When your kids are climbing up the walls and about to drive you nuts, corraling them for a walk or a trip to the park is a great way to decompress--and tire them out! But what's a mom to do when the temperatures are near freezing and the great outdoors is no longer so appealing? Well, you can hide in a corner until bedtime, or you can come up with a few fun ways to kill all that time spent indoors. Here are some of my favorites to get you started:
As the days get colder and the air chillier, it can be quite the task to figure out how to stimulate your child's adventurous spirit. Long walks around town, half-day playground sessions, and picnics in the park aren't so practical during the colder months, especially when you have small children, but that doesn't mean you're destined to spend every day behind the four walls of your home. There are actually quite a few outings you can embark on that will keep you at least mostly sheltered from the elements. And with the gift-giving season approaching, an added bonus is that most of them won't cost you anything at all. Here are six great free or dirt-cheap family-friendly outings:Continue Reading >
Growing up Latino is a point of pride for us--and we wouldn't change that experience for the world. I always knew there was something different about my parents (you either pick up on it early on or later, when you meet people who were not raised by Latino parents).
We may roll our eyes at some of the things our parents did (and do), but you have to admit, growing up Latino is an amazing experience. So check out our list of ways to tell if you were raised Latino.
If you recognize three or more of the following scenarios, you were undoubtedly raised by Latino parents:
The summer's almost over--so make sure you grab your family and head out to enjoy some sand and surf in the sun before it's fall! But though your idea of a perfect beach day might be relaxing on your blanket with a good book, chances are your kids want to run around and stay active.
No worries! We've come up with some fun activities the whole family will enjoy at the beach!Continue Reading >
Is it me or has summer just flown right by? Seriously, it seems like I blink and another month has gone. I can't believe it's August already! But just because the season is starting to wind down doesn't mean you can't enjoy the remainder of this beautiful weather and sunny days.Continue Reading >
As your kids approach their teens and grow more and more independent, it can be a challenge to find common ground. But when your kiddos no longer want to play on the swingset and cuddle on the couch with you, it doesn't mean that they no longer need your influence. The challenge is to find a way to reestablish yourself as not just an authority figure, but as a mentor and source of inspiration.
A fun and productive way to do just that is to take on a project together, one that involves setting goals and working together to reach them. Getting and staying healthy fits the bill perfectly.
When I was growing up, every summer, my sister and I could always be found running around outside, roller skating, or hitting a tennis ball against the wall in our backyard. Now years later, I have two daughters who are also very active and have always made fun time active time. It's a family lifestyle that we all really enjoy.
I grew up with a priority to be active, and I have always tried to impart that to my own daughters. It's something that is not only beneficial, but has bonded us as a family.
Summer is the perfect time to take your kids to the amusement park they've been dying to go to all year long. The only problem? Between the crowded parking lot and the long lines, those outings can sometimes be stressful.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can plan ahead to ensure that your trip will be fun for both you and your family! Read on for some genius tips and tricks that can help you have a fun day!Continue Reading >
Summer family roadtrips are fun, but planning them can be stressful--especially when you're packing and thinking ahead for you and your children. But that doesn't have to be the case! There are simple things you can do to ensure that you're prepared and that your family is entertained.
Below, check out seven super easy tips for having a fun and succesful roadtrip with your kids.Continue Reading >
Every single year, I hear a story of a tragic accident involving fireworks. Yup, every single year, and this year is no different. It's not even the 4th of July yet and already the stories of fireworks-related accidents are being reported, like the death of Kelly Leplante from Dinnwidde County, Virginia. Leplante was allegedly trying to make his own fireworks in a trailer and he suffered severe injuries from a resulting explosion that led to his death later at VCU Medical Center.Continue Reading >