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Parenting Thoughts for 2012

Along with making all those other resolutions, the new year always seems like a good time for a little parental reflection.  From big things like learning to cherish the moment and building confidence to the smaller stuff like dealing with all those toys – this weekend is a good time to take stock of how we’re doing and to get a little perspective.  To help you out, here are 7 parenting related posts that have caught my eye recently.


  1.  If you have a toddler, do yourself a favor and bookmark this post.  It’s a video of a bunch of mommy bloggers who have gone through the toddler years and lived to tell about it.  It’s a really nice reminder that “the hours are long but the years are short”.  It’s a long video (if you need to skip ahead to the reassuring part, it’s right about the 9 minute mark) but be warned, it will suck you in!
  2. Along those same lines, here’s a nice little piece from The New York Times’ blog Motherlode on the predictability of tantrums.
  3. If you’re plagued by kid stuff all over the house, check out this ingenious ransom rubbage idea.
  4. Or, if the toy problem is more about siblings constantly fighting over them, try getting rid of them all together by locking away the toy box.
  5. Terrified you’ll have nothing to do without the toys?  Check out these amazing six tools for building confidence.
  6. Here’s another nice reminder that we all probably worry too much.
  7. And finally, some heart-breakingly-sweet perspective.

Happy New Year!



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