Parents can avoid transforming into monsters during Halloween by embracing the holiday and establishing clear expectations for their children, says Jill Walls, a Ball State University professor who specializes in child development.
“Halloween can be a fun event for the entire family,” Walls says. “The fun of Halloween is not all about the candy, or at least, it doesn’t have to be. Children get to dress up in costumes, and there are other ‘treats’ parents can incorporate into the evening. Color a spooky picture, carve pumpkins, bob for apples in a pot of water, tell spooky stories or read a book together. In today’s hectic and on-the-go lifestyle, time together can be even sweeter than candy.” Continue reading “Parents Should Set Expectations for Halloween”
After three years driving the ultimate driving machine — my fun, but impractical BMW X1 — I traded her in for the ultimate mommy vehicle. Introducing my Honda Odyssey van. I love her, and the kids love that they have so much room.
Here they are, the very essentials of pumpkin carving! By following these steps that you probably had down pay when you were a kid, you can get carving with any traditional pumpkin carving pattern. You’ll need a little elbow grease and a tolerance for mess to use this technique, but it’s totally worth it. Continue reading “Traditional Pumpkin Carving Techniques”
Barbara’s, maker of cereals and snacks made from wholesome ingredients, released findings from its 2017 Breakfast Survey exposing surprising trends about the school morning breakfast habits of families across the nation. The survey, which was conducted with more than 1,000 parents nationwide, found that one in every five children go without breakfast at least once per week, with 38 percent of parents saying this is due to lack of time and hectic mornings. The number of kids who skip breakfast at least once per week surges to 50 percent for those who typically eat on-the-go or in the car, demonstrating a direct correlation between eating breakfast on-the-go and poor nutrition in the morning. Continue reading “5 Tips for a Better Breakfast (and surprising breakfast trends)”
We woke up on our last day in Nicaragua, packed our backpacks and had a driver take us from the beaches of San Juan del Sur to the big city of Managua. Along the way, we soaked in the beautiful landscape including several volcanoes. Continue reading “A Day in Managua Before Flying Home”
Three of the four days we spent in San Juan del Sur, we took the shuttle to Playa Hermosa. This private beach about 25 minutes from SJDS is home to one small hotel, the Playa Hermosa Ecolodge with an outdoor restaurant and bar — and beautiful people who bring you fruity drinks all day long. It was heaven. Continue reading “I Heart Playa Hermosa”