Tag: parenting

Creative ideas to help little kids with school anxiety: 7 small items that can make a big difference.

Preschoolers or kindergarten students often feel really nervous about their first day of school. Or their first month of school. Even older kids may feel anxious about a new teacher, new friends, or just getting back into a more rigorous schedule after a long and lazy summer. While family discussions should help ease their worries, I also love the idea of giving kids a little gift that can help ease anxieties about going back to school, like these seven items I put together here. But hey, whatever works for your kid — that’s the very best idea of all....

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The best and worst states to have a baby in 2017 | Thinking: Parent

With a lot of concern around changing health care policy, tax increases impacting the middle class, benefit cuts to struggling families, and the fact that Americans already pay the highest birthing costs in the world, I was intrigued to check out WalletHub’s just-released 2017 study of the best and worst states to have a baby. The results are pretty fascinating. And yeah, troubling. Related: The best and worst states for working moms: A whole lot of surprises Click over to see the top states — Go Vermont, Minnesota, and New Hampshire! — and then…the worst states.  Oh man, Mississippi, do better,...

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Secrets, lies, and Jello shots: Confessions of a class mom | Spawned 81

We’re back! After a little summer time off (we missed you all!) we’re back with a new Spawned podcast episode, chatting candidly with Laurie Gelman, humor writer, mom of two, former broadcaster, and current author of the hilarious new Class Mom: A Novel. It’s “loosely” (yeah, right) based on her own experiences as a class mom for many years. She’s sharing the pettiness and the perks, the reason she was fired (what?!) and the reason she took the job again. Beyond being a masochist. Take a listen to the latest episode of Spawned here: A few highlights from the show -Buy...

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Web Coolness: Best school locker idea ever, a peek at Malala’s new picture book, and the Snapchat feature that has parents freaking out.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   We adore this photo from educator Karen Buffalo showcasing how third-graders in one SC school decorated their lockers to depict their favorite books! They have great taste, huh? Amazing photos of how kids get to school around the world. Wow. The new Snapchat feature we’re kind of freaking out about. And our kids don’t like it much either. Did you watch our Facebook Live video on our back-to-school shopping haul? Do it now — there’s $200 worth of goodies we bought that can...

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Web Coolness: In a Heartbeat steals the internet’s heart, Rihanna’s awesome education initiative, and the newest air travel controversy.

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. In a Heartbeat is the animated short by Beth David and Esteban Bravo that’s swept the internet this week — our older kids can’t stop watching it, and neither can millions of us. Because love is love. Also trending: The #BookPhoneChallenge celebrates reading and the power of knowledge, and we’re here for it! Kristen +Liz’s kids joined us for a Facebook Live about favorite back to school tips. Tune in (and yes, Thalia really is completely obsessed with that one backpack.) We’ve also launched our 2017 back...

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Web Coolness: Yoga breastfeeding, stretch marks get beautiful, and the sexist pregnancy announcement that got between friends

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Holy moly…breastfeeding yoga photos! What an incredible way for this athlete to bond with her daughter while practicing handstands. Check out Carlee Benear’s Instagram feed — it’s awesome. And for us mortal moms, here are some apps to make breastfeeding easier. No yoga required. Be sure you’re aware of these updated breast-pump cleaning guidelines! Picky toddlers at home? These tips will help. Our Facebook fans have a lot to say about the idea that second-born children are more likely to be troublemakers.   Would...

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Don’t toss it yet! 7 brilliant hacks that give second life to your baby gear.

I’ve racked up quite a bit of baby gear as a mom of four. From diaper bags to bottles to wipe warmers, I could fully stock my own Babies R Us resale outlet! But now that my kids are beyond the baby years, it’s time to purge. Because no parent needs leftover diapers after the kids are potty-trained. Or do we? So I looked around and found these 7 smart hacks for repurposing old baby gear before you go all KonMari method on your kids’ nursery. You might be surprised which items are worth keeping around. At top: Rainbow water...

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Web coolness: The best dressing room mirrors, our dream Star Wars gift, Jane Austen is so money and more.

Here are some of the links we’ve loved reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Totally fascinated by this article in the Daily Mail about the differences in dressing room mirrors. Fascinating to read how the same woman in the same dress looks totally different in 10 different retail dressing rooms. Also, great tips on what makes for flattering lighting that you could use in your own home. (PS Remind us to shop at Selfridges when we’re in London!) We all want this new Star Wars gift so so badly! Family summer TV ideas you...

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We can’t believe the reason a kids’ softball umpire asked a deaf 10-year-old player to remove her hearing devices.

Parents of kids with special needs are used to having to fight for their kids’ rights. It’s part of the parenting territory. But when my friend told me what happened to her deaf child at her softball tournament this week, I was shocked. (Please note an editorial update below) Lexi, her daughter, is 100% deaf. She has bilateral cochlear implants, which give her the ability to hear. Coupled with the implants,  a lot of hard work has given Lexi the ability to speak normally. In fact, when she wears her hair so that you can’t see her devices, you’d...

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8 must-read summer reading books for tweens and teens who want to stay woke

Lately, as my kids are getting older and the world has gotten (ahem) a little crazier, my 10- and 12-year-old have been questioning what’s going on. I chat with them about my own observations and beliefs…and ask them about theirs. But one thing that helps us both understand where other people are coming from is to read stories written from their perspectives. So I’ve recently tracked down a handful of books that can help kids stay woke. I’ve collected these with tweens and teens in mind (although check them out first, because some of the books on this list...

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Tips for getting a better night’s sleep: 8 tips you may not have tried.

What no one tells you about becoming a parent is the total and complete lack of sleep you’ll suffer. Sure, we all know it’s rough when they’re new babies. But, spoiler alert: It lasts way beyond the infant years. We know moms who can’t fall asleep because they’re worrying about their massive to-do lists, moms who can’t stay asleep because their hormones are totally whack post-baby, and moms who get woken up all hours of the night by their kids. And hey, dads aren’t immune from this either. While we can’t come by your house and force your child...

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Web Coolness: Nickelodeon green slime ingredients revealed, the world’s worst baby onesies and more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Finally! The Nickelodeon green slime ingredients, revealed! (image via NickSplat) Speaking of vintage Nickelodeon, children of the 90s are all over these super hip Nicktoons accessories. Want! How to get free glasses for August’s solar eclipse. Why one mom cares what her teens wear, and it’s not what you’d expect. Adore this inspiring, inspirational series from one of our favorite authors and photographers, in celebration of a big milestone. Fantastic tips for managing summer screen time. Or if you’re looking to get rid of screen...

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Raising curious kids: Expert tips from Brains On host Molly Bloom | Spawned ep 80

This week, we are talking about the importance of curious kids — how to raise them, how to keep them that way. And there’s no better person to join us for this chat and answer our questions than Molly Bloom of Brains On, the popular science podcast from Minnesota Public Radio for kids and parents. She’s offering some great tips like how to answer kids’ tough questions, why kids today may be more curious than in years past, and why it’s so important for parents to let our kids know that no, we don’t always have all the answers....

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Web coolness: July 4th ideas, Care Bears are back, amazing high school girls making headlines

Here are some of the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Care Bears mocs from Freshly Picked! Okay, so shoes are on the brain because we’re also obsessed with these shark Vans (on sale!) and insane unicorn Vans for big kids that our Facebook fans are flipping over. Remember those awesome Wonder Woman bracelets we featured? We’re giving away a pair here in celebration of supermoms! Go enter — it’s easy! If your kids are heading to camp — or may be already there — you have to listen to the latest Spawned podcast about surviving...

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Here’s why you may now need a passport to fly domestically, and how it impacts family travel.

If you’re a parent in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (sorry, Kristen!), South Carolina or Washington State, a simple family trip to visit the grandparents is about to get trickier. And a lot more expensive. All thanks to the REAL ID Act of 2005, which goes into effect this year. And it may impact even more states and US territories than that. If you’re not familiar with the REAL ID Act, just a little background: it’s a fairly controversial measure passed after 9/11, designed to establish federal standards for the issue of state IDs for entrance to federal facilities, and...

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Bandages to heal kids’ emotional boo-boos: Helicopter-y or helpful? | Thinking: Parent

This post is written by guest contributor Anna Caudill, Executive Director of PALS (Post Adoptive Learning Services) and adoptive mom of two. Recently, Dutch bandage company Hanasplast created a limited time box of Hearts bandages designed to “heal emotional wounds.” Now before I became a parent, I’m pretty sure I would have laughed at the idea. In fact, some parents are probably laughing at the idea now. You’re upset? Here’s a popsicle. Moving on… My friend Kate, an associate editor at Cool Mom Picks, told me that her first reaction was to roll her eyes, thinking of the bandages as...

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Web coolness: Wonder Woman’s Black twin sister, unicorn decor, parents weigh in on “Man Bun Ken”

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wonder Woman has a black twin. If your kids are obsessed and looking for more, read up on Nubia’s backstory — and let’s all hope she joins Diana in a future film, because she’s pretty amazing. Fan art illustration: Comic artist Marcus Williams Our Facebook followers weigh in on the new Man Bun Ken — and it’s hilarious. (You can see our take on the new Ken Dolls here.) Fantastic new ways to keep your family mosquito-free this summer. THANK YOU COOL MOM EATS for...

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Dad wisdom: Quotes from 16 of our favorite cool dads

We recently spoke to 16 of our favorite dad bloggers and put together their best Father’s Day wisdom and words of advice all in one place. It’s absolutely worth a read for these dads’ humor, their insight, their sincerity and their wit — especially this evergreen advice from our friend, and bona fide cool dad, Christopher Persley of The Brown Gothamite and City Dads Group. And hey, if you’ve got some favorite #dadwisdom on your minds today, we hope you’ll share it far and wide, and honor the words of the amazing fathers, grandfathers, and stepfathers in your own life. Here’s to all...

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Web coolness: Father’s Day recipes, last minute Father’s Day gifts, summer fun + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Mmm…Father’s Day breakfast and brunch ideas. Get on that meal planning! (The sweet DAD pancakes here via Betty Crocker, with a few extra tricks to make it special) Still need a Father’s Day gift? We’ve got so many ideas for easy last-minute Father’s Day gifts that are still cool. Like, what dad in his right mind doesn’t need a DIY Zombie Survival Kit? Exactly. More help: Visit our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide for Father’s Day food gift ideas, last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can make...

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