parenting

Egg Carton Snowmen

This winter has been cold and snow-filled so far. Looking back on January (so glad to be able to finally say that), it hasn’t been the worst winter on record, but it certainly has done a number on my vacation time. On the bright side, Maddie did get to experience her first actual snowfall. Granted, she was around for the great NHN snow day sleepover of 2015, but she wasn’t old enough to remember, or participate. With 4+ inches on the ground this January, she enjoyed sledding with Grammy and, of course, her favorite of all: snowball fights. The more tightly packed ice- filled snowballs, the better. Riley, experiencing a first of her own, had her first actual day-off-of-school snow day. (more…)

Paper Bag Monsters Inspired by I Need My Monster

Maddie loves anything that has a dark side. As I mentioned earlier this week, she has LOVED the Halloween season. Her enjoyment of the season has been added to by a gift that she received for her birthday this year. A perfectly matched book given to her by Lesley called I Need My Monster. (more…)

How to Help Children Handle Grief from the Loss of a Loved One

By Alex Robbins

How children handle the loss of a loved one depends on the child’s age and her relationship with the deceased individual. The support she receives also plays a big part in how she handles the loss. Losing a loved one can have a significant impact on children, and they need an adult’s guidance. If you’re an adult helping a child deal with the grief of losing a loved one, there are things you can do to help her understand what’s happening and find a way to move forward.  (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…)

How to Help a Newborn Baby Sleep Well

By Josephine from babykis.com
If you are taking care of a newborn baby, you know very well that the idiom “sleeping like a baby” (which means to sleep deep and well) is quite misleading! After all, newborn babies tend to wake up every few hours to eat, cry, pee, and poop! And because of this, it seems like babies do not get much-needed rest (and neither do their parents!). As a mom, you may be worried about your child’s health and development, and that’s why you are probably wondering what you can do to help your newborn baby sleep better.

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