Montessori Defined

Montessori Defined

“So what is Montessori exactly?” “How is Montessori different than a traditional school?” “Oh, Montessori is where the kids do whatever they want, right?” When it came to Montessori, I’ll admit that I was clueless about its philosophies, methods and even pronunciation. After all, my husband and I both grew up attending traditional public schools.
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The Myth of Someday

The Myth of Someday

I have a tendency to live in the someday. And, it has only gotten worse since becoming a mother. Someday I will write that great American novel. Someday I will go to Europe. Someday I will run a half-marathon. Someday I will go to the bathroom uninterrupted. Over the last eight years, I have spent
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CHD Awareness Week: Assisting the Bereaved

CHD Awareness Week: Assisting the Bereaved

Because I’ve buried a child, I have become a reference source to those who have loved ones with broken hearts. I never wanted to be the go-to person for advice on how to help a family member or friend through the death of their child, however, I am honored to assist in any way that
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10 Ways to Survive a Snow Day

10 Ways to Survive a Snow Day

School is cancelled. It’s the announcement that can cause kids to celebrate and parents to moan with dread. While the kids may think it’s a totally awesome thing to have an impromptu day off school, what they fail to realize is that in a few short hours (or less), they will soon be whining those
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The Case for Being a Quitter

The Case for Being a Quitter

Is it just me or do Saturday mornings look different after having kids, as opposed to before having kids? I remember how I used to be able to ease into the weekend on a Saturday morning. Well, if I’m going to be honest, sometimes it was more like Saturday midday thanks to the night owl
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The Jellybean Arguments of Motherhood

The Jellybean Arguments of Motherhood

The other day I had a very smart, put-together, professional woman come to me for work-related advice. I quickly responded, giving my thoughts, hoping that what I had to say would help, but doubting that my ideas would really be too important. Not only did she appreciate my thoughts, she went on to say that
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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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