As parents it can be easy to focus on the negative parts of parenting– the sleepless nights, the battles over dinner, the constant worry that you’re failing at raising your child. But there are plenty of great things about being a parent. More
I did something incredibly dumb this morning– I tried to clean the house. More
To the horror of parents everywhere, researchers in Australia recently found that letting a child over the age of two nap during the day may impact their overall quality of sleep. More
My two-year-olds can’t even have conversation hearts, because they’d likely choke and that would get my heart racing for all the wrong reasons on Valentine’s Day. But if toddlers wrote those chalky but strangely delicious candy hearts, hereâ€™s what theyâ€™d say.
Toddlers are maniacs. They have less sense of self-preservation than a crinkled gum wrapper, combined with the adventurous spirit of a modern-day Indiana Jones. Except instead of a battered fedora, they’ll have an entire blanket wrapped around their heads, while they attempt to scale the weathered face of Mount Living Room Sofa. More
That first sweet little “mama” or “dada” will always make a parent’s heart jump for joy, but somehow, there are a lot of other even more important toddler milestones that don’t often get highlighted in the baby book. More
Really, the activities your tot is enrolled in say less about your child’s interests and more about you as a parent. They express your hopes and dreams for your child’s future, and can even try to mend any lingering regrets from your younger years. Here’s what your toddler’s extracurricular activities say about you. More
There aren’t a lot of black and white issues in this world. I would, however, argue that one of them is that toddlers don’t belong behind bars. The only exceptions to this are cases of demonic possession, or a Benjamin Button-type situation where a baby with the mind of a grown man commits multiple homicides. More
A mother was very concerned with the slow response time she recently experienced when she called 911 after an emergency with her toddler. She was met with a pre-recorded hold message, terrified that she’d have to deal with her emergency on her own. The emergency? Her toddler’s leg was caught in a chair. More
Most days, I finish my work while my kids nap in the afternoon and after they go to bed in the evening. Itâ€™s a perfect schedule, really, until my kids decide not to play by the rules. When that happens, I remind myself that teaching them about independent play is really important, and I turn to one of these ten tricks. More
If you have one of those kids who has been sleeping through the night since you brought him home from the hospital, please refrain from rubbing it in. Here is what a typical night getting a toddler to sleep is like for the rest of us (or at least me) — in 100 steps. More
Ross Harris, the Georgia father who intentionally left his toddler in a hot car all day has been indicted on eight counts today — including malice murder and two counts of felony murder. There is nothing that could make this story less horrifying than it is, but at least this monster will probably rot in jail for the remainder of his life.
I mumbled something about each baby doing things in her own time, but secretly I felt smug. I tried to dispel the smugness, but the feeling hung on for the rest of the day, surfacing again when I told my husband about what our daughter had done in the baby group, recounting that collective gasp in which an entire roomful of mothers paused for a beat to marvel at our daughter. More
I did my duty as a waitress and bartender for ten years. Iâ€™d like to think that it gave me a great work ethic and a few fun stories to tell at parties. Little did I know that my time in the service industry would prepare me perfectly for motherhood. More