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It Finally Happened: No More Baby Gear and Gates

After an intense two-week purge of all remnants of my home daycare, which I officially closed in June, I realized quite suddenly that I was there — free of all traces of anything baby. No more baby gear and gates. No more high chairs or cribs. No more infant chew toys or baby saucers. No more baby […]

Turning an Idea Into a Mission: Announcing My New Business ‘Play, Work or Dash’

Have you ever had an idea that took hold and transformed from more than just an idea, but instead into a mission? A mission to create something completely new and different? A mission to solve a problem for others? Well, I have been walking around with one of those for quite some time now. And […]

I Don’t Need Them to Remember

Today is the first day of school for my children. I love this day. It’s exciting yet nerve wracking. It is also the day I always document with the requisite first day of school photo, which I proudly share on Facebook and Instagram… and Twitter (okay on here too). I love that so many people also […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Difficulty With Transitions

Almost every morning, one of the little girls I take care of in my daycare arrives with a very recognizable scream. I often hear her well before she makes it in the front door — much to her Mother’s chagrin (poor Mama). She is a wonderfully smart, loving child who has been in my care […]

Bing in the Classroom: A Safe, Ad Free Way for Children to Search Online

*Sponsored Post I love the way technology has shaped the way we teach our children. Even the youngest of learners can benefit from using apps, images, videos and information from websites to enhance their education. In my daycare, I am always pulling out my laptop to search online for vibrant examples that support what we […]

A Start-Up Story: CareLuLu Helps You Find Child Care

As a daycare provider, I understand how difficult it is to find quality child care. I get e-mails and calls from parents almost every day inquiring about availability. The process to find care is time-consuming, stressful and often frustrating, especially since so many  providers do not have websites. One couple, Evgeniya (Jen) Usmanova and Patrick Matos decided to do something about […]

Kindness Always Wins

I am sensitive and last week I was hurt more than once by the same person. I forgave one time and tried to convince myself that I had to be compassionate and understanding. I had to be the one to swallow down the insulting accusations and insinuations. Then three days later I was attacked again. […]

Learn to See, Accept Your Perfectly Imperfect Child

I remember when my oldest son was placed into my arms for the first time. He was perfect. His bald head, little ears and those first signs of dimples took my breath away. I knew he would be the most wonderful, perfect little boy the world has ever seen. It wasn’t until I looked at the […]