50 Fun Activities for Fathers and Their Toddlers

According to the Pew Research Center, mothers spend about twice as much time with their children as fathers do. Regardless of the reasons for this statistic, one consequence is that many fathers feel uncertain about what sort of activities to share with their toddlers—curious creatures who … [Read more...]

Helping Kids Understand that True Beauty is on the Inside

When I look at my daughters, I see the two most beautiful girls in the world. However, the older they get, the more I realize that I need to help them understand that the beauty that truly matters has nothing to do with how a person looks. Our culture teaches the exact opposite. If we listen … [Read more...]

30 Resources for a Safe and Fun Summer

When I was growing up, summer meant going on family vacations, playing outdoors for several hours each day, and eating frozen treats. It also meant lots of bumps and bruises, fights with my sister, and an occasional sunburn. With today being the “unofficial start to summer,” I thought it … [Read more...]

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...]