From the category archives:

Toddler

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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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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Activity #98: Plan a pizza party playdate in the park

April 25, 2014

Inspired by the recent warmer weather, I present an activity that is both easier and more social than having a picnic dinner with your baby: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. I like to order from my local pizza place, Lanesplitters, and ask them to deliver to my nearest kiddie playground. I […]

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First birthday parties are for the parents {Rookie Moms Challenge #52}

April 24, 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a year! Beyond the fact that my son morphed from an amphibian-like newborn to a caveman toddler in 365 days, I can’t get over the fact that I’ve survived and kept him alive through all of those changes! Rookie Mom’s Challenge #52, “Celebrate Your Way” is aptly named – I’m […]

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How to have the best day ever with my two-year-old

April 10, 2014

If you ever find yourself saying, “Look there’s a choo choo!” whenever you see a train — even to an empty car, then I’d bet good money that you have a toddler with a train fixation. Or is it just me who points out large vehicles to only myself? I’ve noticed that Sawyer’s passions are […]

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Immunity-boosting smoothie ideas for spring

March 19, 2014

This post was sponsored by PediaCare in celebration of Spring. The experiences are my own. My two-year old is suspicious of every food. Really. It took us three times offering ice cream for him to try it (ICE CREAM!) and forget about vegetables. If it doesn’t look like a cracker, he won’t put it in […]

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