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…

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…

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…

How to Raise Children to Love Reading

I love to read, and I always wanted to teach my children to love reading as well.  It seems strange to me, but my husband hated to read growing up, what a strange concept! How could you hate reading? It occurred to me then that…

Encourage Your Child to Write: Letters With Mom

Why is writing so important?  Writing is about thinking, creating, and expression.  When we write we are using the highest level of processing- creating.  (See Bloom’s Taxonomy).  We are bringing something into existence that wasn’t before- powerful isn’t it? It is possible to help encourage your…

Chores For 3 Year Olds: What Can My Child Do?

The other week, I was upstairs, trying to put the baby to sleep. I heard my son come to the base of the stairs and shout out, “Mommy? You better come down here! We made a mess.” Great. Just great. I just ignored him, because…

10 REASONS I’M GETTING RID OF THE TOY YOU GAVE MY CHILD
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Five Things a New Mom Would Love to Hear

I’m currently 11.5 weeks post-partum with my third child in less than three years. As such, I feel like I’m always a “new” mom. Or always pregnant. Or both. Ahem. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things to hear – and some of…

Commenting on Your Teen’s Facebook Page

If you have a teenager, I am assuming they have a Facebook account or they will be asking to set one up. Even if you are like me and have had a Facebook account for a few years before your young person asks for one,…

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