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Parenting different stages

Parenting Different Stages of Childhood

Open, shut them, open, shut them. I can hear her sing-song voice repeating the phrase from the kitchen. I peer around the corner and see the concentration in the folds of her forehead. The little fingers on her right hand are perfectly tucked into the holes of the pink-handled blunt-tipped scissors. A paper plate is in her left hand. She is cutting bits off the ends, while repeating the mantra I taught her days before. Open, shut them, open, shut them. My instinct is to leap forward and make sure she isn’t going to cut herself, but I stop short. Instead, I observe. I observe and smile and remember how nearly 12 years before my oldest was doing the same thing. Learning to cut. Learning to control his hand. Learning to be independent. I sit next to my three-year-old daughter – the youngest of four – and say, “You are doing such a great job cutting. What are you making?” She beams and says, “A project. I’m a big girl now.” “Yes, you’re growing up fast. I’m so proud of you,” I reply. Weeks earlier I was sitting next to my … [Read More...]

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Nicole Dash on The Washington Post

A Dream Come True: I Was Published On The Washington Post

Yesterday, an essay I wrote was published on the On Parenting section of The Washington Post. This is huge for me. I grew up dreaming of seeing my byline in The Washington Post. Even though my piece is only running on their online publication, I am still extremely proud of myself. This is all part of […]

Here I am posing with Holly Morris as "Angelina the Bride."

My TV Debut: Sharing Halloween Treat Ideas on Fox 5’s Good Day DC

If there are two lessons I have learned since I started Tiny Steps Mommy, it is that you have to A.) push yourself outside your comfort zone and B.) say YES. This may seem basic for some people, but for me it is a life changing lesson I have learned very slowly. For years, I hid behind […]

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Please Help Shower Mathias Giordano With Love

There are some people who take root in my heart. Sometimes these people are complete strangers and yet I somehow find myself emotionally invested. I read every social media post, article and update related to their journey. I study their pictures. I donate to their cause. I think of them often and I look for ways to […]

Sometimes I run away

Sometimes I Run Away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. Okay, I don’t actually physically run away, but mentally I am there. I will obsessively envision a new life. A “do over” in a completely different place. I start to research homes and schools and crime […]

An Ordinary Day to Remember

An Ordinary Day to Remember

On Saturday, I was determined to get every member of my family of six out of the house for a family activity that did not involve youth athletics or a lot of money. Since my oldest is 15 and my youngest is three this is not an easy feat. Usually, someone ends up disappointed or […]

You cannot take anyone in your life for (1)

Are you striking a balance with the loves of your life?

Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It’s more than a feeling, but an instinct. A connection with someone outside of yourself that can transcend time and space. A devotion and faith in the idea that your emotions are intrinsically intertwined with someone else’s emotions and feelings. Love is not always about specific relationships, but […]

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Fantasy Homecoming Proposals... Seriously?

Fantasy Homecoming Proposals... Seriously?

So, it happened. The words I didn't see coming. Ever. "You don't understand. Things aren't like when[...]

My Letter to Oprah

My Letter to Oprah

After experiencing an amazing weekend at Oprah's The Life You Want event in Washington, D.C., I [...]

Discovering Inspiration at Oprah's #LifeYouWantDC Event

Discovering Inspiration at Oprah's #LifeYouWantDC Event

*Disclaimer: I was invited to lunch and given a premium plus ticket to Oprah’s The Life You Want Wee[...]

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