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Mommy Confessions: Sometimes I don't like my toddler

Even just writing the title of this post, I feel like a terrible mother. Especially as a mother who daydreamed throughout her pregnancy about the idyllic life I would have as a stay at home mom, who couldn't wait to dive head first into full time child rearing, who admittedly (albeit silently) judged the hell [...]

A Yeller in Recovery

A herd of orange rhinos has moved into my house. One lives on my refrigerator door, one near my nightstand, and another above my toddler's changing table. A couple more will move in above my desk at work and a mini one onto my phone cover. They are a fun and necessary reminder for me [...]

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Mindful Parenting

When K was younger, we were gifted Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda. K is a sucker for animal books so we read it over and over, and the message eventually stuck with me! The story revolves around Panda teaching Monkey to be "mindful" in all the things that he's doing - to focus on the task at [...]

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10 Things I Know about the Newborn Stage the 2nd Time Around

Let me start off by saying my transition into motherhood was rocky at best.  Thinking about the newborn stage would often make me shudder, as it was heavily marked by depression, anxiety, and insomnia with my first-born.  I knew with my second child things would be different, but I didn't know how different. With my [...]

Landing the helicopter

This past weekend marked a big occasion in my nearly 16 months as a parent. I went away for the weekend. It was not a work trip, of which I've now had a couple, and it was on a weekend, when Mr. Carrot would have to have Baby Carrot all to himself for two solid [...]

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Raising an International Child

Mr. Carrot and I are both first generation immigrants and avid travelers (pre baby, anyway). So one of the most important things to us in raising Baby Carrot is to expose her to different cultures and international experiences, and hopefully raise a similarly curious explorer and excited traveler. With that in mind, we designed Baby [...]

Building an Emotional IQ

What, exactly, do you say to your child when she hangs over the back of the sofa, tears streaming down her red face, fists clenched, trying desperately to understand why her friend no longer wants to be her friend? Meanwhile, said friend calls over, "I have better friends than you. They're nicer. I gave you [...]

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