8 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About God

I can’t believe I’m actually using the word “toddler” in a blogpost — when did that happen?? My little guy is hitting 18 months in a few weeks, and it has absolutely flown by. To be honest, I’m not sure at what point a child actually enters the “toddler era.” But I think for me,Continue reading “8 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About God”

5 Questions to Ask Before Posting Your Child’s Pictures Online

I already know that this post is going to annoy people. Maybe even make some people mad. So let me begin by offering a few disclaimers: This post is solely my opinion and is meant to serve as a tool for thinking through a common decision many are faced with on social media. This postContinue reading “5 Questions to Ask Before Posting Your Child’s Pictures Online”

When You’d Rather Be Eating Breakfast Casserole (and other parenting fails)

Seriously, you’ve only been breathing air for 15 months — how is it possible that you’re constantly knocking me down a peg? This was the thought rolling through my head as my little toddler stared up at me with his impossibly blue eyes, hands folded before him in patient expectation. Allow me to back upContinue reading “When You’d Rather Be Eating Breakfast Casserole (and other parenting fails)”

Love and Poop (and when both are overflowing)

The green neon numbers of the oven clock boasted 3:30 am. At least, I think they did. I hadn’t yet managed to successfully blink away all bleariness from my sleep-deprived eyes, so it’s possible I wasn’t seeing quite accurately. I guess I didn’t really care what time the kitchen clock told me it was —Continue reading “Love and Poop (and when both are overflowing)”

10 Things That Would Be Weird to Say Without Your Child Nearby

Happy Friday! Congratulations, you’ve made it. How are you celebrating?  I’m doing so by sitting here on my couch in a catatonic state. No seriously — I just spent the last five minutes staring blankly at the floor. My little almost-one-year-old just left to spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa, and I’m reallyContinue reading “10 Things That Would Be Weird to Say Without Your Child Nearby”

Embracing the Normal

  A few weekends ago my son got a stomach bug. You know, the throwing-up-all-over-mom-and-dad-and-lying-face-down-on-the-floor-crying kind of bug. Our sweet boy who normally moves constantly (as indicated by the above picture of him face planting), babbles incessantly, and giggles uncontrollably became quiet, tired, and uncharacteristically snuggly. My heart broke when he would crawl up to meContinue reading “Embracing the Normal”

If Adults Acted Like Babies – Part 1

Babies are weird. They do the most socially awkward things but get away with it just because they’re babies. What’s that about?  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they’re super cute while being awkward. Then there’s that whole “they don’t know any better” thing. Whatever the case, I couldn’t help butContinue reading “If Adults Acted Like Babies – Part 1”

When #Love(Really)Wins

I love my son. And because I love him, I want him to feel loved. Accepted. Safe. I don’t want to do anything to push him away or make him feel alienated. As he grows up, I want him to be understood. Comfortable. Appreciated. Heard. I want him to have freedom to explore and learnContinue reading “When #Love(Really)Wins”

How to Get Your Child to Sleep Instantly Every Time

In lieu of my typical “3 Things Learned…” post, I’ve decided to share a few extra gold nuggets regarding sleep. Stop looking, everyone, because I have found a foolproof method for getting your child to fall asleep for naps and/or bedtime every time. Below I have listed a few simple steps along with 34 simple troubleshootingContinue reading “How to Get Your Child to Sleep Instantly Every Time”