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Should Infants Control What They Eat? Thoughts on Baby-Led Weaning

How you raise your child is a personal choice. I am not usually judgemental. I hate the mommy wars. I hate when one group of mothers looks down on another. We are all doing the best we can and have different guiding principles, which determine everything from how we feed our children to the discipline […]

Mom-to-Mom: Your Parenting, Childcare Questions Answered – Letting Go of The Bottle

Mom-to-Mom is a regular series offering real-life driven answers to your real questions about parenting and childcare. Please send me your questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Also, please feel free to comment and add your own advice. We can all benefit from helping each other. #MomtoMom Q: My 18-month-old […]

Have You Filled Someone’s Love Bucket Today?

“Mommy, I love you so much,” my five-year-old daughter said sweetly with her big blue eyes gleaming. I was taken off guard, but before I could say anything in response she said, ” I just filled your bucket.” I smiled and said, “I love you too my beautiful girl. ” I wrapped my arms around […]

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 […]

So What If Your Son Wants to Wear a Princess Costume

My children love to dress-up in costumes day and night. The children in my daycare also love putting together creative costumes. I make it a point not to interfere in their creative process because it is so much fun watching them use their imaginations to create elaborate games based on the outfits they select. Over […]

Listen to Your Child, You May Be Amazed

Everyday, I am immersed in a world ruled by young children. The children in my daycare range in age from infants to preschoolers. If there is one thing I have learned, it is never underestimate the profound things that come out of the mouth of these children. Your toddler or young preschooler may not talk in […]

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 […]

My Best Advice If Your Child is Sick

If you are not sure when to keep your child home from school or daycare, I have put together some tips for parents on DC Metro Mom. I am offering parents my best advice as a daycare provider to help keep your child as healthy as possible. Having children in daycare means potentially missing a […]

Instincts Over Checklists When Choosing Daycare

In today’s DC Metro Mom blog, I discuss the importance of trusting your instincts when selecting a daycare provider for your child. While many web sites provide checklists of endless questions to ask when interviewing, you cannot forget the most important part when selecting child care. Ask yourself, can you trust this person to care […]