At least once a month, I swear that I will never let my child eat in the car again! I promise myself. I say that we will not allowed food in the car…. and then we end up going on a road-trip or a drive that is longer than an hour and what happens? I cave in. 

How to deal with your child going to “real” school,
for the new parent.

You are the new parent whose child is just starting school. You have no idea what is going on, other than you are leaving your precious child in the care of complete strangers. What time will he eat? What if he is cold? Can I call to check on him? It’s more stress for you than it is for your child.

Each month until December, Modern Day Moms will be featuring an easy-to-make healthy recipe using ingredients from my “Cantry“. What is a Cantry? Well, I’m sure we all have it. It’s the place you store all your canned goods. We actually have a ‘lazy susan’ cubby in our kitchen which we use as our Cantry. A well-stocked Cantry helps you save time and get a healthy, flavorful and home-cooked meal on the table, more often. It’s homemade made easy.

When my son was born, I can still remember the nurse telling me “he is a quiet one, you are one of the lucky ones”… boy was she wrong. (And I’m still trying to track her down!) After we brought him home from the hospital, it became clear something was wrong; he screamed day and night in pain and projectile vomited before, during, and after every feeding. As a first time mom I was frantic, asking everyone for help, and everyone brushed my concerns aside because I was just a frantic first time mom. His pediatrician assured us this was normal, it was just reflux and with new (and expensive) medication and formulas it would get better with time. No, there was no reason to bother with specialists, they knew what they were talking about. Time and time again we asked “Well his father had pyloric stenosis, and we know its hereditary, could this be it?” “No, we know what we are talking about, this is all completely normal”.

Who can forget the classic tale of Alice’s adventures in wonderland? I have always thought how much I’d love to share the classic version with my daughter, while keeping her interest all the while.  For many classic books, this can be a daunting task!  Although she does still enjoy many print books, it’s a real treat for her to be able to engage in such a classic literature, in a meaningful and interesting way, that perhaps she wouldn’t have before.  Sometimes I just don’t have the patience to read through another lengthy book, and she doesn’t have the attention span to listen to me read unless there are some moving pictures as the day wears on.