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DIY Sensory Friendly Vehicle Costume

When my 3 year olds wanted to be the trains Rocky and Diesel 10 from Thomas and Friends, it set up a couple of problems besides the fact that they’re not main characters so you can’t exactly just buy the costume or find a dozen tutorials on making them. Even …

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You Too Can Fix All the Parents

This is me tired. This is me fed up. This is me thinking I should have a glass of wine while writing this post. I have had it up to my eyeballs with articles insisting our children are being ruined because we’re lousy parents. To prove how bad things are, these articles often cite …

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{Grounded Grub} Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Welcome to a completely new, totally irregular not-really-at-all-a-series about cooking with and for our kids. Over Memorial Day weekend, we had an abundance of tiny sour-ish cherries on our backyard tree. It’s our first spring in this house, so I have no previous experience using them and while grabbing small …

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An Otter Got my Kid to Use an Inhaler

My preschooler has asthma. When he was diagnosed, we got books on asthma for kids and explored the Sesame Street A is For Asthma website (a wonderful resource for kids who like Sesame Street). But, nothing seemed get him interested in his daily inhaler with it’s spacer and mask that went over his mouth and …

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Round Table: Handling Stressful Moments Without Prayer

Today’s round table discussion is a question for parents who don’t subscribe to a specific religion. How do you handle those moments when you feel helpless or frustrated as a parent, and the stress piles up to the point you feel as if you are going to snap? It seems …

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So You Wanna Make a Round Challah…(with video!)

My four year old daughter has recently become obsessed with a mom vlogger on Youtube. I want you to get a sense of her oeuvre, so I’ve included a typical video below. She and her daughter Madison spend most of their time shopping, talking about shopping, eating some waffles and discussing important errands like fixing that pesky …

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The Ten Things You MUST Do When Sending a Child To College

Offspring is 18 and off to college in a few days. As a mum, I’ve had many opportunities to ruin xyr life and character, the teen years, the tween years, the elementary school years, the toddler years, going right back to the foetus year. Now I discover that I have …

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How to Clean Vomit From a Car Seat (in 16 Easy Steps!)

I’m going to start this post with a warning that this article contains a frank discussion of vomit, so if you can’t handle it, turn away now. (Even though we as parents do clean up a lot of gross things, some of us still have weak stomachs to deal with.) Most …

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Science for Kids: Shine a Penny With Ketchup and Salt

This science trick is so easy, you can do it in a fast food restaurant. First, grab some ketchup and salt packets and some napkins. Squirt the ketchup on the napkin (you may need more than 1 napkin because the cheaper ones tend to break apart, and you don’t want …

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A Very Pinterest-ing New Year’s Eve With Kids

For some reason, I’ve recently rediscovered my addiction to Pinterest. As I’ve said before, this is mostly about questionable decision-making with respect to dips. Behold — cream cheese in the shape of a snowman! In the midst of all of this dip-judging, I fell down a rabbit hole filled with ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve …