parenting

The Many Emotions of Starting Kindergarten

Parenting is never a steady thing. Babies change by the week, and though the changes are different as they reach toddlerhood and then childhood, they don’t seem to slow down. As this week starts, the girls and I find ourselves confronting yet another change: Riley starting kindergarten. It’s a big one and has caused quite the unrest in our house, an unrest we’ve each contributed to in our own way. (more…)

An Eager Graduate

Almost a month has gone by now since one of the biggest life events Riley has had — preschool graduation — and I would be remiss not to fill you in. If you remember, Story’s preschool graduation week was brimming with misfortunes brought on by anticipation. If Lesley is not one of those moms to get sappy over something like preschool graduation, I certainly am. So, I was expecting nervousness, unprovoked crying spells, and preoccupied thoughts. Surprisingly, none of that happened. (more…)

Confidence and Your Daughter: Three Ideas for Building Confidence in Girls

I’ve been reading a book off and on for the last couple of months called The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. The content of the book explores different areas of social research that have focused on the confidence of females contrasted with the confidence of males. I haven’t made it all the way through the book yet, but the theories of female confidence are fascinating and very relevant to both myself and my two daughters. Culturally, we see a difference in female confidence when pursuing promotions, asking for raises, and standing up for our beliefs, but how much of that is nature and how much is nurture?
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Don’t Freak if You Leak: 4 Tips to Deal with This Awkward Breastfeeding Situation

By Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best
Few things on this planet are more embarrassing than realizing your nipples have just leaked breastmilk all over your shirt, in public, where everyone can see it. The bad news is, if you’re a new mom, you’ll very likely experience leakage at some point. The good news? Here are four great tips you can use to prevent and deal with it when this situation inevitably arises. (more…)