Despite living in a diverse area in Northern Virginia, it’s all too easy to live segregated lives. As a middle-class white woman, I grew up distant from the issues people of color face and therefore I was often very...
  As parents, we want to think that we know what is right for our children. We usually do, but there are times when help and collective wisdom are much needed. My first child went to daycare at 7 months. It...
Anyone who has been there knows -- transitioning to motherhood can be hard. My son is almost two, but I can remember those first weeks and months like it was just yesterday. As a mom who started off with a...
As the school year began and the work started piling up, it struck me how hard it is to get anything done. When I say work, I don’t mean the work I get paid to do (although that is...
It’s hard to talk about dealing with the death of a loved one. It’s easier to read about it. It’s very understandable why. A loved ones passing bring feelings of sadness, guilt, and loneliness all at once. There are a lot of...
Trying to find affordable childcare for my son was more terrifying than giving birth. As an early childhood educator who has been lucky enough to work in and experience some of the best schools for young children, I knew...
What life lessons can littles learn from raising chickens? When we first embarked on our backyard chicken journey, we never imagined all the amazing life lessons chickens would teach us and our children valuable life lessons. We thought it would...
I'm kind of in shock at how quickly this pregnancy has gone. I was warned that the second time around, time just seems to fly by and that is absolutely the truth. I wrote about my first-trimester essentials here and I...
"Ten years from now, your husband will be the person you built him up to be."  A wise friend said this to me several years ago. We were on a walk around our neighborhood, toddlers in tow, and I was...
Amazing Athletes of DC & Montgomery County is a mobile sports business that offers young children sport enrichment programs at their school or daycare. Kids can take weekly, year-round (50 weeks/year) classes during their regularly scheduled school day. The kids have a...
Today marks a monumental --and monumentally sad-- day for my children. It could be their last chance to cheer for their first baseball hero, Bryce Harper, in a Nationals uniform. Harper, whose personality is almost as big as his swing,...
I still remember that rainy fall afternoon when I walked out with my hijab (headscarf) for the first time. Covering up was one of the biggest and most important decisions of my life. It was extremely LIBERATING for me. I...
Traveling with an infant seemed stressful at the time. I hate to say it, but traveling with a toddler is worse, in our case. My son usually slept peacefully through flights as an infant, but as a toddler, it’s...
Certainly, no one expects to experience a traumatic birth, to enter a hospital and wonder if you will be leaving. Even after the health crisis is resolved and physical scars are healed, there is traumatic pain remaining. In my...

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