For Parents

The Importance of Family Vacations

I just returned from a camping trip with my husband and two boys. The days were full of adventures–swimming, hiking, rock climbing, exploration, laughter and just simply hanging out and enjoying each other. It wasn’t an extravagant or expensive vacation. It was low key, spur of the moment, cheap and absolutely perfect! Honestly, it’s not [...]
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5 Ways a Summer Program Benefits Your Child

Summer is right around the corner! Bring on the beach trips, sprinklers, slip and slides and trips to the pool! When I think of summer I think of freedom. As a child of the mid-80s I spent my summers exploring my neighborhood on my bike with the only instructions from my mom being “come home [...]

Baby Sign Language

Understanding the needs of a baby or toddler can be frustrating and seemingly impossible. It’s a guessing game and sometimes we just can’t get it right. Oftentimes, we aren’t the only ones who are frustrated. Young children often know what they want but lack the ability to communicate to caregivers. That’s not only frustrating for [...]
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Five Ways to Know If You’re a “Helicopter Parent”

Everyone seems to agree that overprotective parenting is obnoxious. Even most psychologists agree that it is probably not good for children. And yet, the trend toward “Helicopter Parenting” (hovering over your child and overseeing every tiny move) grows more rampant each year. Over the last thirty years the way we parent has changed. The social [...]

Why Are Kids Such Picky Eaters?

You can’t quite pin down the day that it happened. One day, your child was eating everything on his or her plate. The next day, there was a picky eater seated across the table from you. Fussy eaters can emerge around the ages of 18-24 months creating stress and guilt in parents. Rejecting new foods [...]

4 Reasons Why Parents Need Bedtimes Too

I’m a working mom. I juggle a lot of responsibilities and activities throughout the day. My calendar and brain are overloaded with all the things I’ve got to do to keep my household and life running smoothly. At the end of the day, when my kid is finally asleep… I breathe a sigh of relief [...]

The Most Important Gift You Can Give Your Child

No matter where you work or where you live or how many kids you have, we all feel the pressures and high expectations of the holiday season. What’s meant to be a season of coming together and taking time to appreciate family and loved ones often becomes a season of stress as we fret about [...]
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How to Enjoy Life as a Working Parent

Becoming a parent is one of the most joyful experiences of life. Once you see that sweet face and your little one wraps his or her hand around your finger, your life changes forever. Instantly, your heart is full of love and gratitude, yet your life has suddenly become more complex, busier, and stressful. Soon [...]
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Hey Busy Parents! When Was Your Last Date Night?

Why is having a date night so important for parents? Because being a parent is stressful! Most of your time is spent attending to the needs of your children. Studies show that parents who schedule dates—talking, spending time together, going out to dinner or sharing an activity—build stronger relationships and increase the likelihood that they’ll [...]
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How Much Screen Time Is Safe For Our Kids?

We are surrounded by screens these days. They are literally everywhere we go. Restaurants have multiple flat screen televisions all over the walls, we’ve got two or three in our own homes, add to that all the laptops and tablets and the smart phones we can’t live without. It starts to add up! What amount [...]