When my kids were little, I would enviously eye parents traveling with teens. They seemed so self-sufficient, carrying their own suitcases and watching movies or playing video games during long flights, while my needy toddlers were stuck to me like peanut butter to jelly.
Little did I know that when my kids reached their teens, they’d find spending vacation time with their boring parents anything but cool. Their idea of vacation paradise is splashing around in water parks and hanging out with new friends at the resort’s teen club. They’ll spend time with their parents as long as they’re also allowed a healthy dose of independence, too.
Sometimes it takes a pandemic to make you realize which family vacation ideas are really at the top of your bucket list. Now that we can’t travel as freely as we used to because of COVID-19, you might be finding yourself daydreaming more than ever about where you want to take the kids when the world reopens. If so, you’re not alone. Surveys show that when travel resumes, people are more likely than ever to invest in all-inclusive family vacations in the U.S. and abroad along with other big-ticket vacation experiences.
All parents worry about their kids. Are they healthy? Will they be happy?Are they fitting in at school? But when your child learns or thinks differently, your worries may be a little more involved. And they can sometimes get the best of you.
You may worry that you’re not doing all you can to help your child. Or you may be anxious about what your child’s learning struggles could mean for the future. It’s not uncommon to have these ongoing thoughts. But learning how to manage your worries about your child—while hard to do—is very important.
A nutritionist (and mom of 7-year-old triplets!) gives tried-and-true tips for getting your kids to eat vegetables, drink milk, try new foods, and more.
Every single day, I deal with picky eaters both big and small. I’m the mother of 7-year-old triplets, all of whom have very different eating habits; I’m also a dietitian who teaches the professional athletes on the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls teams how to improve their diets. Although it’s tough to convince a towering basketball player or a 300-pound linebacker that junk food is bad for him, trying to get my kids to eat well can be even more of a challenge.
It can feel like there are very few silver linings when it comes to the pandemic we’ve been enduring for over a year. Thankfully, those of us whose work situations and sense of responsibility facilitate staying home have found little ways to make social distancing as enjoyable as possible. For many, that has meant becoming accomplished nail-painters, and with that comes an appetite for lots of new nail polishes to keep things from getting boring.
After the unprecedented school year they’ve had, our teachers deserve all our appreciation. But please — save the apples and cutesy knick-knacks. Instead, show some teacher appreciation by choosing one of these great gift ideas!
Cold brew coffee is amazingly simple to make at home. You’ve likely had cold brewed coffee before, either at a local coffee shop or from the supermarket in packaged containers, for the best grab and go drink.
We’ve all seen the scenario now- an important meeting on Zoom interrupted by a screaming toddler, or an interview with kids fighting in the background. We’ve all had to adjust to this new kind of work from home environment and for some, it’s not going away anytime soon.
A few years ago, I was waiting for my sick toddler to be seen at our pediatrician’s office. After three hours of waiting and attempting to entertain my toddler in every way possible, the doctor family came in. She took one look at my daughter, who was sitting on my lap watching videos on my phone, and snapped, “Don’t you know that’s the worst possible thing for her brain?”