Toddlers & Preschoolers

The power of early education

The power of early education

Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s February 2017 issue. Never miss an issue, check out SFM’s digital editions, here!  By Katie Backer “Knowledge is power”, or so it is said. There is growing evidence that suggests early childhood education is pivotal in a child’s life, thereby, in the development of our society. Nicholas […]

Resolutions for the New School Year

Resolutions for the New School Year

Ahhh, the start of a new school year. (Mommies and Daddies everywhere rejoice!) Not that I don’t love my children, because I obviously do, but this tired mama — with a newborn mind you — needs a little break. You feel me? Because I am a glutton for punishment, I put together this small list […]

Fun with baby (now that big sisters are back to school)

Fun with baby (now that big sisters are back to school)

This was our first official week back-to-school. I’m not going to lie — it wasn’t quite the sunshine and roses I had envisioned all those final (read, long) weeks of summer break. In fact, it was kind of crazy and chaotic. However, I am hopeful that perhaps we will get our act together by mid-October. […]

Transitioning your toddler to a big kid bed

Transitioning your toddler to a big kid bed

As soon as my toddler (my middle child Emma Kate) attempted to lift her leg over the side of her crib, we knew we were in trouble. I wasn’t really ready to move her, but she was. We already had her “big girl bed” set up and waiting for her; I prayed it would be […]

Surviving three under age 4: 25 thoughts in 24 hours

Surviving three under age 4: 25 thoughts in 24 hours

I love my children. Honestly, I do. More than life itself. But sometimes, I have to question our decision (sanity) to have three precious darlings so close together — oh that’s right, baby number three was a surprise. A blessed surprise, but a surprise nonetheless. Most days are wonderful; some are insane. Almost every day […]

Braided Flower Hair Tutorial

Braided Flower Hair Tutorial

If you are a girl mommy, you may enjoy searching through Pinterest and YouTube for fun new ways to style your little lady’s hair. At first glance, these hairstyles may seem overwhelming and impossible but if you break it down into steps, it’s not nearly as daunting a task. I tried out this rose braid […]

Breaking up with the Binky: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Breaking up with the Binky: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Neither of my girls (now almost 4 and 2), were ever very interested in a pacifier. I am pretty sure we briefly used one at the hospital, and maybe for a couple of weeks after returning home (we have a small stash), but that was seriously it. So we never really had to deal with […]

Teacher Gift Ideas: Make it Personal with a Monogram

Teacher Gift Ideas: Make it Personal with a Monogram

Summertime is practically upon us, which means that school is quickly coming to a close. Is it normal to feel both completely ecstatic and yet completely terrified all at the same time? I’m new to this “preschool mom” gig, and I have no earthly idea how I am going to keep my almost 4-year-old from […]

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