Parenting

Welcome to the World Sweet Baby James!

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2015 | 70 comments
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He’s finally here!

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker clan… James Robert Dekker

Are Today’s Children Really That Spoiled?

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2015 | 11 comments
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Every year, around this time, I start seeing blog posts, news articles, and social media posts that rant and rave about how “spoiled” our kids are and how they apparently expect to be entertained 24/7.

While I fully agree that this generation of children is being raised in a completely different way than I was raised (or any other generation), I often wonder if that’s really as bad as people say… and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!

Celebrating… A New Baby!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2015 | 19 comments
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My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!

Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!

What Happened When I Looked For The Positive

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2015 | 31 comments
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Today I’m sharing another life lesson I’ve learned from my kids… and I’m amazed at the difference it has made in my own life, in my family, and in my interactions with other.

The lesson might be overly-simplistic to some of you… but sometimes those simple lessons are worth repeating a few times so they can really sink in!

Because the Lessons Are More Important Than the Results

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2015 | 34 comments
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A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.

I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!

The STUFF That Helped Simplify Life After Kids

posted by Andrea | 04/27/2015 | 18 comments
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I’m often asked if there are certain things that helped me to simplify and organize my life with 2 small children around. And while I don’t usually like to advocate for buying more STUFF, there are a handful of things that immediately come to mind when I’m asked these questions.

Today I’m sharing my “list”… and I’d love to know what STUFF would make your list!

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 42 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

How One of My Greatest Strengths Became a Huge Weakness as a Parent

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2015 | 20 comments
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One of my greatest strengths (at least in my opinion) is that I am generally a very confident person… HOWEVER, when it came to parenting and becoming a mother for the very first time, confidence was nowhere in my vocabulary.

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2015 | 16 comments
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Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?

If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)

101 Reasons My Toddler Had a Tantrum… Today

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2015 | 75 comments
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Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called :)

Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!

You Won’t Believe How We Finally Got Nora to Sleep!

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2015 | 62 comments
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I remember “way back when” Nora was just an infant and I hadn’t slept more than a couple hours in days. I was SO tired, SO exhausted, and SO frustrated. By her 2nd birthday, I started wondering if we’d ever sleep through the night again. I told myself that “someday, when she finally started sleeping through the night, I would write a blog post about everything we tried.” So today, I’m more than just a little excited to FINALLY be writing that blog post… and yes, she is sleeping through the night!!!!

Big-Picture Parenting

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2014 | 52 comments
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When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.

So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…

Why Parents Should Stop Worrying About Fair and Equal

posted by Andrea | 10/24/2014 | 63 comments
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This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.

So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.

The Summer I Realized Motherhood Could Be Fun

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2014 | 35 comments
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I smiled the entire time I sat writing this post — I hope you smile as you read it.

Thanks for journeying with me on the rocky road of motherhood… slowly but surely, I’m finding my way 😉

Potty Training 101: The Stubborn Child Edition

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2014 | 27 comments
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Nora is potty trained… Hallelujah!

Come check out her big girl undies, her hilarious potty training one-liners, and how we managed to (fairly easily) potty train our very stubborn little girl.

Why We Let Our Kids Watch TV

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2014 | 56 comments
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Both our kids watch a fair amount of TV every day — not because we are horrible parents, or because we don’t have time or energy to play with them, or because they can’t entertain themselves.

Today, I’m sharing the reasoning behind why we let our kids watch TV… and I’d love to know your thoughts on TV and screen time for kids!

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2014 | 28 comments
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For those of you who have young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that your kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 120 comments
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After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Goodnight Little Hare

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2014 | 14 comments
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A couple months ago, my mom gave Nora a new book, Goodnight Little Hare — it’s now one of Nora’s FAVORITE books.

Interestingly enough, although this book is a children’s book, I think it has a lot to teach us as parents too…

My Life With Kids: The Differences From 0 to 1… and 1 to 2

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2014 | 48 comments
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When I announced I was pregnant with baby #2, everyone told me the transition from 1-2 was WAY more challenging than the transition from 0-1. This naturally freaked me out since my transition from 0-1 was pretty traumatizing for me!

However, after 6 weeks, I can say that so far, the transition from 1-2 has been easier than 0-1. Thank goodness!