Winter is coming and the days are getting shorter and colder. But lately I've been doing a lot better at keeping things organized and healthy at home, and I've been amazed at what a difference it's made in my daily life, especially with my daughter. Instead of feeling behind all day long and instead of being on edge and cranky when things don't run smoothly (as they never do), I've been getting ahead by - surprise - taking care of myself first. It's been really nice. So, naturally, I thought I'd share a few tips and ask you to feel free to add more.
"He broke another vase," my friend lamented to me on the phone a few weeks back. I had to think - why do you keep buying them? And displaying them? When you have the loveliest, sweetest, well-meaning, but absolute klutz of a kid living in your house? I know we love pretty things, but sometimes our pretty things have got to coexist with crazy kids. If you have a klutz in your house, here are some options to keep the pretty decor, but stop having so much broken, already!
I know sometimes its hard to believe, but our kids are our very own in-house joy makers. And if today you're thinking "I could use a little bit of joy", then here's my advice: put down the dishtowel, put down that spray bottle, get down on the ground, and roll around in a gloriously ridiculous pile of toys!
I know it's hard to believe it could be true. But there might come a day you, too, have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar just a few too many times. Where you might be all done Patting the Bunny, tired of The Little House on the Prairie, found your family Harry Potter-ed out. If your and your kids are in desperate need of some brand new reads, here are five places to look that include, in total, over 2000 recommended books!
Ohh, isn't it the worst? Little ones who want to go outside, but can't? We've been having miserable weather here in New England of late, and that plus one of my two kids being sick...well, they've been driving me just a little crazy. Is it seriously heading to "that time of year" already? The bad weather + flu + kids indoors weather? If so, I'd better get started practicing some of these steps to wind-down these cooped-up kids.
Some kids love Halloween and scary, gory things. But lots of children are scared by the holiday, whether it's the decorations, costumes or the trick-or-treating. Since the main element of Halloween is death, psychologists advise parents to be careful with the subject as kids aged 6-7 usually don't differentiate between real death and lunging reapers. Every kid is different and will experience Halloween on different levels, but a really frightful experience can traumatize a kid for really long time.
Regardless of whether you decide on a toddler bed first or head straight for a twin size, your baby is going to be leaving the four-walled safety of the crib at some point. The thought of this can leave us in an anxious place - how? How do we get our little guys and girls to stay safely in bed all night? Here are five tips to help you find your way:
When you're sharing a house with youngsters, it's not always easy to keep said house clean and organized and beautiful (or even keep the chaos under control). Fortunately, many of the folks we've interviewed over the years for our Apartment Therapy video series are parents, too. Here are some of their best tips for decorating with kids in mind.