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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Choose to Remember Amazing over Absurd

I am re-sharing this piece I wrote in September as my 14th post in the 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge. Parenting is difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible. What gets me through each day is deciding that I will only focus on the good moments and let the bad ones slide off my back. Maybe this is the key to […]

The Secret to Talking With Children Revealed

One of my favorite parts of working with and caring for other people’s children is in the honesty of my conversations with the kids. I have written about the importance of talking to and listening to your children before. In fact, my post “Listen to Your Child, You May Be Amazed,” remains one of my […]

A Pledge to Prevent Heat Stroke Tragedy: Will You Take It?

Twenty-three children died and many more were injured this summer after being left unattended in a hot car, according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NTSA). Sometimes these heat stroke deaths and injuries occur when a child gets into an unlocked vehicle to play unbeknownst to the parent. Other times (54% according to KidsandCars.org) a […]

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 […]

Don’t Let Your Child’s Goodbye Drama Ruin Your Day

Nothing can ruin a morning commute like a tearful and torturous goodbye with your child. Of course the question is, who is really more tortured, the parent or child? I am willing to bet that Mommy or Daddy is the one holding on to the emotions resulting from a terrible goodbye. In my experience, the […]

Advice for Breastfeeding Moms Looking For Daycare

Many nursing mothers worry about finding a child care provider that supports their decision to breastfeed. On DC Metro Mom, I created a list of tips for parents searching for quality and supportive daycare. I also share some of the wisdom I have learned from the amazing mothers I am in contact with daily. The first “truth” I share is: 1.) Nursing is […]