10 Easy and 1 Hard Thing to Remember About Raising Kids

Here are 10 easy things and one hard this mama learned about raising children into a meaningful life: 1. Remember the four A’s of relationships: Attention, Affection, Appreciation, and Acceptance 2. Kids look up to their parents, and, believe it or not, want to please them (at all ages, even during the teen years). Find […]

Kindergarten Ready: Learning Letters

by Paula Solis Krock “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Random House, 1978) For a preschooler, learning your letters is a big deal. It is the foundation to learning to […]

Finding My (Parenting) People

By Molly Blakey You are in a pinch. You need someone who understands your situation. Someone who lives close. Someone who “gets it.” You need help, not sympathy. You need to be blunt, unapologetic. You need an extra pair of hands. You need groceries, a last minute babysitter, a good cry – maybe all of […]

Some Day is Not a Day of the Week

And a Recipe for Swedish Pancakes, the Best Saturday Breakfast Ever “Nana is sad,” two-year-old Poppie said to me one day when I was thinking about her Papa’s recent death. “Yes, Nana is sad,” I said. She wrapped her arms around me and gave me a big hug. “I’m HUNGRY!” she declared pulling away, “I […]

Wild Child: Projects for Kids Who Love the Outdoors

Grow Fruit in a Bottle!  Apples, cucumbers, tomatoes work well. Start when the fruit or vegetable has just formed and is tiny enough to fit into the neck of a clean 2 liter soda pop bottle, or a glass wine bottle. Gently place the fruit inside the bottle while still attached to the mother plant […]

10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids

Don’t you love this planet we walk and live upon, rich with oxygen and water, plants and birds? Think of the wide sky above us and the grass, mud, and flowers that beckon us outside our door to play. Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and the whole world will be celebrating this place we […]

Heard It Through the Grapevine: Top Tips From Parents

There is nothing like another parent who has been in the trenches for advice. From teething to traveling , and washing to weaning, here are 20 fabulous tips offered by parents who have been there! Colicky baby: Many parents have calmed a fussy newborn by dipping her feet into warm water. Maybe it is a […]

Family Camping Trips; Looking Ahead to Summer

It is time to start planning those Family Camping trips! A study was done where 115 adults were asked to remember their favorite childhood activity and over 75% of them said it was an outdoors play experience! No wonder, the outdoors allows a child to be a pirate, an adventurer, a scientist and an explorer–to […]

Mama Says: Bang-Bang Boys and Guns

My 5 yr. old son is what many describe as a “boy’s boy”, and I am learning what that means. Last year he got some Nerf guns. And it is remarkably fun to have battles with him in the house etc. So here is where it starts getting tricky: We have recently moved to a […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Crash Cookies

We pull out this recipe when life is stupid and boring and awful and you just want to smack something! Pound the way to peace with delicious abandon, for the more you squeeze and squash, the better the cookie! What you will need: 3 cups oatmeal 1 1/2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups brown sugar […]

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