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Deborah Song

Deborah Song is a Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master's in journalism from New York University. She is the founder of, and is passionate about helping parents find better work-life balance and proper support through community.

Articles by Deborah

10 Tips For Hosting a Successful Playdate

A little planning goes a long way when hosting a playdate. This doesn’t mean you have to label water bottles or print out menu cards. But children tend to get territorial on their own home turf. Playing host is a great opportunity for your child to learn to be gracious and gain confidence.

Christmas Cookie Pops

There’s something decadent about eating off of a stick. Try putting a twist on holiday cookies this season with these cookie pops.

Reindeer and Santa Hot Cocoa Cones

Rein in the holiday spending with these reindeer and Santa Claus hot cocoa cones. Kids love to give as much as they receive. So put them in the driver’s seat this holiday season and empower them to make their own gifts.

Are Preschool Friendships Real?

Preschool friendships may be formed at a young age, but are they real? The answer can be found when your kids move on to Kindergarten. We’ve discovered some tips and insights that have helped children cope and grow stronger from the experience. Here are 5 ideas for helping your children make the transition.

10 Tips for a Smooth Road Trip with Kids

Road trips can be one of the easiest modes of travel, especially when you have small children in tow! But the key to a good road trip is planning ahead. So if you're thinking of squeezing in a few road trips this year, here are 10 tips to get you ready.

Dealing With Loss

In this heartfelt article, author Deborah Song writes about her family's experience when Great-grandmother passed away. We hope this insight can support parents to help their children cope with loss. When your child loses a loved one, how do you explain this concept of death?

Why Your Child Has the Final Say in Tantrums

Tantrums are often cited as one of the most frustrating behaviors from parents. But how do you control the outcome, in a positive manner, without allowing your child to have their way and without losing your cool? Here are four empowering tips to help your child make the right choices.

Three Parenting Mistakes Sure to Ruin Your Next Family Vacation

According to child psychologist Dr. Randy Cale, parents make the biggest mistake by trying to make vacations perfect and going to great lengths to make their children happy. Here are three parenting mistakes you don’t want to make on your next family vacation.

DIY Jack and the Beanstalk

Watching a plant grow is magical for kids. But you don’t need magic beans to grow a beanstalk (nor will it cost you a cow), especially when beans are one of the easiest and cheapest vegetables to grow. All they need are sunlight and water. Within 7 to 10 days of planting, your child will see he’s planted "magic" beans as well.

Art Activities for Kids: Blooming Flowers Stamps

Help your child’s inner artist blossom by creating this blooming flowers stamp artwork. Using repurposed materials, this kids activity is also eco-friendly!

Kids Activities: How to Make a ScareGrow

Looking for a unique kids activity? Let’s make a ScareGrow! It functions as a scarecrow but the decoy head also grows its own head full of grass!

Kids Kitchen: St. Patrick's Day Tostadas

The luck of the Irish can belong to both parent and child this St. Patrick’s Day with these Shamrock Tostadas that are both healthy and festive. Try this kid recipe and let your children help make a tasty meal to celebrate!

How Changing My Language Changed My Child's Outlook

Trying to teach my oldest daughter anything has always been a frustrating feat. Several parenting strategies I had tried seemed to fail or didn't fit in with my beliefs. However, when I changed my language, it changed my child's outlook.

Kids Activities: Valentine’s Day Gratitude Tree Craft

Make this Valentine's Day Craft that can be meaningful for children too! A Gratitude Tree shows children how to show love for friends and family!

Parenting: Teaching Success Through Failure

High monkey bars are disappearing from playgrounds everywhere. It’s the telltale metaphor that reveals a zeitgeist sweeping the nation: we’ve become obsessed with trying to engineer failure out of our children’s lives.

Kids Kitchen: Rice Krispies Christmas Trees

Decorating Christmas trees is just as much fun when it's a Rice Krispies tree you're dressing up. These festive treats are fun, economical and oh-so-easy to make! Definitely try this Christmas Kids Kitchen recipe!

Parenting: Is Modeling Right for Your Child? Is It Right for You?

Is Modeling Right for Your Child? Is It Right for You? Read these 10 parenting questions to determine what is best for you and your family!

10 Tips to Help Your Child Grieve the Loss of a Pet

The death of a beloved pet may seem like too much for your wide-eyed and bewildered child to handle. But kids are more resilient than we often give them credit for. Most kids will be able to adjust to the loss of a pet if your approach is honest, gentle and patient. It’s important to support and guide your child through the stages of grief that may involve denial, sadness, depression, guilt and anger, and provide the necessary outlets in order to reach a healthy recovery. Here are some parenting tips to help your child deal with the loss of a pet.

Kids Activities: Colorful Pasta Garland

My kids love putting up the tree each year. But their faces really light up when they get to decorate it with crafts they made.

Child Modeling and Why It's Probably Not for Me (or My Kids)

The first thing you need to know about child modeling is that money can’t be your motivation. When a friend of mine booked an amazing family modeling gig (they were flown out to an all-expense paid trip to Aspen worth thousands of dollars and compensated monetarily as much), I became very interested. Getting my whole family involved in modeling wasn’t a viable option with my husband’s demanding work schedule, but child modeling seemed definitely doable. I thought college fund – and more, I won’t lie. So I got the agent’s contact info my friend used and turned in pictures of my two daughters, 4 and 2. But child modeling seldom goes this way, I would learn. Read on for my experience and maybe some parenting tips that will help you decide if it's for you and your kids.
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