Category: Parenting

Just a quick note: What do you do when…?

Your toddler keeps saying, “Mommy ‘tay…mommy ‘tay…mommy…” asking you to stay just a little longer for nap times and bed times and insists on just one more book? Not sure if he really wants to […]

5 Challenges of being a Firstborn

Most people, myself included, will be forgiven for thinking that firstborns have all the advantages over their younger siblings. After all, they got their parents’ undivided attention for a while before the next one came […]

10 Perfectly acceptable ways to keep your sanity while raising a toddler and an infant

I have two kids under three and I lead a truly blessed life (touchwood!) on most days. Somewhere between diaper blowouts, tantrums, time outs, and watching my babies fall sound asleep with the innocence of […]

How my second born child’s life is different from (or similar to) her older brother – Part 1

It was under five years ago that I began a beautiful journey with Aaron. As soon as we got engaged and got married three months later, we knew we wanted kids. Plural. We both wanted […]

I love my rug more than my kid apparently…

It was one of those insane moments. Trying to manage the napping schedules of an infant and a toddler can be a little complicated but usually skews in the direction of neglect toward the toddler […]

Concerted Cultivation: What Middle-Class Parents do for their Kids

Note: Using ‘middle-class’ is not my choice of word here. I use it as conceptualized by Annette Lareau in her explanation of the term, ‘Concerted Cultivation’. If popular media, public commentary, and recent articles on […]

Mindful Direction, Organic Learning, and other Perspectives on Preschools

In a recent article in The Atlantic, author Erika Christakis notes that the landscape of early childhood education in the U.S. has changed in the last two decades. The author discusses how opportunities for organic […]

Things no one tells you about having a second child – My take

Recently I read this article by Kate Spencer on ‘Things no one tells you about having a second child‘ and there are some things I agreed with and others that I did not. So I […]

Waltzing Logdrivers, Christian Ants, Conniving Cats, Deceitful Ducks and Other Aids to Help Your Child Eat, Drink, and Thrive

Almost every parent can attest to the innumerable tactics, strategies, threats, rewards, and/or punishment that naturally dovetail our parenting styles. I don’t care what you name your particular style of parenting – whether you are […]

Love for TJ: Value of the ordinary

As days go by, I am filled with deeper love for TJ and appreciation for a little boy who is so familiar and yet an independent spirit – mine to love and hold, to admire […]

All I am is…”Just” a Housewife

The other day, as I was walking back to my office after teaching my afternoon class, an older male colleague saw me and asked

I am a yeller

  I love my child so much that I don’t even have the words to describe the depth of that feeling and probably never will. There are occasions and life contexts when words, even the […]

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