Signup for our newsletter to receive pregnancy, parenting and child health updates.

articles and blog

5 Steps to Teaching Respect

What happened to the golden rule?

Do unto others. Treat other people with respect. We all want our children to speak respectfully and treat others as they would like to be treated. A lack of respect for adults can be frustrating, but changing the behavior is possible. Respect for others is a learned and practiced behavior.

Read More...

Categories: parenting,


Family Fun and 15 Simple Summer Fun Activities

Playhouses, being outside all the time, riding bikes all over the place, and playing kickball with the neighbor kids - these are some of my favorite memories from childhood. Here are some simple activities kids can play all summer long!

1. Having a picnic … anywhere! Kids love eating their meals and snack outside, whether it is an organized lunch at a nearby park, in the backyard under the deck, or out on the front sidewalk!

2. Chalk drawings – Color, creativity, and fun. Kids can create beautiful art, or draw out tic tac toe, hopscotch, 4-square, or a bulls-eye for a bean bag toss.

Read More...

Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


Talking about Your Divorce with Your Children

One out of every two marriages ends in divorce and many divorcing families include children. During this difficult period, parents may either be worried about the effects the divorce will have on their children, or other parents may be preoccupied with their own problems that they forget about helping their children. Either way parents need to remember they continue to be the most important people in their children's lives.

Read More...

Categories: parenting,


Tips for Car Travel with Kids

Are we there yet?
We have all heard that from the back seat on a road trip. Car travel with children is a given for most families over the holidays or for vacation. But, how do you safely, happily travel with kids?

Read More...

Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


The Soccer Mom

My kids couldn't be more different. My neighbor calls them the left brain and right brain, and he is absolutely right.

When my older son was little, I couldn't wait for him to play sports. I grew up swimming, playing soccer, softball, and joined every team that would have me. Surely my little apple wouldn't have fallen too far from the tree, right? Ah, no. 

Read More...

Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


The Adventures of Potty Training

For many families, potty training can be a whirlwind adventure filled with messy spills, tears and even fears-for both the child and parent. When beginning this process parents must ask themselves two important questions: Is my child ready and am I ready?

Read More...

Categories: parenting, development,


Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Know What to Ask

Most child care centers and home daycares would say they are supportive of breastfeeding, if you asked them. But you need to dig a little deeper to understand how supportive they really are. Transitioning back to work after having a baby takes some thought and coordination. When you are breastfeeding an infant, the child care providers can make a big difference in the ease of that transition back to work while still maintaining the breastfeeding mother-baby relationship.

Read More...

Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Children Go Through the Grief Cycle During Divorce or Separation

Even though you may not realize it, divorce or separation will cause your children to go through the same stages of grief that you are experiencing. To the child it is much the same as if there was a death in the family. Each parent or child experiences grief in his or her own way.

Read More...

Categories: parenting,


Ten Must-Know Skills for Babysitters

Babysitting is a serious responsibility and sitters should be prepared. National Safety Council, Nebraska first aid and CPR instructors have complied a list of the most important skills all sitters should learn.

Read More...

Categories: parenting, lifestyle,


Complications of the Connected World

The phone in my house rarely rings. Honestly, if the phone rings, I know it's my parents, my best friend (who is so used to dialing my home number that she forgets to call my cell) or someone I do not know. When I click through the caller ID, it is not uncommon to see that no one has called the house for a good three days or so. I've kept my landline because of the eight-year-old who might need it, but as time goes on, I'm more convinced I ought to change that over to a cell phone just so the "house phone" can be portable.

Read More...

Categories: parenting, parent-stories,


5 Tips for Spring Cleaning with Young Children

Spring is the time of year for cleaning. Your young children can help with cleaning tasks, especially when they are members of a team that works together. Such activities help children focus on a task, talk about what needs to be done and follow through until completion. These experiences can promote a sense of competence and show children that everyone benefits from teamwork.

Read More...

Categories: parenting, development,


Family Meal Time Conversation - Part 3

In previous posts, I wrote about the benefits of eating together as a family and 5 tips for making family meal times possible.

Today, I have some suggestions for making the most of your time together at dinner time. It's easy to just eat and have "yes" and "no" type conversations, but getting to really know your family takes some more work

Read More...

Categories: nutrition, parenting,


5 Tips for Family Meal Times - Part 2

Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of eating together, but we all know how difficult that can be with everyone's busy schedules.

Here are 5 tips to help you reach a goal of eating together with your family at least 4 times a week.

Read More...

Categories: nutrition, parenting,


Sitting down to a meal with everyone's hectic schedules is one of the hardest things to do as a family, but eating together provides big benefits.

Read More...

Categories: nutrition, parenting,