Archive for May, 2009

Big Wheels and Beach Hair – Cool Kid Clicks May 29, 2009 No Comments

On Fridays, we list the links we love and point to the hot topics at our favorite sites. The Original Big Wheel from the 80s is back, minus the cool hand brake, and Lil Sugar is talking all about it. Are you in on all the Jon and Kate Plus 8 drama? ParentDish is following [...]

Chores For Better Behavior May 28, 2009 2 Comments

I’m afraid that my two little boys (ages 8 and 6) feel a tad too entitled. They want, want, want, and then they want some more. And when they don’t get a new toy just a few days after scoring Clone Wars action figures, they get cranky and moody and mopey. Why do they always [...]

What to Do This Summer – Free Movies May 27, 2009 No Comments

In my city, one local Regal cinema offers a Free Family Film Festival every summer. For nine weeks, two different movies are available each week at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Granted, they’re reruns (this year, we’re getting Spiderwick Chronicles, Water Horse, Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda and more), but, hey, they’re free, [...]

State of Self-Esteem in Girls – Poor May 26, 2009 No Comments

Here’s an interesting fact: 91 percent of girls ages 8 to 12 turn to their moms when they’re feeling badly about themselves, but only 67 percent of girls ages 13 to 17 do. More interesting stuff: 54 percent of girls ages 8 to 12 turn to their dads, while 27 percent of girls ages 13 [...]

The Little Lasso – Wrangle Your Gear May 25, 2009 No Comments

Got little kids who keep dropping their little sippy cups, bottle, blankies and toys? You might need a Little Lasso, a bungy-type thing that attaches to your gear and secures everything to strollers, high chairs, slings (do you trust slings?) and more. Covered in adorable machine-washable fabric, this is both a functional and trendy find. [...]

Date Night and Fishing Trips – Cool Kid Clicks May 22, 2009 No Comments

On Fridays, we list the links we love and point to the hot topics at our favorite sites. Being a parent is great and all, but don’t forget to spend some quality time with your partner. Journey in Parenting can help you carve out time for a Friday night date. Don’t like the parents of [...]

What to Do This Summer – Chalk! May 21, 2009 No Comments

My kids love it when school’s out (three weeks left), but summer break makes me a little nervous, because it’s hard to fill all the free hours with purposeful plans. You know, I want my kids to be active, and I want them to learn some stuff, and I want them to have a lot [...]

Food Pyramid – Just for Kids May 20, 2009 No Comments

Do you know how much fiber, protein and calories your kids need? Well, you can find out by heading over to the USDA’s My Pyramid, which is designed for kids ages 2 to 5. Just take yourself to MyPyramid.gov/preschoolers, enter your kid’s age, gender and level of activity and voila!, you’ll have yourself the answers [...]

Video Games Promote Aggression May 19, 2009 1 Comment

You might have heard that video games can improve kids’ hand-eye coordination and can even help them burn calories. But don’t let that convince you that video games are all good. Family Circle magazine cites a study from Iowa State University that found the more time tweens and teens spend fighting and shooting villains on [...]

Don’t Bribe Your Kids With Food May 18, 2009 No Comments

Do you bribe your kids with food? Shouldn’t do that, says former FDA commissioner David A. Kessler, a physician and author of “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite,” because this subtle message about food can cancel out all of your efforts to get your kiddos to eat healthy. Your relationship [...]