Friday, April 26, 2013
Which have you used to cover your baby?
No matter how old your kids are – diaper changing always seems to make its way back into the rotation as friends and family bring new little ones into their lives. And, I have yet to change a baby wearing cloth diapers. Most of my friends and family have opted for the convenience of a disposable diaper. However, it appears the cloth diaper continues to be a popular choice for many. For example, a group of Twin Cities parents that joined together recently for the “Great Cloth Diaper Change” event – or the Burnsville-based business that sells cloth diapers. So, before I continue to share my parenting “wisdom” with family and friends with little ones – which do you choose for your child? Disposable or cloth? SHARE: Which is better – cloth …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
What are your tips?
Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, working full or part time, finding enough hours in the day can be tough. Honestly, my parents made it look so easy. Or, maybe I just didn’t appreciate at the time the planning and coordination parenthood can take on a daily basis. And, trust me. It doesn’t stop when your kids are teenagers. So, what is a parent to do? How do you plan your day with some sense of organization? Huffington Post recently posted a new article, “Time Management: 6 Tricks For Parents To Stay On Track” with tips such as encouraging parents “schedule serendipity space” and “don’t fall into the multitasking trap.” My favorite tip, however, is to “pause before saying yes.” Four simple words, yet difficult to follow – at least …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The winter break hiatus from school is coming up soon for kids. How will you embrace the break?
I’m assuming most youth attending school – from elementary to high school – are ready and waiting anxiously for the upcoming winter break. While kids of all ages tend to look forward to a break from school, sometimes it can be a little challenging for parents. From finding alternate daycare to combating the “there is nothing to do” phrase or just being the sole source of transportation, winter break from school can be both a blessing and a curse for parents. This week, we’re asking parents to help out each other this holiday season. SHARE: What ideas do you have for kids and families to do during winter break? What are your favorite “go to” places in the winter months? How do you handle daycare challenges? Share your ideas and thoughts in …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Are parent’s attitudes from the stands rubbing off on players?
During one of the first years my son played baseball, I remember a parent from an opposing team who routinely sat as close as he could to the field and constantly yelled at his son. No matter what his 9-year-old son did, apparently it was wrong in his father’s eyes. I felt bad for the kid, his teammates and, well, pretty much everyone that had to listen to it. I couldn't wait for the game to be over. Fast-forward to recently and we hear of incidents of player infractions such as recent fighting on the field during a Totino-Grace High School and Prairie Seeds Academy boys varsity soccer game. The competition in youth sports has seems like it is at a point where more parents are trying to “coach” from the stands and players might be taking …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In front of a packed house, the Inver Grove Heights School Board on Monday discussed more than 20 separate budget reduction recommendations.
Lori Ahern summed up the concerns of hundreds of Inver Grove Heights parents when she stepped up to the microphone on Monday night to address a proposal to restructure Salem Hills and Hilltop Elementary Schools. “We do not see the urgency of rushing hastily into a major school reconfiguration,” Ahern said to the assembled members of the Inver Grove Heights School Board. “To you it may be about budgets or statistics, but to us it’s about our children’s future.” Ahern’s comments were met with cheers and applause from the more than 100 parents, students and community members that attended the Inver Grove Heights School Board meeting on Monday night. The packed house came to hear a series of 2011-2012 budget reduction recommendations — …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Pine Bend students participated in karate, catapult-building, dance and other activities, thanks to volunteer community members.
In Patti Goettsch's Pine Bend Elementary School classroom, students lined up to fire homemade catapults on Friday afternoon. Several classrooms away, National Guard members timed students as they raced through an obstacle course, and even handed out push-ups to giggling grade-schoolers. If it doesn't sound like a typical school day, that's because it's not. On Friday, students, parents and community members all participated in Students and Adults Learning Together (SALT) Day.