Susan Day

Susan Day is editor of Cincinnati Family Magazine and a mother of four.

Sports as Your Kids Grow

You want your child to play … now know what to expect. Parents lugging coolers, collapsible chairs and shade are a familiar sight these days – there’s always a tournament going on somewhere it seems! The popularity of youth sports in the U.S. is undeniable – and word is, the earlier your child can get… Read more »

Potty Training Tricks

 Reach for your bags of tricks to help your child stay confident during potty training!  • Sticker Chart  Create a colorful and fun day-to-day chart. When your child has a successful trip to the bathroom, let him decorate the day with a sticker or even let him be the one to check the day off…. Read more »


  Berries get yummier in spring and summer, so take advantage of this and offer them to your children as a yummy alternative to candy and other sweets. Here are some good ways to serve them:  •  Strawberry cream cheese sandwich: Sweet and creamy, this sandwich is perfect for breakfast. Spread light cream cheese, a… Read more »


Does your older child constantly bug the younger one? Bossing younger siblings around is typical for kids ages 5 to 7, says Jerry Wyckoff, Ph.D., coauthor of How to Discipline Your Six- to Twelve-Year-Old … Without Losing Your Mind. Wyckoff suggests the following tips: •  Make it clear that parents make the rules, and discuss this… Read more »

Long Live Blue Jeans

Make your child’s blue jeans last twice as long with this simple tip!  • With $2 and five minutes, you can extend the life of your child’s blue jeans. You need new jeans, denim patches (they won’t show in the end; find them at a craft store), an iron and an ironing board.  • Preheat… Read more »

Eat This, Not That!

Become a choosier mom at the grocery store when buying snacks for your kids.  Read the labels and get savvy.  Here are a few ideas to help get you started:   EAT THIS: Frosted Miniwheats – 100 calories per serving, 6g sugar, 4g fiber NOT THAT: Frosted Flakes – 110 calories, 11g sugar, 1 g… Read more »

Nose Blowing 101

The game “Blow the Hankie” makes a fun way to teach nose blowing to tots. Get a tissue. Have your child take a deep breath and clamp her teeth together. Gently hold your index finger up and down across her lips as though you are telling her to shush. Hold the tissue about an inch… Read more »

Well-Behaved Kids

Disciplining Kids? Well-behaved children happen to parents who:  1) Are Consistent If you take a privilege away from your child for a certain length of time, don’t give in to his appeals to shorten it. Children want and need clearly defined limits.   2) Stand united with your spouse or partner. To discipline kids effectively… Read more »

The Mom Manual

52 Timesaving tips and tricks for streamlining your day-to-day life with kids. Moms share the same problem: There are not enough hours in the day to do everything well and quickly, too. Our families count on us, and we hold high expectations for ourselves.  As Susan Newman, mom of five and author of The Book… Read more »

Yummy Berry Muffins

Control the added fats your kids eat by providing your own baked items.  You can make these easily in the evening after the kids are in bed, or on the weekend to be snacked on throughout the week:   Low-fat, Yummy Blueberry Muffins YOU’LL NEED: 1 c. flour 1 c. oatmeal 3 tbsp. sugar 1… Read more »

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