About Sarah Valek

Sarah Valek is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She has written numerous articles on alternative parenting and the challenges of raising a vegan child in a meat-eating world. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and art from Ithaca College. She spends her days drinking soy lattes and taking her son bird-watching.

Helping Your Toddler to Talk

Children progress according to their own unique timetables. We've all heard this before but this adage becomes real when your child starts … [Read more...]

Tired of Being a Mom: There Are Those Days…

Ever have one of those days where you wake up and think "I really don't want to be a mom today"? I know, I know. You LOVE being a mom. You wouldn't … [Read more...]

Seize the Moment in 2010

Life is too short to be unhappy. Yeah, I know, you've heard this saying a million times over. I have, too. But, as cliched as it may be, it's … [Read more...]

Useless Baby Gifts

There are way too many useless baby gifts on the market. Especially for newborns. Contrary to what marketers tell you, newborn babies don't need a … [Read more...]

Taming Toddlers: How To Encourage Your Little One to Behave

Toddlers are impulsive by nature. You can't blame them--they're hardwired to explore, get into things, test limits and say "No!" to your requests. … [Read more...]

Overlooked Baby Shower Gifts: Part 1

Everyone gets the same typical things for baby showers: diapers, bibs, cute onesies, a diaper bag, binkies, etc. There's no problem with that--babies … [Read more...]

Things to Tell Yourself When You’re Cranky

Sometimes babies can be a bit much. Babies cry. Toddlers push your buttons. And bite… and hit… and call you mean. All parents get frustrated once … [Read more...]

A Few Gift Ideas for the Mom Who Has Everything

I don't want anything for the holidays this year. Don't buy me something just to get me something. My house is full of clutter already. But, just … [Read more...]

Choosing Eco-Friendly Baby Gifts: Part 1

Green gifts are hot right now. And for good reason. Not only are eco-friendly gifts good for the Earth, they're healthier and safer for babies. If … [Read more...]

Baltic Amber and Teething Relief

Even though over-the-counter medicines are probably the most popular forms of teething pain relief, they aren’t the only solutions. I recently found … [Read more...]