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My Simple Wish for Health and Happiness

“Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have this wish I wish tonight.” Little N, my fiesty four-year-old, repeats this rhyme with her head tilted toward the night sky. She excitedly makes a wish on the first star she sees. She loudly says, “I wish I could go to […]

‘Mommy, I Want to be Famous’

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 If only I had been blaring music from my somewhat outdated and slightly embarrassing playlist instead of allowing my daughter to […]

Dreams Are Complicated

“When you were a little girl did you always dream of being a babysitter, um I mean daycare person?” My 7-year-old daughter asks on our drive to get frozen yogurt. A momentary lump in my throat forms as I search for the right words. Dreams are complicated. “I like taking care of children and babies, […]

Journey of a Girl Scout

On Saturday, I begrudgingly got dressed, pulled on the ugliest waterproof boots I own and prepared myself for a day of what I just knew was going to be misery. It was my daughter’s Girl Scouts Outdoor Skills Day and I had volunteered to tag along as one of the parent chaperons. When I volunteered […]

Reader Spotlight: Turning The Tables

<<< Click here to read previous Reader Spotlights Okay, I promised that I would turn the tables on myself and here you go! I have answered my own questions and tried to share my challenges, my passion and my inspiration! If you want to learn more about me, you can read a post I wrote […]

My Beautiful Gift of Sunshine

I watch her pull the cord of the blinds and look into the sunshine with a smile. Her eyes flicker and a joyful expression takes over her face. “The sun will make you feel better Mommy,” my six-year-old daughter says as she proceeds to open the blinds on the second window in my bedroom. I […]

I Don’t Want to Screw-Up my Daughter’s Self-Image

“Mommy, will I look like you when I grow up?” my five-year-old daughter asks. I pause internalizing the question. Does she want to look like me? Is she afraid she’ll look like me? Do I want her to look like me? Am I about to scar her for life with my answer? Did the professional […]

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 […]

Mom-to-Mom: Real Answers to Parenting, Child Care Questions

I have been fielding questions from parents on everything from the best way to select a child care provider to dealing with picky eaters since I started my daycare in 2006. I am not an “expert.” I am not perfect. I am not a person who judges or assigns labels, like tiger mom or helicopter […]

Overprotective or Paranoid: How Do You Feel About Strangers Touching Your Child?

My children are beautiful. I say this unabashedly. I know everyone may think this, but it is the truth. Strangers stop me all the time to compliment their eyes and fawn over their smiles. Baby N has the lethal combination of being cute and a social butterfly. She smiles and waves to anyone who will […]