Halloween is an undeniably awesome time for a party. But how can you make yours stand out from all the other monster mashes? With a little fright-filled fun! A ‘Fear Factor’ party is messy, mysterious, and will go down in your family’s history books as one of the most memorable Halloween events ever. Here are fourteen kid-friendly Fear Factor challenges that are going to make this Halloween spooktacular!
For most of human history, our nights were very dark – only very recently have we had access to electric light that brightens our cities and homes 24/7. Many sleep researchers argue that this modern light saturation disrupts our natural sleep-wake cycles, making it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up. Because of this, many sleep researchers recommend that parents return children’s rooms to that old-fashioned state of relative darkness. Does this mean we need to banish night lights as well? Not at all. The same sleep researchers recommend night lights as a perfectly safe, healthy and effective way to create a positive sleep environment for young children. Here’s how to choose the best nightlight for your toddler. Read more
Getting your kids to not only eat healthy, but to actually love nutritious food is giving them a gift that will last their entire lives. We all know it, but it’s easier said than done, right? Food marketing makes all those sugary cereals and junk foods look like so much fun that your kids can’t help but want to eat it, but it’s no good for their developing bodies and overall health. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 18% of kids between the ages of 6-11 were obese in 2012. The number was only 7% in 1980, so this is definitely a growing health problem that needs to be addressed. You may be up against all of those commercials and fun packaging, but that’s no match for a loving, informed parent! Check out these 8 easy ways to get your kids to love healthy foods.
Whether your little one is still in a crib or just moving into a “big kid” bed, at some point, you’re going to need to teach her how to go asleep alone, stay in bed all night, and wake up at a healthy time. As you likely know, it’s no easy feat. There are tons of great books on sleep training, but if you’re looking to add some new tricks to your training routine, today we have 20 toddler sleep training secrets. Read more
Becoming a parent is scary. There’s no doubt about it. You and you alone are responsible for caring for, protecting, teaching, disciplining, nurturing – for anything and everything this little human being will need for the next 18 years (at least). That’s A LOT of responsibility! And no matter how many parenting books or websites you read, there are going to be tons of moments that you think, ”No one ever mentioned this before!” Here are 16 scary things no one tells you about parenthood – from the funny to the freaky and everything in between. Read more