Ages + Stages

Topics related to all the ages and stages of childhood

This article has been sponsored by The Nest Schools. All opinions are our own. I'll never forget how lost I felt when I started looking at preschools for my firstborn. We were living in a new city, and preschool was...
This article is sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. All opinions are our own. Friendly reminder for anyone who needs after school care in Dallas or the surrounding areas! We love the YMCA around here, from their family-oriented atmosphere to...
I knew this day was coming, I just wasn’t expecting it so quickly. Over the summer, the girls and I decided to homeschool for a second year. A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of buying our...
The beginning of a new school year means getting to know a new teacher. And every year, I send an email to our teacher to outline what I want him or her to know about my kid. This year,...
Few events are more traditional and decidedly Texan than the State Fair of Texas. The annual event brings together Dallasites, Texans from across the state, and friends and family from afar eager to join the fun. School children even...
After four kids and 17 years of parenting, I’ve come to realize that the middle school years are the worst. Kids struggle dealing with the one-two punch of intense social and academic pressure. Exhibit A: my middle school daughter. School group...
“You asked for waffles; I made you waffles!” “Stop playing in your cereal!” “Don’t touch your brother’s toast; you have your own toast!” Oh, the sounds of breakfast on a school day…the perfect storm of planned chaos and “we need to leave...
We can all agree that teachers are the real MVPs. They spend so much time with our kids nurturing them, loving them, and pushing them to their highest potential. I’ve worked in education for seven years now, and I’ve...
Art appreciation doesn't have to wait until your children can start creating their own masterpieces. Dallas offers several world-class art institutions and galleries with programming for babies. Even better, most opportunities are free or priced affordably. Read on for...
As summer dwindles, we prepare to head back to school. Back-to-school teacher gifts are a sweet way to welcome teachers back for another school year and show support. Teachers endure a lot; a small token of appreciation can help...
Motherhood is a series of starts and stops, of holding close and letting go. Certain milestones have a way of solidifying these truths in my heart as my children get older, and sending a child to kindergarten is certainly...
Just like that, summer is over and it’s time to get back into the rhythm of early mornings, packing lunches, homework, endless activities, and lest we forget—ARD meetings. If you're a special needs mama, this one is for you. ARD...

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