Parenting Advice

Starting school. How to ease child’s separation anxiety.

Multiple Choice Question: a. Clutching a blankie. b. Grabbing daddy’s legs. c. Unnecessary vocalizations (i.e. – screaming bloody murder). d. Mommy-strangling with all might of the little hands. Which ones are symptoms of a separation anxiety? Correct! All of the above. I am sitting on a preschool orientation. While the teacher with an nonviably sweet [...]

Big Magic Trick or How to Get Your Children to Eat Their Fruit

In the days of my BIG research on nutrition (and I mean BIG – – I dove into every nook and cranny), the BIG conclusion I reached regarding fruits, was that the benefits they provide to our bodies are well worth the effort. Ok, that part is a sort of no-brainier that doesn’t require a research… [...]

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 [...]