Truths about Feeding a One-Year-Old

Truths about Feeding a One-Year-Old

While we may hope that every mealtime will resemble a Norman Rockwell painting, when a one-year-old is involved, it may rarely be that idyllic. But, the problem might not be with the child. Instead, it’s important that parents understand a small child’s nutritional needs and keep expectations in check. You’ll probably notice a sharp drop
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Photo Share: Perfection-less Christmas

Photo Challenge: Perfection-less Christmas

It’s December, which means the season of perfection is upon us. You don’t have to look any further than glossy magazines, Pinterest, perfectly-posed Christmas cards and more to see the standard of precision. But, as my 8-year-old is quick to remind me, “Only one thing is perfect: God. And, Mom, you’re not God.” It’s a
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Tunnel Vision: Storyline, NaNoWriMo & Motherhood

Tunnel Vision: Storyline, NaNoWriMo & Motherhood

Eight years ago I entered a tunnel. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that adjusting to motherhood would not be an easy transition for me. My husband and I had spent seven years happily married and doing whatever we wanted to, not to mention the fact that I was a freelance writer. When it came
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When Milestones Happen: Saying Goodbye to Baby

When Milestones Happen: Saying Goodbye to Baby

Parenting has a time warp effect. In the beginning, it seems that the sleepless nights will never end, that potty training will never come, that tantrums are a forever part of your daily reality. And then one day you realize everything has changed and you wonder when they ever got old enough to go to
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7 Truths of Infant Sleep

Seven Truths of Infant Sleep

When I posted on Facebook a link to an article on research surrounding the effects of the cry-it-out (CIO) method of sleep training, quite a few people responded. But, it wasn’t to debate, point fingers or insist that the findings were incorrect. Instead, most of the comments that came in were from exhausted mothers who,
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Reclaiming Quiet in the Busyness of Motherhood

Reclaiming Quiet in the Busyness of Motherhood

I’ve come to realize lately that I have forgotten how to be quiet. And that’s really disturbing. I am an introvert who has always craved alone time, quiet time, time to reflect and clear my mind. Anymore, when those rare moments do happen, I’m typically reflecting on the to-do list that hasn’t been done. Or,
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Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

I felt huge during my third trimester, but figured most people do. I started retaining water and became very swollen. This being my first pregnancy, I was unaware of how it truly feels during the third trimester. I am a teacher and therefore on my feet all day. I thought that was likely the reason
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Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, you are a leader. Did you know that? Do you believe it? Well, you should. Recently, I attended the Global Leadership Summit, an annual event that brings together some of the greatest leaders in the world. As I listened and tried to absorb as much as possible, I couldn’t help but realize how
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When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

Last Friday night we decided to take an impromptu trip to the beach. We had survived the first three days of school, we had a wide-open, unscheduled weekend ahead of us, and we wanted to do something fun to kick it off. As Matt drove home from work at 5:00 p.m., we hatched a plan
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Babies Don't Spoil: why holding your baby matters

Babies Don’t Spoil

I did it. I tried to resist the urge, but I just couldn’t. Perhaps my willpower isn’t strong enough. I began typing and deleted, but then I resumed and hit return before I could turn back. You see, I used to be a constant commenter. I assumed that if anyone put something out there on
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