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Kate Winslet Says Angelina Jolie's Life is Like a Soap Opera

I love Kate Winslet. I hardly know her, of course, but I can't help myself. I've watched Kate in most of her movies as she's grown up right in front of me -- we are, in fact, the same age, and both have two kids. Kate, who won two Golden Globes and i...

Is your pre-schooler over scheduled?

I first started to feel the "enrichment" pressure when my first child was three years old. As a new mom, I felt like a foreigner as I listened in on the new and strange conversations of the "experienced moms" as I waited for the end of my daughter's ...

Risk management

Recently, a friend related a story where a fellow preschool parent commented on a kid walking up a slide, saying it was "so dangerous." Of course, it was her kid that was climbing the slide at the time. Her "Little Son" is four years old and she felt...

Is too much structure a bad thing?

I was speaking with Susan of Friday Playdate and Blogging Baby's own Jen Creer this weekend about parents that tend to over-schedule their kids and provide tons of structure throughout the day. As both Jen and Susan have more life and parenting exper...

Do your kids need more structure on weekends?

I was just over at Friday Playdate and I saw a post that made me go, "Hmmm..." And I thought, "Susan can NOT be the only mom dealing with this issue!" So, I thought I'd write about it here and see what y'all think. Basically, the dilemma is this: Ho...

Special needs: the exhaustion of constantly redirecting your child

Last Friday, Susan at Friday Playdate wrote a post that made me so tired with empathy that I wanted to lay my head upon the floor. Susan writes often about her two sons, and Henry's special needs. Henry has ADHD, and something akin to autism and Aspe...

Blogging Baby Size 6: Top six ways you can use shaving cream with your toddler

While we wait for a spot to open for our toddler, Devon, in the preschool of our choice, I spend most of my days trying to find ways to entertain him while making a living at the same time. Our days have a fairly set routine. We drop off the older ki...

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