One of the most important qualities I wanted to make sure my now teenager daughter and I had with each other while she was growing up were honesty and trust. I raised her with manners and morals — important values I think that all children should have. And now, raising a teen and a toddler, I’ve realized that these life lessons are important for my little one to learn, too. In fact, they’re a good life lessons for us all. When times get tough and my tot and I are in the middle of a... Read The Rest →
We recently ditched our son’s crib and moved him into a “big boy bed!” and we were excited for him to have his own bed. Naturally, our thoughts were that he would get swept away into dreamland and wake up refreshed from a full night’s sleep in a spacious new bed. The rug is being pulled from underneath us on a nightly basis. This is yet again an episode of the adventures in parenting that no one can prepare you for. The new sense of freedom our son has in... Read The Rest →
My toddler is getting out of control with his obsession with balls, particularly basketballs. This pic says it all. He decided he wasn’t going to part with the ball while we read good night stories and then when I placed him in his crib…you guessed it. He would not let go of the basketball! I did what any Mommy would do, of course. I chose to not sweat the small stuff and I surrendered to his way. It will be interesting to see what ends up happening as he gets... Read The Rest →
This is how it all starts! I found Axel playing with his sister. Our teen showed him how to use crayons and markers, but didn’t inquire with me first so things got a little crazy and he ended up drawing on our floors as well. Before I know it he will be drawing on our couch, walls, and himself. It is inevitable for every parent. But I can’t help but indulge in these moments of curiosity and discovery. This is what is so fantastic about the little ones. Right?! Good... Read The Rest →
My nephew and son are never too far away from me when I am in the kitchen. Today I found them teaching each other how to put on their socks…What I do know is the more parents can socialize their kiddos early on, the better. The result is a happier child who can adapt in any surrounding. As well, they learn how to share and can practice those all important motor skills on each other! Checkout this article about toddler playdates!
Before my day begins every morning I find that my toddler has a morning ritual in my closet. He likes to play with my bangles and leave them spread all over the floor like a well prepared presentation. I then find my shoes taken off the shelves and placed next to my bangles. I usually follow him into my closet. I allow him to play with one bangle of his choice and then I distract him enough to lure him out of the closet shutting the door behind him. The other... Read The Rest →
Although we are getting close to school time, carpools, homework, and parent teacher meetings….it is still Summer. In our home, summer doesn’t mean a different fancy camp every other week and vacations all over the world. Summer means we use our imagination and create fun ways of doing ordinary things and keeping it simple! One can be creative, think outside the box, and still make fabulous memories that your kids will cherish and brag about to the friends when school starts back up. There is just enough time to get... Read The Rest →