Finding Joy in the Chaos of Motherhood

Joy in Motherhood

I always feel pangs of jealousy and panic as I scroll through the Instagram feeds of other families.

“What a perfect day we had with the kids at the park!”

“What an amazingly awesome week we had as a family at the beach!”

“I can’t believe how perfect of a weekend we had with all our friends and our kids!”

I struggle to say that I have “perfect vacations” let alone “perfect weekends” or “perfect days.” Why and how do all these families seem to accomplish such frequent perfection? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong? Why am I missing out on their joy? read more

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The Best Thing to Say to a New Mom

New Mom Advice

The moment I became a mom, I was bombarded with comments, advice, stories, questions and concerns from anyone and everyone.  I frantically tried to make sense of it all. Was I feeding my baby too much or too little? Because so and so said to do this, but so and so said to that do.  Was I holding him too much or not enough? Because I heard that I needed to do this, but I also heard I should do that.  Sometimes the input was helpful, but it was mostly overwhelming and I often drove myself crazy trying to reconcile everything. read more

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Where to find the best children’s books

Do you ever think “I totally could have written that” after reading a children’s book?  I know I have! But then I tired to write one for my Master’s Project and GOODNESS GRAY it was tough.  Probably one of the hardest things I’ve completed in my academic career.

There are so many different components that go into a quality piece of children’s literature.  Even though a 18 page picture book seems simple, there is A LOT of thought behind every detail.  It’s hard to know and appreciate the complexities of what constitutes good children’s literature, and even harder to determine which books represent quality children’s lit.  Therefore, I often refer to my favorite book lists to help guide me.  I certainly don’t think every book you read to your child has be awarding-winning literature – believe me, we read a lot of books just for kicks. But I do think it’s important to read your child a balanced diet of children’s literature. The good stuff helps expose them to more thought-provoking and stimulating content matter. read more

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Reading Readiness and Pre-Reading Skills

how do children read

Ahhh Fall….  The cooler temps, crisp winds and falling leaves always remind me of the start of the school year. I loved this time of year when I was teaching.  I have to admit, I mainly loved it because it marked the start of the buying of all things school supplies.  I have a major soft spot for colorful notebooks, character shaped erasers and pencil cases with lots of useless cool compartments.  I grew up in the Lisa Frank and Trapper Keeper era, so it’s hardly my fault.

As a Kindergarten teacher, this time of year also signaled the start of parents questioning me about their child’s reading readiness. read more

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When and What to Read to Your Baby

Understanding when and what to read to your baby can be tricky.  Back in my teaching days, parents often asked me questions about reading aloud to their infants.  In particular, they wanted to know when they should start reading to their sweet little newborns.

“Right now,” I would tell them.

They would look at me puzzled and say, “Now? But he/she’s just a baby.”

“Exactly,” I would respond, “get started before she gets older!”

Why Should you Read to Babies?

Sometimes when I read to my kids, especially when they’re babies, I feel like they’re all… read more

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