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
Petula Sorry to hear that your emotions weren't understood. That must have been frustrating to ...more

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

Why You Should Definitely Intervene when Adults Overwhelm Your Kids

You’re at a family party and everyone is playing with your two-year-old girl. At one point, grandpa is bouncing her up in his arms in what started as a game—both squealing, laughing—but now it’s clear to you that your daughter has had enough. Unfortunately, grandpa is oblivious and refuses to stop, thinking your daughter is still having a blast....more

What to Do when You’re Unhappy with Parenthood

“Does it get better?”Whether you’re a first-time mom blown away by your new role, or even a seasoned mom facing different challenges, maybe you wonder:Am I happy with parenthood?...more

Is Taking Care of Kids Really the Hardest Job?

I’m guessing you’re exhausted by the time you fall asleep. You may have started your day waking up at an ungodly hour. You go to work which, in comparison, feels like a refuge from the chaos of caring for your kids. Your “day shift” then ends only to continue to the “night shift” of yet more child rearing and housekeeping. Or you’ve been home with the kids and realize this has been more challenging than any day you’ve been paid to work in the past....more
reillysmom16 It definitely helps once they're older :)more