Baby, inspiration, Mindfulness, mothering, newmom, Parenting

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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Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

Warm weather? Take the chaos outside! Although you may not FEEL the warm weather quite yet, it is officially spring! Soon your winter blues will lift, you’ll open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, and get some of that much needed vitamin D!   On behalf of Gardening Week 2019, here are some gardening activities that will… Continue reading Six Spring Gardening Activities for Families

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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 play &… Continue reading Creating a Child-Centered Home for Toddlers

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Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

I've always been drawn to creating. Art, in all its forms, has always been a joy for me to incorporate in my teaching. As a parent, creating with my child brings so much happiness. Acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, creating models, pretend play, and music...these ways of expressing oneself fire the neurons in my brain. I… Continue reading Loose Parts & Open-Ended Play

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Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and let’s face it, the holidays are notorious for bringing added stress to your life. From your hyper religious cousin with his never ending questions about what church you go to (“We actually don’t “do” organized religion… we meditate with our Rottweiler….”) to loads of sugar exposed nieces and… Continue reading Bring Mindfulness Home for the Holidays

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Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and… Continue reading Empathy Starts at Home

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3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

My two year old daughter loves creating. Luckily, I'm of the philosophy that children need to have access to many different types of art supplies from a young age. Because of this, I keep a wide range of items that will engage and spark curiosity in my daughter. Our cupboards are filled to the brim;… Continue reading 3 Collaborative Cardboard Art Projects for Toddlers

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What is Peace?

Our daughter is almost two years old. I can't believe it. Time seemed to pass by so slowly when she was an infant...the days just ran together (probably from utter exhaustion). Now, she is a feisty, active, exploring toddler! As she gets older, I strive to continue to find creative ways to embed routines into… Continue reading What is Peace?

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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