Mom Makes Joy https://www.mommakesjoy.com Confidently Parenting Against the Grain Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:16:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why We’re Not Sending Our Kids to Preschool (And Why That’s Okay!) https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2019/02/not-going-to-preschool.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2019/02/not-going-to-preschool.html#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2019 20:10:30 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9987 Not too long ago Little Bo turned three years old, and it was time to start thinking about preschool. Am I the only one who dreads the idea of preschool? I know it’s basically a rite of passage in our culture but…I’m just not interested. Yes, I want my child to learn things. Yes, I...

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Educational Gift Ideas For Preschoolers https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/11/educational-gift-ideas-for-preschoolers.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/11/educational-gift-ideas-for-preschoolers.html#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:13:48 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9911

Trying to figure out what to get your preschooler this year? These toys are fun AND promote useful skills! Batteries not included (or even needed!) Little Bo is turning 3 in January, and I’m really excited about the toys she is finally old enough to start enjoying. My inner child is a little bit jealous–I won’t...

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How to Be A Healthier Mom During the Holidays https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/10/healthy-mom-during-the-holidays.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/10/healthy-mom-during-the-holidays.html#respond Sat, 27 Oct 2018 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9646

As moms, we want the best for our families, especially their health. And we know that health is often about more than just physical health (although that’s important too). It’s also about our mental health. Unfortunately, as enjoyable as this time of year can be, it can also be a time when health gets put...

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How To Create Connection With Your Kids https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/10/create-connection.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/10/create-connection.html#comments Sun, 07 Oct 2018 23:56:22 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9125

When I was in college, I took an upper division psychology class on learning and motivation taught by a professor who spent his whole life working with troubled children and adolescents. At the time, I was seven years away from even thinking about becoming a parent, but there were two things he said that semester...

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The #1 Baby Sleep Secret No One Is Talking About https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/normal-infant-sleep.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/normal-infant-sleep.html#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 15:14:28 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9138

Sleep. Babies need it. New moms and dads want it. And if you’re reading this, you might find yourself desperate for it, turning to the wisdom of Pinterest and other moms for sleep tips and advice. I’m going to let you in on something: I’m about to tell you a sleep secret you won’t hear...

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How To Start A Dairy Free Breastfeeding Diet https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/dairy-free-breastfeeding-diet.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/dairy-free-breastfeeding-diet.html#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:21:29 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9092

Do you think you might need to start a dairy free breastfeeding diet? It’s not easy–dairy is in everything! But it IS doable. This post explains how to get started. When my first baby, Little Bo, was six months old, I was alarmed one afternoon to find a streak of blood in her diaper. At...

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Positive Discipline: Permissive Parenting In Disguise? https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/positive-discipline-permissive-parenting.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/positive-discipline-permissive-parenting.html#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:00:50 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9062

Many moms who choose positive discipline are criticized for being permissive. Is positive discipline really just permissive parenting? Here’s my take. Most of the time it’s none of anyone else’s business how you or I raise our kids, thank goodness. But there are times when I feel like I’ll lose it if another stranger tells...

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How My Child Learned the Alphabet By Age 2 https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/recognize-alphabet-letters-by-2.html https://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/recognize-alphabet-letters-by-2.html#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:42:09 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9032

Little Bo could recognize alphabet letters by 2 years old without learning formal instruction or learning the song. Want to know how she learned them? The secret is so simple it may surprise you! I didn’t believe my husband when he told me could read at age two. And not just individual words like “cat”...

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