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How Your Kids’ Friendships Help Them Through Periods of Transition

We know that friendships are powerful sources of life and help us build self-confidence. What a gift both of my children have had in building strong bonds with others. Yet, there have been periods of time where they’ve struggled to build new friendships, too. I’ve noticed that having old friends helps them weather these social […]

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threenager phase

The Threenager Phase – Who knew?

Me to my three-year-old daughter: One second, Daddy needs to get one thing and then we can go. My daughter: Damn it, he always takes so long (with an eye roll). I’m sorry – what?! Not only did she just say “damn it,” but she used it correctly. Secretly, I laughed because I knew it was […]

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early chapter books

Early Chapter Books for Your Preschoolers

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. I am a life-long reader.  It has been my favorite hobby for as long as I can remember.  Having kids who enjoy it as much as I do has been a priority since my daughter was born almost three and a half years ago.   Thankfully she has always […]

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parenting

Learning How to Parent Little Kids: An Ode to Partnership, Self-Awareness, & Sticker Charts

When you’re a parent to kids under five, everything seems to revolve around them (I wonder if/when this changes…).  Are they sleeping and eating?  Are they socialized, healthy, and happy?  Milestones… What about the milestones?!?  These questions shape those fleeting early years.  Frankly, as long as you’re maintaining some semblance of sanity while keeping the […]

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pets

Why Pets are a Must-Have for Little Kids

Most of the parents in my circle have at least two kids under the age of seven.  Their lives are busy.  They balance their family obligations, relationships, jobs, school schedules, extracurriculars, weekends away, and more.  They have limited free time, less free space, and usually have to contend with a budget that’s already strained under […]

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co-op schools

The Parent Co-op Model: A Pre-School Option, Part 2

Last week, I posted conversations with a few co-op families about their co-op experiences to give you a full lay of the land about what it means to be involved in a parent-cooperative model.  Now, I want to share an interview with Claire Koukoutsakis. Claire is a Child Development Instructor at Foothill College, Founder of Foothill’s […]

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