8 Affirmations To Tell Little Girls During The Busy School Year

8 Affirmations To Tell Little Girls During The Busy School Year

Positive Parenting: 8 Simple Affirmations During the school year, my little girl skips into her pre-kindergarten classroom and a little farther away from me. I know she's growing up, and I embrace her developing independence, but I pray that the world continues to love her the way I have. Most of all, I yearn for her to love herself. That's why, when her teacher explained the students could receive mail sent to the pre-k classroom, I set out to find the perfect expression of positive parenting values and daily affirmations for little girls. Luckily for me, as the newest Hallmark Ambassador … [Read more...]

 

How NOT To Raise Bilingual Kids: I Suck So Bad At This

How NOT To Raise Bilingual Kids: I Suck So Bad At This

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month? I wrote an article about raising bilingual kids for eHow this week - it's called ¿Cómo Se Dice? 5 Must-Have Resources for Raising Bilingual Kids. While the piece is filled with great resources that I believe parents need most when raising bilingual kids, I have to be honest: I suck at raising bilingual kids. How's that for a happy Hispanic Heritage Month? In real life, I often completely forget that I can communicate in Spanish. I allow the fear of making mistakes - the knowledge that I cannot perfectly express my sentiments in Spanish - keep me from … [Read more...]

 

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

5 Early Reader Chapter Books for Animal Lovers

At four and a half, my daughter is excited for the world of reading to open the doors to all the wonders of the world. She is constantly telling me, "but mamaaaaaaa, when can I read it ALL!" The fact that she isn't reading is frustrating, but by offering her simple books - early reader books - in which she can recognize sight words or sound out others, her excitement for literature grows. I'm at the Tampico Mom Blog this week offering our favorite 5 Early Reader Chapter Book for Little Girls. All of these books we have and love! But, in addition to those, I started researching books I can … [Read more...]

 

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Bedtime Rituals: What I’ll Miss Most About Having A Baby

Baby Massages, Bubble Baths & Happy Babies Oh, how I'll miss our bedtime rituals when my kids are too big to have them. I can hardly believe how fast my second child has grown and, I have to admit, I took that bonding time with my son for granted. Now that he can hardly be called a baby, I'm holing onto these special moments like crazy. He's our last and this time is precious. When my daughter was young, she loved the baby massages best. My son? He LOVES the water! But for mama, I enjoy the soothing ritual we have (and Daddy, too, since he started doing night time duties over the last … [Read more...]

 

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

On Ray Rice, Ferguson and Raising Multiracial Children

When you're overcome with worry or have too much to say, how do you respond? Do you fight, or fly away? I envision myself as an ostrich, sticking her head in the sand, letting the weight of the earth push her eyelids down, choosing not to see the ugliness that is bound to impact her world - my children. I take flight. I never fight. After the incident with Ray Rice, coupled with the heartache of Ferguson that never really healed after the acquittal of Trayvon's murderer, I finally decided to add perspective on raising (black) sons. At eHow, I discuss how family values should govern the way … [Read more...]

 

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Her Own Britax Car Seat Style: Embracing Independence

Do You Let Them Pick Their Own Car Seats? Despite being a Britax Ambassador, I'm still very particular about the car seats my kids sit in. I have a few friends who are constantly researching the newest child safety products on the market and I tune into their opinions regularly to ensure the choices I make are the best ones. Even though I work with the company on a regular basis, my kids sit in Britax car seats and strollers because they are the best and offer 5 point harnesses for much longer than other options. I don't allow my girl to choose her car seat - based on fabric options or style, … [Read more...]

 

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