My son is asking our Echo to tell him a joke. To be more specific, he is asking it to tell him a good joke. The joke it repeats doesn't live up to his standards, and after a few more attempts, he complains that "she doesn't even know a good joke from a bad one."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 15, 2017 at 6:51am — No Comments
The summer is almost here, which means that we’ll finally get to jump back into the swimming pools and enjoy cooling off in the water on a sunny summer day. However, parents need to be extremely careful while their young kids are in/around the water to avoid dreadful accidents and unfortunate…Continue
Added by Helen Shep on May 6, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
On our recent vacation, I let my son go. I let him climb a Mayan temple that was taller than I was comfortable with, I let him swim on his own above the reef, I let him explore the world away from me.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 3, 2017 at 6:39am — No Comments
Renting an apartment as a single lady can be an exciting opportunity, but it can also be a little scary. As you arrive at your apartment or leave your apartment, others may notice that you are living alone. Additionally, most apartments are built in high traffic areas, which means…Continue
Added by Rachael Murphey on April 3, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments
A baby is hands down one of the most precious gifts one can receive in their lives. Which is why, when you put together a gift idea for the new parents, you want to make sure it is pretty epic. Of course you cannot match the gift of life, but you might be able to come in close if you give it enough effort. You would be forgiven for being confused on what exactly to get them though. After all, they are probably receiving tons of presents from the hundreds of visitors that are streaming in and…Continue
Added by Sophia Addison on March 21, 2017 at 8:13am — No Comments
When my son was a baby, the smoke alarm went off in our home. It was the same ear-piercing alarm that most smoke alarms make, but oddly, he slept right through it. He didn't even flinch. And, he was still sleeping when the firefighters arrived a few minutes later to give us the all clear that the monoxide alarm was malfunctioning.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 10, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments
Safer Internet Day celebrated February, 8, is just another good chance to think about your kids’ internet safety.
These days 75 percent of kids see nothing wrong with sharing personal info online and over 30 percent of kids, targeted by online predators, are aged under 13.
Safer Internet Day aims…Continue
Added by Alice Cook on February 7, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments
One day I asked my work team to stand in a circle, unlock their phones and pass them to the person on their left.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 23, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments
Back Sleeping: The Most Recommended Baby Sleeping Position
Not all sleeping positions are created equal. Believe it or not, some sleeping positions are not safe and can put your baby’s life at risk. If you finally got baby to sleep, knowing the right sleeping position is as important as feeding your child, it could - save the life.
Checking your sleeping newborn is normal. It only shows you want to make sure everything is fine.…Continue
Added by Tina Smith on January 2, 2017 at 4:59pm — No Comments
My son came home from school talking about how they had a lockdown drill. I didn't know what that was. He explained the procedure they followed to lock themselves in a classroom and to stay out of sight "in case a burglar or bad person" came into the school.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments
My son is looking at me incredulously. "All the way to the edges? Are you sure?"
Yup, I'm sure.…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2016 at 7:09am — No Comments
It must have been a particularly bad dream.
My son doesn't have bad dreams very often, but this one was awful enough for him to leave his bed, make his way down the stairs and traverse through the dark all the way to our bedroom. I woke at the sound of our door opening. He wasn't crying, but I did let him…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 19, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments
I am a back sleeper. I try not to be, because I am more likely to snore when I sleep on my back (sorry, honey!). So, I try to sleep on my side, but I know that at some point during the night, I will roll over to my back.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2016 at 7:01am — No Comments
When I was little, I had set parameters for how far I was allowed to go in my neighborhood unsupervised. Of course, "unsupervised" is a loose term here, because there were always people sitting on their front porches in our small town, but the point is that my parents were not expected to constantly hover over me. And that was great for me, because sometimes I wanted to get in some swing time and my parents didn't have to take me to the…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 30, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments
Kids of all ages look forward to the warm summer months. What's not to love about being out of school and spending lots of time outside? Whether it’s swimming in a lake or the backyard pool, hiking through the woods, bike riding, playing in the sprinklers or…Continue
Added by Cheryl Bills on June 21, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Summertime is almost here, Finally! The children are almost free from long days at school and are most likely ready to rip and run. Before piling the kids in the car and heading out for fun park adventures be sure to read over these park safety tips. Each year over 200,000 children…Continue
Added by Nicole Williams on June 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Added by Joan P. on June 8, 2016 at 12:57pm — No Comments
Last week I wrote about nagging your teen into being a safe driver. Maybe you won't need to worry about that after all. As it turns out, we have less teen drivers today than we've had in…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on April 19, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
My son really, really wants to start the car for me.
He is equal parts excited and unsure in this request. But excitement quickly overrules everything when I say yes.…
Added by Lauren Markman on April 13, 2016 at 6:18am — No Comments
It happened at breakfast. I don't know why these things happen over breakfast. Maybe it is the quietness of the morning. Or the contemplative nature of maple syrup. But that is when my son started randomly telling me the story of how the twin towers fell on 9/11.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on January 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments