Your child has to go-now. The obvious spots are rest stops, service areas, fast-food joints, department stores, and hotels. Gap, Starbucks, and even grocery stores are other good bets. If none of these are available, go into the nearest restaurant. Ask the hostess or a waitress if you can use the restroom -- tell her your child is desperate. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, she'll point you in the right direction. For car-trip emergencies, keep a "potty kit" -- plastic seat, wipes, bottled water -- in the trunk. Pull over to the side of the road and set up your porto-bathroom.
Invest in a pair of barber scissors or thinning shears, available at any beauty-supply store.
Instead of relying on the old standard, "Because I said so," try this approach recommended by Parents advisor Sal Severe, PhD, author of How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! Simply say, "Other families have their rules, and we have ours." You want your kids to know that other people's decisions aren't necessarily bad. You might add, "I'm not saying no to make you feel upset," says Dr. Severe, "I am saying no because I don't think this is good for you. That's my job -- to do what I think is best for you." You don't always have to give your children a thorough explanation when you say no.
The trick to cleaning up vomit -- no matter what the surface -- is to get it up as quickly as you can.
Choose clothing for easy access. If you're wearing a button-down shirt, undo the bottom two buttons (not top two) and tuck your baby inside. For extra privacy, drape your infant with a shawl or baby blanket. Or nurse your infant while holding her in a baby sling. "The fabric will cover you so you'll look as if you're carrying a sleeping baby," says Katy Lebbing, manager of the Center for Breastfeeding Information at La Leche League. To avoid attention, keep an eye out for your baby's cues that she's hungry -- sticking her tongue out, rooting, or rolling her head -- so you can begin to feed her before she cries.
Most malls, bus and train terminals, and many family restaurants provide pull-down changing stations in their public restrooms. The backseat of your car can also double as a changing table. If you're stuck outside, find a park bench or put the stroller in the recline position and change your baby there.
You have to be creative if you want to raise a vegetable lover. Sneak the healthy stuff into foods they already like, suggests nutritionist and Parents advisor Connie Diekman, RD.
Copyright ? 2006. Reprinted with permission from the September 2006 issue of Parents magazine.