Tag: children

The 5 Pregnancy Classes I Wish They Offered to Moms

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With pregnancy comes ten months of prepping. We buy pregnancy books to learn how our body is changing, we scour the internet for articles...

Never Let a Good Crisis go to Waste

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“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Winston Churchill is credited with first saying this in the mid-1940s as we were approaching the...

Surviving Arizona Summer As A New Mom

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I thought I hit the due-date jackpot. An April due date meant I didn’t have to be pregnant in the summer. I thought about...

7 Things I’ve Learned {the hard way} About Scorpions

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It was March 2010, about three months after we had moved into our current home. I was seven months pregnant with baby number two....

Beyond Baby Blues: When is it Something More Serious

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This is the first time I’ve admitted I had postpartum anxiety or depression. To be honest, it took having my second child to realize...

Easy Glitter Play-Doh for Us Less-Pinteresty Types

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So, it's still hot out. (That's the jist of how I start every blog post for SMB. You're welcome.) Some of us have preschoolers who...

Phoenix Mom and Son Launch “Babies at the Border Need Blankets”

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Since becoming a mom 9 years ago, the thought of any child suffering has become agonizing to me. So, when I recently heard about...

Affirming Your Children – Practical Ways To Do It and Why...

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My six-year-old son is a “words of affirmation” kind of guy. When I praise him for a job well done, or point out what...

A letter to my uninvolved parents…

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Dear Uninvolved Parents, Shortly after I got married, you specifically asked me to wait five years to have children. Well, apparently God had other plans, and we ended...

Lessons from a 3-year-old

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My oldest is turning four this month. FOUR. I know in the grand scheme of life that is still quite young, but I can’t...

5 Ways to Help Your Toddler Prepare for and Adjust to...

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Yay! You're having another baby! This can be a thoroughly exciting but also emotional and terrifying moment in a parent's life. I will always...

Puppies and Small Children: Not as Precious as it Sounds

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A dog might be man’s best friend, but what could make for a better friendship than a child and a puppy? Uh, a lot,...

FOMO is Real while I send my oldest to preschool

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At the beginning of summer my “neighborhood mom group” was out to lunch together and someone asked me the plans for my oldest come...

Will your child be new in school? Here’s how to help.

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It's never easy to be the new kid. Unfamiliar faces, an unexplored campus, and seemingly strange dynamics all await your child on day one,...

Did Someone Say Cake? Why a Child with Special Needs Wants...

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Who doesn't love a birthday party? Most kids do, including our son, Dominic, who recently celebrated his own 7th birthday with his twin brother....

Child’s Imagination Inspires a More Present Mom

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"Play is the work of a child." -Maria Montessori  It's the last day of the month and my submission for SMB is due within 24...

The Morning I Completely Lost It

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It was Tuesday, December 17th, the last day of pre-k for my twins before Christmas break. Christmas music was calmly drifting throughout our home...

Caring For Your Child’s Teeth

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2017 started off with a bang. Literally. A bang straight to the ground. My 20 month old (at the time) was so excited to...

How I Prep My Preschooler to Stay at the Grandparents

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Summer time is here and many of us are wondering what to do with our kids so that they aren't totally bored before the...

5 Father’s Day Crafts Including a Free Printable

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Father's day is coming up and Dads love homemade and thoughtful gifts too. Here's 5 Father's Days crafts that are fun for children to...

Five Ways To Entertain Toddlers in the Air Conditioning

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Summer brings a smile to a Mom’s face in most states, but here it’s the dreaded months where we have to find alternatives to...

5 Reasons to Visit The Scottsdale Public Library With Your Children

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I love to read and public libraries hold a special place in my heart. I remember going to libraries as a child feeling so...

3 Things I Love About Montessori

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A year ago we made the decision to place our child in a local Montessori school and it has been one of the best...

Dear Family, Why Do the Holidays Have to Be SO HARD?

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Dear Family, Every year, as October is coming to an end and we embark on the lovely month of November, I begin to feel it....

Asking for Help is a Strength not a Weakness

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Our first born is celebrating her birthday this month and as I reflect on my almost seven years of motherhood, I am in awe...

5 ways I stopped taking myself so seriously, and became a...

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Like many of you, before becoming a mom I was a part of corporate America. A place where nearly everything you do is scrutinized....

I Don’t Want to be an Angry Mom

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I’ll admit it. My kids periodically push me to the point of yelling. I don’t mean to reach the point of anger, but I...

Meal Planning 101

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The older our little rascal gets, the more I appreciate the crock pot. I wish I could hug the inventor and thank them for...

The Five Lessons I Learned About Child-Proofing

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It happened over night. I went from having a tiny immobile baby who sat nicely on a blanket and played with toys within reach,...

My Sweet Boys, You’re Making Me A Better Woman

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Darling boys, you are still little. And though you couldn't possibly know it yet, you're making me so much better. I'm a better wife. ...because I am...