May 13, 2020

Virtually. Right about now, your kids would probably normally be gearing up for a spring school field trip. And while the physical trips are all canceled, these virtual visits are the next best thing. Ellis Island. The San Diego Zoo. M&M's Factory Tour. Even Mars! These online field trips for kids will have them checking out world-class art, learning about history and science, and flying through outer space. Even, better, they...

January 7, 2020

It's no secret that today's kids are under more academic pressure than ever before. Some teachers say grades do more harm than good. Could a "gradeless classroom" be the answer? One teacher did just that. The results and thoughts from experts, here. MORE

January 4, 2020

With 88% of New Year's resolutions ending in failure, according to one study, perhaps it's time to set more achievable goals. These four realistic resolutions for busy parents will help you balance your hectic day-to-day and make you even better at your "mom game." MORE

August 20, 2019

We’ve heard experts from all corners say that kids will benefit from doing chores. It’s not that we disagree, but any mom who’s gone to the trouble to ask, remind and then witness a job poorly done can tell you that assigning chores is such a… chore! Below, THE reason why it’s possibly worth the effort to get your kids to pitch in, even if they do a horrible job! MORE

August 9, 2019

According to ER doctors, these are the eight things they consider so hazardous that they ban them from their own homes and yards. Trampolines, Ramen noodle soups, high chairs that pull up to the table, old pain pills? These and more, here. MORE

July 24, 2019

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 40 to 60 percent of elementary school girls (ages 6 to 12) are concerned about becoming too fat or gaining weight. This increasing number is disturbing and continues to grow. What can you, as a mother, do to help school-age girls prevent early eating and image problems? Great expert advice and information, all here.

July 1, 2019

Is it just us, or has all of the family togetherness that comes with summertime brought out a few… let’s call them clashes? We have a long way to go this summer, so read on... it will come in handy as we all try to manage bad behavior without losing it. 

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July 1, 2019

Whether you’re leaving on a jet plane or on the road again, it’s officially summer travel season. We want to make it easier for you and your crew, so we found these useful hacks that will help avoid those moments that make you want to turn around and go home. Read on and happy trails!

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June 26, 2019

Put down the Bartles & Jaymes and read this. Drop the Zima, too, while you’re at it. Underage drinking is in decline. But as our kids are growing up, we still see plenty of parent-sanctioned parties where alcohol is being served, with some parents saying that kids need to know how to drink before they go to college. Read on to see what the experts have to say about teens and booze, and why they say it’s a terrible idea to look...

June 24, 2019

NOT always easy for everyone. We’d like to think the change of pace and break from school is what every child wants and needs, but kids who suffer from anxiety might find this time of year unsettling. Below, what might throw kids off and how we can help them.

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June 21, 2019

Breaking News: at one point, it’s hard to get your kids to share the details of their school days with you. That’s why we love this one simple question that reversed that trend for one family. Read on, and see if it helps you get the 411 from your child about school, camp, or whatever they're up to. MORE

June 19, 2019

 And you thought your teen or tween’s Snapchat account was problematic. A new app called Yolo allows Snapchat users to ask their friends anonymous questions — prompting bullying concerns among parents. Haven’t heard of Yolo yet? It’s been on the App Store’s top ten list for weeks, so there’s a good chance it’s gaining popularity at a middle or high school near you. MORE

June 17, 2019

Dinner parties. Statistics show that our parents were hosting and attending them twice as often as we are, and experts say that’s not such a good thing. From letting go of that fear that your home isn’t perfect, to enabling your kids to get to know your friends, a lot of positives come out of this type of gathering. So, read on and decide whether it’s time for a 1970s-style dinner-party revival (without the jello mold, thank y...

June 12, 2019

 Just when you think you have a handle on what social media apps your tweens and teens are into, a whole crop of shiny new ones take their place — many of which are both creepy and not as private as our kids might think. There’s the secret-sharing platform known as “Whisper," the video-chat-with-strangers portal called “Monkey — have fun chats,” and the dating app, “Yubo,” which has been dubbed “Tinder for teens.” There are pl...

June 10, 2019

Appointments, commitments, deadlines, and projects — life with kids can knock even the most organized of us off of our perches (especially now that it’s June)! Coming to the rescue: a roundup of apps that promise to help you keep it all straight, from our friends at The Local Moms Network (CLICK HERE to see if there's one in your area). Read on, save some time, and hold onto your sanity! MORE

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