Easy cooking ideas with kids

You probably heard this somewhere, but part of getting your kids to appreciate food, and possibly try a few flavours that they wouldn’t otherwise, is to get them involved in the kitchen in prepping, especially the cooking part.  I usually like to involve my little guy not only for that – but as a welcome…

Keeping it real: Stranger-safety talk

It is bound to happen, that talk about being aware, slightly paranoid, and uneasy around strangers to protect your kids from possible dangers.  It is hard to have this talk not because you don’t want the best for your children, but because in essence you are taking another step to less innocence in their lives. …

Babies eating real food

It might be pricey to get formula for babies these days – especially organic formula that reduces the amount of heavy chemicals and extra fortified nutrients, but man is it ever easier than cooking real food for them.  Babies will need to start solid somewhere between 10-15 months, and although milk will continue to be…

Stress-free Baby proofing

New parents can easily go overboard in trying to protect and control everything around their new baby, and that is understandable.  This still applies to those who have other children but maybe to slightly lesser extent.  It is hard to know when it is enough or slightly overboard when it comes to protecting or childproofing…

Kid Birthday Parties – A thought or two

Am I the only one who finds that children birthday parties are getting out of hand?  Some may give wedding parties and wedding planning a run for their money.  Depending on your disposable income, I get why you would want to celebrate the key milestones of your precious little ones with as much fanfare as…

Money sense for kids

Starting kids early with anything is a great approach, even if it means exposing them to ideas that they won’t have to stress about until they are adults.  Talking about death, politics and how it facts everyday life, and even the environment are a definite yes.  Money is no exception, and dealing with money, appreciating…

Organic essentials for babies

Organic, although well-meaning has become a marketing slogan in recent days, much like ”Eco-friendly”, “Green”, “Sustainable”, “Non-GMO” – with no real set of standards to manage how the term is used for retail products.   This is particularly frustrating for parents who find artificial and processed products all the more concerning for the fragile bodies of…

When is it too early to take them to daycare

This question will continue to be answered in 50 different ways; it all comes down to the parent working situation and the child’s readiness; in some cases the parent’s readiness.  Not having the luxury to extend your home stay with your child and going back to work is the only option; this can make the…

“Non-video game” gift ideas

It is already quiet the challenge to get kids any sort of meaningful gift with a reasonable price – it is even more difficult if those kids are not yours or if you don’t know them well.  It is easy to rely on getting video games, particularly for boys as the easy way out or…

Kids Winter Clothes – A Nightmare

Winter brings increased anxiety and almost “Dread”-like symptoms to most parents.  It’s one thing for those without children to deal with extra layers, gloomy darkness, and bulky boots – but to worry about an additional set of clothing layers or two depending on how many kids you have is panic inducing.  The amount of dirty…