From the category archives:

Toddler

The day my husband visited me “at work”

August 27, 2014

The reason I’m able to be a stay-at-home-mom is a double-edged sword. My husband, Mike, has a great job, but it’s pretty demanding. Twice a year I basically become a single parent for about 4-6 weeks, while he works 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. About five weeks into this past season of single […]

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Dressing up as Olaf, Anna, and Elsa: FROZEN costumes for kids

August 13, 2014

I know it’s early for Halloween, but some of these have just hit the market, and I don’t think there’s any reason to wait. Why should kids only wear their costumes once per year? Who doesn’t want to be Elsa every day? Or at least wear it at your own FROZEN birthday party! Here are […]

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Another crazy experiment in potty training

August 12, 2014

Ugh. We are not THERE yet. We are so close. In fact, 12 months ago, I thought we were super duper ticking-time-bomb close because my not-yet-two-year old was so interested in pooping in the potty. Fast forward a year and he’s still quite interested in #2 because he gets to trade $h1# for candy. But peeing […]

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Tech Tuesday: How I get out the door faster with Shoe Time Music

July 29, 2014

I have tried many things to make mornings run smoother in my house — especially school days — like reconfiguring my kitchen so kids can make their own breakfasts, making lunches the night before, and choosing clothes a week in advance. One of our more successful family hacks is an alarm set to kid-approved music […]

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Get kids to listen without yelling {FREE class}

July 23, 2014

We are so happy to tell you that we have partnered with Amy McCready’s company Positive Parenting Solutions to bring a free webinar to you guys on the topic of getting kids to listen – without nagging or yelling. The format includes Amy presenting material and a live chat session where we can all ask […]

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99 balloons and 99 poops (Yet, another potty training experiment)

July 8, 2014

Like many new toilet trainees, my son mastered the art of #2 a few months after he mastered #1. Even though my rational mind told me that more patience is required, my eager-to-stop-cleaning-poopy-pull-ups mind determined that MORE BRIBING is the answer. At the time, I believed that I hit the jackpot in terms of bribery. […]

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Must-read: Tinkerlab, a hands-on guide for little inventors

June 18, 2014

I love following my friend Rachelle on Instagram because she is always doing simple, yet brilliant, things with her kids. Last year she started tagging her Instagram photos with the hashtag #creativetable to indicate a practice of putting a few compelling materials on a blank table as an invitation for her daughters to “tinker.” Some […]

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I took my baby swimming {Rookie Moms Challenge #27}

June 16, 2014

  In order to conquer Rookie Moms Challenge #27 – swimming with a baby – I signed Eli and myself up for indoor swimming lessons at our local Parks and Rec center, along with some friends who I convinced to join us. On our first day, I was nervous: It was a place I’d never been […]

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The control freak’s guide to moving from a crib to a toddler bed

June 12, 2014

He’s so ready to bust out of baby jail. If you clicked on this post because of the title, I need to stop you right here. If you are really a control freak, you would keep your baby/toddler/preschooler in a crib for as long as humanly possible. Once it became obvious that the needs of […]

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Why IKEA is secretly awesome for parents

June 11, 2014

Strolling through IKEA this morning — okay fine, I was totally lost in the maze of affordable European bedsheets, light fixtures, and shelf systems — I confirmed that it is prudent to suggest an IKEA outing to those of you who are lucky enough to live near one of the 40 United States stores. (European […]

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Activity #63: Check out the library

June 9, 2014

Your maternity leave challenge this week is to seek out the tot story time at your library and go there. Space out a little while someone else entertains your baby with a new voice and stories. Protip: Double check the time before you go. And, hey, be on time. If you’re 5 minutes late, you’ll […]

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Activity #589: Tape up a train track for your toddler

April 29, 2014

A few weeks ago, a stroke of genius hit and I laid these “train tracks” down on the rug in Julian’s room. At four-and-three-quarters, he is over the whole Thomas thing, but larger scale train action definitely still turns him on. All you need is a roll of painter’s tape, the kind that removes from […]

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