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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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Baby Liam changes our world, again

Baby Liam changes our world, again

These last few months, I have watched my son Liam grow out of the ‘fourth trimester’ baby stage and morph into a binky dropping, stair climbing, and starting-to-walk little guy. Every single time he is near my face, he either tries to yank my glasses off or grab the fine hairs above my forehead. If successful at either, a giant smile erupts with silly giggles. What does all of this mean? It means that the baby stage is progressing. It

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Prepare for a Grown Up Lawn Concert with Toddlers

Prepare for a Grown Up Lawn Concert with Toddlers

Back in April, my husband bought tickets to go see Phish at the Gorge Amphitheater.  I never heard of Phish until I met my husband.  He loves music and this was one of his favorites, he really wanted everyone to come with him, yes, including the kids.  I was skeptical to say the least.  My biggest concern was the other people in attendance at the concert who may or may not be imbibing in alternative products (My hubby and I don’t participate). 

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Hang on or Slow down, what’s your parenting style?

Hang on or Slow down, what's your parenting style?

As Annabelle grows older, I am starting to face situations I assumed I’d have under control.  For example, last week, I was at the playground.  Annabelle was on the merry go round with another little kid and a mom friend was standing next to me.  There was a 3rd mom lightly pushing the merry go round.  I had Liam in the carrier so I wasn’t much help.  Anyways, a bunch of older kids walked up to the merry go round,

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