Halloween is supposed to be fun and simple but for many families it’s turned into a source of excess stress and expense. Let’s just take it down several notches, shall we?
Pumpkin carving isn’t not the most kid-friendly project, nor is it without effort and mess. Here are 13 tips for easier Jack-o’-lanterns.
In this week’s podcast, Christine and I share 8 tips for keeping birthday celebrations focused on the fun, not the stress.
While I’m away on Spring Break with my family, I thought I’d leave you with something fun for the leadup to Easter: my five favorite Easter hacks. I gave these archive gems a little 2015 makeover. 1. Dye Easter eggs in a muffin tin Leah’s Easter egg-dyeing hack continues to be one of the most popular tips on Parent […]
What to do with all of those classroom valentines? If your kid’s sentimental, tossing them may be tricky. Some kids are born “savers.” They resist decluttering because they’re attached to the feelings or memories associated with the item in question. My daughter is a saver…she doesn’t even like it when I weed through her outgrown clothes. But […]
Love is simple. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! A photo posted by Asha Dornfest (@ashadornfest) on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:17am PST All it takes is a Sharpie, an index card, and a quiet moment to find the words in my heart. Sending you love today.
Clever homemade Valentines are wonderful…but only if you love doing that sort of thing. If you feel the stress or “pressure to perform” ratcheting up, please remember that store-bought Valentines are not a sign of “slacking,” they’re a choice to focus on other things you care about more. As parents, we’re surrounded by hundreds of choices every day, and it […]
I put out the call for people’s easy, homemade Valentine ideas, and look what Tami Hackbarth sent in: her daughter’s sweet Valentine pencils fancied up with washi tape labels. Quick, creative, inexpensive, practical, and a welcome break from candy. A kid could knock out a classroom’s-worth of these in minutes. If you’ve never seen washi tape before, it’s Japanese […]
This hack first appeared here in 2008, and it epitomizes the forehead-smack quality of the obvious tip that wasn’t obvious to me till someone said it out loud. Zed’s hack might inspire you to dig out those heart-shaped cutters (or buy a set for a few bucks). — Asha Zed shares the versatility of the humble cookie cutter: […]
My youngest child just started middle school, so we’re done with classroom Valentines. But I’ve still got a soft spot for them. I remember how fun it was to get a box full of valentines from my classmates, and how I couldn’t wait to read and re-read them all, especially the one from the boy I […]