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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 […]

Sometimes Silence is the Scariest Sound

The children were squealing in delight as they arrived at our beach rental home, which included an in-ground swimming pool in the backyard. Four families with 10 children combined had waited for this day since booking the vacation home nearly six months ago (read Vacationing Family Style). We didn’t realize that within 10 minutes of arriving, we would […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Perfectly Imperfect Weekend Adventures

Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends all year. It is the weekend my husband and I were married seven years ago. It is also the start of the summer, which is my favorite season. I love that the pool is open and I can count down with the children to the last […]

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 […]

Counting My Blessings This Mother’s Day

Years ago when I first started my home daycare, I had the pleasure of meeting a vivacious mother of two. She was a SAHM with a daughter in elementary school and a two-year-old son with extremely high energy and demanding needs. She needed someone to help give her a break once every two weeks, so […]