Tag Archives: toddlers

Make Your Own Day

16 Jun

Szaba Seattle Space Needle

Any big plans for Father’s Day?

I’m going to be honest… My Mother’s Day wasn’t very good this year.

The four year old seemed rather on a mission to make my life miserable. I didn’t take it personally. Toddlers have those days.

It’s tough figuring out the world and your place in it.

Sometimes even we adults have issues with that. Now imagine doing so without reference or control of your emotions.

Trying not to take it personally, I gave her space and let Dad take the reins.

The next morning, something unexpected happened. Continue reading

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2013: An Ode to Friendship

30 Dec

Friends DinnerWhat has the year 2013 meant to you?

For me, it’s been a year of trial and error, acceptance and surprises, joy and friendship.

For my daughter, who turned three, it’s been a flagship year, too.

Who knows what the future will hold...

Who knows what the future will hold…

She began to experiment with being her own person, complete with her own goals and opinions. (Oh, the opinions!) And throughout all these confusing leaps of personhood, it’s heartwarming to see the security she gains from friendship, particularly with her buddy since birth, Noa.

In celebration of the year behind us—and the friends with us through every thrill, challenge, and accomplishment along the way—I give you…

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Countdown

5 Dec

Lampoon CarIt’s the holiday equivalent to the car chorus, “Are we there yet?”

Is it [insert special occasion] yet?

Let’s face it. Kids have a different sense of time than us, and understandably so. Think about how long one month is as a percentage of their entire existence, compared to ours as adults. Now perhaps you can see why it seems to stretch before them like infinity?

We solved this issue with our 3 year old by revisiting one of my favorite traditions growing up: Continue reading

Top 3: Multipurpose Travel Items for Moms

12 Sep

Toddler Train TravelAs I approach another solo-parent trip with my toddler, I’m making my list and checking it twice. Efficiency is key when you have to pack and plan for two people, and here are a few go-to’s I’ve picked up over the years.

Bookmark this for the next time you’re making your travel list.

Bonus tip: Save your child’s packing list on your computer. Then you don’t have to start from scratch each time!

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Helicopter S.O.S.

5 Aug

FlowerGirlFrolicI sat poised on the edge of my chair, a whispered plea in my throat.

The bridal party stretched before me, picture-perfect, words of promise and endearment mingling with the buzz of bumblebees courting lavender.

Meanwhile, two pint-size pink puffs frolicked stage right, giggling with the effort to leap and pluck leaves from a silently weeping willow. One of those puffs was mine.

The audience politely ignored their merriment, though in my mind, Continue reading

The 4 Pillars of Play

29 Apr

CreativeBrainWhen I worked at Cranium, I learned a lot about Dr. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory.

It stressed that there are multiple ways to be “smart,” beyond standardized tests for verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematic skills. Gardner demonstrated that humans actually have eight intelligences:

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Put Your Toddler to Work

21 Mar
No one has raked leaves this fashionably in the history of raking leaves.

Raking leaves in style.

That’s right, you heard me. Put your toddler to work.

They’re always so bored with their buckets full of fancy toys, right? And they love chores. Why? Because they see you doing them, and they idolize you.

(We don’t have to tell them we don’t like chores. They’ll figure that out on their own … hopefully many many years from now.)

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