Let’s ban the phrase “picky eater”

It goes like this: Kids are picky eaters. They won’t eat food that’s green, brown or good for them. They are strong-willed little creatures who cannot be swayed. We must give up, give in, and feed them nothing but juice, crackers and white-bread sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Sigh. Is anyone else…

Kids and factory farming: Yes, tell them the truth

We have a living-history museum nearby. One of those places with relocated old buildings and re-enactors who take you right back to the 19th century. During one visit, I was in the kitchen of a home churning butter with my daughter and chatting with another visitor, telling her we’d seen a pig-slaughtering pen being built at the…

Stop reading labels and start reading ingredients

All week I’ve been seeing stories about Walmart-style food reform and food manufacturers’ self-serving nutrition labels, about fake meat, fake blueberries and fake maple syrup. Stories about all the ways the food industry tricks us, and all the ways people get mad about the food industry tricking us. So here’s a thought: Let’s stop playing the game. Ignore the labels. Don’t look at numbers….

At What Age Should Dentist Visits Start?

Most new parents are often unsure as to when their child should have his or her first dental visit. For some, it makes sense to wait until the child develops all the primary teeth. However, this is a dental risk for the baby because the teeth can take two or…

The Importance of Alone Time for Moms

As a stay at home mom, I struggle with being around my children all day, every day. It’s not because I don’t love them; it’s because I would struggle to be around any other person (or combination of people) for that amount of time. I am an introvert. Not only that, I’m…

Thanksgiving Dinnerwear & Kids Friendly Appetizer

Want an unstuffy Thanksgiving? This headgear is sure to get your group giggling. Be sure to check out these ideas for a fun-filled Kids’ Thanksgiving. What you’ll need Paper grocery bag Paper lunch bags Tape Scissors Scrap paper White paper napkins Stapler How to make it For the headband of each…

The Worst 11 “Treats” My Kids Got from Halloween

Halloween rules! Free candy, cute kids, and costume parties. Sometimes however, the costume parties suck, it rains during trick-or-treating, and neighbors give out the nastiest candy on Earth. So, because of that, here they are… the 11 “treats” you pray you don’t get this Halloween.

Top 10 Soccer Game Snacks: Thanks Mom

Soccer popularity is at an all-time high in the United States. Whether you know it or not it is actually the #1 team sport practiced by the youth of our nation. With schoolin full swing (especially in the Chaarlotte), kids of all ages will be participating in their after-school soccer…

Childhood Enrichment Activity: Sorts of Sorting

Here’s an educational childhood enrichment activity that works for children all ages.  It’s a “sort.”  A sort is simply this:  a child looks through different objects and places them into bins based on different characteristics.  Kids love it, and it keeps their busy hands busy while challenging them.  You may be wondering…

Easy Halloween Crafts You Can Make with Your Kids

When it comes to Halloween, you do not have to spend a lot of money on decorations when you use your imagination. Of course, one of the main highlights of Halloween is the pumpkin. Buy a couple of them and download some of the free Halloween stencils online to use…

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