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Are Your Kids Safe Playing Sports?

Are Your Kids Safe Playing Sports?

Sports are a huge part of American culture and society, but should our kids be the ones playing them? Jen and Barb talk to former NFL player, Rodney Peete about the importance of playing sports and ways to keep our kids safe.

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Outdoor Play?

Are Your Kids Getting Enough Outdoor Play?

Can spending time in nature actually make your kids smarter? Check out Jen and Barb discussing the importance of nature in our kids lives and ways to get it, even if you live in a city.

Do you over-parent?

Do you over-parent?

Unfortunately, the Time Magazine article, The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting (click here to read it), describes both me and my parenting skills; but I do consider myself a recovering “over-parent.” For starters, here are two things I agree with: 1) children do need free time; and 2) children should not be over-scheduled with classes, play …

When do you tell your kids about the real Santa?

When do you tell your kids about the real Santa?

Like most people we have had a challenging year. My husband almost lost his company, one of my daughters needed a reading tutor twice a week (more $$) and everything in the bankrupt state of California seems to be double the price (I might as well be sitting in my house with a flashlight since …

Max Diaries:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Anger

Max Diaries: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Anger

by Christina Cox, new mom blogger Last month, Max and I had a play date at our neighborhood community center. I had never been there before but I wasn’t exactly happy when I arrived to find a large rectangle room that resembled a bomb shelter: no windows, thin carpet spread over concrete and serious worked …

Max Diaries:  Confessions of a Snugaholic

Max Diaries: Confessions of a Snugaholic

by Christina Cox, new mom blogger Max is teething. He’s 14 months, has 10 teeth and is getting his top two molars. He sleeps through the night more often than he doesn’t, but for the last couple weeks, he has been waking up to sore little gums pretty much every night. Max’s bedroom is very …

Max Diaries:  Misery Loves Company

Max Diaries: Misery Loves Company

by Christina Cox, new mom blogger Yesterday, I was at my cousin’s house visiting with my little Max who is one-year old. All of us (her parents, her husband and brother) were talking about how great it is that she will be getting her baby any day now. She’s adopting a little boy! She is …

Max Diaries:  Max Kissed a Girl!

Max Diaries: Max Kissed a Girl!

by Christina Cox, new mom blogger In September, Max kissed a girl! We had our first play date at our house with a little girl named Reese. Reese has blonde hair with little curls and big blue eyes and at the time was nine months old. Here’s how it all went down. The two of …

Max Diaries:  Our Newest Tradition – Thanksgiving

Max Diaries: Our Newest Tradition – Thanksgiving

by Christina Cox, new mom blogger Technically our first Thanksgiving was last year with Max, but this year my husband decided he wanted to do the big day at our house so we can start a tradition for our little guy. So, if we are getting really technical, this means I’m cooking, which is serious …

Do you know the secret to saving on Christmas Shopping?

Do you know the secret to saving on Christmas Shopping?

First thing is to start NOW. I am almost finished with all my Christmas shopping. You may be thinking I am so organized but actually I have half the budget I did last year, so I need to get creative! And I don’t mean make people paintings or blankets (I can’t paint or knit). I …

Stroller Recall (Nov 09) – 2

Stroller Recall (Nov 09) – 2

Good grief. It is always something. Just when you think you have done all your research and found the perfect, safe stroller, they recall it because baby’s fingers are being amputated. I think I had that stroller. Thank God my kids fingers are all still attached. Having said that, you should always be careful, but …

Stroller Recall (Nov 2009)

Stroller Recall (Nov 2009)

You can never be too careful. If you have a baby or toddler please read this article. Close to one million strollers have been recalled by their manufacturer following reports at least 12 babies or toddlers had their fingers amputated after they were caught in the hinges. Continued at the link here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/BUSINESS/11/10/stroller.recall.maclaren/index.html barb

Rachael Ray… What Did You Think of the Segment?

Rachael Ray… What Did You Think of the Segment?

We want to know what you thought. How is your sex life? What makes you feel sexy? Do you indulge your kids? Do you give your kids allowance? And what you would like us to talk about on a future segment (you heard Rachael invite us back)? barb

Get Me Out of My Rut

Get Me Out of My Rut

Full Name: Christina Coles Question: Even though I am a mother of one, she’s 7, I can’t seem to get the energy or desire to just play and have fun. I do the housework, shopping and have a part-time job. I need some ideas to get me out of my rut! Thank You I know …

Jen and Barb on National Television

Jen and Barb on National Television

Okay, today is the day. National TV. Who knew at 43 years old and a mother of 2 that life could still be such a wild ride!? There are a lot of women who I watched when I was a stay at home Mom. They inspired me to get out there and try something new. …

Did you dress up for Halloween?

Did you dress up for Halloween?

Am I bad parent because I did not dress up for Halloween? The kids had their school parade on Friday and thank goodness no parents were dressed up there. Then Jen invited our family to a Halloween party and when we got there ALL the parents were dressed up! Including Jen and Lilah who had …

Lies

Lies

Full Name: Jackie Sutton Questions: Dear Jen and Barb, My son is 8 and he is just now starting to lie… only a lot. I’ve tried to explain that lying isn’t nice but he seems to be making a game about it. I don’t know what to say to him. Do you have any suggestions? …

Biting

Biting

Full Name: Anna Colton Questions: Jen and Barb, My son got in trouble for biting another boy in kindergarten. The teacher thinks I don’t discipline him enough at home (!!!). Advice? Answer: Do you discipline him enough at home? What did the other boy do to your son? If this is a one time incident, …

Baby cry to sleep

Baby cry to sleep

Full Name: Sue Weller Question: My daughter is 5 months old and has been sleeping 10 hours a night for 2 months. She just started waking up at 1am crying. Her doctor told me to just let her cry. I’m scared. What did you do? Answer: I am not a doctor, but if a baby …

Classes with Your Kids

Classes with Your Kids

Full Name: Gwen Schaumloffel Questions: Hey Jen and Barb, When did you start classes with your kids? Is 6 months too early? Answer: 6 months is kind of early for kids, but not too early for you! Sometimes it is nice to meet other Moms and connect. Plus, the class certainly couldn’t hurt. I found …

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