This Parenting Technique Has Made a Huge Difference in My Life

The big idea: Learning to Stop, Drop and Breathe when you start to lose it with your family can help you stay calm, patient and centered. Whether it’s a 10 year-old who knows just how to get under our skin, or a baby who won’t stop screaming, man, kids can push our buttons. But Dr. Laura Markham, author of the …

You Can Magically Revive Dry Baby Wipes

The big idea: Dry wipes can be revived! Here’s a tip that may be obvious–but it wasn’t to me. I used to get frustrated when someone left the babywipes open and the wipes all dried out. I’d walk the package over to the trash, shaking my head sadly at the waste of money and trees. Then one day, a friend …

Why I Stopped Blaming My Kids When Things Go Wrong

The Big Idea: Instead of finding fault, focus on finding solutions. This simple shift can make a big difference in family happiness. A few years ago, I read a blog post urging parents to “commit to blame-free household.” I hadn’t thought much about blame. But that simple phrase struck a chord. The more I thought about it, the more I …

When do transgender kids know it?

The Big Idea: Transgender kids often have that trans identity by adolescence, and sometimes as young as 18-24 months. Kids whose families are accepting and supportive of their identity are much more likely to thrive. Last year, when my 4 year-old son saw his big sister wearing her fancy dress for Thanksgiving, he wanted to wear one too. No problem–we …

Letting Boys Experience Their Feelings Makes Them More Resilient

The Big Idea: Our culture is teaching boys to suppress their feelings from an early age. In actuality, to raise resilient and emotionally healthy boys we should: Talk with them about their feelings Allow and acknowledge whatever they feel Never shame them for how they feel When my very emotional 8-year old son dissolves into tears about a broken lego, …

Get Your Picky Eater to Try New Foods Using This Trick

The Big Idea: Take your picky eater grocery shopping with you, give them a small budget and let them choose their own fruits & veggies. Next time you head to the grocery store or farmer’s market, take your picky eater with you. Once there, give your kiddo a $5 budget and ask them to pick out any fruits or veggies …

The One Tip That Helped Me Get Out of the House With a Baby

The Big Idea: When you leave the house with a baby, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll forget something. When you do, don’t go back–improvise, buy, or make do without it. I remember the first time we managed to get out of the house as a family after my daughter was born. We took a picture standing in the street in …

Night Waking is Normal (And it Gets Better)

The Big Idea: Night waking is much more common than you might think–but eventually it gets better. Google when kids sleep through the night, and you could easily come away with the impression that most  kids over six months are sleeping peacefully between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. while, presumably, their parents sip wine and catch up …

How to make lunch less stressful for you and more fun for your kids

Too often when we’re feeling exhausted or running late, our minds go blank when faced with an empty lunch box. We’ve found that having a few items always on hand, goes a long a way. So, we’ve made a list of easy, nutritious items to pack for lunch. Bookmark this article, and when you’re heading out to do your grocery shopping …