Ages & Stages

Keeping up with our kiddos during each stage of childhood.

As the parent of a preschooler, I constantly wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Especially when it comes to her social-emotional growth. I want her to be able to handle her emotions and interact well with others. Psychologist Erik...
The teenage years are the worst. No, seriously, they are pretty bad. Maybe not as bad as stepping on a Lego, but darn close. Of course, I can't speak for all teenagers, but let me share how I came...
As our children get older, the challenges of parenting shift from lack of sleep and potty training to friend feuds and struggles in school. There are thousands of online resources filled with tips and tricks for the baby and...
We expect so much from our children. Yes, it's our job to teach them and shape them into adults who function in society. But how often do we expect things of our children that we don't do ourselves? It...
Last school year my son started pre-k. And boy was I super excited that he was going to learn new things everyday. Little did I know, I would be the one learning something new. As a mother, you see your...
Have you ever stopped and judged a mom when her kid is having a meltdown outside of the library right before story time? I have a confession. I have. I have another confession. I am that mom with a daughter...
I am not the best with dates, but July 27th is the day that I decided to quit breastfeeding. Enough was enough. I had every excuse in the book. Enough with the two hours to try and get my...
A while back, my son (about five months old at the time) and I met a lovely woman on an elevator. He smiled brightly at her, and she struck up a conversation about babies and motherhood. She was really...
Body safety for children encompasses many things, but let’s discuss how we can effectively have conversations with our children about “safe” and “unsafe” touch/behavior. As I sit here and begin to write this article about body safety, I am filled...
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my son was only 18 months old. I didn't expect the pandemic to continue as long as it has, so teaching him how to wear a mask was not even a priority...
I grew up thinking I hated board games. Cue groaning every time the Parcheesi board came out or the Monopoly box opened. However after I started dating my husband, I realized that is not true. The truth is now...
"I will never forget you. I will always remember you as a very special mom. You worked very hard in your breastfeeding journey." That's what Vanessa, "my" lactation consultant, told me in our very last conversation. My voice was cracking...
Introducing solids to your baby is an exciting milestone. I mean, who doesn't love food? When it was time to introduce our son to solid foods, we opted for baby-led weaning over spoon-feeding. Spoon feeding is exactly what it...
I'm finishing my third straight summer of potty training. WooHoo!? (At least that's what I remember . . . I seem to have blocked out all recollections of potty training my eldest 2ish years ago.)  Of all the parenting...

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School is out, and summer is here. It's the perfect time to get outside and make new friends! We'd love for you to join...