Everyday Parenting

Reading Bank

Reading is very important to our family. With TV and video games and such 2 of our 3 children were very resistant to it. So, I came up with the idea of a Reading Bank. 

Creating a Masterpiece at the Doctor's Office

When my kids were young (toddlers through 11 years old) I would carry some sharpened colored pencils or crayons with me when we went to the doctor's office. During the long waiting time in the examination room, we would draw pictures and color them on the white paper they pull out over the table. 

Managing Media Time in the Famliy

When my son was 9 years old he would come home from school and immediately turn on the television, or a video game, and this was creating a lot of stress between us because that's all he wanted to do.

Making Inexpensive, Healthy Baby Food

Not being the nutty, crunchy, earth-mother, I was a little bit hesitant when a friend suggested I make my own baby food. But then I discovered how easy it was to buy a bag of frozen peas or frozen carrots, cook them up in batches, puree them with an electric wand or beater and then you just put them into and ice cube tray.

Holiday Traditions (after divorce)

The thing that worked the best for me (following my divorce) was the realization that the holidays belong to me and that I can take charge of them and redesign them to match my family. 

Battling the GImmies while Shoppin

I read in a parenting magazine that a helpful thing to cure "the gimmies" is to carry a small notebook in your bag and when you are going through a store, whether it's a toy store, book store or grocery store, and your child starts nagging for a certain item, instead of buying that item when

Activities for those long car trips

We enjoy taking family trips, but nobody enjoys that constant "How much further" or "Are we almost there?" coming from the backseat. So my wife and I try a game we'd heard about to put a stop to the constant questioning. 

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