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A Moment in the Life with my 2e Child

I wrote this initially as an email to a friend - a play-by-play of what was happening in the kitchen as my eldest daughter (our 2e child) was attempting to make herself a snack. This whole episode probably took 45 minutes. A task that typically takes less than a minute.

Right now, I’m at my desk looking into the kitchen and I’m working with Sophia through the steps of making Banana Pudding.

[Basically: mash a banana up with peanut butter.]

She is having a really hard time with it. She is already in nearly-freakout mode this morning (I think triggered by disappointment over what she got for breakfast, and possibly a drop in blood sugar before she got calories into her; she’s...

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Hey Laura, what are some great iPad apps for kids?

Harmony writes:

Amazing friends recently gifted us with a new-to-us iPad.  We are leaving for a cross-country trip in a few days, and I would love to load it with some child-friendly activities.  Do you have any apps that you would recommend?

Oh, yes! We have some beloved iPad apps to recommend. I’m pretty picky about what my kids spend their screen time on, so here are my picks. I hope readers chime in with their own; we are always looking for more goodies.

There aren’t many free apps on my list. That’s because most free apps come with annoying ads or in-game payment opportunities. Both really bad if you are giving your kids screen time so you can have kid-free time. You don’t want them...

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Discovering our 2e child

Last fall, I began a more formal homeschool attempt with my eldest daughter, Sophia, who was newly 6 years old.

It was a disaster.
There were meltdowns galore. Her attempts were fraught with anxiety; she couldn’t seem to remember to hold her pencil correctly for more than 5 seconds; she couldn’t follow a simple two or three-step set of directions. I was completely blindsided by my bright, creative, articulate little girl’s apparent inability to do the simplest of Kindergarten type academic work.

I was also desperately exhausted and nauseated by morning sickness with my third baby. So we put schooling on hold indefinitely and went back to just sitting on the couch and reading library...

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Snippets: A Really Helpful Parenting Book

I am only halfway through this book (I had to return it to the library and am now awaiting my Amazon purchase!), but I wanted to link it up here for my readers.

I haven’t talked too much about my personal parenting journey (that’s something I intend to do more of this year), but suffice it to say, the last 5 years have been rough. Like, “Is something terribly wrong here?” kind of rough.

Of course, something was terribly wrong for the first year (food allergies), and recovering from that first year was rocky, but I kept waiting for things to get easier in subsequent years, and they haven’t really. I’m dealing with new challenges as developmental stages pass, but there hasn’t yet been a...

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Hey Laura, how can I improve my 12 month old’s sleep habits?

Allie emailed me last week, at her wit’s end with chronic sleep deprivation and I pounded out a quick response. She’s given me permission to reprint our exchange (edited a bit for readability and extra things I thought of since) in case it can help anyone else out there!

Basically, we are having a tough time with Noey’s sleeping. Common problem, I know, but it is really difficult to know what to do. She is almost a year old, on Monday, and right now she takes naps and sleeps on a futon in her room. Until a month ago we all slept in the same king size bed. I sleep with her at night, my husband sleeps on our king size bed alone. She wakes up about 5 times a night. I am sleeping with her on...

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Snippets: Toddler Management

I wrote this piece about 3 years ago, when I was in the thick of it with my firstborn. Now that I’m on the verge of walking through this same jungle with number two, I am scrambling to remember all my toddler management tricks!

I’m using my child’s online pseudonym here. I know that in this day and age there is really no such thing as privacy, but I do try to maintain a little obscurity so we’re not so entirely Google-able! Thanks for helping me maintain that, friends.


Just about everything I do in my day-to-day dealings with Roo is based on what I learned as the Project Manager of the small web marketing and advertising company we were a part of in southern...

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Snippets: Parenting Books

Tonight, I’m hosting a get-together with some local moms to talk about Intentional Parenting. I love to geek out about all things child-rearing and discipline, so I’m pretty excited!

If you’re interested, I will post some of my thoughts and notes on the meetup. Just leave me a comment if you want to hear more! :)

In the mean time, here is some non-HLW material. As with anything, just glean what works for you and leave the rest behind! ;)

I’m not a huge fan of “Parenting Self-Help” books, but these books have some very inspiring ideas and some only made me want to toss them at the wall a couple of times. I owe Moxie a big hat tip, as her wonderful parenting advice blog has been my...

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