Archive for tag 'parenting'

Watching Your Words

Even when I don't think he is listening to me, he clearly is. When Drake was younger I used to take him to Gymboree classes. Drake started at around 8 months, well before he could walk let alone climb, and we stopped shortly before Juliet was born when he was almost 3. They had all [...]

Three Under Three

We are so excited about this little bit that is joining our family in a few months but yesterday, I may have had a wee panic attack about having three kids under two years old.  Granted, the older two will only be under two for a couple of months, but I'm still terrified of managing [...]

Creating "the village"

"I Miss the Village" by Bunmi Laditan (of The Honest Toddler fame) sent my social media channels aflutter last week. It's a beautifully written essay, and it struck a few nerves for me because I could relate, having grown up in the kind of village Laditan describes, and because creating a "village" for Baby Carrot has [...]

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"Different Mommies Have Different Rules..."

...is a phrase I've been uttering a lot around here. I first started using it about a year ago, and though I'm not sure exactly when it started, I definitely know why it started. This has been my go-to phrase in many different situations and it's pretty much my version of "Because I said so!". [...]

I'm Starting to Sound Like a Broken Record...

Sometimes I find myself repeating the same things over and over to my kids. After another night of saying, "we don't eat play-doh," it made me think back on some of the common sayings I heard from my parents growing up! - "If you say that one more time I'm going to clean your mouth [...]

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Mom Knows Best... Oh, that's me!

There was an article floating around about how when moms know best, it can be the worst. Although the article is talking more about allowing others around you (specifically the dads) to help more, it made me think about that phrase "mother knows best." I remember the first few weeks of caring for a newborn, [...]

How do you raise thankful kids?

Before we brought home our older daughter from Korea, we had a long wait during the adoption process that gave us more than enough time to think through some parenting philosophies. Unfortunately, we were also clueless parents-to-be who had no idea what parenting would really be like. One of my husband's mantras was that we [...]

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