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12 Easy Developmental Christmas Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s hard to find easy developmental Christmas activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Many Christmas preschool and toddler activities are too complex, messy, and time-consuming. The crafts involve scissors or dreaded paper mache. There are too many steps; they ask toddlers for more attention and dexterity than they possess. Here’s a

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8 Gifts from Non Problematic Beauty Gurus & Brands

Non problematic is definitely my anticipated 2021 vibe. But I’m also really into make-up… The current beauty industry is a bit of a problematic cesspool. From beauty brands (Morphe) to gurus (Jeffree), many are just awful. Some beauty gurus are coming out with hairy lipsticks, or not vaccinating their kids,

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Survival Guide to Welcoming A New Baby: Sibling Edition

Welcoming a new baby to his siblings is a joyful time, sure. But it’s also a bit of a mess. Toddlers, with their lack of frontal lobe development, emotional regulation, and executive functioning skills, can take the arrival of a new sibling especially hard. That leaves newborn parents, already sleep-deprived,

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10 Gifts For People You Don’t Like

Adulthood means that, sometimes, you have to buy gifts for people you don’t like. Maybe it’s a family gathering and you’re assigned to buy for one of the difficult aunts. Or a work shindig where it’d be amiss if you gifted everyone except that jerk Chad who keeps taking credit

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Must I Go by Yiyun Li

Reviewing Must I Go by Yiyun Li wasn’t on my content calendar. But it haunted me. This book dug into me, claws first. At first glance, Must I Go doesn’t seem so insistent. Just an old lady narrating and annotating an ex-lover’s journal. Must I Go is shocking with brilliant

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Lessons Learned From Two Years of Blogging

I can’t believe all the lessons learned from two years of blogging. This time has flown by. Wasn’t it yesterday that Ish Mom was a gleam in my eye, then a loud intruder that kept me up nights and dominated all my thoughts? Now she’s toddling on fat little legs,

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10 Creepy Books to Read Before Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time for creepy books. I embraced the horror genre as a kid, cutting my teeth on Dean Koontz and R.L. Stine. These days, I appreciate wordplay more than gore. Let’s shrug on some flannel, pour a pumpkin spiced anything, and explore some creepy books. Zone One

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Parent’s Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism

It’s a quiet weekday morning for our occupational therapy appointment at Reid Health Pediatric Therapy and my autistic toddler is terrified. “We’re just going to look at it today,” his occupational therapist reassures. Stephanie Van Slyke, OTD, OTR/L, is referring to an innocuous swing. But Big A sees something big

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