month : 03/2016 16 results

When will my child say mama or dada?

Q. My 18-month-old is starting to say different words, but he doesn’t say “mama” and “dada” yet. I’m confident he knows who we are because he can point to us when asked, but I’d really like to hear him address us with our names. What are some ways I can get him to start saying our names rather than just pointing to us? A. There is nothing like hearing your child utter “mama” or “dada” for the first time—the words simply cause your heart to melt! These two words are ...

Let your kids get dirty – it’s good for them

Kids should be spending less time staring at screens and more time getting grubby in the dirt. So says Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, author of “The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids With Food Straight From Soil.” In the book, she writes about the importance of exposing children to microbes in nature, whether it’s eating fresh food from healthy soil in the garden or playing outside. “It’s beneficial on so many levels,” she said. For example, children who spend three hours daily ...

When Two Became Three

To my husband and son, I can't believe this day is already here. What seems like just yesterday was five years ago. You both have given me all I have ever truly wanted in this life, being a wife and mother. I am so blessed to have such a great family to care for and love who reciprocates the same. By no means has it been easy, but every single second has been worth it all. Nothing in my life is more fulfilling than being a part of our family. The joy the two of you bring me is unmatched. My ...

Still time to get in a couple more Easter Egg hunts

By Corbie Hill, Correspondent Easter weekend is travel time for a lot of people, family time for others, and spring break time for still more. If you’re trying to get out of the house this weekend or over the school break, there’s more than just egg hunts going on. We’ve selected a few of both options below: ▪ For lots of schools, this marks the start of spring break. Accordingly, Marbles Kids Museum’s Spring Break Blast lasts from Friday through April 3 and ...

Firm or Squishy?

If it’s over 8 it’s time to replace. I don’t buy it, the mattress industry’s insistence that my bed will double in weight over that period of time because it is full of skin, sweat, and dust mites. Oh, they got me thinking no doubt.  After envisioning their claims, I sort of want to change my mattress as I change my underwear: daily.  I wake up feeling the dust mites running across my ankles, my skin falling off as if I were a snake. It wasn’t an advertisement though that ...

Toddler Proofing Blues

A few weeks ago, we took our 2-year-old son to play in the grassy area at North Hills Mall. It is just a small patch of square lawn surrounded by shops and cars where children love to chase each other, run in circles and play catch. On this day, a group of older boys were tossing a football as toddlers scurried about. Our son got so excited when he saw the other children that he sprinted into the middle of the action grinning and waving his arms. Suddenly, we heard a thump and saw him go ...

Easy meal planning for the whole family

When it comes to feeding yourself and family well, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success! It may feel like a daunting task at first, but once you get started you will find a method that works for you and the rest will be history. If your children are old enough, you can include them in the planning, which will get them excited about the healthy foods you are cooking and be more willing to try them. Still not sold on Meal Planning? Here are ...

Middle-School Meltdown? Q&A with nationally acclaimed author and educator Michelle Icard

By Aolani Donegan With a background in education, Michelle Icard has always had a passion for teaching and coaching. She is the mother of a 15-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son and has first-hand knowledge when sharing her viewpoints and studies on what middle-schoolers go through as their brains and emotions develop in the tween years. She will be speaking at Ravenscroft on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Icard, a nationally acclaimed author and educator, recently traveled to New ...

Mundane to Marvelous

This week’s Sunday School lesson was on happiness.  We talked about a lot of things, but one piece of the happiness puzzle seems to be contentment - making the most of your circumstances. I think I see that in my oldest kid.  On Friday she was headed home for spring break.  That afternoon we were driving to Fayetteville, NC, to see my parents.  I’m sure my daughter might rather spend this time with friends in Cancun sipping boat drinks at the swim up bar.  But she had to make a ...

Older Isn’t Easier

When I started telling people we were pregnant with our second child there were many giggles. Several people told us, "its about to get harder." At first it was harder. Managing a kindergartner with a baby in tow, and going back to work while juggling pumping, lunch boxes and ballet lessons - it was certainly not easy. But we made it. Admittedly, the last few years we have been cruising a bit. When I was working we had a full time sitter. If one of us needed to work late or traffic was ...