Archive for tag 'parenting'

Is it possible for your child to have too much self-confidence?

The other night I was lying down with my three and a half year old daughter trying to get her to fall asleep, and I gave her a big squeeze and said, “Oh I love you, you’re so sweet.” I wasn’t expecting her to respond, but she did. “And smart, Mommy!” she said, just in […]

Parenting Resolutions I (Happily) Broke (And What I’m Doing in 2015)

2014 was my first full year as a parent. Baby Carrot turned 7 months last January 1st, so the year was going to bring us a lot of milestones – crawling, walking, first words, the first birthday party, etc. – and I definitely felt a lot of pressure to get things “right.” As I look […]

Yup, that's an Elmo doll, puzzle and guitar

Embracing The Branding of Childhood

Baby Carrot is nearly 19 months old, and these days, she is obsessed with all things Elmo. A few months ago, she asked for Elmo out of nowhere – I assume she must have seen a show or a few at daycare – and since then, Elmo has slowly but surely taken over our house. […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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