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…

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

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

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…

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

7 hilarious things every family can relate to

Sometimes I think my family is so weird because we do *insert alien-like behavior that absolutely no other family does*. We’ve all had this thought before whether we realize it not. This is OK though because every family has their own quirky, strange, this-is-why-we-can’t-invite-people-over kind of behavior. Read More: 7 hilarious things every family can…

Music improves baby brain responses to music and speech

A new study by scientists at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows that a series of play sessions with music improved 9-month-old babies’ brain processing of both music and new speech sounds. Read More: Music improves baby brain responses to music and speech | UW Today

Ways to get kids moving

Getting your children up and moving will not only benefit their health, it will also benefit their brains in many ways. For example, it should improve their attention spans, memory and learning. In a study by Charles Hillman of the University of Illinois, he found that third- and fifth-graders who scored highest in physical tests…

4 Tips for Summer Planning on A Budget

Summer is approaching faster than you might think.  Before you know it the kids will be wrapping up the school year and eager to make the most of their time away from the classroom.  Are you ready? Parenting Coach and Writer Chrissy Khachane shares some great tips for all parents. Read More: Mommy Monday: 4…

Help Your Child Avoid Summer Brain Drain 

As the school year winds down, students turn their minds to summer-break staples such as sleeping in, lazing around the pool or hanging out with friends – the harbinger of summer brain drain. “As a teacher, I knew when classes started up in the fall that many of my students would require a brain reboot…

Knowing your child’s learning style will help her succeed

Understanding your child’s specific learning style can leave even the most studious parent feeling lost. Althea Penn, the director of Shepherd’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching in Snellville, works with parents and teachers to help them better understand how kids learn. “A learning style is the way your child processes information and demonstrates what they…