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At the ripe old age of two years and 10 months, we took Teddy to his first ever dentist appointment. (Yes, the recommended age for a first visit is much younger.) But the good news is he is brushing his teeth independently at this point, and was old enough to follow instructions and get his…

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About two weeks ago, my husband and I implemented a “chore” chart and reward system for our two year old. (To be exact, he will be three in November, so he’s two and 9 months.) I use quotations for “chore” because they aren’t so much chores as skills, responsibilities and things we want him to…

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It wasn’t really a choice. When my husband and I had the whole kid discussion years before Teddy existed, we knew I would keep working. We have considerable student loans and other commitments and debts and financially one of us staying home with our kid just wasn’t an option for us. Like many millennials who…

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Entertaining Through The Ages

If you have read any of my posts before then you already know that I have a twelve year old and a two year old and I always tell people this is because God has a sense of humor and, luckily, a plan.  Our children are literally 10 years and one day apart.  I think…

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As a youngster, I played with Barbies. Legos were not part of my playing arsenal, so they never interested me until I became a mother. Watching my child get creative with Legos has inspired me to participate more in the building process. However; that does not mean I want to sit there for a whole…

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Yesterday, Teddy came home from his preschool class party for Valentine’s Day with a bag FULL of candy. This was his first real holiday haul of goodies, and a totally new experience for us to navigate. At Halloween last year, he was just two weeks shy of turning two years old and in FULL ON…

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Five Alternatives To Time Out

I know what you might be thinking. Some people say, “Time out is working just fine for us!” As a parent of a three-year-old and a six-year-old, sometimes I even use it in my house. But there are times where a time out really doesn’t function for anything but a time to separate your child…

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