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Kids' goody bags are getting increasingly elaborate. Do we really need these compilations of crap? Here's how to rein it in. http://ti.me/HmmGmh

Goody Bag Madness: How to Rein in Kids’ Birthday Party Favors

Kids' goody bags are getting increasingly elaborate. Do we really need these compilations of crap? Here's how to rein it in. http://ti.me/HmmGmh

Simple & Easy April Fools Day Pranks that kids will ADORE.

20+ APRIL FOOLS DAY PRANKS

Lots of kid-friendly pranks! I'm definitely doing the frozen cereal & bath water pranks, too funny.

I have a daughter now, and one of my greatest fears is getting her through those tumultuous, insecure, awkward middle and high school years with her sense of confidence intact. I would love to protect her from every mean girl, every unkind word, and every sting of rejection possible. However, I recognize not only the impossibility of that, but also the lack of wisdom in doing so.

Helping Your Daughter Deal with Mean Girls

I have a daughter now, and one of my greatest fears is getting her through thosetumultuous, insecure, awkward middle and high school years with her sense of confidence intact. I would love to protect her from every mean girl, every unkind word

Making it Through the Terrible 3's Without  Losing Your Cool. Really practical advice from a professional parenting specialist who is also a mom of three young kids. The "Cue, Do, Review" strategy is easy to remember.

Getting Through the Terrible Threes: Advice from a Parenting Specialist and Mom of Three

Making it Through the Terrible Without Losing Your Cool. Really practical advice from a professional parenting specialist who is also a mom of three young kids.

The Harmony Jar...great idea! Doing it today. When the kids fight or misbehave, they pick a stick from the harmony jar. Some things are chores and many are things to do for the other sibling. She has a list. great blog too

Our "Harmony Jar" -

The Harmony Jar. When the kids fight or misbehave, they pick a stick from the harmony jar. Some things are chores and many are things to do for the other sibling. She includes a list of tasks for your own harmony jar.

Stop Entertaining Your Toddler (In 3 Steps) | Janet Lansbury

Wonderful article on how to foster independent toddler play and why it is so important. "Stop Entertaining Your Toddler (In 3 Steps)"

LOVE EVOLVES: EMPATHY: Children who have grown up in loving environments have some inherent compassion, because they been nurtured and have had their needs met. Our environments, and especially our parents’ actions shape young children and build the foundation of their personality. Children develop empathy as they witness kindness towards others, respect for other cultures and races, and examples of how to stand up for what’s right in the face of discrimination.  Kid World Citizen

Teaching Kids about Empathy: Practical Ideas for Parents

Teaching Kids Empathy: learning about other cultures, volunteering as a family, and modeling parents' behaviors. Volunteering with the kids?

NOW I KNOW WHY @Crystal Green and I are so different. Take a guess at which one is whom. Lol ;)

How to Care for Introverts and Extroverts. And it is right about how to care for extroverts! I am an extrovert all the way.

Summer vacation may be fun for kids, but it's a headache for working parents who need to research an encyclopedia's worth of options for camp. Here are some tips to wading through the choices. http://ti.me/HeyiK3

The Agony of Forging the Perfect Summer Camp Schedule for Kids

The camp that makes choosing camp work the way parents need will be the camp that lasts. I'm a fan of the way sets it up - find camp sessions in the weeks YOU need childcare and then find the right camp among those choices.

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