Kids

Will Clean Up Toys for Peanuts

It’s hard to beat little cotton dresses on little girls for summer. The problem is, not every girl is the gingham and bows type, and that’s a lot of what toddler dresses are. If we put my daughter in something frilly and flouncy…well let’s just say it wouldn’t happen.

Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?

In these past few years as a parent, I’ve picked up several pearls of wisdom. 1.) Never leave your kid alone in the bathroom. 2.) No matter how late you put them to bed, they’ll still wake up early. 3.) Clothes that can be worn several different ways are priceless.

Wood-n’t it Be Lovely?

I can’t seem to escape the beaded jewelry these days. And while I see my fair share of amazing artistry, I’m sort of over the whole "I took anart class and now I make earrings" type of stuff that seems to be clogging way too many jewelry boxes.

Germs! All Over His Shirt!

I’ve always thought that that old nursery rhyme about little boys being made of snips and snails and puppydog tails was sort of weird. First of all: Snails? Really? When’s the last time your kid played with a snail? And what the heck is a snip, anyway?

Book Snob Heaven

My family and I are serious book lovers. Okay, we’re full-on snobs. I admit it. We only have eyes for the worthwhile page-turners and even my toddler has learned to resist the call of the flashy but content-lite pages in the bargain bins and head straight for the award winners. That’s my girl!

Diapers Are So Last Year. Literally.

When my daughter started potty training, I was introduced to the world of toddler underpants that come smothered in the 2-D world of licensed characters. While I can sort of see the incentive of wearing your favorite talking animal on your bum, I’d like to think that there are other options.

Playing Like it’s 1899

Kids today, they’ve got it so good. Back in my day, toys were made of plastic. We played with their semisynthetic choloride polymer parts, and no one complained. But now we’ve grown up and want something completely better for our offspring, something like our great-grandparents might have owned.

Your Kid the TV Star

The consensus at Cool Mom Picks headquarters is that we don’t love licensed character products as a first choice for gifts. The only problem is, our kids generally do. So being the lovingparentsthat we are, we’ll occasionally cross the line to make our kids happy — or in this case, totally indebted to us for life.

War (huh), What Is It Good For?

If you’re the type with Another Mother For Peace’s classic War is Not Healthy For Children and Other Living Things button on your blog, or decal on your tote bag, or bumper sticker on your hybrid…we’ve got just the materni-tee for you.

Feeling Fruity

I’m not into the matchy-matchy look with clothes for my girls. They seem to like eclectic, creative fashion as well: The wildly patterned tights, the bright shirts, the multicolored shoes. I figure as long as we’re not blinding anyone, we’re good to go.

Retiring the Ponytail

I have to laugh when I hit my local mom group and almost every one is sporting some form ofa ponytail. Let’s face it, chasing around kids forces most of us to saveactual hair styling forextra special occasions.