Finishing The Peaceful Preschool

We finished The Peaceful Preschool a couple of weeks ago. It is a milestone I want to document.  This year, I had a big shift in how I structured our days. My husband and I have talked about homeschooling since before we were married (both of us were homeschooled for significant portions of our school careers). […]

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How Blogging Changes the Story

I’ve been reading Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation, which presents a hopeful view for more responsibly incorporating technology into our lives and relationships.  In the book, Turkle talks about how people now rely on social media instead of older, more private ways of reflecting. For example, some people consider Facebook or a blog their journal. However, Turkle […]

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On Babywise, KonMari, and Better Reading

It’s no secret that I love The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up as well as the sequel, Spark Joy.  But if you came to my house, you wouldn’t necessarily know I am a huge fan of Kondo’s method. I still have a way to go before I would call my house totally tidy. Though a central […]

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15 Picture Books for Truck-Loving Toddlers

My mom and I were talking recently about how many books there are now that are geared specifically toward toddlers who are fascinated by trucks (or construction or trains). It makes it so much easier to help kids with these interests engage in reading. Since we will soon be a two boy family, we are really glad […]

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10 Picture Books for Construction-Obsessed Toddlers

Motherhood has given me an appreciation for construction sites that I never had before. I know what different machines do (to some extent!), and I am astounded by all the details of a construction site. These ten picture books are filled with bright, eye-catching illustrations, and more than a few focus on how machines can help […]

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8 Picture Books for Train-Loving Toddlers

Before I had a child, I secretly thought I could steer my child’s interests. I was convinced my son wouldn’t be just into “boy things.” However, his obsession with loud noises and things that go started young. Trains are definitely on the things that go + loud noises list. My dad gave Liam a little battery-powered Thomas […]

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