I often describe the troubling times I have with my children on this blog (like here, here and here), but today I had some clarity. As I sit here in a rare moment of being completely alone on a rainy morning, I’m thinking of the ways the kids have enriched my life and character. Yes,… Read More Have your kids changed your character?
How to get kids to take turns. How to get kids to stop complaining. And how about getting a kid to decide on a Halloween costume! I’m covering all of these today in my list of favorite mom hacks. And just to make sure this post is not misleading you into thinking that I have… Read More 14 favorite mom hacks
Today I’m adding two-year-old girl gifts my kid gift series. Clara turned two in April and I’m fascinated to see the difference between her and her brothers tastes in toys. She likes some things that they did, of course, but then she wants to carry a little purse around and always has a baby under… Read More Gift ideas for 2-year-old girls
Clara has really amped up her game since she turned two. She learned how to open doors and climb out of her crib in one day. The next day I put her down 34 times for her nap. The following day, 60 times. 60 times! We put all the bar stools in the garage because she climbs… Read More 25 effective toddler discipline strategies
Here’s a video glimpse inside our daily life — complete with a 4 a.m. wakeup call, a frog in the house, crying (mostly from the kids), fighting and cuddles. I did miss the part when Adriano spilled his entire glass of milk on me, but managed to fit a few tips and recipes in there. If you’re… Read More VIDEO: A day in the life of a stay-at-home mom
I am a stay-at-home-mom and also work from home. Marcello does all his office work here as well. For awhile our house looked like a daycare blew up, but because we eat, sleep, play and work all in this one space, we had to simplify and get organized! On top of spending loads of time at home,… Read More How I organize my house with kids
Clara’s favorite place at our local children’s museum is the play house. It has a kitchen, table, high chair, ironing board, food. She could play there for an hour, but her brothers never let her. So I thought I would try to recreate that space in her room with things we already had. And she loves it!… Read More Making a bedroom a playroom