Rational Parenting: What's the Secret?

Recently friends have asked me these questions: “Does your baby’s face ever get red?” “Is my baby going to be dehydrated because she didn’t finish one bottle?” ...more

7 of the Most Family Friendly Cities in Europe

Some parents worry about taking their children abroad. They're concerned the trip will be too expensive or that the kids won't be able to appreciate the experience. Despite these arguments, it's important to introduce your kids to different cultures and instill an interest in travel at a young age.If you're thinking about visiting places that have a deep history and culture – and are friendly to families – try these seven cities. ...more

A Mother's Summer Bucket List

Today when I was broadening my horizons about the world around me, otherwise known as browsing Facebook, I noticed one of my online friends posted a Summertime Bucket list.Have you ever seen one of these? They’re a list of ideas to spark a summer full of enjoyment and learning....more

Understanding Your Crew's Dating Pool

Understanding Your Crew’s Dating Pool…orHow to Enjoy the LeftoversUnderstanding that a crew mate is entitled to blow off a little steam once in a while, I’ve put together a list of Dooz and Donz, for da discerning wise guy. See my points below, and hey, if you have a beef wit any of my Tips for Tricks, come see me. Face to face, we will have a sit down and talk about it....more

Is it the 4th of July? No it's still June!

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the fireworks, picnics and spending time with family and friends.  What I do not love is when my neighbors start shooting off fireworks at night at the beginning of June.  The closer it gets to July 4th, the louder the fireworks get.  Yesterday evening at around 10:30pm, there was a very large bang.  It was so loud that I jumped in my seat.  Then I here crying from both of my kids bedrooms about the very loud noise and how scared they are to go to sleep. ...more

Family biking

Adventure Cycling Association is hosting their 2nd annual video contest, and we are participating! We created a 4 minute video featuring our Portrait of a Cyclist.http://vimeo.com/99032462   ...more

Baseball Love

When it comes to sports, baseball rules our house. Yes, we love other sports. My husband enjoys pro football, and I can’t get enough of college basketball, especially my Kansas Jayhawks. However, come spring, our focus is purely on the national pastime, baseball....more
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To Binky or not to Binky, that is the question...

So I'm in the lovely swimming lesson observation room again talking to one of the other mothers.  She had her two year old with her in the room.  The two year old had a binky in her mouth.  I also have a two year old son who still uses his binky.  We were talking about our different excuses to why our two year olds still used a binky.  The other mom said she wanted to wait until her family had gone on vacation to quit the binky.  I really don't have an excuse, I just want to sleep at night and my son screams without a binky. ...more

Rules Vs. Freedom: Exploring the Play Paradigm

Seemingly the easiest part of any child’s life is that which includes play.  It’s a natural, built in method of exploration, learning and, sometimes, even exercise.  Kids live to play – outdoors, in groups, even by themselves.  Sometimes, though, children’s ability to play freely can be hampered by their parents’ desire to control the way their children spend their time.  A child’s mind is like a sponge, so it is said, a fact which fuels a desire to ensure that a child’s time is spent optimizing the use of that sponge through purposeful, useful kinds of play. ...more

Things That Make Me Happy

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