Children

Why Disney Cruises Are Actual Parent Vacations — Cruises for Food-Lovers

If you're a mom then you know that despite the many, many joys of child-rearing, it can leaving you feeling a bit haggard. If you are like me, you will find yourself day-dreaming of endless sunshine and a Cinderella-style night out in glass slippers. You will want, in short, a real vacation — and not just a trip somewhere in a car where the final destination has a kitchen and in-laws are involved.

If this is the case, then I encourage you to consider a Disney cruise. You hate Frozen, you say? You've heard that GD song one too many times and you can't hold it (i.e. your true feelings) back any more? Hear me out. Walt knows a thing about sprinkling Tinker Bell's pixie dust on every age — including adults.

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5 Supermarket Shortcuts I Started Buying After Having a Baby — Dinner with Kids

I used to be one of those people. I didn't just make homemade chicken stock — I roasted chicken bones until fragrant, then gave them a long, slow bath. I didn't toss stuff in a slow cooker — I sautéed and seared first, in the sincere belief it made a difference.

And then I had a baby.

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​After My Divorce, Dinnertime Became Less About Food — My Two Tables

The summer of 2003 was one filled with much anticipation for me. My then husband and I were building a house in the country, something we had talked about doing since we started dating, and I was in a constant stupor dreaming up all the recipes I would make in our new kitchen.

Walking through our shell of a house on the night it was framed was thrilling. I could imagine myself on warm summer evenings looking out the little window above the sink as I washed berries for a pie. The island would be where I would mince and chop, while the counter space next to the stove would hold glass jars of rice, oats, and flour. The book filled with countless family recipes would get covered in butter, sugar, tomato sauce, and herbs.

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The Most Stylish and Easy-to-Clean Highchairs — Shopping

When my girls were little, my parents had this hand-me-down high chair they would haul out for visits. It was just brutal. It was big and bulky, even when it was folded closed, with these plasticky-looking feet and an ostensibly comfy seat cushion that would catch crumbs in the stitching. Sure, it was functional in that it held the kids up to table height for meals, but man that thing was ugly!

In a small space, especially, it makes a difference to have a stylish highchair. Plus, you want a cool one in those early years when you're struggling between feeling like your formerly cool self and feeling like you've totally given in to being a parent. And you want something that'll look as cute as your baby in those Instagram photos.

Because you will be looking at that thing — and wiping strained spinach and spaghetti off it — every day for the next few years, here are a few highchairs that are actually stylish, and easy to clean, too.

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Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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How a Plate Solved Mealtime Woes for a Mom and Her Autistic Son — Dinner with Kids

Mealtime used to come with massive amounts of stress and anxiety for Jen Anderson, of Kirkland, Washington. "I dreaded meals to the point where I felt sick to my stomach in anticipation," she says. Her son Levi was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 1/2 years old, and getting him to eat was nearly impossible. "Levi couldn't stay seated for more than 10 seconds at a time," she says. "He didn't recognize the feeling of hunger. And only ate foods that were starchy and unhealthy." Some days, he'd barely eat anything at all.

Of course, Jen and her husband tried everything. They spent thousands of dollars on a board-certified behavioral analyst who would make house calls to work with Levi. "Even she couldn't get him to eat." They'd make a blanket fort under the table, give him toothpicks instead of a fork, let him eat in front of the television, and anything else they could think of.

It was a painful situation for many reasons. For starters, they worried their son wasn't getting the nutrients he needed. They also got disapproving comments and looks from people (including friends and family!). They couldn't go out to eat as a family and Jen even started avoiding other moms and play dates. Jen was at the end of her rope and didn't know what to do.

But then, nearly two years ago when Levi was 5 1/2, she found something that changed their lives: a plate.

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