Category Archives: Parenting Advice

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September 5, 2016 | No comments yet

Confession: I Outsourced Playing Pretend

in Get More Time, Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

At our indoor pool one Saturday morning, we ran into our friends with their three young children. Both parents work full time. As our kids were doing big jumps in from the side of the pool, I’d innocently asked them…

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August 26, 2016 | No comments yet

Talking to Your Kids About Death and Sex

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

This piece originally appeared on Chocolate & Chaos.   Every parent knows that there’s an inordinate amount of time in the summer spent with the kids. Times to be treasured: pool time, family reunions, and outings to favorite places. And…

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August 23, 2016 | 2 comments

The Picture Perfect Life We All Want

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

We’ve all seen photos on facebook and secretly were jealous. Or wondered what really happens in every day life. I try to remind myself that what we see on facebook is not a complete depiction of real life. We all…

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August 16, 2016 | No comments yet

Are We Starting Organized Sports Too Early?

in Activities, Kid Time, Parenting Advice

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post Parents Blog. I would love, love, love for my children to have a group of friends to roam through our woods and neighborhood with. I have many fond childhood memories of riding…

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August 12, 2016 | No comments yet

The Big Three: Comparing Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia Learning Philosophies

in Activities, Kid Time, Parenting Advice

You may think all classrooms are created the same, but you’d be surprised. Varying philosophies guide educators, even starting as young as birth. Three of the most famous are Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Montessori may be a familiar term…

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August 8, 2016 | 2 comments

Summer Sleep-Ins

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

So proud to have my site launched. Welcome to Shopping for Time. –Carissa Howard Back to School:          

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August 2, 2016 | 2 comments

Letting Go of Great Parenting Expectations

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

Parents, and mothers especially, are under an enormous about of pressure these days to be perfect. We feel the pressures from social media. Even if we are not technically being judged upon, it’s difficult not to internalize what we see…

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July 31, 2016 | No comments yet

The Five Year Plan (For My Son)

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

He’s been in my life for five years. It was love at first sight. In the beginning, he was perfect. So attentive. All he wanted to do was to lie around in bed with me. As the weeks ticked by,…

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July 25, 2016 | No comments yet

A Mother’s Journey Through Summer

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

I’m letting go of trying to be perfect. Here’s what we’ve done this summer.

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May 24, 2016 | No comments yet

The Tooth Fairy Doesn’t Work on Sundays

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

“The Tooth Fairy doesn’t work on Sunday night,” I told my six-year-old this morning at 7AM sharp once he pulled the plastic baggy out from under his pillow. I stared in horror. It still contained the tooth that he’d lost a full 24-hours earlier.

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