When I was little, I relished spending time with my grandmother; I knew the contours of her apartment as well as I knew my own, and would giggle delightedly when she gave me rides down the hallway in a cardboard box "car." I always hoped my daughter Sophie would forge the type of … [Read more...] about How to Keep Long-Distance Grandparents Close
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have been existing in survival mode, doing the things necessary to keep our families safe. But I realize now I was existing in a different type of survival mode before the pandemic, one that involved shuttling myself from one activity to the next, … [Read more...] about How the Coronavirus Crisis Changed My Mindset
Our children are creatures of routine, and as the coronavirus crisis continues to affect all of us, their well-being is being impacted in profound ways -- and manifesting itself in feelings like toddler anxiety. In my household, my two-year-old, a champion sleeper since she was an infant, … [Read more...] about Is the Coronavirus Causing Your Toddler Anxiety?
If you're trying to keep your active toddler busy at home during the coronavirus crisis (and running out of ideas!), here are some engaging and age-appropriate activities to try. Cooking with preschoolers Cooking is a great way to work on motor skills (by stirring, scrubbing ingredients, … [Read more...] about Coronavirus and Toddlers: 10 Activities to Do at Home
My family has a honey-colored mini labradoodle, 24 pounds of pure, curly delight. Holly was our first baby, stumbling over the stairs, making messes, and reveling in our total adoration. But a couple of years later, our daughter Sophie's homecoming changed everything. Our formerly … [Read more...] about Dog Mom Guilt