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About Crissi Langwell

Blended family mom to three teens, author of a bunch of books, and owner of the kind of dog only a mom would love. Visit her author website at crissilangwell.com.

When to let your kid stay home sick from school

We’ve all seen it. The droopy eyes. The down-turned mouth. The slouching posture. The “I don’t think I can go to school today” pout. You prompt your child to get ready for school and then see how they feel. They pick at their cereal and insist they’re dying. You wonder [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|2 Comments

How to help your struggling middle school or high school student succeed

It’s been a full week since students returned from winter break. Gone are the mornings of sleeping past noon and (hopefully) staying up until the wee hours of the morning. The school schedule is back in full force, whether they like it or not. At this point, the year is almost half over, and students have just begun their second semester. If their first few months of school have been less than satisfactory, it’s not too late to offer a helping hand with organization and gaining control of their school work. Here are 6 ways to help your student if they’re struggling to make the grade.

By | January 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Single moms get the worst sleep of all

According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, single parents of kids under the age of 18 get the worst night’s sleep out of everyone. Topping that list at a whopping 44% are single moms. Making this study even more interesting is that among married parents, dads are the ones who get less sleep than moms do. Looking back to my single mom days, I can’t say that this study surprises me.

By | January 6th, 2016|0 Comments

10 ways to unplug from technology

Here are a few things you can do to occupy your time when you're not plugged in to your device.

By | April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

50 things for your teenager’s Easter basket

When you think of Easter baskets, you probably think of young toddlers running out to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them. But what about teenagers?

By | March 8th, 2015|57 Comments

One of Santa’s helpers is only 15-years-old

Analycea Miranda enlisted family and friends to create a brighter Christmas for 14 Sonoma County families.

By | December 19th, 2014|0 Comments

5 cheap gift ideas

This year I've been thinking of some ways to give meaningful gifts to those I love without spending a fortune. Here are a few of the ideas I've come up with.

By | December 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Study: Too many babies sleep with blankets

A recent study found that too many parents were still covering their sleeping babies with blankets. Did that surprise you that this is a thing? Don't worry, you're not alone.

By | December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Halloween Safety Tips

Here are a list of safety tips and talking points to bring up with your kids before going out on Halloween night.

By | October 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Halloween recipe: Mummy Dogs

Halloween is a spooky time of year when all things are geared towards the ghoulish and macabre. But sometimes ghoulish and macabre can be adorable too.

By | October 21st, 2014|0 Comments