Family Word Snacks: Conflagration & Combustion

conflagration: [kahn-fluh-grey-shuhn] (n) a large destructive fire in a sentence: Many Southern Californian families were left homeless after the drought and record heat waves caused another conflagration to claim more of their towns. combustion: [kəm-buhs-tʃən] (n) 1. explosion. 2. an eruption into violence in a sentence: Scooby Doo and the gang have narrowly avoided thousands […]

Family Word Snacks: Analogous & Metaphor

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” ~Orson Scott Card analogous: [uh-nal-uh-guh s] (a) 1. corresponding in some respects; having analogy. 2. (biology) (of organs and parts) having similarity in function, appearance, and structure but unique origins. 3. (linguistics) formed by analogy in a sentence: Recent scientific discovery has […]

Family Word Snacks: Coruscant & Lackluster

coruscant: [kuh-ruhs-kuh nt] (a) sparkling, glittering, gleaming, coruscating in a sentence: In Star Wars, the planet Coruscant is aptly named for its countless coruscant city lights. Random Star Wars Quotes in the Context of Parenting DAD SAYS ‘YES’ AFTER MOM SAID ‘NO’: “You are a member of the rebel alliance, and a traitor.” TERRIBLE TWO’S: […]

Your Latest Photos, Funnies, Tips, and Quips!

Your Latest Photos, Funnies, Tips, and Quips!

Here they are: the latest top picks from the “tip jar”! Real kid quips, funny photos, favorite quotes, parenting tips, and more! This next one is an helpful safety tip for parents of kids between car seats, booster seats, and seat belts courtesy of Baby Car Seat Installers! Thank you for being tuned in parents. […]

Tip of the Day: Imagination vs. Technology

The above real kid quip from the tip jar illustrates a conversation most of us have had with our kids at some point. Where’s the balance between imaginative play and this generation’s natural affinity for technology? Is one better than the other? Do video games and apps impede imagination and learning, or do they enhance […]

Top 10 Picks from the Tip Jar

Top 10 Picks from the Tip Jar

We’ve received some rather cool tips, quotes, and funny things from you! Keep ’em coming! Just plop them in the “tip jar” as the kids surprise you with their hilarious quips and your parenting epiphanies and trial-by-errors pop up. No knowledge or opportunity for laughter is wasted here. Without further ado, here are the very […]

TiP Jar!

TiP Jar!

Your parenting tips* are an essential part of the Tuned In Parents community. After all, it was created so savvy parents everywhere could share with, amuse, and inspire one another. *Some people are experts at parenting — like child psychiatrists with 10 kids — but most of us are doing our best and figuring it […]

Kids Have a Sixth Sense About Mondays

Kids Have a Sixth Sense About Mondays

You spend a pleasant weekend with the kids. Everything’s right with the world. Then Sunday night rolls around. You start getting the kids ready for bed, and things get wonky. The kids sense what’s coming. Do they dread Monday’s, too? Or are they mimicking our non-verbal cues? Last night, as I was about to turn […]

Bedtime Battles

Bedtime is a battleground for many. And getting the kids in the bed is only the beginning. After swapping stories with friends and family about our ongoing wars of the sleepless, I wrote this tongue-in-cheek poem — helps keep things in perspective. (It doesn’t have a title yet; feel free to send me your suggestions.) […]