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What a playground bridge taught me about fear

What a playground bridge taught me about fear

In January of last year, we moved to a new home. Soon after, we found a local park that had four sand volleyball courts (reminagined in Annabelle’s mind as ‘giant sand castle land’), a great playground set with a big kids slide, an Annabelle slide, and a baby slide . In the playground, there was a simple suspension bridge connecting the “baby” sized equipment to the bigger kids. There was maybe an inch or so between each slat, and the whole of the

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How to throw a Daniel Tiger birthday party

How to throw a Daniel Tiger birthday party

Daniel the Tiger on PBS My daughter loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS.  I love Daniel Tiger.  This is a cartoon with episodes that teaches kids about what happens at the doctor  (Daniel gets a shot) or what to do when they have to go potty (stop what you are doing right now and go to the bathroom!) or how to handle themselves when they get mad.  No, I am NOT KIDDING.  Annabelle and I both watch so that I can put to use the tips/songs

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3 Reasons DIY’ers Make Awesome Moms

3 Reasons DIY'ers Make Awesome Moms

I’m not like most moms I guess. Instead of wondering when Annabelle will be able to join ballet, I wonder when she will be old enough to pick up a drill. Part of it comes from my own background. My daddy owns a fence company out in Montana, so a large part of my childhood was spent around the company “yard” filled with brace bands that we built race cars with, commercial pallets of wood that my brother and I played

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Learning the rules of laughter with Annabelle

Learning the rules of laughter with Annabelle

Annabelle has this crazy game she likes to play.  First, she’ll engage in some sort of verbal back and forth of her own babbling and then at the strangest time will lean in and laugh as hard as possible.  She is just learning the rules of laughter, which is quite interesting and something I hadn’t given much thought to. The rules of laughter are quite interesting.  Laughter can be used to bond with a person or a group, to make

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