Kids

Do your kids have legions of Legos? Masses of Matchbox cars? Battalions of Barbies? If so, I recommend you spend a few hours setting up a toy rotation. It's pretty painless (especially considering the high pain-threshold you've developed from stepping on all those Legos...

Preparing a nursery for one baby can be a daunting task. Preparing for two, while juggling a full-time teaching career and two older kids, is nothing short of anxiety-inducing. That's why, when I met my most recent client (who is very much in the latter...

We all know the typical kids birthday party drill: balloons, cake, unbridled enthusiasm (aka "the crazy") and, of course, presents. Lots of them. I'm not sure why present-opening is such an entrenched American tradition. You'd think the forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence: "And on each birthday,...

My kids just finished the school year, and like most parents, I am facing backpacks full of worksheets, art projects, name tags, and other school memorabilia sent home by their teachers. As a parent, it is tempting to do one of two things with all...

I'm in the midst of sorting through some old photos and I thought I'd share a quick tip about what to do with the "big pictures". You know, the 5x7s and 8x10s, the ones that (if you're like most folks) are probably stacked six deep...

It's always hard when I have to take my own advice. But I said it was important to involve kids in the de-cluttering process, so I bit the bullet yesterday and asked my kids which toys they wanted to keep and which ones they could...

I hope I'm not the only mom in the world whose kids have already started talking, in rather surprising detail for October, about what they'd like for Christmas. These discussions always spark a small sense of panic in me, as I picture the invasion of...