• Boy with chronic illness in college dorm scrolling on his phone
    Teens
    A Parent's Guide to Managing Chronic Illness in College
    College is a time of change and worry for every parent and teen, but if your child has a chronic illness, medical issues, or disability you have a lot more to worry about. You’ve probably been on the front lines helping your child manage his or...
  • five questions kids should ask their grandparents
    Family Life
    5 Questions Kids Should Ask Their Grandparents
    Asking specific questions can get an interesting and valuable dialogue going between kids and their grandparents. It allows them to connect and learn essential information about their family tree and history. You never know what they’ll learn o...
    Laura Richards
  • Pregnancy
    Queen Elizabeth Hates The Word "Pregnant", Here's Why:
    Rarely do we learn of behind closed doors, insider intel on what the Queen of England really thinks but we’ve got an interesting little tidbit about the one word she absolutely hates. There are many words we can imagine the British Monarch wou...
    Laura Richards
  • The Best TV Moms
    Entertainment and Activities
    The Best TV Moms We Could All Learn a Lesson From
    //--> As kids, TV provided some of the first glimpses of the different kinds of moms out there. Some were pictures of idealized perfection and some were more realistic. Who doesn’t love to peek into other families and see what connection we...
    Laura Richards
  • Diverse people holding emoji masks over face
    Family Life
    What Do Your Top 3 Emojis Say About You?
    What goes around comes around and that’s true for ancient hieroglyphics because let’s face it, emojis are the modern-day hieroglyph, right? They’re perfect to get a message across quickly plus they save you from those epic microphone speech...
    Laura Richards
  • Family Life
    An Open Letter to Grandparents: That Was Then, This is Now
    Dear Grandparents, First and foremost, we love you. That is a given, and our kids are blessed to have you in their lives. We are doing our best as parents and appreciate everything that you do, yet there are some sticking points that are hard to...
    Laura Richards
  • First Time Dropping Your Child Off at School
    Mom's Corner
    Will You Survive Dropping Your Child at Daycare or Kindergarten for the First Time?
    The day I put my twins on a school bus for their first day of Kindergarten was wrenching. They couldn’t even see out the window they were so small. I got into my car, turned on the radio and heard the Fleetwood Mac song Landslide and burst into...
    Laura Richards
  • When Mother
    Mother's Day
    When Mother's Day Is Hard
    Mother’s Day is usually a day of togetherness, a day of family and celebrating Mom. But it's not a happy day for everyone. For those who have lost a child, lost their mother or are estranged from their mother, it's a tough day to get through. ...
    Laura Richards
  • World Geography Week
    School and Learning
    6 Fun and Educational Toys to Celebrate Geography Awareness Week
    In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that 75 percent of U.S. eighth-graders did not have a solid foundation in geography. According to U.S. News and World Report, geography is not a required subject in middle and high schoo...
    Laura Richards
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe
    Food
    4 Indulgent (and Oh-So-Easy) Chocolate Dessert Recipes
    We all have our secret stash of treats just for us (and maybe our partner), but what if you want something more? Something indulgent that goes beyond that bag of chocolates hidden in the cabinet? Whether you're looking for a special dessert to w...
    Laura Richards
  • Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    Baby and Toddler Toys
    Counterfeit Toys and Online Shopping: What Every Parent Needs to Know
    As we approach the holiday season, many of us will be purchasing toys and gifts online. Shopping online is convenient and nothing beats shopping in your pajamas! However, there are some pitfalls and one is purchasing a counterfeit item when you ...
    Laura Richards
  • The Best Yoga Positions for Pregnancy
    Exercise Safety During Pregnancy
    The Best Yoga Positions for Pregnancy
    Pregnancy is a wonderful time but it can be physically challenging. Yoga is a great, gentle way of calming the body and mind while keeping loose and maybe helping some of the common aches and pains that carrying a baby brings. Below are a few gr...
    Laura Richards
  • staycation kite flying
    Summer Vacation
    5 Staycation Ideas for Family Vacation
    Planning a family getaway? Well you don't always have to travel to a tropical resort. Sometimes, the best vacation is right near your home. Here are some staycation ideas for family vacation! 1. Make Your Yard an Oasis or Campground Whether y...
    Laura Richards
  • Household cleaners that look like candy to kids
    Keeping Kids Healthy
    5 Common Household Cleaners That Look Like Candy to Kids
    Advances in common household cleaners have made our life as adults easier but oh so tempting and colorful for kids! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300 children ages 0-19 are treated every day at a hospital...
    Laura Richards
  • Kids crafts, recipes, activities, pirate treasure chest
    Activities and Crafts
    5 Fun Pirate Themed Activities, Crafts and Recipes
    Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure! The new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie will be opening next week. So how about some pirate themed activities with your kids? Below are a few of our favorites. Aye aye, captain! 1....
    Laura Richards
  • How to wean your baby from the bottle
    Weaning
    5 Tips for How to Wean Your Baby from the Bottle or Breast
    How to wean your baby is a hot topic among moms, but what's the best way to do it? There are two important factors to consider when weaning from the bottle or breast: your baby's nutritional needs and their emotional needs. Leigh Anne O'Connor ...
    Laura Richards
  • Learn how to organize your kitchen like this
    Family Life
    How to Organize the Kitchen: 10 Simple Ways
    The kitchen is the heart of the home, but organizing it takes some planning and thought. Below are my best tips for keeping things orderly and neat. Store Pots in Drawers If you have the space, utilize your drawers to their maximum capacity. ...
    Laura Richards
  • Having twins has its sweet moments and its challenges
    Twins
    Having Twins: A Day in the Life of Mom
    I will never forget the day my husband went back to work after I had twins. Our boys were preemies and were in the NICU for a while. When they were released, life went back to normal. Wait, no, not normal. Normal went out the window, especially ...
    Laura Richards
  • Young Girl Getting Vaccinated
    Kids
    Expert Advice: 5 Answers to Your Most Common Questions About Vaccines
    The topic of vaccinations can be stressful and confusing, and vaccination schedules for kids is always a hot topic among parents and caregivers. Dr. Katherine Williamson is a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Orange County and deals with pa...
    Laura Richards
  • Activities to Go Green
    Entertainment and Activities
    Celebrate Earth Day: 8 Easy Ways to Teach Your Child to Go Green
    Going green can seem overwhelming but there are simple things you and your kids can do every day to save the environment. Here are eight easy ways to teach your child to go green. Collect Food for Composting That apple core from lunch? Grape ...
    Laura Richards