MomSpeak - January 2013 January 1, 2013 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin MomSpeakThe darkest days of winterWith mixed traditions lasting well into January, mom blogger Sandra Telep's family has adopted a "Darkest Days of Winter" calendar of Christmas, New Year's and solstice activities. MomSpeakThe B.A.T. invasionMom blogger Lisa Weinstein enlists her husband and neighbors in capturing a "B.A.T." that invaded her house. MomSpeakOrganizing Solutions for BoysIf you need to organize toys and gear for young boys, mom blogger Darla DeMorrow offers these suggestions. MomSpeakTips for staying stretch mark-free in pregnancyMom blogger Paige Wolf shares the tactics that she's used to avoid stretch marks during 1½ pregnancies. MomSpeakGirl Scout cookie season is hereIt's Girl Scout cookie time again and mom blogger Raya Fagg and her champion cookie-selling daughter are ready. MomSpeakWho, mii?Mom blogger Jeanne McCullough decides Wii is the way to lose some weight. Despite the electronics, she manages a tentative beginning. MomSpeakDomesticated Hippos in Paris….and other observationsMom blogger Marion Kase demonstrates that even a typical conversation with kids can lead to exotic animals (like hippos) and geological phenomena (magma, fire)! MomSpeakTeaching kids to give backBooks can help us talk to our kids about giving. Mom blogger Trina O'Boyle recommends three titles. MomSpeakHow-to... organize the game cabinetThe stuffed catch-all game cabinet had to accommodate new Christmas games. So mom blogger Hillary Chybinski used plastic shoe boxes to help organize the stash. MomSpeakKids must rediscover nature in this age of technologyWinter's a wonderful time to look to nature, says mom blogger EJ Curran. She urges parents to get their kids away from the screen and outside to play. MomSpeakBlame a CatholicMom blogger Shivaun Williams says if you have to wait in line for pizza on Friday nights, you can probably blame Catholics like her. MomSpeakGeographically undesirableMom blogger M.B. Sanok says don't reject potential playdates or friendships because of the driving time that separates you. MomSpeak, SiteTeaching young children about giving and sharingTo help her young daughter understand sharing, mom blogger Marissa Kiepert Truong enlists the help of four children's books.