Susan Day

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

Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!


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 »

“Making Music”


Keep Baby busy with a stash of old pots and pans when you’re cooking dinner, or anytime you’re in the kitchen preparing something!  Keep your stash in a low drawer or cabinet along with several wooden spoons.  Set baby on a throw blanket on the floor and place pots in front of him. Show him… Read more »

A Clean ‘n Easy Family Fridge


Leftovers, messy ketchup bottles, and yes, some things looking like science projects!  If you dread having to clean out your refrigerator, break it into 10-minute a day tasks until it’s clean.   Here’s how:  • Divide the fridge into numerous sections: The inside door; shelves (each shelf counts as one section); drawers; the outside of the fridge…. Read more »

End Nail Biting Now!


Do you have a nail biter at your house?  Some kids are unaware that they bite their nails, while others know exactly what they are doing but can’t stop. Some bite out of boredom, others because they are anxious about something. Make a conscious effort to help your child stop biting his nails by: Tip#1:… Read more »

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