Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?

Should Your Child Play a Musical Instrument?
My parents put both me and my sister in piano lessons as a kid. My sister was a natural; she played beautifully and it came easily to her. I, on the other hand, was definitely not a natural. My parents insisted I practice every day for 30 minutes, which I hated and did not seem to help me improve.  Day after day, they patiently listened to my terrible playing without complaint. For five years they encouraged me to continue saying I would thank them someday...

20 Things For a Digital Kid to Do Outside

20 Things For a Digital Kid to Do Outside
  If you are a parent who encourages their child to play outside, good for you. Children need to be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine! But your child may not be happy about being dragged away from a favorite TV show or video game. When they ask for ideas about what they should do outside, be prepared with some good answers. Things for your child to do outdoors (this list includes some activities to do alone and some with friends) Jump r

Whatever Happened to “Go Outside and Play” ?

Whatever Happened to “Go Outside and Play” ?
Memories of when I would "go outside and play" As a kid I was allowed to roam the neighborhood on my own by either foot or bicycle at a relatively early age. We did not have the safety net of gps tracking devices or cell phones. We had a limited area we were allowed to cover and we respected the rules.  And we didn't wear helmets, though I admit requiring gear to protect your head makes good sense for both kids and adults. Most of the time, we played...

How To Help Your Introverted Child Make Friends

How To Help Your Introverted Child Make Friends
My son is very quiet and reserved. He hangs back to observe the other kids before joining in - and even then often chooses not to participate. He is easily embarrassed and tends to overthink things. Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you, like me, might have an introverted child who finds making friends difficult. I don't worry about my son as he is a great kid, very introspective and creative, and I'm confident he will find his way. And kids don't...

Strawberry Heart Man Kid Snack

Strawberry Heart Man Kid Snack
This is such a fun, cute and slightly healthy snack for kids this Valentine Month of love! This is such a fun after school snack to make this week…or if you are planning a class party or Valentine party for kids, they will love these! Do you need a quick and healthy Valentine’s Day treat to send with your kids to school? Try making these heart man snacks with your kids! All you’ll need is toothpicks, fresh strawberries, candy eyes, pretzel sticks, mi...

“Pick Your Own” Farms In and Around DFW

“Pick Your Own” Farms In and Around DFW
As the demand for fresh produce grows, many Dallas-area farms are stepping up to provide fun “pick your own” experiences for the entire family. Here are a few of our favorites. Storm Farms Strawberries (generally May through the first week of June) 3010 South Bowen Road, Arlington 817-602-0668 Facebook Pure Land Farm A variety of organic produce such as blackberries, carrots, lettuce, kale, tomatoes and herbs depending on the season 7505 County

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?

Dreading Summer Vacation or Jumping For Joy?
I am one of those moms who in early May starts excitedly counting down the days until school breaks for the summer. Ahhh...summer vacation...I envision a more relaxed schedule, longer days, and later bedtimes. Who else looks forward to freedom from the chaos of homework, school projects and after school activities? Then...before I know it, school’s out and summer arrives. Each year I truly believe the summer will be leisurely  and full of light and lov

Is Your Firstborn or Only Child a Perfectionist?

Is Your Firstborn or Only Child a Perfectionist?
Firstborns and only children tend to carry a burdensome load: perfectionism. My firstborn cried out of frustration in elementary school many times unable to immediately master a skill. I noticed he changed dramatically as he grew older and became seemingly lazy and unmotivated; it took us awhile to understand he was still a perfectionist, but gave up even trying because it hurt too much to fail. We did not take any responsibility for the problem as in our

Are You Paying Your Babysitter Too Much? Too Little?

Are You Paying Your Babysitter Too Much? Too Little?
Do you need an occasional night out without kids to refresh and recharge? A time to nurture your adult relationships? I think we all do. But is it in your budget? Sitters are expensive, which means going out even for a casual night on the town can be costly. The expenses add up quickly when you add the cost of your meal or activity to the babysitting fees. Even so, it may be worth it to you to have an adult evening once in awhile.  Once you make the decisi...

Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand

Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand
Most people agree that recycling is the right thing to do for the environment. So why is it that so many of us don't do it? I understand it may not be convenient or you might not have the space for the extra trash can, but did you know recycling also puts more money in your pocket? And while you are saving money, you can help slow climate change, prevent overloaded land fills and save energy at the same time. Below are 5 great ways to show you th...