There is no doubt about it: flying with kids is a challenge and a half. The key is to keep them occupied, as boredom will surely lead to grumpiness and (at worst) tantrums. Is TV the only option? No, it isn't: why not let that be your last resort? Here are five different toy options that are small, light and perfect to entertain the kids on board your next long-haul flight.
We can't all head out on a fancy vacation this Summer. But that doesn't mean we have to be stuck at home, doing the same old thing. How about trying this out, where the only cost is a little extra gas and a few minutes searching online?
I know we don't like to talk about it. But when I was in the early days of deciding whether or not I would take that leap off the edge of the world and start trying to get pregnant, there were only a few things that turned me off having kids. And at the top of this list was this: is my house going to smell like dirty diapers? How can I make sure it doesn't? Three years later, here's how we manage it.
This morning I was one among many parents who waved goodbye as my oldest boarded a day camp-bound bus for the first time. I got less than five hours of sleep last night because I had a crazy case of the butterflies, but my son got on the bus with a confident smile. Whether it's a new camp, a move, a trip, or an event, I have worked really hard to ease transitions for our family and stolen good ideas wherever I find them. Here are a few of our strategies:
I have a friend who has more kids than me, whose husband works longer hours than mine, who cooks and bakes more than I do, and yet her house is tidier than mine, always tidier than mine. What gives? I decided that this week, it was time to get to the bottom of it: what are the dirty little secrets of those tidy families?
There is undoubtedly lots to learn and plenty of decisions to be made while navigating the world of becoming a new parent — from what to expect during labor to lessons on how to change a diaper and hold a baby. But one decision that I made early on has been the best thing I've done so far...
As in years past, we've taken Father's Day week to look at modern dads: by all accounts super involved types who take the role of fathering seriously. Kudos to that! Yet recent reports of the rise in women as majority breadwinners have spawned a flood of editorials and television pundits questioning whether we even need a father in the home anymore. What is the role of the father in your household, is there a father, and do your roles differ from those of your parents?
When I was growing up, my parents and I always sat in the same spots at the kitchen table, every single meal. When my little brother came along years later, he got the empty spot across from me, up against the freezing-cold-in-winter window — that's what little brothers are for, right? But sometimes, when I come home to visit, he's in my spot and nothing makes sense anymore..