Parenting

Holding kids back for school. To hold or not to hold?

“I am not sure what to do about my son, “- my friend leans over the table, over adorable baby shower decorations, over the plates with croissants and danishes. “Should I sign him up for school now or hold him back for another year?” Not your usual baby shower type of question. Yet very, very, [...]

Out of the ordinary baby shower games

My best friend is having her third baby. Does she deserve a baby shower? You bet!! First, by baby number three most of the things she had before got lost along the infamous hand-me-down route. Second, every mom deserves some fun, some celebration just for herself. Third, the baby deserves being celebrated too! It is [...]

Smart questions to ask your child to find out more about the school day.

Every time my kid comes off the bus, I feel a mixture of joy and apprehension: oh-oh, here it comes. I can’t wait to give him a hug. I can’t wait to hear how his day went. I can’t bear to think how many teeth pulling techniques I’d have to use this time to get [...]

How to talk to your kids to find out what’s happening in their life and on their school day

“What did you do in school today, honey?” “Um… Nothin’. ” “whom did you play with?” “nobody.” “What did you learn?” “Don’t remember.” I have a wild energy ball for a kid, who could run an entire power plant if we could figure out how to plug him in. He had to do something. I [...]

Homemade baby shower decoration. Super easy, cute and useful.

I am not into thousands of little details, that take forever to prepare and even longer remove and dump into the garbage. The baby showers that I’ve organized happened to be in the mom-to-be house, so I wanted both “mom-to-be” clean-up part and “dragging stuff” to be minimized to the bare minimum. No need to [...]

The best thing a parent can do for the kids is to die. Shocking study.

It must be the best place and time to be a parent in the whole human history: medicine and safety under the belt of this era; outstanding toys/books/yada-yada available; parent’s advice flooding bookshelves, Facebook newsfeeds, tv channels… And don’t forget scientific researches. How come we are still so overwhelmed, frustrated, at our wits ends, battling [...]