Back to School {Simplified} **Giveaway and $45 in Clothing Credits**

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond My oldest son is going to be a high school senior this year. A freaking senior.  I literally can’t even. Where does the time go?  That means I’ve been doing “Back to School” for twelve years of my life now. Plus three years […]

Depression and Suicide in Young Adults

This is a guest post of information developed and put together by Dr. Jesse Viner, the executive medical director of the Yellowbrick Treatment Program, a facility that helps young adults dealing with depression and other mental health issues.  Please share this important information with anyone you know who has young adults in their life.   Depression and Suicide […]

Spring Sensory Table

Have I mentioned before that I used to be a preschool teacher? Well I was. Which makes the last year of Darling Baby’s life that much more appalling. Sure, we’ve played and read books and listened to music and gone to baby school, but as far as any real official “ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES” go, I’ve completely […]

We Stopped Using a Highchair

Shortly after Darling Baby had his first birthday, I decided it was time to stop using a high chair. So we went to Ikea and bought him a little table and some dishes. We wanted him to learn to sit at a table for meals and we wanted him to have furniture that was his […]

Toys and Activities for Your Child’s First Years

Many of the new mothers I talk to want to know how they can stimulate and entertain their babies and toddlers, and what the best toys are.  The predominant tendency is to buy lots of toys so the child will always have something new to play with and take lots of classes to keep the […]

Family Night and Carob Brownies

When I was growing up, one of my family’s traditions was a family night every Monday.  As an adult though, I didn’t carry on the tradition.  Life got busy.  Between late work nights, homework, extracurricular activities, both my husband and I taking college courses in the evening and myriad other reasons, we’ve done well to […]

Must-Read Books for Before, During and After Pregnancy

Until recently, women had few choices about what to read to prepare for childbirth and parenthood.  Mostly the ever-present “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, which is not necessarily the best choice for women who desire to have a gentle birth with minimal interventions.  There are now many excellent books available to prepare the modern mother […]

Book Review: Beyond the Rainbow Bridge

Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our children from birth to seven by Barbara J. Patterson and Pamela Bradley is a short and easy to read introduction to Waldorf parenting.  It is based on questions and answers that arose during a parent enrichment course led by Barbara Patterson, a “seasoned Waldorf teacher”. Some of my favorite quotes: “What may […]