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5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

Being a parent is hard work. Just like any relationship, there are days you wish could last forever, and moments that make you question everything. You may even wonder if you're cut out for this parenting gig in the first place. My toddler is almost three years old, and I often hear opinions from other parents… Continue reading 5 ways to embrace even the most difficult parts of parenting

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5 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

Getting to know each other can be difficult, here’s some tips to help Co-authored by: Mari Peterson & April Brown Our children come to us in many seasons of life, and through many mediums. Although in our heart of hearts we may understand that our children are their own complete selves, to love our children… Continue reading 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Child

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Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

No matter how we become parents, by choice or unexpectedly, parenting is a life changing and continuous journey. Parenting is tough! Although tips, guidance, and confirmation that we are doing a good job can help ease the challenges, parents have to parent day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. And many of… Continue reading Your Child Needs to Hear You Say I’m Sorry

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Unspoken Lessons

“Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate”-unknown The front room in my parent’s house is the proud keeper of most of our family’s photographs. Over the years, I tried to be fair, but please don’t count how many times I appear in these pictures because you might leave thinking I’m a… Continue reading Unspoken Lessons

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Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Approach One of the most frequently asked questions I get about parenting is, "How can I create a child-centered home?" My last blog was an overview of loose parts & open-ended… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

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A Few of Her Favorites

Our daughter is almost thirteen months old. It's such a blessing to watch her grow in personality, enjoyment, curiosity, and love. It's bittersweet & almost as if the time is slipping through our fingers. Now that she is walking around the house quite confidently, I've been able to see what activities she enjoys the most.… Continue reading A Few of Her Favorites

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I See You

As the daughter of a special education teacher and a special education teacher myself, I'm pretty familiar with labels. Learning alongside my neurodiverse and disabled students unfortunately included writing IEP's about their strengths and weaknesses, often after only meeting these wonderful humans for just a few hours. Sometimes thirty minutes. Boy were these fabulous souls… Continue reading I See You

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6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys; like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling… Continue reading 6 Infant Toys You Already Have

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Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers

I know. I've been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It's been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands!! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on… Continue reading Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers