Being Bored Is Actually Really Good for Your Kids

I see my daughter after a long eight hour day of school. Hour after hour or guided learning, sitting still in chairs and being shuffled from subject to subject, she becomes tightly wound. The last thing she actually needs when she gets home is more. It has become apparent that the best thing for her is space to breathe and listen to her body. That’s when the magic happens. Read More

Mom Puts Department Store on Blast for Children’s “Cheat Day” Lunchbox

Why in the world would a girl young enough to want to carry a lunchbox covered in sequins worry about a “cheat day”?In my home, we are in the thick of teaching our children about nutrition right now. My daughter is six. Food is a necessary tool that helps her body to grow stronger. It’s not the enemy, it’s not scary, and it’s not the key to beauty and acceptance. Read More

Smart School Bus Driver Goes Viral for Stocking Her Bus with Books

Julie Callison’s “bucket of books” is changing the way her littlest passengers experience this time of day, one book at a time. Julie has a red bucket full of books at the front of her bus. When each student gets on, they are able to choose three books to take back to their seat. Read More

Proud Gorilla Mother Can’t Stop Kissing Her Newborn Baby

Although Calaya is 15-years-old, Moke is her first baby, born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.. Inexperienced as she was, she knew just what to do when she met her baby for the first time, gently cradling Moke and laying kisses all over his face. Read More

It Turns out Sometimes Money CAN Buy Happiness (If It’s Used to Buy Time)

For the survey, over 6,000 people residing in the United States, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Canada were asked if they used money to buy themselves free time, and if so, how much they spent. The researchers then asked them about their stress levels and overall life satisfaction. Their findings concluded that those who reported buying time also had higher levels of life satisfaction and lower stress.  Read More

My Secret to Happy Parenting? Mediocrity

It’s a struggle to push those standards aside. But I do. And you should, too. Trade it in, instead, for your own, functioning, unique brand of mediocrity. That’s right: Mediocrity! My secret to being a content, happy parent. I’m completely mediocre, and I’m not shy about it.  Read More