3 Tips for Adopting a Better Bedtime Routine

Bedtime. It can be the best of times, and it can be the worst of times. Often, after a full day of activities together, it cannot come soon enough. But as many parents will tell you, the calming, quiet routines we share with our children as we settle...

Make Every Day a Happy Day With Your Kids

Routines are the glue that stick together the hours and activities in our days. On a good day, Cabin Fever only has to remind her children to do things once. (On a day of amazing fabulosity, I'd never have to remind anyone of anything at all; but tha...

Dreams for this New Year: Resolution Making for the Whole Family

The gifts have been opened, the toys have been broken, the decorations packed away (except for those still hanging, looking forlorn), and Cabin Fever is sleep-deprived and overfed and suffering from a season of excess. Don't get me wrong: we've had...

Showers versus baths - How are your kids getting clean?

My kid takes showers. He is sixteen months old. I took showers as a kid, but spent most of my time in the bath, surrounded by various toys and lots of suds. When our children are first born we barely bathe them, then move them into the little plasti...

Back-to-school changes parents' routines too

Shortly after school let out last spring, our schedule began to slide. The kids' normally strict bedtime began inching back, and now they're often up with us enjoying the sweetness of the late summer evenings. The flip side to this, of course, is tha...

Teaching routines to a preschooler

Getting out the door with children poses a lot of challenges. They need to be ready. You need to be ready. You need all the STUFF that seems to come with toting children around. And, in an ideal world, you manage to do all that and still get wherever...

Poop: My daughter's newest delaying tactic

My daughter has never had a good relationship with going to sleep. Ever since she was a wee one, we've had issues with getting her to lay in bed, close her eyes and go to dream land. While things have gotten better as she has grown older (especially ...


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