Winter provides great outdoor activities for kids of all ages but without the proper gear it can be a dangerous season.  Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind the next time you head outside for some fun! Keep children warm. Dress your children in layers. Make sure their heads and necks are…

The Question:My 10 year-old daughter has a friend that likes her one day and doesn’t the next – how can I help her through this? The Answer: Buckle up – these are the years for mean girls! Grades 5-7 can be very challenging for young girls. Their friends can be moody, cliquey, and mean. This…

Your new year’s resolution: get organized. January is a great time to go through files and boxes and purge – it’s too cold to venture outside anyway! Paper can be a big source of stress when it comes to organizing; it’s hard to know what to keep and what can go. Maintaining your files electronically…

Try these easy make-ahead recipes for that perfect New Years Eve Slumber Party for the kids. One or two days before the event you can prepare all the food you will need for your party.Dinner: Pizza – make dough ahead of time or pick up pre-made dough from the local grocery store. Store in the fridge.…

New Years Eve is a perfect time to reflect upon the past year and spend some quality time with the family.  A time capsule can be a great family project to commemorate 2009. Fill it with photographs and mementos, and put it away for as long as you like. Things You’ll Need: Safe-deposit Boxes Acid-free…

Budgeting is boring, I know. But please don’t stop reading already! The peace of mind that comes with knowing how you’re going to pay the bills is well worth it! Make budgeting part of your news years’ resolution with these tips: 1. Get organized Collect all of your paperwork – bank statements, investment information, mortgage…

The Question: I am worried about my son. Most of the time he is a very sweet and compliant 6 year old, but sometimes he says things that feel so out of character for him. For example yesterday when I would not let him toast his own bread he told me he hated me and…

   I couldn’t resist adding this recipe to this weeks newsletter.  Each year we try new recipes and make plenty for friends…the kids even take some to school for the holiday parties. Ingredients 1-1/4 cups butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour…

Create memories with this fun activity for kids of all ages. Display their masterpieces on the holiday table, take their picture with their creation…and then, let them eat their designs. Materials 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract Ziplock bag and scissors 3 whole graham crackers or more depending…

Here is a sneak peek at what you will find in this new book, “You, Having a Baby”.   Nice Genes A New Twist on Genetics Teaches Us How a Baby Really Develops Back in tenth-grade biology class, you were probably taught — as were we — that the unique combination of genes you received…