Calling all stripe addicts! Stripes are timelessly chic and go with everything, so it’s no wonder the makers of baby goods have made this classic trend available for the little ones. From strollers to tiny tees, stripes have found their way into nurseries everywhere. Here’s a round-up of this year’s Best in Stripes baby products.
Midwest born and raised, preacher’s kid, escapee of fundamentalism but lover of God and good, Kelle Hampton is today a wife, mother to three and step-mother to two. Residing in Naples, Florida with a bit of her heart still in Michigan, she is a writer, photographer, speaker and celebrant of life’s large little things. Her heartfelt blog post relating to the birth of her daughter Nella and her surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome led to the writing of Bloom, a New York Times best-selling memoir.
Kelle has contributed to Parents, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Good Housekeeping and NPR’s All Things Considered. She shares photography and weekly journals about life and motherhood on her blog Enjoying the Small Things
I went into parenting a special needs child with a cushion of mantras to help me through the first few years. Chanting inspiring quotes helps me believe inspiring quotes, so it wasn’t long after receiving my daughter’s Down syndrome diagnosis that I quickly adopted repeated self-talks including, “Don’t let the worries of tomorrow rob you of the joys of today” and “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I breathed the latter quote wholeheartedly in my first years of parenting a child with special needs, ignoring milestone charts in books and genuinely celebrating sitting, walking and talking victories of my friends’ kids, even though my same-age daughter was notably behind. And although my daughter didn’t walk until after her second birthday or graduate to a cup at a pediatrician-recommended age, she did pull out some unexpected feats along the way—like rolling over early—as if to tell us, “Don’t think you have me figured out. I’ll show you how it’s going to go.”
All those phrases we hear ourselves constantly saying to our babies and toddlers—things like Be careful, Mama’s right here or You’re okay—are often greater lessons we want them to remember for life. I continually find ways to express to my kids, even when they’re babies, the most important things I want them to know. It’s never too early to learn.
After starting a North Pole Party tradition for my daughters and their friends, our reindeer food bar quickly became one of our favorite holiday events. Little ones will love creating their own reindeer food concoctions from a variety of fun ingredients and will make wonderful memories in the process. Here’s everything you need to know to create your own.
As parents, it doesn’t take much to “wow” our children and create a memory that can last forever. The holidays are a wonderful time to instill family values, evoke childhood wonder and write cherished stories in your family books. Create some more magic this season by adding one of these fun family traditions to your holiday.
Prepping our home, our table and our feast for Thanksgiving takes a lot of work, but little hands are eager to help. From shopping for our meal to arranging flowers for our table, my kids love to be part of the holiday preparation.
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Parenthood holds a myriad of moments that grab our attention and make us thankful. As a photographer and mother of three, I have thousands of photos of my children, but there’s one folder reserved for the most special moments captured. I return to these photos often, and they never fail to make me feel deeply grateful for my children, our family and the thousands of tiny moments—both good and bad—that make our lives purposeful. Here are 20 of my favorite grateful moments captured.
We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but some of those village members aren’t always properly recognized. From teachers and babysitters to pediatricians and nice neighbors, there are many people who help make our parenting journey a little easier. Join our 30 Days of Thanks activities, and use some of these fun ways to let your helpful community know they are appreciated.
Every child is born creative—we just have to help our kids set that creativity free. Whether it’s music, art, dance or imaginative play, there are no rules to creativity and endless ways to find it, foster it and set it free in our children. Here are 20 ways to raise a creative child.
Sometimes, it’s in the trenches where we learn the most. Through the hard moments of parenting–the tears, the worries, the fits, the fears–I’ve learned some pretty valuable lessons about raising kids.