Do You Know What You’d Do? 4 Emergency Scenarios Parents Need To Be Prepared For

computer and notebook
Preparing beforehand can be the key to surviving one of these emergencies!

Please know this post is not intended to scare anyone.  I strongly believe that discussing emergency scenarios such as these is important because in many cases, having a plan can save your life and the lives of your family members.  These scenarios are rare and statistically very unlikely to happen to you, so please don’t lose sleep.  But do think about it and talk about it.  It is my hope that you’ll actually feel more comfortable, knowing you’ve taken steps to reduce your risk.  With that in mind, in this post we’ll look at four dangerous and scary emergency scenarios that families might encounter, and how to mentally prepare ahead of time to give you and your family the best chance for survival.   Continue reading “Do You Know What You’d Do? 4 Emergency Scenarios Parents Need To Be Prepared For”

5 Super Simple Steps To Cut Toxins From Your Home

2 girls in pajamas
Safer jammies are a great way to reduce toxin exposure! Read on for details.

Every day we see another article telling us that such-and-such substance causes cancer.  It can be overwhelming!  It’s often hard to know what’s a true threat, and implementing recommendations like “don’t ever touch any plastic again” can be impractical and unrealistic, not to mention expensive.  In this post I’ll walk you through five simple and affordable (several are free!) ways to reduce toxin exposure for your entire family, making your house healthier and safer.

Continue reading “5 Super Simple Steps To Cut Toxins From Your Home”

“Best Of”: Awesome Hacks for Stress-Free Travel With Kids

Bear in suitcaseSummer is almost here, and that means if you’re planning a summer trip, it’s time to get organized.  I personally love the excitement and anticipation of researching and planning a trip!  But if you travel with kids, especially young kids, there are also many stressors involved.  From car seats to hotel arrangements, to keeping everyone semi-occupied and happy on the plane and in the car, the details can sometimes get overwhelming.  Googling “travel with kids” can bring you some great ideas, but going through all the lists and figuring out what will help and what’s more work than it’s worth is, well, more work.  We can help!  Below is our “best of” list, bringing you gear, ideas, and one awesome travel hack that will, hopefully, make this summer’s trip less stressful! Continue reading ““Best Of”: Awesome Hacks for Stress-Free Travel With Kids”

Fluency Not Required: Foreign Language Exposure is Great for Kids!

Kids blocks with Arabic letters.
The benefits of being bilingual at an early age has been well studied. But what about more limited exposure?

We have all heard the advantages of being bilingual, especially at a young age.  A number of studies have shown that children who learn two languages from early childhood have an easier time learning other languages later, and are able to speak multiple languages without an accent.  Some studies even suggest knowing more than one language can help offset dementia.  That said, usually bilingual children either have at least one parent who is fluent in second language, or they speak a language at home that is different from the one used outside the home.  For most of us, that’s not in the cards.  But what about limited foreign language exposure?  Does that do anything?  In this post I’ll review the studies relating to this topic and provide a few suggestions for how to easily integrate a second language into your kids’ lives (and your own!). Continue reading “Fluency Not Required: Foreign Language Exposure is Great for Kids!”

Weighted Blankets For Kids, Better Sleep for All?

Girl sleeping with teddy bear
If you’re a parent, you’re probably not getting as much sleep as you should be!

If you’re reading this, that probably means you aren’t getting enough sleep.  In fact, according to this study, for women under 45, “researchers found the only factor associated with getting enough sleep was having children in the house, with each child increasing the odds of insufficient sleep by nearly 50 percent.” And while the study focuses on women, I’d venture to bet that in a lot of households today, including ours, sleep is short for both parents!  In this post, I’ll share our experience with weighted blankets so you can decide if they might be helpful for your family’s sleep.

Continue reading “Weighted Blankets For Kids, Better Sleep for All?”

How to Pick a Safe Sunscreen for Your Family

Some situations require sunscreen because it is too hot, or impractical, to wear hats and long sleeves.

Spring is here! As spring and summer arrive, we all start to spend more time outdoors. That’s wonderful, especially with all the benefits that outdoor time brings. However, if you’re spending any significant time in the sun, you’ll need some protection, and finding a good sunscreen is hard enough without having to worry about toxic chemicals. In this post I’ll break down the basics you need to know to pick a safe sunscreen you can feel good about! Continue reading “How to Pick a Safe Sunscreen for Your Family”

Amazing Outdoor Play: Six More Powerful Reasons To Play Outside

Boy Looking At Tree
Time spent outside, even on cloudy days, can protect against nearsightedness.

We all know that outdoor play is good for children.  It encourages them to be active, which aids motor development and can help prevent future obesity.  Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for everyone’s mood and help reduce stress.  Safe sun exposure (more on that in a later post) helps make vitamin D.  And the list goes on.  But sometimes, getting outside can be a challenge.  We all have days where we need additional motivation.  Below I’ll talk about six lesser known but equally important reasons to get your munchkins outside, even when you’re not feeling it. Continue reading “Amazing Outdoor Play: Six More Powerful Reasons To Play Outside”