Restaurant Sanity Savers

Dana’s tips for teaching appropriate restaurant behavior. Having a child shouldn’t mean you can’t go out for dinner without hiring a babysitter.  Taking your young child to a restaurant holds the possibility of a wonderful experience in a new place with new foods, as well as an enjoyable time for you and your partner.  It can Read More

Guest Post: The Creator’s Workshop: Save That Box

 From the moment they are born children are creative; they experiment and create with their minds, bodies and voices.  As children grow, and develop physically and emotionally, their creativity expands and extends to expressions in play, on paper, with play-dough, etc.  The avenues are endless. Encouraging and fostering a child’s innate creativity has many benefits, Read More

Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs?  Take a look at my tips for preserving the relationship with your spouse.  Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs Search around this terrific site for other informative articles!

Guest Post: Twinsplicity

  When my husband and I were dating we went on a cruise to Mexico.  On the ship, we met an amazing couple from Canada who had twin boys.  Halfway through the trip, my husband told me he would do anything to have twins.  At the time, being 22 years old and just dating, I Read More

New Event Added: Tuesday February 7th, 2012 at 11:30am

Join me and Big City Moms on February 7th, 2012 at 11:30am  for “Playing With Your Baby” The first 6 months of your baby’s life are an incredible period of growth and a great opportunity for bonding.  During this lunch you will learn about typical development and creative ways to support your baby through play.   Read More

The Parenting Dance

  Many parents go through a period where they struggle to understand what their children are telling them.   In more challenging situations, parents can have a hard time connecting with their babies.  I often suggest they try considering these times in a new framework.  Consider parenting to be a dance. Starting from the first moment you hold your infant in Read More

My Favorite Things: Patemm Pads

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Grace Welch, the mom inventor of the Patemm Pad.  This woman is a dynamo, and so is her product!  A little background for those of you who aren’t familiar with the product…The Patemm Pad is a patented, award-winning, parent and third party laboratory tested, eco-friendly diaper changing system that Read More

Plan to Play: Feed The Baby

  As far as I am concerned, all young children (yes, even boys) should have a baby doll.  Feeding a baby doll is a great way to introduce young children to pretend play. What You’ll Need: -Baby Doll -Real or pretend spoon, bowl, saucepan, bottle, napkin, and any other items you might use to prepare a Read More

A Plan To Play

After sitting down with another parent who felt self-conscious and unsure of how to play with her child, I had a thought:  Playing doesn’t come naturally to every grown up and that’s okay.  Why not use the Dana’s Kids blog to give parents a “Plan to Play?”  I want to be clear that feeling “unable” to play is a Read More

My Favorite Things: Activities for Young Toddlers

Here are some of my favorite activities to play with young toddlers (approximately 15-24 months).  Not only are they developmentally stimulating, they’re also fun! 1.Laundry Baskets– They always say it’s the most unexpected items that are the most fun for this age!  Put your child in the laundry basket and push or pull them around Read More