Farewell to the crib

transitioning to a toddler bed

It’s bittersweet, but Joel has said goodbye to his crib. Ever since I wrote the last post about transitioning toddlers from the crib to a big bed, I have been thinking about the big move. I went back and forth about it, since he never gave us a hard time about sleeping in his crib. [...]

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Summer Reading Goals

summer reading goals

Ahhh, summer. Long, lazy days to relax, play, sweat… As a kid, my favorite way to pass the summer days was to lay across my bed and read. I tried to be as completely still as I possibly could, with my ceiling fan on “high,” the windows open, and the lights off. We didn’t have [...]

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Toddler talk

Joel driving

There are so many hard things about the age Joel is right now (22 months, almost). Where to start…the total confidence in his abilities combined with the inability to do things he wants to do himself (“Da! Da!” which is the way he says his name)…the biiiiiiig tantrums when things don’t go his way (“Noooooooooo!”)…wanting [...]

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Keeping kids in their beds


It’s a transition every parent dreads: Moving your toddler from the crib to a toddler bed. Will he fall out? Will he climb out? Will anyone in the family get any sleep? Joel is 20 months old and I know full well that his days in the crib are numbered. None of our kids have [...]

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Getting used to the nursery

It’s been a long road for Joel in our church nursery. He was sick a lot last winter, so it wasn’t until spring when he was almost one that he could consistently attend. And by then, he was solidly in the midst of separation anxiety! Slowly, each week has been better. For the last few [...]

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Disciplining toddlers

Disciplining toddlers

What do you do when your child looks you in the eye, smiles, and then does exactly what you told him not to do? It’s pretty straightforward when you have a preschooler–time out. Or a child in grade school–take away a privilege. But when your little transgressor is just a toddler, it’s sometimes hard to [...]

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