Last Day of Kindergarten – School’s Out for Summer


Hope everyone is having a great summer so far! June 1st was the last day of school for us. Wow, kindergarten went by so quickly! I can’t believe it’s over already. It’s pretty amazing how much WHMJr learned this school year. She can read almost anything now and her writing is so much better than […]

Talking to Kids About Politics


Whatever political side you fall on, I think we can all agree that this election year was the craziest! We can’t go anywhere without seeing images, political ads, news stories on television, the internet and social media. And if your kids are anything like mine, they have been asking A LOT of questions. So, what […]

Encourage Your Kids to Get Out There and Do Something!


As a young kid, I dreaded team sports. When I couldn’t do something well, I automatically hated it. I experienced firsthand how humiliating it can be to strike out three times in front of everyone, or to have that fly ball sail over your head in the outfield. Fortunately, my parents didn’t force me to […]

Celebrating Summer and Holiday Birthdays


A child’s birthday is the one day of the year that is their very own. But what if it’s during the summer, when there can’t be a classroom celebration? It’s hard to coordinate a party when everyone’s off doing other, non-birthday things. Summer and Holiday Birthdays My daughter has a summer birthday (July 14). For […]

False Praise, A Parenting No-No

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Editor’s Note: This is a repost of an article that we published way back in 2012 when we just started blogging, so we thought you might enjoy reading it now! As a mother, it is sometimes difficult to separate praise from false praise.  So, what is false praise and why is it harmful to your […]

Why You Should Teach Your Child a Second Language at an Early Age


One thing I vowed before ever having kids was that I wanted my future kiddos to be bilingual at a young age. My parents did not speak any languages [besides English] so my first opportunity to learn a foreign language was not until the 6th grade. I took Spanish and I did okay, but I remember thinking it […]

Who’s Your Buddy?


It is easy to find companies these days with great products for kids, but not so easy to find something unique that teaches a lesson while being fun.  Shoulder Buddies is a new “toy”/learning tool designed to be a reminder for kids.  The little hairy buddie sits on your child’s shoulder and reminds them of […]

There is Still Time to VOTE for an Imagination Playground!

Kids should have time to play — at home and at school. We know that creative play can make kids happy and healthy, but some kids aren’t getting enough of it. That’s why the makers of Children’s Claritin are teaming up with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to help bring innovative play spaces to schools in […]

Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice – A New Head Lice Resource for Parents

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.   Did you know that at any point, one to three percent of children in elementary school may have head lice? During an outbreak, that number may […]

Forget That Car Wash Let’s Raise Some Real Money For Your School!


  I have a confession, I hate school fundraisers and most of the time I do not participate.  Wow, that felt great!  There is nothing more annoying then selling wrapping paper or pizzas or magazines.  I mean honestly how many times can you hit up the grandparents during one year!?!?  I am the weird mom […]

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