In the Spring of 2011 I became an associate writer at the Parenting Squad. Here are links to all of my articles:
Should Your Kids Ride the Bus to School? Each day more than 26 million students in the United States ride the bus to and from school. Yet, there seems to be a fair amount of discussion by parents as to whether or not riding the school bus is the right decision for their child. Let’s examine the most common concerns.
Tips for Managing the Family Shopping Chore: As a busy Mom running a household that includes six children, managing the shopping for groceries and clothing is really more of a chore than a pleasure. Here are my tips on managing all of that shopping.
7 Excellent Ideas for a Family-Friendly Super Bowl Party: Super Bowl 46 is taking place in Indianapolis this year on February 5th, and whether or not you are a die-hard football fan, watching the game together can be a fun family event. So here are 7 ideas for a family-friendly Super Bowl party!
How NOT to Yell at Your Child on Busy School Mornings: Do your mornings start out rushed and frazzled? Does the stress build to the point where you end up yelling at your kids to get them OUT THE DOOR! Allow me to me share with you some tips that we have put into use at our house to make the morning rush much calmer and happier for all!
Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: Planning New Year's Resolutions as a Family: New Year's resolutions have been around humankind for thousands of years, dating back to when the Babylonians used to make resolutions to return borrowed farm equipment to its rightful owner. So while the tradition of setting New Year's resolutions is a deep-rooted one, how does it apply to your family? Or should it?
Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: How to Get Your Kids to Help You Prep for the Holidays: We all know what a busy time of year the month of December is. There is just so darn much to do and not a lot of time to do it! So how about recruiting a few helpers, the kind that you already have hanging around the house?
5 Games to Play on Family Game Night: With the holidays approaching, things are bound to start getting crazy at your house, so it would be smart to have a few tricks up your sleeve to entertain the kids. Why not consider a family game night? Here are 5 great games for you to try.
Parenting Squad Holiday Guide: A 7-Day Plan to Prepare Your Home for Guests: So the holidays are around the corner, and you’ve offered a room to both the in-laws as well as to your cousin. Don’t worry, you can handle this. Just dedicate some time each day for one week, and you’ll have your house prepared for guests before they arrive.
Turkey Roasting 101: Welcome to Turkey Roasting 101! In this course we plan to cover the basics of purchasing your turkey, preparing your turkey for its entrance into your oven, roasting times and temperatures, and getting it ready for carving. After completing this course, students should feel comfortable inviting friends and family over for an annual Thanksgiving feast!
Changes in Labeling for Children’s Pain Relievers When your child wakes up in the middle of the night crying with a fever, you need to have the right kind of medication on hand and know the correct dosage that your child requires to start feeling better. It could be quite confusing because infant‘s liquid acetaminophen was made in a concentrated form that required a smaller dose, while children’s was not concentrated and required a whole different level of dosing….
Motherhood at 40 Parenting young children in your 40s, tweens and teens in your 50s, and supporting college-aged kids in your 60s adds another dimension to the challenges of parenting, so why are so many women approaching motherhood for the first time after age 40?
Looking for a Meal-Planning App? Try the No-Tech Menu Board! I am all about “Mom technology”, really I am. I use an e-calendar that I access on my laptop and iPad, read books on my Kindle, and communicate with my kids teachers and coaches via email. But when it comes to meal planning, I prefer a no-tech solution. That’s why I created this menu board!
5 Reasons Why You’ll Have A Great Time At Great Wolf Lodge! Nothing cures the “I’m bored” blues like announcing to the kids a surprise getaway to the indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge! Here are 5 reasons why you’ll have a great time…
Using Crowd Funding To Help Cover Medical Expenses If someone in your family is diagnosed with a serious illness requiring expensive medical treatments and hospital stays, your out of pocket expenses can be staggering. Many times family, friends, and neighbors want to help, and one of the ways to mobilize the efforts of those who want to assist is through “crowd sourcing.”
Fun “Field Trips” To Take With Your Kids This Summer Whether you are conducting your own summer camp at home or are just looking for some fun things to do with your kids this summer, here is a can't-miss list of fun family field trips.
How to Plan For Your Summer Camp At Home So perhaps you are feeling inspired to try this whole summer camp at home thing and you are wondering, “How do we get started?” Here are 4 great tips!
Thinking Of Conducting Your Own Summer Camp At Home? Have you been thinking about conducting your own summer camp at home? Here are the reasons why both kids and Moms think it is a great idea!
What Dad REALLY Wants For Father’s Day Dad's counting on you to come through with the gifts that he REALLY wants this Father's Day…and best of all, they are FREE!
How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party: Party Supplies This is the final article in a 4 part series on how to plan a fantastic summer birthday celebration that will create a magical day for your child without costing you a lot of money. Today we focus on pulling together all of the party supplies that you'll need to host your party!
How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party: Activities This is the third article in a 4 part series on how to plan a fantastic summer birthday celebration that will create a magical day for your child without costing you a lot of money. Today we focus on how to put together a schedule of events and activities for your child's big day!
How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party: Themes This is the second article in a 4 part series on how to plan a fantastic summer birthday celebration that will create a magical day for your child without costing you a lot of money. Today we talk about how to pick a great theme for your party!
How To Plan A Great (And Cheap) Summer Birthday Party This is the first article in a 4-part series on how to plan a fantastic summer birthday celebration that will create a magical day for your child without costing you a lot of money. Today we focus on how to pick the right date, time, and location for your celebration.
Gearing Up For The End Of The School Year The school year is starting to wind down and the warm summer days are just over the horizon. Here are a few tips to get you ready for the end of school year.
3 Things That Mom REALLY Wants For Mother’s Day! To all of the husbands out there who are pulling their hair out trying to come up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift…you don't need to try so hard! I’ve got the go-to list for you right here on what Mom is really looking for this Mother’s Day.