I was prepared. I had read the blogs and followed the Pinterest boards. I was going to potty train my 2.5-year-old in a weekend. I had everything ready; the miniature potty, the potty seat, the pull-ups, training underwear, rewards, and...
Life with a toddler is...memorable. Few experiences can equally entertain and enrage moms and dads as the battles - I mean blessings - of toddlerhood.  However, the pandemic has changed these battles a bit. One might even say that momming...
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My Toddler Needs Me

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The other day I realized my toddler needs me. This may seem obvious, but I don’t mean she needs me in the sense of needing someone to make her food, change her diaper, or provide her with clothing and...
We’ve been virtual learning now for several weeks with our 2nd and 5th graders. One of the main challenges we’ve encountered is keeping my 21-month-old busy and engaged while still being readily available to help with learning.   Somedays, Blippi helps...
Keeping a toddler entertained on a road trip can be difficult, but it's possible! We have traveled with our children from age 4 weeks on, and they have done a wonderful job in a car and on a plane....
Did your kids use a binky or pacifier or nuk? How did you wean them of it? Here's my story. My Binky Boy My oldest son, Jack, was a binky baby almost from the start. From 2 weeks to 2 years,...
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My Toddler Needed Glasses

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When our son was born, he affectionately earned the nickname Popeye because he came out of the womb winking. As first-time parents, we didn’t think much of it when one lid would droop when he got sleepy. However, early...
There are many nights when the handful of hours between preschool pickup and bedtime don’t feel like nearly enough. But there are also weeks when the after-dinner dark seemed to stretch forever. So, I came up with a game...
I’m going to be completely honest with you guys. My personal wardrobe is terrible. I never buy myself new clothes. I have a bunch of t-shirts and yoga pants. Therefore, I live through my daughter and her adorable outfits. I...
“Wait, is he singing to her?” My husband and I exchanged an intrigued glance from our exhausted places on the couch, as we strained to listen. Sure enough, we heard a wavering little voice rise in song above the sobs...

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Bloom: A Virtual Event for New and Expecting Moms Recap

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Bloom :: A Virtual Event for New and Expecting Moms Disclosure :: Our Bloom Event for New and Expecting Moms is sponsored by Blank Children’s...
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