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You know one of your son's friends can't eat gluten, dairy, or peanuts, so you buy a box of gluten-free brownie mix. You prepare it according to the 'dairy alternative' recipe. But there's a problem. That sponge you used to wash the mixing bowl? It cleaned peanut butter off a breakfast plate this morning. That wooden spoon you used to mix the batter? It mixed wheat flour last night and might have small traces of gluten (even after washing). Yes, some kids are that sensitive.
As my oldest son has demonstrated trustworthiness, we are building the skills he needs to gain further independence. He no longer has to hold my hand to cross streets, because I know he'll stay close and not run recklessly. Now when we come to an intersection, I ask him, ‘Are we safe to cross?’ He gets to make the decision — but I have to sign off before we move forward. Before I trust him to do it independently, I am teaching him the skills he needs to do it safely.
Whether kids have special needs or not, they occasionally need a clearer picture of what is expected in certain situations. A social story is a visual way to show them just that!
It starts at home: One out of three homes with children have guns. And 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in a home.
Having a child old enough to babysit is magical. But how can you be sure your older kids are ready to stay home alone — or begin babysitting for others?
Since he was born, I have had a pretty significant fear of choking. More so than any fears of the other bad things that could happen. This is why.
As we are always on the go, I need a travel system that is functional and easy to use. Enter the new RIVA travel system by Safety 1st!
Two recent sexual abuse scandals in youth sports have many parents wondering how they can ensure the same never happens to their own children. Over 200 athletes have come forward to accuse USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of...
Family violence is ubiquitous. In addition to October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, several things have recently happened to remind me of the harsh realities of family violence. You would think I'd know better — I've been trained as a...
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She had slipped through the bars of the park's iron fence.  I was facing her; I should have seen it. But I didn't, and so my 2-year-old was standing on the edge of the sidewalk, feet from a street known...
When my twins were born, I wondered how we would ever be able to navigate life with them and my son, who was 20 months old at the time. It has been 10 months, and with a lot of...
Earlier this year, we experienced our first medical emergency when my 4-year-old busted his lip and chin open and needed to get four stitches. I took a first-aid course two years ago, which covered everything from head injuries to tick...
"A Short Guide to Raising Good Kids," is, yes, another parenting book. Hold the eye rolls, please. Susan Purser, the author, is a Massachusetts mom, and I found her book to be chock-full of good ideas.  Susan's relationship with her mother,...
Don't be like me. Don't wake up in a cold sweat and realize you haven't introduced your toddler to the swimming pool or taught your 7-year-old to tie her shoes. Now that I have three children and my oldest...
One morning as I was getting my kids ready for the day, my 4-year-old was running amok and jumping on his bed. I said something to the effect of, "Don't jump on the bed," but let's be honest, I...
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In the midst of everything, I'm secretly a little happy about having a few weeks with my kiddo unexpectedly. I'm excited for board games, movie nights, endless games of hopscotch, and bubbles in the backyard. However, I'm also going to need to keep my kiddo's mind occupied at least long enough for me to shower and maintain some of my sanity. The reality is that I'm an introvert and she's an extrovert, and when she's uttered 300,000 words before lunch my brain feels a little fried.