Planning a birthday party for a toddler is pretty easy to do. Choose a theme, send out tine invites, buy some snacks, and let them play. But what do you do though when your tween wants to have a party, and understandably does not want a kid party? Start out by talking to your daughter or son and ask them what they would like the party to be like, what kind of things they'd like to do, and the types of food they want to serve. You can still include a theme - try one of these European options ... Continue Reading
European party ideas for your tween – transitioning from kid party to something a little more sophisticated.
How to pull together a book nook; a reading space for your child.
In a recent article we discussed the necessary ingredients for pulling together fun, creative spaces and playrooms for your child. We are going to go through each one in a new designing series, designing for kids. This first article shows how to pull together a book nook; a reading space for your child. Reading nooks are spaces or areas that inspire your child to read - inviting creativity and thought. Reading nooks can be anywhere in your house. They do not have to be in your child's room, ... Continue Reading
Finding a balance between taking care of your children and your parents takes some time and a little cooperation from everyone involved.
Life can present some interesting challenges. One of these is taking care of your parents as they get older - while taking care of your own children at the same time. This combination, and feeling pulled in two different directions at once, can quickly leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Finding a balance takes some time and a little cooperation from everyone involved. Develop a Support System The first step in easing the burden is to admit that sometimes you need a little help ... Continue Reading
Steps to take to find the perfect preschool for your toddler.
When I decided to put my three-year-old daughter in preschool this fall, I was at a loss at where to begin. Even though I'm a retired teacher, I had to start with the basics. Most Expensive Isn't Necessarily Best Every parent wants their child in the best possibly school regardless of it being preschool or college. Unfortunately, many of these schools are very expensive. Immediately, we took those off our list. My husband works hard for me to stay at home with our children, which doesn't ... Continue Reading
Dazzle your Valentine with these fun finds, all under $50.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I’m seeing red. Red hot finds for your Valentine’s Day date night that is. For this holiday, you can go all out with red from head to toe, or you can sneak in this hot color here and there. It’s time to dazzle your Valentine with these fun finds, all under $50. We’ll start from the top, like a sassy red clip in your hair, and work our way to the bottom. Red shoes anyone? 14 Red Hot Style Finds for Valentine’s Day How daring are ... Continue Reading
Make the transition to middle school easier on your child by learning all about the stress points – lockers, fashion, the opposite sex, and academics.
Most children entering middle school are facing major changes as they get ready for back to school. Lockers, fashion, the opposite sex, academics ... all of these things can stress your child and make that transition to middle school harder. As a parent, we want to help our children make the transition as seamless as possible. Here are some ways to help. Lockers My friend tells me she still remembers nightmares of forgetting her locker combination in middle school. It’s a valid concern, ... Continue Reading