Susan Swindell Day, Editor

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

Family DVDs to See!

Summer’s here and the kids’ days stretch before them like long and gooey taffy … In the evenings, enjoy a classic family movie together (available at Netflix)! Cheaper by the Dozen, 1950, starring Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy Lots of kids know the remake of this flick starring Steve Martin, but show them another time and era… Read more »

Potty Training Tricks

 Reach for your bags of tricks to help your child stay confident during potty training!  • Sticker Chart  Create a colorful and fun day-to-day chart. When your child has a successful trip to the bathroom, let him decorate the day with a sticker or even let him be the one to check the day off…. Read more »

Long Live Blue Jeans

Make your child’s blue jeans last twice as long with this simple tip!  • With $2 and five minutes, you can extend the life of your child’s blue jeans. You need new jeans, denim patches (they won’t show in the end; find them at a craft store), an iron and an ironing board.  • Preheat… Read more »

Eat This, Not That!

Become a choosier mom at the grocery store when buying snacks for your kids.  Read the labels and get savvy.  Here are a few ideas to help get you started:  EAT THIS: Frosted Miniwheats – 100 calories per serving, 6g sugar, 4g fiber NOT THAT: Frosted Flakes – 110 calories, 11g sugar, 1 g… Read more »

Aaron Tippin

The down-to-earth country music star relishes life with his family.

Pinching Pennies

Why does it seem that everywhere I go someone’s asking me for money? The price of milk is going up, the price of bread ridiculously high. Â At Kroger’s everyone’s buying Kroger brand now or … Private Selection if you just got paid … and I ask you, what do we tell the kids? Inflation… Read more »

“Making Music”

Keep Baby busy with a stash of old pots and pans when you’re cooking dinner, or anytime you’re in the kitchen preparing something!  Keep your stash in a low drawer or cabinet along with several wooden spoons.  Set baby on a throw blanket on the floor and place pots in front of him. Show him… Read more »

A Clean ‘n Easy Family Fridge

Leftovers, messy ketchup bottles, and yes, some things looking like science projects!  If you dread having to clean out your refrigerator, break it into 10-minute a day tasks until it’s clean.   Here’s how:  • Divide the fridge into numerous sections: The inside door; shelves (each shelf counts as one section); drawers; the outside of the fridge…. Read more »

End Nail Biting Now!

Do you have a nail biter at your house?  Some kids are unaware that they bite their nails, while others know exactly what they are doing but can’t stop. Some bite out of boredom, others because they are anxious about something. Make a conscious effort to help your child stop biting his nails by: Tip#1:… Read more »

Pantry Power

If your kids are eating poorly, it’s time to take back your pantry! Kids cannot eat what IS NOT THERE! That’s the good news on the home front. You CAN manage to get healthy snacks into your forever grazing kids by only providing healthy alternatives.  If you notice unhealthy eating habits at your house, it’s… Read more »