Easy Activities that Encourage Independent Play for Toddlers

Is there any greater triumph as a parent, than discovering an activity that facilitates independent play for your toddlers? I think not.

I mean, it’s bad enough that I have to come up with meal ideas to feed these kids for every single meal of every single day, but I have to entertain them too?!

Apparently, yes, according to the toddler and the preschooler. And as much as I would love to just succumb to screen time all day every day, my mom-guilt just won’t allow me to. Continue Reading

Best Educational Shows for Toddlers

We’ve all heard the guidelines about screen time for toddlers, and we’ve all felt the mom-guilt when we ignore them. But it doesn’t have to be all bad – there are plenty of educational shows for toddlers and preschoolers available!

And if we’re going to be jumping ship on listening to the AAP on this one, we might as well justify it by making sure the content is educational, or at least teaching some sort of life skills, right? Continue Reading

The Only New Year’s Resolution for Moms

Woman balancing on one leg in the ocean - not exactly the kind of "balance" moms need for their new year's resolutions!

I have to say, I’m generally pretty opposed to New Year’s resolutions – I think they tend to be too drastic and set you up for failure. But for moms, I think this one is an exception.

It’s not even so much a resolution as it is a promise for the year. For me, it’s mandatory this year – and I’m betting a lot of you mamas will agree.

The Only New Year’s Resolution moms need: BALANCE. Continue Reading

Why Frozen 2 is the Perfect Movie for a Toddler with Anxiety

Toddlers with anxiety can learn SO much from Frozen 2 – Elsa and Anna both display awesome coping skills and healthy responses for anxious kids.

If you have a toddler or preschooler of any kind, then Frozen 2 is surely on your radar already. But if you have a toddler with anxiety, then it needs to be at the top of your to-do list!

My four-year-old son has been an anxious child for literally his whole life. I know that probably sounds ridiculous (if you’ve never had a kid with anxiety, at least), but it really has been apparent from the earliest days with him. Continue Reading