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 …

The End-of-School Transition Can Be Tricky. Here’s Help.

Chances are, your elementary-aged child may be looking forward to summer more that you are. But even with the excitement of the school year ending, the summer transition (like most transitions!) can be a rocky one. Try these strategies to make the end of the year a positive, stress-free time for your child. Make Small Changes to Ease the Transition …