Category Archives: Family

Unique Gift Ideas for Dads who have Everything

Shopping for Dads can be difficult. The best gifts are those that they normally would not think of buying themselves. The idea is to give them something they will remember and that isn’t too expensive. Finding the perfect gift is … Continue reading

Good Activities for MOM That Benefit the Whole Family

Gеtting involved in mom activities саn make уоu a bеttеr mother tо уоur kids. Mothering iѕ a job thаt takes lots оf heart аnd stamina. In order tо nоt deplete уоur оwn emotional reserves, уоu nееd tо tаkе good care … Continue reading

Mother and Daughter10 Things Parents of Special Needs Kids Want You to Know

For this article, I posed the question “What do we, as parents of disabled/special needs kids, want others to know?” on a support group for families, parents, and individuals of kids who have disabilities. The responses were much the same, … Continue reading

Child Eating PeasFeeding Solids – 2 Different Girls – 2 Different Experiences

I want to start out by saying that when it comes to starting your baby on solid foods I would first talk to your pediatrician. We choose our pediatrician because their views are in-line with our own and we trust … Continue reading

Family DentistA “Couples Valentines Party” Made Easy

I love to throw a good party and Valentines is one of the easiest themes to go with.  If you like to entertain, then this year consider swapping your traditional Valentines date night for something more exciting.  Plan a party … Continue reading

Valentine Classroom PartyClassroom Valentine’s Party

We’ve rung in the New Year, the winter holidays behind us, and allowed ourselves a few moments to breathe. But, with February right around the corner, Room Parents are likely gearing up for one of the more favored class parties … Continue reading

Pediatric Stroke Survivor: Meet Lexi

Hi! My name is Lexi! I’m almost 3 years old. When I was a baby, I had a stroke. I hope that you will enjoy reading about me and always remember that KIDS HAVE STROKES TOO! CHASA: Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke … Continue reading

Finding Good Support: It’s not just for boobs.

Phew! I just surprised myself with that title. But,  seriously ladies, what’s worse than a no-support bra? So let’s get real. Your body, even more specifically, your boobs, need good support, so what are we willing to do to go get it? We … Continue reading

Fish at AquariumThe Georgia Aquarium: Review by Mom of Five Children

The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium located in Atlanta, but that’s not why I’ll visit there again. I’ll take all five kids again and again simply because this aquarium makes it easy and painless to see the exhibits. … Continue reading

Mother and DaughterThrough My Daughter’s Eyes: Motherhood and Self-Perception

You know those days when everything catches up to you? And you just can’t take anymore? And you are depressed about yourself? And you wonder why and cry and cry and then cry some more? I know we’ve all had … Continue reading

Disney Cars Land RideTips For Riding Cars Radiator Springs Racers At Disney’s California Adventure Park

Cars Land is new at Disney’s California Adventure Park 2012. As many lovers of Disneyland know, that means crowds of people clamoring to ride and experience the new Cars Land. I just visited Disneyland for one week the end of … Continue reading

Shopping ListMonthly Menu Planning Keeps My Family And Finances Healthy

Monthly menu planning keeps me motivated in providing healthy meals for my family. Nothing is worse than getting ready to make dinner only to find that I do not have the ingredients. When I plan a monthly menu the ingredients … Continue reading

WeehooThe Amazing Weehoo: Product Review

This summer, in my quest of saving money on our monthly gas bill (ouch),  I  wanted to purchase an attachment for my bike that my daughter could enjoy riding around on.  Being six years old and having special needs I … Continue reading

Cruise Ship in Tropical LocationCruising with Kids?

What does the phrase “Family Vacation” bring to mind?  Fun, family, road trip or long car ride, screaming, and whining?  Well, for me the thought of the latter was too overwhelming to even consider.  Luckily for me our next family … Continue reading

Teaching a Toddler to Save Money

My son is about to turn 4 and by now he knows all about getting presents at birthday parties. I can’t help the uneasiness that came over me thinking about all the toys he has collected over the past few … Continue reading

Activities:For Any Age, Boy or Girl, Everyday On-The-Go

I have two very active kids.  It seems we’re always watching one activity or another, which is often times fun for the parents, but not always fun for the other siblings.  If I know there’s a soccer game or a … Continue reading

DIY Chalkboard Paint Bunting

Hello there! My name is Emily and I am thrilled to be posting here at A Mom Knows today. I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial with you that I hope you will find helpful as you plan your summer … Continue reading

Happy “Imperfect” Mother’s Day!

I have noticed a strange phenomenon as Mother’s Day rolls around.  On a day that we are to celebrate and honor all that motherhood is, I hear so many mothers saying that they detest Mother’s day.  The arrival of the … Continue reading

Helping MomMother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  The tradition in our house is to work on a project that I’ve really wanted to complete but no one else seems to be as excited about.  One year we repainted the guest … Continue reading

Family MovingHow to Prepare Your Child For A Move

Imagine leaving the only place you’ve ever lived. As it is, your child’s days are full of surprises and new experiences. When it comes to moving to a new place to live, it takes a lot of early preparation to … Continue reading

Bugs, Bugs, BugsApril Fools Day Pranks

This list of 9 pranks are great for kids and adults, as well. They don’t take much planning, but are a fun way to celebrate the April Fool(s) in your life. #1  Switch out their hairspray for colored hairspray. #2 … Continue reading

Large Bubble on Handmade WandHow to Make a Bubble Wand and Homemade Bubbles

We had family in town last weekend and beautiful weather, so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to make bubble wands and homemade bubbles.  I have not done this in years so I was looking forward to … Continue reading

LonelinessMourn With Those That Mourn-Part 2

In part one of this series I spoke of helping children through loss.  In part two I will speak to dealing with the loss of a spouse.  I must admit that writing the first part was much easier.  It had … Continue reading

Easter EggsEaster Egg Stuffing Alternatives-It Doesn’t Have To Be Candy

Is it me or does it seem like every celebration these days ends up with bags of candy the kids bring home?  We all know Halloween results in ALOT of candy.  In our house the rule is on Thanksgiving Day … Continue reading

Baby Eating ChairEating Out With Kids

If you are like me, you probably read the title of this article and thought ‘nightmare waiting to happen’. I have seen both sides of this coin. I have 4 kids and I wait tables. I have seen children that … Continue reading

Daughters, Sisters, & FriendsFor My Daughters

I have been blessed with three little girls.  So basically my home is filled with lots of pink, drama and Barbies.  When I was pregnant with my third and found out the gender I was worried that my husband would … Continue reading

Stacked SuitcasesThe Ultimate Packing List For Kids

When you have kid(s), it doesn’t matter how long you are gone on vacation – one day, 3 weeks – you have to pack your whole house. Heck, if you aren’t even going on vacation I feel like you have … Continue reading

Every [Child] is Different

Earlier this week, L received her 3rd round of Botox Treatments on her right side, and so she has been a little weaker due to the recent treatment. I typically put her in her leg/ankle brace so she’ll have a little … Continue reading

ElectronicsIs It Possible To Live Without Media?

The other day I was looking around at my family.  My son was playing a video game on the computer, my husband was watching Netflix on the TV, and I was upstairs doing something on my laptop.  We were spending … Continue reading

IntelliGender: Product Review

IntelliGender is an at-home urine based gender prediction test. They claim a 90% accuracy rate as early as 10 weeks gestation when the directions are followed strictly. We only discovered IntelliGender with our last two pregnancies, so my review is based … Continue reading

Child & BroomThe Lost Value of Work

Recently at my job, I’ve observed and participated in a few interesting conversations regarding work. There are quite a few fellow employees that think work is standing around at the front desk, talking to each other about the woes of … Continue reading

Kids Looking Out WindowFun, Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids on a Cold Day

Whether it’s raining, snowing, freezing, or sweltering hot outside these easy activities will keep your little ones free from the dreaded whining phrase we all know, ” Mommy I’m bored.” As a mom to five children under the age of eight, … Continue reading

Tie a string around your finger so you never forget part 2The Truth About Mommy Brain, Part 2

If you read the first half of my article, The Truth About Mommy Brain, you’ll know that while there is no scientific evidence that shows women experience memory loss after pregnancy, the crazy life of a mom often leads to … Continue reading

Tie a string around your finger so you never forgetThe Truth About Mommy Brain

On my way to give a presentation for a local company, I said a quick goodbye to my son and our favorite babysitter, took a last look in the mirror at my six-month pregnant self, and ran out the door. … Continue reading

Last Will & TestamentA Widow’s Advice

As a new widow, I get looks from people who seem like they really want to ask me questions about my experience, but they don’t quite know how to do it.  I mean really, what would they say?  So I … Continue reading

A Labor of LoveMommy Myths: Here’s the Real Story

I remember those carefree days before I had children.  The days where I would look at other mothers, silently judging them in my head, saying to myself, “When I am a mother I will NEVER let my child eat a … Continue reading

Every Child is an Artist, PicassoBuilding Your Child’s Self-Esteem

I read somewhere once, I think it was in a magazine, about how studies have demonstrated that showing a child pictures of himself raises his self-esteem. If that is true, my kids must have wonderful self-esteem. As a member of … Continue reading

Mother Daughter Holding HandsBecoming Your Child’s Advocate

As a mom with a child with a minor disability, I have had to learn how to fight for my daughter, to become her advocate if you will. I think that one of the toughest things about being a mom … Continue reading

Preschool BlocksChoosing the right preschool doesn’t have to be a painful process

January is prime preschool hunting season. This time of year, when most schedules seem to settle down, parents of 2-5 year olds find themselves in a whole new flurry of running around. Winter is the time when most preschools hold … Continue reading

Mom SurprisedWhat to do when your kid drops the f-bomb at age 2!

My 2-year old daughter LOVES animals.  We visit the LA Zoo often and I know a whole lot more about animals than I did pre-parenthood.  I got her a subscription to a magazine called Wild Animal Baby that is put … Continue reading

Ballet SlippersSomething’s Magical About the Theatre

Growing up I quickly discovered that I loved the stage.  Whether I was on it or in front of it, it called to my soul.  I would mentally move with every step of a dancer or an actor during a … Continue reading

Santa Mouse PresentA fun tradition called Santa Mouse

One of the best traditions I learned from my ex-husband’s family was one called Santa Mouse.  Each person in the family would have their own small box or bag that was hung on the Christmas tree along with the decorations.  … Continue reading

Child's Paper SnowflakeChristmas Traditions – Those we want to keep and others we don’t!

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, we all have some holiday traditions.  In our family, we have a few favorites and one, in particular, that keeps happening even though we would like it to stop. Involve the Kids in Decorating … Continue reading

Christmas German NutcrackerHoliday Traditions

I sleep with monkeys.  And I’m not talking about my husband and daughter.  I mean stuffed monkeys.  Elephants.  Even Goldilocks (but never the three bears for some reason known only to my toddler).  And, unfortunately, Elmo, who feels like the … Continue reading