Derecho Flashback: Earning an “F” in Storm Preparedness

This is the eighth post in my 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge. This morning the weather report included a Derecho threat for the Washington DC area, so I decided to re-post what I wrote on July 2, 2012 after last year’s terrible Derecho swept through my area and left many without power for days. I know this is a recycled […]

Some Pregnant Women Still Can’t Ask Their Boss for Water

During my last two pregnancies I was extremely fortunate to be my own boss. You may think this means I didn’t need to work at full capacity, but it is actually the opposite. I run a home-based daycare which is open 52.5 hours a week, so I work a minimum of 60 hours-a-week if you […]

Win Four Tickets to BrickFair LEGO Convention

UPDATE: Congratulations to Huyen – Winner of the tickets! This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering! There are few toys that stand the test of time and appeal to both boys and girls. For nearly 100 years, LEGO has been keeping the creative minds of children (and many grown-ups) active and stimulated. On August 4th […]

Finding the Community I Never Knew I Wanted

I started Tiny Steps Mommy alone in front of my computer, but I discovered that no one can do anything alone and be successful. We all need support. We all need a community. And I am so thrilled to be part of a community of local women who understand, guide, and teach me everyday. I was […]

My Best Advice for Negotiating Your Children’s Conflicts

Do your children fight over toys? Are you constantly being put in the middle of arguments? Are you tired of playing referee? On DC Metro Mom, I offer my best real-world advice from the trenches of my daycare to teach your children to resolve their own conflicts. I truly believe less is more when it comes […]

Local Resources to Plan Your Family’s Happily Over-Scheduled Life

At the beginning of each month, my husband and I sit at our kitchen table and map out our family calendar. From various sport events, school activities, family obligations, birthday parties, and weekend excursions, we often find ourselves – like many families I know –happily over scheduled. We fill out our Google calendars that sync […]

Parents Can Learn a Thing or Two about Appreciation from their Children

Every day I nurse wounds, I hug, I problem solve, I teach, I lead by example, I laugh, and I give my heart to the children in my care. I am fiercely protective of these children. I try, sometimes really hard, to find the good and beauty in each child. There are days I get […]

Reuniting A Family in Life

Family is family, whether it is has been fifteen years, fifteen days, or fifteen minutes. It is never too late to reunite. This weekend was a whirlwind of tears, laughter and joy as my mother’s side of the family reunited to visit my grandmother (abuelita) who is now in hospice care (read The Gift of […]

Learning to Stop the Clock With a Weekend Away

This weekend I did something I haven’t done in a really long time – years in fact. I hopped on a plane alone and spent the weekend away from my children and my husband just to get away (yes, you can judge me but I know it’s just the jealousy talking). The truth is I […]

Announcing the Super Mom Contest Winner

After a week of nominations, K Photography and Tiny Steps Mommy are pleased to announce the winner of the free photo shoot for the Super Moms series. Mothers in the Washington, DC area were nominated by friends, sons, daughters, neighbors, and extended family to take part in the Super Mom photography series and calendar. The […]