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Healthy Holiday Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

  Enjoy these delightful and wholesome recipes at your next holiday celebration:    Cookie Cutter Cookies Cookie baking is an essential part of the holidays. Here's a wheat-free, egg-free recipe with no refined sugar.    Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Celiac-sufferers won't have to miss out with this recipe! Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing This delightful dish is a colorful and healthy spin on a Thanksgiving favorite.    French Bean Casserole A... read more

Preschool Triumphs

My daughter loves preschool. And I couldn't be happier.   We had a very rough transition to preschool. She's only three and a half, and there was a part of me that thought that she could wait and just have the one year of preschool before starting kindergarten. I had made a similar decision with my son, and then ended up pulling him out of preschool entirely and giving him an extra year at home (which, for the record, did not make that transition to kindergarten any easier).   Each child benefits from coming after the one before. Which, as an oldest child, I... read more

It's OK to Tell Our Daughters They're Pretty

Lately I’ve noticed a trend arising among blog posts and facebook dialogue that I find a little perplexing. It has to do with our daughters, and no, it’s not about sexy clothing or Miley Cyrus - at least, not directly. What it has to do with is complimenting our daughters, or should I say, not complimenting them.   It seems there are more and more outspoken moms cropping up, who like to proudly extol the merits of never mentioning their daughter’s physical appearance. Apparently, if you never tell a girl she's beautiful she will not worry about the lack of space... read more

8 Misconceptions About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

I planned on going back to work when my first child was six weeks old, but ended up delaying that plan by, oh let's see... almost twelve years now. In that time I've come across many misconceptions about being a stay-at-home mom, some of them my own. Here are just a few:   1. It’s Boring   This kind of depends on your definition of boring. For example: My five year old thinks changing her underwear every morning is boring. My mother thinks doing less than five tasks at once or sitting for longer than thirty seconds is boring. I tend to fall somewhere in between... read more

10 Tricks and Treats for a Naturally Inspired Halloween

  Creative Candy Crafts Looking for something to do with all of that unwanted Halloween candy? Check out these crafts and activities!    Jack-O-Lantern Cookies Have some sweet and spooky fun with these wholesome Jack-O'-Lantern cookies.    Green Halloween dECOr Discover unique and inexpensive ways to create eco-friendly decorations everyone will love.   Earth-Friendly Treats and Treasures Look beyond plastic trinkets and sugary candy with these simple ideas for a greener holiday.    Healthier Halloween Looking for some tasty treats to replace candy this... read more

Mothering is Hard Work

          Being a mom is tough work.  I don’t care who you are -- rich or poor, married or single, first time or experienced, mothering is hard work.   This evening I made a new meal for my family.  It was a spaghetti squash casserole filled with yummy veggies, fresh spices, and cheese.  (Seriously, who can resist cheese!)  I loved it.  My husband loved it.  My five year old loved it, and even my nine month old loved her pureed version.  My two year old... not so much.     “Goosie no eat!  Hurt Goosie mouth!” and “Icky!” were some of the more eloquent expressions... read more

Soothing Parents and Children After A Tragedy

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   In light of the fatal school shooting at Spark's Middle School, Kidsinthehouse.com offers this video from Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., which discusses what parents should do with their children after a school tragedy. Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., is a psychologist, a senior faculty member for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and the co-author with Peter Levine, Ph.D., of Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing, and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide to instilling Confidence, Joy and... read more

The Anxiety of Loving

A lesson for my son about the link between love and anxiety, and an opportunity for us to teach him  effective tools for working with his own worry.   A few nights after our cat's initial escape she vanished into the night again. And again our nine year old son felt terrified and quickly descended into a puddle of panic. This time my husband and I were calm, realizing that Tashi is young and fast and would likely be able to escape the predators in the night. We also realized that we can either trust that she’ll be fine or stress about it every time she refuses to... read more

What You Need To Tell Your Kids About The Media They Consume!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., is the author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. She has advised the Surgeon General, testified before Congress and traveled the nation as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Her decades of research have been featured on The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Watch this short video filmed by KidsInTheHouse.com to hear Dr. Kilbourne define... read more

Letting my Son be Himself

  I’m a mother, and as such, I love my son more than anything else in the world. He has my entire heart. I would do anything to protect his own heart, his feelings, his emotional integrity. I think all mothers feel this way.   Let me tell you about my son. He’s three. He’s imaginative. He’s brilliant at puzzles. He can be a wild man. He talks a mile a minute. He’s huge for his age and moves with exuberance that I identify with Great Dane puppies. He loves anything with wheels. He loves his baby sister. He gets in moods where he wants to cover me with kisses. He’s... read more

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