5 Parenting Tips I Learned from Camp

5 Tips From Camp

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail     She’s back from camp!! Aside from the dreaded stomach bug, my daughter returned from sleep away safe camp and sound…as predicted by many. Neither Angela nor I had ever gone to camp longer than a week, so it was quite a learning experience for us all. On the drive home, through the pouring […]

10 Tips on How to Avoid the Summer Slide

10 Tips on How to Avoid the Summer Slide

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail In my former life as a teacher, we often talked about how to avoid the Summer Slide. What IS the Summer Slide? Johns Hopkins University researchers Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson (2007) studied this topic extensively and the researchers concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained […]

ASK DR. G: Kids and Chores – Why Bother?

Kids and Chores with Dr. G

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail Chores are a pain, right? Getting kids to do chores seems like an awful lot of work… for us! Most of the jobs we could assign our kids would get done so much faster, and more correctly, if we just did them ourselves. And that’s not even considering the nagging we’re worried we’d have […]

5 Tips for Picking Your Preschooler’s First TV Shows

5 Tips for Picking Your Preschooler's First TV Shows

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Executive Editor Anyone who thinks that “binge watching” is a new phenomenon in the age of Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes has clearly never watched TV with a preschooler. When little kids find a show they love, not only do they want to watch every episode, they’re more than […]

5 Ways To Get To Know Your Neighbors

How to Get To Know Your Neighbors on BonBon Break

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail   My husband and I lived in our first home for five years, during which time we met exactly two of our neighbors – the ones living on either side of us. When we moved across town to a neighborhood full of families, the difference was palpable. Neighbors stopped by to welcome us with muffins […]

Mimosa Popsicles by Tara Noland

Mimosa Popsicles by Noshing With The Nolands (4) (Small)

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail Mimosa Popsicles are a great way to serve up a light and bright cocktail for the summer months. Cool, refreshing, adult!!! Fantastic starter for a party of any kind from brunch forward!! Beat the heat with these adult treats. These Mimosa Popsicles couldn’t be easier to make and more refreshing on a hot day!! […]

Problem: Public bathrooms and kids

Problem Solved: Public Bathrooms and Kids

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail   Taking your kids into public bathrooms is wrought with problems. You know what I am talking about. Once your sweet little babe starts using the potty, she wants to hit every public bathroom between your house and your destination. Twice. And then they touch EVERYTHING. Out of desperation, I tried something with my […]

Family Breakfast Picnic (Pinterest Degree Optional) by PTDBC

Family Breakfast Picnic by PTDBC

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail You may be saying to yourself “A picnic for breakfast?” Yep! And here’s why: My kids are spun up about having a picnic thanks to Minnie’s Picnic on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. There should be a warning on the DVD: Watching this may make your kids nag you incessantly for a picnic (plate counting and […]

I Had to Stop Yelling

I had to stop yelling by Val Curtis on BonBon Break

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail   Last week, I called my husband with tears in my eyes and guilt on my back. “I can’t do this anymore. I quit!” My vision of the perfect summer with my kids was completely squashed. At 7 and 3, they are both very independent. They adore and hate each other in the same breath. They […]

Creamy Pesto Chicken Sandwich by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

Creamy Pesto sandwich

PinterestFacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail     I love this sandwich, it will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time. Nobody wants to be standing in a hot kitchen in the summer when the alternative is relaxing in the sun or shade of a tree. This is a must make recipe for me!! ~Tara   […]