Toddler

The One Book Your Kid Should Read This Summer, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

It's summer, the kids aren't interested in their reading lists and astrology's all the rage (again). So why don't you pick up the one book your kid should read this summer, based on their zodiac sign? There's nothing better than finding reading…
By Lindsey Nesmith

We Had More Kids So We Wouldn't Have To Play With Them

One revealing day, our 9-year-old son Phoenix was sent home from school with a fever of 99.5 but miraculously recovered from all symptoms once he got in front of the Xbox. So I’m trying to work, my husband is trying to work, and Phoenix has set up…
By Alexandria Campbell

If Your Area Is Affected By Wildfires, Here's How To Protect Your Kids From The Smoke

This summer has seen a record number of wildfires throughout the country, most notably the devastating conflagrations in California, so parents in burn-sensitive areas will need to know how to protect their children from wildfire smoke. According to…
By Lindsey Nesmith

The Best & Hardest Thing I've Done As A Parent Is Put My Kid On That Bus

On the first day of school, I hugged and kissed my daughter Freyja goodbye and watched as her bus pulled away, waving until it reached the end of the block, turned left, and disappeared out of sight. Then I turned toward our apartment building and…
By Aimee Christian

What You Need To Know About Back-To-School Anxiety

Anxious about the back-to-school season? There are the endless school supplies lists, the daily lunch-making, the teary bus rides, the calamitous Changes To Routine to dread. And that's just for parents. Heading back to school can give many children…
By Risa Kerslake

How A Daycare Teacher, A Pediatrician, & A Mom of Four Avoid Getting Sick All The Time

There is nothing ruder than a cold on a 90-degree day. But for those of us in charge of multiple sets of sticky fingers, colds are just as likely to arrive in August as they are in the depths of January. And when it comes to common illnesses, it…
By De Elizabeth

5 Personality Traits Your Toddler Will Have for Life, According to Science

When you're looking at your toddler busily overturning their bowl of Cheerios, babbling at their favorite stuffed animal, or sleeping peacefully in their crib, it's hard to imagine that that sweet little cherub will one day be driving a car... or…
By Shana Aborn

Breastfeeding Awards Are Totally A Thing, So Here's How To Win Golden Boobies

Anyone who has even attempted to breastfeed will tell you: Feeding a small human with your body is a huge commitment that takes a lot of time and effort. Not only are they tasked with nourishing their little one, but for those who exclusively…
By Michelle Stein

If You Skip Preschool, Here's How Science Says It Could Impact You Later In Life

I'll admit, I had a hard time signing my son up for preschool. My husband and I were in the process of determining what was at the root of his social issues, and he really struggled. We also debated whether we'd send him to private school or public;…
By Cat Bowen

If You Nearly Lost It Trying To Find The Right Daycare, You're Not Alone

You want to send your child to daycare (or have no choice), but where do you send them? Are you after a Spanish immersion program? A classroom that is sufficiently "diverse"? An in-home daycare or franchised daycare center; in an apartment or with a…
By Risa Kerslake

What Can We Learn From Actual Teens About Our Threenagers?

A lifetime ago, before I had a child, my best friend referred to her toddler as a “threenager.” I thought it was funny, cute. Her little redhead is a fiery spirit with natural sass and a gift for posturing for the camera. I didn’t consider the…
By Jackie Ernst

These Women Took The Leap Into Motherhood — How Did It Change Their Love Of Jumping Out Of Planes?

“Once you leave the plane it’s you, God, and the sky. You’re the most free you will ever experience,” said Rachel Patton, mother to 4-year-old Wyatt. “The wind isn’t loud like people would think and the scenery from 10,000 ft. is absolutely…
By Gianluca Russo

Here's How Patient Your Toddler Will Be, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

Is your 2-year-old the type who'll calmly sit and play with your keys in the grocery cart seat at Trader Joe's when the line is all the way back to the dairy aisle, or does he go into hysterics if you're even a minute slow serving his dinner? It can…
By Shana Aborn

Here's When It's Safe To Give Your Toddler A Pillow, According To Experts

My best friend and I have 2-year-olds who are only weeks apart, and while her little boy has been sleeping in a toddler bed for months, I have no plans to move mine out of the confines of his crib anytime soon. When my friend's son transitioned to a…
By Shannon Evans

This Utterly Blimmin' Perfect Book Guide Matches You With A Kids' Book According To Your Fav Novel

It is a truth universally acknowledged that choosing a children’s book with which to enthrall and delight your kids is not easy. In fact, I’d say it’s almost as difficult as putting the kids to bed after said book is done, because apparently it is…
By Courtney Gorter

My Friend Posted What She Thought Was A Harmless Nude Pic Of Her Toddler, & I Unfollowed Her

Moms of Instagram fall into three categories. There’s the Friends Only This Account Is Private Mom, the Back of My Kid’s Head And Pseudonym Mom, and No Boundaries At All Mom. I am somewhere in the middle. My Instagram is public since I use it mainly…
By Megan Whitaker

I Was Trapped In An Elevator With My Baby, & It Was Traumatic

Last week, I lived out every mom's nightmare when I got stuck in an elevator with my toddler on a 95-degree day in Los Angeles. I've always been afraid of elevators — it's an enclosed space, I worry the doors won't open, insert your specific fear…
By Angie Grace

Get $2 Tanks and $4 Uniform Shirts At Old Navy's Back-To-School Sale RN

There are very few things in this world that can be purchased for five bucks or less. A pack of gum, maybe? Or a cup of coffee (as long as it's not a fancy one). A sandwich would be pushing it, honestly. But thanks to Old Navy's current sale, you…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

Dealing With Food Allergies At School Isn't Easy, But Here's How To Prepare Your Kid

When you're the parent of a child with food allergies, sending them to school is nerve-wracking, scary, and fraught with danger. When I sent my son to pre-K that first day, I felt like I was sending him into a minefield, where anything could go off…
By Cat Bowen

5 Hacks To Make Your Kid's Lingering Cough Go Away

When your kid has a cough that just won't quit, it can be maddening. You just want to be able to do something, anything, to make them more comfortable, especially when they're hacking away at night. Fortunately, there are some helpful hacks to make…
By Kate Miller

6 Signs Your Kid's Whining Is About More Than Getting The Wrong Color Cup

As a kid, I remember my parents — especially my mom — often telling me to "stop whining." To which my response was usually something along the lines of, "I'm not whining!" Now, as a parent, whining has taken on a whole new meaning, and I'm finding…
By Alison Kresta