CA Restaurant Bans Noisy Kids

If your kids are noisy, don’t visit one California restaurant. It has banned kids! Forget strollers, high chairs, or booster seats…you won’t find them here. There’s a sign right in front just so there’s no confusion!

As a parent of two children, I know how hard it is to keep kids quiet and entertained while eating out. It’s really a game of chance…sometimes they’re good, other times, not so much. But, I also think you need to teach kids how to act out in public, not shun them. With that said, I personally wouldn’t take them to a four-star restaurant. If I’m paying that much money for a meal, I want to be able to thoroughly enjoy it!

What do you think about all of this?

Best & Worst Places to Raise Children

As a parent, we all want the best for our children. Many of us move to certain places so that we can give our kids the best neighborhoods and the best schools we can afford.  There are many other factors we may take into account as well. So what are the best places to raise children?

According to a new report out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa all ranked at the top. New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada were among the worst. Check out where your state ranked. Do you agree?


Annie E. Casey Foundation




Using Technology to Prevent Kid Car Deaths

We’ve all heard about the increasing number of kids dying because they’re being left inside hot cars. I blogged about how I told you I just can’t wrap my head around it. It still doesn’t make sense to me. Because we live in 2014, technology is coming to the rescue of those who can’t remember their kid is in the car.

There is a smart car seat which has sensors that can tell when something is wrong…like a sweltering car with a kid inside. It works with an app that sends an alarm to your phone.  There are also other things like sensors and GPS that can help a parent or caregiver remember a child they may have forgotten.I guess it’s good that these things exist, it’s just sad that there is actually a need for them these days.

Spray or Cream? Which Sunscreen Do You Use?

If you’re like me, you’re a nut about making sure your kids have enough sunscreen on when they’re outside. Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about spray sunscreen not being good for kids. Personally, I was never a fan. I never used the spray on my kids because when I used to use it on myself I ended up looking like a zebra. Not cool. Anyway, here’s the latest word (as of today anyway) on what some say when it comes to kids’ sunscreen.

Which do you prefer?

Daycare Costs Exceed College Tuition

Everyone knows daycare is expensive. But now, a new study says it costs more to have someone else watch your kid than to send them to college. What is wrong here? Parents have 18 years to save for college, but no one has that kind of time to save for daycare. That’s why a lot of parents are choosing to stay home. Many are finding it cheaper than go to work and hand over 75% of their paycheck to someone else. When and how did things get so crazy? What do you think?

Breastfeeding Mom Booted From Victoria’s Secret

So, I was just surfing the internet this morning and came across this annoying story. Apparently a mom in Texas was told she couldn’t breastfeed inside a Victoria’s Secret store. The mom asked if she could use an empty dressing room, but was told no. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was told to go outside the store to do it! So, she chose to go into a public restroom (yuck!). If she was bottle feeding no one would tell her she couldn’t give her crying baby a bottle inside the store.

Victoria’s Secret has apologized and will apparently give the woman a $150 gift card for her troubles. It’s just a shame that things like this are still happening so often. Women should be able to do something as natural as breastfeed their baby whenever they need to without feeling like they are doing something wrong.

What do you think about all this?


“Mean Girls” Getting Younger & Younger

As a Mom, I’m always worried about my kids, especially when they are not with me. My oldest daughter will be spending more time away in the fall as she heads to Kindergarten . So, when I heard a bullying story involving 5-year-olds this morning, my ears immediately perked up. Apparently, the “mean girls” phenomenon is hitting girls younger and younger. Check out this clip from “Good Morning America” if you missed it today.

It’s so sad that things are like this these days.  Do you worry about bullying in school?