Hulk Cookies – Don’t Tell the Kids About the Spinach

We are really into super heroes right now in my house.  So when I decided to try and incorporate spinach into a cookie I figured that I should add the Incredible Hulk to make the cookies more fun for my kids.  That's how "Hulk Cookies" came about.  I found a few recipes online and tailored to fit the needs of the Hulk Cookie.  I ended up making my version using gluten free flour, but you...

10 Reasons Central Iowa Doesn’t Suck to Raise a Family

I love living in Central Iowa.  Sure we may not be close to an ocean or mountains, but we have a lot of other great things going for us.  In fact, Central Iowa is a great place to raise a family.  Here are 10 Reasons Central Iowa Doesn't Suck to Raise a Family: Lots of School Options - Where you are looking for public, Catholic, Christian or Montessori, Central Iowa has them all. Do you...

New Study Shows ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Grades

A new long-term study of nearly 4,000 students* found that ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall don’t help achievement scores or grade point averages. In fact, according to the research, boys who took medications for ADHD actually performed worse in school than boys with similar symptoms who took no stimulant medications. Likewise, girls who took ADHD drugs reported more emotional problems. The same is true for intelligence; there seems to be no significant cognitive benefit...

3 Ways Parents Can Save Money at Dollar Stores

Dollar Stores can sometimes be a trap.  Sure they sound cheap, but 30 minutes after you walk in you have $50 worth of stuff you don't really need.  But, if used right, the local Dollar Store can actually help parents save money.  Here are 3 ways parents can save money at Dollar Stores: Party Supplies Any parent who has thrown a birthday party for their kiddos knows that you end up spending a big chunk...

5 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Star Wars

Hi  my name is Thomas and I am a Star Wars nerd.  A proud one.  So the other day I was thinking to myself, how can I incorporate Star Wars into my parenting website?  Well, there are some parenting lessons to be learned from Darth Vader and the Star Wars Movies.  So I came up with my list of 5 Parenting Lessons I Learned From Star Wars: 1. The Force Doesn't Work for Tracking Your...