5 Terrific Teacher Gifts

5 Terrific Teacher Gifts

They teach our children left from right, fractions from percentages, similes from metaphors. They teach them how to speak in an “inside voice” and to raise their hands instead of shouting out the answers. And if you’ve got little o ...
Holiday Meals With Kids: A Survival Guide

Holiday Meals With Kids: A Survival Guide

In an ideal world, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner would be a warm, festive experience, where everyone remains sober, no one brings up old family feuds, and children sit with their napkins in their laps and chew with their mouths closed. I wish this ...
Thanksgiving Meatloaf Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Meatloaf Cupcakes

I’ve noticed a trend among my brood on Thanksgiving: the adults will drool over the usual, traditional fare””turkey, gravy, vegetables, potatoes””but the kids pick at their plates and save their appetites and enthusiasm for dessert. ...
Natural Ways to Lose the Lice

Natural Ways to Lose the Lice

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid back in the 1980s, a diagnosis of head lice meant suffocating your teddy bears and blankets in giant, air-tight trash bags, being doused with an awful-smelling shampoo that came in an amber glass bot ...
Ready, Set…Get Pregnant!

Ready, Set…Get Pregnant!

I don’t know about you, but I went from living in mordant fear of an unplanned pregnancy to raging, relentless baby fever, pretty much over night””only to discover it takes a whole lot more than just wanting a baby (and not using birth co ...
How to Decide if Your Child is Too Sick for School

How to Decide if Your Child is Too Sick for School

Once the worst stages of a bad virus or flu have passed, every parent has a dilemma: do you keep your child home another day or two, until she’s completely symptom free, and risk her falling behind in schoolwork (or you falling behind at the of ...
How to Deal with Growing Pains

How to Deal with Growing Pains

Some kids never get growing pains. Others seem to suffer from them on an almost weekly basis. There’s no scientific evidence that bone growth causes discomfort””but my 7-year-old, who went from pint-sized, dimple-kneed and almost plump to ...