Traveling with Kids

After a year of being cooped up, a family getaway sounds like a great idea.  Then you realize just going to the market with your little one(s) is a stressful experience, and second thoughts about that vacation creep into your thinking.  But fear not!   Here are some family trip preparation ideas that will have you […]

Preparing for Baby #2… Maybe Even #3… Or #4!

As a preschool teacher, I am lucky to see life through the eyes of a child all the time.  It is something I encourage parents and my own adult kids to do.  For example, you bring home the new baby.  Let’s see the situation through the sibling’s eyes:  You’ve spent months telling your first-born that […]

Adjusting to Parenthood…Again!

First, Congratulations!  Now, let me guess a few of the adjectives that ran through your brain when you found out another baby would be entering your family: Excited? Nervous? Thrilled? Overwhelmed? Am I right?  If I am, don’t panic.  All these emotions are perfectly normal and to be expected.  As you probably learned from having […]

Easy Meals for Parents and Toddlers

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!  But if you are the parent of a toddler or two, 5 o’clock has a whole new meaning!  Instead of deciding what nice bottle of wine to open, you’re looking in the fridge for what to cook for dinner. Like the busy royal chef in Fairytale Baby Books, the task of […]

Toddler Independent Play

Teaching our children to become little social humans is very important.  But what you may not realize, is that teaching your kids to play independently is equally important to their social development.  Personally, this was a skill I lacked as a child.  My sister could spend hours with her toys in some make-believe land.  I […]

What is a Fairy Tale?

Fairy tales have been enjoyed around the world for centuries.  Many of these enchanted stories were made up and passed down from generation to generation, like a keepsake to be treasured forever.  At first, these fables were told aloud.  But over time, they were written down. When I began my company, Fairytale Baby Books, I […]

Make Reading Fun!

As parents, we all know even a one-year-old understands that your cell phone is something special.  It’s crazy how they are drawn to it like a magnet.  We obviously want to limit their screen time.  But we need to understand that our tech-driven world also offers many benefits for children. For some families, the cost […]

Why Read to Babies?

Pregnancy and childbirth can be a tough and challenging time for any couple.  As soon as your little one comes into this world, you become more aware of his or her well-being and holistic development.  Moms and dads are constantly questioning their parenting skills.  In between exhausting moments, they fear they are doing something wrong. […]

Preschool Classroom Tours

QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT COVID PRECAUTIONS I wanted to put my preschool teacher expertise to use to help you out.  So, I came up with a list of questions to ask when touring and choosing a preschool: How many class groups are outside on the yard at the same time?  And, what is the cleaning […]

Fun with Grandparents

As Poppy and Grammy came home last night, exhausted from yet another wonderful memory of building time with our grandchildren, I got to thinking about when I was given this new role 3½ years ago.   I remember holding my infant grandson in my arms as he slept (Shh…let’s not tell my daughter-in-law that I believe […]