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

Realistic Lunch Ideas for Kids: As Seen on Fox 5 DC

Realistic Lunch Ideas for Kids

I love searching Pinterest for creative project ideas and recipes. What I don’t love are the over-the-top and unrealistic suggestions for parents. You know, the ones that make you feel like a slacker. Who has the time to turn sandwiches into lion faces everyday? I absolutely don’t. So, when I was asked to be on Fox […]

Mindfulness Can Save Your Child’s Life

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We live in a fast-paced world. A world where deadlines, appointments, routines and the clock can rule our lives. The mornings can be especially difficult if you are a parent. We must ready ourselves and our little ones to face each day within a small window of time. We must fight traffic, drop off our […]

Put On Your Swimsuit This Summer- #MySwimSuitStyle

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I love summertime. I love the beach. I love the pool. What I don’t love — actually what I have come to loathe —  is wearing a bathing suit. And I’m not talking about a bikini or even a tankini (which I gave up in my early 20s), just a regular full-coverage swimsuit (sometimes with a […]

Single Mother of Three, Veteran from Loudoun County, VA Needs Help For Son

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When my kids were infants I obsessed over how much they were eating and how well they were growing. Were they progressing along the growth chart? Were they eating enough? Were they gaining the right amount of weight? Then they reached toddlerhood and for the most part I stopped worrying about their food intake. I […]

Planting A Garden is Like Becoming a Mother

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This weekend I planted a garden. It’s a small garden with a couple of vegetables and the kids’ choice of watermelon. I spent hours digging up a little corner of our yard to create this space. I have no idea if I’m going to successfully grow anything, but I’m feeling proud of myself. I find myself […]

A Start-Up Story: Aditi Verma Hopes to Foster the Next Generation of Helpers

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“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” ― Mother Teresa  As an adult I have found one universal truth – offering your hand to help others […]

Perspective – The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Best Mother's Day Gift

It is not often that I am stunned silent. But this is what happened after my nine-year-old son looked into my eyes and awed me with his response to the news that I would not be moving my home-based daycare to a new location like we previously thought. I expected him to be upset because the kids […]

Disappointment

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Sometimes disappointment feels like a physical punch to the gut. A reminder that not everything happens the way you want or plan. I first experienced this feeling when I was seven-years-old and my parents sat me down to tell me that they wouldn’t be living together anymore. No one asked me what I thought because […]

Do We End Up Exactly Where We Are Meant to Be?

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we end up doing what we do. Do we set our own course in life, or does life set its course for us? Is there a larger calling for each of us, or do we just fall into doing something out of necessity? And is it possible that regardless of our plans […]

‘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 […]