A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today’s book is another from the Little People Big Dreams collection. This one chronicles the life, and work, of Martin Luther King Jr. written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Mai Ly Degnan . Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: God’s Dream

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Our next book’s author received the Nobel Peace Prize! Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a champion of justice, equality, and peace. His book, God’s Dream, is a spiritual reminder of celebrating our differences, including race and religion, and letting our common bonds be love and forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: HOME

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     I bought this book for my kiddo as a St. Patrick’s Day treat; considering we were already in quarantine by then, my timing was (accidentally) perfect! With so much more time spent staying home because of COVID-19, Home, by Carson Ellis, is more relevant than ever! The dwellings range from rural to urban, intricate to imaginary, moving through time and space! The cast of characters are from all different places and all different races. Home illustrates the differences in people’s homes, while emphasizing the ways each one is special!

 

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A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Dream Animals

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Our list continues with Dream Animals, by Emily Winfield Martin. Martin’s imaginative story and whimsical artwork include a diverse cast of characters, all spending their dozing hours with magical creatures in their dreams. Martin’s illustrations continue to be mindful, with visual representation of all races. This is important because when it comes to babies and toddlers, who they see is key! Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Rosa Parks

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Our third pick is from the Little People, Big Dreams series, Rosa Parks. My kiddo has many of the books in this collection. All are wonderful little biographies about visionaries of history. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Forever Young

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Today’s recommended reading is an illustrated, by Paul Rogers, story of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” song. Dylan has long been an ally and champion of civil rights, singing out against wrongful incarceration of black people, espousing anti-racism, and expressing concern for our planet and ALL of its people. Read the rest of this entry »


A GOOD PLACE TO START SERIES: Strictly No Elephants

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It’s never too early to start reading and talking to your kiddo about anti-racism and inclusion. Black Lives Matter(!!!), and as a white person I want to be and raise allies. Anti-racism is the goal, and inclusion is a good starting place for babies & toddlers. I consider Strictly No Elephants, written by Lisa Mantchev & illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, to be a new classic, and an excellent example in dealing with topics such as ignorance, prejudice, inclusion, support, and forgiveness, and includes an ethnically diverse cast of characters. The story follows a little boy and his pet 🐘 who are not allowed at Pet Club Day because of an arbitrary “STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS” rule. Read the rest of this entry »


“Reframing” the Rain

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“R” is for “Reframing”!

      A shiny pearl of wisdom directly from The Danish Way of Parenting,reframing” is the order of the day. Whether you’re housebound by illness, shelter-in-place, or weather itself, changing the way we think and speak about our present situation can create a new, more pleasant one. Reframing, defined by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl as, “using language to create a perception shift,”  is the practice, and eventual skill of shining positivity on seemingly negative spaces. Philosophical, surely, but practical too. Y’all don’t have to be Pollyanna to engage meaningfully in reframing! Simple tweaks to your approach to situations, and especially how you explain them to kiddos is what reframing is all about. In my nannying days, this was incredibly relevant, and I found that reframing came naturally to me, because I always wanted to set an optimistic atmosphere for my charges. Now, as a mama I want it to be a quality I pass on to my child. Read the rest of this entry »


Let’s Practice Hygge while we Hunker Down

Now that we are all practicing “Social Distancing”, a term that will become synonymous with paranoia, uncertainty, solidarity, and a slower pace of life, there seems no better time to become more familiar with the beloved practice of Hygge. The Danish people, world-renown for their statistically consistent happiness, follow this tradition, and in these unsettling and stressful times, I don’t know about y’all, but I am looking to the experts. I became fascinated with Denmark when I was 8 years old and saw a photo of the Little Mermaid statue (Den Lille Havfrue) by the shore in Copenhagen. As fate would have it, I met, and married, a sailor who works for a Danish company, its headquarters located a stone’s throw from her beatific gaze. After my husband traveled to Copenhagen for work, we spent several vacations there, charmed by the beauty and culture of the city, and even more so, by the attitudes and energy of its people. Read the rest of this entry »


Sleep Training Tips from a Nanny/Mama Who Knows!

Getting a good night’s sleep for anyone is incredibly important, but for new parents it can seem like a far off dream(she’s got puns!). After nannying professionally in Austin for 11 years(including much sleep training of children from infants to toddler age), and now being the mother of a fully sleep-trained baby, I am excited to share some of my tips for sleep training your child. My partner is offshore six months out of the year, 28 days gone, 28 days home, so I am a single parent, half of the time, and I highly suggest sleep training for single parents and couples alike!

 

The first few numbers are more of a checklist involvingwhether or not your family is ready. This seems like a no-brainer, who wouldn’t be ready to sleep through the night uninterrupted? But there are many moving parts to the snooze machine, and checking them all is important.

1. Is your baby ready? I generally suggest waiting to sleep train until your infant is at least 4 months. By this age he/she usually weighs enough, is no longer swaddled and can wear a sleep sack, which I highly suggest, and can take down a larger pre-bed feeding to keep him/her full overnight. As always, consult your pediatrician if you have doubts, questions.

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