About Nicole Dash

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 2009 started a home-based daycare. Nicole has enjoyed success as a small business owner and is a leader within the child care community in Northern Virginia. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and finding herself amid the chaos. She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community and is listed on the blogroll of more than 20 local blogs. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is extremely social and loves connecting on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here are my most recent posts

‘Mommy, I Want to be Famous’

Mommy, I want to be famous - @tinystepsmommy

On Saturday morning I was mindlessly driving my seven-year-old daughter from her acting class to my nine-year-old son’s lacrosse game with the radio on when it happened. The moment I wish I could have avoided. If only I had been blaring music from my somewhat outdated and slightly embarrassing playlist instead of allowing my daughter to […]

It’s My Job to Remember

It's My Job to Remember - even if my children can't. @tinystepsmommy

I wrote this post nearly two years ago and nothing has changed. I want to remember. I want to cling to so many precious moments. It’s not always easy to do, but I try my best and am grateful for my blog. Even if you don’t want to share your memories with others, it’s incredible […]

Breaking My Silence: Why I Believe Faith is Like Love

Faith is like love - @tinystepsmommy

“Why aren’t you writing? I want to see you on the computer writing again.” This may be the most romantic thing my husband has ever said. He knows how much I need to write. He understands how not writing weighs on me. More importantly, he believes in me. So, today I am going to break my […]

The Impetus for Change is Compassion – #1000Speak

impetus for change is compassion. #1000voices @tinystepsmommy

Sometimes when I read about the suffering of others, especially the suffering of children, my stomach turns ever so slightly. Emotions begin to creep in — sadness, discomfort, guilt, frustration, fear. My heart palpitates and my mind wanders. So, I take a deep breath and try to focus on the people right in front of […]

This Is Marriage

This is Marriage - @TinystepsMommy

The greenish-blue hue of the cheaply made hair net matches his eyes. The blankets cover his body and the IV bag hangs behind him. He is about to be wheeled into surgery – a minor foot surgery to remove a broken sesamoid bone which has caused pain for nearly two years. I hold my breath […]

Baby Fever Is Real – Help Me Shut It Down

Baby Fever is Real @Tinystepsmommy

Baby fever is real. It’s a scientifically proven feeling that can creep in from time to time. In my late twenties and early thirties, it was all I could think about. I wanted a big family. I wanted to surround myself with little ones and absorb all of their baby cuteness. I didn’t care about […]

In Dreams You Are Always Close

I Will Always Remember Daddy

It is has been a year since we said goodbye. A year without your Hawaiian shirts in the summer and brown sweaters in the winter. A year without your cheesy jokes and your sometimes inappropriately timed sense of humor. A year without your advice and support. My car broke down and I cried because who else would […]

Darkness VS Light: A Battle of Wills

Darkness vs light - A battle of wills

From the time I was 6 months old, I had a preference for light. As my mother recalls, I would cry in my crib until she flipped on my clown lamp. I was hooked early and spent years sleeping with my overhead light on. Even now as an adult, I use a nightlight to sleep. […]

Why Does Anyone Make a Choice to Change?

Change is a choice @tinystepsmommy

“So what makes you unhappy?” It’s a question that stopped me in my tracks. Am I really unhappy? Or just wishing to improve certain aspects of my life? Can you desire change without being miserable? I pondered this for days. Why does anyone make a choice to change? Is it jealousy, fear, anger, sadness, discontentment… […]

Faith and Trust: Building a Relationship With Your Home Daycare Provider

You have to have trust and faith when building a relationship with a daycare provider. @tinystepsmommy

When I started Tiny Steps Mommy nearly three years ago, I would write about my kids or about issues related to running a daycare. Over the years, I have stopped writing about my experiences as a daycare owner/provider. I hardly even mention this part of my life in my writing anymore. Some people have asked me […]