Potty Training Tips – What Worked For Us


Potty training my daughter was such an intimidating task and one I had been dreading and avoiding. But I am happy to report that things are going very well! She’s still wearing a diaper at night but I am breathing a huge sigh of relief that we seem to have turned a corner on potty […]

Encourage Your Kids to Get Out There and Do Something!


As a young kid, I dreaded team sports. When I couldn’t do something well, I automatically hated it. I experienced firsthand how humiliating it can be to strike out three times in front of everyone, or to have that fly ball sail over your head in the outfield. Fortunately, my parents didn’t force me to […]

We Started Potty Training and It Totally Sucks


I know everyone says this, but I really cannot believe how quickly my daughter is growing, changing and developing. She turns 3 next month and has been showing signs she’s ready to start potty training for a while now. That being said, I’ve been procrastinating. She’s been showing all the signs of being ready to […]

Celebrating Summer and Holiday Birthdays


A child’s birthday is the one day of the year that is their very own. But what if it’s during the summer, when there can’t be a classroom celebration? It’s hard to coordinate a party when everyone’s off doing other, non-birthday things. Summer and Holiday Birthdays My daughter has a summer birthday (July 14). For […]

False Praise, A Parenting No-No

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Editor’s Note: This is a repost of an article that we published way back in 2012 when we just started blogging, so we thought you might enjoy reading it now! As a mother, it is sometimes difficult to separate praise from false praise.  So, what is false praise and why is it harmful to your […]

Old Friends Are Good for the Soul


Motherhood can be draining. There are days when it feels like the work doesn’t end, when everything has gone wrong, and you are just trying to make it until bedtime. The phrase “If Mama Ain’t Happy Ain’t Nobody Happy” is funny because it’s true. Everyone generally looks to mom to keep the family organized and functioning […]

Tips for Transitioning Your Child from Crib to Bed


It’s official – my daughter has successfully made the transition from crib to bed. At her two-year-old well visit, her pediatrician said not to switch her until she’s uncomfortable in her crib or climbing out of it, so I was happy to keep her contained to her crib. She had a convertible crib so I […]

Help Raise Awareness about Child Online Safety

Listen up, Moms! Today I am helping Qustodio raise awareness about child online safety and the importance of good digital parenting. I’m joining a contest with Qustodio, and will receive a subscription to their service. The opinions and ideas expressed in this post are my own. Now that I’m the ripe old age of forty *gulp* I can’t […]

Why You Should Teach Your Child a Second Language at an Early Age


One thing I vowed before ever having kids was that I wanted my future kiddos to be bilingual at a young age. My parents did not speak any languages [besides English] so my first opportunity to learn a foreign language was not until the 6th grade. I took Spanish and I did okay, but I remember thinking it […]

Parentless Parent: Mourning the Loss of My Mom and Dad

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The term “parentless parent” refers to mothers and fathers whose own parents have passed away. I am a parentless parent. My mom died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 60. My dad died exactly one year and ten days later of cancer at the age of 63. Five years ago today I lost my mom. […]

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