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...
Bedtime - Help Your Child Get Their Best Rest Back to school schedules are in full gear as we settle in to new routines. As parents, you know how important sleep is to growth and development for healthy kids. Here...
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...
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...
Toddler Professions | Des Moines Moms Blog

Toddler Professions

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Toddlers seem ready for the work force at a bright young age of two or three. Below are some possible professions that my almost four-year-old has mastered in the last two years. Olympic Track Athlete Long or short distance runner, or...
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...
You don't need to fear the water when you are with your kids, but you do need to take precautions so everyone is safe and has a good time. Here are water safety tips for families from The Iowa...
When I was found out I was pregnant with baby number two, one thing immediately came to mind -- Sophia. I worried how she would adjust to the new baby. I worried that she would feel left out. I worried...
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...
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...

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The school year is around the corner, but there’s still time for you and the kiddos to get a few more memory-making experiences! Downtown...
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