Family is [not] magic

I thought we were doing a pretty good job of having one of those silent passive-aggressive fights. One that was way better and less impactful on our young daughter than an all-out, down to the mat scream-fest. I was terribly, terribly wrong.

Thanks, but no thanks: Dealing with unsolicited parenting advice graciously and non-defensively

Ah, the season of awkward family encounters. That annual occasion when well-meaning parents, grandparents, in-laws, uncles, and third cousins twice removed all get together to make stilted conversation and offer unsolicited advice on how to raise your little ones. The following three-step approach will help you respond productively to intrusive and unwanted advice on parenting - happy everything to those who celebrate!

Recommended children’s books: Potty propaganda

There comes a time in all children's lives when they must do something new, unexpected, tricky, and even a little daunting: learn to use the potty. I'll save a longer discussion on the ins and outs (pun very much intended) of this task for another post, and instead share with you several of my favorite books for children on the subject.

DIY Deluxe Car Sickness Kit

If you're anything like me, you've woefully underprepared, again and again, when your child has gotten sick in their carseat. After a holiday cookie-tossing bonanza, we decided to adult a little harder around here and create a go-bag with all of our carseat cleaning needs handy. We pass on the wisdom conferred by our inexperience to you.

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