Books, Kids, Parenting

Baby Scientist Books – Making Science Interesting for Preschoolers

How many of you wanted to be a scientist when you grew up? Chances are, not too many kids list “scientist” as their future career goal when being a princess or astronaut looks so much more appealing! I (UpNoPa mama Laura) wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up because I loved fossils, so… Read More Baby Scientist Books – Making Science Interesting for Preschoolers

Back to School, Kids, School

The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

There is no shortage of preschool options for children today. Public, private, faith-based, secular, homeschool, Montessori… the options abound. And now there’s a new preschool option, one that’s taking America by storm. The new option for preschool is called Forest School, and it has arrived in the Brainerd Lakes Area! I (Laura) first heard about… Read More The New Preschool Option (and Why Americans are Loving It)

Kids, Organization, Parenting

Taming the Toy Tangle | Create a Toy Rotation

You walk into your child’s room and stop dead in your tracks. You’re not sure, but it looks like a tornado has hit the room or maybe the toy box exploded in some sort of freak Legos-vs-Barbies-induced accident. It’s a true “face/palm moment” when you notice the carpet has virtually disappeared until a mass of… Read More Taming the Toy Tangle | Create a Toy Rotation

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Travel

Moms: The Urban Sherpas of Life | How to Leave the House With Kids (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Women need to be independent and prepared for whatever life throws at them. Moms especially. Who knew that after birthing a Small Human we would need to carry half of our house’s contents everywhere we go like a frazzled Sherpa. And “living dangerously” means we leave one of four gear bags at home for a… Read More Moms: The Urban Sherpas of Life | How to Leave the House With Kids (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Books, Family Activities, Kids

5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Anyone who knows me (Becky) knows that adult coloring is something I truly adore. It’s a form of relaxation that is portable, doable, and never fails to help me “power down” after an intense day. And honestly, I’m kinda picky about what I want to spend my time coloring. So when I stumble upon a… Read More 5 Wonderfully Diverse Coloring Books for Kids and Tweens

Brainerd Lakes Area, Education, Kids, School

STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Have you heard of STEM (or STEAM in this case)? An acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math; STEAM is a popular focus in schools and programs directed toward children. STEAM programming has come to the Brainerd Public Library, and the best part — it’s completely FREE! We have a member of the AmeriCorps… Read More STEAM Programming at the Brainerd Public Library

Brainerd Lakes Area, Essentia Health, Health + Wellness Features, Kids

How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Guest post from Essentia Health of Baxter/Brainerd, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. How do you know if a child has a concussion? Brooke Ylinen had a problem: a 13-year-old hockey player who needed to get back on the ice after suffering a concussion. Her son, Kamden, had been symptom-free for a week but… Read More How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

If you’ve got a kid who loves bugs, you might be wondering what sort of gifts you can get them. This can especially be a challenge if you’re not quite the bug enthusiast they are! (Raising my hand with you!) We’ve got a list of the best gift ideas for kids who love bugs to… Read More The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bug-Loving Kids | Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Bugs

Family Activities, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Winter

Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

December is arguably my most favorite month of the year. Sure, it’s usually cold in Minnesota, but I don’t mind the snow and cold one bit until AFTER the new year. It’s still new and pretty, and I’m 100% ok with a white Christmas! I love everything about the holiday season, from the music and… Read More Ideas of Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love

Fall, Family Activities, Kids, Parenting, Volunteering

How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks

This time of year, gratitude and thanksgiving are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The holiday season seems to inspire us to count our blessings and appreciate what we have to be thankful for. For those of us who are raising children, we likely want to encourage and teach our children to experience gratitude this… Read More How to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids | Help Your Kids Give Thanks