10 Restaurant Etiquette Tips for Parents

Make dining out pleasant for you, your toddler, and the table next to you. Photo © Jodi Jacobson

By Anna Sachse To borrow a simile from Forrest Gump, dining out with a toddler is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get. Even if your kiddo is the world’s best eater, restaurant meals require planning, patience … and consideration for your fellow diners. After all, every person who chooses

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Indeed!

Photo © Nataša Mandić/Stocksy United

Pumpkins aren’t just for jack-o’-lanterns and table décor. While we all associate them with the fall season and Halloween celebrations, they make an excellent addition to mealtime all year round. Whether you get your pumpkin directly from the patch or right from a can, we hope you’ll think about this lovely ingredient beyond November. Why? These

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Hugs and Love and Everything Nice: How to Fill Your Child’s “Emotional Bank Account”

When it comes to a child's emotional coffers, parents  hold the purse strings.

In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey likens relationships to emotional bank accounts. We all understand how bank accounts work in the financial world.  When we regularly make deposits, our accounts grow, and we have security should something unexpected happen.  If we only make withdrawals, our accounts are quickly depleted

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Dreamy Overnight Oats: The Only Breakfast That’s Easier Is Plain Old Toast.

Photo © Vladislav Nosick

When it comes to quick, healthy, kid-friendly breakfasts, it’s hard to top overnight oats: Mix equal parts raw rolled whole oats (not quick oats) and liquid in a jar with your chosen seasonings, refrigerate overnight, and voilà! The result is a surprisingly creamy porridge that’s budget-conscious but feels très gourmet. Bonus: It takes 10 seconds

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We’ve Got Heart! Katie Gallagher Gives Back

Katie Gallagher is the Assistant General Counsel at Knowledge Universe

“All children deserve to go far, no matter where they start”—Katie Gallagher, Assistant General Counsel at Knowledge Universe. Who: By day, Katie Gallagher works with KU’s legal team. In her off hours—between being a mom to her two kids ages 3 ½ and 5—Katie volunteers her time as a board member of Metropolitan Family Service.

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Easy, Scrumptious Homemade Applesauce. Plus 6 Great Ways to Snarf it Down

Photo by Mizina

While it may take more than just an apple a day to keep the doctor away, these sweet, crispy, kid-friendly delights are indeed loaded with nutrition—and that’s making us folks at KinderCare feel saucy! Applesaucy! Let’s begin with a little bio of our key ingredient: A great source of vitamin C and polyphenols (disease-fighting antioxidants,

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Craft Table: Make a Family “Quilt”


No sewing skills required for this fun family project that showcases everyone’s unique personality and imagination. Washi tape is used to create sections that each family member decorates based on a shared theme: favorite colors, memories, dreams, things you love … the options are endless. At the end you’ll have a wall-worthy piece of art

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