indoor activities

Games & indoor activities to keep the kids creatively busy: ideas for parents and caregivers!

Now that school is in session and rainy days are here, it feels so much harder to entertain kids. But there are plenty of fun activities to do indoors that can keep all children active and happy; turn off the TV, ditch the iPad, and add these clever ideas to your cool arsenal!   Playhouses,

getting kids to do chores

Getting kids to do chores: a much-needed how-to guide!

Teaching our little ones to do the housework, instead of just… creating it, can be really hard. Nope, you are not the only one who comes into a room to find total chaos – sometimes, it feels like Middle East peace talks would be easier! It is much simpler to talk about turning children into

potty training

Potty Training: the how-to guide for parents & nannies!

  Having to break out of your comfort zone (aka the usual diaper) is a huge change for a kid… Potty training might seem like a really hard task not only for toddlers, but also for parents and caregivers. But take a deep breath; you’re not alone!   Choose the right time. In general, children

things we shouldn't say to the kids

7 things we shouldn’t say to the kids & what to say instead!

Well, some of the most commonly used phrases we use when talking to our kids or when taking care of them as their babysitters can be quite destructive. We all say the wrong things sometimes, leaving our kids feeling hurt or confused. So, here are a few phrases we should stop saying to our little ones.

school anxiety

Coping with back-to-school anxiety & refusal.

“I don’t want to go to school” -does this phrase ring a bell? Each September, millions of parents have to cope with their children’s beginning-of-the-year anxiety, tears and those knots in the stomach that sometimes last even longer than the first month. Actually, most kids would prefer to be at home playing with their toys,

single parenting

Single parenting: No partner? No problem!

Raising a child as a single parent can be really stressful and tricky; just like a tightrope walk… Try those valuable tips on how to survive as a newly single parent.   Set ground rules. You won’t have anyone else to back you up, so establishing some ground rules is essential. Your kids should understand

waking up early for school

Waking up early for school: Tips we tried ourselves… and work!

It’s that time of year again… How, after months of sleeping late, do you get the kids used to waking up early? Getting kids to stick to a back-to-school routine can be a struggle that’s bound to make even the most patient parent want to scream. Well, summer holidays can throw out the whole family’s

school-friendly home

Back to school time: organizing a school-friendly home!

From hectic mornings with papers and clothes flying off in every direction to last-minute projects and after-school activities, back-to-school time is certainly an intense period of transition for most parents and kids. A school-friendly nest can really help you calm down and get a little bit more organized this fall. Let’s make sure that your

bedtime routine

Bedtime routine for toddlers: tips for the after-the-crib stage!

When our little ones are babies, we stick to the usual safe sleeping practices we all know. But what happens after the infancy stage? Well, there are toddlers who are masters of negotiation (“ten more minutes, please?”), drive their parents nuts at night and are up at the crack of dawn. And there are kids

after maternity leave

10 things to do when returning to work after maternity leave.

Is it time already to get back to the workplace after maternity leave? Well, here are 10 things to add to your back-to-work checklist!   Find the right caregiver for your baby. Finding childcare you can trust is half the battle. You’ll feel immensely better on your first day back if you don’t have to