7 Classroom Rules You Should Steal From the Teacher

7 Classroom Rules You Should Steal From the Teacher

At my son’s parent-teacher conference last fall, I almost fell off my chair when his preschool teacher listed the following among his developmental accomplishments: he cleaned up his toys, ate and drank neatly and raised his hand rather than interrup ...
5 Healthy First-Day-of-School Traditions

5 Healthy First-Day-of-School Traditions

The first day of school is one of those butterflies-in-the-stomach, can’t-sleep-the-night-before kind of milestones, especially for children transitioning into a new school. One way to soothe frazzled nerves during this time is by establishing some s ...
10 Reasons Why New Moms Love Coconut Oil

10 Reasons Why New Moms Love Coconut Oil

Going by blogs and Pinterest boards dedicated to everyone’s favorite tropical fruit, the uses for coconut oil abound—it’s a great furniture polish! A toothpaste! A pet skin lotion! As a mom of three, I’m as cuckoo for coconut oil as anyone else, but ...
Are Your Kids Consuming Too Many Vitamins?

Are Your Kids Consuming Too Many Vitamins?

Oh, how we wring our hands over our children’s eating habits. They turn up those little noses to broccoli and barely touch dinner, while consuming empty calories any chance they get. The conventional wisdom has been to compensate for this less-than-i ...
Safe, Non-Spray Sun Block for Babies & Kids

Safe, Non-Spray Sun Block for Babies & Kids

I know I’m not the only mom who frantically texted her husband, “Throw away all the spray sun block ASAP!” when Consumer Reports warned parents earlier this month not to use spray-on sunscreens on children. These sprays are so easy to apply on squirm ...
6 Safe, Natural Remedies for Teething Pain

6 Safe, Natural Remedies for Teething Pain

My parents rubbed brandy into my gums when I was a teething infant—amazingly, I live to not only tell the tale, but to judge them for serving liquor to a minor. One day, my own children will have a similar, chagrined reaction when I tell them that I ...
Caffeine While Nursing: Is It Safe for Baby?

Caffeine While Nursing: Is It Safe for Baby?

If you cut out caffeine intake while you were pregnant, you may have been looking forward to rekindling that relationship with your morning mug. The problem is that if you’re nursing, you’ll be feeding your baby café au lait every time you indulge in ...