Aug 29

If you try to potty train your child before they’re ready, chances are it’s not going to end well.  If you try to potty train your child before you’re ready, chances are it’s still not going to go well.  So, how can you know exactly when both you and your child are ready? You can start by taking this Potty Training Readiness Quiz from Parents Connect.


Aug 29

If you’re looking for a tasty drink that kids and grownups will both enjoy, look no further than Sandra Lee’s Kids’ Cranberry Citrus Punch recipe. With only three ingredients and five minutes prep time, it’s great for parties or even a tasty treat to go with breakfast before school.  Best of all, the ingredients are so basic that kids won’t turn their noses up! And, of course, it’s so easy that kids can make it themselves.


Aug 28

Every parent wants their child to become responsible and one way to do that is to have your children do chores.  If you’re thinking about letting your little one help out around the house, you might want to take a look at this list that suggests age appropriate chores for children, ages 1 to 13.  (Yes, even toddlers can help out.)


Aug 28

If they haven’t already, your kids are going back to school soon and chances are, they’re dealing with a little anxiety about the situation. Whether it’s just the that they’re going to be away from home again or there’s something or someone they don’t want to face, there are ways to help ease that anxiety.  Tips include talking to your kids about their problems and relaxing if you, yourself are anxious.


Aug 27

ADHD is on the rise, or at least the ADHD diagnosis is. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between nine and ten percent of children between the ages of five and seventeen were diagnosed with ADHD between 2007 and 2009.  This is up from just 8% between 1998 and 2000.


Aug 27

There comes a time in every child’s life when they decide it’s time to bust out of their baby cribs and explore. Toddlers have no fear when it comes to climbing out and checking out their surroundings.  Moms and dads, however, probably have a different view of this and are possibly wondering if it’s time to switch to the big boy or girl bed.  If you’re not quite ready to make the switch, check out these tips on keeping your toddler in his or her crib for just a little while longer.


Aug 27

Looking for a fun activity to do on this weekend? Look no further than these Tissue-Paper Flowers in Yogurt Cup Vases from PBS Kids. All you need are a few recycled yogurt cups, tissue paper and a few things you probably already have around the house.


Aug 27

When it comes to texting, some parents may feel like they’re living in the dark ages.  On the other hand, most teenagers seem to only be able to communicate via text message. How do you bridge the gap? The young authors of the book When Parents Text offer up a few fun (and sometimes silly) tips for parents who want to text their teens.


Aug 26

A book can be a kid’s best friend when they find the right one.  Getting kids to read more can be a really difficult task, but once you help them find something they love, you’ll have a reader for life on your hands.  If you’re looking for some ideas for the little readers in your life, check out these tips on finding the right read.  It breaks kids down by age level and gives many interesting suggestions.


Aug 26

“Couponing” is all the rage these days – there’s even a hit show about it!  And if you’re a mom, coupons can be a lifesaver when it comes to stocking up on food and other goods for your kids and babies.  So, beside the Sunday paper, where can you find these amazing little discounts?  Check out Parenting.com’s list of the Best Coupon Sites for Mom.


Aug 26

It may not be Green Eggs & Ham, but Rachel Ray’s Green Noodles & Ham recipe comes mighty close.  This is a quick recipe that promises to take only 17 minutes and is super easy to make, meaning kids can help!  It’s great for those nights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook for your family.


Aug 26

Everyone knows it’s back-to-school time and whether your child is just starting kindergarten or beginning their senior year, moms and dads don’t always know what to expect – especially when it’s their only or oldest child.  Let’s face it: times have changed since you were in school.  From social skills to academics, there is much new material to learn.  With this in mind, Parenthood.com offers a look at what to expect from each grade level.


Aug 25

There comes a time in many families’ lives when two siblings are forced to share a room. This isn’t always a welcome situation, but one many parents have to deal with.  Most of don’t live in mansions, so bedroom space may be slightly limited.  So, how do you handle putting two kids in one room where everyone gets their own space?  Check out these design tips for siblings sharing a bedroom.


Aug 25

There’s no better way to spend a Friday night than cuddled up on the sofa with your family, enjoying a movie and a big bowl of popcorn, but how do you decide which movies to watch when your old favorites get boring?  Your kids are probably coming home from school, reporting what their friends thought of the latest blockbusters, but are those movies kid-friendly?  Are they full of sex and violence?  Are they even any good?  If you’re looking for some ideas of what to choose for your next family movie night, you might want to check out this article.


Aug 25

Finding the right preschool these days can be just as daunting as finding the right college.  Parents want the best for their children and more and more kids are going to preschool to a head start on the school experience.  If you want to know what you should look for when choosing the right preschool, check out this article from one mom who recently made the big decision for her own daughter: 15 Signs of a Great Preschool.


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