Parenting

Finding perspective in the dog days of summer (and parenting)

Finding perspective in the dog days of summer (and parenting)

This originally appeared in the pages of the July 2016 issue of Simply Family Magazine. Check out the digital edition, here!  With just a month left of summer break, it seems as though we’re faced with two realities: The official downhill slide of summer vacation. Refrains of “I’m boooooored! There’s NOTHING to do!” gaining momentum. Ahhh, […]

Tips for keeping baby cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Tips for keeping baby cool and comfortable during hot summer months

Believe it or not, babies and summertime can coexist — you just have to know what you are doing. Keeping baby safe from the sun’s harmful rays is of the utmost importance. Keeping baby cool and comfortable is equally as important. Not only for baby, but also for your own sanity. Have you ever attempted […]

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 […]

Mom’s top 8 3rd grade lessons learned

Mom’s top 8 3rd grade lessons learned

With that beautiful last day of school looming, it’s time again for this mama to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned this 3rd grade year (a tradition started back in kindergarten). This schoolyear was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for our girl, and every time my mama bear worries threatened to overwhelm, my husband […]

Preparing for baby (girl) number three

Preparing for baby (girl) number three

Here we are. Less than two months away from becoming a family of five. In case you are wondering, we did not plan it this way. Baby Brooklyn Olivia will be our biggest and best surprise. For exactly one month we will have three children (three girls mind you) under the age of four. We […]

Here Comes Baby! 10 fun ways to announce baby gender

Here Comes Baby! 10 fun ways to announce baby gender

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE HAVING A BABY! Now here’s the burning question: how will you make the big announcement? The rise of social media has had an interesting impact on familial announcements. Don’t you think? Gone are the days when you could just make a quick phone call to family and friends announcing your pregnancy or the […]

Tips and tricks for taming the tantrum

Tips and tricks for taming the tantrum

Oh, the dreaded toddler tantrum. Bless our sweet little mama (and daddy) hearts. One minute little Johnny Junior is as happy as can be — and then in the blink of an eye, he’s on the floor howling and screaming and pounding his chubby little fists as if all you-know-what had broken loose. Because you […]

True Life: I’m a Baby Ballerina Mom

True Life: I’m a Baby Ballerina Mom

Like many young girls, I fell head over heels in love at an early age. (I was three.) Except for me (unlike most), it wasn’t a fleeting, fickle love — it was the start of a deep, and all-consuming passion. One that followed me into college and beyond. Oh, the magic of baby ballet. The […]

The new parents’ guide to handling visitors

The new parents’ guide to handling visitors

From the moment your bundle of joy finally arrives everyone, it seems, is eager to meet your baby. We are drawn to new life like a moth to flame.  Navigating through the post-baby visitor scenario can be quite tricky. One local Mom recalls having just had an emergency C-section and delivering her 6-week premature baby […]

A call to action: ‘Step In’ to prevent teen suicide

A call to action: ‘Step In’ to prevent teen suicide

As I write this, it’s been exactly two months since my community was rocked by the sudden death of one of its youth. Two months…the blink of an eye and a lifetime, all at once. In the immediate aftermath there was much blame and fingers being pointed as news broke across social media – born […]