Introducing Nicole Dash aka Tiny Steps Mommy

Nicole Dash

My story started long before I had children and long before I opened my daycare or became Nicole Dash aka Tiny Steps Mommy. I was a daughter and sister first. I was a student and an aspiring journalist and writer. I was a person with detailed plans and ideas about how my life would turn out – or what I would one day “be.” Did I imagine that at 34, I would be a mother to four, married twice, and caring for other people’s children (usually unglamorously) 10-hours-a-day? No, not really. But, does this mean I am regretful, depressed, down on myself, or angry? Not in a million years.

I am blessed.

Life is messy, unpredictable, and anyone who tries to plan everything out will be disappointed. The same goes for parenting and caring for children. I figured this out many years ago when I was a college student. I was intent on being a journalist. I was the editor of my college newspaper, had interned every summer since graduating high school at several publications, including U.S. News and World Report, and was offered a post-graduation internship at a daily newspaper in California. I knew what I was going to do – until I didn’t.

I found out I was expecting my first son the summer before my senior year in college. It was a shock. I knew I wanted children, but according to my life plan this was not supposed to happen until I was around 30, not at barely 21. But, I quickly embraced my new path. My son is the biggest blessing of my life and I would not change anything.

I am grateful.

I married young. Divorced young. Learned to co-parent separately. Was a single mom for a short time and then I was re-married and having my second son seven years later. In between, I made good and bad choices. I was far from perfect. I made tons of mistakes and had plenty of moments of self-doubt. I like to think that all of this helped make me a better mother, a better wife, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend.

I am happy.

I know this introduction is more personal than required, but being honest with who you are is directly related to being honest in your parenting and ability to care for others. My job is to help protect, raise, teach, and guide the children and families that I welcome into my home each day. I believe in imperfect parenting because anything else is dishonest. I believe in learning from mistakes and second chances. I believe that the most important things are sometimes the most difficult to achieve – like patience and understanding.

I AM a mother to four amazing children. I do run a child care business from my home. I love what I do and I’m good at it. I am a wife to an amazingly supportive husband I adore. I have a few close friends I treasure. I love my parents and my sisters. I always put my family first.

AND, I am writing again.

This post first appeared on DC Metro Mom.



Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. Thanks for sharing your story Nicole. Having my own zig-zag path to where I am now it’s nice to read that others had to readjust their detailed plans for their life/career and still found success and happiness.
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