Susan Swindell Day, Editor

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

5 Great Travel Apps for Families


Are we there yet? “Mom! He hit me!”  Ah, the joy of family road trips with babies and young children! Turn the stress into fun with the help of tips and just after that, 5 Great Apps. Happy Trails! • Pack only the baby essentials you will need and pack ahead when you are relaxed…. Read more »

Feed’em Just Enough


Did you know that overloading your toddler’s plate is the quickest way to turn him off to eating? Make sure you give him LESS than he’ll eat so he can ask for more! And remember: Your child is born instinctively knowing how much food he needs and he won’t usually overeat. However he can easily… Read more »

School Papers How-to


The kids have unloaded their school backpacks and stuff’s everywhere! Tackle the chaos before it tackles you.  If you don’t have this system in place, do it now … Here’s how:   • Create a file folder for each grade and label the folder with your child’s name, grade and year • Organize the folder… Read more »

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 »