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When a good behavior is observed, I give James a token for him to place on the board. 5 tokens = a Pocky chocolate stick

Implementing Positive Reinforcement and a Token Board to Increase Desired Behavior in Your Child

Did you know that I used to be a giraffe keeper? One of the parts of my job was to train the giraffe. No, not to do tricks, but rather to participate in medical care, stand still during hoof trimmings, come to us when called. Wait a second….am I talking about giraffe or my toddlers? […]

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Formula Feeding with No Regrets

Formula Feeding With No Regrets

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I got asked constantly if I was going to breastfeed. My answer? I planned to try. To be honest, it wasn’t something I was super passionate about. I knew all of the benefits, and I hoped to pass those onto my little one. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, […]

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Be Careful With Her: Reflecting on Sending My Daughter to Kindergarten

My daughter is seven—and three quarters. Old for her grade because of a September birthday, she starts second grade this August. But it feels like about a minute ago that I picked her up from her last day of preschool. It was a small place just for educators’ kids. On employees’ last day of work […]

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Home Schooling in Nashville

As soon as you find out you are pregnant, the questions start. Hospital or home birth? Epidural or natural? Formula or breast milk? And these questions never end! When my first born reached preschool age, my husband and I enrolled her with high hopes of getting a head start on her education. I cried the entire […]

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The Quiet Sports Mom

Earlier today, my seven-year-old son warmed up with his team for his afternoon baseball game, while I walked around the grounds. Those grounds hold more than a dozen fields for kids to play baseball and softball. I thought about this blog post—which at the time was still in very rough draft form. And I watched […]

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