Category: Being Your Best Parent

How and why to talk to your kids about the 2020 presidential election

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From casual conversation to heavy TV ads, the 2020 presidential election is unavoidable and your kids are likely drawing conclusions. Let’s explore how to make election season educational, and hopefully less stressful, for kids* of any age.

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What do they already know? What have they heard from friends, at school, on TV and online? Kids may or may not realize that elections have the potential to change their lives. Assess their knowle...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

Why I follow the Montessori method to combat bullying

According to statistics reported by StopBullying.gov, between one in four and one in three students will face bullying at school this year. As a parent, this is a statistic that I do not want my child to be a part of—from either side of the fence. And as a Montessori school administrator, this is a topic that I navigate with families at least once every year. I believe that this statistic can change if we focus on empathy and community.

Our daughter is almost 5 and has attended Montess...

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 1:56 PM by Lila Jokanovic

You can make eating out with your kids actually enjoyable

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Does going to a restaurant with kids fill you with apprehension? Do you cross your fingers and hope for the best, or do you load up on digital toys and promise yourself it will be different next time?

We’ve had some wonderful meals out…and ones we’d prefer to block from memory. But we like eating out too much to dispense with this pastime—children and all. Here's how we've helped our kids develop the patience and manners to make a meal out more enj...

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:52 PM by Fiona Royer

Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier

Having a moment to blissfully enjoy your coffee in the morning? Mmmmmaaaaybe it's possible if you follow these working mom hacks.

Coffee alone won't cut it. Parents who work full time need a plan to get out of the house on time in the morning with everyone fed, dressed and backpacks packed—without tears. (No one would blame you if you have a little cry on the way to work, btw.)

How do seasoned working moms make it all happen? We asked our members their top tricks and tips for keep...

Posted on December 04, 2019 at 12:59 PM by Laura Baginski

How to hire more moms? Corporate America needs to learn to share.

When I had a four-year-old, a two-year-old and an infant (and a seven-year-old who was in school all day), I had a preschool carpool that was one of the most dependable and important parts of my life. 

It was the linchpin to my getting a few moments to myself. After I dropped off the four-year-old, if I managed to get the two-year-old and infant to nap at the same time, I had a few blissful hours to do things like go to the bathroom by myself or eat a meal sitting down. Nothing stopped...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM by Emilie Hogan

You can stop asking your toddler this one question

We hear it all day long: at storytime, at the playground, at music class, at toddler birthday parties. It’s become so ubiquitous, you probably don’t even think twice about it.

I’m talking about “can you...?”. As in, “Can you put the bean bag back in the basket?” “Can you clean up that spill?” “Can you share a piece of your snack?” It’s parent-speak for many different situations and in almost all of them “can you” is the wrong phrase. It’s not what we mean and with toddlers, we need to ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM by Elizabeth Jones

How I quit my office job, spend more time with my kids and still make money

My family was blessed with a beautiful baby girl in June 2016. I returned to work three months after she was born. My husband and I had the mentality of “divide and conquer.” I went to work before they were awake, and my husband awoke with our daughter in the morning, got her ready and off to our nanny share.

In the afternoon, we did the opposite. I hated missing breakfast with my sweet girl, but I knew this was what our hectic schedules called for. When I became pregnant with my secon...

Posted on October 02, 2019 at 4:34 PM by Christina Sidoti

10 things I taught my daughters to prevent bullying

Remember the movie Mean Girls, where high school students created a burn book to spread rumors about each other? While I, too, enjoyed the movie and often joke with my friends that “on Wednesdays we wear pink,” the movie exposed some very harsh realities when it comes to bullying. Sadly, with the rise of social media, the issue has only progressed since the flick came out 15 years ago, and the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why provided an even clearer picture of the nationwide epidemic.

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Posted on October 01, 2019 at 1:43 PM by Lori Orlinsky

What if I put my parenting experience on my resume?

I am a 47-year-old mother of four girls who has been out of the paid workforce for 18 years. Right now, I’m in full-blown job search mode to get back into it, so I think about my resume a lot. 

Not surprisingly, getting back in has been quite a challenge for many reasons. But recently, after yet another informational interview, I realized my resume doesn’t represent who I am at all.  

Sure, it has my degrees and all of the very impactful and important volunteer work that I’ve done o...

Posted on October 01, 2019 at 11:33 AM by Emilie Hogan

Kids always making you late? Try these tips for on-time arrivals.

I hate the discourtesy of being late. I hate running from place to place. I hate to keep people waiting. With three little ones in tow (ages 2, 4 and 6), though, it kind of comes with the territory.

But does it have to? These are some of the tools I’ve tried in my endeavor to avoid tardies at school, hold down a full-time job, keep stress and tears at bay, and even enjoy going about our day together. (Full disclosure: We don’t have this subject mastered, but we are committed to keep tr...

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM by Fiona Royer