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12 Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Check out my latest post on Boston Mamas: 12 Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth.

Pediatric dentists recommend cleaning your children’s teeth as soon as the first baby teeth emerge. According to the CDC, nearly 20% of children 2 and 5 years old already have at least one untreated cavity. Yikes.

Our 2-year-old protested tooth brushing daily until we took him to a pediatric dentist, who shared some useful tips with us. The following is a list of the best tips that we’ve gathered from veteran moms, pediatric dentists, and our own trial and error:

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7 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Kids

Check out my latest post on Boston Mamas: 7 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Kids.

Growing up in the suburbs of Boston, I was often the only Asian student in my class, and I looked forward to the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to share our cultural traditions (and my mom’s yummy cooking) with my classmates. Although I can’t share my mom’s dumplings with all of you (sorry!), in my post I offer some ideas for celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year (January 31), the Year of the Horse, with your kids!

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10 Great Spots for Family Photos in Massachusetts

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With Halloween behind us, and the holiday season just around the bend (AHHHH!), I’m sure I’m not the only mom thinking ahead to family photos and holiday cards. If, like me, you prefer natural light portrait photography over indoor photos, there’s still time to head outdoors with the kiddos and take those holiday shots before the serious winter chill arrives. In my Boston Mamas post, I share 10 spots in Massachusetts that offer beautiful backdrops for family photos.

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12 Ways to Manage Screen Time for Kids

Check out my latest post on Boston Mamas, “12 Ways to Manage Screen Time for Kids.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to effectively limit screen time for my toddler. We managed to keep his life screen-free for his first 12 months, but as he gets older, it’s becoming increasingly difficult, especially now that he’s more verbal about his wishes, strong-willed, and adept at manipulating electronic devices on his own (I’m not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed that he’s mastered the Apple swipe!).

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 and less than 2 hours per day for older children; a challenging expectation given that we’re parenting in an age in which we constantly encounter electronic media (TVs, smart phones, tablets, computers, gaming consoles, etc.) at home and in schools, libraries, waiting rooms, gyms, restaurants, etc.

I both want my kid to ultimately be technologically competent (and enjoy the benefits of technology) but I don’t want him to be a couch potato. I decided to query the mom community; what I found was a range of interesting techniques that real families are using to manage screen time in their households.

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Upper Cape with Kids

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Upper Cape Cod with Kids

Upper Cape Cod with Kids

I have such fond childhood memories of spending summers on Cape Cod. Even after 30-some years, I haven’t tired of going there summer after summer. And now that I’m a mom, I’m eager to share the experience with my son and introduce him to all that the Upper Cape (Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Barnstable) has to offer. I particularly love the Upper Cape because it’s closer to Boston — handy when traveling with kids who may not tolerate long car rides, and wonderful for day trips if overnight lodging is out of budget. In the post, I offer several suggestions for family-friendly activities in the area.

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10 Fun Activities for Grandparents + Kids

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Grandparents + Kids - Intergenerational bonds

Many of us have plans to bring our kids to visit their grandparents sometime during the summer. Sometimes it can be challenging to bridge the generation gap and figure out what to do together, particularly if the two generations haven’t had much face time, whether due to distance or other factors. In this post, I offer 10 activities to help break the ice and help grandparents and kids enjoy quality time together and develop strong intergenerational bonds. Read the rest of the article on Boston Mamas.

Happy Day

Hot Air Balloon

Look at what Connor and I got to see unexpectedly this morning! We were headed somewhere else and were actually running behind schedule, but once we caught a glimpse of this hot air balloon, we decided to double-back, forget our always-too-tight schedule, and just enjoy this rare and beautiful sight! Hope everyone else is having a happy day as well!

Belkin Family Lookout Farm Open House

For those of you in the Boston area looking for something fun to do outdoors with the kids this weekend, Belkin Family Lookout Farm is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th (11:00 AM- 3:00 PM). For these two days only, the 180-acre farm in South Natick will open its gates for free admission for the entire family.

Take a ride through the orchards, visit the Children’s Play Area, take a turn in the moon bounce, and find your way through the burlap maze.  Plus, there’ll be face painting and caterpillar rides for the kids.

We went to last year’s open house and our little guy had a blast! My post about it from last spring has some photos so you’ll know what to expect.

It’s a perfect way to spend a beautiful spring day! You’ll also have a chance to take advantage of a special discount offer on family season passes to the farm.

We bought a family season pass to Lookout Farm last year and spent practically every weekend there last Fall. We just couldn’t get enough of the place. I only wish that they would adopt a better, more modern system for keeping track of which families have purchased season passes so that we wouldn’t feel so anxious about losing our paper pass (I was told last year that if you lose your paper pass, you basically lose your season membership because they don’t keep your information in their computer system).

By the way, if you’re using your iPhone for directions, note that Lookout Farm is located at 89 Pleasant St. SOUTH. There is another Pleasant St. in Natick that Apple maps has tried to send our friends to in the past and you’ll end up in a residential area with no farm on it. Don’t make the same mistake our friends did!


Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

12 Great Gifts for New Moms

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These days it seems that baby announcements from friends roll in about one per week and I spend my weekends cuddling squishy newborn after squishy newborn (no complaints here!). I’ve realized that often we focus on gifts for the new baby and sometimes forget the person who has been through the most — the new mama! In today’s Boston Mamas post, I share some of my favorite gift ideas for new moms…

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8 Ways to Make Mom Friends

Check out my latest Boston Mamas post, “8 Ways to Make Mom Friends.”

As a new working mom, one thing I struggled with was meeting other local moms with kids my son’s age. I either had local friends who weren’t moms or mom friends who weren’t local. I felt it was important that my little guy form childhood friendships and that I connect with local moms who shared similar interests. Unfortunately, my work schedule made it impossible for me to participate in weekday, daytime mommy & me classes and local playgroups. Over time, I found ways to forge friendships and offer some tips over on Boston Mamas.

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