Brothers Bonding Over ‘Teef’

I always love when my sons, who are seven years apart, figure out a way to bond and relate to one another. It’s not always easy raising children with so many years between them. But, most recently I thank their teeth. Al is 13 and AD is 6, yet last week they had one thing in common – their teeth (or teef as AD now says).

AD lost both his front teeth in time for first grade, while Al got his long-awaited braces right before starting eighth grade. Two exciting ages and stages. And lots of time brushing, flossing, and simply staring in the mirror at their pearly whites.

I have never seen anyone so excited to get braces.

AD lost his two front “teef” and was visited by the tooth fairy two times in three days.

How far apart are your children spaced? Do you think this affects their relationship? Leave a comment or visit the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page to continue the discussion.




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. My sons are six years apart, and their relationship keeps changing. At first, my oldest loved his chubby cheeks, and inability to share his toys. Now, they bond over soccer games and just being generally competitive. I look forward to seeing how their relationship changes over the years.