Susan Swindell Day, Editor

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

Largest Children’s Health Study in History

Vanderbilt Medical Center is participating in the largest long-term study of child health in U.S. history beginning this winter.  The study will track 1,000 Davidson County children from birth to age 21 as part of an overall study of 100,000 children nationwide. The recruitment of women who are pregnant or who plan to be over… Read more »


Win Shrek the Musical Tickets at our Facebook contest Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  What kind of princess are you? Post a picture and a brief reason why you or someone in your family is a “not so ordinary princess” on our Facebook page for a chance to win four tickets to see Shrek the Musical… Read more »

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Most parents can’t fathom how anyone can hurt a child, but the truth is that child abuse and neglect affects children of every age, race and income level. Mothers and fathers unprepared for the responsibilites of raising a child can become overwhelmed by the tasks. Families coping with unemployment, divorce, substance abuse and other negative… Read more »

Mom Moments: Don’t Cry Over It!

What mom isn’t in need of a pick-me-up from time to time? Enter Spilt Milk: Devotions for Moms (Zondervan; $12.99) by Linda Vujnov. This new book includes brief stories and meditations – at times poignant, at times hilarious – to bring you into the here-and-now by helping you gain important perspective. When Mom’s happy, everyone… Read more »

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Brilliant

Kids have a way of jolting sleepy parents awake in the wee hours of the morning, and this day was no different.  Jumping up and down, excitedly sharing goofy antics and laughs at 6:45 a.m., my family waited to board the first water taxi of the morning from Portofino Bay Hotel. Dad and I smiled… Read more »

Assembly Required … OH NO!

Don’t get all frantic about toy assembly come the big day! You’ve got 27 days till Christmas “¦ you have TIME to assemble ahead of time and save yourself the headache of last-minute put togethers. Toys that require assembly should be removed from the original package and put together ahead of time. Wrap them so… Read more »

Traveling with Tots!

For parents traveling on air planes with infants and tots this Thanksgiving, plan ahead with these handy tips:   • Travel with a backpack so your hands are free for the kids • Try to schedule a feeding for departure time.  This way, the sucking motion will make Baby’s ears pop and he won’t be… Read more »

Parenting Tip Of The Day

We know you’ve started your holiday shopping already – or maybe you’re about to.  Before you make any purchases, be sure to check on the newly released toy recalls.

All the World’s a Stage

Shannon Whitford doesn’t usually stand out in a crowd. She’s quiet and shy. But once she gets on stage, that timidity disappears.


As we grow older and years go by, we begin coming to terms with the fact that we really are on our own in this world. Now don’t go getting all bummed out or anything. That’s not to say that we don’t thrive among family and others who care for us and who can be… Read more »