Here are some tips on how to increase productivity as a parent from a mom who's been there.
If you’re not ready to purge your kids' artwork, just store them better. Here are some tips from professional organizer, Naeemah Ford Goldson.
Teaching kids to get organized will not only help them develop a habit of being a bit tidier, they'll also be able to utilize these skills throughout life.
January is National Get Organized month, and what better way to kick it off than with meal planning? Here are some tips!
While setting goals for yourself, consider setting them for your kids as well. Here are some tips.
This mom wants her kids to have fun memories of Christmas like she does from her childhood, so she's made sure to involve them in the different things she does to prepare for the holidays.
Because kids are likely to get a bunch of toys from extended family, why not gift them items to help them stay organized? Here are some organizing products you can gift your children to make storing new toys, books, jewelry or art easier.
"Even as a certified professional organizer, constantly purging toys can be overwhelming," wrote Naeemah Ford Goldson. "Here are some tips that help me purge my kids' toys."
This mom eagerly signed up to chaperone her son's first field trip, and was disappointed with the result.
"In the morning, he woke up and opened the tooth box and saw his tooth was gone and that he had “a dollar." There was so much joy in his eyes; it made my heart melt."
During a trip to a winery to celebrate their anniversary, mom and dad can't quit thinking about their kids.
"Since I have never been — and probably never will be — a morning person, I stay as organized as possible. This really helps with making sure I get my boys to school on time," wrote Naeemah Ford Goldson. "Here are some things I do to help out during the week."
"My 3-year-old son, Gavin, is notorious for climbing on everything! I admire his fearlessness and his desire to “get to the top," but it was only a matter of time before he broke a bone," wrote Naeemah Ford Goldson. "And it just recently happened ... from a short fall off the couch."
Omaha native Naeemah Ford Goldson spent a month in the city with her two kids. At the end of it, no one wanted to leave. "This just might become a tradition, unless the powers that be lead us there permanently."
"When the instructors told him to line up, he would run around. When they told the kids to run, Gavin wanted to jump on the mats."
Naeemah Ford Goldson and her two sons recently arrived in Omaha to spend a month of quality time with her side of the family. Their first big stop? Fun-Plex. "It's great because my boys are getting the chance to experience many things we usually miss out on because we live in Atlanta," she wrote.
Is being involved in multiple activities too much for kids? Or is it too much for us as parents?
Making house renovations while having young kids in the house is never fun. Here's how one mom is doing it.
Naeemah Ford Goldson recently attended kindergarten round-up with her son, and it was a success. For any parents about to embark on this journey, here's what you have to look forward to.
"I never gave the condition of my house or furniture a second thought until my kids started putting holes in things, getting everything dirty and breaking treasures."
"No one likes to move. Moving is annoying and hard on your body. Plus, just coordinating everything can be a big hassle. But moving when you have small children — that takes it to a completely different level. Who knew they had so many tiny toys?!"
"My 2-year-old son, Gavin, is very athletic. No, extremely athletic! I've never seen a toddler jump so high, run so fast or climb so well," writes Naeemah Ford Goldson. "It’s both a gift and a curse."
"My husband Eric has always wanted to go skydiving. I, on the other hand, have never had the desire to go. Not because I’m afraid to jump out of a plane, but because I’m afraid I won’t be able to breathe," said Naeemah Ford Goldson. "So for his birthday, I thought indoor skydiving would be a great compromise for the both of us."
At the end of 2016, I received a progress report from my oldest son's school. Ethan's teacher loves him and loves that he reads to her and tells her fun facts about animals. He works well with others and does his work. The only area of improvement? For him to be more of a leader.
"Instead of setting myself up for failure with yearly resolutions I will either put off until the end of the year or not complete at all, I’ve decided to set monthly goals," writes Naeemah Ford Goldson. "I started this a few years ago and it has really helped me to accomplish a lot more during the year."
Because of my experience in my early years, I’ve always been very conscious of trying to make sure people felt included when they were around me. Now that I’m raising two little boys, I really want to make sure they are thoughtful, fair and inclusive of everyone.
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