9 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

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To get out of what they call the “Mac n Cheese Rut,” Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris of Babble’s Parental Advisory blog have nine tips to get your toddler to eat something other than hot dogs, grilled cheese, etc. Here’s a quick run down of their advice: 1. Put the food out there, but do… Read more »

Snapshot: Muir Beach, CA

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A break in the storm this weekend allowed us a window of opportunity to get out to our favorite playground, the beaches of Northern California. Nothing was needed but a coat and the desire to be outside, breathing in the sounds and scents of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Lice Check Again

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OK, call me a wimp, but I just can’t bring myself to volunteer at the elementary school for Lice Check. I just received the email that my school is looking for parent volunteers to help next week, and I want to go hide. Now, I agree that if the school and parents make a concerted… Read more »

Are Two Moms Just as Good as a Mom and a Dad?

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Yep. A comprehensive review just published in the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that children raised by same-sex parents do just as well as children raised with parents of both sexes. According to the five-year study, there’s no evidence that supports the notion that same-sex parents are worse parents at all. Children being raised… Read more »

How to Tell if Your Child is Eating Enough

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Over at Parents Ask, one reader wondered how to tell if her child was eating enough. The Parents Ask pediatrician answered: Knowing if your child is eating enough is usually most difficult in the toddler age since they are so finicky. But I always say to parents “you decide the quality (ie healthy food) and… Read more »

Am I Smarter Than a First Grader?

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I wish my son had of gone to 1st grade with me. So I am going to date myself. Looking back, I would have been in first grade in 1973. Oddly enough, I can recall vividly the fun and excitement that came with being in first grade. School back then seemed to be more about… Read more »

Household Tips from Mary: Info About Clothes Dryers

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My friend’s mother is on Facebook, and so are all her kids, grandkids, and the rest of her very large close family. Had she realized she would have such a captive audience, she would have joined Facebook sooner. Needless to say, she knows how to work it now. The advice is flying and I’m snatching… Read more »

How Much Time Do Kids Actually Spend Online?

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A lot. A whole lot. A new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that kids spend even more time online or consuming media than you thought was humanly possible. And in fact, thanks to their ability to multitask (read: not pay attention to anything for more than a few seconds), kids are hyper-wired at… Read more »

How to Have Quality Time with the Kids

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Being a divorced mom is hard for reasons different than some people might think. A widowed friend recently shared on her blog that she was jealous of divorced moms that had every other weekend free from kids. Granted, she was thinking in terms of having free time to cultivate a new relationship. But when I… Read more »