6 tips for taking better pictures of your kids

BY MADI CAVELL Betty Udesen is the photographer who captured the wonderful moments in Zero to Five: 70 Essential Tips Based on Science. An award-winning photojournalist, Betty worked at The Seattle Times (where she and Tracy first collaborated) and has captured images across the world. Here are some of Betty’s essential tips for photographing children. […]



How to be someone who tries harder instead of someone who gives up

“Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up“: This post on how to give our kids a growth mindset is the most popular piece I’ve written in the past year. I’m guessing that’s not just because we all want to teach our kids how to persevere through challenges. I’m guessing it’s also because we wonder for […]



Do you have what it takes to be a parent? Yes, you do

“I’m really rushing all the time. I don’t have enough time just to sit down with them.” “I always worry: Am I doing enough with my kids? Am I doing the important stuff that they need?” We can all relate to the parents at the beginning of this video. The ending will bring a tear to your eye: […]



What new moms need from a baby shower

Who wants to guess the origin of fake baby poop? Baby-shower activities could use an upgrade in the usefulness department. The usual activities range from sweet (write down your wish for baby) to creative (paint a onesie) to wrong (guess how much weight the guest of honor has gained). Then the mama-to-be opens gifts from […]



Would you call 9-1-1 on another parent?

Would you call 9-1-1 if you saw a child sitting in a car parked outside a store, alone, engrossed in a video game? Or a 9-year-old playing, alone, at a playground? Or a 10- and 6-year-old walking purposefully, hand-in-hand, toward home? Stories are mounting of people calling the cops on parents who let their older kids attempt a […]



The secret to stopping power struggles

“Time for bed,” my husband says. He’s not talking to our 3-year-old. He’s talking to me, because I’ve been going to bed waaaay too late, and I’ve asked him to help me out. Even so, whenever he tells me what to do, I balk. “OK,” I say noncommittally, and I stay up even later. Think about […]



Do preschoolers really confuse fantasy and reality?

“Why does Daddy have a stomachache?” Our toddler began to cry. “Daddy, I will help you,” she said. We were playing Chutes and Ladders, a gift from her 3rd birthday party earlier that week. Her daddy landed on square 49, in which a boy eats an armful of green apples. He had to slide all the way back down to […]



Zero to Five photographer Betty Udesen: ‘I got to witness so much love’

by Madi Cavell The photography in Zero to Five is beautiful, but it is also strikingly real. The people in the photographs are not models, and the rooms are not sets. These are real families going about their normal lives in their own homes and neighborhoods. Photographer Betty Udesen captured laughter and tears, relaxation and […]



Reading your newborn’s ‘engage with me’ cues

  Baby loves it when you mimic her facial expressions, coo at her little sounds, and gaze into her eyes. When baby tries to engage with you in one of those ways, she needs you to respond in kind. This “serve and return” interaction is foundational in wiring baby’s brain. It helps the brain develop […]



A not-too-perfect birthday party

“Oh, so this for you, then?” That’s what my neighbor said when I told him a) I was thinking about a Lorax themed birthday party for my almost-3-year-old, and b) she’d probably be happy if the only decor were the three big, white balloons she’d chosen herself that morning. His words replayed in my head. I wanted the party to feel special. […]



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