Baby-Toddler


10 Tips for Taking Photos of Your Children that Capture the Moment 1

— By Diane Rieger, Professional Family Photographer   There’s a special magic in capturing a moment and it’s these moments that give life meaning. My passion for photography is rooted in capturing the feelings of a moment; the love, the fun, the genuine and beautiful essence of each person. I believe we would all be […]


When Your Child Is Having Surgery 5

When you find out your child needs surgery the heartbeat of worries merges with practical preparation and to do’s. Here are tips from my Mom experience ranging from simple outpatient surgery of ear tubes, tonsils and adenoids to an extensive birth defect repair that involved a week long stay in PICU (pediatric intensive care).   […]


12 Ideas for Indoor Family Adventures on Bad Weather Days 1

When you’ve faced what can seem like an endless stream of bad weather days, entertaining young children indoors starts to test even the most creative parents. Here are ideas for indoor adventures out and about, building on our recent article, 11 Fun Indoor Activities for Bad Weather Days for keeping kids entertained at home. Be sure […]


A New Year’s Resolution for a Cavity-Free Year

Here’s to a new year committed to healthy, cavity-free teeth for us and our kids! Brush each morning and before bedtime AFTER milk. Floss your children’s teeth once your dentist recommends it. Check out our toothbrushing tips for parents at http://gooseling.com/toothbrushing-tips which includes a free story based on the Cavity Dragons app available in iTunes.  


Decorating a Two Kid Room

Increasingly, families are returning to the idea of siblings sharing a room, whether the same gender or not. My son and daughter enjoy their shared room, and it reduces their middle of the night visits to mom, as neither likes to sleep alone. Perhaps, things will change when they hit their pre-teens, but for now, […]


Social Stories & Puppets: Powerful, Fun Tools to Teach Children 1

As parents we face a daily conundrum of opportunities and needs to coach our children about everything from conflict resolution and manners to transitions and routines. Two creative tools I love for teaching children social and life skills are social stories and puppets. Storytelling can be such a powerful way to engage children, capturing their […]


Your Children Are Sick — Tips to Survive a Day in Flu Season

If you can’t guess from the title, my kids are sick.  Nothing drastic, *just* stomach flu, same as half of my son’s preK class.  Meanwhile, in the moment, how do we survive the day or night? Don’t use cold medicines meant for older kids or adults. Cold medicines are banned under 6 years old for […]


Finding a Middle Ground: Six Ways to Give Our Children Room to Grow without Undue Risk 1

Free Range Parenting vs. Helicoptering As I watch my two year old race to the play structure and try to climb a tricky bridge, something she’s never done before, my five year old warns me. “Lili can’t do that. Mama!  Quick!” I wonder, should I cover her? Do I give her the space to try […]


In Gratitude for What I Have Learned from My Sons

The holidays and heading toward another new year makes me think of all I am thankful for, while reflecting on the past year and what is most important to me. Being mother to my two sons is the greatest joy I can imagine. What I didn’t know at the beginning when I worried so much […]