Parenting

Is my child too sick to go to school?

Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school. After all, what well-intentioned parent hasn’t sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning “come get your child” phone call? But making the right... Read More

Top 6 Tips when finding a Babysitter

Top 6 Tips when finding a babysitter Babysitting services today have changed from the days of ringing the resident babysitter and asking if she was free for the evening. Rising rates and technology have changed the face of babysitting. According to UrbanSitter’s 2019 National Childcare Rate... Read More

Valentine’s Day Memories

It’s not always easy for kids while we like to think of Valentine’s Day as all sweet, candy and roses, I’m sure we all remember days of heartbreaks as well. Remember when, before the politically correct days of every child giving a Valentine to everyone in... Read More

Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning Solutions

Spring is the time to clean and refresh. Here are two of our favorite go-to non-toxic pantry items that keep the house smelling clean and springtime fresh. All Purpose Cleaner This easy-to-mix, all-purpose cleaner works on most surfaces. It’s great on kitchen countertops and floors to remove... Read More

5 Steps to Empower Your Tween Girls

The Girl Power Campaign is a fun and powerful way for parents to help girls, particularly tweens, develop a healthy self-image and a successful growth mindset. This campaign was started by a Seattle mailman to help empower his young girls. See the infographic below for five simple... Read More

Top 10 Tips for Working Mothers

Yes, Motherhood and Working Do Mix: The Top 10 Tips for Working Mothers Oaklee’s guest post by Pamela F. Lenehan Is being a working mother hard on your kids? 70 percent of U.S. mothers with children under the age of 18 are working — some 31 million... Read More

The Happy Kid Handbook

Finally, someone has come up with a realistic manual for raising happy kids! A new book, The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World, offers a straightforward approach that produces happy children and sane parents. The author, Katie Hurley, LCSW, is... Read More

October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month!

Oaklee’s guest post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director for Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s product safety.   Do you know what “safe sleep” means for an infant? Well, it’s changed a lot over the years. Back in 10,000 B.C. the perfect night’s... Read More

Tips for the Ultimate Backyard Campout

Want to get your kids outside this summer? Try bringing the camp lifestyle home. The experts at the Camping and Education Foundation have put together a list of tips to help parents throw the ultimate backyard campout that goes beyond flipping burgers and singing camp fire songs.... Read More

Top 5 Safety Rules for Grandparents

Oaklee’s guest post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director for Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s product safety.   Pass this on to grandma- the top 5 safety rules that all grandparents need to know about baby safety Grandparents play a vital role in... Read More

Never Say No

Authors Mark and Jan Foreman are parents to Jon and Tim Foreman of the Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum selling band Switchfoot. Their new book, Never Say No: Raising Big Picture Kids, released on May 1, 2015, from publisher David C Cook. Here are their ideas for avoiding the word “no.” Never Say No 7... Read More

5 Steps to Teach Gratitude to Children

Oaklee’s guest post by Monisha Vasa, M.D. My brain knows that gratitude is important.  I know when I am in a state of gratitude–aware of my blessings, small and big, I feel happier and less alone.  I feel more connected to the people around me, and my... Read More

Teach Good Money Habits to your Kids

Do your kids get an allowance? Do they have a savings account? April is Financial Literacy Month and it’s a great time to teach your kids the basics of money. (Use these 30 steps to financial wellness for yourself, too!)   Here are some tips from Take... Read More

Help Your Toddler Thrive

Are you in the middle of the terrible twos, or threes or fours? The age when your toddler is learning about his own independence and challenging everything you say? Fortunately, there’s help to get you through this stage. Dr. Tovah Klein spends her days in “toddlerdom,”... Read More