Nicole McNamara

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How to Gently Nudge Kids to Express Their Feelings

The other morning, I promised to take my 3-year-old son Ari for a special breakfast treat -- waffles and strawberries -- before I dropped him off at daycare.<p>Right before we left our home, I received a work-related text.<p>"Mommy, mommy, come on, let's go for our special breakfast waffles," Ari called …

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

Make a Milk Jug Shovel

I spotted a <b>milk jug shovel</b> online. Gasp! Given that I adore all things DIY, especially if they involve my recycling bin, I had to try this.<p>I dug and …

Milk

This Gorgeous iPad Science Book Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

What if you could touch an old timey science book to learn more?<p>Tinybop Plants is a new iPad app that will make you feel like a kid learning science for the first time again.<p>I can’t remember a single science book I read as a child, but I have an idyllic mental image–we all do, don’t we?–of a book …

Apps

10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They're Too Cool to Listen

This week, my daughter turns 10, and two things occurred to me about this:<p>How the hell do I have a 10-year-old? Is a real adult going to show up and help out with this sometime soon?<br>• There are so many things I want to tell her -- now, before she is in the onslaught of middle school and too cool to …

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.<p>Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I …

A Mighty Girl

If you're looking for princess stories that break the 'damsel in distress' mold, our "Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess" collection features …

How to Make Folded Paper Bracelets

We love our water colour paint sets. I mean, we <i>really</i> love them.<p>I don’t think a week ever goes by when someone doesn’t get out the water colours for …

4 Tips to Bully-Proof Your Child

The issue regarding bullying in schools has grabbed a lot of attention lately. Given that 28% of middle school students experience some manner of bullying, it's no surprise that suicide and depression rates keep on increasing.<p>Even celebrities have taken the initiative to campaign against bullies …

Parenting