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Christina Fairman

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Christina lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at several different places, and her particular passion is for her role as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

Mom Tells Kid: No Perfect Attendance Award for You

I just came across a post titled: “Why my son won’t be accepting his 100% attendance award." When I read the title, I swear my...
hot dog recipes

13 Delicious Hot Dog Recipes

Last month was National Fruits and Vegetables Month: a great way to celebrate seasonal produce. This month, though, things get all summer-official because July...
shame

Hey, Kid! Want Lunch? Shame On You.

“The cash register woman says to this 4-year-old girl, verbatim, ’You have no money,’” said Holt, describing the incident last year. A milk carton...
toys

15 Summer Toys for $15 or Less

Ah, summer. The time we dream of all year. The time when we can shove the kids outside in the morning and let them...
jokes for kids

45 Jokes for Kids

“Why did the chicken cross the road. Because the barn was on the other side.” “Joke, joke.  Why is the joker on the plane? Because...
vegetarian recipes

11 Vegetarian Recipes (That Even Carnivores Will Like)

June is the month to celebrate produce! This month is National Fruits and Vegetables Month, June 16 is National Fresh Veggies Day and June...

Movie Review: Disney Pixar’s Cars 3

Okay. I just got back from the movies. Literally. I’ve been home for, like, fifteen minutes. My husband is putting the kid to bed...
discipline

5 Ways to Discipline Your Tween

Did you ever notice that kids actually seem to get harder to discipline the older they get? You’d think things would get better once...
worksheet

Worksheet Drama: Mommy Works, Daddy Can’t Cook, and Now Lisa Is Sad

About a week ago, Lynne Palvino’s first-grader brought home a worksheet. Leaving aside the fact that there’s some debate about the efficacy of worksheets...
screen time limits

Important Tips on Setting and Managing Screen Time Limits

When we’re searching for advice, usually we can turn to books, experts, Google, or perhaps most usefully: people who’ve done it before us. Learn...

20+ Tech-Free Travel Entertainment Ideas

A friend of mine was looking for some tech-free travel entertainment ideas, so I went to most logical source I could think of. No,...
Fidget Spinner Swallowed

Child Swallows Part of Fidget Spinner: Mom’s Warning to Parents

You’ve heard about fidget spinners, yes? The latest toy craze, which is getting banned from schools—including my daughter’s!—for driving teachers crazy? When I originally...