As moms, we all know pregnancy can be exciting, terrifying, joyful, and stressful. Hang on tight for a roller-coaster of emotions! With all these emotions (and extra hormones!), I found my pregnant-self upset the most by seemingly harmless comments from both friends and strangers.
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As a stay-at-home mom, I try really hard to provide enriching and social opportunities for my young toddler. These can range from one-on-one or group play dates to childcare at church to local community classes through the museum or library.
I was looking at some older memories on Facebook recently and, as I threw my struggles of picky toddler eating out to the masses, there were several people that said, “It’s not worth it” in reference to stressing over what they were/weren’t eating. I started thinking about this phrase and evaluating where I may be […]
Before any other plans are made, stop and consider your kids—what do they need to be happy? And isn’t that what matters? I’m not talking about a child-centered family. However, if the flow of your little one’s world becomes too jilted he will not be a happy camper and everyone will be affected. You will […]
We all know that social media has pitfalls and struggles. It’s easy to play the comparison game as friends and family post pieces of their lives that seem to outshine our day-to-day. Social media is all about connections, right? But, as connected as we are now, there are still days when we feel feel isolated […]
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been thinking about traditions I want to start with my son as we transition from Halloween to Christmas. I love my family’s tradition on Thanksgiving Day and thought we could stretch out the discussion of being thankful by creating a Gratitude Tree all month long.
In our “everyone gets a trophy” society how do we teach our children to be thankful, even when (especially when) they don’t get their way? It is not an overnight process and will likely include a few let downs. Those disappointments may be the very thing to deepen their gratitude.
There seems to even be a growing trend of backlash against Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties, decorated nurseries, and, of course, themed first birthday parties. While I completely agree there should not be pressure on moms that they have to do these things, I do not feel there is anything wrong if you want to do […]
I am sure that my three-year-old enjoys his daycare. He has friends there, and he enjoys learning new things. I know he has excellent teachers, too. And yet, every morning he resists going and tells me, “I don’t want to go to school. I want to stay home and play.”
Just soak that up for a moment. That’s basically a no nap day, on a plane, in a confined space where you are willing them to be somewhat quiet and well-behaved. Let’s just say we probably gave a few people stories to go home with. You know the kind: “There was this child on the […]