Helping Kids Cope When an Ailing Grandparent Moves In 

A growing number of families with young children are caring for an aging relative. Whether it’s temporary care following surgery, or longer-term care due to a debilitating condition, more and more families find the best option for caring for aging parents is to invite them into their home. How can families ease the transition and help young … [Read more...]

Five Potluck Ideas for Low-Stress Entertaining

Potlucks have been a fun, intimate way for people to share a meal for centuries.  According to the Oxford English dictionary (2nd edition) the first known use of the term was in 1592 and meant guests were invited to eat, but anything could be in the pot and the host wasn’t responsible for its contents (pot + luck). Today’s potlucks allow you to … [Read more...]

How To Survive A Remodeling Project

Shannon and Matt Cherry of Albany, New York, know a thing or two about the stress of renovating a home. In addition to dealing with anxiety over money, mess and making the right decisions, the Cherrys were also about to become first-time parents. Shannon was pregnant with twins, and the top floor of the Cherrys' 1853 brownstone – with a new … [Read more...]

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Housekeeping – Save Time And Money

When friends visit our home, they often tease my husband and me about being compulsive housecleaners. While it’s true that we like having a tidy home, we probably spend less time cleaning our house than do most of our pals. Our secret? We’re a little lazy. We’re just not interested in spending hours dusting, vacuuming, mopping and putting things … [Read more...]

14 Valentine’s Day Traditions for Families

Growing up, I always looked forward to Valentine’s Day. I loved making valentines for my friends at school and decorating a shoebox to collect them in. When I got home from school I could always count on chocolates from my mom and a small gift from my dad. Cards came in the mail from grandparents and aunts. I was definitely made to feel special … [Read more...]

Creating Family Traditions

  Tradition is defined in the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.” Even though children may participate in family or societal traditions, many children don’t know the meaning of the word. When … [Read more...]

Create a Family Tradition!

What are your fondest memories from childhood?  No doubt many of them are of your family’s traditions: helping Grandma bake her homemade pumpkin pie, the first time you won Monopoly on game night, emptying Christmas stockings on Christmas morning, and so on. Children adore family traditions. They’re the little things that bring your family closer, … [Read more...]

Get Inspired: North State Home Shows Provide One-Stop Shopping For Home And Holiday Needs

As the seasons change and the weather starts to cool down, it may be time to think about fixing up your house, remodeling, repairing, and getting ready for the holidays. Two home shows in the North State provide excellent ideas for home improvement: The Chico Fall Home and Garden Show at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, and the Fall Home and … [Read more...]

Grandparents Day and Beyond: Honoring The Special Relationship Between Grandparent and Child

Families with living grandparents are especially blessed. Each grandparent fills a unique role in a child’s development, providing both love and a window into family history. To honor the elders in your family this Grandparents Day, September 9, and all through the year, try these suggestions to help build and maintain these special … [Read more...]

A Mom’s Missed Calling

On the way to school one morning my daughter was close to tears. “What’s wrong?” I asked. Turns out her oh-so-sensitive brother had made an appointment for them to visit the school counselor. “We fight all the time,” he explained. “It’s a problem and we need to solve it.” “But I didn’t DO anything,” my daughter whined. “Don’t worry, … [Read more...]