Holiday Stress: 6 Ways to Keep Cool when Family Dynamics Run Hot
Trees and lights. Snow and sledding. Family and holidays. For many of us, these are naturally joyful pairs. (Trees and lights are especially exciting if you're a toddler or a cat.) Of course there's the other side, too. Holiday stress is real for many of us--and it can come crashing down our chimneys with reliable […]
Japanese Yam Chips: Healthy Alternative to Potatoes!
Sometimes even the healthiest of eaters miss the things they used to eat before they cleaned up their diets. That's true for us, anyway. Both my husband and daughter react negatively to good old fashioned potatoes. You heard that right. No mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving; no French fries or potato chips. So, we've cleaned up […]
Growth Mindset: Shopping With a Child Who Wants Something They Can't Have
Knowing her grandparents will soon be asking for gift ideas for our daughter, my husband and I decided to take our five year old window shopping today. As usual and as I've written about before, we began with the caveat that although we wouldn't buy anything, we'd take pictures of what she likes so that […]
For Rules’ Sake: The Freedom in Letting Go
Although I was on the other side of the playground when it started, I suspect the conversation began something like this: "Hey, let's see if you can throw the football so hard that it gets stuck in the tree!" Perhaps having never experienced the frustration of getting a ball stuck up high, this young boy […]
Understanding Children's Behavior: One Simple Idea
Every week, I help teach a dance class. And every week for the past three months, six-year-old Lexi (not her real name) has had to be first in line when the children await their dance props (scarves and whatnot). When it's time to line up, she'll push other kids out of the way to get the prime spot. […]
How Can We Help Kids Process the Death of a Loved One?
"Mommy, let's pretend this isn't a train tunnel." "Okay, what is it?" "It's a tomb." Well, hello, conversation stopper. She paused for effect, which is a good thing, because I certainly didn't expect that. After a moment to process and very consciously trust that children's play serves an important purpose for them, I mentally cringed […]
Amazing Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins: 1 Whole-Grain Recipe (with Vegan Option) for the Whole Family!
Gluten free pumpkin spice muffins are amazing. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest we rename autumn "Pumpkin-Fall." And if you're anything like me and want delicious pumpkin-flavored treats year-round, we can also rename Winter, "Snowy Pumpkins" and Spring, "Blooming Pumpkins." What about Summer, you ask? I want to hear […]
Traveling with Kids: Top Five Products to Promote Creative Thinking
Travel ideas for kids big and small--for their safety and entertainment! (Click here for the short version.) Do something good when you shop with us! Your purchases help us support important charity work around the world. Click Here Click here to jump straight to our recommendations for traveling with kids. Traveling with kids is one […]
Telling Our Kids What TO Do: Three Ways to Build a Child's Self-Confidence
At one of the schools I have the pleasure of visiting regularly, this week's craft table featured what the teacher appropriately called the "paper guillotine," along with some glue and paper. At one point, an unsuspecting adult walked over and saw the setup. She inquired, only half-jokingly, "Oh, is this the table where you slice […]
Childhood Fears: How to Help Conquer Them
Childhood fears are as real to them, as our adult ones are to us. Case in point, when my daughter was younger and before I better understood highly sensitive children (afflinks), we drove past Seattle's Fremont Troll and it scared the heck out of her. She dubbed it the second scariest thing in the universe, coming in […]