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Why I need to get out of my comfort zone as a mother

I am out of my comfort zone

We run a tight ship at our house. That makes us creatures of habit: predictable meal schedules, nap routines, bedtime protocols—overall consistent rules and structure for the kids and adults alike. Kids thrive on structure and predictability. I get that. Actually, I couldn’t agree more. But structure and predictability frequently gives me the itch for ...

The Bad Behavior I am Ignoring

The babysitter was giving the baby a bottle this week. She set it down on the table. The toddler picked it up and chucked it across the room. Sound familiar? Afterwards, she asked me for advice on how to handle it--she wanted to know what I would have done. My advice? I would have ignored ...

3 reasons you should travel with young children

3 reasons to take your kids to see the real (non-Disney) world.

I am frequently told that it’s a waste of time to travel with kids because “they won’t remember it anyways”. Parents who are more experienced than myself usually advise me to wait until our kids are older--maybe 10, 11, or 12 years? I smile and nod politely—but the truth is I disagree. We recently returned ...

A Case Against Childproofing

American mother Debra Ollivier gave birth to her first child in Paris. When her baby reached the age of mobility, she shares, “I baby-proofed our apartment with rubber edge liners, covers on electrical sockets, latches on windows, locks on drawers and toilet seat guards… my French neighbor Genevieve took one look at our place and ...

A System to Limit Screen Time

It had been a very long day. I was potty training a toddler and surviving with an infant taking 45-minute naps. As bedtime grew near, the toddler told me, "Mama, I give you hug." I welcomed his sweet embrace. He pulled my ear close to his mouth and whispered in his softest 2-year-old voice, "I ...

Birth Story + How Breastmilk Saved My Baby

My Not-So-Simple Birth Story + How Breastmilk Saved my Baby

When you are pushing out a baby, breathing is important. When I woke up on the morning of my due date with the worst cold I have ever had, I was scared. I couldn't breathe.  The thought of making it through another unmedicated labor and delivery in this condition was terrifying. It was the early Spring ...