Dear Mom, I Didn’t Really Understand

Dear Mom, On occasion I hear you make self-deprecating comments about your abilities as a mom (e.g., “I know I wasn’t that great of a mom,” “She’s the mom I wish I could have been,” “I could have done so much better”). Before I became a mom, I brushed off these comments because I didn’t really … [Read more...]

Easy Handprint Bouquet Craft for Young Kids

I recently came across the idea of using a child’s handprint to make “flowers” for a bouquet. This seemed both cute and simple, so I decided to help my daughters make a variation of it to send to their grandmothers for Mother’s Day. Here’s how we made each bouquet. Supplies Construction … [Read more...]

Manners and Common Courtesies Toddlers Should Learn

A few days ago my toddler coughed and I realized that she made no effort to cover her mouth. This may not be unusual for a toddler, but it really stood out to this mama who was a nurse and public health professional before stepping out of the workplace to be a stay-at-home mom. I can’t believe I … [Read more...]

A Strategy for Helping Young Kids Learn to Assemble Jigsaw Puzzles

Toddlers and preschoolers typically grasp how to assemble peg puzzles pretty quickly. This is because, in general, these puzzles have large, easy-to-grasp pieces that fit into obvious slots on a puzzle board. My toddler has grown bored with most peg puzzles because they are too easy for her. … [Read more...]

Tips for Tempering Toddler Tantrums

Young children often throw tantrums. Though this is challenging for parents, it’s a normal part of development for children between the ages of one and four. I love this definition of tantrums from the Mayo Clinic: “A tantrum is the expression of a young child's frustration with the … [Read more...]

Tips for Having an Enjoyable Hotel Stay with Your Toddler

Now that you’ve survived your flight or road trip with your toddler, you’re facing a new challenge: A hotel stay. Just like when you travel with your toddler, you don’t have to merely grin and bear it. You can have a genuinely enjoyable hotel stay. How? Check out these things that we’ve found … [Read more...]

Christ-Focused Easter Traditions

For many individuals, the term “Easter” conjures up images of candy-filled eggs, gift baskets, and an anthropomorphic bunny. These cultural traditions often overshadow the fact that Easter is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. There is a lot of debate about the origins of these … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Getting to Church On Time

There are a lot of families with young children in my church. These families are generally easy to identify because we’re the ones straggling in after service has begun! Being prompt is important to me, so I decided to take action when I realized we were falling into a pattern of arriving … [Read more...]

DIY Flannel Activity Board with House Scene

I made my oldest daughter a flannel activity board last fall. I’d been wanting to make her one for some time because there are so many fun and educational flannel board activities that parents can make for their toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy. In addition to being the foundation for so … [Read more...]

The Terrific Twos: Why the Toddler Years Aren’t All That Terrible

When we think about toddlers, we often dwell on their challenging traits and behaviors: Throwing fits, being picky eaters, having mercurial moods, etc. These traits earned the toddler years the moniker of “The Terrible Twos.” If we really take a look at our toddlers, though, we’ll quickly see … [Read more...]