Toddler

New Research Finds Millennial Parents Are Ditching This Bedtime Routine

When it comes to bedtime, lullabies have long held their spot as a staple of most families' routines. But, according to new research, millennial parents are ditching this bedtime ritual, as The Telegraph reported. Now, if you didn't grow up on…
By Vanessa Taylor

I Want My Kid To Experience The Wonder Of Santa, But I Don't Want To Lie To Him

Now our son is 2, we've begun to discuss how to tell our child about Santa. The old man in red seeps into kids' consciousnesses somewhere after they start to recognize patterns — you don't need to introduce Santa to your kid; the mall has it covered…
By Jam Kotenko

What Do Teachers Really Want For The Holidays? The Most Popular Reply Is So Sweet

If you're like me, the same question plagues you every single December. You talk about it with your partner, with friends, with online strangers. You Google it. I'm speaking, of course, about what the hell to get your kid's teacher for the holidays.…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Things Only The Best Mother-In-Law Does During The Holiday Season

I love my mother-in-law. I'm not just saying that on the off-chance she will see this article. I mean it! She's great, and it just so happens that the holidays are her absolute favorite time of year and her joy is contagious. So let me tell you some…
By Jamie Kenney

15 Really Thoughtful (& Practical) Gifts For Teachers

With just a couple weeks until Christmas, it's time to make sure you have gifts for all the special people in your life, including your kid's amazing, hard-working teacher. But, it can be hard to find a worthy gift for such a worthy person. So, if…
By Kate Miller

New Research Finds Millennial Parents Are Ditching This Bedtime Routine

When it comes to bedtime, lullabies have long held their spot as a staple of most families' routines. But, according to new research, millennial parents are ditching this bedtime ritual, as The Telegraph reported. Now, if you didn't grow up on…
By Vanessa Taylor

13 Best Holiday Gifts For The Littlest Bookworms On Your List

True confession: I've never outgrown my love of kids' books. I always get a thrill every time one of the preschoolers in my class asks to be read to, or when one of my own children becomes engrossed in the pages of a new find. If you have a little…
By Shana Aborn

Every Real Hot Mess Mom Experiences These Embarrassing Moments Sooner Or Later

Women are held to absolutely absurd and impossible standards. When women are also moms? Double the ridiculousness and the impossibility and, insidiously, the pressure we're under to achieve perfection. This crap is hard for any mom, but it's…
By Jamie Kenney

The Most Pointless Parenting Advice I've Received From Strangers In Public

Being a parent is hard. With the best preparation and resources and support, it's still a series of fumbling through until you sort of find your groove. And even that is always changing because your child is always changing. One nice thing about…
By Jamie Kenney

18 Super Simple Elf On The Shelf Ideas That'll Impress Your Toddler Big-Time

As Christmas traditions go, having an Elf on the Shelf is now just as beloved as baking sugar cookies or putting a star on the tree. But it can also be a Santa-sized headache to come up with clever ways to pose the little guy for three weeks…
By Shana Aborn

The Road To Night Weaning Is Paved With Sleep Deprivation

I started motherhood with a sleep deficit. I had been awake for nearly 24 hours when my son was born and I don’t think I got any sleep during the two days we spent in the hospital. I had heard that newborns were supposed to be very snoozy, but my…
By Christine Hernandez

Knowing My Daughter Is My Last Baby Is The Scariest & Most Liberating Feeling

The day that we brought our second child, Blake, home from the hospital was one of the happiest days of our life. We lived in New York City at the time and only a few blocks away from the hospital where I delivered her, so my husband strapped on our…
By Allison Cooper

Yes, We Need Diverse Santas — Here's Why

He might be white in your copy of The Night Before Christmas, but from corporate events to malls across America, families are seeking out diverse Santas. After all, why shouldn’t the jolliest and most magical man on the planet reflect the kids he…
By Meg St-Esprit

Study: Kids Born In August Are More Likely To Be Diagnosed With ADHD

While we know a lot about attention-deficit disorders like ADHD, there are still a lot of unknowns. New research, however, is suggesting that there might be a correlation between kids born in a certain season and attention-deficit disorders.…
By Brianna Wiest

PTSD Helps Parents Keep Their Medically Fragile Children Alive — But At What Cost?

“One of the big things that still gets me is that I had to do chest compressions on my own child.” Meghan Shuttleworth’s voice is surprisingly steady as she says this to me. She continues, “I have to do CPR training for work, which I just did a few…
By Hillary Savoie

"We Don't Want To Talk About What's Uncomfortable, So We're Left Feeling Alone."

For families with medically complex children, each day is a story of survival. Parents' lives are entwined with the medical system that keeps their children alive, and yet go unrecognized by that system when it comes to identifying and treating the…
By Hillary Savoie

"A Lot Can Happen In 10 Minutes When You Have A Medically Fragile Child"

For families with medically complex children, each day is a story of survival. Parents' lives are entwined with the medical system that keeps their children alive, and yet go unrecognized by that system when it comes to identifying and treating the…
By Hillary Savoie

You've Somehow Ended Up With 2 Elves, So Here Are 13 Clever Ways To Prop Them

My love of Elf on the Shelf is usually off the charts at the start of the season, but as December wears on, that love dwindles. It's freakin' hard work finding new places for our elf to appear. So I can totally see the value in investing in two…
By Kate Miller

Ditch The Classic Elf On The Shelf Moves & Try One Of These Fresh ideas Instead

Last night I committed the cardinal 'Elf on the Shelf' sin — I forgot to move the little guy. I woke up in a fit of terror when I heard my daughter's feet pattering down the stairs to see where our elf had settled for the day. I started Google-ing…
By Kate Miller

This Poo-Fishing Game Is Legit The Grossest Thing Ever, But Also Maybe The Best

Earlier this week I was prowling around online, looking for a tongue-in-cheek gift for my Secret Santa, when I stumbled upon a poo fishing game called 'Fishing For Floaters.' Needless to say, I had to question if this was actually a legit toy or if…
By Kate Miller

Stop Stressing: Here's How To Deal With Picky Eaters At Your Holiday Dinner

I've reached a point where I would kind of like to skip holiday meals. Holiday foods like pie and mashed potatoes used to be my favorite part of the season. Now, as a mom, I just don't know how to deal with picky eating during the holidays. I know…
By Steph Montgomery