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Let’s stop blaming the kids

I have a terrible habit of running a little bit late. I plan to arrive to events or to meet friends at the scheduled time, but then something gets in the way. My 4 year old neeeeeds her pink shorts. My 2 year old insists that she has to put her socks on by herself.  (“I do it!”) My hopes of …

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Simplifying the holidays: Easter edition

    Reliving the childhood magic of holidays through the eyes of our children is one of the highlights of parenthood. At the same time, holidays can present a conundrum for those of us who are trying to simplify and focus on the things that matter most to us. How do we create holiday fun without the consumerist frenzy that …

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Why I don’t teach SCLANs (shapes, colors, letters, and numbers).

What do you want most for your kids? To be happy? Successful? Generous? Inspired? Fulfilled? When was the last time you felt all of these things? When was the last time you felt invigorated? The lucky ones among us will recall the glorious days of summer break as kids, when we couldn’t wait to get started on building, reading, moving, …

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Bare It All

Today, I would like to introduce Suzanne Tucker, the mastermind behind Generation Mindful. When my son was just seven months old, I felt a bit lost. I didn’t parent the way others I knew did; advice from well-meaning friends just didn’t sit right with me. I was looking for a true, authentic connection with people that understood my choices, and …

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Comparisons Will Steal Your Joy

The last thing I needed for the first 12 months of our eldest daughter’s life was to compare myself and her to other mothers and their babies. Our sweet poppet was super alert, sensitive, very aware of every single sight, sound and movement in her environment. She almost never slept. I couldn’t put her down for a second. She was …

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Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter, May your heart feel my love with you always. May you feel courageous, even if you’re standing on your own or defending the weak. May you trust your instincts. May you watch how your Daddy treats me and settle for nothing less. May you choose your friends with care. May those you love, deserve that piece of your …

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A Rising Tide

Waves As waves crash over her tiny body, she embraces them. Flows with them. Becomes them. Her emotions ebb and flow. Lie smooth as glass. Rise up in massive swells, crashing down on everything within reach. Her tears just as salty. Her power just as mighty as the dark fluid mass rolling through the ocean. Constantly changing. Always beautiful. Raw. …

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Because sometimes you just need to hear it.

Dear Mother Reading This, You are doing a wonderful job. You put your kids first every single day and pour every ounce of your energy into their well-being. After they are asleep you wonder whether you have done enough. You are doing enough. You are a loving, thoughtful, wonderful mother.

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8 great rhyming books for toddlers & preschoolers

Rhyming books are a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to experiment with sounds, words, and language as a whole. But as any parent knows, finding a book a toddler likes is the easy part. Finding one that an adult can enjoy reading again and again can be a more challenging task. Below are eight great rhyming books that kids …

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Managing big emotions (yours and your child’s)

One morning a few weeks ago, my two daughters were happily playing together in the backyard. Few things bring me more joy than watching their growing friendship develop. But at ages 4 and 2, the number of minutes that they can play well together without needing the services of a referee still tends to number in the single digits. On …