Susan Swindell Day, Editor

Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

Make Time for Playtime


Over-scheduled kids results in “family fatigue” says new research. The British Kidspot survey, commissioned by the Natural Confectionary Company, found that 50 percent of more than 400 moms of children aged 9 – 12 claimed their households suffered because of too many activities. The survey also found that 87 per cent of the moms wished… Read more »

Take 5 with Martina McBride


This Nashville mom insists on honesty and loves to cook.  Learn more about her life here in Music City: 1) DO YOU LIKE RAISING YOUR KIDS IN NASHVILLE? I love it. Nashville is interesting in that it’s a big city but has a very small town feel to it in a lot of ways. There… Read more »

All Kids Will Lie!


Kids who lie are smart?! Well, no, but a new study done by the the Institute of Child Study at Toronto University, shows that when kids lie they are really just developing their intelligence. Researchers surveyed 1,200 children aged two to 17 to learn more about why kids lie. The children’s honesty was tested by telling them not… Read more »

Bullying = Low Test Scores


The pointing, the teasing. Sigh. And now a new study presented at the 119th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association shows that bullying may yield lower test scores. “A bullying climate may play an important role in student test performance,” says Dewey Cornell, PhD, a clinical psychologist and professor of education at the University… Read more »

5 Things Not to Say to Kids During a Divorce


Divorce is a hard on kids so choose your words carefully.  Here are five things you don’t want to say: 1) Nothing will change, everything will stay the same. As soon as a separation occurs, everything has changed.  Instead of claiming that everything will be the same, carefully introduce changes while remaining calm and in… Read more »

Make Funny Videos


Make videos with the rest of the world!  Head to You Tube to search funny short videos with your kids.  You can find cute ones involving children or cute animals, the sky’s the limit. Help your child find his own ideas, then get to work. You can make an actual story or catch your pooch… Read more »

Kelly Sutton


This charismatic TV anchor — and mom of a 2-year-old — says that even with all of the exciting stories she covers and important things going on in the world, “family is the very most important” thing there is. The delightful Kelly Sutton — Tennessee Morning’s co-anchor on Fox 17 from 5 – 9 a.m…. Read more »

3 Learning Apps for Preschoolers


  Tots can have fun in the car or anywhere using your iPhone or iPad and playing preschool apps! Here are 3 we recommend:   Highlight’s Hidden Pictures $2 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/highlights-hidden-pictures/id333263975?mt=8   Lola’s Alphabet Train $2 http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lolas-alphabet-train/id378493874?mt=8   Super Why! By PBS http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-why/id357422351?mt=8      

New Ban on Popular Cribs


Next week — the week of June 27, 2011 — new safety rules take effect in the United States next week that will ban the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the ban on the popular cribs late last year amid growing evidence they had played… Read more »

8 Blogs a Mom Can Love!


Be in-the-know with some of the best-of-the-web right here … Here are 8 blogs you can love.   Cool Mom Picks http://coolmompicks.com/ Put together by moms who like to “track cool stuff.”   Cool Mom Tech http://coolmomtech.com/ The title says it all.   Deal Seeking Mom http://dealseekingmom.com/ Save money with daily deals and more.  … Read more »