30 Thoughtful and Affordable Holiday Teacher Gifts

Parenting Lambeth HochwaldDec 05 Your kids’ teachers work so hard day after day after day. Why not show them your appreciation for all that they do? Here, 30 heartfelt holiday gifts for teachers—that will enable you to stay on budget, too. A refreshing way to keep hydrated via amazon.com Teachers are on their feet all day and are often so busy they forget to take care of themselves. This insulated…

10 Ways to Save 10 Minutes Every Day

Parenting Lisa DruxmanNov 20 How would you like to have SIXTY HOURS EXTRA in a year to do whatever you want? All it takes is 10 minutes saved per day. In her book, ‘The Empowered Mama,’ FIT4MOM founder Lisa Druxman already created a list of ideas to help you to make this happen. Make a daily list for your kids Rido/Shutterstock Even before my kids could read, I had a…

10 Things You Should Never Order off a Kids’ Menu

Parenting Meghan JonesNov 20 Finding nutritious options for children on restaurant menus can be especially difficult. Here are some of the worst offenders—from obvious calorie bombs to more surprising, sneaky items—that you shouldn’t order off the kids’ menu, along with healthier alternatives that will still keep your kids happy. Sodas and fruit juices Ann in the uk/Shutterstock When you see a cobalt-blue or neon-green, kiddie-bait carbonated beverage on a kids’…

How to Make a Snowman: 6 Tips for the Perfect Mr. Frosty

Parenting Juliana LaBiancaDec 13 Do you wanna build a snowman? Here’s your guide to creating an insta-worthy Mr. Frosty! Know your snow iStock/borchee If you’re from a place where it regularly snows, you know there’s a difference between dry, powdery snow and wet, slushy snow. You also know how to make a snowman with the right type of snow—something between wet and powdery. “You can think of the free water…

Nearly 90% of Kids Who Have This Surgery Don’t Actually Need It

Emily CappielloNov 19 In kids who have recurrent sore throat, there’s little difference between those who get a tonsillectomy and those who do not. The number of subsequent sore throats seems to diminish just as well in those who are untreated. When kids experience regular sore throats, some doctors may recommend that they have their tonsils removed. However, new research from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. suggests that…

If You Have Asthma, You Need to Eat This Food

Emily CappielloNov 19 New research from Greece suggests the right foods can reduce airway inflammation that leads to asthma attacks. OnlyZoia/ShutterstockWhile most of us are aware that what we eat can help us avoid chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests your diet can also improve—or worsen—asthma. In a clinical trial from by La Trobe University in Greece, researchers recruited 64 children with mild asthma. While…

17 of the Best Books to Read as Children (and Adults)

Parenting Lauren GelmanNov 17 Twilight and The Lorax aren’t the only books meant for younger readers that adults can enjoy too. Our staff selected incredible kids’ stories that also appeal to grown minds. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl My boys are older now, but when they were little we would read this classic story a lot. It was wonderful for boys, especially since it was all about…

8 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays with a Blended Family

Parenting Jen BabakhanNov 11 Holidays are stressful for everyone. But for blended families in particular, the holidays can be a time when the pressure and strain to be happy unit can become more magnified than usual. Here’s how to help your blended family not only enjoy the holidays, but build bonds that last long after the season is over. Adjust your expectations iStock/ballero For newly blended families, it can be…

Is Santa Real? 11 Gentle Ways to Break the News About Santa to Your Kids

Parenting Jenny Lelwica ButtaccioNov 13 For many households in America, the Christmas season invokes feelings of joy, family, love, presents, and, of course, Santa. So what happens when your child starts asking if Santa is real? We asked parents and experts for helpful ways you can navigate this tricky situation while keeping the magic of Christmas alive and well for your kids. Look for signs your child is curious about…

10 Holiday Decorating Mistakes That Could Put Your Family in Danger

Parenting Marissa LaliberteNov 22 While Christmas decorations are meant to bring cheer, some holiday staples do more harm than good. The plants you display are poisonous Jet Cat Studio/Shutterstock Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias probably aren’t toxic. One review in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine found that only about 3 percent of children who eat it will develop any symptoms, and even animals are unlikely to have any health…