Central California Parent Blog

Feeding a Preemie in the NICU

When your baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so much of what is happening both to and around your preemie can feel out of your control. The unfamiliar surroundings, the medical terminology, and the requirements for your little one’s health will likely leave you with many questions — including how your baby will be fed if they are too premature to nurse or bottle-feed. Continue reading

Navigating College Admissions

This time of year usually brings a collective sigh of relief from parents (and a furious rush from teens to have just a bit more summer fun), but it also brings inevitable crossroads. What classes should my teen take? Is Advanced Placement or IB worth it if they never sleep? Will colleges be impressed if they’re not an athlete or class president? What are the right choices for my student?

Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear “right choice,” but whether your kids are just entering ninth grade or are gearing up to start their college applications, there are plenty of best practices to keep in mind as you navigate the questions that arise throughout the school year. Continue reading

Finding Myself in Motherhood

As I was standing in line at the bank, waiting for my turn to make a late payment on a bill I had completely forgotten about, in walked a peppy early-twenty something. Hair straightened but up in a ponytail, flawless makeup, perfectly manicured nails, wearing Nikes and comfy athletic wear probably making a payment on time. I instantly teared up. That was me 5 years ago! Continue reading

I Don’t Work Alone

I am often asked, “How do you do it?” and “I can never do what you do” but I am here to tell you neither could I without my husband.

I start my day at 5 a.m. most days but it’s only because that’s the time he is out the door for work.

We eat a home cooked dinner most nights and have a lunch to pack the next day, but that’s only because he has already finished making dinner or has gotten a head start by the time I get home with the kids and can help. Continue reading

Typical Work Day Morning With Two Under Two

2:30 a.m. Toddler awakens with a strong urge to color. Toddler will remain awake and whiney until urge passes at around 3:15 a.m. Mom & Toddler pass out on couch.

6:05 a.m. Toddler uses pulling Mom’s eyelashes as an acceptable way of waking her up.

6:20 a.m. Toddler takes 20 minutes in the potty because he needs several verses of the ABC’s to feel impelled to go.

6:15 a.m. Teething Infant awakens. Continue reading

Workout Buddies – At Any Age & Stage

It can feel like a struggle to fit in your workout with your kids, but fear not–your kids can become your workout buddies (and even assets to your workouts). Get creative, stay open, and use these tips to get your workouts in WITH the kiddos around and at each stage in their development. Continue reading

10 Tips to Declutter before Back-to-School

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–time to send the kids back to school and reclaim your household! But after a summer of camps and goofing around inside, your house may need a little tough love to get back into shape for the fall. Research shows that the average American home has 300,000 items in it, and back-to-school is the perfect time to get rid of the ones that you don’t need anymore.
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Prepare for Back-to-School with these 7 tips

1. Start getting back into the routine. Summer is filled with mornings of sleeping in, hanging by the pool and days of soaking up the sun. Kids enjoy the fun of summer and how it gives them the freedom to roam. It is very difficult for kids to pivot on their rhythm so quickly. They do better if eased into a change. Start to assimilate the school routine back into their lives slowly but surely. It will be easier for you all to wake up early when the first day arrives.
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Get Organized!

There is not one specific way to be organized. You do not have to color-code by subject (though, that is one good way to organize). You do not necessarily have to use a planner (though your teacher probably won’t appreciate I said that). And you don’t even have to have a clean room (though, a clean room can be helpful).

The point is in order to be successful at organizing, you have to find a style that works for your child. There isn’t a one size fits all rule. To stay organized, you have to figure out what your child’s style is, and plan accordingly. Continue reading

Turning a MUST Read Into a WANNA Read

“School’s out! No more class, books, homework, and tests! We’re gonna run around barefoot, swim, play video games, and eat Popsicles!” declare happy children heading to summer break.

But it doesn’t take long for parents to burst these happy summer bubbles with the dreaded news:  “Time to get your books from the required summer reading list.” The once-happy children face-palm and sadly shake their heads as they realize that summer break doesn’t include a break from reading. “But we don’t wanna!” Continue reading