Simplicity Parenting Blog

It always begins the same way: a small voice insisting “This way!” often accompanied by a firm pull of the hand. Even if I wanted to, it would be hard to say no to my regular evening walks with my two-year-old son.  Because this is no ordinary walk – it’s to a bridge that runs over a railroad track, allowing us to “watch trains.” But I’ve found a simple pleasure in our walks there and back, even if they sometimes make us late for dinner.   With their curiosity and short attention spans, toddlers are the spokespeople for valuing the journey as much as the destination.  Our first stop is in front of our neighbor’s bush, where we’ve seen a […]

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My family of 3 just did a totally awesome happy dance as we all celebrated baby’s first year of life.  The fastest year ever. Each month, as he grew, our world was rocked.  “Wow, he knows me!  He’s babbling, that’s crazy! Banging blocks together? He’s a genius!”  And let’s not even discuss those first steps… heart melted. We live in a two bedroom apartment, and watching our baby grow in a small space, wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. As a speech-language pathologist and play enthusiast, I wanted to create a nurturing and fun environment for baby to learn. I’ve always preached that simple toys make smarter kids. The more a toy does, the less a child does.  Kid […]

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