Leveraging Joy With Young Children

There are so many moments of absolute magic with young children. Your toddler gives you a running-start bear hug. Your preschooler plays peek-a-boo with your baby to keep him from fussing while you’re making dinner. Maybe your newborn gives you some gentle, so-soft-you-can-barely-hear-them coos when you sing her a lullaby.There are laughable moments, like when your kid eats a vanilla yogurt and ends up looking like a polar bear....more

Mommy Needs a Time Out

 Have you ever had a day at work where things started well but suddenly went downhill fast? A day where you wanted to go home early or just couldn’t wait to escape? We all have those days, right? As a stay-at-home mom, when I have that type of day, I can’t leave early or escape. All I can do is wait for my husband to come home, and hope he had a good day so I can get a break. ...more

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Fruit of My Labors

My son is 19 months old, and I am going crazy. I’m sure every new mom feels like this. It was so much easier when he was just crying all the time and I felt like I would die from lack of sleep. Seems funny to say that now. At the time, I thought things couldn’t get worse. But I now know that there are worse things than a major lack of sleep. Such as a toddler who has a mind of his own....more

Tutu Much, Tutu Soon: why little girls shouldn't be showered with tutus from birth!

The other day I was sitting in Central Park with my teenage cousin. We were watching my daughter play in the crispy winter leaves and another little girl and her father walked by. The other child was about my child's age and she was wearing a backpack over her jacket. Trailing from underneath her outerwear was a tutu. Sigh. Another tutu....more

11 Months the Toddler

These last 11 months have been interesting months. I'm sure much more interesting to you as you learn the new world around you, than I can even imagine.You are such a delightful little boy. You're fast moving into toddler-hood. You're moving so quickly I can barely keep track of the days. To me, it's almost like you're a toddler now. I mean, you're walking and talking so much. You're running. We can definitely see more and more of your personality shining through. The amount of energy, entertainment, and love you exhibit is inspiring....more
Adorable. Truly, adorable.more

My Four Year Old Says The Darnedest Things

The other morning as we were walking out the door to the car. My four year old daughter stops in her tracks and says to me, "Mom." Then she pauses for a quick second. "Your car is every one's car. Your have to share your car." I responded to her quickly as I was trying to rush all three girls into the car since the oldest sister likes socialize before the bell rings, "you are correct, it does seem that way doesn't it Viv" I replied....more

Toys for Twos: Whole Heart's Top Picks for 2 year olds

Veteran parents often warn new parents about newborns and the lack of sleep, drain on your energy,  increase in stress level and so forth, but many would argue that having a newborn is a piece of cake compared to the (ahem) joys of parenting a toddler. Let me preface this article by saying I am not a fan of using terms such as "terrible twos", "treacherous threes," or "frantic fours", because it implies you'll be experiencing 3 years of hell, which is entirely untrue, but having a toddler can be very exhausting and mentally draining....more

Three is the New Two

Sometimes my three-year-old is the most kind-hearted and loving little boy in the world. He uses his manners, he gives surprise kisses and hugs, he wants to cuddle and share his Goldfish. He thanks me for the pudding cups, he gladly puts away his toys, he says, "Sure, Mama" when I ask him to help me fold the laundry.And other times. Oh, the other times.Like now.I'm listening to him gripe about his bath water. He said the water is too hot. It's not too hot. It's actually perfect. He's just saying it's hot because he doesn't want to take a bath....more

5 Things That Make Toddlers Fabulous (And Drive Us Nuts)

Living with a toddler is often like being on a roller coaster. You are never quite sure what you will get from moment to moment. If your toddler is two, like mine is, you will likely deal with the occasional tantrum or meltdown. Life with a toddler can be interesting. My toddler, Ginny, is two-years-old, but seems to think she is 16, capable of taking care of herself without any help. I love her independent spirit, but sometimes wonder if I will survive this stage. What scares me more is I keep hearing that three is even worse! How is that possible?...more