My friend's daughter walked up to my child and kicked her in the shins. Then the little girl screamed right in my daughter's ears. And screamed again. My friend quickly spoke up. "She's an independent fighter, it's what I love most about her." That was our last play date together.
We all love our moms, but it took becoming a mom for me to realize just how many sacrifices my mother made for us and how hard she worked. Now following in her footsteps with three kids of my own, I'm looking back and thanking her for the ways she showed me love and the things she taught me about motherhood.
I knew everything about parenting until my children were born. Then I knew nothing. Well, maybe not nothing, but a lot of my preconceived notions were turned upside down. There were still certain ideals I aspired to--commitments made within my mind and heart--but for various reasons I've fallen short. While I know perfect parenting doesn't exist I feel accountable to those ideals. And so, there are aspects of my parenting I downplay because my intention is still to do these wonderful things. I asked other moms if they experienced this too and several bravely confessed. Click through and see if you relate to any of these little white parenting lies we tell.
Punky Brewster is a far cry from the DIY style maven that Soleil Moon Frye has become. Her new book, Let's Get This Party Started! is chock full of engaging craft projects, party ideas and delicious recipes.
Even famous people, even famous people with major bank accounts, struggle at the dinner table when it comes to getting healthy food into kids. Here are our favorite been-there quotes from celebrity parents in the kitchen.
Bestselling author Julia Cameron is back with "The Artist's Way for Parents", a follow up to "The Artist's Way" that's packed with fun tips and activities for encouraging creativity and imagination in children. Here are eight tips from Cameron to get you started.
These recipes aren’t just delicious. They’re kid-friendly recipes full of the best ingredients available for healthy, happy kids. But before you think we'll suggest kale chips again, this time there are a few clever ways to serve up the truly good stuff.
There's a farm here in Southern California that each year transforms itself in the spirit of Halloween, complete with haunted pumpkins, pig races and tractor rides. I took my daughter, Annie, there last weekend and she had an incredible time—here's a glimpse into our day together.
I love the idea of serving good, fresh, homemade food to kids, even when there’s a holiday happening. Since when is that a problem? Does it have to be an exasperated “Why does everyone have to be so PC?” moment?
Our house was built in 1925, back when two-year-olds milked the cows and earned their keep. Consequently, we don't have an open floor plan. And while I love the ability to sneak cookies behind my kid's back, I don't love that I occasionally have to step out of the room and leave my daughter alone with her three-month-old brother.
My daughter, Annie, like a lot of toddlers, can be very fussy with food. Luckily for me I’ve learned a number of tricks that have gone a long way toward getting her to be a more adventurous eater. Have a fussy eater, too? Give these these ten tips a try!
When it's not yet mealtime and little tummies are grumbling, try some of these healthy snacks for kids. They'll love the taste of these treats, and you'll be glad to know they're eating something good for them.
If you're like me, then your children are spaced only a couple years apart. It's not easy for toddlers to understand what it means that mommy is pregnant and having a baby. One thing that really helped us was to read stories with our daughter about becoming a big sister.
Click through to check out these sibling book suggestions!
Every parent finds toilet training success eventually—how many teenagers do you know still in diapers? But when's the right time to pull out the potty? And, well, how do you get your child to use it? Read what today's experts have to say...
It’s easier than you think to expose your little ones to a whole world of healthy, delicious snack foods—and thereby kick off a lifetime of good eating habits! Start with these fun, simple toddler foods.
Ready to start potty training? Parents all over have potty training advice, but one thing is for sure—you can never have too many tricks up your sleeve! Here are some of our favorite potty-training products to help your little one say,
Playdates are a great way for little ones to flex their social skills. However, if you really want them to get into it—and you want it to last long enough to enjoy some coffee and conversation with your fellow moms—have a fun activity planned.
Once your child enters year two, you can strip his pediatrician's number from your "call favorites" list, right? Not so fast. Here are the most commonly asked health questions by parents of kids under 24 months.
It's no wonder that small children sometimes become frightened when visiting the doctor's office. After all, there are plenty of adults out there who are anxious about visiting the doctor, too. Here are 10 ways to calm your child’s fear of the doctor.
"I'm thirsty!" "I need to go to the bathroom!" "I'm scared of the dark!" Sound familiar? Here are some solutions to common toddler sleep problems to trade bedtime battles into eight hours of much needed rest.
It can be really frustrating and unnerving to see your toddler shrink in fear from the puppy next door or burst into tears as you head out the door. Read on for more info on common fears and how to help your child.
Your baby is not only learning to interact with the world around him, but also (much more importantly) with you! Do you know how to encourage your infant' social and emotional development? Find out how and take the quiz.
Guilty of chewing on pen caps or biting your nails? Freud called it oral fixation, but babies consider it exploration. Dr. Laura A. Jana reveals the top items kids accidentally swallow, plus how to avoid serious health concerns.
Are your toddler development expectations on track? In her book Your Toddler Month by Month, Dr. Tanya Byron explains rates of development so you know what's normal and can avoid worrying (and pressuring your child!).
One minute you're begging him to drop the dandelions and get in the car; the next, you're chasing him across the lawn. Toddlers live by their own timetable. Here's how to set speed limits for your child.
Many women yearn for a baby girl, but those who are blessed with boys say they have no regrets. Here, mothers raising boys celebrate their sons, and describe the wonderful aspects of raising "future men".
Supermarket checkouts, airport terminals, pediatricians' waiting rooms ... if you're a parent, you know about trying to entertain kids when it seems time has stopped. Here are 10 easy ways to keep waiting times tantrum-free—and bearable for both of you.
Toddlers can be so fickle. They'll launch a 10-minute rant about needing Play-Doh now, and within four minutes, they're done with it. You love that your toddler lives in the moment, but why can't she hold her horses? Welcome to toddler impatience!
Many parents struggle with issues of control when it comes to handling their children. But forget about teenagers and their control issues – we're talking about really clever minds belonging to the egocentric, single-minded creatures we call toddlers.
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