• Preschool is for Playing

    A version of this was previously posted on my other blog, Not the Typical Mom. I had something else planned for today, but, since my 4 year old starts his playschool program tomorrow, this is all that’s on my mind right now. Okay, my 4 year old isn’t exactly going to preschool, but he’ll be out of my care for a little over 5.5 hours each week. Which really isn’t a lot, but is more than he’s ever been away from mom and dad. To say I’m scared and nervous is an understatement! But I know it’ll be good for him, so I’m trying to stay upbeat about it so…

  • Surviving Toddlerhood, Part 3: The Explorer

    Everything is new to a toddler. Sure, they experienced things as a baby, but now they are super MOBILE. They can now interact with the world on their own. They are thirsty to learn. They do things we don’t want them to. Then run headlong into danger. They are unable to assess their surroundings. They want to touch and explore everything, except when they don’t want to. Living with a little explorer is equal parts terrifying, delightful, and frustrating. Why? I think it’s because they are little humans. They are capable of so much. We may think that because they can make a mess, they can clean it up, too.…