Archive for tag 'parenting'


Trying Out Alternative Parenting Ideas and Traditions

As we’ve been raising a now 16-month-old, I’ve been trying to decipher the difference between time-testing parenting traditions that are coming back around and parenting fads that don’t stand the test of time. I’ve taken a bit of everything and practiced it all loosely – that’s pretty much how I do life so it makes […]


Update: Living with another family with young ones

We’re coming up on almost one full year of living together with my sister’s family! In the past 12 months, we’ve gone from 2 kids to 3, and in a few weeks… there will be 4 kids under the age of 4 in one roof. I have to say, our home is looking more¬†like a […]


3 Years and Forever

My oldest turned 3 years old recently and it has me reflecting a lot on my parenting journey thus far. I feel like I’ve been a mother forever. Sure, I can remember a time when I was not a parent, but becoming a mother has been such a¬†wonderful and comfortable piece of my life that […]

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16 New things you get to do once you are a parent

Mr. Ice Cream’s sister had her baby a few weeks ago (I’ll call him baby B), and as we’ve been cooing over how sweet he is, it has also reminded me how much Max has grown up. Looking at baby B’s tiny fingers and toes-it’s almost impossible to believe Max was that tiny once. At […]


Parenting Each Child Differently

Before I had kids, I thought I would treat them equally. I wanted to be fair. I wanted them to feel love equally. Shortly before giving birth to Panda, I read Siblings Without Rivalry (Mrs. High Heels has a great review of the book here) and one point really stuck with me: “To be loved […]

Little Bug

The Sensitive Child

Little Bug just turned two and while the time has flown, it has also been two of the hardest years of my life. He is such an amazing little boy, and I love him so much, but he is a very sensitive high needs child. It has been this way from the start, and while […]


Helping my toddler grow in her autonomy and independence

When I worked as a child life specialist at a children’s hospital, I often thought about the choices I could offer to the children I interacted with. A hospitalized child has very limited choices, from being at the hospital to receiving medication, to allowing endless strangers (aka medical professionals) to enter the patient room. A […]

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