What You’re Really Getting From Meal Subscription Boxes

It’s six o’clock and you haven’t even thought about putting dinner on the table yet, oops. It seems like the only options are the dusty box of pasta in the back of the pantry or fast food. But wait; what if I told you there was another option? Yes, meal subscription boxes might be the answer to your prayers that come in the form of pre-packaged food with easy to follow ingredients that can arrive on your doorstep every week. Sounds perfect, right? Well before you turn your car around and leave the golden arches of McDonalds behind let’s discusses the positives and negatives of meal subscription boxes. Continue reading “What You’re Really Getting From Meal Subscription Boxes”

My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?

It happens suddenly one day when you’re playing with your baby; you notice the red rash and bumps on their cheeks or scalp. Eczema. Don’t panic. A few things you should know is that about 20% of babies have this condition, it’s more likely to show up if another family member has it, it isn’t contagious and there’s a good chance your child will outgrow it by age 2. Breathing easier yet? No? No need to worry, I’ve got a few tips to help calm both your baby’s skin and your mind. Continue reading “My Baby Has Eczema: Now What?”

Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs”

It’s 4 a.m and the baby monitor in your bedroom bursts to life thanks to the hungry baby in the next room over. Oh, you haven’t heard? 3 hours of sleep is the new 8 hours of sleep. Don’t stress, there’s a way to skip the tired fumbling around in the dark as you struggle to get a bottle of formula together. How you ask? Imagine a Keurig for babies where formula mixes with pre-heated water and drips directly into a bottle, the three products listed below do just that. I’ve listed the pros and cons of each machine and attached a link where you can purchase them but before you make up your mind let’s get into the Battle of the Baby Formula Kuerigs: Continue reading “Battle of the Baby Formula “Keurigs””

Parental Guidance: Getting Smart with Social Media

In this age of social media what one posts online holds more weight now than ever. A fact that 10 prospective Harvard students found out the hard way when their acceptances were revoked due to what they posted on social media. We’ve all heard this song before and like any other top 40 hit it won’t be the last time it’s played, but what can we take away and learn from these students? Continue reading “Parental Guidance: Getting Smart with Social Media”

We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 27, 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.  Over 39 million people in the United States participated in the program in 2016.   This national program encourages workers to not only take their own children to work, but also reach out to take relatives and displaced children to work for the day.   The suggested age range for participating in the day is between 8 and 18.

young-entrepreneursOftentimes, we ask children “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  The youngest children will typically answer teacher, doctor, fire fighter or lawyer.

But, do they really know what choosing a career really means?  Would the answer change if we asked the right questions?  How would we shape their thoughts around education and career if we exposed them to a different workplace each year starting as young as third grade?

Instead of asking broad questions that elicit general answers, parents should try asking specific questions that will enable them to ascertain their children’s interests.  This will help parents plan activities for their children on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and beyond. Continue reading “We Could All Learn from Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day”

Snowed In: 3 FunThings to Do With Kids

Fun Things to Do with Kids on a Snow DayLet’s be honest. With the exception of those of us shoveling in the cold for hours, almost everyone secretly enjoys being completely snowed in for one day.  If you happen to fall into the “nonessential personnel” category,  then you’re off from work and the kiddies are off from school.  Your entire world freezes.  You’re understandably and secretly happy to be unable to answer work emails, run errands, rush to take the kids to activities. (Breathing a collective sigh of relief and air high-fiving all of you parents out there.)  You leisurely wake up and think of the full breakfast you’re able to make today since the 5 minutes your schedule allows on a regular workday never allows you to make the breakfast your heart desires.  Suddenly, you realize that the inevitable is bound to happen; within the next couple of hours your children will tell you that they are bored.  However, today will be different.

Here are 3  Fun Things to Do With Your Children on a Snow Day:

(Disclaimer: This post was approved by kid-approved by my 10-year-old daughter to make sure that these activities aren’t just fun for us parents.) Continue reading “Snowed In: 3 FunThings to Do With Kids”

Developing the Leader Within Your Child

Have you ever looked at the world around you and wondered how leaders are created?  Great leaders don’t just find themselves in positions of power by chance.  They’ve strategically and purposely created opportunities for networking and advancement.  Executives find themselves scaling professional social networks like Linkedin or rsvping for the company’s holiday party when looking to close that next big deal.

son-388523_1920Many parents have the same attitude when intentionally creating an emerging leader within their child.  In this case, exposure to leadership becomes key.  A budding judge or attorney benefits from joining debate teams or viewing documentaries about important court cases.  Are there children who eventually become judges despite not be exposed to the likes of Supreme Court justices?  Surely!  However, with the emergence of social media and it’s immediate accessibility to those who were otherwise unattainable, parents are utilizing a variety of platforms to mold young leaders. Continue reading “Developing the Leader Within Your Child”