(Oct. 29, 2019) - You probably know that some bad behavior often comes with having a teenager–whether it’s making choices without regard to consequences, questioning authority (aka parents and teachers), or just become more distant. This makes it a challenging time for both parent and child–and it can be hard to understand why our kids are acting out. However, we asked experts to give us the reasons behind why teenagers can drive us crazy, so you can discover better ways to cope and communicate with yours.
(Sep. 26, 2019) - Moving is considered one of the most stressful life events, and anyone who has done it knows why. The packing, organizing, and (literal) heavy lifting are always harder than anticipated. Then there are the emotional detachments and re-attachments. “A move is a huge transition even if you’re going down the street,” says Nicole Black, who runs Coffee and Carpool, a parenting advice site. She should know—she has moved her three school-aged kids to three different states in three years because of her husband’s career. “While a move away from friends, family, and the only home a child has known can be traumatic and overwhelming, when you take the time to focus on helping your kids through this process, it becomes a smoother, more positive experience for everyone.”
(Sep. 26, 2019) - If the last time you walked into your teen’s bedroom you walked right out, shocked by the sheer disarray, you’re not alone. Whether due to hormones or disinterest in cleaning, your teen’s bedroom can easily become tornados of dirt and mess. But it might not be your fault–and it might be up to you to help her organize. Read on for tips to help you teen maintain some order–without taking away his share of the responsibility.
(Sep. 05, 2019) - It’s super exciting to move to a new neighborhood—new cupcake shops to discover, new playgrounds for your kids to explore, and new friends for you all to meet. However, it can also be a challenge to feel like you are part of the community, which can make moving more stressful than it needs to be–especially for kids. So how do you seamlessly integrate into your new neighborhood? We polled those in the know for tips on how to become part of the fabric.
(Sep. 03, 2019) - If you’re separated or divorced, you know how important it is to make a plan for sharing time with your child. However, this isn’t always easy, and can lead to frustration or even anger when schedules don’t match, kids feel like a go-between, or parents play “good cop, bad cop.” Luckily, we’ve talked to experts and fellow parents to get their strategies on how to deal, so you can focus on spending as much time with your kids as possible. Here are eight tips to develop—and agree on—a plan to co-parent successfully.
(May. 28, 2019) - Selling your home is stressful–especially in New York, where buyers come in with a critical eye. In addition to loads of paperwork and prepping your kids for a new neighborhood, you have to present your house in its best light. This is where the experts come in. Here, experts from real estate brokers to professional organizers share their tips on how to make your home the most inviting for potential buyers. Sometimes small fixes like cleaning everything top-to-bottom or removing outdated appliances and furniture can have the biggest positive change in your home.
(Apr. 25, 2019) - This time of year is not only the ideal time to do a big day (or two) of spring cleaning, it’s also one of the most ideal times to look at each room of the house in a different way, especially if it feels like there’s a little mess in every room. Interestingly, those messes usually take hold because we don’t have any method of staying organized and this is key to keeping the house tidy.
(Mar. 28, 2019) - If it feels like your heart-to-hearts with your teen have ground to a halt, take solace in the fact that this is very much par for the course at this age and stage. Blame it on the teenage brain that’s going through incredibly important changes that ultimately help prepare kids to function in the adult world, says Teodora Pavkovic, a psychologist and parenting coach in New York City. “Not only does this have a psychological impact, but a physical one, too, which can be really scary for kids,” she says.
(Mar. 01, 2019) - While Pinterest home design pages and your favorite home décor magazine might make it seem like it will cost a fortune to redecorate your home, that doesn't have to be the case. We consulted experts for nine tips on redecorating your New York home and redesign your space without spending a ton of money as well as home design apps that come in handy. Discount home decor stores, thrift shops, and even home design apps can help you make your space everything you want it to be (without breaking the bank!)
(Dec. 26, 2018) - The signs might be right in front of you: Maybe you and your family are feeling totally squished into a too-small apartment or perhaps your children are getting ready to start school and you aren’t sure your local school district is right for your kids. These are just two scenarios in which it feels like you might be ready to consider switching neighborhoods or spending your hard-earned savings on upgrading to your first home. Real Estate experts and real parents share the reasons why families choose to move. Read on to see if what's been bothering you about your current home means you're ready to move.
(Nov. 29, 2018) - Tis the season to be jolly for sure, but the holidays are also the time of year when things get so hectic that household accidents can easily occur. Whether it’s a Christmas tree that topples over or a bubbling pot of mulled cider that splatters, it’s important to be aware of the biggest potential safety hazards around the house during the holidays, when you may be more focused on stringing lights than the toddler getting tangled in the electrical cord. Here are the 13 most important things you can do to stay safe this holiday season.
(Oct. 31, 2018) - If you’re hesitant to go on outings now that you’re a new parent, we’re here to tell you that getting out and about with your baby is not only good for your wee one, but it’s especially good for you too. Being in the fresh air, surrounded by sights, sounds, and energy will work wonders to help you adjust to new-parent life. We asked the experts—all New York-area parents—to weigh in and everyone agreed: To have the best exploration experience with your infant, you need to be ready for every scenario. Read on for their tried-and-true tips.
(Sep. 21, 2018) - Planning a birthday party for your child can seem to get more and more stressful and time consuming year after year, but those big birthday bashes we see online (we’re looking at you, Pinterest!) may not be what your child really wants for their celebration. We spoke to event planners and area parents to find out what their kids really wanted at their birthday parties this year—turns out, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to celebrating the birthday child.
(Jul. 30, 2018) - Kids need a dedicated space to do their homework, whether it's in their rooms, a common room in the house, or at the dinner table. But if it seems like your kids find any excuse not to sit down and do their homework, it could be their workstation is lacking in the right light, the right inspiration, or even the right chair. These quick and easy fixes will get your kids to focus on their homework—and ensure it gets done.
(Mar. 26, 2018) - If you’re the parent of a teen who lives for anything related to camp, from the arts and crafts cabin to color wars to archery, now might be the time to talk to him about applying for a summer job as a counselor-in-training at a camp nearby. Turns out, becoming a CIT is the next best thing to being a camper because your teen will get firsthand experience and job training, and have a little fun, too.