Plant the health & fitness seed in Preschool

Most of us understand that providing a high quality education for young children is a key to a child's future success.  But as important as math, science and reading programs are, a good physical education program in the school is equally important.  Preschool is no different!  The foundational skills needed to achieve academic success include social, cognitive and physical development. There is no reason to wait until a child is in kindergarten to begin a physical education program.

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Posted on December 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Lannette Wolford

Cooking with Kids - Sausage & Cheddar Strata

The holidays are a magical time. On almost every street, homes sparkle in the dark December skies. Even with the busy-ness of the season, we seem to enjoy our families more as the holidays close in and our everyday work slows down.

Whether dinner is a quick casserole after a shopping trip or a multi-course weekend feast, December is the perfect time to rediscover the family table. While you are enjoying the holidays - enlist little hands to assist with cooking.

While your kitchen h...

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation (Doubled!)

As a psychologist who treats sleep disorders, I think about sleep every day. But when I became a parent of twins, my interest in sleep took a new direction.

Now what? When and how to get started with good sleep habits

By the time the twins were about eight weeks old (adjusted age, since they were preemies), we were exhausted from the chaos and ready to set up good sleep habits. I knew the basics (bath, bottle, book, then kiss goodnight) but I didn’t know how and when to start. I de...

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Kelly Baron

Raising Kids to Give Back – It’s Never Too Early To Get Started!

With the arrival of winter comes the anticipation of giving – giving presents, giving thanks, giving back.

As an adult, it’s easy to give back in some way. But this year is different. I’m no longer just me, and my husband and I are no longer just “we.” We are now a family of three, and we want our one-year-old daughter Lila to participate in the tradition of giving back, even at her young age.

When is the right time to get started?

Who could argue the value in raising kids...

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Amy Cahill

Playdate of the Month: New Year's Eve Family Playdate!

New Years Eve is such a great night to stay IN! The Holidays are over, and the kids have been out of school for what feels like forever.  Use the New Year's Eve celebration and the perfect way to get together with good friends.  Skip the expensive night out, wrangling for a last-minute sitter, and those not-so-easy to find taxis.

Why not invite the entire gang, your friends big and little, for a New Year’s Eve family style party? Choose a few activities from our list below and mak...

Posted on December 22, 2011 at 7:00 AM by Anne Book

Picking the Right Gift for Your Nanny

It is indeed the “most happiest time of the year”. The trees are trimmed, the children are snuggled in their beds, and you are awake contemplating what to get your nanny for the holidays. There are so many different kinds of nanny-family situations that this can be a difficult task to navigate. Do you give her money or does that seem too cold? Do you give her a present? But what would be appropriate? Below are some points to keep in mind:


Consider how long your nanny has worked wit...

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Karla Issa

Culture Share - Celebrating Chanukah

I’m always fascinated by the hype surrounding Chanukah (or Hanukah, or Hanukkah…) because, in terms of Judaism, it’s a pretty minor holiday.  I think it gets a lot of press because of its proximity in the calendar to Christmas and, as Jews assimilated to life in the U.S., especially after WWII, they needed something comparable to make themselves feel more a part of this society.  But how to explain this to my young kids who walk around in December seeing all of the pretty lights and the jo...

Posted on December 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM by Beth Cohen-Dorfman

Last Minute Getaways with Holiday Spirit!

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s time for a change of scenery. But you don’t have to go very far to feel a world away.

Worth the Drive

At the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, less than two hours from the city, decking the halls means months of planning to create the annual, spectacular “Christmas in the Country” celebration—and it’s a total charm-fest. Trees and tinsel galore fill every floor of the Playboy Club-turned-resort and spa, while a display of animated l...

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM by Elisa Drake

Time to stuff those stockings!

Its funny how you just assume that everyone celebrates Christmas the way your family celebrated Christmas.  Then as you start to share a home with your spouse, and you quickly learn that your spouse’s family did not quite do it the same way mom did!  The first Christmas my hubby and I spent together I was shocked (…and a bit disappointed) to find toothpaste, Chapstick and socks in my stocking.  Where were the chocolate/almond Hershey Kisses, perfume and costume jewelry my mom always put in...

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Oh, That Dreaded Call…“We’re in the Emergency Room!”

On June 25, just 6 months after we adopted our precious baby girl (Pepper), I got that call (from my husband) that everyone dreads…”we’re in the emergency room…Pepper threw up after eating some leaves that might have been poisonous!”.  Ironically, I was on my way home from conducting a presentation on poison prevention education which concluded with my favorite two professional, (and now personal) mantras: …”Don’t stall, just call 1-800-222-1222” and “No issue too big or small, just call t...

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Vickie Dance