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The 5 Love Languages of Children

One day, my son just stopped listening to me. At first, he developed “selective hearing”: he wouldn’t hear me the first time I said something, but would hear (and usually listen) the second or third time. But then his case of selective hearing developed into something far more serious: full-on defiance, and a refusal to […]

How do you define success for your child?

My girls are only 3 and 6, but last week when I came across this article in the New York Times parenting blog titled “Raising Your Successful 35-year-old,” it really made me reconsider some of the basic beliefs I have regarding parenting. Basically, it asks the question of how we define success as parents, and […]

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Bullying on the Playground

The other day when the weather was gorgeous, I took K & D to the playground. K has always been very shy and cautious, but even just this spring has started being more adventurous on the playground – or at least, he’s more willing to try to climb new play structures! I mostly follow D […]

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11 Tips for Surviving the Toddler Years

Toddlers are tough. There is no way around it. Power struggles and limited communication skills make this a very challenging time for all involved. There is no way to completely tantrum-proof your toddler and ensure complete peace in your home. In fact, I have read from many experts that if your toddler never throws tantrums, […]

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“Oh, just wait until…it gets so much better!”

A friend of mine has a daughter 15 months younger than mine. In a recent chat about high chairs and the messiness that is early solids, I heard myself saying “Oh, just wait, it gets so much worse.” Ugh! I’ve always hated that expression, and suddenly it was coming out of my own mouth. I […]

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The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

You certainly hear a lot of unsolicited advice when you’re pregnant. The first time I took a walk around the parenting block, I learned to take it all with a grain of salt. To be honest, most of it went in one ear and out the other, and only tidbits of it stuck around for […]

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Rejecting Mom Guilt

I went away on a 4 day, 3 night long work trip this past week, the longest one I’ve done yet. One of my coworkers who tagged along has a child close in age to D, and this was her first time away since her daughter was born. She missed her little girl terribly and […]

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