Posts by kmontoya:
Dad Buys Fancy Diaper Bag. It Doesn’t Go Well.
You want to be a good dad. You really do. So you go along with the gift barrage of baby presents and ceaseless baby showers and the piles of baby hand-me-downs. You will find yourself gratefully inundated with more neonatal gadgetry than your frazzled brain can comprehend. You will never use much of it. WipesRead MoreSeptember 3, 2015 at 3:01pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Essays & Humor
- Stop and Paint the Roses
Whether they’re popping up in gardens, pots, fields, or grassy freeway medians, flowers come in all different shapes, sizes, and hues. For this petal-powered painting activity your child can use a range of household items to create her own collection of gorgeous and vibrant blooms. What You Will Need: ButcherRead MoreAugust 31, 2015 at 2:41pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Creative Families
- You Really Can Pickle That! Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickles
Almost anything you’ll find in the garden can be pickled, but seriously….what busy parent has time to can stuff? Most of us reach for the Vlasics and call it good. “Just try it once!” says canning expert/author Marisa McClellan, who runs the marvelous blog Food in Jars. “Prepping a small batch of refrigerator pickles just requiresRead MoreAugust 28, 2015 at 9:53am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Cooking & Nutrition
- To Raise Responsible Children, Give Them Responsibilities
By Ann DeWitt, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist One of my very favorite quotes about parenting goes like this: “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.” I love these 12 words. They handily turn helicopter parenting right on its head. Our job as parents, I believe, is not to do thingsRead MoreAugust 27, 2015 at 11:09am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Positive Parenting
- Hive a Good Time! An Art Project For Preschoolers
While leftover bubble wrap is pretty great for stomping on, we also love giving it new life as a painting tool for this buzz-worthy art project. The textural material is used to stamp out a sweet honeycomb for a family of hard-working bees. Begin by reading a fun book about bees, and then let yourRead MoreAugust 26, 2015 at 12:20pm | Be the first to comment Posted under , Creative Families, Preschool (3-5 years), Seasons & Holidays
- The Essential First Day of School Book List
Starting school is an exciting time for the whole family. In the weeks leading up to the big first day, it’s important to talk to your child about starting preschool. How does she feel? What can he expect? Reading stories can be a great way to start that conversation. Here are three greatRead MoreAugust 26, 2015 at 10:24am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Books & Reading, Preschool (3-5 years)
- Hurry Up and Don’t Cook! Summer Time Stove-Free Dinners
When it’s so blazing hot out that it feels monumental to simply blink or breathe, no one wants to stand over a steaming pot on the stovetop or stare into the fiery abyss of an oven to make dinner. But kids need more than ice cubes to survive, as do you, so we’ve compiled ourRead MoreAugust 21, 2015 at 11:16am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Cooking & Nutrition
- My Morning Drop-Off: A Tear-Jerker of a Tale
Fun fact that nobody tells you before you have children: Your parenting style probably has a direct correlation to your own childhood baggage. That’s a complicated little minefield to contemplate, isn’t it? For instance, I admittedly have deep-seated abandonment issues. But thanks to a stable marriage, maturity, and some tricks I learned along the wayRead MoreAugust 20, 2015 at 10:19am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Essays & Humor, Preschool (3-5 years), Toddler (1-2 years)
- The Very Best Baby Gift? A Good Family Meal
By Alexis Rehrmann When I had my first child, our most welcomed gifts were the visits from friends and neighbors bringing delicious, homemade food. During those first early, blurry months with a newborn, having dinner arrive at our door a few nights a week felt like heaven in a hot dish. All this was organizedRead MoreAugust 20, 2015 at 10:15am | Be the first to comment Posted under , Health & Wellness, Work-Life Balance
- Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend
Hattie Mae Covington is a veritable toilet learning legend—no wonder when you consider she’s been teaching 2-year-olds for 39 years at a KinderCare in Charlotte, North Carolina. Every day she helps toddlers work toward and achieve this major milestone. Want a little at-home assistance? Here Hattie Mae shares her seven real-world strategies for effective (andRead MoreThe Knowledge Universe® Family of Brands
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- Stop and Paint the Roses