Teach Your Child the Value of a Job Well Done

Is your child a box-checker? An SSBE reader wrote about this situation. Her daughter wants to finish the job regardless of whether the task was well done or not. A quick smiley face for an art project? Done. Tossed the books onto the shelf? Cleaned....more

How to Keep Your Child Learning in the Summer

“We won’t have any more homework for the rest of the year,” my five-year-old announced after Memorial Day.I was shocked. I had hoped they wouldn’t start getting ready for summer so soon. That’s when I realized “summer brain drain” is a real thing....more

Smart Things to Consider when Choosing a Preschool

They never said it’d be easy, right?Choosing a preschool can seem daunting, especially as you consider all the factors in making a good decision. You’ve found some good options but don’t know how to narrow them down. You want all your bases covered and to feel confident with the school your child will eventually attend. But which factors should you consider when making a choice?...more

How to Respond to Your Child’s Hurtful Words

It had all been a big misunderstanding.My five-year-old son asked, “When can I get a skateboard?” to which I responded, “When you get really good with the scooter.” My reasoning was: First master the scooter, so that you can really use a skateboard.Except my son didn’t take it like that. He slowly began to sniffle, asking why I would say that, especially after all the times I’ve congratulated his improvement and for practicing every day....more

Why Commercial Toys Aren’t as Bad as I Assumed

You always hear how marketing departments spend billions of dollars selling to kids and stocking shelves with recognizable characters, from Elsa to Spiderman. These tactics have led some parents to avoid commercial toys and advertising whenever possible, fearing the repercussions, from obesity to lack of creative play....more

10 Frugal Tips For New Moms To Actually Save You Money

You’ve heard the stories. How raising a child from birth to 18 years of age will cost the average family $245,000. The expensive gear you absolutely need to keep your baby safe and comfortable. The childcare, the formula, and the zillions of diapers. ...more
Forego the changing table and put a changing pad on a dresser. The dresser can be used much ...more

How to Raise a Smart Child

I was proud, but shocked: My five-year-old’s pre-K teacher revealed that my son was performing at a third and fourth grade level. I sort of knew he was advanced since I’d have to find worksheets and printables above his preschool level, but I didn’t know he was nearly five grades ahead....more

On Choosing to Turn a Bad Parenting Day into a Good One

Eight o’clock was my saving grace. After several hours with my five-year-old and two-year-old twins, I’d be ready to call it a day and claim survival to yet another bad parenting day. Eight o’clock is bedtime, and during those witching hours between dinner and then, I’d glance at the clock, oh… 67 times to see if I was any closer to the end....more

How to Deal With Gender Disappointment During Your Pregnancy

A girl. That was what you were hoping this pregnancy would reveal. You’ve always wanted a little girl. Plus, you already have two boys and can’t help but look longingly at other moms out with their daughters. ...more
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Are You Responding Correctly when Your Kid Says a Bad Word?

From outright R-rated curse words to less offensive ones, hearing kids blurt words we’d rather not hear can send us into a panic....more