What’s For Lunch?

School Lunches:

1. Before school starts, find out about your kid’s school lunch program. Call or go online to find out the types of meals, how much they cost and how to pay for them. I’ve done payments by cash, check and online and let me tell you…online is totally the way to go! Most online programs not only show you your balance, but they can also let you set reminders of when your account is low, automatically deposit money when the account get down to a certain level, allow you to monitor what your kids eat, and even let you to establish “off limit” foods for your kids. How cool is that? Read more

Responsible Children

9 Tips for Raising Responsible Children

Your best friend has a teenager who scrapes ice off the car windshield without being asked. Your cousin has a one-year-old that puts her bottle in the sink when she finishes the milk, no reminders needed. Where did all of these wonder children come from?

“Ingraining responsibility in children is not a trick, but is simply teaching them life skills,” says Karen Ruskin, Psy.D., author of “The 9 Key Techniques for Raising Respectful Children Who Make Responsible Choices.” “Kids who do not have responsibilities feel entitled and think the world will always do for them.” Read more

Flying with Babies

Flying with Babies and Young Children

Share the excitement and avoid the stress

Most of us going abroad will do so by airplane and your little pilot will most of the time be in awe of this new way of travelling.

Following a few simple tips means you too can share their excitement and get into the holiday mood, while parents of younger babies can avoid stress too. Read more
first sleepover

How To Host Your Child’s First Sleepover

1. Schedule the Sleepover.

Determine what age your child is ready to have a sleepover. A good rule is to add 6 months to the date that the child first starts asking for a sleepover. Of course every child is different, but generally sleepovers start somewhere between the ages of 6 and 9. By this age, your child may already have had an opportunity to sleep over at the grandparents’ house, and will feel comfortable with being away from home. Needless to say if your child misbehaves at any point before the sleepover, threaten to cancel the sleepover as a behavior modification tool. Read more

tooth care

Tooth Care for Children

What’s the best way to brush my child’s teeth?

Use a small, soft toothbrush and a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste.

As soon as your child’s teeth start erupting, use a thin smear of toothpaste or a dot the size of a grain of rice. After her third birthday, you can use a pea-size amount. Be sure to follow these recommendations to avoid giving your child too much fluoride. Read more

Teething Toddler

Your Teething Toddler

By the time your child celebrates his first birthday, he’ll probably have a few teeth (the better to bite into that slice of cake with). Which teeth is a teething toddler most likely to have at this age? The lower central incisors (the two front bottom teeth) that probably came in around the seven-month mark, and their top-level counterparts, the upper central incisors, which probably followed a few weeks later. Although some tots start cutting teeth very early, others are late bloomers. A child’s dental DNA (based on Mom’s and Dad’s teething patterns) typically determines when those primary teeth pop through — so your 12-month-old can have as many as eight teeth or as few as one or two (or maybe even none!). Read more

new sibling

The Arrival of a Rival (A New Sibling)

Bringing a new sibling into the family is, without a doubt, cause for celebration. But like it or not, it’s also cause for upheaval and a drastic change in family dynamics — especially where your toddler is concerned. Your tot has gotten used to the status quo — his world as it is now — and he probably likes it just the way it is. He’s the one and only child, and you and Dad are the doting adults. Read more