Ditching the paci can be extremely challenging, and even a source of dread for the months leading up to it. There are hundreds of ideas being pushed by pediatricians, dentists, parents, psychologists, and other childcare professionals. However, there is...
How did you do with your New Year's Resolutions for 2021? Does that question fill you with dread? Every December since I was a teenager, I would write down a long list of things I would get done in the following...
“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking...

This Too Shall Pass

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Parenting is made up of seasons. Chunks of time where we do a lot of the same thing, over and over. Then it changes and we do something a little bit different, over and over. Then it changes again....
My daughter loves makeup. She's been intrigued by it since she was a toddler. The shiny lip gloss, the sparkly eyeshadow, and the fluffy brushes all beckoned her to unleash her creativity on her face. And why not? Makeup...
Two weeks ago we got the news every parent dreads to hear; our son was a close contact to someone with COVID, and we had to quarantine for two weeks. Initially, I was upset. I had so much work to...
Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking of all the sweet moments that I've been having with my 23-month-old daughter. I’ve been very present in those tender moments with her when she gives hugs, and looks at me,...
When you're pregnant, people give you a lot of advice. They tell you what stroller to buy, which diapers are the best, tips and tricks for teething, and so on. But the one thing no one tells you is...
I’ve just recently come to accept that holidays look a little different for our family. I think in years past I tried really hard to force a “normal” holiday experience but always came away discouraged. I wanted my child...
One of my favorite fall traditions is taking family pictures! Whether we want to send holiday cards, make gifts for grandparents, or hang up new frames in our home, it's always exciting to have a current picture of myself,...
Before I could write full-time, I worked at a greeting card company. Christmas started in May when catalogs and holiday material went to design. From design to proof, proof to print, print to customer. Christmas in July was real....
I love Thanksgiving. LOVE it. Of all the holidays it is still the most sincere, least commercialized ... at least, it can be if you set the focus from the beginning. One thing our family is doing to honor the...
Many parents have decided to temporarily or permanently become stay-at-home parents due to the pandemic. This decision for many has been motivated by health safety, financial concerns, and/or childcare shortages. Some moms that I've spoken with feel a calling...
One of the most talked about struggles among my mama friends always seems to be centered around bedtime. Despite our best efforts, bedtime routines are often in flux. When you get past the "is this a sleep regression phase?"...
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One of my biggest struggles as a new mother was overcoming the feeling of isolation. I often felt trapped at home by seemingly never-ending...

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