"If they're old enough to ask for it, they're too old!" This age-old phrase about extended breastfeeding is one I’ve heard several times throughout my nursing journey with my last two kids. After an attempt at breastfeeding with my...
Whatever Mommy and Daddy are doing, our two young boys want to “help.” When Tommy is hanging up a new picture, the boys are right beside him, both wanting to hold a tool for him. If I’m baking, they...
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...
My third little guy turned two in December 2020. He lived much of his first year during COVID times. We pulled him out of child care and his days consisted of two work-from-home parents and two sisters virtually learning. During...
Life with a Two-Year-Old

Life with a Two-Year-Old

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Author's Note: This will be my last regular post at Des Moines Moms Blog. I'm excited to pass the torch on to some other deserving and talented writers. I will still be stopping in every now and then as...
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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...
One of my favorite ways to connect with children, open up conversations, and learn new things together is through reading. When I struggle to find words to explain something, I often turn to books. While my kids love superhero...
Two-year-olds are stubborn, independent, and full of energy. Most are strong willed and very opinionated. And let's be honest -- sometimes it's just easier to go with it than to battle it out. Here are 10 signs that your toddler...
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,...
I see the lines of my little girl’s face in the soft glow of the night light: the round curves of her cheeks, the soft point of her chin, and the upturn of her tiny nose. Her breath exhales...

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How to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Do you and your family know what Juneteenth is? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition...
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