12 Chores for Toddlers

"Never do for a child what he can do for himself. A 'dependent' child is a demanding child... Children become irresponsible only when we fail to give them opportunities to take on responsibility." -Rudolph Dreikurs & Margaret Goldman Today I'm talking about chores for toddler. Yes, even little kids need chores to do. If you … Continue reading 12 Chores for Toddlers

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Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)

If you'd have told me a year ago what I'd be packing in my diaper bag today, I probably would have laughed. As a first-time mom, the first few months of Eden's life I thought I needed to pack all the things. Now, for a newborn you do need to pack more-- because they will … Continue reading Minimal Diaper Bag Essentials (from a Mama with a Toddler)

DIY Toddler’s Craft Corner

At eighteen months my daughter is really starting to show her fun side. Don't get me wrong-- she's always been fun, but the past month or so her personality and humor and interest in certain things are really coming through. Some of her interests include playing with play-dough, coloring, sorting out or lining up her toys (or quirky little things she picks up around the house). 

Her attention span for books and certain activities is still pretty short because of her age, but it's getting longer as she gets older, so that makes doing crafts and reading or practicing ABCs and 123s a bit easier and that's something I am really starting to instill in our days now. 

We've had a little table for her in our kitchen/dining area for several months and she really enjoys sitting at it for snacks and playing. So I've set her up a little craft corner at it with a box of fun things for her to do-- and learning new skills as she plays, unbeknownst to her...

Finding Peace in the Hard Days of Motherhood

It's 11 PM and my day is finally coming to a close. The day was full of busy-ness. It was filled with messes, cries, tantrums, disciplining, boo-boos, and more messes. But it was also full of smiles, giggles, hugs, kisses, cuddles, and more smiles. I feel like I did it all today. My feet tell … Continue reading Finding Peace in the Hard Days of Motherhood

Traveling with a Toddler: 5 Screen-Free Must-Haves for in the Car

We live 1+ hour one way from both sets of parents, so just going to visit them is considered a "road trip" for our daughter, now 16 months old, but she's luckily always been pretty good in the car, as long as she isn't bored.  We recently went on an actual road trip in May, … Continue reading Traveling with a Toddler: 5 Screen-Free Must-Haves for in the Car

Children are the Most Important Work

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – Dr. John Trainer I was reading the latest issue of the No Greater Joy magazine the other day and came across this quote in one of their articles, and it really stuck out to me. It's something I need … Continue reading Children are the Most Important Work

I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could probably count on one hand the women I knew of who had Cesareans. But I didn’t talk to them about their experiences so I could get an idea what it’s like, in case I wound up having one myself, because “I’m having an all-natural, peaceful, whenever-the-baby’s-ready … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)