Cooper and Asher

   More research tonight shows reading and interacting with your baby now can chase away behavioral problems in the future.

      Researchers say a close mother/infant relationship can also make it easier for kids to learn languages and socialize.

   The study even found some benefits to mothers taking their babies out of the house.

   It can be tough to pack up the diapers and the snacks and the sunscreen to get out of the house before somebody has a meltdown.

   Here are some of the things that have worked for me:

   Pack up the diaper bag and healthy snacks the night before.  It even helps to get some of that stuff in the car at that time.  You can pack a small cooler with water and fresh fruit in the morning.  Have the kids set out their clothes for the morning the night before, too.  Instead of feeding them breakfast at home, Cooper gets his “strawberry milk” and I pack a bag of dried cereal and fruit.  He snacks on that along the way.

   A blanket, some snacks, and a few books – and you’ve got a fun date out.  FREE!