Practical Foods That Help with Teething

I have met a lot of moms who have asked me what I recommend to relieve the pain during the stages of teething. There are so many things you can do from the dissolvable teething tablets to the amber necklaces. But don’t panic and start thinking you have to go out and buy those teething […]

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

This is so exciting that you are thinking about starting your baby on their first foods. Food can be used as a fundamental way to teach these tiny creatures. Starting this journey of solid food is just like reading to them or playing with colorful toys. The receptors in their brains are hard at work. […]

Making Dinner a Family Affair

For Christmas, my daughter received a cookbook. It was something she’d begged for, and so her Aunt Fishie ordered one on Amazon a couple days before the big holiday. It was kind of hilarious how thrilled my kid was when she opened it. For the next week, I watched her cook and bake with her cousin […]

Raising a Reader

One of my greatest fears about having a child was having one who struggled with reading. There was a good chance that would happen as my otherwise brilliant husband has had a lifelong tug of war with books. Although sluggish at first, my son finally settled into a groove with reading but it wasn’t until […]

Choosing a Preschool for Your Food Allergic Child

Choosing a preschool is hard enough, but couple that by having a child with food allergies and it can be downright challenging. So here are a few facts and tips to help guide the process: Facts About 1 out of 13 children in the US have food allergies – that’s roughly 2 kids/average classroom. 30% […]

The Struggle to Stay Focused

I was that kid in grade school getting my name written up and getting in trouble for talking to my neighbor. I was that kid who meant well (or so I thought) but kept getting side tracked. And now history is repeating itself with my daughter. Time and time again her teachers praise her abilities, […]

A Lesson in Kindness

Every time my kids snap at each other, I flinch. When I’m met with some sass, or they fling a retort back my way with expert ease, I realize that they learned that behavior from someone, more specifically, me. There is no better mirror than your own children.  And I’ll be the first to admit […]

Teaching Through Imagination

My two-and-half year old toddler is becoming very imaginative. It’s amazing to sit back and watch her play with her favorite Paw Patrol figures, interacting with them as if they had jumped right out of the TV screen. She knows all their names, goes on adventures, and rescues her perilous farm animal toys from the […]

Less Princess Jasmine, More Princess Leia

  I speak a lot to the pressures of raising a daughter in a culture that throws pink princesses and impossible standards at young girls. Recently, I posted my thoughts on the death of Carrie Fisher on Geek Girl Authority, where I’m a contributing writer, and it made me put some thought into what made someone […]

Making Your Picky Eater Less Picky

I hear it All. The. Time.“But I have a picky eater!” Well, don’t let that stop you from introducing your little one to new and exciting flavors! Parents often use this as a crutch—it gets them stuck in a rut at mealtime and leaves them frustrated and tired. Instead, let your eating habits rub off! Around […]