Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back to School Reprints Available

  • Are Music Lessons Worth the Cost? (711 words) The average cost of private music lessons ranges from $15-40 per half hour. Private lessons cost parents $1,000 to $2,000 a year. Are music lessons really worth the cost? This article gives short and long term benefits of private lessons, helping parents make an informed decision.
  • Benefits of Making Healthy Snacks for Kids (724 words) Article gives benefits of snacking for kids and lists some healthy snack ideas.
  • Calming the Butterflies (799 words) It’s normal for kids to feel nervous about an upcoming event such as a recital, a big game, or attending a new school. This article gives tips parents can use to help calm their child’s “butterflies”. Article includes a sidebar “Symptoms of Anxiety in Children”.
  • Get Ready for Back to School (694 words) This article gives realistic tips to make back to school an easy transition for parents and students.
  • Mastering Mealtime (732 words) Article gives five easy steps to help parents plan healthy and affordable meals while avoiding the drive through window.
  • Off to Kindergarten: Getting Mom Ready (469 words) Our focus is getting our kids ready for the first day but is mom ready? This article gives tips for parents struggling to send their baby off to kindergarten.
  • Reduce First Day Jitters (621 words) Tips for parents to help their kids deal with first day of school anxiety.
  • Soothing Separation Anxiety (760 words) Article gives coping strategies for parents who are leaving their child with a caregiver for the first time.
  • Taking the Stress Out of School Mornings (668 words) Article gives suggestions for parents and kids to make school mornings less stressful
  • Talking to Kids About Disabilities (787 words) This article gives parents tips on how to talk to their children about disabilities and differences in an appropriate and intelligent way.
  • Think Outside the Lunch Box (144 words) Perfect for a back to school sidebar, this article gives lunch ideas that go beyond the same old thing.
  • When Kids Reject Sports: Keeping Kids Active When They Avoid Team Sports (674 words) Team sports are a great way to keep kids active but not all kids enjoy playing them. This article helps parents find other ways their children can continue to be healthy and active even if they are not part of a sports team.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pregnancy and Baby Reprints Available

  • 5 Tips for Choosing a Pediatrician (1030 words) Tips to help parents begin the search for a pediatrician. The Sidebar “When is it Time to Find a New Pediatrician?” is included.
  • 7 Common Feelings of NICU Parents (1070 words) Parents who experience having a baby in the NICU go through a variety of emotions including fear, loss, powerlessness, and more. Article lists common reactions NICU parents have and suggestions on how to deal with them.
  • 7 Priceless Tips for NICU Parents - (892 words) Realistic tips from former NICU parents for parents walking through this difficult experience.
  • 7 Things to Remember When Your Child Throws a Tantrum (770 words) When your child throws a tantrum it is easy to get frustrated, overwhelmed, angry, and embarrassed. This article gives tips for parents to remember when their child throws a tantrum.
  • Budgeting After Baby (799 words) This article gives tips to help parents cut costs and reduce spending after the birth of their new baby.
  • Creating a Birth Plan (766 words) Article gives ideas to help parents prepare a birth plan.
  • Do Away with Diaper Rash (566 words) Article gives the common culprits of diaper rash as well as ideas for treatment and prevention when it occurs.
  • Halloween Safety Tips for Toddlers (503 words) This article gives tips to keep babies and toddlers safe on their first (or second) Halloween.
  • Hospital Bed Rest Survival (242 words) This short article would be a great filler piece and gives tips for how to “survive” hospital bed rest.
  • Interview Questions for a New Pediatrician (411 words) When looking for a new pediatrician, it is wise to set up an interview with the doctor to make sure that it is a good fit for you and your children. Article gives interview questions to ask when meeting with a new doctor.
  • Soothing Separation Anxiety (760 words) Article gives coping strategies for parents who are leaving their child with a caregiver for the first time.
  • Supporting a Mom on Bed Rest (637 words) This article gives ways to offer support while a mom is on bed rest.
  • Surviving Bed Rest (690 words) This article gives ideas to help a pregnant mom survive bed rest.
  • Taking a Beach Vacation with Toddlers (411 words) Article gives tips for parents planning a beach vacation with young children
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing Your Child for a New Sibling (709 words) Adding another child to the family provides your older child with a lifelong friend and playmate, but the soon-to-be big sibling may feel reluctant to share their turf. Many parents worry about how their child will react to a new baby in the house. Article gives tips to parents as they welcome a new baby into the home.
  • Three to Six in Fourteen Weeks (1163 words) This article is my personal story of how our family went from a family of five to a family of eight overnight after the birth of our triplets.
  • Tips for the Toddler Bed Transition from a Triplet Mom (723 words) This article gives advice to parents who are helping their toddler transition from crib to big kid bed.
  • When Expecting Parents Face the Unexpected: Valuable Tips for NICU Parents (1291 words) Each year 10-15% of babies end up in the NICU in the United States. While parents do a lot to prepare for their child’s birth, learning about the NICU is not typically one of them. Article gives tips for parents of NICU babies.

Please contact me at sarahjolyons@gmail.com if you would like to view these articles in full or if you are interested in purchasing one for your publication.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring and Summer Reprints Available

  • 50+ Things to Fill Easter Eggs (That Aren’t Candy) (335 words) This article gives ideas to fill Easter eggs that aren’t candy. Great for parents of kids with food allergies or parents who want to avoid the sugar overload.
  • Beat the Heat: Indoor Fun for Hot Summer Days (520 words) When the dog days of summer have settled in and it’s too hot to play outside all day. The kids still have a lot of energy to burn. Article gives 15 easy ways to entertain the kids and keep cool at the same time.
  • Gifts Kids Can Give on a Small Budget (756 words) This article gives gift ideas that cost little or no money. This would be a great article for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or end of the school year teacher gift ideas.
  • Taking a Beach Vacation with Toddlers (411 words) Article gives tips for parents planning a beach vacation with young children
  • Teaching Kids to Enjoy Nature (688 words) In today’s digital age, families are spending more time inside and less exploring nature. This article gives parents great reasons to get the kids outside and suggestions on how to foster a love of nature.
  • Travel Tips for Family Trips (678 words) This article gives ideas to keep the kids happy and entertained on any car or plane trip. The sidebar “More Travel Tips from Real Moms” is included.

Please contact me to view any of these articles in full.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday Reprints Available

The holidays are upon us. If you are looking for a Holiday or Winter article for your publication, you have come to the right place. The following reprints are available for purchase. Please contact me at sarahjolyons@gmail.com for pricing information and to preview the piece in its entirety. See the "Reprints Available" tab for a complete list of articles available.

Thanksgiving

Encouraging Gratitude in Kids (748 words) This article gives tips to help teach kids to be grateful for their blessings, not only during Thanksgiving, but all year long.

Make This Thanksgiving Meaningful (987 words) Thanksgiving isn’t just about food, football, and shopping. This article gives ideas to help parents foster thankfulness within their family and includes a sidebar “Opportunities to Serve with Kids”.

Christmas

18 Budget Friendly Holiday Traditions (585 words) This article lists inexpensive holiday traditions families can enjoy during the holidays.

Gifts Kids Can Give on a Small Budget (756 words) This article gives gift ideas that cost little or no money.  The sidebar describing how to “Make Your Own Holiday Plate” is included.

What NOT to Give Kids for Christmas (775 words) This is a light-hearted article that lists items parents would rather NOT receive for their children this holiday - loud battery powered toys, messy art supplies that stain, and toys with some assembly required. The article also includes a sidebar “Gifts Parents LOVE to Receive for Their Kids”

Holiday Travel

Travel Tips for Family Trips (678 words) This article gives ideas to keep the kids happy and entertained on any car or plane trip. The sidebar “More Travel Tips from Real Moms” is included.

Winter

101 Snow Day Boredom Busters (797 words) This article gives ideas for parents to entertain their kids on a snowy day stuck at home.

How to Survive a Mom Sick Day (532 words) When mom is sick, she doesn’t get time off to relax and rest. This article gives suggestions on how to entertain the kids and still recover when mom is under the weather.

Post-Holiday Organization

Toy Rotation: Reduce Toy Clutter in Six Easy Steps (548 words) This article gives simple steps to implement a toy rotation system and reduce clutter

Valentine's Day

Fight Fair: 10 Rules for Healthy Disagreements in Marriage (962 words) This article gives guidelines couples can use to maintain a healthy marriage, even when disagreements occur.


Pampering Your Spouse: Tips for Busy Parents (742 words )Show your spouse how much you love and appreciate them with a little extra pampering. This article gives ideas that are meaningful, but aren’t impossible for a busy couple.