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 […]

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 […]

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough for Kids

My kids are hitting the Play-Doh phase really hard right now. I completely understand the appeal of Play-Doh for kids, and it really is such a good way to incorporate imagination and fine motor/gross motor skills into daily play; however, the artificial dyes are non-toxic, yes, but not exactly healthy, AND the stuff dries out […]

DIY Bubble Solution

Bubbles are a big deal in our house. Though, to be honest, they should be a big deal in any house with toddlers and preschoolers. Last year, we rented an awesome bubble machine for their birthday party and I realized we could probably buy one for just as cheap. So we did, and, instead of paying […]

The Magic of Muddy Feet

The weather in New England has been unusually warm this winter, which is both wonderful and eerie, depending on how you look at it. While I love the snow and all the sledding and snowshoeing that accompanies it, my son is EXTREMELY sensitive to the cold weather and pretty much hibernates from December until March, […]

Music in the Household

My husband has many talents; aside from being great with our kids, he has been many things: a musician, an installation artist, a computer programmer, an entrepreneur, a yoga teacher (in training), a life coach, and more. His original and greatest passion is music. He was a musician when we met and spent his time […]

I Hope You Dance

Years ago, I used to drive around, nieces and nephews packed in the car, windows down, hair blowing, blaring Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Not exactly the coolest song in the world, and I can’t imagine it did much for my street cred, but we loved it and it still pretty much encompasses […]

Snow Day Sanity

In case you’ve missed it, New England has been buried in snow over the past few weeks. Many towns have had 4-5 snow days in the last week alone! To make matters even more exciting, the temperatures have been significantly below zero, which limits sledding and outdoor games. Even timing of the snow means that […]

Toddler-Sized Yoga

My husband bought a yoga mat from an El Segundo-based company last year after hemming and hawing about the price, but we ultimately decided it was worth it. He practices yoga regularly and we figured we’d all get our money’s worth, so, now, we’re trying to get the whole family involved. I also hoped getting myself a new mat would […]

Time’s Up!

I’ve often quoted our family therapist, who has fast become our parental guru, across all topics. Never mind that we see her primarily for my daughter’s anxiety – some days we go off-topic and I’m in for a whole new lesson in motherhood. One day the discussion at hand was: Kids and Days that are […]