snackdinner

Stephanie Loomis Pappas is a professor turned write-from-home parent on a mission to debunk all the bad parenting advice on the internet. At snackdinner, she uses topics like moldy Sophies, raw cookie dough, and Tide Pods to teach parents how to do better research. Despite all her research and teaching experience, Stephanie still can’t make her 4-year-old go to bed. She lives with him and her husband in Lyndhurst.

10 Books to Read This Summer

I encounter lots of parents who tend to fail at summer reading. They don’t fail for lack of trying. They like to read. They want their kids to see them reading. They buy or borrow lots of books. Bu... Read more

Good Parents Don't Serve Chips for Dinner. Do They?

Last year, I got a surprise email from a Wall Street Journal contributor, wanting to talk about how and why my family eats snacks for dinner. I imagine I looked like the perfect interviewee to ask ab... Read more

What do Our Conversation Hearts Say About Us?

Food and Wine sounded the alarm with “Why Conversation Hearts Might Not Be as Ubiquitous This Valentine’s Day,” while Eater warned readers “You’ll Have to Settle for Old, Stale Necco Sweethe... Read more

These 5 Types of Kids Need a Bag of Marbles

Why don’t today’s kids play with marbles? Marbles should be a hot item for kids. They’re pocket-sized. They’re pretty. They make great noises when you roll them across the floor. They’re ... Read more

A Pregnancy Calendar without the Fruit Salad

The typical pregnancy calendar includes 40ish week-by-week descriptions of pregnancy and birth: how a fetus is growing, what new symptoms you can expect, and checklists of what you can do to prepare t... Read more

"Parenting 101" — a Baby Shower Theme for Curious Parents-to-Be

Parents conduct Google searches twice as often as non-parents. This makes sense, because babies bring with them tons of new questions. But as many new parents will tell you, all those extra Google ... Read more

Last Year's Halloween Candy: Toss or Treat?

When my family relocated to Lyndhurst a few years ago, I was absolutely thrilled about two things: (1) living in a Pizza Hut delivery zone for the first time in my adult life and (2) trick-or-treating... Read more

Is That Toy a Playpen or a Playground?

In Lifelong Kindergarten, Mitchel Resnick, learning researcher and holder of the best-ever academic title of "LEGO endowed chair" at MIT, describes the conditions that breed creativity. To become crea... Read more

Four Reasons Why I Stopped Parenting by Placebo

When two white nubs appeared on my son's lower gums, I was ready. I'd already bought and sterilized Amazon's three top-reviewed teething toys and stored them in separate sealed bags within one of my d... Read more

Summer Library Tour: Four Lessons from Four Branches

My family loves the Cuyahoga County Public Library. We love preschool storytimes. We love using the Libby app to access the CCPL's extensive collection of audiobooks. We love that the library provid... Read more

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