Posts Tagged ‘ getting your kids to do stuff ’

Start with Art

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel the need to ease into the day slowly and quietly? But then you remember, oh yes, nevermind, I have children. Well, Laura from the blog Chicken Counting devised a new idea that stalls the morning chaos, even just for 1o minutes.

Set out butcher paper and markers the night before with a little note (hers read: Before you run off and start your busy day, sit down and do a doodle; let your mind play!). When the kids tumble downstairs, they can keep themselves busy while you awaken with your coffee. Maybe this won’t give you hours of morning peace, but just a few minutes is better than nothing!

Do you have any unique morning or evening rituals that help ease the kids in and out of the day?

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

23912994_8a0b5eb062 Got a great tip or trick that makes your life easier? Tell us about it and you could be featured in Parents magazine!

Whether it's a surefire way to get your picky eater to eat her veggies, a simple organizing solution, a clever way to keep kids busy on long car-rides, or the perfect go-to present that's a hit with every child, we want to know our readers' best nuggets of homegrown advice! It can be about anything—so go on and share! To add yours, go to our new community site. We can't wait to read your amazing tips!

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

News Image NEW Check your medicine cabinets: You might want to hold off on this popular cold remedy—and read up on homeopathic solutions. Yahoo! News

Families are spending less time together, a new poll finds, and it looks like technology may be partly to blame. Chicago Sun-Times

The challenge: Getting girls to sign up for sports. New York Times

Are you scaling back on your kids’ summer plans? Many families are. CNN

Lice! What camps are doing to keep them at bay. USA Today

Heading to the pool this weekend? You’ll want to read these water-safety tips. Health Day

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Share Your Best Mama Tip!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

CLINICAL BOX It certainly doesn't feel like summer in NYC yet, but if you're lucky enough to be in warmer temperatures, you may be getting a whiff of the fact that your regular deodorant isn't getting the job done. The latest odor-attacker out there is BAN Clinical Defense Roll-On, $7. It claims to work better than the other clinical-strength deodorants you've seen in drugstores because it uses a technology that eliminates two stress-related odors—spicy odor and s-odor—instead of just masking them. Give it a roll and let us know what you think.

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Project of the Month Club

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Project-box I must admit, I'm not always a huge fan of packaged crafts, but for the busy parent (isn't that all parents, really?), this one had me at hello.

Check out Project of the Month Club. Just sign up for a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or four-in-a-row subscription and a box arrives on your doorstep with all the supplies you need to make a treasure box, a tie-dye t-shirt, or a pillow.

Project categories include Master Builder (hammers and screws) and Future Designers (stitch and decorate). The crafts are geared toward kids ages 4 to 11 and require adult supervision and interaction.

Thanks to Daily Candy Kids for the link!

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Grow Your Own (Soup)

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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For the first time in their more than 100 year-long existence, the Campbell Soup Company is making available their specially cultivated seeds that grow tomatoes for the iconic Campbell's Tomato Soup. At a community garden here in New York City, they kicked off Help Grow Your Soup, a campaign to grow more than one billion tomatoes in communities and backyards across America. After New York, Campbell's will travel with the National FFA organization and Urban Farming to Atlanta, GA, Campden, NJ, Chicago, IL, and Detroit, MI to plant similar gardens that will offer free food and agriculture education to urban community centers.

Danny Seo, green guru extraordinaire, was there to talk about farming, planting, and the environmental and cost-effective reasons to grow your own food. He got down in the dirt with the kids from the Brotherhood/Sister Sol community center to plant tomatoes in their garden. One of my favorite parts of this event was seeing the Urban Farming Food Chain Edible Wall, an innovative vertical garden that produces tomatoes and other veggies—the ideal solution to grow food in a limited space (also eliminating the potential for the neighbor's dog to trample your crop).

Wanna reap your own harvest? Visit to learn how to get your free packet of Campbell's tomato seeds!

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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American kids need six days of school a week, 11 months a year, to compete with students in other countries, says U.S. Schools Chief. Salon

Teachers use pretend play and lessons in self-control to help preschoolers learn to behave. Wall Street Journal

Despite the economy, parents are making summer camp a priority. Chicago Tribune

Weight report card: Massachusetts schools are sending kids home with BMI readings to alert parents if they’re too skinny or fat. Boston Globe

Need a nanny? The pool is bigger this year, allowing parents to be super selective. Forbes

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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A mom’s worst nightmare: Two Russian women discover that their toddlers were swapped at birth. Mom Logic

Encouraging kids to drink water in school can prevent obesity. New York Times

The PTA is petitioning congress to get junk food out of school vending machines. Reuters

Super Toddler: This 3-year-old has a genetic mutation that gives him unusual muscle strength—and doctors have been looking for ways to replicate the effect. ABC News

Experts use “stealth health” techniques to get kids make healthy choices without realizing it. Newsweek

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