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Category: Toddler

How to stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is a great time of year for many children. Like many other activities, Halloween will look different this year during the COVID-19 pandemic as we all work to keep our families and community safe. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe this spooky season.

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7 ways to keep pools safe this summer

Summer is here! For me, it felt like summer would never come this year after such a cold winter, and the start of stay-at-home orders. But now, some city pools are opening and lakes and all types of fun water activities are an option!

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Talking to kids about this phase of re-opening

As local authorities ease restrictions on businesses opening and people gathering, we all have questions about how to make smart decisions to keep our families safe. And if we grown-ups are scratching our heads, you can bet our kids have questions, too. As much as doctors wish we could provide all the answers, we just don’t have them. What we do have, though, are some helpful guidelines for making the best calls for your family.

Mom and daughter crafting face masks

Helping your child wear a mask

Since wearing a mask is currently required when social distancing isn't possible, it is important to help children understand why we're wearing masks and to help them feel as comfortable as possible. Below are some tips for you and your family to help your child with wearing a mask.

Mom showing son how to wear a face mask

Tips for helping children understand the new normal

In many places, the coronavirus stay-at-home orders are being lifted and people may return to work and social events in phases. We as adults may understand the new rules, so it may be easy for us to flip that switch and attempt to return to normal. But for kids it may be more difficult. Children might need some help grasping the rules changing… again. Here are a few tips that can help guide your conversation with your children.

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Gifts Moms really want for Mother’s Day

I never truly appreciated what my mother did for me until I became a mom myself. And now I know. Being a mother is the hardest, most beautiful and challenging role of all. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Kid waving at person on computer

Birthdays in the time of COVID-19

My birthday is Nov. 27. It’s 1981, if you really want to know. Every year for my birthday growing up, my parents let me pick where we could go out to eat for dinner. I usually picked Oak Park Mall’s food court. It was the 80s and my parents had four kids, spaced two years apart. We rarely went out to eat. The mall and the food court was a favorite choice because that meant we could shop in the mall, too. We would come home for cake and ice cream and I would open presents from the family.

Toddler playing with cups and straws

Easy ways to entertain your toddler at home

As a working mom that made that choice, I have never truly realized how challenging it can be to entertain your toddler until recently. I have a deeper respect for our educators and stay-at-home moms more than ever for their patience and creativity! You all deserve a medal, seriously.

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How parents can make a healthier environment for healthier kids (on Earth Day and every day)

This Earth Day, like a lot of days lately, looks different this year. With social distancing and other public safety measures in place, we won’t be spending time in community gardens, planting trees with neighbors, or gathering to celebrate. However, there is still a lot we can do to combat the effects of climate change right where we are.

Frustrated mom at table looking at papers

Ways to curb frustration as a social-distancing parent

With the coronavirus pandemic, children are home all the time! Which is safe, but that means parents aren’t just parents - they are now teachers, caretakers, chefs, entertainers, housekeepers and everything else to their child. It’s a lot for anyone to manage.

Mom hugging scared daughter

Today’s forecast: Springtime storms and possible anxiety

April showers bring May flowers. But they can also bring bouts of anxiety. It’s normal for storms to be a little scary, but when does that become something to be concerned about? When a child’s reactions to the pending threats of harmful weather are so strong the child feels one or a combination of symptoms such as feeling paralyzed, has a panic attack, is clingy, restless, cries, is scared, runs away, hides, seeks shelter, has a racing heart, shortness of breath or tingly hands, then anxiety is a true concern.

Mom and daughter cooking on stove

Ideas to invigorate your kids’ social-distancing routine

Social distancing is hard, especially when you are a kid. Their entire world has been rocked and it is hard to understand why they can’t do the things that they were able to do just a few weeks ago. Recently, there was a Parent-ish blog about five things to consider when it comes to social distancing. Of those five items, the first one was structure. As a parent, you might have already put a routine or schedule in place, but maybe you are feeling a lull and want some ways to improve the experience for everyone in your home.

Mom and child looking out the window

5 things to consider as a social-distancing parent

By this point, parents are all too familiar with the term “social distancing.” Although humans are social in nature, this tactic of social distancing appears to be our best combatant against the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease. Even though it is an effective strategy, social distancing comes with a new set of challenges. Those hurdles include parents being asked to work from home, the shutting down of schools and the combination of trying to balance these changes within the confines of our homes. Fortunately, with adversity comes great opportunity.

Mom using tissue on son's nose

Kids and springtime allergies:  6 mistakes you might be making

After a cold winter, spring is finally here. And now that the temperatures are warming up, it’s also time for that other season—the one that’s just a little less exciting: allergy season.

Mom consoling daughter

Rules of divorce: Easing the transition for your family

Every year, thousands of children experience the divorce of their parents. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.