As a family, we have not had a COVID-free year. We lost jobs and two very important family members and have had a difficult year, all due to the coronavirus. I honestly thought as a family we had endured...
Yes, I yell. I am a preschool teacher and am so patient with my students. I am often complimented on how calm and chill I am in the classroom. Children respond so well to gentle guidance and positive reinforcement. I...
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If you survived this year without any traumatic experiences, I applaud you. But I have a feeling that most of us experienced not just one stressful event in 2020, but possibly multiple. Some stress-inducing events this year looked like... Parenting without...
In today's world of technology, texts, and social distancing, sending mail is an easy and genuine way to stay connected. There's something special about spending time considering a friend and sending them a card or letter. It's even more...
We’ve all heard and used the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We have all probably joked about the lack of said village, too. The thing is, though, that even if we do not...
I no longer have to fight with my 4-year-old about brushing her teeth. That statement, my friends, is nothing short of a legitimate miracle. My kiddo has sensory struggles, hates being “helped” with anything, and has been in feeding therapy...
Does my child need speech therapy? Excellent question! There are lots of things that might cause you to think to yourself, “Hmm, is this typical? Do I need to get an SLP involved here?” Let's explore some of these concerns...
I LOVE putting my kids to bed at night! OK, what parent of small children actually loves bedtime? In truth, what I love is the post-bedtime silence and the ability to give my full attention to "The Haunting of Bly...
I haven't slept soundly in months. My mind is racing, and I seem to have added "insomniac" to my resume. Sleep is hard to come by, so when it does happen, I want to be comfortable. I want to...
Almost every night I am awakened by one (or both!) of my children coming into my bed. I used to dream of a full night's sleep, jealous of the wunderkind babies sleeping through the night early on. My bed...
We're walking down the street together, just me and you. My middle child. Even though you're now a "big, grown-up 6-year-old," you slip your hand into mine and skip along beside me. "I really love you, mom," you say....
Kids be like, "Excuse me while I interrupt you being interrupted with my interruption." Having three young kids is wonderful. I am grateful. My family did not feel complete until our third child came into the world. But whether you...
During the game, I was constantly reminding him to sit with his team, cheer on his teammates, and pay attention. He was only 4, but I did not realize this was what I'd signed up for. My soccer mom dreams were not coming to fruition. I barely sat in my chair, I did not speak to any other soccer parents, and I certainly did not get a chance to drink my coffee. I found myself counting down the minutes until the end of the game.
My husband and I have always known we want three children. I am one of two, and my husband is one of four. I knew I wanted more than two; my husband thought four was a lot. We settled...
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