Author Archive for Mrs. Jacks

Value and cost in adoption

This post is part of the National Adoption Month series. Adoption can be an expensive endeavor. Both domestic infant adoption and international adoption cost about the same amount of money, but for different reasons.  I give some cost estimates from the Adoptive Families yearly survey in this post.  When we chose domestic infant adoption, our [...]


Let’s talk about activities and balance

When Little Jacks was our only child, we signed up for classes like Gymboree, Music Together and other baby classes.  It was fun to be involved, meet other parents, and I felt good about the stimulation I was providing our baby.  Once Jack Jack came along though, we just didn’t have time for such activities [...]


STEM for toddlers

On a thread some time ago, @Mrs. Lemon Lime, @Blackbird, and @Temperance Brennan suggested that I share how we introduced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) into our home. As I was reflecting on how to tackle this challenging topic, I realized that we do have a bit of a leg up in our house [...]

Potty training versus toilet learning. What is the difference?

Over time our family has gravitated more and more to a Montessori approach to most things involving our daughters.  There are multiple different ways to do potty training, and they all work pretty well, I think.  Here is a method that we sort of fell into by “accident” (potty pun!) and has worked for us. [...]

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Talking with children about race: Part II

Some time ago, I broached the subject of speaking to children about race.  This is an especially important topic in our family as we raise daughters of two different races to become strong women rooted in their history who are thoughtful about the world.  Recent events have spurred a lot of discussion on the boards [...]

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Cutting the budget: We’re not messing around here!

Some of you may know that Mr. Jacks lost his job recently. While he has been a SAHD before, he’s always had an income while staying at home.  So, when the news came of his lay-off, we decided to see if we could weather the lay-off without dipping into our savings.  It was time to [...]

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Jacks on Sleep: Part II the errors

Please see Part I of the series here. Now that I’ve set the expectation that I may have some techniques that lead to good sleep in infants and young children, I thought I’d start with some of our errors with Little Jacks that have made her sleep such a challenge for us.  Make no mistake, [...]

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