Comics to the Rescue!

By Lara Taylor

Have a reluctant reader at your house?   Is it more likely to be a boy?  (No, I’m not talking about your husband…although I have an answer for that too, towards the end!)  Ever hear a teacher recommend that you give your child whatever they are interested in, just get them to READ?  It... Read More

Technology Seminar for Parents

By Lara Taylor

The topic of internet predators, the safety of Facebook, picture posting, children on the internet and how to keep them safe are all hot topics.  I am now so paranoid, my kids aren’t allowed on the internet (at ages 6 and 4 ½ y.o.) even though they are technologically savvy (surprisingly so!). ... Read More

Getting Kids to Bed the Quick and Painless Way

By Lara Taylor

Ha! Sucked you right in didn’t I?  There IS no quick and painless way to, well, to do anything in parenting--let’s be honest!  Right now, someone is going to be feeling the pain if they don’t stop running up and down the stairs, but that’s another post.  It’s especially painful and excr... Read More

Why Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a GOOD Idea!

By Lara Taylor

Many people (ok, men….and people who are alone and bitter….) say Valentine’s Day is a commercialized day.  And in a lot of ways, it is.  But so is every other holiday.  Valentine’s Day is about love. We are all so busy nowadays, it is nice to have a day dedicated to pausing and expressing... Read More

How to Get Kids to Do What You Want

By Lara Taylor

A parent's eternal struggle: getting our kids to do what we want!  Bribe? Take away privileges? Spank? Generally speaking, children respond better to positive reinforcement (rather than punishment).  This means putting a behavior modification system in place in your home.  I know, sounds total... Read More

Ugh — I knew this would happen

By Amy Gulli

(Noah, at a happier moment) Today when I dropped Noah off at preschool, he cried. Sobbed. Threw himself at me. Begged me to hold him. Wailed. "Don't leave, Mommy, don't leave! Stay and play with me!" (which sounds like "stay n pway wis me!") Bonnie, his teacher, said he threw ... Read More

Smart Mama: Kung Fu Mama

By Beth Vrabel

By BETH VRABEL “Remember to say, ‘Yes, sir,’” Benny, my 4-year-old, told me. “And bow, like this.” He bobbed, almost falling on his head. “Got it,” I told him as I tightened my belt. “Kung Fu Mama,” he giggled. We walked into Dover Dragons, the Tae Kwon Do stu... Read More

Smart Mama: Who’s the (real) boss?

By Kara Eberle

By LAURA BURKEY Smart Mama I'm a first-time mom. My daughter, Amelia — Mia for short — was... Read More

Catastrophe avoided

By Amy Gulli

Noah's first day of preschool yesterday went swimmingly: no biting, no tantrums, plenty of lunch- and snack-eating. Let's talk about how much more worried I could have been yesterday, and why. Our first try at finding new day care for Noah was to visit another in-home day care provider. Sh... Read More

A child’s independence vs. a mother’s piece of mind

By Samantha Dellinger

By SAMANTHA DELLINGER Smart Mama My 6-year-old son, Vincent, is growing faster than I like sometimes. I will admit it’s nic... Read More