She gets home from school an hour before her elementary-aged siblings and I wanted to really make the most of those precious minutes with just her. I knew I had to be intentional without grilling her for details. She’s an introvert at heart and after a full day with people, I knew I had to […]
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Personally my weekdays consist of early mornings, teaching high schoolers, getting dinner on the table, playing with my kiddos before bedtime, grading papers until just before my carriage turns into a pumpkin, and putting in all-nighters with a sleep-striking baby.
Choosing who will care for your child while you’re at work or away can be a daunting task for both new and seasoned parents. It’s important to know when to start looking for a daycare center, what questions to ask, red flags to watch out for, and the price range you can afford before you […]
Placing your child in someone else’s care requires a combination of trust and following your gut. It may seem labor-intensive to interview and try multiple babysitters, but is absolutely worth doing. If your child resists a new face, just know that building relationships take time but their lives are so much richer with a community […]
I believe any parent would be shocked and frightened by these events. However, what frightened me the most was the realization that if it were my kids, they may not fight back. If someone tried to take my kids, they wouldn’t fight back. They wouldn’t fight back, because I haven’t told them it was okay to […]
Before having kids, lots of conversation topics seemed off limits in polite company — like poop. After my first son was born, I was amazed how many of my conversations revolved around his bodily functions. One topic that it seems like parents don’t like to think or talk about, even after having children, is their […]
Everyone knows that a vacation with your child(ren) is really called a trip.There is nothing relaxing about it. For the most part, you are basically living your daily routine in a different location. And, it may even be a little more difficult when you find you don’t have your usual kid necessities at your immediate […]
This past spring my husband and I decided to take our toddler and fur child on an epic road trip to Texas for spring break. The drive was 15 hours long without any stops. While some people thought we were completely nuts, we loaded up our minivan and hit the road, totally optimistic that we […]
Growing up, my son always played sports. I wanted to encourage his love of sport, so anything he wanted to try, I signed him up for at least once. Throughout the years we’ve tried a lot – basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, track, you name it. An only child and super energetic, I jumped at the […]
At ages 14, 11 and 9, I had to work to prepare them as they encountered another culture. It’s important that you are open with your children, explaining what they will potentially experience, and establishing some ground rules that will help them navigate situations and feel supported.