The Single Mom Life

A Family-Friendly Guide to Traverse City, MI

Midwesterners may think of Michigan as just another lackluster Midwestern state. Perhaps I shouldn’t say most, but I certainly did. That is, until we took our family vacation there this summer. What we found was an absolutely gorgeous landscape with a ton of outdoor adventures and a culture all its own. Not only do Traverse City and Sleeping Bear National Dunes offer a wide variety of activities for adults, but we found it filled to the brim with options for the kids. At the end, none of us wanted to leave! (more…)

9 Tips for Introducing Your Child to Your Puppy

By Anny Brown of Modernmom.good4y.com

Can’t decide on how to introduce your kid and puppy to each other?

This has always been a daunting task for parents. The young pet and the child are at a certain age when they don’t understand right from wrong. You may still have to dry a carpet quickly once the former pees on it or clean up after the latter. However, I know that you also want to acquaint them now so they can be best buddies later in life.

If it helps, here are a few reminders before you start presenting your kid to the puppy and vice versa. (more…)

6 Tricks to Get Sleepy Kids Out of Bed

Last Wednesday, Riley made the big transition to kindergarten. Truth be told, it was a big transition for everybody. With the new school has come a new routine for all of us — an earlier routine that requires us to be out of the house half an hour sooner than we are used to. That may not sound like a lot of time, but with the summer daylight still affecting our nighttime sleep routine, it’s been a drag. A literal drag of small children out from under the covers each morning. A not-happy, not-so-quiet drag. (more…)