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Lindsay's picture
September 10, 2014
Ahhhh, pumping breastmilk at work....one of the less joyful parts of becoming a new mom. Did you pump at work? If you have you know...it's not easy. From leakage (we've all been there) to equipment malfunctions, there are aspects of pumping at work that certainly aren't glamorous or pleasant, but we do it anyway because, as any new mom will attest, we'd do anything for that little munchkin waiting for us back home. So, with all that in mind, I'm here to offer some tips to simplify pumping at work. No, they won't make it necessarily make it more fun, but they'll at...
Erin D's picture
September 9, 2014
We know you're busy with all things back-to-school, but if you can find the time, fall is a great season for getting cozy with a good book. Cooler nights and earlier bedtimes for the kids mean you might be able to squeeze in a chapter (or at least a few pages!) before crashing at the end of the day. We're excited to announce a giveaway of a great new book that's perfect for the back-to-school season: Big Little Lies , the #1 New York Times Bestseller by Liane Moriarty (author of The Husband's Secret, What Alice Forgot, and many other bestsellers). It's the story of three...
Erin D's picture
September 9, 2014
"Was homework always this hard?" That's the question many moms and dads are asking as they settle into the new school year and face the new Common Core standards. While homework may not technically be "harder," you have probably noticed that it's definitely different from your days as a student. Rather than memorizing ways to do mental math, your child is most likely encouraged to count on her hands, or to draw sticks, dots, or bar models/tape diagrams to solve math problems. And rather than cracking a classic book and slogging away at an essay for English class,...
Lindsay's picture
August 27, 2014
Whether it's a classmate who is on the autism spectrum or a loved one with muscular dystrophy, your child probably has someone in her life with a disability that she might have questions about. When she comes to you, are you prepared to answer them? Talking about disabilties doesn't have to be difficult, and it doesn't have to involved a big, sit-down conversation. Children are naturally curious, of course, but they are also incredibly accepting. It's natural for your child to ask questions when she sees someone who might look or act different than her, and it's important...
Erin D's picture
August 26, 2014
Tweens and teens may soon get to hit "snooze" a few more times in the morning. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement this week recommending that middle schools and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later so that teens can get more sleep. The AAP points to a National Sleep Foundation poll that found that almost 60 percent of middle-schoolers and nearly 90 percent of high-schoolers are chronically sleep deprived. (Psst -- do you know how much sleep your child needs based on his age? Check here. Tweens and teens need 8.5 to 9.5 hours a...
Lindsay's picture
August 20, 2014
Am I the only one who gets a little nervous when the first day of school rolls around and suddenly I'm sending my little ones off all by themselves into the unknown? (Ok, that sounds a little dramatic, I know. But still!) If you are like me, it can be a little nerve-wracking watching your child, backpack securely strapped on, get on the bus or walk into school while you stand back and watch. While I know in reality she'll be just fine, knowing she is well-versed on school safety still gives me a little peace of mind. Fom school bus safety to food allergies, these 7 school safety tips...
Erin D's picture
August 7, 2014
As usual, summer has flown by and we're somehow in the back-to-school season! We've rounded up some of the best school clothing trends, new school supplies, healthy lunch ideas, and more so that you can enjoy these precious final weeks of summer. 14 Back-to-School Clothes Trends for 2014 - From maxi skirts and moto jackets to western shirts and gray denim, take a peek at what kids will be rockin' in the hallways this school year. Prepare for some cute first-day-of-school pictures!  Neat New School Supplies for 2014 - We're pretty nerdy about school supplies, and...
Lindsay's picture
July 17, 2014
It's halfway through July which, if you house is anything like mine, probably means one thing — summer boredom has officially set in. Am I right? Although the non-scheduled days of summer are wonderful the first few weeks, now is usually around the time I start frantically looking for something (anything!) to do with the kids that doesn't involved plunking them in front of the television or the computer. So, what's on our schedule this week? Nature activities! The kids and I are getting outside and becoming one with Mother Nature. Care to join us? If you need some ideas,...
Erin D's picture
July 1, 2014
We're thrilled to announce a cool new tool called Book Finder on FamilyEducation.com! You can use it to search for newly released children's books by age, type (picture book, chapter book, poetry collection, etc.), and theme (bedtime story, friendship, nature, and more). Book Finder launched the same week that the American Academy of Pediatrics announced it will recommend reading aloud to babies and young children (see the AAP's new policy statement on literacy promotion here). Studies have shown that literacy is important to kids' overall development, success in school, and...
Erin D's picture
June 23, 2014
New research shows that "postpartum depression" isn't always postpartum -- sometimes it begins during pregnancy, or not for several months after giving birth -- and that it can take many forms beyond depression, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, or a combination of different disorders. Many new moms mask mental health issues well and even appear to be fine and thriving. The New York Times recently did a powerful series on our evolving understanding of maternal mental health issues. More women appear to be affected by postpartum depression or some form maternal mental...