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Friday, March 24, 2017

Easter Basket Ideas For 2 Year Old

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Easter baskets are a huge tradition in my family. This is my second year getting to fill and hide an Easter basket for our daughter, and I am so excited! Yes, you read that right...we hide the entire basket, not just some plastic eggs. My dad did this for my entire childhood, and it was so much fun.

I am starting to plan what I'm going to be putting in Caroline's basket this year, and I like to make sure that I am not just wasting money. I want to get things that she'll actually enjoy using, and that are useful. Really my goal is to buy things that I need to buy anyway, and have them turn into fun Easter basket goodies!

Here are some Easter basket ideas that I've come up with:

Hair accessories: With a little girl, it is inevitable that we need more and more hair accessories. Tiny little hair bands just get lost. I am not even one to buy bows and girl it up, and this is on our list of things to buy every few months! We are finally moving into normal hair ties (instead of the plastic ones that break), so it is coming up less and less, but still always a fun idea that we'll get use out of!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Benefits and Types of Routines - And How You Can Use Routines Without Using Schedules

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Today is Babywise Friendly Network Day! We are all writing on the topic of routine. Please see below for a full list of links!

If you've read this blog, you know that I am a huge advocate of using schedules with babies. I have written posts on the benefits of scheduling, and talked about how to identify when it is time to adjust the schedule, and how to go about adjusting the schedule, once you realize it's time. The basic premise of these schedules is based on Babywise techniques, and the idea is that at each age, there is an optimal amount of time for babies to be awake. The average time that a baby can handle staying awake without being overtired, can be applied to all babies and can really help with a baby's temperament, ability to sleep well, and engagement when awake. Making a schedule isn't easy, however. It isn't as simple as reading the Babywise book, or looking at my sample schedules, and then applying the schedule to your life. Schedules need to be optimized for each individual. This takes a lot of time and effort, and can be overwhelming.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Why I Love Hearing My Baby Cry

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One of the perks of being a parenting blogger, is getting to connect with other moms. I've had the honor of getting to know this amazingly strong mama, and hearing her story. This woman has strength beyond what I can even fathom. She is sharing her story with us today. She is sharing her sadness, her heartache, her strength, and her happiness. This is a story worth your time.

Kelly writes:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chore Ideas for 2 Year Olds- Raising Helpers

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"Chore"- it's not really a word that I grew up with or intend on using in my household. It gets the point across in the title however, as to what I'm writing about. Today I want to talk about the expectations we've set with our daughter. The tasks that she is responsible for taking care of. I want to talk about what she's capable of handling, and how she contributes to household tasks.

I don't view these items as chores, because I want her to learn that she is expected to help out whenever possible. I don't want her growing up learning to just check off her list. Being a family is a team effort, and we all have to pitch in to get things done. We have responsibilities as a family, and we all help out the best way we can. As Daniel Tiger says, "Everyone is big enough to do something".

Caroline is now almost 2.5 years old! I can't believe it. The time is simply flying by. Here are some things that we expect her to do around the house:

Monday, March 20, 2017

8 Independent Table Activities for 2 Year Olds

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This post originally appeared at Wiley Adventures. It was a part of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network swap day! Original post was published on 1/12/16.

Do you have a 2 year old? This post is for you! My daughter is a young 2 (25 months). This is a challenging age when it comes to independent play (for us anyways). My once amazing independent player, is now losing it when I leave the room. Needless to say, independent play (or room time) has become a challenge in our house at the moment. While we continue to work on establishing independent play again, we've decided to introduce another type of play- "table play". Table play is my chance to get some hands free time while she's awake.

Table play is still independent play. It is a confined independent play, however, which is much different from the independent play that our daughter currently does in her room. Table play is much more focused. I will provide her with choices of a focused activity that she can engage in. With room time, she had access to everything in her room and got to choose the items that she played with. At table time, she is sitting in her booster seat at the table.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Strong As A #Mom - A STEM Loving Mom

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The National Girls Collaborative Project invited me to share my story as a woman that pursued a career in STEM! I am so honored to be sharing!

"It was my freshman year in college. I was taking the "weed out" courses of the premed (biomedical science) major that I'd signed up for. I found myself spending countless hours at the library studying, reading, and practicing- chemistry. Chem 101 was a tough class, but I was feeling inspired by the content. I wanted to read about it. I wanted to practice the problems. I wanted to learn as much as I could. It seemed to be the perfect mix of science and math to satisfy my brain, and, simply put, I was fascinated. I knew right then and there that I'd be changing my major to chemistry. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Boy Mom? Girl Mom? Can We Please Stop Labeling?

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The #BoyMom hashtag is used quite liberally in today's culture to describe activities and behaviors that girls enjoy and engage in all the time. So let's take a look at the #BoyMom topics that are so often talked about:

1. Being obsessed with their penis and peeing everywhere. Ok I'll give this one to all the #boymoms. I don't have to deal with my daughter pulling at a penis, peeing everywhere, etc. Feel free to use the hashtag on this topic whenever you please!

As for the rest of this list, it's just a #kidthing and a #mom experience.