Parenting


Raising A Fearless Child

Sunday began with a drop off. Breakfast followed along with conversation. A wiggly tooth came up. A very, very wiggly tooth. Uncle Pete was paged in order to do the tooth pulling honors since he is, after all, the tooth puller expert. Except that fear gripped the Frog Princess as the floss was meticulously tied and tightened ready for the expert pull. She began to cry. “Why are you crying?” I asked. She didn’t know what to say. I wanted her to be okay because this tooth has been bothering her a bit (it’s......

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Mami Mondays: Brace Yourself

Meet my friend, Charlotte. I love her to pieces for so many reasons. And this  guest post is one of them because…raise your hand if you’ve ever had a similar experience. A few days ago while “happily” cleaning up the day’s mess, my oldest daughter came downstairs with a look of panic and fear on her face about to cry. Before I could ask her what was wrong she said, “Mommy, I did something and you are going to be really mad.” I braced myself for what she was about to say.......

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Waiting on her butterfly

Dear Frog Princess, We headed to Epcot this past weekend to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival. As usual, our first stop was the butterfly garden. Because it’s early, only a few butterflies were fluttering about. Some were drying their wings. We spent a lot of time in the garden because you’ve come to expect butterflies to heed your desires and land on your little fingers. Related Post: Capturing the Special Moments You waited. You willed them to come to you. But they weren’t getting close enough. I decided to capture your image......

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Princesses Play Video Games
February 16, 2016

Princesses Play Video Games

This is part of my #TeachHerTuesday series. Bedtime chat is probably one of my favorite times with my girl. Yes, sometimes we talk well past her bedtime because I’m a sucker for the things she says. Frog Princess: Mami, sometimes I feel like I have an invisible crown on my head. Me: that’s because you do. Frog Princess: really? Me: yes. you’re a princess, after all. Frog Princess: are you sure. I mean, I don’t think princesses like to play video games. And here is where I have to sit back on......

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Teaching Her to Find Her Roar With the Good Dinosaur

Disclosure: I have been paid to blog and promote The Good Dinosaur as part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Disney/Pixar. However, all opinions expressed are my own. If I had to put one name to my family, give one description to define it, it would be transcending. I come from a long line of strong women. Abuela had to bury the man she loved and subsequently spent the rest of her life in mourning clothes. But I never knew her to have a frown on her face. Siempre sonriente.......

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"Parenting a girl sometimes feels as if I'm drawing her heart and filling it with all that it might ever need."

Every once in a while, I’m presented with a time in parenting that you know will leave a footprint on my child’s path. Last night was one of those moment. The Frog Princess has been unusually clingy. I got home from the MomsRising staff retreat Saturday morning and she has been under me ever since. I think that two trips during January might’ve been a bit too much for her. When I dropped off yesterday, she was weepy and sad, asking if she “had” to stay at school. It was hard to......

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Tooth fairy letter

Y’ALL! My baby lost her first tooth. And it’s the first tooth she ever got. Like in the history of Frog Princess teeth! I don’t even know what to say. I’m excited, nostalgic, happy, sad, nervous. All of these feels! I noticed how loose the tooth was on Halloween night. So much so that I called her dad back after trick or treating so he could do the honors. Alas, the tooth was not yet ready but I was glad I did. The thing that I find the most tender about co-parenting......

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The season of presents and presence
November 02, 2015

Presence and Presents

I woke up on November 1st to a child that had snuck into my bed. She was up with a smile (as is her usual), stretching and proclaiming “helloooo, November!”. It is her birthday month and we are very excited. As I woke up today I started thinking about November and gratitude. You guys know how I feel about gratitude, right? More than that, I thought about how I wanted to give my baby my presence this month. More than normal. Because I feel as if I sometimes fall short. When things......

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First day of Kindergarten
August 25, 2015

Of Kindergarten and Kisses

Dear Frog Princess, We got through your first day of Kindergarten and wow! I have no words. I’m still in shock that I have a Kindergartener in the house. How did that happen?! We also just got back from our first Mami/Frog Princess vacation. Can I tell you that it was exhausting? Can I tell you it was magical? You had such a great time. Don’t believe me? Look! Things About You This Week You have been nervous about going into the classroom with the big kids and told me you might......

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What's in My Diaper Bag
August 24, 2015

What’s in My Diaper Bag

Disclosure: this is a compensated post. All thoughts, opinions and adorable bag are purely my own. I love how women share what is in their bags, it makes us feel connected as if we aren’t alone is carrying around 7 different lip glosses and 3 pens with no pad of paper. Today I am sharing what is in my diaper bag. With my first, I carried everything under the sun. The bag was heavy and I hardly used most of what I had with me. Now that my second is 1 ½,......

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