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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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I’m Dying Over Here: Talking to My Four Year Old About Death

I’m afraid of dying. I have been for most of my life. I remember being a child and worrying that my family might die in a car crash, a fire, an earthquake. It would keep me up at nights and I created mantras that I had to say every night because if I didn’t then SOMETHING BAD was going to …

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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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Surrender

Worrying about our children. About the future. About their overall well being. About how to be what they need. The list goes on. I’ve noticed I lose the ability to focus on the present moment and maintain my sense of calm when I’m plagued with fears and worries. Future worries for your child, especially if they are highly sensitive and …

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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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Choose Your Battles

Although I don’t like the word “battles”,  this has been somewhat of mantra of mine for a while now. Way before I had kids, when I was teaching kids with special needs, I would hear this phrase ringing in my mind.  Many of my students had significant physical, sensory, emotional, psychological and health related needs. It was pretty vital to …

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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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Leave the Small Talk at the Playroom Door

I have a confession. I hate small talk. I am seriously inept at it and I just do not enjoy it. Does anybody enjoy it? How’s the weather? What’s going on with you this week? Give me a passionate, authentic conversation any day but small talk makes me cringe. If I feel the way I do about small talk, I …

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Why My Kids Don’t Have To Hug Grandpa

Holidays, Christmas, family catch ups, a myriad of functions and festivities.  A gazillion opportunities for your child to find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of some great old aunt demanding a hug or a kiss. Adults have mastered the not so ideal art of behaving falsely…Of presenting a bit of a facade… Of at times going through social motions they …