The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

by Erica Davis

It started out as a dare, or maybe more of a challenge. “What would happen if we just said ‘yes’ to everything she wanted, all day?” I jokingly asked my husband, referring to our 2 ½ year-old daughter.

“Oh man, it would be a disaster. A big, sugar-filled disaster,” he replied.

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The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

 The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

by Serge Bielanko

I guess the fatherhood bar was set low for me to start with.

From the time I was around 9 years old, my own father was gone from my life, disappearing into the night, not to be heard from again for the next two decades. So becoming a dad myself, I had very little to go on, really. I only knew the worst case scenario. And I only knew I wanted to be the opposite of that.

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Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

by Lauren Hartmann

When I was a new mom, I was pretty clueless about all things parenting. Thankfully, I got a crash course in motherhood from friends (and the Internet). One thing I learned very quickly was that play dates were the new happy hour. It was a way for moms to get out of the house and hang out with other adults, while keeping the littles entertained. 

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It Took My 5-Year-Old to Help Me Get Over My Fear of Roller Coasters

It Took My 5-Year-Old to Help Me Get Over My Fear of Roller Coasters

by Victoria Fedden

Last month my daughter turned 5 and to celebrate we took her to Disney World. Pretty much a dream come true for her, but not for me. I was excited, but also secretly terrified.

“Mommy, now that I’m 5, I’m big enough to ride roller coasters,” she’d announced. I almost had a heart attack. My baby? On a rickety metal train? Careening down a 50-foot fiberglass mountain? No way. I broke out into a cold sweat just imagining it.

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Moving Day - Talking to Kids About the Transition

Moving Day - Talking to Kids About the Transition

by Twigtale

Is moving day bringing up mixed feelings? We asked two moms and one preschool teacher to tell us about their approach to helping children cope with the transition. Allison Lefrak, consumer protection attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, Anne, preschool teach for nine years, and Patricia Sasser, dean of students at a Connecticut boarding/day high school provide their insight.

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