virtual purchasingWhen the app is “so easy” a toddler could use it, parents may argue about that being a good or bad thing. With the click of a “Buy Now” button or a swipe on an “In app purchase,” those fake dollars can quickly deplete the real ones in your bank account.  We’ve all seen it: the app is FREE, but offers “In-App Purchases.” Seems pretty harmless until $5 a week turns into $200 in a month. YIKES! Our very own editor Kate Vermilyea shares her own story on how she handles spending real money on “fake money” with her children (Zoe, 8 & Rosie, 6).

foster familiesAs rewarding as it is at the end of the day, let’s face it – parenting is no easy task. We do our best and hope that our children come to understand our love as they grow and develop. For those of us who are foster parents, we have a host of extra challenges thrown in. We find ourselves attempting to navigate relationships with biological families and social workers while helping to heal emotional and sometimes physical trauma. At the same time we have to maintain the confidentiality of the child’s situation and yet do our best to give them childhood experiences that are as close to normal as possible.

Healthy TipsParents play an important role in shaping their children’s eating habits. Encouraging your kids to eat healthy may seem like a challenge, but helping them to develop healthy eating habits now can help them throughout their lives.

Healthy eating, along with physical activity, will help kids to grow, learn, build strong bones and muscles, maintain a healthy weight and reduce the chance of developing diabetes and heart disease.

family fitnessFamily lifestyle choices are highly influential whether they are healthy or not.  Building healthy habits, like exercising and being physically fit and active, starts at home with the whole family getting involved.  For children, it’s not about doing ‘exercise’ or ‘working out’, it’s about having fun and being active. You’ve got to start them young by setting an example.  Making fitness and active living a family affair boosts enjoyment, motivation, and the wellbeing of the entire family!

Getting everyone involved in a fitness routine is simple, fun, and scalable even if you have children of various ages!  Pop on some fun tunes, clear an area on the living room or back yard and give this fun family game a go!

gratitudegrat·i·tude:  /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/


The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Giving gratitude can be one of the most precious gifts one person can give to another. As adults, we understand the value of saying “Thank You” and the importance to do so. It is the golden rule of etiquette and kindness, but what about our children? Do our wee ones understand that saying thank you is more than just two words strung together?