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As infants become toddlers, children begin the process of individuating or separating from their parents.  This process, which starts around 15 months, continues through the teenage years and is critical for a child to eventually develop her own identity,...
Last month I was lucky enough to spend a whole week with my 16-month-old niece. Besides taking credit for teaching Mallory the words “Di-Di” (a variation of my name that I pushed HARD) and “yes” (you can thank me...
I approached potty training with our first child with a mix of fear (very large accidents in very public places), excitement (see ya, daytime diapers!) and bewilderment (how on earth does one teach another human being to pee and...
So, you want to take your little one to church. God Bless ya! This is a challenging task and one that many people avoid. Church is “quiet and peaceful,” two words that don’t go with “toddler!”  My little guy...
Every parent reaches a point when it’s time to talk to your kids about private parts. My moment came when I overheard my two-year-old tell his baby brother that I pooped him out when he was born. He was...
If there was such a thing as the playground police, and I was its sheriff, I'd swagger around the playground, ticket book in hand, ready to enforce the following rules.* These rules would make my life as the mother...
*This post is sponsored- but the thoughts and feelings are our own, and we only work with businesses we believe to be reputable and resourceful to our readers.  As parents, we look forward to those special “first” moments with our...
At first glance, my son’s bedroom looks like that of many 3-year-old boys: a colorful, happily chaotic assortment of toys (currently evenly divided between construction vehicles/tools/gear and a staggering array of “Frozen” merchandise), shelves packed with books, a beanbag...
She was 2 years, 6 months and 17 days when it happened.  Our sweet, fun-loving daughter turned into the kind of two year old that I’d been warned about.  My daughter has had a few tantrums before, but the...

Ode to the Sippy Cup

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Oh sippy cup, sippy cup, you promised to be,  a leak-proof vessel, completely spill free, But somehow your liquid doesn’t stay put. It bubbles up over and spills on my foot, Or worse, on the cushions, carpet and tile. There goes my hope...

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