Thank God for Grandparents

Thank God for Grandparents

by Audra Rogers

I bit into a piece of dark chocolate as I sat in my favorite living room chair. I poured a small cup of coffee and exhaled loudly, forcing myself to take an afternoon breather while my toddler napped.

I was in the thick of packing for a trip back home to see our families for the holidays. 

 

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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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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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33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

by Oz Spies

Bedtime excuses flood out the minute a crib becomes a toddler bed, and little ones become masters at bedtime-delaying tactics. Can you blame them? They just want to stay up and be a part of the mysterious nighttime stuff that happens after 8 PM, like doing the dishes and sweeping up dried Play-Doh bits.

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Parenting in an Echo Chamber

Parenting in an Echo Chamber

by Chad Carter

I grew up in the age of Walkmans, Discmans, and stereo surround sound. You know, with the headphones that had the flimsy wire that traversed over the top of your head. Admit it — we looked cool. I’ve been coming to reminisce on this time lately and decided it’s a shame my son will never experience the frustration of a skipping CD or the magnetic tape of a cassette getting wrapped around one of those little pegs and ruining your favorite music.

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Economic Privilege?

How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Economic Privilege?

by Twigtale

Carrie Southworth, Twigtale's founder, just published an excellent essay on talking to her children about economic privilege and instilling the values of giving and receiving. We think it's an important topic. To continue the conversation, we're featuring insight from Nishad Chande, co-founder of Twigtale, Lara Hoffman, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Catherine Connors, writer, marketing strategist and author of herbadmother.com, and Sitinee Sheffert, founder of Giving Artfully and Giving Artfully Kids

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In the Toy Aisle of Target

In the Toy Aisle of Target

by Carrie Southworth, co-founder

“Mommy I NEED that Dora the Explorer bubble wand!”

Of course you do. Of course you need that bubble wand RIGHT. NOW.

It takes all my restraint not to launch into a lecture on privilege right there in the toy aisle of Target. A lecture on how lucky my 5-year-old daughter is and how there’s children starving in Africa, who don’t need bubble wands. They need food and healthcare and shelter.

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