Archive for tag 'parenting'

The Buildup of Parenting

Last night I heard Mr. Cereal tell one of his friends on the phone that having a kid is a gradual build of responsibilities, starting with pregnancy. You typically don’t just drop into being a parent, even in adoption; you have to plan ahead and start to get used to the idea. It made me […]


What Impacts Your Parenting Approach?

Last month, Will became a terror. Sorry, I mean a full blown toddler.  (Wait, same thing. Ha!) I looked at my partner and told him to quickly review the queue of parenting books I’d researched and wish-listed on Amazon and choose one because we needed to get on the same page with this whole ‘raising […]

A look at setting examples for your kids and how your behavior as a parent can shape the future behavior of your children

On Setting Examples

As Jackson gets older, one thing that Mr. Garland and I have become much more conscious of is the types of examples that we set for him. It’s absolutely amazing to see how much he imitates us, and sometimes it still takes me by surprise when I hear him say something that I know I […]

When Your Gut Instinct Is Confused

As parents, we hear “follow your instincts” a lot. “Gut instinct” is supposed to be our North Star, the answer to any problem we can’t read about, logic out, or Google our way to a solution on. I am a big believer in gut instinct, and especially over the past 3 years as a parent, […]


How to Fight Less (Using the Enneagram Personality System)

Have you ever been on the verge of a fight with your partner and you don’t even know why you are disagreeing? A little while ago, Mr. Gumdrop and I were butting heads in a discussion and I was starting to feel attacked and unable to listen and think collaboratively. We kept arguing in circles […]

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Hopes for the Future

As parents, we all have things that we hope for our children as they get older. Mr. Garland and I try hard not to set expectations for Jackson that are unrealistic or unfair, and we never want to be the type of parents that try to push him into something that he doesn’t want. Of […]

The Second Time Around

Now that Mini Pbj has turned two and we are knee-deep into the throws of toddlerhood, I find myself thinking back and reminiscing more often on those first few weeks and months of her life. I’m enjoying this age quite a bit, and the freedom that comes from not having a “baby” anymore is nice. […]

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