When my son was a toddler, an outing to Barnes & Noble to visit the train table in the children’s section there could take up half our day. Thomas trains were an adorable obsession. There was no limit to the length of time he could spend connecting Thomas, Henry, and James, plus nine others whose […]
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Never stop never stopping, right? Simultaneously, I offer my child new foods daily while also trying to reduce the drama and pressure around mealtimes. So, of course I like to read books about other picky eating children to hammer the point home at bedtime, too. Books for picky eaters range from super preachy to downright hilarious. But […]
Taking a walk outdoors consistently offers mood-changing vibes to cranky little people, even from their earliest days on this planet. Toddlers who can do their own walking do so with more pride outdoors. But at some point, children are not as easily manipulated into going on something as vague as a walk and they want to […]
A few years ago my friend Kristen Chase, one half of the duo behind Cool Mom Picks, gave me a word that I’ve since made part of my vocabulary: Dreader. A dreader is someone who looks toward the future with reluctance. This is not about wishing Monday morning would never come or feeling the heaviness of a to-do list […]
A babysitter retainer means Date Night and associated childcare are a regular and essential part of each month like FOOD or marital therapy!
Let me break it down for you. Buying an 18-inch tall doll is surprisingly complex because American Girl dolls are part of an irresistible world.
A three-year-old, or Threenager, is a magical creature transitioning between caterpillar and butterfly. Not exactly overnight, your clueless run-into-the-road toddler becomes a child that is able to wait while you go to grab something out of his direct line of sight. Oh sure, you can’t really trust a three-year old, but the developing comprehension is beautiful. And often […]
The many bikes a parent might want to try before your kid really rides a bike.
I have learned this the hard way: the more annoying my kid is acting, the more he needs a big HUG! Of course, babies need and deserve hugs all the time. I’m talking about the bigger ones who call me a Poopy Head and are beyond being carried around, which would, of course, provide numerous hugging […]
We are big fans of the I Spy books, starting with the board book versions I bought when Julian was a baby. We play “I Spy” with regular books, too, and now we’ve graduated into Where’s Waldo? territory. When Julian was four, he and I did a little photo shoot with big plans — still […]
When we were getting close to being a diaper-free household after ten years of wiping butts, I got a little carried away. I found myself trying more and more unorthodox potty-training experiments in lieu of good old-fashioned patience, hoping to find the secret trick for my youngest son. If you’re at the end of your toilet-training rope, here are […]
My favorite thing about parenting a toddler was finding fun in unexpected places. When I had time and patience, of course. A pile of gravel outside someone’s house? Let’s examine it! A dude hanging a sign? Let’s watch! A woman sweeping her porch? Maybe she’ll let you try it! Hardware stores are full of fun […]