. The new studies provide strong evidence that not only is behavior therapy effective and it works without the side effects of medication —it’s the better first step. Read…

Go Outside and Play: Tips to Get Kids Moving

Encouraging kids to get outdoors and be physically active is usually easier in the summertime. The hard part is finding ways for children to get moving and stay active year-round. Read More: Go Outside and Play: Tips to Get Kids Moving

Summer is Here

I always loved June. It meant the children were out of school. Most mothers liked September best but I loved it when the kids were home. Sure some days I was grumpy but I always needed them by my side. As they got older we began taking our trailer camping much of the summer. Laughs, swimming,…

11 Tips to Raise Financially Savvy Kids 

You might get surprising responses when you tell your kids you can’t buy a toy they want: “Swipe your credit card” or “Go to the bank to get some money,” they may tell you. Kids simply don’t understand the bigger financial issues that inform such decisions, and we often don’t talk to them about finances…

Screening Your Family’s Screen Time

If you’re vexed that the sounds around the family dinner table these days have gone from a buzz of conversation to the buzzes, beeps, and tones of smartphones, or if you’ve had enough of only talking to your kids in passing, you will definitely want to check out Screen, a new device coming this summer that…

5 books to increase your child’s spatial skills

Spatial skills for preschoolers is a hot topic these days, ever since recent research linked strong spatial skills to success in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More and more educators are stressing the importance of building these skills and trying to engage little ones early to increase their awareness and interest….

Prioritize time together

One of the greatest sacrifices we made for our kiddoes was not caving into peer pressure. You seldom hear peer pressure described as a problem for adults. I don’t understand why not, since I still find peer pressure a sore challenge. Maybe it’s just me. Read More: Family Fellowship Strategy #4: Prioritize time together |…

20 Simple Summer Hacks Every Mom Needs

  Summertime! When the kids are off of school and days at the pool and weekend BBQs fill up your schedule. This year, make your summer as simple as possible. Read More: 20 Simple Summer Hacks Every Mom Needs