Summer DIY Project: Refinishing an Outdoor Table

Our family has been using our backyard more and more as our boys get older, and it’s always a treat when we can get all of us outside to play (and work) in our own backyard. The past month or so I’ve started doing a little DIY project: refinishing a round butcher block table. The […]

Dear Me, Eight Years Ago

Hi, Maia. This is future Maia from 2016. You’ve just had your first baby in 2007–a little girl named Lynnea. I hope you don’t mind me taking a few minutes to write you about what to expect the next eight years. I’m not going to lie: it’s going to be anything but easy. And you […]

Wally World or Bust

With summer vacation in full swing, parents across the country are, come hell or high water, busy making memories with their children. Like Clark Griswold, parents taking their children are summer adventures mean business. My family is no different. Each year we take an annual camping trip to New Hampshire. As much as we love […]

Turning Two

When my parents or friends of mine say that the time with your child goes by so fast, they weren’t lying. It sure does. Or, I should say, “it has!” My daughter just turned two. I can’t even believe it. She really is an amazing little girl who is very independent, strong-willed, and incredibly cuddly. […]

DIY Project: Magnetic Slime

Well, it is officially that time of year for chilling out, relaxing, and figuring out ways to keep the kids happy, busy, and occupied on those sunburned or rainy days. While it is super messy and I’ve sacrificed the soles of way too many shoes to the slime and Playdoh gods, the kiddos love the […]

Print Your Own Baby Bullet Activity Page!

My 4-year-old son just finished his first year of preschool, with one more to go before kindergarten (sigh). In the first year, they focus on letter recognition, one of the first major building blocks of reading and writing. He can recognize his name and most uppercase letters in the alphabet, but he can only write a […]

Adjusting to the Learning Curve of Parenting

I was nailing this parenting thing for a while. I kept telling myself that anyway. My daughter, who’d been dealing with some heavy anxiety seemed to be getting better at handling her emotions. She was able to talk through her feelings, put words to these complicated feelings, and we were all cohabitating much better. Every […]

The MacGyver Parent: How We Learned to Always Be Prepared

My daughter Elle is approaching her 2nd birthday and is full of energy. She absolutely loves to play outside and explore. Since my husband and I work from home, we’ll tag team watching her, while the other works. After reading books, playing with puzzles, eating snacks, and watching an occasional Sprout program, she soon starts pointing at […]

Grasping at Straws: Learning NOT to Compare Your Children

Here’s the checklist of things that my daughter learned to do before the age of 5: Read. Tie her shoes. Dance. Swim. Here’s the checklist of things my son learned before the age of 5: Play with Legos. Procrastinate. Fold his underwear (sort of). Play with Legos. Today was the last day of a two-week […]

My Spirited Child

What is a spirited child? A spirited child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic than most. I know this because she kind of gets it from me. And it’s this spiritedness that creates the so-called “terrible twos.” But your toddler isn’t terrible, they’re just becoming aware of their personalities. They might be experiencing a […]