How to get your child to sleep

With my first baby, I discovered that there really is a Land of the Living Dead. It's populated by zombies whose children don't sleep. My son had a voracious appetite, so he (and I) would be up every two hours so he could eat. My daughter was a tough one, too—every time I put her down, she howled like a wet cat....


12 fun activities you can do with your kids

When Asia Citro realized her children didn't exactly "believe in sleeping," she set out on a mission to keep them entertained in a healthy way. That mission was to create a fun, educational environment for her children at home, and to do it in a way that was fun for her, too. After posting a few of their activities on Facebook and receiving tons of positive feedback, Citro decided to create her own blog....


What elementary boys need most from their parents

  I love my teen boys, and the glimpses of manhood mixed with occasional remnants of boyhood that I see in them.  The teens years are what I call my reward for all of the hard work that came in the younger years. So, what about those younger years?  Many people have commented and emailed asking  “What are some things you suggest we do BEFORE they are teens?” A good question indeed. Because really, if you haven’t built a relationship of love and respect with your son when he is young, everything will be much harder when they hit their teenage years. So, let’s dive in to the earlier years…One stage at a time.



How to save a choking baby

Do you know what to do when Baby is choking? If you don’t, watch the new animated video below on how to save a choking baby. The video, titled “The Chokeables,” was created by St. John Ambulance, a first-aid training organization with branches around the world, and is being shared on social media....


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Mother & son date ideas

One thing that I have noticed in raising my 4 boys is that they crave, CRAVE one-on-one attention.  They want to have time with just mom or dad and not the entire family. We live in a small town so not all of these ideas are available to us, but a Mother and Son date night doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. We have a large family (by today’s standards) and it can be hard to have time for each of my boys individually but these Mother and Son Date Ideas will get your brainstorming process started.


10 common mistakes parents make

When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn't resonate with me. Back then it was about survival, meeting daily needs and keeping my head above water....


To vaccinate or not

In some of the Los Angeles neighborhoods with a reputation for being health and fitness conscious, a scary but preventable disease has begun affecting young children at abnormally high rates. The disease, pertussis, also known as whooping cough, used to kill thousands of children and infants each year in the first half of the twentieth century but was considered nearly eradicated in the U.S. until recently, when cases of whooping cough swept over elementary schools from Malibu and Beverly Hills to Marina del Rey. The cause: parents failing to vaccinate young children against the life-threatening disease.