4 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress and Actually Relax on a Family Vacation

4 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress and Actually Relax on a Family Vacation Everyone looks forward to vacation. The kids get excited about what they will see and do. Parents get excited about sharing these new experiences with the kids. It's easy to let the thrill of planning a vacation sweep you up without stopping to think about what will happen once the vacation actually gets started. Things can deteriorate quickly on vacation, and before … [Read more...]

4 Actionable Ways to Manage Sibling Rivalry

4 Actionable Ways to Manage Sibling Rivalry Seeing the young ones shout, quarrel and bicker, now and then, can wear parents down. When words like “I won’t spare her” echo in the living room, the first thought that comes to your mind is to send your children to the child care center. Relentless tension builds up as the fight continues, derailing the rest of your day. Don’t lose heart when you face such a situation because you’re not alone. … [Read more...]

Getting Your Kids Ready for a Move

Getting Your Kids Ready for a Move Moving is stressful for everybody, but it is especially stressful for kids. Children thrive when given routines to follow and even small changes to that routine can throw them seriously off track. Big changes like moving to an entirely new home, potentially in an entirely new town? A bunch of new stuff over which they feel like they have zero control? Forget about it. It’s meltdown city. Thankfully there are … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Protect Your Carpet From A Toddler

5 Ways to Protect Your Carpet From A Toddler If your toddler is changing your life for the second time since they were born you may be wondering what else you need to prepare for in the future. Maybe you are in the process of toddler proofing your house and if you are, don’t forget one very important part of your house that needs some attention, your carpet. Chair mats/splat mat If the main eating area in your house is on a carpeted floor, … [Read more...]

Parents’ Guide to Choosing the Right School for Your Troubled Teen

Parents’ Guide to Choosing the Right School for Your Troubled Teen   Being a parent is a joy and sometimes a trial at the same time. Particularly if you’ve got a teen who’s going through a rough patch. You’d think that being a doctor yourself would give you a leg up on dealing with a son or daughter who is getting awful grades, being disruptive in class, and wreaking havoc on the family dynamic at home. But whether the behavior is caused … [Read more...]

Don’t Pack the Kids: Sanity-Preserving Moving House Tips for Busy Moms

Don't Pack the Kids: Sanity-Preserving Moving House Tips for Busy Moms If you're raising children and taking care of a family, you're a master of multitasking and stress management. Moving house when you have young children to care for, however, is a test that breaks the best of them. The challenge in moving with children is about more than just finding a way to keep everyone well-fed and happy while work gets done. It's also about keeping … [Read more...]

Should You Ever Leave Your Kids Alone At Home?

Should You Ever Leave Your Kids Alone At Home? Wondering whether or not you can safely leave your kids alone at home is not a philosophical question, but a practical one. Sometimes, you may not be able to arrange childcare or a childcare arrangement falls through at the last minute. This may happen at the worst of times—when you have to go to work and it’s a snow day from school or when you have to leave the house to take care of an … [Read more...]

How Martial Arts Can Benefit Moms

HOW MARTIAL ARTS CAN BENEFIT MOMS This post was written by guest author Sabrina K. As a mom, having to chase around your children on a 24/7 hour basis already requires a lot of exercise. Being so hands on we rarely find time to look after ourselves. Getting our nails done or fitting in a workout session seems to be another chore. I was flicking through Instagram and saw all those fit mommies that use their babies to work out. They make it … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Encourage Kids to Reach Their Goals | Zootopia

This post brought to you by Disney's Zootopia. All opinions are my own. As a parent, you want your children to always know they can do anything they set their minds to. Our sponsor is reminding us once again that encouraging our kids’ dreams and goals is vital to their growth as an individual. What better way to encourage them than to enjoy a great family friendly movie together? 5 Easy Ways to Encourage Kids to Reach Their Goals With the … [Read more...]

Exploring Genealogy Strengthens Family Ties

Exploring Genealogy Strengthens Family Ties Human history is broken down into the story of families. With the population growing throughout the centuries, everyone can slowly but surely trace themselves back to a smaller and smaller pool of people. Human families have only gotten bigger, otherwise they’re pretty much changeless. Learning the history of our own families through genealogy has picked up in popularity over the last decade or so. … [Read more...]