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Ready or not, the school season is upon us. Whether your children are so excited it's driving you nuts, so nervous it's breaking your heart, or just plain unprepared, you are not alone. For most families,...
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As the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year's Eve, we think, "This is the year I..." We have been trained to view January 1st as a day of opportunity. A day where wild ideas, practical...
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Behind every strong working mother, there's a village. Whether you count on your babysitter for carpool, your neighbor for a night out or even your stay-at-home mom friends for sick days, Care.com...
Parenting Tips
The back-to-school season is hard enough as it is: hectic schedules, loads of homework, and anxiety for everyone! Of the endless challenges posed by the school year, we talked to four bloggers about their...
Lying is wrong. That's what we tell them of course. But let's be honest, all parents lie to their kids at some point or another. Whether you lie to protect your child's innocence, to get your...
There are countless summer products available - sunscreens and bug sprays galore. So how do you know which are the best for your family? Katie, the Wellness Mama would say, just make your own! This blogger...
Breaking a bad habit can feel unbearable. Breaking someone else's bad habit can feel downright impossible. Luckily for us, it's our job as parents! Whether it's biting or nose picking, certain...
When summer finally winds down and school begins again, back to school anxiety can be a huge problem for kids and parents alike. Boston Mamas blogger, Christine Koh, and her family have dealt with back...
Sharon Ruggieri knows that in a house full of six kids, a few carelessly thrown socks can quickly turn a clean house into a complete disaster. Tired of cleaning up after her kids' clothes and toys,...
Being savvy in the summer is a must if you don't want to spend those gorgeous sunny days at the store searching for the perfect snack, or worse, with bored kids. From road trips to last-minute picnics,...
Raising three young children is a full-time job. For Kim Delatorre, all the laughter and silliness she needs to get through the day doesn't always leave time (or energy!) to worry about teaching healthy...
Patti Ford knows how to make the back-to-school season bearable - like getting her husband to help with the homework! The hilarious Insane in the Mom Brain blogger might purposely ignore school events...
Interviewing for a babysitting job can seem scary and intimidating. Whether you're worrying about what questions you'll be asked, what the parents will be like or if the kids will refuse to come near you,...
Ready or not, the school season is upon us. Whether your children are so excited it's driving you nuts, so nervous it's breaking your heart, or just plain unprepared, you are not alone. For most families,...
"Baby will NOT go to sleep, and I'm about to lose it! What can I do?" This is a typical parenting question, no matter what era. In our parents' day, they might have called their mothers,...
Late night feedings, sleepless nights and diaper mishaps aren't just part of mom's world -- they are part of dad's too. As a recent Care.com survey shows, 77% of women say their partner participates...
The baby's screaming. The 3-year-old just tipped his spaghetti plate onto his head. The dirty dishes are a mile high. And the dog just peed on the rug. Does this scene sound familiar? Oh right, and you're...
Some of us count down the days until that first bell rings; some of us long for a few extra days of summer. Whatever your approach to the first day of school, don't let it catch you off guard. We've all...
Teaching manners to children can mean anything from reminding them to say please and thank you to controlling bodily functions at the dinner table - all in the course of a few minutes! Many parents find...
It's high noon, and you're in a standoff fit for the movies. The villain? Your misbehaving child. And he's heading for his first victim -- your couch. He makes a move. You make yours. But it's too late...
As the clock ticks toward midnight on New Year's Eve, we think, "This is the year I..." We have been trained to view January 1st as a day of opportunity. A day where wild ideas, practical...
Behind every strong working mother, there's a village. Whether you count on your babysitter for carpool, your neighbor for a night out or even your stay-at-home mom friends for sick days, Care.com...
How do you teach confidence? Every parent wants their child to be strong and brave, to stand up for themselves, and to be happy with who they are. But it's a trait we often struggle with ourselves....
Erica Voll would probably do a lot for a good night's sleep. Her blog, No Sleep 'til College, was inspired by her daughter and her uncanny ability to prevent this mama from getting any shut-eye...
Don't you love the holidays? The sleigh rides, jingle bells and snowmen. Oh yeah, and the busy schedules, endless holiday cards to fill out and expensive presents to purchase and wrap. Before the holiday...
Pesky habits may start out small, but before you know it they've grown and multiplied into annoying habits that are nearly impossible to break - unless they're tackled head on! When Sarah Pinnix...
Kelcey Kintner has five kids. And though all of those kids haven't been through school yet, The Mama Bird Diaries has learned a few things about back-to-school preparation. She knows that no matter...
When it comes to keeping kids' brains working over the Summer, Krissy Sherman Bonning is a natural. As her kids' home school teacher, the B-Inspired Mama puts an emphasis on reading books over...
Where there are kids, there must be snacks. That's how Najwa Kronfel feels at least. And when summer arrives, the added bonus of more fun, more traveling and more adventures leads to - you guessed...
As a homeschooling family, the back-to-school transition is a little different for Sarah Toney and her five children. With no one else dictating their schedules, the It's a Boy's Life blogger is...
Allison Waken, author of the blog All for the Boys, knows all about traveling with kids - the good and the bad! From puke bags to gag gifts and last minute wardrobe dilemmas, Waken has learned how to avoid...
In a house filled with four kids, two adults, a dog and a cat, someone is always awake. For Allison Slater Tate, getting a good night's sleep is a thing of the past (for now at least). We talked to...
Even though Angela T's children are sleeping quite independently now, that wasn't always the case. The Mommy Bytes blogger and busy working mom went through a lot of trial and error to find out...
We get it, whispering sweet nothings to your spouse when screaming kids are around might not seem like an attainable goal. But on Mother's Day, we moms have earned our right to be waited on and showered...
Between months of morning sickness, swollen ankles, and the eighteen plus years you will spend cleaning up after your child, it's only fitting that moms get a holiday to celebrate all of motherhood's...
When it comes to sleep, Jenni Chiu is a big believer in routine, routine, routine -- even for adults! The Mommy Nani Booboo blogger has handled two colicky boys, and she knows that every child is a different...
Charity Curley Mathews and her family love picnics. The Foodlets blogger will make a picnic out of any situation - even in the car! Whether you are headed for the beach, pool, road trip, flight or BBQ...
Potty training. Two little words that strike big fear in parents everywhere. Whether you're afraid of the time commitment, the stubborn nature of your toddler, or the inevitable mess -- yes, there...
As the mother of two girls who are only 16 months apart, Janine Huldie recognizes the benefits of her daughters having a permanent playmate, but that also means she breaks up her fair share of battles...
Jill Smokler has never been afraid of confessing her deepest and darkest parenting blunders (and triumphs for that matter!). As part of the Care.com Interview Series, we caught up with the Scary Mommy...
When you have a newborn, you can't talk to anyone without hearing: Is he/she sleeping through the night? But what about when they're 3, or 6, or even 10? For parents, getting a good night's...
Is it ever okay to quit? We all probably grew up hearing "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." Maybe some of our parents even said it to us growing up, as we came up against challenges...
They're everywhere. Now, it seems nearly every 'tween and teen out there has some kind of cell phone. According to a survey by Consumer Reports, nearly six out of 10 U.S. parents of children ages...
Activity Ideas
When your child's main interaction with nature consists of playing Angry Birds, you know you have a problem! "Spending time outside is kids' one chance to be kids and explore, without any kind of restrictions...
There are many reasons kids should play outside, from expressing creativity to running freely to making messes without worrying about dirtying the house. In addition to these fun reasons, there are also...
Getting kids dressed for school is a struggle in itself, so it's no wonder that dressing up for Halloween can turn into a disaster worthy of its own scary movie special. Growth spurts, temper tantrums...
How does your family celebrate Earth Day? From recycling to setting up a composting system, raising an earth-friendly family doesn't have to be as complicated as you might think. With April being...
Halloween is a time for harmless tricks, sugary treats and, of course, costumes. Who doesn't love dressing up for Halloween parties or trick-or-treating with the kids? Some people spend months brainstorming...
It's a familiar scene: the final class bell rings on a warm June day. The school doors burst open and children fly out, brimming with excitement, giddy with freedom, and nothing but long, lazy hot days...
Don't just recycle, upcycle! As parents and nannies, we are always on the lookout for awesome craft ideas to do with the kids, but wouldn't it be great if they were earth-friendly too? Care.com...
Here's your anti-spring cleaning article. We asked busy parents and bloggers who actually don't dread cleaning what their secret is to keeping an organized, neat home. We gave them each a specific...
Remember what a day off from school meant when you were little? Whether there was a foot of snow outside, or you had a temperature of 102, unexpected days off might have meant playing in pajamas all day...
Relationship Advice
Dating is hard enough when you're single -- but what about when you're a single parent? No doubt having a little one in tow can raise the stakes, but it can also raise a lot of tough questions....
For children, Valentine's Day is a day full of homemade cards, heart-shaped chocolate boxes, and sugary conversation hearts. But as you get older, things get a bit more complicated. With all the expectations...
Date night? What's that? Can't remember the last time you had a "real" honest-to-goodness date night? You're not alone. Life moves at a frenzied pace, and so often we get caught up in our routine that...
It's a tough moment when Mommy and Daddy get caught in... compromising positions. Lyss Stern, parenting expert and founder of DivaLysscious Moms, has been there and done that, and lived to tell the...
Food and Recipes
Hosting holiday dinners is stressful. Throw in a picky eater or two? Consider that, mission impossible. Fret no more. We at Care.com turned to the experts for their favorite kid-friendly holiday recipes...
Healthy Families
A few years ago, Leslie Marinelli went through a phase where she ground her own wheat and baked homemade bread...That didn't last long. A busy mom of three, The Bearded Iris blogger doesn't have...
From apple slices in Happy Meals to a buffed-up Tony the Tiger, efforts to improve kids' health are multiplying. And who better to lead the charge than Michelle Obama (and her fabulous biceps!)? The...
Sneaky Chef Missy Lapine is famous for her commitment to healthy eating, but the self-diagnosed health nut has a shocking confession - she lets her kids have Twinkies! Here, Lapine reveals her belief...
When it comes to health, Rebecca Gallagher walks the walk. She buys all organic, follows a vegan diet, and avoids fast food. The result? Healthy kids who follow her lead. Well, almost. She's still...
Shaina Olmanson is never the only cook in the kitchen. The mom behind the delectable blog Food for My Family typically has four little sous-chefs selecting ingredients, chopping up vegetables, and indulging...
Jill Krause doesn't like to get complicated when it comes to health. You won't find this busy mom planning vegan menus or toting her little ones to kiddie pilates. The Krause family prefers a...
While most of us struggle to conquer our junk food cravings, Hallee Bridgeman and her family seem to be on the other side of the spectrum. The Hallee the Homemaker blogger chooses to feed her family a...
For mom blogger Robin O'Bryant, teaching her kids healthy habits just seems to come naturally. What's her secret? Lose the rules. Instead of forcing her kids to stick to a fitness regimen or counting...
From earthy-crunchy diets to corn dogs for dinner, Jen has been just about everywhere on the healthy eating scale. Finally, The Martha Project blogger has settled into moderation land, but she still justifies...
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